Still updating the website. Look for more blog posts soon….
“College socializes you, so you learn to present even trite ideas well. –Elyse Graham, in Chris Hedge’s latest article “The Best and the Brightest Led America Over a Cliff”
Here’s a short video satire on how the U.S. news media typically treats Africa.
I just found out that Zebra Book Blog posted a picture of me, Chris, and Henry Trotter at the Cape Town Book Lounge book launch for Andrew Brown’s Street Blues: A Reluctant Policemen. It is a GREAT book, by the way, but I’m not sure it’s available in the U.S. Andrew Brown was an anti-apartheid activist, and apparently came close to bombing the same police station where he is now a weekend police officer. He writes compelling tales about the relationship between cops and civilians in the new South Africa. He writes about the fear he can taste every night as he tries to do his job. Each chapter shows the moral dilemmas that policemen face, told from the perspective of someone who is more a civilian than a cop (“reluctant” is the right word) but who is a reservist in the second most violent country in the world (second only to Jamaica, apparently). (I kind of wonder when they rank countries, how do they position countries like South Africa, who is not at war, against countries like Iraq? Is South Africa really more violent than Iraq right now? I’d much rather go to SA, I gotta tell ya.)
Here, you can see the relaxed Henry Trotter, the I’ve-gained-ten-pounds-in-six-weeks Jessica Powers, and the I’ve-just-stepped-off-a-24-hour-flight-from-the-U.S.-and-I’m-still-wearing-the-same-T-shirt Chris Gibson. All captured for posterity.
Cholera has been hitting Harare, Zimbabwe bad since last August. Today, the media reports that the numbers lie at more than 12,000 people stricken and close to 600 dead. Zimbabweans are rioting in the streets; some are leaving for Mozambique or South Africa.
I heard an interview on NPR with some cholera expert, who said that this was evidence of a massive breakdown in Zimbabwe’s infrastructure, specifically sewage and water systems. She theorized that this was proof that things weren’t working very well in Zim right now. No duh. Where has she been for the last ten years?
Got off my lazy ass and finally saved a few pictures at a smaller resolution and a smaller size so I could upload them. I think I made them *too* small but that’s the shakes. I’m too lazy to go back and re-do them all again. You can click on them and they’ll be slightly bigger….
On the road to Cape Town. Love the clouds….
Some pottery makers
flea market in downtown Cape Town
a monkey in a car, playing with the locks
same monkey in the car…we’re preparing for wildlife
lions this close when I’m in an open landrover scare the crap outta me
cheetahs…we got out of the landrover and came within fifteen-twenty feet of them; they ignored us. Humans? Ah, who cares.
Our guide shows us some Bushman paintings a few thousand years old…
I LOVE ELEPHANTS!
Big brother elephant…