Posts Tagged ‘unity’

All Love, No Bull

Suffice it to say, these are divisive times. For all the talk in recent weeks of unification, it appears that once more the cynics will, for the most part, reign victorious.

One has to ask, if we can’t treat each other as humans should, can we at least give it a go the way animals would?

This rather unconventional avian-bovine pair have been going strong for ten years. They met back in the halcyon days of January 2011 at an “eco-lodge” in Grisborne, New Zealand. The goose had just lost a mate at the hands of an angry emu and managed to forge a friendship with the pictured Highland cattle when he was none but a calf. Goose found solace in bull, and they’ve been inseparable since. Our monogamous hero has even become a bona fide member of the cattle herd.

The pair is undeniably a paradigm for seeing past differences, finding common ground, milking it for all it’s worth, getting over the beef, forgetting about the goose egg. Okay, so those last two or three were just in good pun, but seriously people, if this beast and bird can make it work, why can’t we all just get along?

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!)