Saturday, January 01, 2005
Wednesday, December 29, 2004
As a result of the birthday party yesterday and its associated muddy head (I admit full responsibility for the causes...I just won't admit it too loudly), I completely forgot to write down the tracks I played on George today, but it was more or less my best of the year and it's covered below. I apologized for the noisy Kraftwerk track for anyone with a hangover and got the text of the day from a guy who had a massive hangover but said he had taken two pills and gone to work and wanted me to turn it up....didn't ask what pills.... So, instead, a few records I'm liking right now:
Posted by Simon at 2:45 pm
I'm unable to put in words the horror that I feel looking at the death and devastation after the Tsunami in South Asia. It makes a person, sitting in a comfortable and secure living room in central Auckland, with satellite news, feel so absolutely impotent, helpless and insignificant. It puts everything in perspective, it really does...
And the west's reaction to date has been nothing less than appalling...the US's initial offer of US$35 million sits next to its hourly expenditure (excluding Iraq)of over $50 million on its military.
Hundreds of millions of dollars would need to be delivered by international governments within days to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe, a spokesman said. The United Nations said that US$80m (£41.5m) had been pledged, although donors would need to raise more than four times that amount to cope.
says The Independent today
The US government has spent hundreds of billions of dollars in recent times causing great misery and death in its strategic maneuvering around the world but seems unable to find the money to alleviate pain, money that wouldn't cause a blip on it's military economy.
And Bush is on holiday again.
Then there is this...
Obscene and inexcusable.
Posted by Simon at 1:45 pm
Happy birthday to this fella today:
Posted by Simon at 1:24 pm