i'm not an avid facebooker. but i love to swing by and see what everyone's up to, feeling and thinking.
yesterday i discovered a comment by my friend Omar (S Talib) who said,
"... if we name Malaria and Cholera something more snappy and jazzy..like "Dark Continent Dragon Fever...", we may get as much attention as Swine Flu. I mean, after all, malaria kills a child every 30 sec..."
this struck me as completely true. why does Swine Flu soar to the headlines along with the Obamas and their new puppy, the gloomy world economy, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan? on a daily and repetitive basis? yes. fine to remark on it. fine to know about it. but worse things are happening at sea right now. why don't they cancel ALL FLIGHTS? planes are the worst places for viruses to spread. . . planes are hardly "Green" are they? deadly to our atmosphere right now...they consume an inordinate amount of fuel too...and they spread Pig flu.
malaria at present, poses a risk to HALF THE WORLD'S population.
more than a MILLION PEOPLE die of the disease EACH YEAR.
the parasite is a devilishly clever and resistant little bastard, almost as resistant as lice. except you can't comb the killers from your blood. they seem to develop a resistance to all the latest drugs...oh and HIV is old hat is it?
yet swine flu still makes the headlines.....? FLU? i find this kind of sensationalist reporting irresponsible and ill informed. it seems as soon as any deadly disease makes its way into the first world, it makes headlines. who cares when its mostly third world being affected? it's not us, its them. we're ok jack.
i am outraged.
i have to admire the Gates Foundation for donating US$ 22.5 million with the intention of fighting this great killer. even though i hate the factory which they financed on my doorstep for its complete disregard to local environment...but lets not bang on about this old fruit again....at least they are making mosquito nets and not breeding pigs....
on a lighter note, i heard that bono at a concert once clapped his hands and said,
"... every time i clap my hands a child dies in africa."
someone in the audience shouted out, " well stop fucking clapping your hands then, mate!"
there. off my chest.
thanks for bearing with me....comments are welcome, comme toujours.
tooooodely old pip, y'all, and bisous, buzzing mozzie ones...bzzzzzzzzzzzzz X.X.X. j