Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Familiar story?

"Like most colonies, [Belgium] had imposed on [Zaire] a stifling bureaucracy, the sole function of which was to refer decisions upwards to its colonial masters. Focal officials rarely had the power to do things, only to prevent them being done until bribed. So once the colonial masters are removed, the bureaucracy continues to trash around like a headless chicken with nothing to do other than trip itself up, bump into things and, when it can get the firepower, shoot itself in the foot. You can always tell an ex-colony from the the inordinate numbers of people who are able to find employment stopping anybody who has anything to do from doing it."

DNA in "Last Chance to See".

Friday, July 27, 2012

The Chicken, and the Road

I just got back from a 2 week trip across Europe. I think I finally know why the chicken crossed the road.

I'm pretty certain that it crossed the road because it wanted to.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


I am was fatter yesterday, when compared to today, because it was 3 degrees Centigrade.