self-observation: my good intentions generally amount to self-censorship. not "i will do this because it will be good" so much as "i won't do that because it will be bad, even though i want to"
so okay, i was reading today about somalia, which apparently "is the only country in the world where there is no government. Instead the country is divided into fiefdoms run by rival warlords who occasionally clash with each other for territory." now, aside from not conforming to the artificial and meaningless country borders of somalia, what prevents each of those fiefdoms from being its own tiny little country? like, not even just officially. is there some requirement for an area being a state? or for some person/group which wields power adn exerts authority over an area to be considered its government? like in the old west, some gunmen could ride into a town, shoot the sheriff and the mayor, and basically appoint themselves the new government of that town. it's not legal, but that didn't stop most of the current countries in the world from forming and cohering.
from the cia world factbook: "The SIAD BARRE regime was ousted in January 1991; turmoil, factional fighting, and anarchy have followed for thirteen years. In May of 1991, northern clans declared an independent Republic of Somaliland that now includes the administrative regions of Awdal, Woqooyi Galbeed, Togdheer, Sanaag, and Sool. Although not recognized by any government, this entity has maintained a stable existence, aided by the overwhelming dominance of a ruling clan and economic infrastructure left behind by British, Russian, and American military assistance programs." i have looked all over the internet, and i can't find a single reason mentioned anywhere for why somaliland isn't recognized. i would've thought they would be accepted with open arms. better than the violent hellhole mogadishu(sp) has turned into. hell, better than some of the official recognized governments of other nations in africa (not to mention the rest of the world). note also that somalian refugees in kenya have elected a new interim government which DOES have international support. because clearly people who don't live there anymore and haven't been running things properly for awhile already are in a much better position to sweep in and lead.
and while i was researching this, i came across the Kingdom of Talossa, an imaginary micronation. not all micronations are imaginary though, for example sealand, a WWII british base 7 miles offshore, which some dude in the 60s established as an independent country (for reals! the british courts upheld it). see also: metahaven: state of emergency.
this all leads into another point of interest, which i have been wondering about for awhile but haven't looked into- what are international laws? all i can think of is they are whatever the UN comes up with and ratifies, but who is that binding on? can the UN inflict itself upon nonmember nations? or nations which are members, but haven't signed onto specific treaties? are there international laws that do not come from the UN? are they actual laws, or more like common laws? what IS legal/illegal in international waters?
i am awaynik..
[22:21] <awaynik> so it's possible that tossing a random amount of pancake mix and water into a bowl and cooking it up because you have no measuring cup thing might not work as well as hoped
[22:22] <jess|laptop> . . .
[22:22] <jess|laptop> Dan?
[22:22] <crschmidt> That depends on what you hoped for
[22:22] <jess|laptop> You know a measuring cup costs about $0.79, right?
[22:23] <jess|laptop> If you hoped for cement, i bet you got it!
[22:24] <awaynik> so far i've got a fluffy watery cloudlike substance
[22:24] <jess|laptop> Think of it as crepes?
[22:24] <awaynik> and how much is a pan or skillet or whatever? cuz i am using a pot
[22:25] <jess|laptop> Or maybe Yorkshire pudd . . .
[22:25] <jess|laptop> Dan?
[22:25] <jess|laptop> Give up now.
[22:25] <jess|laptop> Please.
[22:25] <jess|laptop> For the love of all that is culinary.
[22:25] <awaynik> i think crepes are supposed to be thin and not raw
[22:25] <jess|laptop> Give up now.
[22:25] <awaynik> what's yorkshire pudding?
[22:25] <awaynik> i can't give up now, it's cooking on the hotplate now!
[22:25] <awaynik> i will have to clean the pot either way, i am fighting the good fight
[22:25] <jess|laptop> you do understand that the heat conduction works . . .
[22:25] <jess|laptop> never mind.
[22:25] <jess|laptop> let me know how it turns out.
[22:26] <awaynik> no, how does it work?
[22:26] <jess|laptop> Let's put it this way -- your results should be interesting.
[22:26] <crschmidt> you can't cook pancakes in a pot.
[22:26] <jess|laptop> HOW THE HELL DO YOU FLIP THEM IN A POT?
[22:26] <jess|laptop> HOW THE HELL DO YOU LET THE SIDES SPREAD?
[22:26] <awaynik> i am kinda scrambling it..
[22:26] * jess|laptop wonders if Kristna is catching this.
[22:26] <jess|laptop> "GET A LOAD OF THIS GUY"
[22:28] <awaynik> i'ts thickening! i think it might eventually become food
[22:35] <awaynik> eventually
[22:44] <awaynik> ya know, now that it is thickening and cooking and condensing, looking at how much is actually there i might only end up with the equivalent of 1 or 2 pancakes >:o
[22:46] <jess|laptop> On the assumption it forms something edible and pancake like.
[22:46] <jess|laptop> Quite the assumption, you know.
[22:52] <awaynik> it turns out to have formed a slightly sweet doughlike goo
[22:53] <jess|laptop> . . .
[22:53] <jess|laptop> so you plan to eat something with the consistency of Silly Putty?
[22:53] <awaynik> more like the consistency of a large thick noodle, i think
[22:53] <awaynik> and yes
[22:54] <jess|laptop> . . .
if we have all this food and money lying around, why do people ever starve? update! since writing that, i was reading a book of jess', by pj o'rourke, and he points out that the US already gives out more aid/benefits to the poor to make them all not poor anymore. hypothetically speaking, anyway, i'm sure things get all screwed up coming down the pipeline. but nonetheless, it seems that - for reasons no one has been able to figure out - you cannot cure poverty by giving people money
there are so many cds/movies/books/whatever that i want, and i always think 'x is so amazing, i so want it, it's great, blah blah', but really-- if there are THAT many great bands and movies and whatever else out there, why should i give a crap whether or not i acquire/hear/see/enjoy any one particular? even if it is particularly great.
reasons i love the internet: the other day i looked up how to cook garlic and ended up reading how to make homemade botulism
i just can't handle reading more about this fucking tsunami. tragedy sucks. i don't want to know about cities where 80% of the population is dead and the orphans are being kidnapped. one thing i did like reading though, was the dude who survived for a week in the ocean, floating on tree branches and eating coconuts. that is just awesome! people do some crazy shit to survive the world, and i'm usually glad it works. unless they are ludicrously old in a hospital somewhere and should just pack it in already. or are just really crappy.
oh, and this gem: "British Chancellor Gordon Brown is proposing that the foreign debts owed by countries hit by the Asian tsunami be frozen." not cancelled, not slashed. frozen. they will wait for all the dead people to have homes and food again before they demand all the money they probably stole in the first place. isn't that sweet? did you know the guy who has been hired to uncorruptify the UN was hired there from the world bank? [quote from bbc] okay now i've seen a bunch of other articles about how the UK is kicking the world's ass about debt and poverty and suchlike. despite that o'rourke thing mentioned above that suggests this all probably will have little effect, he is now on my awesome list.
okay and i like this one too: Tribe shoots arrows at aid flight. take that, sky gods! or whoever they thought they were shooting at. i would like to go live with some isolated tribe somewhere for a while. it's one of the only possibilities left in the world to attempt a different lifestyle