Archive for March 11th, 2017

Famine, Inc., Africa’s permanent industry, continues to bleed the good will of Western investors.

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

 

As you get older, the patterns and repetitions become predictable and tiresome.

 

Helplessness settles in, that others may never see the light, those younger and idealistic folks who need to get their heads out of their asses, the ones who won’t listen to you because they feel it is their duty to rescue the world, especially parcels of the globe that are incapable of wisely utilizing help, incapable of simply being civilized, self-directed members of the human race.

 

Seeing the patterns repeat, playing out again, and the blind optimism of the young and their sophomoric stupidity, you become cynical and curmudgeonly. You become “conservative” and “stuck in your ways” and lack the “enlightenment” of the young morons who faithfully accept that even places like Africa have hope.

 

And I want to call bullshit, but the younger people are…younger. They will outlive me, and their obliviousness to the recurring themes of human nature are lost on them and they will continue to make the exact same mistakes we made under the auspices of charity and naiveté.

 

They will think chaotic, doomed continents like Africa, given our continued, bloated assistance, will right their ship.

 

But I saw it happen before. I saw this tired plot unfold before.  I witnessed that duplicitous, facile exploitation of heart strings back in the 1980’s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This has happened before and despite the self-congratulatory intentions of vapid legions of virtue signaling musicians and performers, we realize, as “old” people, that Africa’s shoddy governmental and human infrastructure are simply not cut out to accept Western assistance in order to successfully foment any noteworthy cultural paradigm shift that will make them productive, vibrant purveyors of 21st Century progress. Africa will continue to self-decimate into a vast dissolution of corruption, feuds and primitivism.

 

The hyperbolic headline reads UN: World facing greatest humanitarian crisis since 1945.

 

Ah yes, here we go again. The predictable narrative continues to unfold. And young people are aghast but ready to spring to action.

 

 

The world is facing its largest humanitarian crisis since 1945, the United Nations says, issuing a plea for help to avoid “a catastrophe”.
UN humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien said that more than 20 million people faced the threat of starvation and famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria.
Unicef has already warned 1.4m children could starve to death this year.

 

 

And of course, in the midst of this historical recursive time line, aka “Africa’s series of famines,” there is the familiar $ symbol affixed as the savior of all problems innate to that continent’s dysfunctional collective temperament.

 

Mr O’Brien said $4.4bn (£3.6bn) was needed by July to avert disaster.

 

The BBC’s graphic of the greatest humanitarian crisis in almost 80 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The savior of African suffering, O’Brien continues.

 

 

“Now, more than 20 million people across four countries face starvation and famine. Without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death. Many more will suffer and die from disease.

 

 

And of course, as well know, all problems can be solved simply by throwing more money at them as long as they are coated with generous toppings of syrupy good intentions.

 

And always, always, the money. $4.4 billion. What could possibly go wrong with us sending that amount of money to societies that can best be described as “Stone Age adjacent?”

 

 

Mr O’Brien’s comments follow on from a similar appeal made by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres last month.

 

At that time, he revealed the UN had only received $90m (£74m) so far in 2017, despite generous pledges.

 

Like Mr O’Brien, he urged more financial support for the four countries.

 

 

 

The BBC asks:

 

But why are they [famine-plagued African countries] in such dire need?

 

And the old man, me, shakes his head.

 

The “causes” are so intertwined with the “cultural character” of the land and its people that I know the exorbitant sums of money, handed to those incapable of self-governance, will ultimately be squirreled away for nefarious purposes and in fact, only perpetuate helplessness of character that brought them to need help to begin with. The litany.

 

Yemen

 

What’s hampering aid?

 

Continuing fighting, lack of rule of law, poor governance, under-development.

 

South Sudan

 

What’s hampering aid?

 

Continuing fighting in the country that now has been at war since 2013, lack of rule of law, under-development.

 

Nigeria
What’s hampering aid?

 

Boko Haram attacks, lack of rule of law, under-development.

 

Somalia
What’s hampering aid?

Continuing attacks by Islamist militant group al-Shabab, lack of rule of law, under-development.

 

 

Well-intentioned, gullible busybodies, always quick to romanticize the charity of human nature, will try their best to funnel more civilized, hard-earned money to the African continent.

 

The money will buy guns, liquor, women, maybe some food. The money will serve the hedonistic extravagances of a small portion of the population as African inhabitants have continually demonstrated that tribal kinship is not an idyllic strength of those cultures. African nations are a flammable concoction of self-destruction, and Western naiveté and its billions of dollars, sent to Africa, are the fuel, never the nourishment.

 

 

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The Hill made a boo-boo, a Freudian slip, in this story about the CIA leaks.

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

 

Haha.

 

I had to do a double-take.

 

Yep, gotta be a mistake.   A writer for The Hill, Nikita Vladimirov, can’t be blamed for this slip of the keyboard.

 

Ex-CIA deputy director: Leak ‘has to be an inside job’

 

Former CIA Deputy Director Mike Morell believes the leak of CIA documents published this week by WikiLeaks “has to be an inside job.”

“This data is not shared outside CIA. It’s only inside CIA,” Morell said in an interview with “CBS This Morning” on Saturday.

He argued that the data is on CIA’s “secret network” that is not connected to other networks.

“It’s on CIA’s top secret network, which is not connected to any other network. So, this has to be an inside job,” he added.
WikiLeaks published thousands of CIA documents this week, claiming that they describe the agency’s top secret surveillance problem.

The leaked documents suggested that CIA used a number of techniques for surveillance, including the ability to hack mobile devices, computers and televisions.

 

 

 

I’ve linked an archive in case editors decide to “correct” the error.  Or were such semantics intended?

 

Yes, it is a surveillance “problem,” but is it a news report’s job to clarify with such “adjectivity?”

 

It’s a report, not a judgment. Leave that up to me :)

 

 

What’s in the backpack, sir?

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

 

 

 

Is this a surprise given that the MSM and most anti-Trump Dems/Libs have no qualms about fomenting murderous passions against the President of the United States?

 

The blood will be on their hands if such a thing happens;  and the blood may very well be on their necks if they continue their embittered, childish trajectory.

 

Early this morning, a man carrying a backpack was arrested near the residence entrance of the White House. Nobody was hurt, but the intruder must have been a threat because they marked it as security code “Orange”.