Thursday, April 30, 2015
Things have been downright peculiar in New Zealand lately. Let's recap: Earlier this month, Kiwis celebrated Easter Sunday in their own, unique way: By killing bunnies. Yep, the 18th Annual Great Easter Bunny Hunt in Central Otago netted a record 14,799 rabbits. Then...earlier this week...another disturbing story came from the South Island. National Park officials announced the release of the deadly 1080 Poison and the successful culling of countless opossums, mice and other rodents. That's a lot of death for April!
Why so much anger towards little critters? Basically, modern-day New Zealanders are attempting to solve an age-old problem that has plagued the island nation for centuries. Ever since the first settlers arrived in 1769, they brought pests with them. Prior to this year, no mammals never inhabited the remote islands. ( OK! There are two tiny bat species, no native animals whatsoever!) Hence, the place was heaven for European rodents. With no cats and dogs for competition, they ate everything in sight.
Which brings us to the massive Easter Bunny Hunt. If you're imaging hundreds of New Zealanders dressed like ELMER FUDD, you're not too far off! Here's the schedule: First, the hunters are grouped into 35 teams of six. They all have silly names like the Hair Raising Mutineers, Anti Pesto and the Cunculus Terminators. Then, they are randomly assigned plots of infested land to hunt. At the end of the day, dead bunnies are lined up in rows, and counted by officials. Finally, one lucky group is called the Winner!
Friday, April 24, 2015
APRIL 24 CHINA TO REBUILD SILK ROAD HIGHWAY
Why all the pomp and circumstance? Well, you would be excited too.. If you were getting $46 billion dollars! Yep, China is pouring cash into neighboring Pakistan. Here's the agreement: The funds will go into specific projects designed to improve the country's crumbling infrastructure. For example, the Indus Highway (the main North / South artery) will be overhauled into a modern Interstate freeway. Other items include upgrading train lines, oil pipelines, electricity and even a Lahore subway!
For the time being,We here at the DUNER BLOG celebrate Pakistan and their new-found fortune. We are not alone. Even arch-rival India thinks a poor Pakistan is a bad idea. Insurgency breeds in the slums. The US has also supported the measure. After all, it is an aid program and not a military one. As usual, Chinese interests are centered on commerce. Finally, it is ironic that the Silk Road is back in the news. Marco Polo would be so proud..
Friday, April 17, 2015
Finally some GOOD NEWS from the Holy Land! Last Saturday, three very fabled people descended upon Jerusalem. Known the round the world, the family's pilgrimage ended in the Armenian Quarter old the Old City. It was here that the blessed Mother Kim Kardashian, her husband Kanye (Jeezus) West brought their sacred daughter to receive her baptismal rights. Finally, a shooting star flashed across the night sky. The star would forever be called the NORTH STAR after the blessed child.
Oops! We got a bit carried away. To re-cap: Why are Kimye in the Middle East? Well, as everyone knows, the world's most famous family has direct Armenian roots. Specifically, Kim' Kardashian's great-grandparents fled to the USA just months before the horrific Turkish genocide in 1915. In true rags-to-riches fashion, they have never stopped climbing the American social ladder. These days, the family is so wealthy, they decided to have their youngest member baptized in the holiest of Armenian churches as a spiritual pledge to their heritage.
See, Jerusalem's Old Town is divided into four sects. The Jewish Quarter houses the Western Wall and the Temple Mount. The Christan Quarter is home to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Jesus was crucified. The largest Quarter is the Muslim. Finally, there is the Armenian Quarter. The smallest and youngest. It dates from 400AD, when the mountainous Kingdom officially adopted Christianity. The four distinct groups all co-habituate the Old City together.
We're not sure if Kim and Kanye know all this history, but we here at the DUNER BLOG wanted to point it out! We also encourage everyone to try to see the Middle East for its treasures. They are worth fighting for!