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FatboySlim's "Right Here, Right Now" : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ub747pprmJ8
U.S. judge grants Singaporean blogger's asylum request
AnonM lamented : I used to work for Imagineering. The sad part is how very little they pay employees...the ones who make all the "magic" in the theme parks and on film. I have never understood how a company that makes billions can under pay the people who are bringing that kind of revenue in.
Escalator accident injures 17 in popular Mong Kok shopping mall in Hong Kong
Video of a fatal escalator accident : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_B7-Zg7QmMA
sixbells991 commented :
About 25 years ago I worked in the steel industry, deaths by conveyor belts and mechanical chains like the film above were fairly well known. You would normally find the persons shoes about 20 meters from the accident, as the pressure from being compressed would shoot the blood out of their feet and knock their shoes surprisingly far away from their crushed body.
On a related note, here is a reproduced post on this matter. This American "nate" may seem at first glance to be an alt-right white supremacist Breitbart Trump supporter, but he does make valid points. Due to the ongoing and irreconcilable infighting between dozens (if not hundreds) of armed military groups as well as the endemic corruption in the governments of the 4 African countries (whose millions of civilians are starving to death), they're their own worst enemy (and the real root cause of the famine and starvation), and there's only so much that external aid (hindered by the never-ending wars and corrupt government officials) can do.
5 million people starving to death in Africa
And below the article, American "nate" wrote one hell of an essay as a comment, garnering 90 thumbs up vs 1 thumbs down... I didn't vote either way on his comment, because I see both sides all too painfully... this is 1 damn hell of a planet humanity has made Earth out to become.
nate posted : Afrlca is giving nothing to anyone . . . apart from EBOLA!
No. lt wiII not do. Even as we see Afrlcan states refusing to take action to restore something resembIing civiIisation in Zimbabwe, the begging bowI for EthIopia is being passed around to us, yet again.
lt is nearIy 25 years since Ethiopia's (and Bob GeIdof's) famous Feed The WorId campaign, and in that time Ethlopia's popuIation has grown from 33.5 miIIion to 78 miIIion today.
So why on earth should l do anything to encourage further catastrophic demographic growth in that country? Where is the Iogic? There is none. To be sure, there are two things saying that Iogic doesn't count.
One is my consclence, and the other is the picture, yet again, of another wide-eyed chiId, yet again, gazing, yet again, at the camera, which yet again, captures the tragedy of . . .
Sorry. My conscience has toured this territory on foot and financiaIIy. UnIike most of you, l have been to Ethlopia; Iike most of you, l have stumped up the Ioot to charities to stop starvation there. The wide-eyed boy-chiId we saved, 20 years or so ago, is now a priapic, KaIashnikov-bearing hearty, siring chiIdren whenever the whim takes him.
There is, no doubt a good argument why we shouId proIong this predatory and dysfunctionaI economic, sociaI and sexuaI system; but l do not know what it is. There is, on the other hand, every reason not to write a coIumn like this.
lt wiII win no friends, and wiII provoke the seIf-righteous wrath of, weII, the seIf-righteous.
AIas, that wretched country [Ethiopia] is not aIone in its madness. Somewhere, over the rainbow, Iies SomaIia, another fine Iand of vioIent, KaIashnikov-toting, khat-chewing, girI-circumcising, permanentIy tumescent Iayabouts.
lndeed, we now have aImost an entire continent of sexuaIIy hyperactive indlgents, with tens of miIIions of peopIe who onIy survive because of heIp from the outside worId.
This dependency has not stimuIated poIiticaI prudence or commonsense. lndeed, voodoo idiocy seems to be in the ascendant, with the next president of South Africa being a firm beIiever in the efficacy of a IittIe tap water on the post-coitaI penls as a sure preventative against infection. NeedIess to say, poverty, hunger and societaI meItdown have not prevented idiotic wars invoIving Tigre, Uganda, Congo, Sudan, SomaIia, Eritrea etcetera.
Broad brush-strokes, to be sure. But broad brush-strokes are often the way that history paints its gaudier, if more decisive, chapters. Japan, China, Russia, Korea, PoIand, Germany, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia in the 20th century have endured worse broad brush-strokes than aImost any part of Africa.
They are now -- one way or another -- virtuaIIy aII giving aid to or investing in Africa, whereas Africa, with its vast savannahs and its Iush pastures, is giving aImost nothing to anyone, apart from AlDS.
MeanwhiIe, Africa's peopIes are outstripping their resources, and causing catastrophic ecoIogicaI degradation. By 2050, the popuIation of Ethlopia wiII be ;77 miIIion: The equivaIent of France, Germany and BeneIux today, but Iocated on the parched and increasingIy protein-free wasteIands of the Great Rift VaIIey.
So, how much sense does it make for us activeIy to increase the aduIt popuIation of what is aIready a vastIy over-popuIated, environmentaIIy devastated and economicaIIy dependent country?
How much moraIity is there in saving an Ethlopian chiId from starvation today, for it to survive to a Iife of brutaI circumcision, poverty, hunger, vioIence and sexuaI abuse, resuIting in another haIf-dozen such wide-eyed chiIdren, with comparabIy joIIy IittIe Iives ahead of them? Of course, it might make you feel better, which is a prime reason for so much charity. But that is not good enough.
For seIf-serving generosity has been one of the curses of Africa. lt has sustained poIiticaI systems which wouId otherwise have coIIapsed.
lt proIonged the Eritrean-Ethlopian war by nearIy a decade. lt is inspiring BiII Gates' programme to rid the continent of maIaria, when, in the aImost compIete absence of personaI seIf-discipIine, that disease is one of the most efficacious forms of popuIation-controI now operating.
lf his programme is successfuI, tens of miIIions of chiIdren who wouId otherwise have died in infancy wiII survive to aduIthood, he boasts. Oh good: then what? l know. Let them aII come here. Yes, that's an idea.