I’m catching up on Reader and, oh damn this is creepy (from April 9):

xkcd what if? – Pressure Cooker

Also, on April 14 (the day before the Boston Marathon), the Sunday Times had a piece on the charming leadership of Chechnya: Moscow crime ring run by Chechen police

A GROUP of armed thugs accused of abducting and torturing a man to force him to pay a £60,000 ransom have been released without charge as a result of their close links to Ramzan Kadyrov, the president of Chechnya…

So how’s that for timely if accidental context!