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Click through this series of viewpoints on the UN until you reach Santiago Pangan, local recycler and instant legend.

Posted by Tim B. on 09/19/2005 at 12:42 AM
    1. Viva Santiago!  Why is it the people who clear up the trash have a clearer understanding of how the world works, than the cocktail-and-canape crowd?  I’m also worried about that guy who apparently works a 12-hour day in the UN cafeteria.  No freedom fries for him!

      Posted by cuckoo on 09/19 at 12:55 AM • permalink


    1. Forget Kofi, a Santiago run UN would make sure that plastic bottles were collected all over the world… Which is more constructive than any current UN program.

      Posted by Skip on 09/19 at 01:03 AM • permalink


    1. And can someone please tell Annika Soder (no.7) to lighten up!

      Posted by cuckoo on 09/19 at 01:05 AM • permalink


    1. Move the UN to France or Belgium?  That’s a toughie.  The French deserve it, and I am reasonably confident that French farmers would blockade it 24/7.  However, having both the EEC bueracracy and the UN in Belgium could trigger a minor war.  What fun.

      Posted by noir on 09/19 at 01:09 AM • permalink


    1. Santiago for Secretary General!

      Posted by Aaron – Freewill on 09/19 at 01:11 AM • permalink


    1. This reminds me of the comedian (his name escapes me) who lamented the fact that the only people who knew how to run the country properly were all too busy cutting hair and driving taxis.

      Posted by Harry Flashman on 09/19 at 01:21 AM • permalink


    1. Onya Santiago – I’d vote for him any day.  And he’d probably make much more sense than most other UN members.

      Posted by Inurbanus on 09/19 at 01:34 AM • permalink


    1. She has UN written all over her. UN as in United Nations and UN as in UNappealing.

      And get a load of Shiek Pomade, who is worried about “definitions” of terrorism. He looks like he was sent over from Central Casting to appear in an episode of Miami Vice.

      Posted by goldsmith on 09/19 at 01:59 AM • permalink


    1. The wisdom of the common man triumphs again.

      Posted by Alan Anderson on 09/19 at 02:07 AM • permalink


    1. Speaking of Annika Söder, what a classic clueless quote:

      “If you look at the length of the text in the outcome document, development is very important.”

      Posted by PW on 09/19 at 02:27 AM • permalink


    1. I snorted rum through my nose after that. Santiago is the shiznit. Was there a single word there that wasn’t true?

      Posted by CB on 09/19 at 02:28 AM • permalink


    1. Anna (no 7)is a honey.

      Posted by mr magoo on 09/19 at 02:39 AM • permalink


    1. From Anna (#8, Mr. Magoo, #7 made my eyes bleed):

      …but only two or three countries have brought reports on how they’re doing.

      Anna is indeed a honey, but I’m boggled that she can’t follow the news, and figure it out for herself.  Mentally, Anna is following in the path of Annika.  I just hope she takes better care of herself.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 09/19 at 03:24 AM • permalink


    1. Annika looks like the third-grade teacher every kid dreaded having.

      Posted by Pixy Misa on 09/19 at 03:39 AM • permalink


    1. so verbiage = value – that sure is the UN for you

      can we get santiago to do a job on the EU too?

      tim should interview him for the bulletin

      Posted by KK on 09/19 at 03:54 AM • permalink


    1. I have to say that is the funniest goddamn thing I have seen all year.

      As for Annika, she looks exactly as I would expect for someone who has just been to a UN summit.

      As for Anna (8) maybe she is actually in the Dominican Republic rather than the UN I can’t believe that someone could look that good and that happy and be at the UN.

      Posted by Looneyc on 09/19 at 03:59 AM • permalink


    1. Local recycler = homeless man scavenging through bins in UN speak.
      Agrucultrural hairstylst = shearer
      Animal hygene specalist = shit shoveler and so on.

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 09/19 at 04:34 AM • permalink


    1. O/T

      Courtesy Powerline a site worth visiting from time to time: Eye on the UN.

      From the site a factoid worth keeping in mind when discussing the UN:
      * Number of UN member states that are full-fledged democracies or “fully free” according to Freedom House: 88.
      * Number of UN member states: 191.
      * Thefore % of UN member states which are full-fledged democracies: 46%.

      Really, it’s time for the Western democracies to pick up their collective balls and go home. The civilised world is getting nowhere in this cabal of dictators. We need a body comprised only of democracies. True, this will include France and Germany but the flea-bitten Middle East and most of Africa will be out.

      Posted by walterplinge on 09/19 at 05:12 AM • permalink


    1. What was that?

      8 for the UN, 1 against.

      Balance, BBC style.

      Posted by Rob Read on 09/19 at 05:47 AM • permalink


    1. Santiago for UN All-ruling Dictator.

      He’d dissolve it, and that’d be awesome.

      Posted by Leigh on 09/19 at 08:23 AM • permalink


    1. All right, Santiago!

      And Annika Söder can kiss my ass. I could hear her sniff when I read that last sentence.

      Posted by Dave S. on 09/19 at 08:24 AM • permalink


    1. My father was in the trash business, and as a garbage magnate (that’s magNATE, folks), he did indeed learn a lot about people. Santiago’s got that down-to-earth, realistic world view that can’t be grasped by the high panjandrums whose view of the world is from the proverbial 30,000 feet. And, er, no offense, but I’d be rather nervous sharing Majdin’s view at that height.

      Posted by paco on 09/19 at 09:11 AM • permalink


    1. O/t speech by Natasha Spot Despoja on 12 Sept.
      “This – is the flag,it is the first test for those of us who believe that men and women are EQUAL and women have a right to speak and respond.
      Who are the people in this place who will deny us.Who will not alleviate DEATH,DISEASE,AIDS,H.I.V. BRING ON THE FIGHT!”
      Addressing the human rights commission? Speaking about a funamentalist religious state? Addressing a women’s health conference on the international stage? Nope, dressing down the Australian government and senator ron boswell……..

      Posted by crash on 09/19 at 09:29 AM • permalink


    1. What was that? 8 for the UN, 1 against.  Balance, BBC style

      And note that the one they choose for the against view is a mere scavenger, an uneducated peon who can’t hope to grasp the complexity and sophistication of international affairs…

      Posted by jic on 09/19 at 09:31 AM • permalink


    1. pmf-um no fun really “fun-d-amentalist.”
      Mediawitch frothing at the mouth over abc victory on enough rope latham interview v News limited.Misguidedly spent the whole segment boring us rigid about the long,convoluted,manipulative,unnecessary and uninteresting to the average viewer-sad saga.Sad mediawatch really….

      Posted by crash on 09/19 at 09:36 AM • permalink


    1. Crash, the most depressing thing to me about young deshocker is that my cousin is her speechwriter……..

      Posted by entropy on 09/19 at 09:54 AM • permalink


    1. I also like how Santiago is the only one of the bunch who doesn’t work for the government.

      Posted by Andrew on 09/19 at 10:00 AM • permalink


    1. Interesting contrast on sbs news for special people last night.Cross to N.Z. to Ashleigh Ngyen to comment on election in helengrad..
      Ashleigh youngish,calm and composed,cheerful,smiling,attractively and neatly attired and looking very professional…
      sbs presenter Le len Chen however -elderly,dress usually cobbled together with safety pins,garishly made up and hair usually standing on end, expression surly, peevish,outright hostile or disturbingly triumphantly smug.Voice of a sergeant major,pitched low and growling.Looks like a superannuated actor from the Pram Factory Radical Collective.Lift your game sbs,the public expects better.

      Posted by crash on 09/19 at 10:09 AM • permalink


    1. Thibay Miradoli, volunteer has a very fine Head Tilt of Compassion.
      I’m impressed. The compassion is just oozing off the page.

      Posted by Veeshir on 09/19 at 10:13 AM • permalink


    1. Commiserations entropy,how courageous of you to declare it…

      Posted by crash on 09/19 at 10:13 AM • permalink


    1. YOU FOOLS!  Don’t you SEE?!

      Santiago is the PROBLEM!

      If people like him didn’t go around CLEANImg UP the criminal WASTE produced by our Western lifestyle, all the GARBAGE would pile up and get all ugly and smelly and DISCOURAGE the aspiring peoples of the NONZIONIST postcolonialist Third World from emulating us!

      If we want a better world we must BAN SANTIAGO!


      Posted by richard mcenroe on 09/19 at 10:49 AM • permalink


    1. Ya but keep Stromstedt in the First World soup kitchen erh, UN cafeteria.

      12 hours-pah!  Doesn’t he know how hard it is being a delegate and doing all that reading and writing and sitting around and stuff?

      We worry for the poor folk so they don’t have to!

      Besides- I like his Swedish meatballs.



      the EU Rocks!

      Posted by madawaskan on 09/19 at 11:24 AM • permalink


    1. For all of you non-Americans out there who may not understand, Santiago is most likely homless. The “local recycler” epithet is high euphemism. The fact that he has the most sense of anyone presented by the BBC in that piece is quite sad, but not surprising.

      Someone (Fox News perhaps?) give that man a job!

      Posted by Thom on 09/19 at 11:26 AM • permalink


    1. #28- All that and elderly too? 

      I’m more concerned with SBS news’ constant bias than the visual appeal (or not) of whoever is reading it. 

      Feel free not to share your prejudices with us.

      Posted by slammer on 09/19 at 11:51 AM • permalink


    1. France?  Belgium?!  Mark Steyn suggested moving the UN to Dar Es Salaam.  Think of other cities you would like to see UN diplomats live in.  Khartoum?  Lagos?  Oh, there are so many more appropriate lacations for the UN than Belgium.

      Posted by Matt in Denver on 09/19 at 12:19 PM • permalink


    1. A lot of tilting going on in those snaps, too.

      #8 is a stunner.

      The_Real_JeffS : “#7 made my eyes bleed” *wipe eyes, pick myself up off the floor* Amen, brother.

      Posted by James Waterton on 09/19 at 12:35 PM • permalink


    1. Well, if we’re moving the UN, it really has to be to Harare. Plenty of delicious potatoes and rice there!

      Posted by PW on 09/19 at 02:30 PM • permalink


    1. Annika looks like she just had a jalapeno suppository and WANTS YOU TO HAVE ONE, TOO.

      Posted by paco on 09/19 at 03:54 PM • permalink


    1. Delegates from democratic nations excepted, a UN summit is like a trade fair for the tyranny and corruption industry. A very detailed critique of the UN by Mark Steyn appeared in yesterday’s OZ for those who missed it.

      Posted by splice on 09/19 at 06:46 PM • permalink


    1. How about we move the UN to Tehran?

      Or Gaza? Now that the Palestinians have it back in their paws, and with the obscene amount of aid they receive, surely they could find somewhere to stash a few thousand parasites delegates and associates.

      Posted by Nilknarf Arbed on 09/19 at 07:11 PM • permalink


    1. I thought Thibay was a looker.  You’re right though, Santiago is the only one who doesn’t live on a planet with a pink sky.

      And they didn’t even show the face of the poor schlub who works in the UN cafeteria.  This is an outrageous affront to the working class.  Hell, he’s probably the only one at the UN who is working.

      Posted by Michael Lonie on 09/19 at 10:13 PM • permalink


    1. paco-

      I’m a brunette in Sweden-do me.

      Bush inte bra. I’m one umla short of being a dike…who is this Anna?

      If you inte can find her send me Chris Sheils-trevlig!



      Posted by madawaskan on 09/19 at 11:07 PM • permalink


    1. “Paco – I’m a brunette in Sweden – do me”.

      The mere thought . . . the mind reels . . . ruined . . . ruined for life . . .

      My course of action is now clear. I must enter a monastery.

      Posted by paco on 09/20 at 12:52 PM • permalink


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