Idiot of the day: Medvedev
For all the abundance of homegrown idiots, morons, dunderheads, and other simpletons, once again an ambitious foreign fool with initiative grabs the main award. Mr. Medvedev's suggestion that Russian economy could be modernized by reshuffling the time zones is as good as the best bits of wisdom from Baby Bush, only more erratic. Admit it: you have to feel a little sorry for the electric grid operators in Vladivostok who will now face the task of illuminating the city at night because the local clock is showing Moscow time.
"He is frequently derided as someone with no real power. But todayDmitry Medvedev — Russia's president — came up with a novel suggestion to alter time itself — or at least to reduce his country's number of time zones.
Russia today is divided into 11 time zones. When residents of Kaliningrad in the Baltic territory are eating breakfast, citizens of Kamchatka, thousands of miles away on the Pacific coast, are going to bed. During his annual state of the nation address, Medvedev said Russia needed to "objectively assess" whether these sprawling zones could be reduced.
Medvedev failed to say how this would work. Experts have suggested it might make sense to have four zones rather than 11. The difference between Moscow and Vladivostok, 4,000 miles (6,430km) from the capital, could shrink from seven to four hours."