Switzerland's anti-PowerPoint party

Finally, a party I can get behind:

The party is called the APPP. Yes, the Anti-PowerPoint Party. It's an organization that has, at its core, the firm belief that the Microsoft presentation software is a waste of fine Swiss resources.

Indeed, it believes that PowerPoint costs Switzerland 2.1 billion Swiss Francs (about $2.5 billion) every year. You will, no doubt, be desperate to learn of its mathematical model. Well, it says 11 percent of Swiss people have to attend PowerPoint presentations on average twice a week. At each of these presentations is a minimum of 10 people.

As Tom Ricks has reported, if such a movement were imported to the United States, it would have the enthusiastic backing of some of our top military commanders

Hat tip: Felix Salmon


Iran to try U.S. officials for human rights violations

Not that Donald Rumsfeld was likely planning on a trip to Tehran anytime soon, but this is still an interesting development, reported by Mitra Amiri:

Iran plans to try in absentia 26 US officials it believes violated human rights, the latest attempt to turn the tables on Western accusations about Tehran’s rights record.

Lawmaker Esmail Kosari told local newspapers the Americans would be tried in absentia and their files passed on to international tribunals.

He did not identify the officials but it is likely they are the same people listed on a parliamentary bill to be subjected to Iranian sanctions. They include former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, his deputy Paul Wolfowitz, and military commanders at US detention centers Abu Ghraib in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The announcement followed the U.N. Human Rights Council's decision to appoint a special rapporteur on Iran.

I'm actually surprised we haven't seen more of this already. So long as leaders like Omar al-Bashir and Muammar al-Qaddafi are ruling under ICC indictments that essentially amount the little more than travel bans for certain countries, it seems like an obvious propaganda ploy for countries to set up their own "human rights tribunals" to air the dirty laundry of U.S. officials.