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April Fool’s Prank Of The Decade

As I’m on a long-distance call with my parents, we discuss and share all the hilarious reactions to Turkish Officials blaming the power outage in 35 cities during election night on a cat. The headline at Huffington Post for the story is “Turkish Official Blames Election Night Power Outages On A Cat”. Who can take that seriously? I was couldn't keep quiet at the title alone. The electrical blackout spiraled the country that firmly believes in the possibility of change. Following that, officials had the audacity of holding an interfering cat liable. Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said on April 1, “A cat entered a power distribution unit. It was the cause of the blackout and it’s not the first time that it has happened.” The BBC listed the four top April Fools Day trends, of which one was Yildiz’s comment. As bizarre as it is to announce this on April fool’s and expecting listeners to believe it, he did. Congratulations, we had a great laugh at the comments and pictures accompanied by them. One user posted this picture of a cat besides requisite tools and said, “Just caught the cat.” My personal favorite, Erdocat. “The true leader of the lobby has been caught,” Tamer Abdelaal (@zanesfather) tweeted. @ODTUOgrencileri posted this one, translating “Look, this is the last time I’ll explain our plan.” Look some up yourself on Twitter under the hashtag #catlobby for English results, and #kedilobisi for Turkish ones. How fair can an election be, if ballot boxes suspiciously disappear, found burnt, and inconsistencies among the boxes and report sheets as well as in the computerization process? Fraud seems to be the accurate clarification. Many Turks, including myself, call for a recount. Opposition parties deposited to the higher election board (YSK) more than 2,000 appeals to recount suspicious boxes. In all seriousness, who can take Turkey’s authority figures seriously anymore? Blocking Twitter and YouTube in a so-called democratic country takes integrity away as it is (let alone granting access again after a two-week ban). Corruption sweeps across parliament would have crossed the line, you'd think. General tremble in the Erdogan circle would've been it. Along with the results of the local election everyone seems to be in disbelief. Erdogan’s political party is crumbling apart and serves nothing but smelly, rotten fish to its followers. There’s no trust to rely on, and he will be made fun of and revolted against until he understands the meaning of respect, transparency and democracy.

The Nature of Religion

On SEBASTIAN MARSHALL

Hello Mr. Marshall!

I have been a reader of your blog for quite a while now, and I decided it's time to try to connect with you. I am very impressed by the quality of your blog posts and I enjoy reading them daily. And I am aware that you don't have much time for reading emails lately (which is good, people reach out to you and they should reach out. It is great that you offer yourself like this!), so I'll try to keep my first email brief.

I am starting to grow an interest in existentialism, religious and spiritual philosophy. Since I'm just starting this field I would like to start off with the right material, so I was wondering if you could recommend me some books or other material on these subjects?

Of course I completely understand if you don't have time for it, or if this email flies right into the trash folder - some things are not meant to be.

In any case, I wish you kind regards. S

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