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From Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, on the country’s worst governors:
Number of miles Gov. Perdue flew in a private jet provided by a lobbyist to attend to a NASCAR race: 30
Cost of the plane ride: $2,400
Maximum acceptable value of a lobbyist gift to state officials in Georgia according to Gov. Perdue’s own
executive order: $25
Cost of one custom-stitched antique rug for Gov. Paterson’s official residence: $21,000
New York State’s projected budget deficit at the time of the rug’s purchase: $15 billion
Pay raise Gov. Paterson requested state employees forgo that same year: 3%
Minimum number of campaign contributors Gov. Jindal appointed to state positions: 200
Number of members on the Louisiana Board of Ethics: 11
Number who resigned after a special legislative session passed Gov. Jindal-backed legislation reforming
Louisiana’s ethics code: 10
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Number of people per sauna in Finland:
Argentine scientists who attached plastic flatulence-gathering backpacks to cows found that the animals emit up to 1,000 liters of flatulence each day.
China debarked the rover Jade Rabbit onto the moon’s Bay of Rainbows.
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Notes on South Africa’s failed revolution
“I will never know what goes on in your mind, or what that shield of a smile behind which we try to advance should tell us.”