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Maintaining Optimism in the Face of Reality. Occasional observations on the state of the world, society, business and politics. Usually anchored by facts, always augmented by opinion.


Voltaire was Right  | e-mail post

"God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh." - Voltaire

While there is always the eternal question of why do bad things happen to good people, the one that always blows my mind is when really good things happen to really bad people.

This story from the UK is just one of those cases. The headline says it all: "Rapist Strikes It Lucky on Lottery." That's right, convicted rapist Iorworth Hoare won a 7 million pound (about 10.5 million dollars) lottery jackpot. He bought the ticket when he was out recently on a weekend release from his life sentence (life sentences in the UK don't mean quite what they mean here in the US). I'm honestly almost too shocked about the idea of a recidivist rapist getting weekend prison furloughs.

The hopeful part of me would like to think he will become a philantropist supporting various charities aimed at helping victims of rape of domestic violence, but the cynical side knows that's just a Hollywood ending, and those are never realistic.

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