*She lumped tomatoes


*DLS #1

*With these hands!

*The moon blocks the sun making day into night

*Just got off the phone with her


*Is it just me....

*I checked... I asked

*The room is only twenty-five

1. I ask you to do one effing thing
2. Did you?
3. The socks betray him
4. There will be none of that
5. Leave notes in his shirt pocket
6. Trained in the gentle art
7. Put me in coach
8. Our species may, in fact, survive
9.Swarm Swarm
10.During the wooing
11.BUT not private enough
12.The bottomless appetite
13.The first time we forget
14.This is a nice litmus test
15.To get the ball rolling
16.She invited you back to her place for coffee
17.Mary Magdalene or Eva Braun
18.It will only smell and make you queasy

   Tuesday, July 05, 2005

They finally cut off some heads

Don't get me wrong, I am all about intentions. I am all about good intentions but less we forget that is all they are... intentions.
"Hell is paved with good intentions, not with bad ones.
All men mean well."

-George Bernard Shaw
Live 8 is being lauded as a "huge success". Really? Why?

Have you noticed that we've seemed to move into a mentality where intentions are good enough and results are, at best, glossed over?

Live Aid happened twenty years ago. Africans still starve.

"BUT it raises awareness!"

Correct. It raises awareness for Coldplay's new album, Madonna's aging voice and Bono's expanding ego. It allows good intentioned people to listen to good intentioned artists play (sometime) good music then go home all warm and fuzzy. Measuring Live Aid based on intentions; it was a huge success. Measured based on results? Ask some kids in Kenya that question.

Thinking the G8 can somehow solve the problems of Africa in its 31st conference is more than ludicrous, it's borderline racist and definitely class-ist (and classless). Did the G8 start the last conference by voting to fuck over Africa? The United States ALONE has sent over $30 billion dollars to African nations in the last decade. As with most things, throwing money at a problem eases the minds of the throwers and solves nothing. Sorry, that is not entirely true, it does solve the liquidity problem for many dictators and their Swiss accounts.

Madonna gets on stage and says, "Are you ready, London? Are you ready to start a revolution? Are you ready to change history?" which is hard to hear over the jingle-CLACK of the stones around her neck and on her fingers. She got to go home that night in the glow of her good intentions.

We don't need to reunite Pink Floyd to know there is suffering in Africa. We knew that without hearing "Comfortably Numb". It is the market economies that make the G8 the, well, the G8. Why does anyone think that market economies and more freedom won't bring wealth to Africa? The closest thing to a success in Africa is South Africa. The less social and facist that country becomes, the more successful it, and ALL of its people become.

Drop the intentions and focus on results.

Want to see the corrupt governments fall in Africa? Don't SEND money... cut it off. Stop. Watch the people rise up, as they always do, once enough truly becomes enough. Will there be suffering? Yes. Will CNN get some juicy "the US hates Africa, see the proof" footage of starvation and violence? Yes. Guess what? The suffering and violence is already there but CNN isn't covering it.

Have faith in the people. Every successful nation has the same story; oppression, revolution and upheaval leading to a more democratic state. When the French STOPPED funding the colonies, the revolution started with some tea. When the Brits STOPPED funding the revolution in France, they finally cut off some heads and did something.

Focus on results.

there are 11 doodles

At 6:24 PM, Blogger madman said...

Thanks for saying what needed to be said. It reminds me of the old movies where Judy Garland says to Mickey Rooney, "Lets put on a Show!" ---and that somehow solves all the worlds problems.

At 7:55 PM, Blogger Autumn said...

hello. I'm retarded. WHERE is your email address???

At 8:40 PM, Blogger hofzinser said...

click on my picture (color slide) at the top left of any page... it takes you to my profile.


At 9:46 PM, Blogger Foilwoman said...

I agree that intentions are meaningless and that sending money to corrupt governments does nothing. But when you wait until enough is enough you end up with situations like Rwanda or Sudan. People don't blame the people above them. They blame the stranger next door. So once things get bad enough, there won't be a peaceful revolution (ala Czechoslovakia, which requires a certain belief in the future) but a bloody one like Rwanda, Burundi, Liberia, Yugoslavia, Chechnya, etc.

This is exacerbated when you have different groups. Even if you and I can't tell the difference between a Serbian Christian and a Bosnian Muslim, or a Rwandan or Burundi Hutu or Tutsi, the people who identify themselves with those groups do.

No solution, but when "enough is enough" you often end up with the Holocaust, Stalin's Terror, Rwanda, Sudan (now!), Liberia, Cambodia, just pick. People, in their natural state, when hungry and riddled with fear, often do the worst possible thing.

At 9:47 PM, Blogger Foilwoman said...

Of course, I agree, Live 8 will make as much difference as Live Aid, BandAid, the Concert for Bangladesh, and the whole NoNukes concerts, which is to say, absolutely none.

At 10:05 PM, Blogger Jackie said...

Before I saw Live 8, I had no idea people were like, starving and stuff.

At 11:31 PM, Blogger WordWhiz said...

Excellent points, Uncle Hof. "Raising Awareness" is just a way of saying it makes us feel warm and fuzzy and think we're doing something good.

At 1:36 AM, Blogger mcgibfried said...

i used to work for united way.. and when we did the telethon for the 9/11 event.. i quit.
none of that money went where it was supposed to go.

they had chapter heads w/ 6 figure salaries.. it was awful.

so i completely agree with you.

At 7:42 AM, Blogger deanne said...

I hear ya Hof. What *really* pissed me off was that all the 'stars' went home with goodie bags, some worth £7k?! WTF?! Yeah sure! Let's make poverty history - have a fuckin' goodie bag!

It was so hypocritical.

(But I did cry over Pink Floyd)

At 8:09 AM, Blogger bornfool said...

Well said Hof. I don't know when we are going to learn that throwing money at these problems just doesn't work.

At 3:29 AM, Blogger CorsicaFire said...

Am I the ONLY one who didn't bother to watch Live8??


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