Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Some Brief Thoughts
What can you do but cry and send money? I sent an extra hundred bucks to Doctors Without Borders (MSF), because I've vetted them, and know they're efficient and low overhead. With corpses rotting on the streets and little safe water, the need for medical care only can increase. Be careful about who gets your money. When CEOs of charities are paid like CEOs of megabanks, find another place to contribute.
Mind you, I like Francis Bacon's tryptych of Julian Freud, albeit I would be unlikely to hang a print in my living room — but the price indicates only that some people just have too much goddamned money.
Record Afghan Opium Crop
I don't know how many recall this, but the lowest opium production by Afghanistan was in the last year of Taliban control. The Taliban had moral problems with opium, and the total output was zero. Now, we're told, they're profiting from the trade. So much for morality.
What can you do but cry and send money? Sadly, the people sending money live in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, and they're sending it to Al Nusra and other Al Qaeda linked groups. With allies like that, who needs enemies?