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Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Liu Xiobo

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Liu Xiobo did a total no-show at the awards ceremony! Can believe that??? Legendary ingrate Liu Xiaobo couldn’t even be bothered to travel the few thousand miles from China to Oslo, Norway to receive the prestigious honor! And you know what his lame excuse was? “Oh, I’m soooo sorrrrrry, but I happened to be tied-up at the moment with being imprisoned in my home country China, for speaking my mind and advocating political change. Can’t be bothered to show in Oslo! TTFN!”

(The above was brought to you by Satire… “Satire” Good for the soul, like a spoonful of vinegar in the morning!”)

The reason Liu Xiaobo is enjoying the hospitality of the Chinese prison system for the next decade, is that he dared suggest there could be more than one political party in his country; that his fellow citizens should have a significant, real choice in determining who the leaders of the country might be. The Chinese Communist Party takes a rather dim view of that sort of idea, as evidenced by a little tank-and-gunfire party they threw back in June of 1989 in Tiananmen Square. So last December, the Chinese government sentence Xiaobo to 11 years in prison, and sentenced his wife to house arrest as well. Learn a little more about him in this video:

As a total aside, the idea of having more than one political party from which to choose is an idea I’d love to see catch on in this country. In the mean time, we can at least enjoy the fact that, in the US,

Paul the Oracle Octopus

Filed under: Celebrities,Honors,International News,Natural Wonders,News of the Weird World — Tags: , — Positronic Dave @ 3:55 pm July 12, 2010

One of the most bizzare, yet awesome stories to come from World Cup 2010 is that of Paul, the Oracle Octopus, the “Jimmy the Greek” of the cephalopod set, the octopus with it’s eyes clearly set well into the future.

Paul, the Oracle octopus made an amazing 8 out of 8 picks regarding who would win in World Cup Play, making his the most famous mollusk since… since… hmmm, what was the last famous octopus we knew of? Squiddly Diddly, probably… check out this video and let me know what you think:

Now, whereas any mere, normal octopus might heavily favor their native land (in Paul’s case, he lives in an aquarium in Germany) Paul, the Oracle Octopus makes no false claims, no faux-future calls based only on crude nationalism. No, Paul picked the teams that pulled at his tentacles, regardless of the cost.

When it came down to Spain vs Germany in the final, Paul picked Spain, just as accurately as he picked the other winners in seven previous matches. How he did it was like this: Paul would be presented with food boxes, covered with the flags of the competing teams. Which ever box drew his tentacle to him was declared the prognosticated dinner… uh, I mean “winner.” True to form, Paul the Oracle Octopus picked Spain, who, as we all know, carried the World Cup trophy home with them, the first time they have won.

Now the controversy starts. Businessmen in Spain want to buy him for close to $40,000 dollars. Italy claims Paul was caught in Italian waters and therefore, belongs to them. Priests in The Netherlands want to “disprove him.” Pat Robertson hasn’t weighed in yet (in fact he’s been pretty quiet since his Haiti remarks) but if he does, look for the word “Satan” to get thrown around liberally.

But germany maintains that Paul the Oracle octopus is coming home to the Sea Life Aquarium, located in the tentacle-friendly local of Oberhausen, where he will live the octopus version of the good and quiet life. No more the harsh glare of the media lights; no longer made to perform 9and often show-up) sports predictors who must have found themselves feeling “short handed” by this Nostradamus of the Sea World set.

No, it’s time for Paul the Oracle Octopus to be allowed to fade into the shadows. Octopi like that.

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