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Mitt Romney thanks wealthy donors as Republican strategists search for blame
Romney discusses the campaign failure with donors as fireworks are packed away and Republicans bicker about what went wrong
Recriminations were flying in Republican circles on Thursday as Mitt Romney wound up his campaign, thanking donors and staff, after his defeat at the polls on Tuesday.
The answer is clear. Romney only needs to look in the mirror and the culprit will be revealed.
Romney never smiled, he can’t. The closest he can come is a grimace, or at best a smirk. Obviously the majority of Americans decided that a grimace or a smirk equals lies, of which Romney’s campaign had plenty. He spent most of the campaign back peddling so fast that I’m surprised he didn’t disappear right up his own ass.
At least Obama had a genuine smile, which promotes honesty, even if he’s not.
I wonder how many more Americans share her views…
Romney campaign aides were upbeat about the mouth-wiring procedure today, with some saying they wished they had thought of it months ago. When asked about the procedure at a campaign stop in Ohio, Mr. Romney said, “Mmmnff ffnn mmfff nnnnnff.”
This time in Malaysia…
Malaysia leader Anwar Ibrahim faces charges over rally
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim is facing criminal charges for his role in a mass street rally against the government, his lawyers say.
The charges of violating a ban on street protests comes amid rising political tensions with elections expected to be called soon.
If convicted, he could be banned from running for office.
Mr Anwar addressed thousands of people who attended a rally held on 28 April to call for electoral reforms.
Protesters marched in the capital, in one of the largest rallies in the country in the past decade, calling for changes to the electoral system.
They believe the current arrangements will benefit Prime Minister Najib Razak’s long-ruling coalition in forthcoming elections.
The protests turned violent, however, with hundreds arrested as police used tear gas and clubs to break up the rally.
Mr Anwar will be facing two charges – including contravening the country’s illegal assemblies act – in a Kuala Lumpur court on Tuesday, his lawyers said.
“This is a fresh attempt to bar Anwar from participating in the elections,” his lawyer, Sivarasa Rasiah, told news agency Agence-France Presse.
“The sodomy allegations failed, and now this is a new attempt to disqualify him.”
Mr Anwar may be fined and his lawyers say that he could lose his parliamentary seat and face restrictions on running again if convicted.
Politicians only ban protest rallies if they fear the opposition and the people.
Uninformed individuals are vital for achieving a democratic consensus, according to a study in the journal Science.
The researchers say that they dilute the influence of minority factions who would otherwise dominate everyone else.
This is because they tend to side with and embolden the numerical majority.
The findings challenge the commonly held idea that an outspoken minority can manipulate uncommitted voters.
“We show that when the uninformed participate, the group can come to a majority decision even in the face of a powerful minority,” said lead author Iain Couzin, from Princeton University.
“They prevent deadlock and fragmentation because the strength of an opinion no longer matters – it comes down to numbers. You can imagine this being a good or bad thing.
“Either way, a certain number of uninformed individuals keep that minority from dictating or complicating the behaviour of the group.”
But the effect has its limits. The team found that if the number of uninformed becomes too high, a group ceases to function coherently, with neither the majority nor the minority taking the lead.
“Eventually, noise dominates because there just aren’t enough informed individuals to guide the group,” said Dr Couzin.
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