January 31st, 2005

Edge of the world

A celebratory entry that heads off on a rant of a tangent.

Sign you aren't quite awake #584: You take a mid-afternoon nap, and upon waking at 5:45pm, you stagger around for about five minutes wondering why everyone is up so early in the morning.

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You know what? My father and his phone calls are really frustrating. Not only because they're difficult and awkward, but also because I now have no idea where I was going with this entry. Well, let me just do the regular thing and order all of you who haven't yet to join darfur_crisis. It will only take a second of your time. I am incensed that a UN commission of inquiry will back away from labelling the Sudanese crisis as genocide and essentially permit the violence to drag on for further months without significant international intervention. This is disgraceful.

But they're only Africans. Apparently they don't matter.

It may be a slightly different matter, but the following quote is brilliant.

The head of USAID was quoted as saying he didn't think it was possible to send pharmaceuticals to the people of Africa to treat their AIDS viruses because Africans don't have wristwatches and they can't keep the time necessary to, uh- WHAT IS GOING ON? So twenty-five million Africans can go to fuckin' hell because they don't have wristwatches?!
- Bono, at the start of One, 8 June 2001

If people like the head of USAID don't have a clue, no wonder nothing is happening to end the plight of the third world. It seems like we have no moral qualms with permitting the third world to live in war, disease, poverty, and hunger. And yes, the head of USAID in 2001 is still in his position. One can only hope he's a little less ignorant now.
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