Saturday, August 12, 2006

“WE DON’T NEED NO STINKIN’ RECOUNT” Greg Palast

“WE DON’T NEED NO STINKIN’ RECOUNT” Greg Palast:
First: The exit poll of 80,000 voters by the Instituto de Mercadotecnia y Opinion showed that AMLO bested Calderon by 35.1% to 34.0%.

Second: The precinct-by-precinct returns were quite otherworldly. I used to teach statistics and what I saw in Mexico would have stumped my brightest students.

Mexico dataHere’s the conundrum: The nation’s tens of thousands of polling stations report to the capital in random order after the polls close. Therefore, statistically, you’d expect the results to remain roughly unchanged as vote totals come in. As expected, AMLO was ahead of the right-wing candidate Calderon all night by an unchanging margin — until after midnight. Suddenly, precincts began reporting wins for Calderon of five to one, the ten to one, then as polling nearly ended, of one-hundred to one.
Palast is one of the best and most courageous investigative reporters left on the planet. He explains here how the incumbent party fixed the election even though it used paper balloting. He goes on to hint at how the Republicans plan to steal the 2006 and 2008 elections here in the good old U.S.A. His book, Armed Madhouse, is an excellent source of maddening information concerning the rise of fascism here and in other "democracies" that is the greatest threat to humankind and the earth ever. Read it and get angry enough to do something before it's too late.
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