Archive for October, 2008

Torres Islands primordial spirits seminar paper

Posted in Fieldwork (Melanesia) on October 17, 2008 by salul

Upcoming. Straight from the capital of Oz.

What if the world could vote?

Posted in Uncategorized on October 14, 2008 by salul

I just ran into this, and found it to be quite amusing…and revealing.

The Global Electoral College

The Economist has redrawn the electoral map to give all 195 of the world’s countries (including the United States) a say in the election’s outcome. As in America, each country has been allocated a minimum of three electoral-college votes with extra votes allocated in proportion to population size. With over 6.5 billion people enfranchised, the result is a much larger electoral college of 9,875 votes. But rally your countrymen—a nation must have at least ten individual votes in order to have its electoral-college votes counted.

Come on, Vanuatu. Cast your vote!

(Well, you never know…it may turn out that, aside from those poor shell-shocked Georgians, there is another McCain-loving corner of the world hidden away somewhere in the nether reaches of the Great Southern Ocean…)