Why does Russia have such great videos?

February 15, 2013

I ran across some great videos of the meteor strike in Russia, which got me wondering: How did they manage to get all that great footage? Before I could ask Kim Schoenholtz, our resident astronomer, he gave me the answer: car cams. To continue:

Why do Russians install cameras in their cars? Because they’re scared of scams and police corruption. For their own protection, drivers install cameras in their vehicles.

Lots more here, worth reading. Also here. One unexpected benefit of massive corruption, then, is great video.

Update (Feb 16):  John Morris sends this wonderful collection of bad driving videos from Russia. Maybe we should require car cams everywhere.

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