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I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians. DeGaulle
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With Pakistan Vote Looming, Ballot Symbols Prove A Tricky Topic

With Pakistan Vote Looming, Ballot Symbols Prove A Tricky Topic | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it

It is perhaps unsurprising that Pakistani politicians, after daylong deliberations on November 28, reached a unanimous decision that cats should be thrown out of the country's marshy politics. 

 

'Same for radishes, carrots, okras, bananas, and the much-despised lotas, or ewers.

 

Implications did not extend to the proverbial "greater national interest," as is the case with so many decisions in Pakistan. Rather it was a matter of mutual personal and party interests. And so the decision came quickly.

 

The election commission says there are 216 registered political parties in Pakistan, while there are so far just 171 electoral symbols available. Many independent candidates will need their own symbols.

Symbols are used in elections in many countries to help illiterate voters distinguish among parties or even individual candidates. Such images, used for years in Pakistan, accompany campaign materials and must appear alongside the names of the respective individuals or groups on the ballots.

 

General elections are expected in April or May, and some parties have objected to the presence of certain symbols on the ballot.'

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Why do we watch the US? - On Line Opinion - 30/8/2012

Why do we watch the US? - On Line Opinion - 30/8/2012 | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
This Melbourne Cup day the first Tuesday of the month will have more riding on it than usual.

 

'They throw up fascinating characters to follow and watch. I have read endless amounts about George W. Bush's drinking habits, the McCains' marital fights, Sarah Palin's knowledge - or should that be lack of knowledge - of global geography and Obama's Australian girlfriend from his life in New York city in his 20s.

 

Although I would argue these are engaging stories, their importance is highly questionable. However, given the vanity of much American politics the stories of such potential (and actual) world leaders struggling to live up to their own ambitions is fascinating and hard to resist.'

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David Pizarro: The strange politics of disgust | Video on TED.com

TED Talks What does a disgusting image have to do with how you vote?
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