Posts Tagged ‘Africa’

Peak Insanity

“Why, oh why, is this happening to us?” (The human species is too stupid to live.)

(Via.)

Worth it just for the Bedlamite euphemism for the economy — “the capitalist sector”.

If you’ve not had enough of sucking upon a weeping psychotic eyeball yet — (also from Dark Albert), there’s this. They’re never going to stop doubling-down. Probably a good time to start thinking realistically about where ‘hitting bottom’ is going to lead.

July 28, 2015admin 13 Comments »
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Chaos Patch (#72)

(Open thread + links)

“What do you do if the Church has been hijacked by demons?” What libertarians don’t think (responding to this), also relevant. Law is discovered. Catch-22. On capitalism, and revolution. Perfectibility. Place. What does decadence do? Secession update. Friday frags. The weekly round. Ascending the Tower is always excellently done.

The troll option (more). AFFH (1, 2, 3). Limits of the Murray strategy.

Islamic State, according to the NYT, and Jim. Annex Mexico.

Neglected freedom. Leftism vs the Internet. Bulverism. Obligatory lies. Mania for microaggression. Enough? The view from your knees.

An African century (plus a reminder). Racial kryptonite. Brains.

Anarchy in the herb garden.

Where social science goes wrong (for instance). Strange case of the aliens that didn’t bark. Challenge ratings. Defensive epistemology.

Where Moore’s Law ends.

“We should be aware that … every society in the history of the world has ultimately collapsed.”

(Looking forward to this.)

July 26, 2015admin 40 Comments »
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Tsunami

Either Europe is absorbed into Africa or at some point it learns, pitilessly, to say ‘no’. Neither alternative is likely to be remotely pretty.

The 21st century would probably be a good time to be somewhere else.

… two years ago the United Nations Population Division released a shocking update to their population projections, revising the forecast for the continent of Africa upward to 4.2 billion in 2100 from 1.1 billion today. […] That is about a half dozen times greater than the population of Europe. […] Africa is almost certainly not going to add over three billion residents over the next 85 years. Something else will happen instead …

For an example of how ugly it looks — in the eyes of polite opinion — to get anywhere close to realism on the topic, try this. It’s unthinkable! So, by far the most likely outcome is that Europe buries its head in the sand until it is already deep into existential crisis, then lurches into some new and even more hysterical version of its traditionally-favored fascist ‘solution’. Quite probably, it will get to lose another World War before the complete extinction of its civilization.

(If there’s a positive spin to put on this glacial catastrophe, don’t hesitate to share it in the comments.)

April 30, 2015admin 49 Comments »
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Media ADHD

Richard Fernandez asks a question that has been nagging at a number of people: How did this stop being a story?

The death toll from the worst Ebola outbreak on record has reached nearly 7,000 in West Africa, according to the World Health Organisation. […] The toll of 6,928 dead showed a leap of just over 1,200 since the WHO released its previous report on Wednesday, according to a Reuters news agency report. […] The UN health agency did not provide any explanation for the abrupt increase, but the figures, published on its website, appeared to include previously unreported deaths. […] … Just over 16,000 people have been diagnosed with Ebola since the outbreak was confirmed in the forests of remote southeastern Guinea in March, according to the WHO data that covered the three hardest-hit countries. …

Is it because the epidemic has remained geographically concentrated, that’s expected to hold, and Sierra Leone (where cases are “soaring” with the “country … reporting around 400 to 500 new cases each week for several weeks”) has been written off? Or is the world media scared it had begun to bore people?

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December 5, 2014admin 16 Comments »
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Ebola Links

Don’t be alarmed: “Ebola now has its first diagnosis in the U.S., and while concerning, it’s not entirely surprising. Given how interconnected our world is, the CDC has long said that it’s possible Ebola could make it here, though it’s unlikely it would spread widely. Here’s what you need to know …” (Well, maybe just a little alarmed. (Or …))

Ezra Klein is on my unbelievably annoying people list, but he was only a kid when he got there, and this (interview) is really good work. Some additional recent articles, in escalating order of panic, plus some geopolitical complication.

EbolaChan02

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October 1, 2014admin 15 Comments »
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Quote notes (#103)

The Ebola outbreak could blow over, and eventually be seen as a major health crisis, but one that was ultimately controlled. On the other hand:

MONROVIA, Liberia – Liberian officials fear Ebola could soon spread through the capital’s largest slum after residents raided a quarantine center for suspected patients and took items including blood-stained sheets and mattresses.

The violence in the West Point slum occurred late Saturday and was led by residents angry that patients were brought to the holding center from other parts of Monrovia, Tolbert Nyenswah, assistant health minister, said Sunday.

Up to 30 patients were staying at the center and many of them fled at the time of the raid, said Nyenswah. Once they are located they will be transferred to the Ebola center at Monrovia’s largest hospital, he said.

West Point residents went on a “looting spree,” stealing items from the clinic that were likely infected, said a senior police official, who insisted on anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the press. The residents took medical equipment and mattresses and sheets that had bloodstains, he said.

“All between the houses you could see people fleeing with items looted from the patients,” the official said, adding that he now feared “the whole of West Point will be infected.”

(Incredibly, it gets worse.)

ADDED: Bryce sent this along.

August 18, 2014admin 2 Comments »
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Sudan Back-Track

The Cathedral’s brilliant new plan — colonialism.

(Some initial ‘discomfort‘ (via))

January 8, 2014admin 8 Comments »
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