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December 2004

Electoral College at Work

I love the electoral college!!

Minnesota elector breaks ranks, votes for Edwards
(Associated Press on Star Tribune)

One of Minnesota’s 10 presidential electors broke from the pack and cast a vote Monday for John Edwards, the Democratic vice presidential running mate for John Kerry.

The other nine Minnesota members of the Electoral College voted for Kerry, who won the state’s popular vote in November.

After the state’s Electoral College ceremony concluded, no one stepped foward as the Edwards voter. Most electors chalked the vote up as a mistake rather than a purposeful political statement.

“I’m sure somebody made a mistake,” said elector Michael Meuers of Bemidji. “I’m certainly glad that the Electoral College is not separated by one vote.”

Republican George W. Bush is due to receive 286 electoral votes; Kerry was slated to get 252, but the Minnesota vote will reduce that total. It takes 270 votes to win the presidency.

(via Blogs for Bush)

The article above has an annoying registration that didn’t kick in the first time I looked at it for whatever reason, so here is the same article on another site that is registration free:

Minnesota elector gives Edwards a vote
(Associated Press on Minnesota Public Radio)

The best part is they didn’t even do it on purpose as a protest like has happened other years. They apperantly did it BY MISTAKE. Because they screwed up filling out the ballot! But it doesn’t matter, guess what, IT COUNTS! Ha Ha Ha!

I love this stuff.

Wouldn’t it have been awesome if the election HAD hung on one electoral vote with an elector for the person who was ahead accidentally doing this? Surprise! The other guy wins!

I guess that West Virginia Bush elector didn’t follow through on not voting for Bush. At least if he did, I haven’t heard about it yet. A little dissapointing. Oh well!

Random Spot: Orotukan, Magadan, Russia

OK, I’m procrastinating for a few minutes. Went to play with my Random Spot Tool. Decided to do a little google research on the first place on land that came up. (I will NOT be planning a random vacation there however, the next one of those is still to Chacchoben, Quintana Roo, Mexico.)

So, the first place that came up was 63°43.421’N 152°38.658′ E. It is 5470.02 miles from the house we are staying in, at an original bearing of 338.48361°. It is in northeastern Russia:


Zooming in:


OK. So it is about 50 miles outside of Orotukan. So lets find the first 10 interesting things about Orotukan we can find on a Google Search on Orotukan:

#1) It is a mining area. (via InfoMine)

#2) There is a Russian blog named after it. (via Orotukan LiveJournal) Unfortunately, I can not read Russian.

#3) A company named Western Pinnacle has an exploration licence for mining there. Apperantly for an “alluvial gold placer mine”. You can invest in Western Pinnacle (WPN:CNDX). (via Placer Mine News)

#4) It was a location for one of Stalins “penalty camps”. When you got “sent to Siberia” this would be one of those places I guess. (via Yale Review of Books)

#5) It is on the path of something called the “International Peace Trail” that some idealist group is trying to get set up as a ring of parks and trails circling the earth. (via The International Peace Trail Project)

#6) The chief manager of one of the gold mines (Orotukansky GOK) is Alexander Grinenko, and I have his address and phone number now. (via InfoMine Research Group)

#7) A company named Geometall says about their operations there: “The geological prospecting and exploration operations at the facilities “Chai-Yurya” and “Orotukan” performed by the enterprise are oriented towards identification of ore deposits containing gold and silver in the Kolyma area; their opening up will permit compensating for a reduction in the mining of placer gold and stabilizing the socio-economic situation in the Region. ” Iiya Rosenblum is the Director. (via Grand Encyclopedia of Russian Goods and Services)

#8) Estimated Population of Orotukan in 2004 was 2,800 people. (via World Gazetteer)

#9) Asdu Oll, Chairman of the Board of the Estonian Institute for Human Rights, used to work in Orotukan from 1962 to 1970. (via World Security Network)

#10) In 1998, there was some illegal panning for gold: “Police seized 170 kilograms of gold from illegal gold prospectors in Magadan Region’s Khasynsky County Aug. 23. According to the regional Internal Affairs Department, five villagers from Orotukan were caught panning gold on a stream 30 kilometers from the village. Police fired several shots when the prospectors resisted arrest. No casualties were reported. Two of the detained are 9th graders at a local school. ” (via Vladivostok News)

OK. That is ten items. And I have procrastinated and wasted enough time for today. (Although it is surprisingly quick to do this kind of search. Really only took a few minutes. Ain’t the Internets wonderful? :-)

Sounds like an interesting place though, no?

Oh, I have to add one more thing cause I can’t resist…

#11) The town is mentioned in Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago. The quote is: “In Orotukan the earth thaws only in summer and only to the depth of three feet—and only then can they bury the bones of those who died during the winter.” (via Poshlost)

Time for lunch, and then a fully productive and procrastination free afternoon. But this was fun. Maybe I’ll do it again with a different random spot the next time I have a few minutes to kill between things.