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Charlie Brooker on Kony 2012

This is perhaps the best description I have seen about what is wrong with Kony2012.

Invisible Children have been linked to "The Family" and those allied with the Uganda Govt as they pass laws making Homosexuality illegal. It seems to me that Kony2012 is a combination of things. The conservative military folks trying to justify military intervention. They seem to be doing that by funding some evangelistic youth mission folks, at the same time there appears there is a U.S. message intended to make a play for the youth vote by "saving" African children after manufacturing the concern about their plight. I think the left would be smart to proceed with caution as they counter this campaign. There is lots of talk about politics, cultural sensitivity, alterior motives, and over simplification. IC seems to already have a large youth following who are primarily concerned with the children at this point, and it would be smart to address that concern in some way.

It seems there have also some oil discoveries in Uganda recently.

boing boing has had better and better coverage.


 

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Maybe that should read, "best comic rant" rather than description.

What is with these evangelicals? How izzit they always seem to be caught with their pants down - in public? Dude - if you're stressed you can do all of this in the privacy of your (probably luxury) hotel room!

Unfortunately, there's some bad shit going on in Uganda, and central Africa, and Russell will probably make things worse with his efforts. If the link to "The Family" is true, then I want Russell to tuck tail between his legs, go away, and let better people raise awareness for human rights abuses in Africa. Even if the link to the family isn't true, I want that.

(as you know R7, I was initially sucked in by the 30 minute promo until I was prodded into further research by you and some other friends)

It seems there have also some oil discoveries in Uganda recently.

That's a bit of an understatement. Central Africa is home to perhaps the biggest untapped oil reserve in the world.

Tullow and Heritage, an Anglo-Canadian firm, own the most promising drilling rights in Uganda. The pair also hold rights on the Congolese side of Lake Albert, but these have been the subject of much dispute with the government in Kinshasa.

James Arnold of Tullow says there are 700m barrels of proven reserves on the Ugandan side. With likely additions from further exploration, he believes, the figure could eventually reach billions of barrels. Some speculate that, Congo included, the entire Albertine basin may yield even more than Sudan’s 6 billion barrels of proven reserves.

And Chase Bank, which gave Kony 2012 producers Invisible Children $1 million dollars, is also a major investor in Tullow Oil.

China has already been investing in Uganda to the tune of billions of dollars, so there is little doubt in my mind that Kony 2012 is part of a propaganda campaign to sucker us into yet another oil war disguised as a humanitarian relief effort.

Even assuming the oil amounts to 10 billion barrels (of what sounds like pretty low grade crude), if we're reduced to going to war over ~ 6-7 months of US consumption, then precipice is even closer than I thought. Likewise, if 10 billion barrels is the largest untapped oil reserve in te world, we're clearly tapped out.

What a goddamn creep. I only watched about 10 minutes of the original video, linked from Twitter, before I was nauseated. I didn't bother to find out if it was true. Why should I trust this creep anyway? Have better things to do with my time.

But now I feel I should have delved into it a bit and responded to my netiquette-challenged facebook friends posting this garbage on my wall, before they see the news tomorrow about the guy's hilarious public masturbation arrest from other sources.

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