“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Blonde Day in Latvia.

Blondes march in Latvia 'to cheer-up nation'

Several hundred blonde women marched through the Latvian capital Riga yesterday in a bid to cheer up the crisis-hit Baltic nation, suffering the worst recession of all 27 EU member states.

Last Updated: 5:33PM BST 31 May 2009 Telegraph

Led by an orchestra, the first-ever blonde parade featured women dressed in pink and white, some accompanied by lapdogs, in a charity fund-raising event that organisers hope will become an annual event.

"I'm not stupid. I'm beautiful and I'll prove it," Ilona Zigure, a participant, said.

Organisers said they were determined to bring positive energy to their country, expected to see its economy contract by 16 per cent this year.

The parade was part of a "Blonde Weekend" which also featured a blonde golf tournament, a little lady fashion show, an evening ball, and a children's drawing competition.

"It's a great time to spend in the parade and contribute to a charity," said Ieva, one blonde spectator.

"Finally something different, something positive because I'm tired of hearing about the crisis," said another, 70-year-old Ausma.

The event attracted many locals and puzzled tourists.

Following the parade, blondes climbed into open-topped cars and drove to the local shopping centre.
The money collected during the event will be donated to support children's safety and playgrounds for disabled children in Riga and across Latvia.

The organisers want to make May 31 official Blondes' Day in Latvia.

Latvia, a small Baltic nation with the population of 2.3 million people has been going through the deepest recession in the European Union, which it joined in 2004.


  1. Cheered me up.

    By the way, I thought a gentleman was supposed to give his motorcycle helmet to his lady.

    white caddy

  2. Talk about your nut jobs ...

    Dudu Topaz, Israel’s former king of comedy, is under investigation for suspected involvement in a series of recent attacks on the nation's top television executives.

    The entertainer, 61, who lives in Tel Aviv, is remanded in custody in a case that has dominated headlines and showbusiness gossip.

    Shira Margalit, a vice president at Israel's Channel 2 TV, was beaten outside her home in Tel Aviv and hospitalised with a broken nose and fractures to her face last month. Another Channel 2 executive and an actor's agent have also been attacked in the past year. Police claim to have gathered wire-tap and other evidence suggesting that Mr Topaz may have hired heavies to carry out the assaults.

    A judge at an initial hearing for the case today described Mr Topaz as a public menace and said: "There is now concrete material that ties the suspect to the alleged offenses." The judge told the Jerusalem Post that, once the allegations went public, "instead of keeping quiet, (Topaz) continued his actions all the more forcefully."

    The Israeli media is abuzz with speculation that the celebrity was out for revenge because television is no longer interested in broadcasting his shows.

  3. Youngest Son of Kim Named Successor?--

    Shades of the Jewish Scriptures where the youngest often comes out on top. This will piss the oldest son off, maybe he'll try to do something about it, if he can.

  4. "not monsters"???

    ...just little pricks I guess.

  5. looks like he took a page right from Jeff Gillooly and Tanya Harding's playbook. mafia style hits go way back i guess.

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