Things the Czech Media Wants Us to Know
Quick.cz also announces a film on Rembrandt starring Klaus Maria Brandauer. The thought that comes to my mind seeing these two things juxtaposed on their home page is that Quick.cz thinks male artists make good film fodder while female artists can get in the news if they paint with their breasts.
In more serious news, Czech media and politicians are contemplating the benefits of limiting the number of casinos and herna bars in Prague, according to Czech radio. From the sounds of the article, the likelihood of this actually happening is rather small. A related article notes that toy slot machines were a hot seller here at Christmastime. As the article notes, the sound of them under the Christmas tree will probably remind many parents “that this year's Christmas shopping has left them deeper in debt than ever.”
Well, speaking of Czech personal debt, the Prague Post cites a December 27 article in Právo stating that “Czech consumers borrowed 7 billion Kč this Christmas, and that’s only counting bank loans.” Debt here is allegedly growing by 30% a year; in other words, everyone is anxious to take on the worst aspects of capitalism. I knew I should have photographed those signs encouraging people to borrow money for a richer Christmas.