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Saturday, February 21, 2009

You Can't Make This Stuff Up

The solid and trustworthy BBC News has reported, with the credulity of a four year old, the fact that a group of jewish fish buyers  from the Skver sect of Hasidic Jews overhear a carp predicting the end of the world. LINK  Zalman Rosen, one of the Hasidim, Shouted, in yiddish we are to presume, something like "It's the devil! Kill it".  The New York times reported the incident, further cementing their place in journalism's high pantheon. 

The chatty carp had a lot more to say about his previous life as a local, and the coming of the messiah. Perhaps there was some discussion about the decline in quality of corned beef and complaints about the constant aching it his dorsal fin that weren't reported, but we got all the good stuff.

I find it admirable that for people to find a use for carp, other than decorative. As an eleven year old I though I was the world's best fisherkid, until my Dad informed me that I had caught carp, and they were inedible. Sigh..... Anyway, I am rethinking my atheist heathen ways now that carp are having conversations with religious fanatics. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Doom In The Sand

There are three thousand or more new cars left in the Dubai airport with their keys left in the ignition. Is this the result of Islamic respect for the "Thou shall not steal" commandment? Hardly. In Dubai they have actual debtor's prisons and thousands of international hustlers have baled out of the emirate rather than face the unpleasantness of third world jail cells. A bad idea poorly executed has sealed the fate of Dubai. 

You couldn't open a glossy magazine in the last five years and not be regaled with the wonders of the miracle of Dubai. Enormous artificial islands sculpted of sand in the Gulf of Arabia crusted over with luxury condos and skyscrapers. An enormous medical college built from the ground up to educate the wastrel scion of Arab princes in medicine rather than have them spend their lives in Monaco's casinos gambling, whoring and drinking. They seem to prefer the whoring and drinking, so the university has filled up with more ambitious youth.

The ruins of Dubai are going to make one hell of a post-apocalyptic movie set someday. It's going to get really seedy between now and then. There is a much better article on the Emirate than anything I could ever write at SmashingTelly. Check it out.