Various stuffs that have been floating my boat this week...
The New York Times features this article about how salsa has become ever-present on American tables yet is a far cry from what Mexicans would consider "real" salsa.
Arshavin' bizarre Q + A
When Arsenal's diminuitive Russian forward Andrey Arshavin hosted a Q + A page on his website, you'd expect the questions from his fans to be about football. On the contrary, it reveals his fans to be a fairly odd bunch with other things on their minds. The questions include "in what order would you place the following animals: a tiger, a cow, a pig, a horse, a sheep?" and "what do you think people need pain for?"
Full credit to Arshavin, his answers are frequently as entertaining as the questions.
"Social justice" = Socialism and Nazism
In a rant that encapsulates all that is wrong with the Right in the US, Glenn Beck recently implored listeners to abandon any church that ever makes use of the words "social justice" or "economic justice". They are code words for socialism and Nazism, don't you know. One of my favourite Christian thinkers, Reverend Jim Wallis, takes Beck to task for this nonsense. Whisper it, but if Jesus Christ himself lived in the States today, he'd be regarded as a dangerous socialist revolutionary.
On the rudeness of Kuala Lumpur
I very much liked this article about the general surliness of the populace of Kuala Lumpur, a city where I spend a lot of time. I recently asked the Egyptian cleaning lady at my work about her brief stopover in Malaysia (en route to Thailand), and she gave me a 5 minute tirade about how Malaysians were the rudest people she'd ever experienced.