Friday, April 9, 2010

Satire Roundup Part 2

Or: D.O.S. (Death of Satire)

Edit: Whoops!  I forgot this hilarious video. I don't know where it came from, but if anyone does, please let me know.

Since my last satire roundup, a lot as changed in the market for humorous blog pieces regarding effective philanthropy and aid. William Easterly was attacked for being too "mean spirited" with his satirical pokes at the aid industry. Easterly took the hint and toned down the snark. Because Easterly is the king of satire and I am merely a jester compiling his writings that fall to the ground, this feature may have limited content from here on out. But, fortunately for myself, some satire has gotten through recently and I thought I'd share it with all of you.  Please note that I am not trying to encourage personal attacks or hurt feelings; merely humor.
Needless to say, these were all given to me by Aid Watch. Again, Easterly is king and I but a jester.

*On a side note, this list pokes fun at one Kim Kardashian (I didn't know who that was either) for visiting a diamond mine in Botswana and stating: "I used to assume after watching the movie Blood Diamonds
that diamonds were not acceptable to buy from Africa. However, it is the complete opposite!"

While it is misguided of Ms. Kardashian to assume one diamond mine in Africa is as good as all the others, it is equally naive for Mother Jones, the compiler of the list, to imply that one diamond mine in Africa is as bad as all the others. I visited the same diamond mine as Ms. Kardashian and it was nothing like the stereotyped African diamond mine. Diamonds have done a lot to contribute to Botswana's "African Miracle" and people should not be discouraged from purchasing its diamonds. I only hope Ms. Kardashian realizes the difference between Botswana mines and others, and limits her purchases to conflict-free Botswana diamonds.

1 comment:

  1. Love the post. In regards to the video- there is a comment on youtube stating it is from the Armando Iannucci show (2001).