Firstly, has anyone heard from @orlbucfan? Between high tide coming in down in Florida and the winds, I hope our friend is okay and that we hear an update soon.
From the ‘things that are good to see’ file:
— relombardo (@relombardo3) October 5, 2016
— relombardo (@relombardo3) October 2, 2016
The president of Colombia was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for pursuing a deal to end 52 years of conflict with a leftist rebel group, the longest-running war in the Americas, just five days after Colombians rejected the agreement in a shocking referendum result.
The decision to give the prize to the Colombian president, Juan Manuel Santos, may revive hopes for the agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, with whom the country has been waging the last major guerrilla struggle in Latin America.
Mr. Santos said he was told of the Nobel committee’s decision by his son Martín, who woke him before dawn on Friday. The winner dedicated the prize to his fellow Colombians, especially the victims of the long conflict, and called on the opponents of the peace deal to join him in securing an end to hostilities.
Take that Uribe!
Btw, especially for @polarbear4, I read that one of the reasons for the peace deal being turned down, in addition to the fear-mongering from Uribe and company, may have been simply due to Hurricane Matthew:
Only 38% of the electorate (13 million people) voted, and the ‘Council of Risk Management’ (a national electoral monitoring group) stated that around four million voters couldn’t get to polling stations because of Hurricane Matthew. Most of these voters, saysTeleSur, would probably have voted in favour of the peace deal because they have borne the brunt of the war.
And a couple of my favorite tweets so far today, both from a applied mathematician, because it’s Friday and we deserve it:
— Chris Danforth (@ChrisDanforth) February 9, 2015
— Chris Danforth (@ChrisDanforth) October 4, 2016
I hope to add more in comments later today. So much going on. But please throw in what you’re ‘seeing’ down below!