Dust flux, Vostok ice core

Dust flux, Vostok ice core
Two dimensional phase space reconstruction of dust flux from the Vostok core over the period 186-4 ka using the time derivative method. Dust flux on the x-axis, rate of change is on the y-axis. From Gipp (2001).

Friday, December 7, 2012

Election day

One of my last days here, so I'll make a few observations.

People here are still enthusiastic about elections. They are passionate about their parties. Earlier this week on our way to the Minerals Commission we were held up by traffic going to political rallies. They still hope that government will make their lives better--at the same time, until now, the government's ability to interfere with their lives is still limited as the institutions of total control are undeveloped. But the signs are that they are coming.

People began lining up last night so they could vote today. Accusations of electoral fraud and warnings of ballot box snatchers are the talk of today's news.

One item really caught my eye as it went across the bottom of the TV. "Religious leaders warn politicians not to be too desperate for power as it will incite violence." I wish we saw such warnings at home.

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