Though it contains a slight at my main man (Obama 2012!), I cringe at the brutal reality this article infers. I watched a documentary about these guys that further supports this argument. As a teacher of students of color and a basketball fan, I’m bummed.
“Kazakhstan industry best in the world.
We incented toffee and trouser belt.
Kazakhstan’s prostitutes cleanest in the region.
Except of course Turkmenistan’s”—
There was a Olympic qualifying shooting contest held in Kuwait. When the woman from Kazakhstan went to the medal podium as the winner, they played the Borat version of the Kazakhstani national anthem they had downloaded off the internet instead of the real one on accident. It included the line above.
To quote Bill Clinton: “If one candidate is trying to scare you and the other one is try get you to think, if one candidate is appealing to your fears and the other one is appealing to your hopes, you better vote for the person who wants you to think and hope.”
“If some of these folks were around when Columbus set sail, they probably would have been founding members of the Flat Earth Society. Maybe they would have agreed with one of the pioneers of the radio who apparently said, “Television won’t last. It’s a flash in the pan.” … They might have even sided with one of my predecessors, President Rutherford B. Hayes, who reportedly said this about the telephone: “It’s a great invention but who would ever want to use one?””—President Barack Obama on the critics of a clean energy future, in Maryland today. (via barackobama)
"Claim: The issue is complicated, in ways that don’t come through in a misleading video. For example, the video doesn’t make clear that Kony is no longer a threat in Uganda.
Response: The video doesn’t contain errors, but it does simplify things greatly to hold attention. Complexity is, er, complicated: It has been a leading excuse for inaction during atrocities — during the Armenian genocide, during the Holocaust, during Rwanda, during the Bosnian slaughter. Each episode truly was complicated, but, in retrospect, we let nuance paralyze us.
It’s true that Kony’s forces are diminished and no longer a danger in Uganda, but he remains a threat in Congo, Central African Republic and South Sudan. Those are tough neighborhoods — I’ve been held at gunpoint in Central African Republic and chased through the Congo jungle by a warlord whose massacres I interrupted — that rarely get attention and are little understood. Yes, the video glosses over details, but it has left the American public more informed. Last year, Rush Limbaugh defended the Lord’s Resistance Army because it sounded godly.”
This article, and it’s arguments, fits pretty closely with my reaction to the Kony 2012 video.