I wasn’t a fan, quite the opposite, but this isn’t the way I wanted him to lose his job O_O

Posted: April 10, 2010 in politics
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I’ve been in Germany for two days. I was mostly busy reading, so I didn’t bother going online, except today I thought I might have important e-mails or something, so I decided to check my e-mail accounts.

There was an e-mail from my mum saying ‘so, do you know about the crash yet?’.

And I thought, whaa, what crash??? So I checked the news and, bloody fucking hell, the presidential plane with 96 people on board, including the president Kaczynski, his wife, his guests, six generals, one vice-admiral, nine priests of various religions and denominations, fourteen MPs (including Izabela Jaruga-Nowacka who was a nice MP and a supporter of women’s rights movement), ona national bank president, one civil rights commissioner,  aides, guests, security guys, and the crew, crashed, and everybody died.

What is this I don’t even O_O

ETA: OK, I sort of almost believe now that it actually happened o_O Almost.

Much better coverage of the crash can be read here. They’re now saying there were 98 persons, not 96 on the plane (I mean, not on Beebs, on telly).

The thing is, many of the people who died in the crash were, sort of, a permanent fixture in the media. Many of them were a common laughing-stock, basically, and their death makes them serious and real, possibly for the first (and certainly last) time in their career. This is sad.

The thing about the plane being too old. Well. I distinctly remember one of the previous government’s plans to replace it, which were followed by a tabloid campaign against politicians spending their indolent lives surrounded by undeserved luxury, cue the enraged unwashed masses. The government finally gave in. I don’t remember which government it was; either the one formed by the late president’s brother, or the social democratic one before. I’ll look for links later.

ETA2: To all those people who are totes happy that “the standards of Polish political life will improve now that Kaczynski is dead”.

Yeah, he was crazy nationalist wacko. I didn’t like him either. But, you know, civilised people “get rid of” politicians bybloody voting against them and NOT by wishing they die/enjoying it when they do indeed die.

And this isn’t just about Kaczynski. There were many other people on that plane. Kaczynski’s wife was on that plane. She was a nice person, pro-feminist, at least as much as she could be while being married to a right wing nationalist politician. Several politicians from the opposition were on that plane. There were the crew. There were the families of people who were killed in the Katyn massacre.

Saying that you’re happy about the plane crashing is in bad taste, appalling, pathetic, and stupid, and even if you want to pose as the sort of edgy arshole who enjoys the death of his or her political opponent, you could at least refrain from doing so in public for the sake of other victims and their families.

TL;DR: DIAF.

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Comments
  1. miskidomleka says:

    About the plane being too old – well, let’s put in perspective. Air Force One airplanes, those used by the US president, are Boeings 747. Designed at aproximately same time (the sixties) when Tu-154M were designed. The actual planes flown by the US president are about 25 years old, and still they plan to continue using them for 5 to 10 years more.

    The age of the plane, of the airframe, is not as signifcant factor as many think.

    Tu154Ms have good safety record and so far nothing suggests that there was a plane malfunction. More seems to point to a combination of weather conditions and pilot error. Still, definite answers in such cases are only rarely known within hours of a crash, it may take weeks or months to find them.

    • Yeah, I thought it was a bit fishy, too.

      OTOH, everybody and their internet lawyers are suddenly experts on all things aeronautical, today =_= At least with you, I know you know what you’re talking about :)

      • miskidomleka says:

        Thanks for your trust :-). Though I am definitely not an expert in aviation, I am pretty sure I know more about the topic than many, I already read a number of plainly wrong statements.
        CNN reporting seems to be suprisingly balanced, a bit superficial, but not bad at all.

  2. pillowscrapbook says:

    The media circus here is impossible and begins to be a parody :( everything is so exaggerated and overdone.

    on a different note Sendai are you still in Germany?

    • I’m soooooooooooooo glad I don’t have to be there right now, seriously =_=

      (Yup, still in Germany)

      • pillowscrapbook says:

        i don’t know if it is ok to ask for such a favour, but i thought maybe there is a way you could obtain an electronic copy of this:
        http://www.bookfinder.com/dir/i/Onarigami-Die_Heilige_Frau_in_Okinawa/3631360614/
        this is a phd paper, the lady is from the Munich Uni. maybe there is some online German university library or something :/ i have an article in english, which is basically a summary of this work, but she often refers to her original paper in the footnotes so i’d make me happy if i could refer to it ;)
        i know that i’m probalby imagining stuff and there are no online libraries and such but well i hope you don’t mind me asking

        if you think i’m out of line here just delete his comment ^^;

  3. pillowscrapbook :

    i don’t know if it is ok to ask for such a favour, but i thought maybe there is a way you could obtain an electronic copy of this:
    http://www.bookfinder.com/dir/i/Onarigami-Die_Heilige_Frau_in_Okinawa/3631360614/

    Not out of line at all, also, this paper sounds totes interesting ^3^. I’ll see what I can do, but I strongly doubt it’s going to be in our e-texts library. Hmmm.
    this is a phd paper, the lady is from the Munich Uni. maybe there is some online German university library or something :/ i have an article in english, which is basically a summary of this work, but she often refers to her original paper in the footnotes so i’d make me happy if i could refer to it ;)
    i know that i’m probalby imagining stuff and there are no online libraries and such but well i hope you don’t mind me asking

    if you think i’m out of line here just delete his comment ^^;

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