2009 Corruption Perceptions Index: Who’s Corrupt, and Who’s Not So Corrupt

CPI 2009 Table/2009/cpi/surveys_indices/policy_research

According to the Index, New Zealand and Denmark and numbers 1 and 2 as the least corrupt. followed closely by Singapore and Sweden tied for number 3.

The United States comes in at number 19. We would probably do better except for Congress. But Puerto Rico is counted separately, coming in at number 35.

Russia is tied at number 146, tied with Cameroon, Ecuador, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Timor-Leste, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe? That’s not a neighborhood I would want to be included in.

Brother Hugo’s Venezuela, the lodestone for all American leftists, comes in at number 162.

And the two most corrupt states are… Afghanistan and Somalia.

Remember though, this is just a measure of perception, not an actual measurement of corruption, which would surely be…corrupt.

Most people in Oregon perceive their State government to be be honest. Even though the Governor and most of the legislature are firmly in the pockets of Labor Unions and Lobbyists.

Hard To Swallow

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Freak accident

A circus dwarf, nicknamed Od, died recently in the North when he bounced sideways from a trampoline and was swallowed by a yawning hippopotamus which was waiting to appear in the next act. Vets on the scene said Hilda the Hippo had a gag reflex which automatically caused her to swallow. They added in mitigation that the hefty creature was a vegetarian who had not previously digested a circus performer. Unfortunately, the 1000 plus spectators continued to applaud wildly until common sense dictated there had been a tragic mistake. Police said the trampoline has been sent for forensic analysis.

This does point up the continuing problems with flying dwarves and careless hippos. A ‘freak accident’ in more ways than one.

Bangkok New Years Fire

There was a terrible fire in a nightclub in Bangkok on New Years Eve. More than 60 people died and over a hundred injured.

Here is an unedited video taken during the fire.


This video is quite graphic. If you can’t take seeing injured and dying people, DON’T WATCH THIS!! That’s why I put the link instead of embedding it.

Additionally there is the problem that this is an amateur video and the camera swings wildly. You might get motion sickness watching this.

Bangkok is also different because the rescuers are not professionals. They are volunteers.
They’re called “bodysnatchers” and “make merit” for responding to accidents and rescuing people. There have actually be street fights between different groups over who is going to claim bodies.

Here is a video about them. It might give you more understanding about why things are so chaotic. Beside the fact that such things are always chaotic to some degree.