Spaghetti Won’t Fly in Poland

April 16, 2014
He Boils in Poland

He Boils in Poland

According to Grupa IQS, an independent research company, less than 20% of Poles think that the Polish courts should allow the Polish Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster to be registered. “The lack of support for registration is evident; 59% of Poles are against its registration and around 25% are undecided. There is a certain pattern among people who believe in the registration of the Spaghetti Church. For example, the majority of them have at graduated from high school,” says Marta Rybicka, from Grupa IQS. The results of the poll are satisfactory for the followers of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (called Pastafarians). “We did not expect as much as 17% support,” commented Andrzej Kuliński, spokesperson for the church, who is especially satisfied with 10% support in rural areas. “This means that people from rural areas are increasingly more aware of human needs and their world view is not affected by factors that may depreciate other faiths”. He also discusses the group of people who are undecided: “This group is rather large in both the countryside as well as in the city. What is more, this group does not seem to be in opposed to the church’s registration. As a faithful Pastafarian, I am sure that the number of people who support our case will rise as well as the number of followers of our wonderful religion.” The whole community is controversial because many people consider them anti-religious. Recently, the Regional Administrative Court overruled a decision of the Ministry of Administration and Digitization not to register the Church in the Register of Churches and Religious Unions. This decision has made future registration still possible.
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Macierewicz Investigates

April 11, 2014
Questioning Smolensk

Questioning Smolensk

“I am certainly not mistaken; what we are dealing with here is a crime,” said PiS MP and Jarosław Kaczyński confidante Antoni Macierewicz, discussing the Smolensk plane crash. “Those people died because the plane exploded in the air. I believe that it involved the actions of third parties,” stressed the deputy leader of Law and Justice (PiS). At the same time, he did not indicate the persons who in his opinion are responsible. “At this stage of the proceedings of the parliamentary team, we cannot indicate those responsible. However, everything implies that culpability lies on the Russian side.” Antoni Macierewicz emphasises that the details of the catastrophe are still unknown, which can be blamed on “the prosecutor’s office and the governing bodies of the state.” “Unfortunately they are only blocking this investigation. Hence, there is a necessity to introduce a special Smolensk Act,” notes the deputy PiS head.
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Pony Theft

April 7, 2014
Pony Crime

Pony Crime

The police have arrested a 28-year-old man who beat up two younger men and stole their toys. The mugging took place during the My Little Pony Jamboree in Białystok. The young men were exchanging gadgets when the man walked up to them, beat them up and stole their belongings, including their jackets and a few pink toys. The urban surveillance system in place has made it possible to determine the identity of the perpetrator. He was arrested in his apartment in Mysłowice. The man has been charged and could spend up to twelve years behind bars for the violent robbery. Some of the stolen items were retrieved and have been returned to their owners.
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Tarnawa Rapist

April 4, 2014
Tragic Crime

Tragic Crime

A man kidnapped, imprisoned and raped a teenage girl. The investigation into the events that took place in Tarnawa, Poland, has now come to an end. Zdzisław M. (53) had been observing his neighbour for a long time before he kidnapped and beat her. The girl was imprisoned in her neighbour’s home where he raped and planned for her to become his wife. The public prosecutor found that the rapist, who lived alone, had been watching his victim for two years. On 6 September, 2013, the 18-year-old girl was passing his house, Zdzisław M. attacked her, hitting her with a bat and then dragging her into his apartment. “The man held the victim all night during which time he beat her and raped her three times, burned her purse and cell phone,” according to Ilona Sowińska the deputy prosecutor in Włoszczowa. The next morning the offender left his home to feed his animals. The frightened teen found his phone and called her mother, police reported. Zdzisław M. was then arrested and the girl had to spend seven days in hospital. The rapist did not have a criminal record and had a reputation as a peaceful man.
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Euro for Poland

April 1, 2014
Euro Soon for Poland?

Euro Soon for Poland?

Janusz Palikot’s party, Your Movement (TR), wants to change the Constitution and introduce the Euro in Poland as fast as possible. Palikot wants the amendment to be a joint initiative of Civic Platform (PO), the Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) and TR. He said that the proposed amendment was prepared in 2008 by the former Speaker of the Lower House and current President Bronisław Komorowski, so it has already been consulted within PO. The head of TR has proposed holding a referendum to convince Jarosław Kaczyński, the head of Law and Justice (PiS). “Changing the Constitution without a referendum is not possible,” said Palikot. He added that by introducing the Euro, Donald Tusk and the fast-imploding PO will at least leave a legacy behind after they are gone. TR MP Wincenty Elsner claims that the main change they want to introduce concerns the National Bank of Poland (NBP). The Constitution would read: “The central state bank of Poland is the National Bank of Poland which is part of the European system of central banks.” In order to change the constitution a two-thirds majority vote is needed. The ruling coalition would not have a majority even with the backing of SLD and Twój Ruch.
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Poland Protecting Forests

March 30, 2014
Future of Poland

Future of Poland

The 90th anniversary of Poland’s State Forests National Holding (Lasy Państwowe) has taken place in the Polish parliament. During the celebrations, Ewa Kopacz, the Speaker of the Lower House (Sejm), highlighted the fact that forests need special, constitutional protection. She hopes that this initiative will find the necessary majority in parliament. Kopacz is of the opinion that there should be a paragraph in the Constitution about the privatisation of Poland’s national forests. The Minister of the Environment Maciej Grabowski added that the government will back the initiative. He is of the opinion that “it might enhance the good economy of forests”. The Forest Research Institute is the main partner which will be working on changes to legislation. The head of the institute Janusz Czerepko said that the draft has already been finished. It covers the public nature of forests and the banning of their privatisation. There are over 9 million hectares of forested land in Poland, and the foresting sector employs 400,000. The foresting market generates 2% of Polish GDP.
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Time to Divide Ukraine

March 26, 2014
Ukraine Divided

Ukraine Divided

The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs received a peculiar official communiqué from the Russian Duma: “Let us divide Ukraine between ourselves.” The deputy speaker of the Duma and controversial Russian MP Vladimir Zhirinovsky put forward the proposal, saying that Poland should demand that Ukraine organise a referendum concerning the incorporation of five Ukrainian territories into Poland: Volhynia, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Tarnopil and Rivne. Similar ’offers’ have been sent to Hungary and Romania concerning the Zakarpattia and Chernivtsi oblasts. The only part that would remain intact would be the central part of Ukraine. The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has labelled the proposal “absurd.” “Zhirinovsky should expect an answer but it will not relate to the contents of the communiqué. The very idea of putting forward the absurd proposal of participating in the dismemberment of an allied country is outrageous! Poland knows only too well the suffering caused by border changes. This is the invention of a sick mind,” said Tomasz Nałęcz, advisor to the President of Poland. “This is an attempt to mock, mislead and anger Poland. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will then say: ‘There was no communiqué.’ They are trying to frame us,” said Stanisław Ciosek, former Polish ambassador to the Soviet Union and Russia. “I advise the Minister of Foreign Affairs Radosław Sikorski to mock this communiqué on Twitter,” added Ciosek. Several days ago, in preparation for the communiqué he was to send, Zhirinovsky said that during Stalin’s regime, the territories of western Ukraine were ‘rightfully re-connected’ to the USSR. He also added that it was the correct thing to do as its main purpose was to prevent the German armies from reaching the Soviet border and keeping them as far away as possible. “But they weren’t Russian or even Ukrainian territories. They were the territories of Poland, the Polish Eastern Borderlands to be exact: Łuck, Lwów, Tarnopol, Stanisławów i Równe”.
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Treasury Expectations

March 26, 2014
Bag of Money

Bag of Money

Mr. Prime Minister, why does a man who has worked in private business for his whole life suddenly decide to manage the State Treasury, which by its very nature will be subject not only to political supervision, but probably also political pressure? Expectations placed in Polish Development Investments (PIR) are unusually high and appeared well before the establishment of the company. The fact that the project was created in the Prime Minister’s Office and was announced as part of its policy will lend support to the whole idea of ​​a new approach for making use of the State Treasury. From the very beginning it was obvious that PIR will be a company that serves a particular role.
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Changes in Commandments

March 26, 2014
The Church Has More

The Church Has More

Polish Bishops have changed the fourth Commandment of the Church. Now Christians can go dancing even on Fridays, except Lent of course. “We are doing this for the faithful,” say Church authorities. The document was drawn up a year ago but it was not yet in force. During the last Polish Episcopal Conference which took place on 12-13 March in Warsaw, Bishops approved the change of the fourth Commandment of the Church. Up till now, the fourth Church Commandment was: You shall observe the days of fasting and abstinence established by the Church and in periods of penance you shall abstain from participation in forms of entertainment. As the Church states ‘the period of penance’ is every Friday of the year because this is the day Christ died on the cross. Now abstention from dancing and the suchlike has been limited only to Lent. “The Commandments are not to bring distress to the faithful but to help them experience faith. The Church is aware of the times in which we live so there was a great need to change the fourth commandment,” says Father Mateusz Matuszewski. The modification of the Church Commandments evokes a lot of emotion. That is because we often confuse them with the Decalogue. Father Mateusz Matuszewski explains that there are two groups of commandments: the Ten Commandments and the Commandments of the Church. The Decalogue was given to man by God and these commandments will never be changed. As far as the Church Commandments are concerned they can be amended.
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Child Dies in Olsztyn Hospital

March 24, 2014
Tragedy

Tragedy

A three-year-old child died in the children’s hospital in Olsztyn on Sunday. The parents of the child have filed a notice informing the public prosecutor of an offence being committed by the hospital staff, who could well be found guilty of negligence, according to Radio ZET. “The illness seemed to spread extremely quickly and this could be down to a medical error,” said Arkadiusz Szwedowski of the Olsztyn District Public Prosecutor’s Office. The parents had objections to the way their child was being treated as well as the diagnosis of the illness. An autopsy is planned soon. This is yet another death of a child in hospital in recent months. At the beginning of February, a three-year girl died in the Regional Specialised Hospital in Częstochowa. Also, a pair of twins died in January, following complications during childbirth in a hospital in Włocławek.
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