Views from the blogrolls [2]

Jailhouse Lawyer makes a good point:

Approximately 90% of Russia’s inmates serving time in the country’s penitentiaries have cast their ballots in the parliamentary elections, NTV news channel said on Sunday.

With only five hours remaining until polls close in Russia’s westernmost time zone in the exclave of Kaliningrad, 25.4% of eligible voters have cast their ballots. The Siberian region of Krasnoyarsk has just closed its polls.

NTV also reported that prisoners are casting their votes according to a strict time schedule and that none of the prisoners so far have declined to vote.

[Think the implications are in there – JH]

AK Haart on the climate change for kids website:

Maybe it has been left as some kind of digital snare for the unwary, but the last press release was July 7th 2010 and the last update I can find related to the site is a Facebook entry for September 17th 2010.

I have no idea why the site seems to have been abandoned like a digital Mary Celeste, but it started me thinking about the demise of climate change generally.

[Funding ran out?  Kids found out about Santa Claus? – JH]

Alexys Smith on the coffee a professor offered his guests:

When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said, “If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups have been taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones.

While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee.

[Fine line between appreciating the best and greed – JH]

Angry Exile on the baby rape and justice:

And there are two reasons – first is that we all know the police screw up from time to time and arrest the wrong people, and right this second we can’t honesty say that those arrested are guilty of anything. Suspected, yes, sure, but right now they haven’t even been charged and in law they are innocent ’til proven guilty, just the same as everyone else. This is not a triviality.

[It seems to me that lynch mobs are being encouraged by the media, probably at the behest of their masters – JH]

Autonomous Mind on the lazy press and the Beanology of reportage:

Congratulations!  You have now successfully given a low key rumour of unknown origin a huge shot of steroids and prepared the ground for world’s biggest ‘news’ organisation to fill a news cycle with more speculation; promoting fear that the banking sector of an entire economic area, is on the verge of collapse.

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