Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Welcome to our very first blog post [pan across a wide, vast and empty auditorium]. I’m not sure why I decided to start a blog. Maybe the answer will eventually come to me. Maybe not.
For our inaugural posting I’m going to reference Black:
First, “Blackwater” by Jeremy Scahill.
I read a lot of books. A LOT. And no book has ever made me as angry or dumbfounded as this one. The subtitle is, “The rise of the world’s most powerful mercenary army.” An army for hire is the premise…headed by a Christian fundamentalist…hired by the U.S. government for contracts worth billions of dollars...paid for by U.S. taxpayers. Now, maybe I’m just ignorant and people already know about this, but something seems so wrong about the fact that one of the most powerful players in the War on Terror is a private army. Accountable to…who?
It also made me depressingly sad. As long as there are billions of dollars to be made from the war machine, our world will never be at peace. Peace is not economically viable for these companies. It’s a thought-provoking and well-written book. Read it.
Here’s one of my favourite Black and White photos. I took it in Sibiu, Romania in 2008. And speaking of cameras, I’m off to buy a new one this weekend. Buying new gadgets is usually a bit overwhelming for me, because there is always so much information and so many options. However, I decided to bypass the Best Buys and Future Shops and head right to the experts – McBain Cameras in Edmonton. Should be an adventure!
Maurice: Tell me something about a goat.
Well, one healthy dairy goat can yield up to 250 litres of milk annually to provide essential protein and life-changing income…just sayin.
And just cuz I said I would…here's a Black item in my etsy vintage shop. Fun, funky, black box purse.
Maurice: Baa baa black sheep have you any wool?
There's always a black sheep in the family isn't there.
I lived in Poland for a year, visited Czestochowa, home of the Black Madonna.
Maurice: Anything else?
Nope. That's it for now.