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July 02, 2006

Salem, Here We Come

Zimbabwe, often in the news for being politically backwards courtesy of thug-in-charge, Robert Mugabe, is now boldy stepping into the 17th century.

Zimbabwe has unbanned the practice of witchcraft, repealing legislation dating back to colonial rule.

From July the government acknowledges that supernatural powers exists - but prohibits the use of magic to cause someone harm.

The new Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act will demand proof that a person has supernatural powers and that they are using them to harm others.

"It's not going to be easy task," says Custom Kachambwa, a judge with years of experience in the legal field.

Well, yeah, because supernatural powers do not exist. It's equally as difficult to prove that the invisible pink unicorn, blessed be her name, is the cause of jock itch.

Pardon me. Must scratch.

What I find most sad is that nowhere in the article does anyone say that it's all so much horsepuckey. Instead we have a social commentator saying the claims should be investigated before assigning causes to witchcraft, and a Christian leader declaring witchcraft is the work of Satan.

Look, if you believe in witchcraft and charms and crystals and mystical ooga-booga talkity-talk, well, bully for you. I would say you're rationalizing, explaining away all the times your so-called magic did nothing and focusing on the few times chance blessed you with the results for which you hoped.

It's rather like me saying I'm the next Warren Buffett just because I identified WEBX as a good stock to buy and it shot up 25% in two weeks. It may very well be true, but unless you look at the rest of my stock picks, you'd be a damned fool to give me your money to put in the market.

But, uh, feel free to do it anyway. I've got some tea leaves spelling out ticker symbols as we speak.

Ooga booga.

Posted by Andy at 10:01 PM