Thursday, July 31, 2008
First of all, thanks to the ShadowLands for inviting me to the world premiere of Nigel Jamieson's debut with the Sydney Theatre Company. Just one question though - since he is using diary material in this play, why didn't he use my written records in Honour Bound? If he did, maybe he would have got some arses on seats. I guess it's because Jews have complete financial and media control in Australia.
Real jihad is possible just like before in the Prophet's day where martyrs die with a smile on their faces and their bodies stay smelling of beautiful perfume for weeks after death. Allah will use his servants to punish non-believers in this world. Islam will rule again but for now we must have patience we are asked to sacrifice our lives for Allahs cause why not? The only true Muslims are those fighting. I am now very well trained for jihad in weapons like anti-aircraft missiles.
But about the play: it was shit - I might as well have stayed at home killing Jews. But I must say, some of those NIDA chicks have nice tits.
While capitalism in this nation has presumably sown the seeds of its own destruction, Switzerland is consistently one of the richest nations in the world. Taxes are low, free trade agreements are many, referendums are held regularly, and the nation is powered by both hydro-electricity and nuclear power, meaning carbon emissions from electricity production are close to zero.
Switzerland's anti-immigration political party, the Swiss People's Party has grown to about 30 per cent of the popular vote, which means they are supposed to be ashamed of themselves, I guess.
Switzerland is also home to a range of cool sports like hornussen.
Another great joke at the expense of disabled people here.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
However, it turned out to be a bonanza for director, Nigel Jamieson, who won $35,000 worth of Jew money from the Sidney Myer Foundation. Having escaped the Russian pogroms, Sidney Myer was the founder of a retail dynasty in Australia. Now he divides most of his days between giving money to fuckwits and spinning in his grave.
Jamieson is focusing his inconsiderable talents to the subject of Gallipoli, with the major take home message appearing to be that Australian soldiers were stupid.
He was a chain smoker who died after suffering a heart attack in his swimming pool, which makes his (pictured) commemorative statue all the more interesting.
Sad as his death might have been, it was probably a better option than facing retirement with his revolting wife.
Woodfires are a huge health problem, with smoke killing 2.2 million people per year.
All of which, naturally enough, leads to this.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Also, happy birthday to this dickhead.
"I feel sorry for our snowfields for they will be the ones out of business" - and some are not: "Best snow I've ever skiied at Mt Buller and I've been going there for 30 years."
One reader sighs: "The Australian snow industry is totally stuffed... Just look at the snow depth charts of the last 50 years." Okay then.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Niven was also a WWII veteran and an entertaining writer. If memory serves correctly, his autobiography described an early screen test where, unsure of what to say, he recited a verse:
There was a young man from Leeds
Who swallowed a packet of seeds
Great shoots of grass
Grew out of his arse
And his cock was covered in weeds.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Dangerous Dave and Brutal Bob
Maccas sign (makes a good background image on a shared computer)
and sands through the hourglass
oh, and don't forget peasant management.
I appreciate you are a very busy man, but apart from acknowledgement of receipt, I have not yet had a response to my letter that was sent to you two weeks ago. The question I am seeking to be answered is: what is the source of your information that Australia is the hottest and driest continent in the world?
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Australia already has about 1.5 million square kilometres of forest and woodland, equal to an area about the size of Mongolia, or larger than the entire Northern Territory
National Tree Day is a ruse by the Toyota Corporation to seek to gain enough greenie points to get large government grants to make resource guzzling Priuses and to continue churning out SUVs. It's pretty similar to this initiative involving GM Holden planting trees in the Murray Darling Basin.
All of which makes this study kind of interesting reading.
Traditionally on this day, the last person in the house to wake up is woken up using water. Why not be the first person in your household to participate in this worthy international cultural experience?
Or alternatively, try your hand at this (admittedly, not very interesting) game.
Need to know more? Want recipes? Which breed is best? Make this your one-stop dog cuisine reference centre.
Friday, July 25, 2008
UPDATE: The ShadowLands notes we had a recent visitor from a government site in Venezuela. In case you were wondering, "plonker" in Australia means "top bloke" so feel free to put this in Hugo's press clippings.
"Having said that, we need to get to Cairns because we are going to be late for a civic reception. Got to run folks."
"We have got to board a plane. Last one."
"We’ve got to run. Thanks very much."
"I think I’d better zip. That was about it, got to run."
"Just to conclude on that, because Cabinet is still going and we should actually be there, it would be a good idea, and I’d just like to conclude and I’m very concerned about the little girl out here in the sun without a hat."
Julia Gillard: "OK, in the words of Kevin Rudd: I’ve got to zip."
Liberia was established by well-meaning Americans so freed slaves could resettle in Africa, and the capital named after President James Monroe.
Since 1980, Liberia has experienced a succession of coups and civil wars. Once rubber, timber and diamonds were its biggest exports - now it's refugees. The unemployment rate of 85 per cent is the second highest in the world.
On Liberian Independence Day, 26 July, please stand for the Liberian national anthem.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
However, according to thissy here, staff members of the Democratic National Convention Committee have been "putting balloons into compost heaps and waiting for something to happen. Nothing has."
UDPDATE: Wondering why the Democrats are so worried about balloons? Answer here.
Pope Innocent VIII and his contemporaries believed that witches would have sex with demons, kill babies, and steal penises - and that they needed to be hunted down.
One contemporary historian claimed that when Pope Innocent VIII died on 25 July 1492, three 10-year-old boys also died while attempts were made to transfuse him with their blood.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Bolivar only has a few living descendants, including his great-great-great-nephew Eduardo Mendoza. He was an agricultural scientist and politician in Venezuela who resigned over a decision to import frozen beef from Argentina. Shortly after he resigned, in 1950, the country was infected with foot and mouth disease, a problem that continues to cost them many millions of dollars every year.
Simon Bolivar is attributed with the quote "If Nature is against us, we shall fight Nature, and make it obey."
Apparently none of the stories Kevin thought were good anecdotes made it into the book. There are also some fond references to his press secretary, former GetUp spokesman, Lachlan Harris (pictured) - not that there's anything wrong with that.
While yesterday, Kevin was struggling with his geography, today it's his apostrophes:
"Australia was ignoring the damage to it’s own economy, it’s natural environment and it’s water resources by the clear cut, absolutely clear cut, evidence of climate change."
UPDATE: More information on Lachlan Harris at the bottom, here including:
"He is also a dedicated fan of Los Angeles-based gossip character Richard Reed (sic) on the Today Show...He has a girlfriend."
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
The aeroplane became known as the Gimli Glider, and the full story is a classic.
Alarmingly, the multinational organisation in charge of the vessel has a history of causing environmental damage to sensitive reefs. The boat which is larger than Greg Norman's yacht, powered by a BHP Sulzer V12 diesel motor and features a hull strong enough to smash through ice, is unlikely to be stopped by any of the fragile old-growth coral polyps that it may encounter.
Whether anyone will ponder why North Korea's Gross National Income per capita is 5.7 per cent of their southern neighbour remains to be seen.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Speaking of climate change, new television advertisements point to a website with the promise that you can "have your say". This seems to imply there is some kind of chat room, but nothing appears to be available at the moment.
Since unemployment exceeds 40 per cent in Swaziland, it is difficult to tell whether or not it is a national holiday. Swaziland is a young country on account of a life expectancy of 32 - the world's lowest, but not so vibrant, on account of its rate of HIV infection - the world's highest.
King Sobhuza II married 70 wives, and had 210 children between 1920 and 1970. About 180 children survived infancy. When he died he had over 1000 grandchildren.
Much like the Australian Labor Party, Swaziland is a kleptocracy - a small entity that benefits a minority whose participation in it is safeguarded by relations with power.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Visiting a university in London in 1989, he was asked about the fatwa against author Salman Rushdie, to which he is reported to have replied, "He must be killed. The Qur'an makes it clear - if someone defames the prophet, then he must die."
Asked to clarify this statement by the Christian Science Monitor, he is reported to have said, "In Islam there is a line between let's say freedom and the line which is then transgressed into immorality and irresponsibility and I think as far as this writer is concerned, unfortunately, he has been irresponsible with his freedom of speech. Salman Rushdie or indeed any writer who abuses the prophet, or indeed any prophet, under Islamic law, the sentence for that is actually death. It's got to be seen as a deterrent, so that other people should not commit the same mistake again."
He also doesn't want to answer questions about Hamas.
Mr Islam has retired from recording, but much of his time is taken up receiving prizes.
Herostratus claimed credit in order to immortalise his name. In order to discourage other fame-whores, the authorities executed him, and forbade mention of his name under the penalty of death. However, the ancient historian Theopompus who didn't let no control freaks tell him what to do, recorded the event.
In line with the German penchant for having cool words with no English equivalents, "herostrat" is their word for a criminal motivated by fame.
UPDATE: There may be a technical difficulty over at the ShadowLands Ave, as 14 homes are listed, but only 10 are showing up...Jeez, the perils of home ownership.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
The delegation pictured here includes Mr Daniel L. Albritton, Mrs Rudie Bourgeois, Mr Jim Bruce, Ms Renate Christ, Mr Ogunlade Davidson, Mr. Christopher Field, Mr Sergio Gonzales, Mr John Houghton, Mr Izrael Yury Antonievich, Mr Michel Jarraud, Mr Jarraud, Mr Omar Masera, Mr Bert Metz, Mr Richard Moss, Mr Mohan Munasinghe, Mr Richard Odingo, Mrs Bagis Osman-Elasha, Ms Jean Palutikof, Mr Martin Parry, Mrs Riitta Pipatti, Mr Qin Dahe, Mrs Susan Solomon, Mr Mustafa Tolba Ms Carola Traverso Saibante, Mr Robert Watson, Mr Richard Wood.
The laureates all enjoyed a banquet of lobster aspic with dill-baked halibut and Kalix bleak roe; young cockerel with cockerel sausage, accompanied by almond potato and celery root terrine; raspberry and blackcurrant parfait on beds of pistachio, with vanilla ice cream. This was all washed down by lashings of Eau minérale Ramlösa and Remy Martin VSOP Cointreau.
They also enjoyed a torchlight parade and a concert with a modest line-up of minstrels and wandering troubadors.
"...Then Tenzing stepped up and Hillary took a photograph of him. Hillary and Tenzing Norgay stood literally on top of the world. It didn't enter Hillary's head to have his photograph taken.
My job as Prime Minister is to look at these scientific facts, look at the economic facts, and then make a balanced judgment for the country’s long term future. And then when you look at the science facts and the economic facts on climate change, the fact that temperatures are going up and we’re already the world’s hottest and driest continent, and we’ll become, therefore, likely candidates to be the hardest and earliest hit by climate change...
The rumoured reason for the break-up is that Mr Bush is having an affair with Condoleezza Rice - with numerous Internet sites corroborating the story. More details will be made available just as soon as reports of reports of reports of reports come to hand.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Although it's not quite numerically accurate, her notoriety can be well summed up by a charming jump rope song of the time:
Lizzie Borden took an axe
And gave her mother forty whacks.
And when she saw what she had done
She gave her father forty-one.
On the anniversary of the murders, one lucky e-bay bidder will be staying in the room where her stepmother was found lying face down in a pool of blood.
But what happened to our old friend - per capita?
The heat of a continent per capita is nonsensical - but water resources per capita is much less so. So looky here.
UPDATE: It's official: Australia/Oceania has the most actual renewable water resources per capita of any region on Earth - however, Australia by itself comes a respectable second after South America.
Kevin sets it up beautifully with the statement:
"I think the challenge here, Mike, is to, as Prime Minister, is to face the scientific facts, face the economic facts, which confront us,"
"This is already the world’s hottest and driest continent. We are therefore likely to be hit hardest and earliest by climate change. "
UPDATE: Claim repeated on the ABC, about two thirds of the way down here.
UPDATE II: Climate Minister Penny Wong is not so sure:
"As one of the hottest and driest continents on earth, Australia's economy and environment will be one of the hardest and fastest hit by climate change if we don't act now."
UPDATE: Now it's billions.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
The book was a best-seller, allowing him to buy a Mercedes when he left prison and (along with a sequel) has since sold millions of copies. He sold 240,000 copies by the time he became Chancellor in 1933 and had incurred a tax debt equivalent to a small fortune - at which time his debt was waived. The son of Hitler's nephew is said to have a strong legal case to win the copyright of the book from Bavaria should he decide to pursue it.
In the absence of other footage, international readers will get the general spirit of this sport here and a general primer on western Sydney here and its currently favoured sport here.
Some years ago, I had a conversation with a person who was about to invest a lot of money in an ostrich farm. The conversation reached an abrupt silence when I asked them whether they currently buy any ostrich products. So, Timbonator, are you planning to travel to Blacktown and pay to watch the Leprechauns any time soon?
Here are a few other reasons this team is destined to fail:
* Much of Tim's argument is that AFL is a much better game to play. He may be right, but every school boy in Sydney refers to the game as "gay fl". This explains why despite a multi-million dollar advertising campaign, "the eight listed junior AFL clubs in Sydney's west need to amalgamate age groups to field teams". What's more important, player participation will not really help this new club.
* The idea to recruit Irish players and have a celtic theme is bizarre. Irish backpackers will not travel to western Sydney to see them play - at least, not more than once. In contrast, the Melbourne Storm rugby league team has found a decent base from its fans with a Pacific Islander background. The introduction of a celtic AFL team in western Sydney will go down like the introduction of an Icelandic ballet company in Collingwood.
* Sydney people don't watch AFL on television, with previous live broadcasts of the home side soundly beaten by Antiques Roadshow. What makes you think they will pay to go and watch fumbleball in the cold out in Sydney's west?
The introduction of the Leprechauns to western Sydney is set to be an epic car crash in slow motion, and if you listen carefully, you can hear the chaps at NRL headquarters making the popcorn.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
* South Korea has a plan to have a robot in every home by 2020.
* South Korea is a manufacturing powerhouse and the 13th largest economy in the world by GDP, just ahead of Australia.
* Despite this, and being a nation of people addicted to video gaming and a diet of fermenting vegetables, it has per capita greenhouse emissions equivalent to less than half that of Australia. Mmmh, how do they do it?
* For $150,000, if you send body tissues from a pet to a firm in South Korea called RNL Bio, they can make you another one, just the same.
* If it's a dog, you will be relieved to know that preparing dogs for food is now illegal in South Korea.
* But you would be concerned to discover that it still happens.
* Part of a 2007 peace plan between North and South Korea included an agreement to have a joint Olympic cheer squad.
Please stand for the South Korean national anthem.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
At the battle of Mobile Bay, from his high perch, Farragut could see ships pulling back after one had been sunk by a tethered mine (then known as a torpedo). "What's the trouble?" was shouted through a trumpet from the flagship to a flanking vessel.
"Torpedoes!" was shouted back in reply. "Damn the torpedoes!" said Farragut, "Four bells. Captain Drayton, go ahead! Jouett, full speed!"
While having tragic consequences for their victims, nuclear weapons also ended the war, saved many lives, civilised the Japanese, and led to the longest period of peace in the western world since 180 AD.
You can still visit ground zero in New Mexico twice a year, where you can buy a hamburger or a mushroom cloud t-shirt. Radiation at the site is above average, but no worse than an aeroplane flight or a visit to the Capitol building in Washington
The forums of the KFA include all the breaking news from the DPRK like this.
There is evidence here that these folk are for real.
Read all about it here.
(Also, scroll down at the last link for details on floral basket deliveries on the occasion of the 14th anniversary of the demise of Kim Il Sung.)
"I don’t think anyone is being responsible if they look at the science and say, ‘sorry, not for me buddy’ – it’s just there, it stares you in the face."Behold, the science! Now let's see how Kevin goes on the geography.
Monday, July 14, 2008
The best known song by Joy Division was Love Will Tear Us Apart which was an ironic response to the ShadowLands' theme song. Ian Curtis was so big on irony that he killed himself in 1980, ensuring he would go down in history as the miserable sod's miserable sod.
He was such a miserable sod that he even failed to make the 27 club.
By the by - here is one good reason why Greenpeace types might want to think twice about hanging out near coal-fired power stations.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
On returning from Vietnam, he was forced to shave his distinctive moustache, leading to a tradition in international air forces known as "moustache March", and indirectly leading to the development of this human rights organisation.
In recent media interviews, you repeated the claim that Australia is the hottest and driest continent. From which source did you get this information?
Readers are instructed to stay tuned to the ShadowLands, because I will be sharing the answer, which could shatter many of the cosy assumptions some of us hold about the tropics.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
* Historians are arguing whether he was an epileptic or hypoglycemic.
* A political opponent once forced him to read out a note in the Senate - but it turned out to be a love letter from the opponents' sister in law.
* Senators began to plot against him when he failed to stand for them when a senatorial delegation visited him, though his supporters argued this was because of a bout of diarrhoea.
* Caesar was stabbed 23 times. Plutarch reported that he said nothing, simply drawing his toga above his head.
* Various likenesses of Caesar bear an uncanny resemblance to the shithouse ABC science presenter, Robyn Williams.
A spokesman for DPRK said that the only people to suffer would be people from so-called "South" Korea.
"Over the years we have had complaints that de-militarized zone too boring for tourists. Now we make interesting once again, and all we hear is complaining!"
Friday, July 11, 2008
But that has all changed thanks to the awesome television series that has found its way to Australian television - ICE ROAD TRUCKERS!!!!
The ShadowLands hereby accepts, and would like to take this opportunity to freely admit, that at least some of you people rock.
"At the end of the day, we need to put our money where our mouth is," Mr Rudd continued. "If we fail to act, our goose is cooked - but we need to make our own luck and never look a gift horse in the mouth."
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Youtube reveals that Naadam is a mixture of way cool horse racing across open fields and big blokes wearing blue budgie smugglers. There should be more of it - Happy Naadam Day.
Of course, the driest continent on the planet is Antarctica. Technically speaking, Australia is the driest inhabited continent. Too pedantic for you?
What about the hottest continent in the world? There is no agreed way to measure what constitutes the hottest continent, but the simplest way is to look at a map.
Has anybody heard of Africa, a continent that encompasses the equator and all of the tropics? African countries that are furthest away from the tropics are Mediterranean in the north and comparable to mild areas of Australia in the south.
There is also an argument that likewise, South America is hotter than Australia because a greater percentage of the land is within the tropics. Australia is in fact, probably the third hottest continent - at best. Another method is to look at international extremes where Australia does not even make it into the top ten...
Of course it is winter in Australia, but bearing in mind that the tropics generally do not have anything resembling winter temperatures and it's also winter in South America and southern Africa, check out:
UPDATE: Climate information for Kevin here.
While some argue that more carbon in the atmosphere will benefit the town by increasing forestry growth, and having flow on effects to the town's important truck driver-servicing prostitution industry, others are concerned that warming will kill fishes, as displayed in this sculpture.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
is the anniversary of the 1989 death of voice acting's equivalent to Shakespeare, Mel Blanc. Little more needs to be said about Mr Blanc than the fact that he voiced Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester the Cat, Elmer Fudd, Tweety Bird, Foghorn Leghorn, Yosemite Sam, Wile Coyote, Barney Rubble, and Pepe Le Pew.
"On this issue, I will be putting my shoulder to the wheel," Mr Rudd said. "If we all get cracking on this we can turn the corner. We must seize the day and get our house in order."
Full transcripts of Mr Rudd's reply available here.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
A Korean war veteran, he is perhaps best remembered for his work with Nancy Sinatra. Say, tell me this ain't a classic...or this.
Not so Nicole Kidman who has given her child a name reminiscent of domesticity and normality - Sunday Rose Kidman Urban.
Those of you of a certain age may remember that in 1990, Kidman's best friend appeared in an advertisement in which she gave up a date with Tom Cruise for a roast lamb. Mmmmh - Sunday Rose = Sunday Roast.
Is Nicole sub-consciously saying she would rather have a Sunday roast than Tom Cruise? My guess is that she has also slotted in her family name because she is not really expecting the last name to be of much use over the long haul...
For keen amateur psycho-analysts, more celebrity baby names here.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Jefferson Randolph ("Soapy") Smith II was a great American con artist long before carbon credits were even invented. He gained his nickname - and a great deal of money - from a soap-selling scam.
Smith would open his display case on a busy street corner and begin expounding on the wonders of the soap. As he spoke to the growing crowd of onlookers, he would pull out his wallet and begin wrapping paper money ranging from one dollar up to one hundred dollars, around a few of the bars. He then finished each bar by wrapping plain paper around it to hide the money before selling the soap to the crowd for one dollar a cake. Someone planted in the crowd would buy a bar, tear it open, and loudly proclaim that he had won some money...you get the drift...
Fittingly enough, Soapy was killed in a gun-fight with the Skagway city surveyor, and his last words were "My god, don't shoot!"
More on the extraordinary life and times of Soapy here.
PS Does anyone else think there is a physical resemblance here? Just sayin' is all.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Well for starters, about five posts down over here, you will find Australia's television ratings for the event (at number 39).
Secondly, what has been done with the money raised from concert tickets and other income?
Let's hope it has not all been spent on private air travel and bitches.
A spokesman for the delegation said that some parts of the Darling River that they visited were so salty, the water was undrinkable for horses, and parts of the lower Murray were blocked.
"The rivers fall rapidly from the mountains in which they originate into a level and extremely depressed country," spokesman, Mr Charles Sturt said.
"Having weak and inconsiderable sources, and being almost wholly unaided by tributories of any kind, they naturally fail before they reach the coast and exhaust themselves in marshes or lakes; or reach it so weakened as to be unable to preserve clear or navigable mouths, or to remove the sand banks that the tides throw up before them."
Saturday, July 5, 2008
It is likely to take you a few goes to get the hang of it, and even when you do, I expect you will only be able to dream of matching MM's magnificent effort of 823.8 metres.
Update: MM makes 1080.0 metres! You people might as well give up already.
Although on the surface they may appear to have little in common, Malawians and Lithuanians both share a penchant for having their lives cut short, though Lithuanians enjoy having more choice in the matter.
You might as well remain standing while you listen to both anthems.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Please stand for the Venezuelan national anthem.
It is also Independence Day for Algeria. According to the UN, Algeria has one of the world's highest per housing unit occupancy rates. This, combined with a lack of inexpensive deodorant, may explain why more than 160,000 people were killed between 1992 and June 2002 in the Algerian Civil War.
During the conflict, the Armed Islamist Group conducted a violent campaign of civilian massacres, sometimes wiping out entire villages in its area of operation. Please rise for the Algerian national anthem.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Here are three things to like about Americans.
* politeness. Americans not only say please and thank you, they say "you're welcome" if you say thank you. They give you water with your meal, even if you didn't ask for it. It was an American who invented the automatic hat tipper.
* Winning the Pacific War. The Japanese were once impolite - lest we forget. Hands up who thinks they wanted to stop at Papua New Guinea?
* The enormous contribution Americans have made to popular culture. Yip, yip, yip - ahaw.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Bertha Benz, the wife of the inventor, chose to publicise the car by personally demonstrating its feasibility as a means to travel long distances.
Bertha Benz drove her sons Eugen and Richard (fifteen and fourteen years old) from Mannheim to her hometown of Pforzheim. As well as being the driver, she acted as mechanic on the drive, cleaning the carburettor with her hat pin, using a garter to insulate a wire, and obtaining fuel from chemists along the way. We may never have known about the great inventor, Karl, without the involvement of the great publicist, Bertha.
Morrison trivia - Jim was born in Melbourne, Florida and his girlfriend (who died of a heroin overdose in 1974) was born in Weed, California. His father was a US Navy Admiral who still resides in California, although Morrison's fortune was eventually inherited by his girlfriend's parents.
is the anniversary of the 1989 death of actor, Jim Backus, best remembered as Thurston Howell III on Gilligan's Island and the voice of Mr Magoo. In 1952 Backus had a brief scene in a movie with Marilyn Monroe. Years later, he recalled the time Monroe urgently beckoned him into her dressing room. Once there, she exclaimed in her breathless voice, "Do Mr. Magoo!"
1961, Ernest Hemingway blew his brains out. Before that he was fine. Then he was dead.
1962, Sam Walton opened the first Wal-Mart in his home state of Arkansas to try out his theory that he could make more money by selling produce with lower mark-ups. By 2006, Wal-Mart had a net income of $12 billion, equivalent to the GDP of a mid-ranking nation, and five of his children were ranked in the top 10 richest Americans.
This is understood not to be the first time that cowardly westerners have used this weapon against brave revolutionaries. Remain ever-vigilant.