Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Real World

I'm going to go off topic on this one. I'm not even sure anyone will ever see this post, but I've gotta put this down.

I'm living in a country that is undergoing severe flooding. Thousands have been put out of their homes, millions will go hungry in the next few months. My friend and his family are living with us today because his village is under water and he was worried about the health of his children.

And what do I hear about in the USA? The NBA lockout.....

A bunch of overpaid children and their bosses who cannot decide how to split up a $4,000,000,000 (that's billion with a B)pie.

The owners need a collective bargaining agreement to protect themselves from their stupidity, and the players are giving back money the owners would never see if it weren't for them.

But then we do hear about the players who will hurt financially by the lockout.

If you can't make do with a few million dollars, for the rest of your life, you should be shipped off to an island.

I have no use for any of them.

WE are the other 99%, and we just don't give a damn.

Babu

9 comments:

Paul said...

I hear you, and am also saddened by the attention given to such irrelevant causes. I thought I'd write a positive comment to lift your spirits!

I visited the landmine museum last year and was quite overwhelmed by the horrendous situation Cambodia struggles with and the efforts being made by people like Aki Ra and yourself to sort them out.

At the moment I'm young and can't make a big difference in terms of money or influence, however when I can I will be back!

In the meantime, I'm a professional software engineer and I'd like to offer my skills as a donation to the cause.

I have two suggestions which could improve help to raise awareness and funds in the future. The first is to implement a regular donation option for PayPal. I made a donation but never came did it again - I know that's lazy but it's human nature!

The second is to have a newsletter email list which visitors to the museum could sign up to. This would keep your cause in our minds and of course it could occasionally highlight how useful regular donations are. If you had a laptop at the museum with a nicely presented sign up page then you could keep up the relationship with people years after they have visited.

These are practical things I could do for you from sunny England - let me know if it sounds like a good plan.

Paul

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thanks for sharing this, and reminding us of reality

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Misty said...

I just happened upon your blog. This was the first I'd heard about the NBA blackout.

Just thought you should know there ARE some of us out there who care less about the small stuff and more about the REAL stuff. Thanks for writing an amazing blog.

I send my love to you and all the people who's lives you touch. You are so kind to offer up your living space to share with someone who otherwise might have nowhere to live. Thanks for documenting your experience.

Anne Baker said...

so thanks for sharing.u reminding us of reality news to them...

ty x said...

As many of you know my wife and I live in Cambodia. We moved here from Palm Springs a couple of years ago. My wife teaches English to children living in a relief center, sort of an orphanage. Some of the kids contracted polio, some were born without limbs. Others were abandoned by their parents. And we have others who are true
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