Russia's passed some weird benchmark recently. RIA Novosti, the state-owned news agency, reports that a World Health Organization survey found that there are around 800,000 witches and sorcerers operating in Russia today. That's 160,000 more occult healers than registered physicians, which means that Russia, as the RIA article put it, "has more occult healers than doctors." That's that weird benchmark I referred to a moment ago. See more »
The Independent ran a story about fifteen years ago that I missed entirely (thank you for finally enlightening me with a link, LOML) about loathed abstract impressionist painter Jackson Pollock being a propaganda tool of the CIA.
I finally found the reason for Pollock's inexplicable popularity; he was a tool of the CIA in it Cold War battle to prove to the Soviets that the U.S. wasn't a cultural wasteland composed of yokels who couldn't appreciate art. See more »
Google Maps has popped up in my life once more, in the form of an odd little news story out of Central America. It's very fortunate that the U.S. and U.S.S.R. are no longer using Central American nations as proxy armies to duke out the Cold War any longer because a recent foray by the Nicaraguan military into Costa Rica may have led to a major skirmish. Instead, the president of Costa Rica urged that her countrypeople remain "calm and firm," reports CNN in the face of what amounts to an invasion. See more »
One of the more unusual things to come out of the Cold War was the doctrine of mutual assured destruction (MAD). Unusual, insane -- one of those really. The MAD doctrine pretty much served as the fulcrum for the precarious balance between the Soviet and American poles and kept one side from annihilating the other. See more »
It looks a lot like the beneficent and subversive spirit of Hugo Chavez's annual donation of 100 million gallons of heating oil to impoverished families in the United States for the last four year has spread to Venezuela's neighbors. Some nations of Latin America are growing increasingly unified in their progressive drug policies recently, and it appears that the changes are, in part, a means of pulling down the pants of the common bully of the region, the United States. See more »