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Kazakhstan Visit: 2007-5
2007-10-31 - I'd like to say that Kazakhstan dispelled all those Borat gags, but they actually reinforced them, in a way. Our guide drove us around Almaty for hours, and during this time he:

1. Mocked women in general, "ugly cows" "when they're 25 in Kazakhstan they look 45" etc.
2. Mentioned in passing that "We don't much like jews here"
3. Joked about pushing the disabled off cliffs.
4. Explained in detail the winter method used by Nomads (like himself in younger days) of keeping livestock indoors.
5. Explained the fuel substitute used on the treeless steppe- cow manure. "All the food gets to taste like it"
6. Explained the Kazakh art of training eagles to hunt foxes and wolves. "We use stray dogs to train. The best methods in training are... extreme cruelty"
7. Derided the British, Chechens, Chinese, Americans, Africans, African-Americans and of course "those dirty Uzbeks"
8. Spoke farcical and derogatory English. "We Kazakhs always copyright the Russians, but we give it away with our chinky-eyes"
9. Was named Morat.
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