“Adventures of Misi, the squirrel”: An interesting interpretation

Because I have no idea how long I will have electricity I will try to post a short note as soon as possible. According to information received in our little borough (population 5,000)  25% of households are already without power. So, I’d better hurry.

My topic for today will be somewhat whimsical. I just finished listening to a conversation with László Majtényi, former ombudsman, who is now the director of the Károly Eötvös Institute. Károly Eötvös was the MP and lawyer who accepted the job of defending the Jews of Tiszaeszlár who were accused of ritual murder in 1882. So, Eötvös is considered to be a champion of justice in Hungarian legal history. The Institute, as I mentioned elsewhere, is a liberal legal think tank.

Majtényi is a quiet fellow not prone to exaggeration, but the Institute’s latest laundry list of tasks to be performed after the possible departure of the current Hungarian government surprised even him. The task is enormous. I’m still planning to write something about this eight-point list, but I don’t think that today is the best time for such analysis.

Instead I will tell you a funny story that Majtényi brought up during his conversation with László Juszt, a reporter working for ATV. Majtényi expressed his absolute astonishment that a street named after Józsi Jenő Tersánszky, a brilliant and anti-communist writer, was deemed to be objectionable by the Jobbik-Fidesz majority of the Budapest city council and was changed. He can’t fathom why. To illustrate his point he brought up a Tersánszky book written for children. Majtényi added that one reason that Hungarian children’s literature was so good during the Soviet period was that first-rate writers not favored by the regime could publish only children’s stories.

So, said Majtényi, Tersánszky’s “Misi mókus kalandjai” (The adventures of Misi, the squirrel) is actually a book against the regime. The story is about a little squirrel whose tail is black instead of red. When the family notices this oddity they become alarmed and their first reaction is that perhaps Misi’s tail should be painted red. A friend of the family, Aunt Jay, has an even more drastic suggestion: the tail should be cut off. Not surprisingly, Misi runs away and during his travels he gets to know the wider world. After several exciting adventures Misi returns home, but he keeps the umbrella that took him all over the world next to him when he goes to bed.

The reporter was highly amused. Majtényi admitted, of course, that this is his own interpretation of Tersánszky’s children’s story. From what I know about this writer Majtényi might not be very far off.

And now let’s keep our fingers crossed that the storm’s aftermath will be less painful than a year ago.

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… and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a covert communist propaganda piece …

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Mutt :
… and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a covert communist propaganda piece …

… or the opposite …

Sackhoes Contributor
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Eva, Saturday I was with friends from the Wallngford area, who tell me that the State of Connecticut has taken many steps to learn from Hurricane Irene and hopefully the outages will not be as bad as last year. Be safe…

petofi
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I’ve checked out Wallingford…nice little community. Looks like you’re about 20km inland and the waterfront is shielded by Long Island–so you’re not likely to get tsunami-type waves. Mind you, 100km winds could be dicey with clapboard houses…Still, if you have
a nice big fireplace and plenty of eats, you would manage ok. Wishing you the best.

petofi
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Just watching CNN where they showed a Conn town with the streets having about 2.5 feet of water. Hope your house is on a hill…

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Eva S. Balogh :

Sackhoes Contributor :
Eva, Saturday I was with friends from the Wallngford area, who tell me that the State of Connecticut has taken many steps to learn from Hurricane Irene and hopefully the outages will not be as bad as last year. Be safe…

I very much hope so. A year ago it was truly terrible.

Well, Toronto gets some of it too. THe Red Cross and the major of the city are asking people to stack up on food and water that will last for 72 hours. A very few years back Toronto and some part of New York State experienced power outage together because we are tied on the same grid. Funny enough I am going out with my daughters to see the the live television broadcast on the selection of Dorothy for the Wizard of Oz musical….

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OT. The Fidesz voting robots enacted the registration law. Look at the LMP’s reaction:

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Eva, just found you (your city rather) on google maps – only 90 miles from Manhattan …

We might have visited you then when we were there …

OK, I really hope you’re doing well and manage the hurricane and the other storm that seems to be coming.

I’ve already started to wonder what effect this hurricane situation might have on the elections next week – will some “Christian Taliban” tell us that the storm is a sign of god’s wrath ?

I’m hoping for Obama to win – Romney and the tea baggers would be a catastrophe for the whole world …

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Mutt :
OT. The Fidesz voting robots enacted the registration law. Look at the LMP’s reaction:


All of the 200+ Fidesz representatives but one voted to restrict people’s rights to vote them out. One day, they will be prosecuted for unconstitutional takeover of government. It does not matter that they put this unconstitutional measure in their party-made fake constitution.

There are certain rights that no government can take away from the people without making the government itself illegal.

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Fidesz party has plans to introduce internet censorship.

http://mertek.hvg.hu/2012/10/29/bevegeztetik/

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Mutt :
OT. The Fidesz voting robots enacted the registration law. Look at the LMP’s reaction:


The Fidesz brought shame for Hungary and democracy in general. Those MPs who supported this motion should be ashamed of themselves, because there is no way that they believe that this is the right thing for democracy. Democracy is about taking down the barriers that prevent people to express their opinion or to become part of decision making. Fidesz erected a new barrier. It is about retaining power at any price. These people betrayed their country!

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I recall some of our discussions with Fidesz fans on this blog regarding who should be considered “true Hungarian”. I am happy to report the Fidesz (Mihaly Babek and Antal Rogan) found the definition of who is Hungarian, and they already submitted their private bill). Apparently anyone who is able to purchase 250,000 EUR worth of Hungarian government bonds. (This is very much in line with Lazar’s comment of how much money one has that is how much the person worth.) The main target is likely Chinese businessmen, who Rogan and Babek had some serious discussions in the past. I live the discussions conducted from taxpayers money to everyone’s imagination.
http://www.parlament.hu/irom39/08879/08879.pdf
Well Louis, I am not sure why didn’t you tell this to us. It would of simplified our understanding.

„(2a) Különös méltánylást érdemlőgazdasági érdeknek kell tekinteni, ha a kérelmezőigazolja, hogy ő, vagy a többségi tulajdonában álló gazdasági társaság, legalább 250 .000,- euro értékben rendelkezik olyan gazdasági társaság által kibocsátott, legalább öt évre szóló határozott idejű értékpapírral, amely gazdasági társaság kizárólag az Államadósság Kezel ő Központ Zrt. által kibocsátott „Letelepedési Államkötvény” forgalmazásával foglalkozik .”

Hoping
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… and of course an EU passport will be issued as a result. So EU citizenship can be bought for roughly 900 euros. Any strings or conditions? Does anyone know if there is a requirement to reside in Hungary for any period to qualify?

This is so “beautifully” full of so many contradictions with respect to the right wing agenda of true nationality and citizenship.

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wolfi :
Eva, just found you (your city rather) on google maps – only 90 miles from Manhattan …
We might have visited you then when we were there …
OK, I really hope you’re doing well and manage the hurricane and the other storm that seems to be coming.
I’ve already started to wonder what effect this hurricane situation might have on the elections next week – will some “Christian Taliban” tell us that the storm is a sign of god’s wrath ?
I’m hoping for Obama to win – Romney and the tea baggers would be a catastrophe for the whole world …

This is what they said at the start of the Reagan presidency, too. I don’t believe it. I don’t know anything about the Tea Partyers but Romney has to be better on foreign policy than Obama has been. You don’t have to run amok but the US is still the world’s policeman; and much better that they should fill that role than Russia or China. A stronger hand is needed, and a bible-toting Romney may just force the Russians
‘to pull up’ and think again.

Paul
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tappanch :
Fidesz party has plans to introduce internet censorship.
http://mertek.hvg.hu/2012/10/29/bevegeztetik/

Could someone do me a favour and précis of this in English? Google Translate gives the gist, but garbles a lot of the detail. Thanks

Paul
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Good luck, Éva – hope you’re still able to read this!

NewYork84
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Is the electrical grid up in Bethany?

newyorker
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What is the problem with this new citizenship law? This option exists in one form or another, in Austria, among other countries (such as the US) although the amounts involved are greater. That is all.

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newyorker :
What is the problem with this new citizenship law? This option exists in one form or another, in Austria, among other countries (such as the US) although the amounts involved are greater. That is all.

You are right except that rhetoric from Fidesz until now was just the opposite: citizenship to ethnic Hungarians.

This otherwise rational step comes as a shock to nationalistic true believers.

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@newyorker: I am unaware of any US option which courts individuals, citizens of other countries, to apply for US citizenship based on the origin of one’s ancestors and possible birth language. I am unaware of any unique, identifying ‘American ethnicity’.

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Re Dr. Balogh’s power: Connecticut Light and Power says, as of 11:03AM, that her area is 81-90% without power. However the earlier report stated that it was 100% without power, so things are getting better.

Paul
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The Misi Mókus cartoons are amongst my kids’ favourites, it’s weird to think that the original story might have been written as an attack on the Communist State!

But if it was, just how dumb were the censors? A squirrel is a problem to his family because his tail is black instead of red – hardly subtle!

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Gretchen :
Re Dr. Balogh’s power: Connecticut Light and Power says, as of 11:03AM, that her area is 81-90% without power. However the earlier report stated that it was 100% without power, so things are getting better.

It always puzzles me that a country as rich as the US can’t make its infrastructure more weather-proof. Especially when sever snow storms, hurricanes, etc happen so frequently.

It’s like the Russians being surprised it gets cold and snows each winter, or Middle-Eastern countries grinding to a halt because it gets hot in the summer!

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Paul :
It always puzzles me that a country as rich as the US can’t make its infrastructure more weather-proof. Especially when sever snow storms, hurricanes, etc happen so frequently.

Aerial cables are the problems. Trees keep falling on them. Putting the cables in the ground is costly – we rather endure a few days without internet 🙂 …

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newyorker : What is the problem with this new citizenship law? This option exists in one form or another, in Austria, among other countries (such as the US) although the amounts involved are greater. That is all. Well, if you do not see the problem than you are one of the problem. Fidesz builds its program on the True Hungarian definition. THey are cuddling with Jobbik, while Jobbik is clearly trying to nail down the genetical traits of being Hungarian. The right of being considered Hungarian certainly does not involve Jews in the wide vocabulary even if they fought and died for Hungary. Now, to gain more votes and more money, suddenly Fidesz opens the door for HUngarian Citizenship to anyone who can cough up 250,000 EUR for secured investment. We are not talking about risks here, as the bonds are guaranteed by the government. In the USA, Canada and in other countries your investment is not guaranteed, so really the $250,000 is a simple deposit that will be repaid. You will not find this in many countries. If you do please share. With the HUngarian citizenship will come great benefits for European education and to the European market. I… Read more »
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petofi : wolfi : This is what they said at the start of the Reagan presidency, too. I don’t believe it. I don’t know anything about the Tea Partyers but Romney has to be better on foreign policy than Obama has been. You don’t have to run amok but the US is still the world’s policeman; and much better that they should fill that role than Russia or China. A stronger hand is needed, and a bible-toting Romney may just force the Russians ‘to pull up’ and think again. In my opinion you are wrong in your reasoning – in several account. – Being a a bible-toting moron just as positive and progressive feature than being a taliban – in fact any kind of fundamentalism comes up to equal level to me, regardless the name of their God. Just look at the previous ‘born again’ retard, who managed to start up several wars, not to mention that on false pretenses and lies – as a true God-fearing leader of one of the superpowers supposed to do – but the war-pigs prospered, at least… – Being the police of the world is rather an outdated concept – to me, at least.… Read more »
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@Some1
“We are not talking about risks here”

Who knows what happens in 2 years. From March 2013, Orban will scavenge on the reserves of the National Bank (MNB), but the money will not last for ever.

If Hungary defaults, then your government bonds will become worthless, or you can take a 50% cut on your principal like in Greece.

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I was not criticizing Fidesz for being inconsistent, that should be their problem. I was saying that a number of countries make it possible to gain their citizenship if you promise investments. For example the Russians love this (but I am sure many Hungarians also have it): http://www.ciu.gov.kn/, an investment in real estate is enough and you can sell it after you received citizenship, which is a useful one because you can travel into the UK without visa (as St. Kitts is part of the Commonwealth). Anyway, there are a number of other opportunities, there are advisers specializing in this. All have advantages and disadvantages, you can choose depending on which you like better and how much money you have. Hungarian government bonds are currently rated junk. It is far from certain that that they will be paid back in full five years from now. All the more so, because ratings and analysis are done by foreigners flying in for short periods, who otherwise have little connection to Hungary, do not speak the language and therefore cannot really appreciate risk. (And I am not even talking about the potential using up the NBH reserves). So there is a risk and… Read more »
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