Friday, January 13, 2017

The Swiss seem very sensible to me

I mean, seriously, why would you want to give citizenship to someone who disagrees with pretty much everything your country stands for? Well, while the U.S. seems hell-bent on that course -- at least for another week or so -- Switzerland residents aren't quite sold on the idea:
A woman has been denied a second application for a Swiss passport after local residents took offence to her rejection of traditions and her “annoying” campaigning.
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The animal rights activist has campaigned publicly against the local traditions of putting bells around cows’ necks and piglet racing, according to The Local. In her village within the canton of Aargau, Ms Holten, a vegan, has rubbed locals up the wrong way by giving interviews to the media about her views on animal rights.
Oh, those intolerant Swiss, right? Well, maybe the woman is a batshit enviro-terrorist:
 “The sound that cowbells make is a hundred decibel. It is comparable to a pneumatic drill. We also would not want such a thing hanging close to our ears.” she reportedly told the media.
“The animals carry around five kilograms around their neck. It causes friction and burns to their skin,” she has said in interviews, according to the Daily Mail.
 I'm sorry, but I've never heard of a 12-pound cowbell, and it's not like they are amplified or powered in any way. If she claims the cow bells ring at 100 decibels, check out this chart to see whether you've ever heard a cowbell that loud -- or at least one hanging from a cow's neck.

Plus, this isn't the first time this inveterate nag has been rejected:
In Switzerland, local residents have a say in a person’s passport application. Ms Holten’s first attempt at naturalisation was made in 2015, when she was approved by local authorities but rejected by 144 out of 206 residents in a vote.
Three-quarters of her would-be friends and neighbors don't want her to have Swiss citizenship. That has to count for something, especially since she apparently doesn't want to be Swiss. If a nation declines to defend its culture and traditions, it ceases to be a nation. You can call that racist or intolerant or whatever all you want, but it is a fact. If you are not interested in becoming a part of a nation, adopting the cultural traditions of that nation, but instead want to change those traditions to fit your own views, then why the fuck would you want to become a citizen of that nation? Go home.

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