An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

May 5, 2007

Evening Snack (5/5)

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 9:20

Balm for Africa’s economic, social ills?
Atlanta-based group uses ‘social entrepreneurism’ to fight HIV

Two barns, 109 cows and a tractor may not seem like weapons in the worldwide fight against HIV/AIDS.

They are, however, when they’re used to provide jobs, food and income to people with the disease and their caregivers.

“For organizations in very resource-poor settings, being able to sustain themselves is critical,” said Dázon Dixon Diallo, founder and chief executive officer of Atlanta-based SisterLove Inc. and president of its South African affiliate.

Interesting idea. More like teaching to fish, instead of giving the fish type thing.

CIA Veteran Accuses Tenet of ‘Lie’

At issue is “Curveball,” the code name for an Iraqi refugee in the hands of German intelligence, who claimed that Saddam Hussein had a fleet of secret mobile germ warfare laboratories.

I’m getting so confused.

Two million child vaccinated against measles in South Sudan

“It is a wonderful occasion seeing the two millionth child immunised against measles as part of the mass measles campaign which is aimed at reaching every child in southern Sudan,” UNICEF Sudan Representative Ted Chaiban said.

Something as simple as a shot that we take for granted saves the lives of many children who wouldn’t have a chance otherwise. Americans have a LOT for which to be grateful.

Child-abuse suspect who fled 8 years ago captured in New York

The man was arrested in June 1999 for the alleged sexual assault of a child and was placed on probation. Sheboygan police say he later violated his probation but fled the area before a hearing to revoke his probation.

Probation? Even 8 years ago, isn’t that a bit too lenient?

Gunfire leaves one dead at Wal-Mart

An FBI agent shot and killed a man outside a West Dallas Wal-Mart at 11 a.m. Saturday after three hours of ransom negotiations for a kidnapping victim soured.

Something that, normally, might put off shoppers. Wal-Mart doesn’t even miss a beat.

Clinton Promises Education Reform

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said Saturday President Bush has cut education funding so much that some schools are cutting programs such as art, music and dance. If elected president, the New York Democrat said she would work to revise the 2002 No Child Left Behind Act.

Horse hockey! Schools have to cut programs to pay for the excessive benefits. The Hildebeast might want to think about having schools actually TEACH, if, heaven forbid, she actually makes it back to the White House.

A trail of poisoned medicine leads back to China

Toxic syrup has figured in at least eight mass poisonings around the world in the past two decades. Researchers estimate that thousands have died. In many cases, the precise origin of the poison has never been determined. But records and interviews show that in three of the last four cases it was made in China, a major source of counterfeit drugs.

Drugs from the U.S. may cost more, but I’m more inclined to trust them a lot more than I would drugs from other countries.

Girl, 14, hurt in stabbing at megamall

A 14-year-old girl from Bloomington was in critical condition at Hennepin County Medical Center on Saturday after being stabbed in the stomach by another teenage girl at the Mall of America, police said.

I find it hard to believe teenage boys do such things, but girls? I’m flabbergasted.

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