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Archives: December 2005

Wed Dec 28, 2005

Santarchy!

Santa Mayhem in New Zealand! Santarchy!

I read this story in the paper and had a great laugh!
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/asiapcf/12/17/santa.rampage.ap/

here's another, and another:
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/story.cfm?c_id=1
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/FA4E9FDA-1FDF-40FD-872D-29214FB08F88

Apparently, the AP writers sensationalized the story, turning minor drunkeness into a full scale riot for the sake of newsworthy-ness.

http://santarchy.com/2005/12/18/new-zealand-santarchy-follow-up/

I thought the group probably wrote up a great press release first, alerted the press and then went out and got drunk and did the santas on a rampage thing, and lazy media organizations quoted it because it was topical and sensationalist and EASY - which is all that’s needed to get in the newspaper really. It looked to me like a great media coup - the story was mostly the work of a great satrical minds as a prank.

I wound up making copies of the article and sending them to my relatives in their Christmas cards.

Thank you Santarchy!

Posted by: evil-barry on Dec 28, 05 | 11:18 pm | Profile

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Fri Dec 23, 2005

The Challenge in the South




Thursday, Dec 22, 2005


By: Richard Gott - The Guardian

The large vote for Evo Morales, the socialist and indigenous candidate in the presidential election in Bolivia, and the expected ratification of his success by the congress, marks a new and fascinating moment in the unrolling of radical politics in Latin America. More...

Posted by: Slothrop on Dec 23, 05 | 5:59 am | Profile

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