katsaris: "Where is THEIR vote?" (Politics)
I've not seen anyone yet make the obvious comparison: Anglican crisis vs. Greek Orthodox crisis.

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As I predicted, the Central Asian elections fizzled out uselessly so far -- Kyrgyzstan and even more so Tajikistan. Token weak opposition to not-really-free-and-definitely-unfair elections, ho hum, ho hum, regime and authoritarian rule survives.

But Lebanon's on the other hand getting interesting indeed -- again as I predicted (yay me!). Not only has the PM and his government there resigned (Lebanese President still remains in his place though, so that's not as huge an event as it'd be in more PM-centric countries) but now the Lebanese mass opposition turns itself against the Syrian troops presence itself.

The Red-and-White revolution has begun in earnest. Not Kyrgyzstan but Lebanon is the new Ukraine! :-)


Plus, I need to catch up to my email. Several emails by friends, to whom I've been too late to respond back. Sorry, everyone!
katsaris: "Where is THEIR vote?" (Politics)
This comparison will probably only be understood by Greek people, aware of the recent church-scandal fervor, and not at all by foreigners... but so be it.

Anyone else feels that Christodoulos saying he'll personally take charge of anti-corruption cleansing efforts in the Greek church is similar to having Al Capone say that he'll personally lead the fight against the Mafia?

Mr Paraskevaidi, you don't treat cancer by placing the tumor in charge. If you were truly an honest man intent of fighting corruption in your home field, then you'd have asked for the most brutal anti-ecclesiastical independent prosecutors that could be found, not picked the one person (namely you) who has the most reason to keep church corruption under wraps.

That'll be all.


One more thing, relevant to the topic actually: I was bizarrely reminded of Sid Meier's Civilization. For those who haven't played it, it's a strategy game where you're building new cities across the world as you are expanding your empire. Each city may occasionally, randomly be struck by some kind of "disaster" -- drought, famine, floods, fire, etc which may harm their development... Now some of these catastrophes can be prevented by "city improvements" you may built -- building a Granary prevents a Famine, building City Walls prevents a flood I think, building an Aqueduct prevents the effects of a drought -- and so forth.

There was also a "disaster" which one occasionally encountered, but which I had noticed was bizarrely undocumented in the manual and I was never fully sure of its effects -- it may have been a leftover concept that the creators of the game either accidentally left in, or perhaps a last-minute addition that they didn't have the time to update the manual for. It was the "Scandal disaster".

I was never quite sure of its effects (may possibly have made the population of the city unhappier) but seemingly it could be fought off by building the city improvement "Temple".

Silly Sid Meier. Silly, *silly* Sid Meier. Temples tend to be the centers of scandals and I've not noticed them ever being the solutions thereof.


May. 1st, 2004 08:07 am
katsaris: EU map with reddish sea, and lyrics "it is the music of a people who will not be slaves again" (European Union)

And if you don't know what this is referring to, shame shame on you! ;-)


On other matters, the Orthodox Church stands more divided than ever -- which is also good news: A little more division and internal conflict and enough people may get it in their heads that a full separation between it and the state is needed.

The sooner the better -- keep on yanking each others' beards, boys! :-)


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