Monday, May 28, 2007

NEPMAN and Wiki

Wow. Caught this post on LGF:

LONDON (Reuters) - Coping with the ravages of global warming will cost $50 billion a year, and the rich nations who caused most of the pollution must pay most of the bill, aid agency Oxfam said on Tuesday.

That immediately made me think about the NEPMEN. In "Soviet Times," right after the revolution, the policies of confiscation, elimination of property rights and restrictions on general freedoms led to mild starvation and light cannibalism. So Lenin came up with the bright idea to restore some of the freedoms, in order to make things like food. He called this the New Economic Program. NEP. People who participated in this were called NEPMEN. They were denied the "vote," in Soviet Russian. I read this in a "book."

Produce, but don't participate, it seems.

I was going to comment on the LGF post above, and give you a tasty, well sourced (soylent green free) wiki on NEPMAN. Instead, I came across this:

A nepman was a fish person who invaded the young USSR using spearguns, tridents, magical tridents that could shoot magical beams, pufferfish, sword fish spines, guns powered by electric eels and shark-tooth swords. They were later pushed back into the sea by the Communist regime after the 1934 invasion.

Urban dictionary is not much better:

NEP-man. A capitalist pig, slacker, and over all scoundrel. This term was used to describe the entrepreneurs who profited from the new economic policy (NEP) that was introduced after the Russian civil war. Since the NEP was seen as contrary to the revolution, being called a nepman (or woman) was a grievous insult in Bolshevik Russia.


Free shi* sucks.

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