October 10th will be worldwide “day against capital punishment”. The European Union had planned to ratify a statement as such, but the Polish government, now part of the Union, only wants to cooperate if there will also be a “rights on life” paragraph, read: anti-abortion, anti-euthanesia. Unanimity is required. Nice.

Mildly related: In Iran, a record 21 “criminals and drugdealers” were hanged today, probably a world record. Please note again that hanging in Iran does not mean the fast kill by breaking the neck as we are “used to”, but being hoisted up by a crane. A slow, very painful and consciously experienced death by asphyxiation.