note: when I said "the whole collection for 35 US" I mean each book costs around 5 US so here they cost ten times more...damn...
"Would the goverment lay their hands on your book if you bought it on the internet?"
No, not exactly, you see the situation I described isn't a product of a concious act of the government, but rather of the disorganization within the government. There's a tax on importing merchandise from the US (around 10% of the cost of the book) so that's why I'm supposed to go to customs and pay the fee before I get the book. The problem is whomever is in charge of noticing me doesn't do it most of the time so my books just lay around in some obscure postal office for years until they get thrown away, given to charity or taken by customs officials (most likely scenario)... most bureaucrats (including those at the national postal service) in Latinamerica are highly inefficient and, although the law provides for measures to prevent these types of things from happenning, the people who enforce the law are themselves inefficient...it's just a huge mess.
No, it isn't available in bookstores. I don't think it has been translated to spanish and very few people here speak english so bookstores don't offer lots of books in english...and those they do offer are extremely overpriced (which is why I haven't been able to read the Harry Potter books... they're charging almost 50 US dollars per book and not all of them are available, whilst in amazon it's possible to get the whole collection for 35 US)
lol of course I could buy it on the internet, and it will subsequently be shipped to this country where it would be stolen by customs officials...well, officially, it will be stopped at customs until I go there and pay a tax but since I don't get informed where do I have to go pay the tax, where exactly has my merchandise arrived or how much do I owe then it's just the same as if it was legally stolen cause I'll never get to see it. Oh yes, that's Latinamerica for you.
btw, at the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster group we're having a discussion involving Vikings (topic, "your church is so wrong"), as a viking descendant (I presume) you might want to chip in... damn those vikings, pirates rule ARRRRR!
Hi, glad you liked the group. :) Regarding the church, well, it does exist in the same way other faiths exist...which is to say they don't really exist outside its members heads lol
If you're asking if there's a stone temple out there in which church members go dressed as pirates every sunday...well, then, I think the answer is no. Although I can't be sure, I don't live in the US.
Maybe you could go to the website www.venganza.org and ask them there, or maybe you could email Bobby Henderson, I'm sure his email musn't be the most secret mistery in the world.
For the part of officially becoming a pastafarian, well, I don't believe there's a baptism-like sacrament but it's rather like the way muslims do it.
In any case, there's a book out there called "The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster" it's like the Bible, only less boring, self-righteous and non-sensical. :) Delete Comment