Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Almost twenty to nine EST now. Listening to NPR. Kids in the kitchen watching cartoons. Wife packaging some E-Bay item she's sold.

Weather outside clear, slightly cool, with slight breeze moving the budding oak branches.

Highway traffic already busy. Probably has been, as it's a pretty busy trucking artery, and connects two or more major prisons. Amazing the commerce associated with the business of imprisoning and moving criminals and others who've run afoul of the laws.

Lawrence Sheets reported from Moscow on the controversial remarks of Admiral Korayetov, on the possibility of one of their ships possibly in danger of exploding. Hmmmmm.....

But in other news of Russia, from the New York Times:
ULYANOVSK, Russia, March 21 — Russia's democracy may well be faltering, but its elections still allow the ultimate protest vote: "against all." In most races it attracts a few percent of contrary votes. Here in this faded industrial city on the Volga, it won. Twice.

In the December parliamentary election, voters of District 181 threw out not only the incumbent, a retired general, but the rest of the pack as well. "Against all," the box at the bottom of the ballot, received nearly 20 percent of the votes, more than double what any of the 14 actual candidates won.

On March 14, Ulyanovsk tried again. "Against all," by now a proven winner, increased its vote to 21.5 percent. The best showing among 12 challengers was under 13 percent.

Ah, maybe there's hope for our apathetic, non-voting public yet.


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