Wednesday, September 06, 2006

40 Soothsayers compete to stop Lapindo mudflow

At least 40 soothsayers, witches, magicians, and sorcerers from various ethnics in the country have registered to compete in stopping the mudflow at Lapindo Brantas Inc's Sidoarjo, East Java operation with grand prize of 36-square meters home worth around US$9,000, reported.

Hasan, Kedungbendo Village Chief, said the participants came from Bandung in West Java and as far as Flores Island, East Nusa Tenggara. Since too many participants registered, Hasan as the coordinator of the competition (stop the mudflow in one month operation instead of almost a year technology approach implemented by Lapindo) said all of them should pass qualification round first. In that stage, participants should proof that they could turn-off waterflow from far away without touching the shut-off valves.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't underestimate Indonesian magicians. They are very powerful. It's just that all of them claim they can control the power of the dark side, call spirits, fight off spirits (sang pemburu, anyone?) - all unseen things, but not physical magic like turning off a valve from far away...

September 07, 2006 12:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the soothsayer that won the contract is Haliburton.

September 07, 2006 12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lapindo managemnt got inspiration from Indonesian sinetron.
We can nominate Lapindo as 'the most stupid company action'.
Btw, if Bakre has meet Ki Joko Bodo before to this ?

September 07, 2006 4:32 PM  
Blogger mr_john said...

If anyone passes this turning the tap off test, they should do some googling on the Randi Prize. You can get a million US dollars if you can prove the existence of any supernatural phenomenon.

If the government is that short of money, they should sponsor one of these charlatans to travel to the US to prove the existence of their powers. Investment of 4000 travel and expenses, split the prize two ways and you'll get 125 times your investment like that.


September 12, 2006 1:38 PM  

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