Famine in the 21st century

As another testament to the power of local social media to rally support for a cause and raise funds, as of the writing of this post, 30 million bob has been raised by kenyans from all walks of life to aid the redcross in their hunger relief efforts. Very commendable efforts I must say and I hope evveryone reading this has contributed something towards the somali refugee crisis.

That being said, this circus should have ended with the y2k bug. There are potatoes and cabbages rotting in fields in western kenya and maize is being sold at throw away prices. Local media has had a field day with this irony and the best the government can do is ask anyone who knows of any deaths due to hunger should report it. And then what? They have necromancers that will revive the dead?

I find the idea that the govenment waits for reports to arrive quite disturbing. They should have more information than all the NGOs and humanitarian orgs put together. The drought in somalia was emminent and the subsequent human migration was obvious too. People like Minister Esther Murugi should not get access to a microphone let alone public office as is evident with her statements and opinions. Ignorance was never a defence and why we tolerate such statements from public officials is appaling.

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That being said , I believe the real failure is in the local leadership.Pastoral farming is outdated. Plain and simple. It is not sustainable with the changing climate of the area and requires too much effort for the society to develop specialised craftsmen and thus develop. Everyone spends their time looking for food. No-one gets a chance to learn a different craft, excel in music,art or toolmanship. But barely a tthousand kilometers away is a hub of technology, education and culture bursting at the seams with opportunity. Whole generations never get half the chance that their neighbours do in education, healthcare , culture and even leisure. It all boils down to the mode of sustenance and the outdated culture.

The Bantu farming style in the 1800s was slash and burn rotational farming. It worked then. Not so applicable now. We had to change and use fertilizer, learn new methods etc. Why should the pastoral communities not be guided to do the same and end the incestant famine year in year out? Live in permanent communities, farm, irrigate, create towns, invite traders, create a leather industry etc. Migrating with the rains doesnt make us any different than wildebeest yet we can master our environment. I believe that is why we have bigger cortexes.

I have a feeling we will be back here in 2012 and 2013 ad infinitum as long as the pastoralists insist on that culture and the alshabab characters are still prancing around banning samosas in Somalia. No-one should suffer such indignity as dying of hunger begging for a meal.

Transformers Dark of the Moon

Ok come on with such a title you just know you are in for a ride, a Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg kinda ride.

There is really no other way for you to see it than in a 3d cinema with crisps, a bunch of your pals and Sarit center today fit the bill perfectly. The movie is long but believe me you ain’t going to notice the time.

Shia lebeouf makes a comeback as Witwicky and as usual his performance is top notch. They dumped the hot Megan Fox for  Rosie Huntington-Whiteleyas Witwicky’s muse, hot but doesn’t own the character .

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She seems more like a pretty pair of legs strutting around to make the environment abit more colourful . Doesn’t really fit in with the whole explosion and anarchy around the movie. Did I mention she is hot, and this aint just makeup or clothes, am talking genes, am talking god taking afew more minutes, am talking bout gerring it over n over n. . okay al stop.

The fight sequences were awesome and arse kicking is delivered in 4 courses complete with desert , just how I like it. Seeing it in 3D just makes it all that more awesome.

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Anyhoo, the one thing that hit me during the course of the movie was the essence of the American state being based on an idea. None of the resident Americans are originally from the continent. They are all immigrants, and the local Red Indian population was all but wiped out. So here is a country  that is basically historyless and  had to start from scratch to declare their ethos  without any historical hang-ups(other than the red Indian massacre ofcourse).The idea that freedom is a right that though must be earned through responsibility, it must be defended at all cost. And somehow some alien robot with a testosterone filled name like Optimus Prime who is basically homeless knows that more than anyone else. I have long imagined the entire American movie industry is a massive propaganda machine to convince the masses that the American dream is actually a human dream. That the American way is the optimal evolution of society, Government, industry and ultimately civilization. That should an alien force try invade our planet, we would all have to turn to the Americans for salvation due to their superior technology, bravery and sense of right and wrong.

They could be right though but the only way to prove it would be to invite an alien race of highly advanced mechanical beings that are hell bent on destroying our planet.  Anyone?