Thursday, January 29, 2009

New age of rebellion and riot stalks Europe (Nudists in Switzerland)

The first part of that headline was from the Times of London on January 22. Here's the story.
The day before, their headline was "World Agenda: riots in Iceland, Latvia and Bulgaria are a sign of things to come".
The Daily Mail said "Iceland's senior minister resigns as government becomes first global political casualty of the credit crunch".

Today's ToL story:

French take to streets on Black Thursday

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in France today to protest at President Sarkozy's handling of the global economic crisis in what unions described as the country's biggest demonstrations for 20 years.

"This is a social event of major importance", said Bernard Thibault, leader of the communist Confédération Générale du Travail union, which said 1.5 million had participated in marches in provincial cities and thousands more in Paris.

"It's not a passing outburst of anger. There will be more."

Earlier, French business was put in hibernation as millions of workers stayed at home to avoid the nationwide public sector strike....MORE

For a bit of Dark Ages flavor:

Return of wolves worries farmers

Grey wolves have colonised the uplands of central France for the first time in 70 years, confirming fears that the wild animals are spreading from their Italian forest habitat....MORE

Finally back to the Times:

Switzerland slaps ban on menace of naked German ramblers

Switzerland is to introduce new laws to tackle a growing menace from Germany that is threatening to spread to the country’s pristine Alpine meadows – naked walkers.

In autumn last year groups of nature lovers started exploring mountain regions while wearing only rucksacks and walking shoes. Local police made arrests but soon realised that they had to let the naked walkers go with an apology as there was no law against nude mountaineering....MORE

Alles ist Kaput.

(German civilian to American POW, May 1945)

I would guess it depends on which side of the fence you're on.