Archive for March 28th, 2006

A Tortoise-Driven Life


No real point to make here, I just thought it was kind of amazing:

…[T]oday we pause to note the death of Adwaitya, an Aldabran tortoise who died last Wednesday at the Calcutta zoo. He is believed to have been about 250, nearly 80 years older than the next-oldest animal, a 176-year-old Galapagos tortoise living in Australia….


He had lived in the Calcutta zoo since 1875 and was one of four tortoises captured from Aldabra – which one tortoise historian calls a “low coralline atoll … in a little-visited part of the Indian Ocean about 400 kilometers north of Madagascar” – and presented to Lord Robert Clive, who was the architect, if that is the word, of the British empire in India. If Adwaitya was truly 250, he was born in the same year as Mozart.

Whoa. It’s that last sentence there that really drives it home for me.

3 comments March 28th, 2006 at 10:58pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness

Christianity Triumphs Again!

Well, here’s some happy news out of Flourishing Liberal Democracy Afghanistan:

An Afghan man who had faced the death penalty for converting from Islam to Christianity has been released from prison after the case was dropped, the justice minister said Tuesday.

The announcement came after the United Nations said Abdul Rahman has appealed for asylum outside Afghanistan and that the world body was working to find a country willing to take him.


Deputy Attorney General Mohammed Eshak Aloko told the AP that prosecutors had issued a letter calling for Rahman’s release because ”he was mentally unfit to stand trial.” He also said he did not know where he was being held.

He said Rahman may be sent overseas for medical treatment.

Well, no wonder he needs asylum! He’s insane!

Hours earlier, hundreds of clerics, students and others chanting ”Death to Christians!” marched through the northern Afghan Mazar-i-Sharif to protest the court’s decision Sunday to dismiss the case.

”Abdul Rahman must be killed. Islam demands it,” said senior Cleric Faiez Mohammed, from the nearby northern city of Kunduz. ”The Christian foreigners occupying Afghanistan are attacking our religion.”

Several Muslim clerics have threatened to incite Afghans to kill Rahman if he is freed, saying that he is clearly guilty of apostasy and deserves to die.

So everything worked out for the best, and all they had to do to avert catastrophe was to equate Christianity with insanity. They’ve come such a long way in such a short time, thanks to the Bush Administration’s deep understanding of foreign cultures, and its wonkish obsession with planning and detail.

3 comments March 28th, 2006 at 12:34am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Afghanistan,Bush,Religion

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