Election. Yeah, right!

This Google blog post titled “A voice for everyone in 2016” made me chuckle:

Every election matters and every vote counts. The American democracy relies on everyone’s participation in the political process. This November, Americans all across the country will line up at the polls to cast their ballots for the President of the United States.

It sounds like a true effort to make things better and enhance democracy and what not.  But in practice, is it really an election? One by one, the candidates are falling of the ballot.  Day by day it becomes more obvious that Hillary Clinton will be the next president of the USA.

The more tools and technologies we have to enhance our lives, the worst the content on which we can apply those tools becomes.  The better the home cinemas became, the worse the movies got.  The better audio systems we have, the worse the music gets.  And politics just follow the same trend, unfortunately.

Visualization of the European refugee crisis

refugees

The flow towards Europe project provides a vivid visualization of the refugee migration.  It is an interactive map with breakdowns by country, and with a timeline covering the years 2012-2015.

Europe is experiencing the biggest refugee crisis since World War II. Based on data from the United Nations, we clarify the scale of the crisis.

Cypriot leaders are truly hardcore

Cyprus Mail reports:

Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu has invited president Nicos Anastasiades to attend the Deep Purple concert in the north together, as part of the confidence building measures.

Now we are talking! Two hours of head banging together will do more to united Cyprus than the last 40 years of talking.

According to the proposal, the state officials who…

According to the proposal, the state officials who are entitled to a luxury car are: the president of the Republic and the House president, the attorney general and the assistant attorney general, the chief negotiator for the Cyprus problem, ministers, ministry undersecretaries (if they are appointed), the auditor general, the accountant general, ministry permanent secretaries, supreme court judges, the house permanent secretary and all former Republic and House presidents.

Cyprus Mail

Glafcos Clerides, RIP

Today, Cyprus is mourning the death of Glafcos Clerides.  I’m not much into politics in any country, but I did like him.  He was the President back in 1996 when I came to Cyprus, and he remained so during my first few years here.  As I said, I didn’t care much for politics, but I felt the good vibe.  And even years after he left from major TV news, it was always pleasant to see him on an occasion – always respectful and positive, even in old age.

Clerides

I’ve spoken to quite a few people about Clerides and I seem to get mixed feedback.  Some people liked him, some didn’t.  But the common theme seemed to be respect.  You can agree or disagree with his political views and his involvement in different movements and initiatives, but, I think, nobody can say that he was a slacker or a silly guy.  He believed in something and he was pushing it.  He worked a lot, and he has achieved plenty.

Also, he did plenty before he became active in Cyprus politics.  For example, during the World War II he was a pilot in Royal Air Force.  In 1942 he was shot down over Germany and was captured, spending the rest of the war years a prisoner of war.  His military activity has been noticed and he was mentioned in dispatches.

As I said, I don’t really care much for the political games. But I for one will miss this charming old guy.  Rest in peace, Glafkos, and thank you so much for that you have done.