Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Gastronomical Festival of the Cat: fried cats.

Does this looks tasty to you...?

The Gastronomical Festival of the Cat features people in Canete, near Lima, eating the fluffy creatures because they believe that eating cat burgers – and fried cat legs and tails – can cure bronchial disease. Animal right groups are furious.

PKK case dismissed in Dutch court

The district court in Den Bosch on Wednesday dismissed terrorism charges against 16 alleged members of the militant Kurdish separatist movement PKK.

The 16 were among dozens of people arrested at suspected training camp in the south of the country in 2004.

The public prosecution department had accused the group of being members of a criminal organisation which was planning to commit terrorist acts.
Defence lawyers had asked for their release because important witnesses in Turkey could not be interviewed by Dutch attorneys. These witnesses included former PKK militants and Turkish government officials.

Despite pressure from the Dutch authorities, Turkey would allow only written questions from Dutch lawyers. The court said this meant no fair trial could be held. It remains unclear why the Turkish authorities were unwilling to cooperate with face to face interviews.

An ongoing investigation into the PKK presence in the Netherlands accelerated in 2004 when 39 suspects were arrested at a farm which was said to be a training camp. Over half of the cases have been dismissed so far.

The PKK has been fighting for a Kurdish homeland in south-east Turkey for over 20 years. Over 30,000 people, mostly ethnic Kurds, have been killed in the conflict.


Mad Dog Palin

Sarah Palin is a symbol of everything that is wrong with the modern United States. As a representative of our political system, she's a new low in reptilian villainy, the ultimate cynical masterwork of puppeteers like Karl Rove. But more than that, she is a horrifying symbol of how little we ask for in return for the total surrender of our political power. Not only is Sarah Palin a fraud, she's the tawdriest, most half-assed fraud imaginable, 20 floors below the lowest common denominator, a character too dumb even for daytime TV — and this country is going to eat her up, cheering her every step of the way. All because most Americans no longer have the energy to do anything but lie back and allow ourselves to be jacked off by the calculating thieves who run this grasping consumer paradise we call a nation.
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It's good to know why an Internet ban in Turkey is necessary...

I rather would say 'Mind your own business'...
Web sites will continue to be banned as long as they post content inappropriate for Turkish families, according to one top minister.
“Practices are needed to protect young people and the public at large from harmful material online,” said Transportation Minister Binali Yıldırım, speaking at the international CeBit Informations Technology Summit in Istanbul on Wednesday.
“Law 5651 sees as appropriate the establishment of precautions against material that might hurt children, youth and families. If these precautions are not enough, then the law sees a Web site ban as necessary,” he said.
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Day Opening - October 9

Brigitte Bardot