Turkmenistan’s president Saparmurat Niyazov has in his infinte wisdom decided to ban all recorded music.
This is the same guy who already banned opera and ballet, because he didn’t think they were necessary. And gold teeth. And long hair. He’s not just a wacky guy, he’s also seriously dangerous to the Turkmen — he has closed all hospitals outside of Ashgabat, asking the admittedly excellent question, “Why should we waste good medical specialists on the villages when they should be working in the capital?” Gee, Sap, you tell me. I guess your next logical step might be to wonder why they should eat so much out there when all the eating should be done in the capital? Go for it, pal, be a colossal shithead. You know you want to; you’re already building a huge cult of personality, complete with a gold-plated statue that turns to track the sun, so why limit yourself?
Of course, Niyazov insists that he doesn’t really like all those posters and statues of himself, but he claims it’s what the people want. Personally, I freely admit to not being an expert on Turkmen, but I kinda doubt they prefer statues of a douchebag to not dying of relatively harmless medical problems simply because said douchebag closed all hospitals outside the capital, so I’d have to say that he’s full of shit.
I’m in a ridiculous hurry here, so I don’t really have time to elaborate here, much as I’d love to… so I’ll just limit myself to reiterating that this man is a douchebag. That simple fact cannot be overstated.
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