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November 23, 2005

Criminal intent

I tilt back in my chair, stare into the eternal void and ponder the newsworthy events of increasingly loonier lunar cycles. Bringing my eyes back into focus, I notice the curling smoke from the back of my outdated CRT beginning to take on a discernible pattern. It's a smoke signal from Transparency International, providing us a list of countries considered to be extraordinarily corrupt. The data is based on several international polls.

The list has 159 countries. Least corrupt at number one is Iceland, followed by Finland and New Zealand. Tied for last as the naughtiest countries are Bangladesh and Chad. Good 'ol USA is 17th.

Basically, Canada, USA, Peru, Europe, Singapore, Japan and Australia are the least problematic. It appears the rest of the world will steal you blind, particularly the countries in Africa.




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