The Swiss Don’t Care For Immigrants? Colour Me Surprised. And Other News…

Swiss Immigration Campaign

There are some things the Swiss like (chocolate, cheese, and watches) and other things they do not like (immigrants, immigrants, and immigrants).

On Sunday Swiss voters narrowly approved (with a 50.3 percent majority) new limits on immigration. Looks like all those nationalist groups’ campaigns instilling fears of the rising numbers of Muslims in the nation finally paid off. The “mass migration” referendum results mean the country will impose a cap on its number of foreign immigrants, including those from European Union countries which are getting sketchier by the minute – I mean, Albania is a potential candidate, c’mon! The European Commission was not pleased with the outcome of the vote, which invalidates the Swiss-EU agreement on freedom of movement, and announced it needed to take a closer look at the impact on overall relations between Switzerland and the EU. The Guardian

Copenhagen GiraffeThe Copenhagen Zoo really wanted to kill that giraffe. Despite receiving an offer of 500,000 euros, a petition with over 20,000 signatures, and offers from other zoos, the Copenhagen Zoo decided to slaughter a healthy giraffe to prevent inbreeding problems. The two-year-old male giraffe, named Marius, was killed upon the recommendation of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, who reasoned that there were already giraffes in the breeding program with similar genes. The decision sparked outrage from everyone who has a heart, but the Zoo didn’t care – the giraffe had to go. With all the outcry, you would think he would at least be put down humanely. Nope. Marius was killed with a bolt pistol and Zoo officials dissected him in front of visitors (including young children) and then fed his carcass to lions and other zoo carnivores. Global News

Dumb StarbucksI’ll take a double Dumb Frappuccino with extra whip! A Starbucks parody store, Dumb Starbucks, opened Friday in L.A. to massive lines and curious customers. Dumb Starbucks features dumb iced coffee, dumb white chocolate mocha, dumb lattes – basically everything Starbucks offers with the word dumb in front of it. The dumb store looks nearly identical to a typical Starbucks location and serves its coffees in cups that mock the company’s logo. Dumb iced coffees and lattes were handed out free of charge to promote the new business/some kind of weird art project, but customers weren’t impressed with the taste. Descriptions of the coffee ranged from “horrible” to “bitter”. While serving bad overpriced coffee out of a novelty store may seem like a good idea, Dumb Starbucks might be really dumb after all. The real Seattle coffee giant is not too pleased with their opening. “We are evaluating next steps and while we appreciate the humour, they cannot use our name, which is a protected trademark,” spokeswoman Laurel Harper said in an email. Dumb Starbucks insists their store is legal because it is considered parody art, but I’m pretty sure their legal theories are no match for Real Starbucks’ team of lawyers. CTV News

KissProtip: don’t makeout with your hostage. A jewelry store robber was tracked down in Paris through his DNA after he kissed a hostage out of compassion. The thief and his co-conspirator grabbed an employee of the store, tied her up in her home and forced her to reveal the codes of the alarm system and the safes in the jewelry store. Once they got the info, one man went to rob the store and the other stayed with the woman and at one point kissed her to “relieve her trauma”. Turns out that was a BIG mistake. Once she was freed, the store employee alerted the police and a DNA sample was taken from her cheek. Wait… so it wasn’t a French kiss? I guess not, but all you need is a peck on the cheek to put you away in prison. BBC News

King Hamad BahrainThe King of Bahrain is more sensitive than you think. King Hamad has ratified a new law that imposes a prison sentence of up to seven years and fine of up to $26,500 for anyone who publicly insults him, the flag, or the national emblem. Looks like King Hamad is looking to shut those pro-democracy protesters up once and for all. The new measure comes just a week before the three-year anniversary of pro-democracy demonstrations that sparked a government crackdown. For almost three years, Shia Muslims have led rallies calling for greater freedom and democracy in the Sunni-ruled country. Activists have also planned three days of “civil disobedience” to celebrate the three-year anniversary, but now they may have to re-think their protest signs. CNN

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