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Date: 2008-03-03 22:21
Subject: prince dmitry
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Location:the utility room in the sky
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Well, shock horror, Dmitry Medvedev won Russia's Presidential Election.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe sent observers to check on how kosher the elections were, and their spokesman came out with the understatement of the decade. Apparently, Russia's `democratic potential' has been `unfulfilled.' Hm. When stuff like this happens in Zimbabwe it rightfully attracts worldwide opprobrium. Meanwhile the White House is looking forward to working with Medvedev and the European Commission is confident that the EU-Russia `strategic partnership' will `develop.' I'll bet.
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hutch0
Date: 2008-03-03 22:39
Subject: schadenfreude corner - a fleeting moment of brutish triumph
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Today, Conrad Black began his six and a half year prison sentence for fraud and obstruction of justice. But he may not stay there. According to the BBC, an appellate judge has said Black and two of his co-accused have raised a substantial question on two of the three fraud charges - although the obstruction charge may be harder to sleaze out from under. Whatever, the appeal goes on. I wouldn't be surprised if he's out by this time next year.
Before he headed out for his low-security prison in Florida, Lord Black gave an interview in which he quoted Churchill (that well-known embezzler and jailbird) saying that his accusers "will have their fleeting moment of brutish triumph."
Word up, Conrad. For most of us who're not multi-multimillionaire newspaper-owning members of the House of Lords, fleeting moments of brutish triumph are all we ever get, and that's if we're lucky. And they'll do.
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hutch0
Date: 2008-03-03 23:42
Subject: bloody hell!
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Location:the utility room in the sky
Mood:calmcalm
Music:the waterboys
It's been rather windy here in Europe over the past few days, and some kind person has sent the BBC footage of a Lufthansa jet trying to land at Hamburg in the high winds. Did I mention I was a rather nervous airline passenger? From what I can gather, the hero pilot brought the plane around and landed it on the next try. If that ever happens to a plane I'm on, I'll have to be taken off in a straitjacket.
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