Thursday, May 07, 2009
"Most of the countries in Africa had indigenous methods for dealing with food shortages. Somalia in particular had a well-established system for dealing with regular cycles of drought and famine. Farmers in the river valleys built secure underground vaults where grain was stored during the fat years. When drought threatened the nomads, animals that might die anyway were exchanged for grains. Though nomads showed very little respect for farmers, they were aware that their lives might one day depend on these sedentary clans. They were therefore generous with the bounty of their herds when times were good. The result was a mutual insurance system and a truce of necessity across the land." --Michael Maren
That poor guy reminds me of myself in my youthful days.
Devin: Very precocious of you to have come to that place in high school. In some ways I'm still trying to get there.
TWM: Still working on this one, hopefully I'll spend some serious time on it next week.
when in reality is it really better?
X: pretty much the theme of my novel, Drive-by Saviours.
Foam: in reality, I'd have to say no.
All: been very busy of late with projects and parenthood, so forgive my absence. It may go on for a while yet, but I do hope to put some new content up and make the rounds at some point. just not quite yet.