Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature made them. ― Bertrand Russell

A cosplayer poses for photographs at the 2015 Comic Fiesta event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Olivia Harris / REUTERS)

A cosplayer poses for photographs at the 2015 Comic Fiesta event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Olivia Harris / REUTERS)

A miner is seen at the end of his last shift at the Petrila coalmine, in Petrila, Romania, which is shutting down as part of the country’s promise to liquidate unprofitable mines. Petrila is the oldest coalmine in Romania, opened in 1859 under the Austro-Hungarian empire, and the deepest mine in Europe. (Daniel Mihailescu / AFP / Getty Images)
A miner is seen at the end of his last shift at the Petrila coalmine, in Petrila, Romania, which is shutting down as part of the country’s promise to liquidate unprofitable mines. Petrila is the oldest coalmine in Romania, opened in 1859 under the Austro-Hungarian empire, and the deepest mine in Europe. (Daniel Mihailescu / AFP / Getty Images)
Locals help refugees and migrants out of the sea as they arrive on the island of Lesbos, Greece. (Kostis Ntantamis / AP)
Locals help refugees and migrants out of the sea as they arrive on the island of Lesbos, Greece. (Kostis Ntantamis / AP)
Cultural activists, writers and members of the Ganajagaran Mancha participate in a torchlight procession protesting against the killing of publisher Faisal Arefin Dipanand, who was stabbed to death on 31 October hours after unidentified assailants knifed another publisher and two secular bloggers elsewhere in the city of Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Abir Abdullah / EPA)
Cultural activists, writers and members of the Ganajagaran Mancha participate in a torchlight procession protesting against the killing of publisher Faisal Arefin Dipanand, who was stabbed to death on 31 October hours after unidentified assailants knifed another publisher and two secular bloggers elsewhere in the city of Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Abir Abdullah / EPA)
Ma'a Nonu of New Zealand (L) is tackled by Drew Mitchell of Australia as he scores a try during their Rugby World Cup final match at Twickenham in London, Britain. (Dylan Martinez / REUTERS)
Ma’a Nonu of New Zealand (L) is tackled by Drew Mitchell of Australia as he scores a try during their Rugby World Cup final match at Twickenham in London, Britain. (Dylan Martinez / REUTERS)
A volunteer pays her respects to remains dug out during a mass exhumation at Poh Teck Tung Foundation Cemetery, in Samut Sakhon, Thailand. The remains of nearly 4,000 unidentified people will be cleaned and put in storage to make space for more of the thousands of unidentified bodies the foundation collects each year. (Rungroj Yongrit / EPA)
A volunteer pays her respects to remains dug out during a mass exhumation at Poh Teck Tung Foundation Cemetery, in Samut Sakhon, Thailand. The remains of nearly 4,000 unidentified people will be cleaned and put in storage to make space for more of the thousands of unidentified bodies the foundation collects each year. (Rungroj Yongrit / EPA)
Schoolchildren hold portraits of Microsoft’s co-founder Bill Gates during celebrations to mark his 60th birthday, in Chennai, India. (Reuters)
Schoolchildren hold portraits of Microsoft’s co-founder Bill Gates during celebrations to mark his 60th birthday, in Chennai, India. (Reuters)
A woman holds a parasol as she stands in a field of fireweed, or Kochia scoparia, on a sunny autumn day at the Hitachi Seaside Park in Hitachi, north of Tokyo. Fireweed is a grass bush that takes on a bright red color in autumn. (Thomas Peter / Reuters)
A woman holds a parasol as she stands in a field of fireweed, or Kochia scoparia, on a sunny autumn day at the Hitachi Seaside Park in Hitachi, north of Tokyo. Fireweed is a grass bush that takes on a bright red color in autumn. (Thomas Peter / Reuters)
A column of migrants moves through fields after crossing from Croatia, in Rigonce, Slovenia. Thousands of people are trying to reach central and northern Europe via the Balkans, but often have to wait for days in mud and rain at the Serbian, Croatian and Slovenian borders. (Darko Bandic / AP)
A column of migrants moves through fields after crossing from Croatia, in Rigonce, Slovenia. Thousands of people are trying to reach central and northern Europe via the Balkans, but often have to wait for days in mud and rain at the Serbian, Croatian and Slovenian borders. (Darko Bandic / AP)
Heidi Klum dressed as Jessica Rabbit attends her 16th Annual Halloween Party at Lavo, in New York. (Charles Sykes / Invision / AP)
Heidi Klum dressed as Jessica Rabbit attends her 16th Annual Halloween Party at Lavo, in New York. (Charles Sykes / Invision / AP)
Tanzanian riot police stood guard as people celebrated after the opposition coalition's Civic United Front (CUF) candidate Maulid Mtulia was declared winner of the Kinondoni constituency in Dar es Salaam. The nationwide general election in Tanzania has been the most tightly contested since independence in 1961. (Daniel Hayduk / AFP)
Tanzanian riot police stood guard as people celebrated after the opposition coalition’s Civic United Front (CUF) candidate Maulid Mtulia was declared winner of the Kinondoni constituency in Dar es Salaam. The nationwide general election in Tanzania has been the most tightly contested since independence in 1961. (Daniel Hayduk / AFP)
About 2000 people gathered in the main square of In St. Petersburg in Russia, to honor the memory of victims of the crash the A321 plane in Sinai, Egypt. (IGOR RUSSAK / SPUTNIK)
About 2000 people gathered in the main square of In St. Petersburg in Russia, to honor the memory of victims of the crash the A321 plane in Sinai, Egypt. (IGOR RUSSAK / SPUTNIK)
Sheep are led by shepherds through Madrid, Spain. Shepherds guided a flock of around 2,000 sheep through Madrid streets in defense of ancient grazing, droving and migration rights increasingly threatened by urban sprawl and modern agricultural practices. (Francisco Seco / AP)
Sheep are led by shepherds through Madrid, Spain. Shepherds guided a flock of around 2,000 sheep through Madrid streets in defense of ancient grazing, droving and migration rights increasingly threatened by urban sprawl and modern agricultural practices. (Francisco Seco / AP)
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