A Dumb Abuse of Power


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Via the BBC: India official drains entire dam to retrieve phone.

It took three days to pump millions of litres of water out of the dam, after Rajesh Vishwas dropped the device while taking a selfie.

By the time it was found, the phone was too water-logged to work.

Who could have anticipated such an outcome?

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Steven L. Taylor
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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. Flat Earth Luddite says:

    You simply can’t make this shirt up, because fiction has to make sense. Le sigh, indeed.

  2. CSK says:

    There are ways to dry out your phone:


  3. de stijl says:

    There is a Twain quote I can never remember exactly, but boils down to “Real events have an advantage over fiction. Fiction has to be believable.”

    Had to look up the exact text. “It is no wonder truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.”