Posts Tagged ‘argentina’

Double Down: CHI! CHI! CHI! LE! LE! LE!

Hugo Infante/Government of Chile

Having once seen a Chilean miner, I feel compelled to share a few words on the developments of the past 24 hours in the world’s longest nation.

Chile catches a lot of flak and gets little love. When people think pisco, they think Peru. When people think Patagonia, it’s often Argentina. Chile is ignominiously affiliated with Pinochet and the Chicago boys, but hardly anyone ever mentions that it was the first nation to democratically elect a Marxist (Goodosphere openly endorses only one form of Marxism).

Here’s hoping this mining debacle changes all that. Apart from all the jokes and mistresses, this improbable rescue has united the nation, the continent, and — thanks to the 24-hour news cycle — the world. This is the dyslexic moon landing of our time, people.

¡Viva Chile!

Bonus Update: Black Francis announces that the Pixies will be playing 33 songs in honor of the rescued miners during their first-ever headlining set last night in Santiago de Chile:

(Thanks to the Forks!)

Magic 8-Leg: Paul the Clairvoyant Octopus

In keeping with our animals theme this week, I humbly present Paul the Clairvoyant Octopus.

Paul, an octopus in Germany, has correctly predicted the winner of the last 4 World Cup matches involving Germany’s team. Paul’s 4-0 record, which included his prediction that Serbia would upset Germany in their match on June 18th, has garnered international attention.

Now, Paul has picked Germany to beat Argentina. Fans will watch with bated breath to see if the cephalopod has again divined the outcome of an expectedly tight match.

Read more at Der Spiegel.