Photo of scarecrow at the 75th Foire Nationale aux Antiquites, a la Brocante et aux Jambons at Ile de Chatou. The brocante continues through October 7th.
Scarecrows? Halloween horror films? Pffft! This is what's scary and it's happening right in front of our eyes. Remember when a birth certificate and social security number were considered the definitive personal identification? Not anymore, if you're an immigrant coming to France: now you need a DNA test! The French Senate said the tests are voluntary - but will any immigration officer consider the appeal of someone who refuses a DNA test?
Anyway,you shouldn't worry, because the French government will pay for the test. Guess that makes it alright then - NOT! What's next, medical histories and implanted microchips? Where will this encroachment of personal privacy and civil liberties end?
Meanwhile, the French oil firm Total faces legal action for its alleged complicity with the military government of Burma. Read that horror story here. And Western diplomats have visited 15 monasteries in Burma, only to find them empty! Apparently, all the monks have been taken to prisons.
All these shenanigans make Halloween hobgoblins seem rather tame.
Photo of Burmese monks marching peacefully in silent protest against the military government courtesy of the US Campaign for Burma.
The group has called for global demonstrations on Saturday, October 6th to demand the United Nations Security Council take action on Burma.