I mentioned seeing one newt remaining in the newt pond, and
wondered whether the rest were migrating already.
Today at Rancho San Antonio, we encountered a half-grown young newt,
sitting on the trail nearly a mile uphill from the creek.
After some photos
(all but the first there are of this young 'un) we moved the
newtlet off the trail where it wouldn't get stepped on.
Later, Dave noticed a part of the trailside
lurching repeatedly in and out. Obviously some small burrowing
animal, perhaps a mole, was beneath the rain-loosened dirt,
trying to decide whether to burst out into the open.
We watched for a while as the animal
tunnelled from one place to another, but every time we thought it
might be getting ready to poke a nose out, another herd of hikers
would come by and all burrowing would cease; time would pass,
then dirt would begin to lurch somewhere else.
We never did see the burrower.
Other notable critter sightings: a wrentit (only the second time I've
ever seen one, though I hear them all the time; the first one I saw was
also at RSA, and I didn't manage a photo then either), a ruby-crowned
kinglet, lots of fluffy white feathers along one trail (what
bird there has white feathers? Perhaps the white-tailed kite we
saw later, but I've never seen a kite in the more wooded part of
the park where we saw the feathers),
and an extended bout of animated loud chatter from the
treetops which sounded more like geese than anything,
but eventually turned out to be squirrels.
(Akk's rule of birdsong: if it's loud and really weird sounding,
it's probably a squirrel.)
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I've been hearing a lot of talk about how the official results don't
match the exit poll numbers: how the exit polls show a Kerry win,
and that's evidence of a hacked vote. For example,
exit polls were sabotage
in The Hill
Tour of the 2004 Exit Poll: What It Says and What It Doesn't
part one and part
on Donkey Rising.
What I haven't been able to
find is anything with data to confirm this, one way or the other.
CNN has an
interactive page allowing checks of specific aspects of exit
poll data, but that's no help for analyzing nationwide data, say,
by county. And in any case, it seems that CNN
changed the online data after the fact, so there's no telling
what this means in terms of raw numbers.
Lawrence Lessig gives the answer, in Free the
Exit Poll Data: the poll numbers are privately held, not
publically available. Lessig calls for the data to be made
public, so that it will be possible to find out why the numbers
were so misleading compared to the final election tally.
You'd think both sides would be interested in knowing what
Terrific maps for visualizing the election
cartograms of the 2004 US presidential election results
wonderful set of maps showing "purple states" by county, with the
sizes adjusted for population.
Other stories about voting irregularities:
in Ohio: Angry residents storm State House in response to massive
voter suppression and corruption (Michigan Independant Media
Protests on November 3 in Ohio over all the voting problems the
state experienced. Includes lots of anecdotes about voters who
Pattern of Florida's Election Results (US Together):
a comparison of party registration data to reported election
results in Florida counties using different types of voting
equipment. In counties using touchscreen machines, the percentage
vote for Kerry matched the party registrations fairly closely;
in counties using optical scan machines, there's a huge shift
over to Bush votes, completely uncorrelated with party affiliation.
The article includes a data table by county.
Mounts That The Vote May Have Been Hacked (Common Dreams):
a text discussion of the US Together results, their correlation
with exit poll results, and some discussion of possible explanations
other than foul play (and why those reasons are unlikely to be
the actual explanation).
Beach County Logs 88,000 More Votes Than Voters (Washington
Palm Beach County's official election results web site showed 542,835
ballots were cast for a presidential candidate while only 454,427 voters
turned out for the election. Apparently they've since updated the
web site to show numbers that add up. I guess this tells us how
far we can trust the "official" numbers on the web site.
Tons of other links on the Op Ed News:
Votergate 2004 page.
Bev Harris of Black Box Voting, Ralph Nader and others have teamed
up for Help America
Recount, a project to buy recounts in Ohio and other states.
They're soliciting donations. I'd love to see recounts, but
what they don't explain is where the money is going. What's
involved in getting a recount, and does it cost money, or is
this to pay salaries and expenses of the (volunteer?) people
doing the counting, or what? The effort sounds like it might
be a little disorganized at the moment.
. . (Tom Paine.common Sense):
Editorial about irregularities in various states. No new data, though.
[ 12:31 Nov 12, 2004
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