rkt: (izzard.flags.unknown)
someone i put on my flist posted this independent article about somali pirates. and how not all pirate are bad. the article doesn't dispute that some, in fact, in the article's words :"gangters", it simply adds to the picture that other 'pirates' are in it to protect their country.

In 1991, the government of Somalia collapsed. Its nine million people have been teetering on starvation ever since – and the ugliest forces in the Western world have seen this as a great opportunity to steal the country's food supply and dump our nuclear waste in their seas.

Yes: nuclear waste. As soon as the government was gone, mysterious European ships started appearing off the coast of Somalia, dumping vast barrels into the ocean. The coastal population began to sicken. At first they suffered strange rashes, nausea and malformed babies. Then, after the 2005 tsunami, hundreds of the dumped and leaking barrels washed up on shore. People began to suffer from radiation sickness, and more than 300 died.

....

At the same time, other European ships have been looting Somalia's seas of their greatest resource: seafood. We have destroyed our own fish stocks by overexploitation – and now we have moved on to theirs. More than $300m-worth of tuna, shrimp, and lobster are being stolen every year by illegal trawlers. The local fishermen are now starving. Mohammed Hussein, a fisherman in the town of Marka 100km south of Mogadishu, told Reuters: "If nothing is done, there soon won't be much fish left in our coastal waters."


i'm inclined to believe the contents of the pirate article/post because, well, the whole bits about those from "civilized" nations being the ones plundering is more than believable.

but i must admit my own ignorance here.

p.s. i had this post writ and queued for review when this article from the unapologetic mexican came along on the f-list via feed and seems to confirm.
rkt: (wicked little town)
so, the strike is over.

the mayor (who has publicly declared he will not run for office next term) has managed to call the strikers "selfish" and "thuggish" and, like damn near all the media outlets called the strike "illegal". nope. he ain't racist, how dare you suggest that? there's nothing racist in the term "thuggish". i'm quite sure if i tried hard enough, i could find quotable proof that bloomberg's colourblind. he's also not classist. he knows what it's like to be a commoner. he walked across the bridge!

bloomberg has also asked all new yorkers to pray for a fire fighter who was hit by a car as sie biked hir way to work. the implication being, of course, that sie would not have been biking had it not been for those twu strikers.

it should be interesting what comes forth later. the media love to say the strike is illegal according to The Taylor Law, without ever mentioning that the sole reason the strike commenced was that mta was trying to fuck with the pensions, which is illegal according to said Taylor Law. it's much easier to just say Taylor Law. maybe the theory was if you say it 3 times fast, a miracle will happen. Taylor Law. Taylor Law. Taylor Law.

and maybe it worked. i'm actually kinda' disappointed in toussaint in giving in. though, with the media blackout, i don't know what i'm missing. and i'm not in any kinda union, so i'm really clueless. i tried once, and i theoretically had a union willing to take us in. only "us" was just me and nobody else wanted to and/or had the luxury to take the risk of following me to The so-called Dark Side.

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