Thursday, February 16, 2006


The top page of The Japan Times today featured a big article about how riots in Pakistan this week are targeting anything vaguely Western. In case you haven't guessed, this brouhaha is (supposedly) related to the Muhammad cartoons published in the Danish broadsheet in September of last year. In a move that one can only call a stupid layout job, there are two color photographs pertaining to this story. The first shows a mob burning down a KFC. The second shows a mob burning down a McDonald's. (By the way, Mr. Editor, you might like to know that you misspelled “Peshawar” in the article.)

Yeah y'all. Because KFC is the enemy. Colonel Sanders is the root of all your problems. Burn that plastic Ronald McDonald POS and your life will be perfect thereafter. For fuck's sake. Casus belli: too many fat grams?? Bad buns?? They even attacked the HQ of the country's largest mobile communications company. They do realize that just means they won't get reception for the rest of the month, don't they? (By the way, I maintain that KFC should be listed as a major tourist destination in Tokyo. How can something that tastes so good be so bad for you?!)

The next article I read discussed U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney's little incident involving his friend's face and an obscene number of shotgun pellets. Apparently he called him from Washington, to wish him well and “ask if there was anything he needed”. Um, your head on a silver platter? Dick? Maybe?

Sufficiently disgusted with the state of the world, I turned to the sports page as a palate-cleanser, only to find that Japan hasn't won a single medal after 4 days of the Olympics. (Sweden got a few, though. Not sure about Korea as I completely forgot to check. Very proud of Canada, where I swear I will be a citizen someday.) The Turin-Tokyo time difference sucks; I was up until way too late last night, watching the curling event. I thought it would be totally lame but after a while I was mesmerized. It's like a dorky, Nordic, smoke- and alcohol-free, outdoor version of playing pool.

A few other headlines caught my eye (if only because it was mangled enough to warrant a second glance and an exasperated shake of the head) but I resisted any urge to read any further. I have enough trash floating around in my mind - I don't need to collect any more by paying unnecessary attention to the news.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

wHAT was so stupid about the layout job? Sound like good photos.

3:44 AM  
Blogger e! said...

They WERE good photos. But it was an article, not a Spot-The-Difference box in the Sunday pages!

11:41 AM  

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