February 18, 2007
Consular Cretins and Min of Interior Cretins
Have to go Djzair shortly. Had amusing - well semi-amusing - interaction in my semi-successful attempt to get a visa.
First, there was the whole "why do you want to go?" question.
I couldn't resist saying, Business and Pleasure. The consular cretin was not amused.
Then came the 20 questions all evidently motivated by the concept that I couldn't possibly be going to Djzair for anything other than nefarious purposes. It was like a rewind to my youth dealing with the East Germans, refreshingly and entertainingly movie liek paranoid. I suppose in his mind commercial reasons might be nefarious.
Second, the inspection of my residency certification revealed that the local cretins had forgotten to stamp the date. This engendered much puzzlement -why how could an underpaid Min of Interior cretin forget to wield his date stamp? And discussion. And debate. I am sure I was supposed to offer an encouragement, but I'm in a pissy mood of late, so I did not.
Third, post this collosal waste of time, I get a call from the same cretins service requesting I verify, by phone, what I have already told them orally, face-to-face. This was literally the most bizarre thing I have ever experienced in my years of dealing with Arab consular cretins. The ridiculous interviewing, fine. But calling me up afterwards on my cellphone? I mean, what's even the point?
I mean to find some time - probably while trapped in a crappy Djzair hotel overpaying for pseudo-5 star service - to rant on about some idiocy regarding the altermondiste cretins and their whinging on about neoliberalism, as they term proper economics.
Posted by The Lounsbury at February 18, 2007 12:06 AM
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As I put it, the joys of socialism left-overs.
But calling me up afterwards on my cellphone? I mean, what's even the point?
Maybe get that little encouragement?
at least you're going to get the visa. for all my attempts, they only greeted me with mild curiosity and dull glances.
On l'altermondialisme, it always struck me as unfair that Milton Friedman should take so much flak for dealing with Pinochet. Of course he deserved criticism, but with leftist contemporaries like Immanuel Wallerstein, Samir Amin or others, it's never brought up that they defended and in some cases directly advised equally nasty juntas. Like that of Boumédiène, with its "industrializing industry" policies, which were as I understand it directly developed by a team of French economists. If still alive, they should be hunted down, brought in cages to Algeria and forced to end their days living a working-class life in the Algiers suburbs, to get a taste of the misery they created.
Posted by: alle at February 18, 2007 08:55 PM
Posted by: The Lounsbury at February 18, 2007 09:07 PM