12.30.2004

The US, the UN, and the stingy comment


Boy, it seems like everybody in America is upset. In case you hadn't heard, the UN's Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland was giving a press briefing a couple of days ago and said the US was being stingy with the aid it was giving to tsunami victims.

Well, that's what the stories say anyway. Just do a google news search for UN and stingy and go back a couple of days to see the entire American press in an uproar. Colin Powell, the White House spokesman, the guy in charge of foreign aid, his assisstant director (sorry they're all faceless beaurocrats to me), and even president Bush took to the airwaves to blast the UN for such a ludicrous comment.
QUESTION: Mr. President, were you offended by the suggestion that rich nations have been stingy in the aid over the tsunami? Is this a sign of another rift with the U.N.?

BUSH: Well, I felt like the person who made that statement was very misguided and ill-informed...
Freepers called for the guys head and just about anywhere else you turn people have their underwear in a wad over it. I would too, if it were only true.

There don't seem to be any transcripts online but you can watch the video here. At around 40:00 he is asked what countries don't give much foreign aid. Note, they're not talking about aid for the tsunami victims, they're talking about the amount of foreign aid given yearly so all those headlines are false for that fact alone.

His reply is that there are no countries in the world that give 1 percent of their gross national income in foreign aid, adding that most western countries give about .1 or .2 percent. Then he makes the "stingy" comment:
"We were more generous when we were less rich, many of the rich countries. And it is beyond me, why are we so stingy, really. ... Even Christmas time should remind many Western countries at least how rich we have become."
So, pardon me, but I'd like to ask a question here. What is so offensive about that? How in the hell did people hear that and decide he was calling America stingy with tsunami aid? The headlines call it the "stingy slur" and they say "UN slams US as stingy over tsunami aid." He wasn't even talking about the tsunami you nitwits!

He did go on to mention the United States. He said that he'd like to add that people in many western countries like the US, the European Union and Norway (his home country) actually wanted to give more money in foreign aid but their governments think the taxpayers are under too much of a burden already and think they want to give less. "It's not true," he said. "They want to give more."

How the hell is that offensive? It's a compliment for cryin' out loud! And even if it were offensive, why should we be the ones to get all pissed over it? He was talking about 11 other countries including his own his home nation too.

I do have to disagree though. Forgive me for saying so but I don't think most Americans want to give more in foreign aid. I'm sorry to say it but I think it's true. It's funny, me saying that should be more offensive than what he said.

Oh boy did everyone get pissed. Our response to this has been totally embarrassing. The top political leaders of our nation bitched and they whined, the head of foreign aid said that we only give .2% but since we're so rich that's a hell of a lot of money. I agree, but doesn't this remind you of that old story where a poor man only has $10 and gives $5 to charity while the rich man has $100 and gives $20 then brags that he gave so much? Couldn't we get a beaurocrat that can handle this a little better please? We don't need no stinking pat on the back, not from the UN or anyone. It's especially embarrassing to watch us pat ourselves on the back to soothe the fires of this "slur" that took place only in our imagination.

We have no right to be upset. First he wasn't even talking about the tsunami, second he didn't complain that we don't give enough he only said that no one gives 1% and he said the word "stingy" in an offhand way. This is a guy who oversees relief efforts across the globe so I'd say that if every country gave 10 percent he'd still think it wasn't enough. I can't blame him. I imagine watching children starve to death would do that to a person. But lastly, if we think we're good people doing the right thing then what do we have to be upset about? What do they call people who fly off the handle when their imagination tells them they're being criticized? There's 117,000 dead and rising, and we wanna play the victim?

12.29.2004

Kim Jong Il, I'm So Ronrey


UPDATED: Reposted with new link. Rapidshare is supposed to only delete a file if no one accesses it for 30 days, but this one got deleted after just a couple of days even though I know for a fact it was being downloaded. I dunno what happened, maybe they clean out their system every 30 days and it wasn't accessed for 24 hours or something. At any rate, I hope this one stays up longer.

I just gotta share an mp3 from the Team America movie. If you haven't seen this movie I have to warn you, it's full of toilet humor that is totally sick and offensive to everyone everywhere. And it's also hilarious. And it's also a movie made entirely with marionette puppets so it's worth seeing for that novelty alone.

Anyway, the movie is about a team called "Team America" which fights terrorism and the dictator of North Korea, Kim Jong Il, is giving weapons to terrorists to use in his plan to take over the world. The terrorists blow up the Panama Canal for revenge after Team America attacks one of their hideouts. In this mp3, Kim Jong Il calls the terrorists on a video screen telephone and cusses them out for not sticking to the plan. Then he goes into his song about being lonely, or the way he pronounces it in Engrish;"ronrey."

It is all rather funny in the movie because they show him to be an incredibly cruel man who blows a man's head off just for the hell of it, feeds a man to sharks without hesitation and is hatching a plan to murder a great number of innocent people, and yet he also has a vulnerable sensitive side.

This mp3 contains offensive language, by the way. Enjoy.
Link to Kim Jong Il - I'm So Ronrey.mp3

I snarfed the lyrics from here (also check out the other TA songs)

RONERY
I'm so ronery. So ronery. So
ronery and sadry arone. Dere's
no one, just me onry, sitting on
my rittle throne.

I wook rearry hard and make up
great plans. But nobody
listens, no one understands...
Seems that no one takes me
SER-RI-ROUS-REEEEEEEEE...
And so... I'm rone-ry... A rittle
rone-ry... Poor rittle me.

Dere's nobody I can rerate to.
Feel rike a bird in a cage. It's
kind of sirry...But not rearry...
Because it's firring my body
with rage!

I 'm the smartest most clever,
most physically fit but nobody
seems to rearize it.

When I change the world maybe
they'll notice meeeeeeeeee---
until then I'll just be
lonely...poor little me...
I'm so rone-ryyyyyy.

12.28.2004

And you think you have it bad


The death toll from the recent earthquake has hit over 52,000 and it's possible that number will die from starvation and disease. We lost a little less than 3,000 on Sept 11 and we expected, even demanded, that the world focus all it's attention on us for years to come. Now I think is a good time to repay just a little bit of that by giving to Red Cross or any number of the orginizations orginizations rushing to help these people

12.26.2004

Handsome Boy Modeling School


Here's a cool downtempo mix of songs, supposedly by DJ Bram, though I can't find any info on him. It's full title when I downloaded it was:
DJ Bram - Members Only - DownTempo number 1(including handsome boy modeling school moby terranova dj shadow dj krush groove armada massive attack chicane.mp3
Um ok.

Here is the mp3

This song is over 19 MB in size. I had to cut two minutes off this song because the file sharing service has a size limit. What I cut off was the ending which just sorta fades out.

The mix is obviously made up of three songs which I've identified as The Truth by Moloko and apparently sung by Roisin, Plastic Stress by Terranova, and Whispering Wind by Moby. I don't know if any of those other people have anything to do with it or not.

I found this song while searching for songs by Handsome Boy Modeling School. I was searching for them because anything paying homage to the Chris Elliot Get A Life series has to be good. Unfortunately it's mostly rap, which I personally don't like, but this song is cool.

Get A Life was a TV series starring Chris Elliot that was aired in 1990-91. It only lasted two seasons but some people like me own the DVD because we're Get A Life cultists and consider it's particular brand of low brow humor to be quite classic.

Chris played a man in his middle 30s who was a paperboy who still lived with his parents. Chris has the body of, well, a middle aged man who still lives with his parents, but in the second episode of the first season (The Prettiest Week Of My Life) he decided to become a male model after reading an ad for Handsome Boy Modeling School in the newspaper.

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