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We’re Losing It March 27, 2008

Posted by gregquill in Uncategorized.

Marko Kulju, a tourist from Finland, went to Easter Island and chipped a big chunk out of an ear of one of the ancient statues carved from volcanic rock, so he could have a souvenir.

The Mayor of Easter Island, like most Islanders, is furious. He wants to imprison the 26-year-old, and clip off a piece of his ear.

We Americans have a right to be furious, too, I think. It’s OUR job to offend all of the people of the world as we visit their countries, with our boorish, Ugly American, too-rich-for-our-own-good attitudes. Who does this guy think he is?!

There’s only one solution.

We have to make him an honorary American.



1. Brenda Love - March 27, 2008

Several questions immediately come to mind –
1. Why did he do that?
2. What was he planning to do with it? Landscaping? Anniversary present? It matched the drapes in his house?
3. Was he planning to check it through customs at the airport?
4. Did he truly think he could get by with depriving future generations an opportunity to meditate on the earlobe?

2. Greg Finnegan - March 28, 2008

Brenda, you have put your finger on it! His toughtless, stupid, arrogant act of malicious vandalism is akin to the best efforts of the Columbine teenage killers as well as the best of the Capital Hill gaggle!

3. Natiivi - March 29, 2008

There were more column meters published on the death of Princess Diana than there were on the invasion at Normandy. Soon there will be more column meters on this earlobe of the moai statute (1 out of 400-1000, the hungry media does not even know the number) than there are columns on the massive Buddha statutes annihilated by the Taleban regime.

This countryman of mine has been lynched high. Ear off. 7 years in a South American prison. After this publicity, even a day in a South American jail would kill him.

And as I read the actual story behind the News from Congoo to Australia, it seems to me that he’s not proven to break it by purpose.

A high-octan, adrenaline addict adventurer climbs on a top of a high and sacred monument. Bad enough. The Finn brokes the ear of this fragile lava type of stone. Worse enough. My countryman tries to hide it and runs away. Worst enough. (OK, Oll Korrect, he confessed what happened later on.) But this does not prove him a thief though the whole globe would shout and shoot so!

It was the Easter week at the Easter Island. The same week the Finnish leaders of the Botnia pulp factory at the border river between Uruguay and Argentine were on trial in a South American court for “Planned damage”. After Finnish flags had been burnt in the streets of Argentine for 3 years for this biggest investment ever to the poor country of Uruguay. We have a classical scape goat and red herring here, it appears to me. Not every tattood boxer is suffering from Dementia pugilistica. In Finland we enjoy extreme sports, but the aim was not to vandalize it appears to me. So now we know we should prefer Tibet over the highest 22-meter Moai for climbing. That I want to apologize.

An outrageous mob wanting to lynch a man is an old scene, only the internet phenomenon is new. A raging mob behaves irrationally when it goes out to lynch. 314000 votes, 52% would sentence him to de facto death in South American jail, without knowing whether it was an alleged theft or an accident from climbing.

Few FACTS about Finland
Finland has been the least corrupt country in the world in the transparency international throughout the 3rd millennium: http://www.transparency.org/policy_research/surveys_indices/cpi/2006 . In the OECD’s international assessment of student performance, PISA, Finland has consistently been among the highest scorers worldwide; in 2003, Finnish 15-year-olds came first in reading literacy, science, and mathematics; and second in problem solving, worldwide. The World Economic Forum ranks Finland’s tertiary education #1 in the world. In 1906, Finland became the first European nation (and one of the first in the world) to grant women the right to vote and run for parliament. Finland’s most famous company is Nokia, the world’s largest producer of mobile phones. The most famous Finnish person alive today is Linus Torvalds, who originated (and still maintains) Linux, the shareware free computer operating system.

Pauli Ojala

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