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January 11, 2013

hypervocal:

That guy there, with the face tattoo … he could be the next president of the Czech Republic. Seriously. Do yourself a favor, read this.

Moving to Eastern Europe just so I can vote for this guy.

13:20 // 1 year ago
September 26, 2012

Yikes: Czech Republic dealing with tainted liquor scare

  • cause Earlier this month, reports started surfacing about a bootlegged variety of alcohol that was responsible for killing at least 26 people in the Czech Republic.
  • reaction The country, in a bold move, chose to ban the sale of hard liquor as it tried to nail down the source. Some distilleries shut down in response to the order.
  • result After a search, the country figured out what it was — cheap rum and vodka that had been mixed with the industrial chemical methanol. At least ten people have been arrested and 5,000 gallons of the tainted drink have been found. The country has partially lifted the ban, but at least 30 people are still in the hospital for methanol poisoning and police are still on the hunt for tainted bottles. source
22:32 // 1 year ago
December 18, 2011
You do not become a ‘dissident’ just because you decide one day to take up this most unusual career. You are thrown into it by your personal sense of responsibility, combined with a complex set of external circumstances. You are cast out of the existing structures and placed in a position of conflict with them. It begins as an attempt to do your work well, and ends with being branded an enemy of society.
Former Czech Republic leader Vaclav Havel • Writing in his 1978 essay, “Power of the Powerless,” about his dissident status in the former Czechoslovakia, a status he eventually broke free from after he rose to become the country’s leader. Not that he took a particularly normal path to the top — before he became a noted peace activist and political leader, he was a playwright whose works were banned in his own country following the 1968 Soviet invasion of the then-Czechoslovakia. Havel died Sunday at 75. He’s a figure that should’ve had a bigger international profile. Perhaps he’ll gain one now that his life has hit the history books. source (viafollow)
20:31 // 2 years ago