Friday, October 15, 2010
A new dish with earthworms as the main ingredient appeared in Russia. It would not have been know to the outside world if it weren't for the bravery of the forty-year-old Dmitri Zelenin, governor of the Tver region in Russia. He managed to secretly take a photo of the live worm that was crawling actively on his plate and publicized it on Twitter, a popular social networking site. Instead of being disgusted by the worm, he actually found it funny. However, his colleagues and other members of the Russian government unfortunately didn't share his sense of humor. Zelenin's mental competence was attacked and many called for his resignation and expulsion. Most vocal of all was Sergei Prikhodko, Medvedev's lap dog. Obviously, this means incident was an embarrasment to the ruling body of Russia. The chef who was responsible for the dinner, Anatoly Galkin, denied that there were earthworms in any of the dishes, saying that each and every dish was carefully examined. The moral of the story is that some people just can't take a joke.
Posted by Richard at 11:04 PM
Monday, October 11, 2010
In the predominantly Muslim country of Indonesia, an author who used to work for Playboy as an editor was arrested and jailed on charges of public indecency. It was a powerful victory for the Islamist extremists in Indonesia, which has one of the large Muslim populations in the whole world. Erwin Arnada was initially exonerated in 2007 after being sued by the Islamist Defenders Front(FPI), a terrorist organization masquerading as a non-violent group that dubbed the author a "terrorist" and loudly condemned him and his actions. The localized Playboy magazine was forced out of business in Indonesia shortly before Arnada was imbroiled in the lawsuit.
His victory in the court in 2007 was initially victory for the freedom of speech in Indonesia. However, that victory was short-lived when he was arrested again recently. The Islamist Defenders Front managed to get their appeal answered the newer court overturned the original ruling. The increasing extremism of politics in Indonesia is demonstrated by the passing of the law that made pornography illegal in all its forms. Many Indonesians protested the harsh law, especially the more Westernized locality of Bali, where foreigners frequently visit. Will Indonesia become another Iran? It probably will, if the extremists manage to dominate the whole of Indonesian politics.
Posted by Richard at 4:08 PM
Sunday, October 10, 2010
A quick view website of the "Wiking" Nazi club seem to contradict the notion that the group's mission statement doesn't reflect the values of Nazism. There's a video of the Nazis marching triumphantly in Poland, a white-washed historical summary of the Wiking division, and praising the Wiking division's noble, holy battle against the inevitable onslaught of communism coming west from the Soviet Union. Invoking the general sentiment of good versus evil, they placed the Nazis on the side of the good.
Historians, trying to act as political correct as possible, label the group as idiots who don't know any history. They are basically delusional folk want to see the Nazis in the way want to see it: heroes fighting a holy war against communism. Well, the positive thing is that at least they're not denying the existence of the Holocaust. Despite his well-known past connection to the group, Rich Iott dubiously denies that he believes in Nazism and hopes that Jewish voters won't take his hobbies seriously
Posted by Richard at 11:59 PM