News of the Day

You gotta learn something on the radio while you’re driving out to Aldi, right?

The Bosnian Serbs in Banja Luka have been ordered by a local court to pay $42 Million for the destruction of 16 local mosques during the 1992-1995 war. Hopefully this is a verdict that leads to more reconciliation than resentment, but I have my doubts.

Futurism turns 100 years old tomorrow. Quite an ironic concept that. February 20th marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of F.T. Marinetti’s Futurist Manifesto in the French newspaper Le Figaro. The movement, which called for the glorification of war and the rejection of tradition and religion as a basis for life, inevitably became associated with Italian fascism and lost a lot of its bite. Nevertheless, it was a major turning point in the aesthetics of 20th century art, the reverberations with which we are still living.

And finally the funniest story I heard all day. A British soldier stationed in Bergen-Höhne, Germany was arrested after driving two (yeah two) tanks off his base in the middle of the night without authorization. Apparently he stole the first one and proceeded to run it off of the road into a tree. So what’s he do? Goes back and gets another one. My favorite line of the story: “Reports that the soldier had been drinking could not be confirmed.”


1 Comment

  1. Susan said,

    February 20, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Now that’s some news. Reperations that may cause chaos, senile futurism, AND blatant stupidity on the part of a soldier and a reporter. Perfect.

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