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Saturday, January 31, 2009

On flag burning

For sports fans there are few things quite as satisfying as seeing the referee fall over.

For followers of international politics, the nearest equivalent is the person being injured during a flag burning - 'pon which Gateway has the latest.

The above map marks in blue where there have been no recorded burnings of the American flag. Clearly, there are limited opportunities left for virgin flag burnings, though most Africans seem to have better things to do. In Mongolia, reportedly, you are better off American than Chinese.

But what does it all mean? Urbansemiotic has this to say:
"American Flag burning is necessary and important to marking our future as it pocks our past... A burning flag should be reflected in our wet eyes as the voice of freedom singing against the darkening air of repression."


Anonymous said...

Looks like my post to Pravda
"" generated a great deal more response than yours!
(insert childish noises here)

Margo's Maid said...

That's quite a thread, Orion, and yes my attempt sank like a stone. I love the emoticons at Pravda blog.

Col. Milquetoast said...

That link was the UrbanSoporific. Isn't there a rule that anyone who uses the word "semiotic" is probably a dick?

This is for margos the russophile. You may commence dancing comrade.