April 22nd, 2002


French president

The French had the first round of their presidential election yesterday. Next month the second round will be between Chirac and Le Pen. The last one was a major surprise as everybody had expected left wing Prime Minister Jospin to reach the second round. He was beaten by controversial extreme right wing Le Pen.
This is a scary thought. One of the most important and powerful countries in Europe has to choose between a conservative right wing candidate and a fascist. No good can come out of this.

All over France there have been protest today. There were socialist asking their voters to vote for Chirac in May. A banner today said, "Vote for the crook, not the fascist". It might be cynical, but it comes close to reality.

We're not heading the right way in Europe at the moment. In the Netherlands there are elections coming up next month as well and a big headed conservative has been grabbing attention for the last few months, even though he has no policy whatsoever, he still is doing well in the polls and threatening to become a major power. In the UK Blair is the most right wing Labour politician in history and in Germany the conservatives are winning at regional and local elections, while prime minister Schroeder is mainly debating if his hair colour is natural or not.

Which country is good enough at the moment? Where can I migrate?
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Reid, Geleijnse & Van Tol - Fokke & Sukke, het afzien van 2001 (02-008)

If I count well, this is the seventh book about Fokke & Sukke. They are two ducks, who appear in cartoons in several Dutch newspapers and magazines. Somehow I guess that they must have been invented as a parody on Donald Duck, as they do wear a shirt and a cap only, but the fact that you can see genitals already shows that they are not as innocent as the famous Disney character.

Fokke & Sukke comment on what is happening in the world and they are not very subtle. During the foot and mouth outbreak they sell sheep illegally, they are moaning about the e-mail they should have had from their foster parents child and confuse Bin laden with Santa Claus, as they are both rich men in a dress with a beard. For everything that happens, Fokke & Sukke have a comment. This one is about 2001, perhaps I should buy some of the older ones as well. I like their cynicism.
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