this & that
- Here are some pictures of this week's flooding in Ouagadougou.
- A nice explanation of the combatants in Somalia.
- The FDLR says their website is coming back. (HT: Mo'Dernity, Mo'Problems)
- I'm really enjoying The Edge of the American West, a blog written by several academics on lots of topics in politics, history, and the use of language in our society. Check out this post on Glen Beck's book jacket outfit for a sample of what they do.
- ReliefWeb gives us all the world's humanitarian crises & their requirements for emergency assistance in one handy infographic.
- I am really tired of manufactured controversies over non-issues propagated by those who are bitter about having lost an election or who don't think a black man should get to be president. People who don't want their children to hear a speech about staying in school because it's given by the President of the United States are ridiculous. Just ridiculous. The New York Times editorial board puts it well: "There is, of course, nothing socialist in any of Mr. Obama’s policies, as anyone with a passing knowledge of socialism and its evil history knows. But in this country, unlike actual socialist countries, nobody can be compelled to listen to the president. What is most disturbing about all this is what it says about the parents — and the fact that they have such little regard for their children’s intelligence and ability to think."
- Somebody's been burned by the UN one too many times.
- I assume the Big Mac index fails to add in the cost of flying to Europe to get a Big Mac if you live in a country that lacks a McDonald's. (HT: Africa is a Country)