Friday, February 23, 2007

small talk about the weather

Lately, it has been getting really hot in Kampala. Our little office in Kamwokya is becoming an oven. Sometimes I think this is foreshadowing for those who wont be lucky enough to hang with the others and me in heaven after this life.

We are still clinging to the colonial dictates of dressing up like whites; in Uganda, you are not smart unless you are wearing a tie. If you want to see some one pretty quick, the way to beat the front desk management is to wear a tie and look all-important. But that’s beside the point.

Uganda and the rest of the countries in this part of the world are not to blame for what is happening to the climate of this planet. We pollute but we don’t come even halfway what the west does. But that doesn’t mean we are going to keep our Eden intact while the rest of the world burns. Or drowns.We are "of the world" too. It rains on the righteous and the wicked alike, the wacky chick says.

Europe is running scared. The Beeb is doing a yearlong coverage on climate change and the other networks have taken it up. After years of running free, their sins are catching up with them.

And America, the biggest culprit is not wiping the egg off their face. After messing up our climate, producing toys they dont really need, and becoming too rich in the process, they are silent. The Govinator in Cali is calling for a 20% cut on industrial emissions but I think it’s too little too late.

It spells doom for the Arabs and Uganda. Just when we start our jubilations about the discovery of oil, institute a national prayer day where the first lady and her family eloquently thank God for giving us oil,after the big fishes have acquired the most expensive real estate in Uganda at the moment in Bunyoro, western Uganda, oil goes out of fashion.

The next big thing is not oil because oil is one of the biggest problems to the environment. Hybrid cars are already popular in the west and the European Parliament is already pushing for tem to be official policy.

As Ice T's character in the movie Ricochet said, the white people have us by the balls. If we rise to a point where we can make as much money as they do, money will become worthless. Cat shit will be the in-thing. Then they'll make the cats go extinct and only they will have just a few to rule world again. Paraphrasing.


Anonymous Cheri said...

I hate to say this, but that last paragraph is somewat true. Black folks just can't rise higher. They just love to play second fiddle to the white man. If we get rid of this stereotype of whites being superiour, then, only then shall we rise.

We blacks just like to sit on our dirty arses and wait for everything to be handed down to us. And the white man is more than willing to help us. That stunts us. Laziness, is wat they call it.

By the time we make as much money, it'll be as good as saw dust. And they'll be chasing the heavens.

4:40 AM  
Anonymous Cheri said...


4:42 AM  
Blogger The 27th Comrade said...

Well, nice post. But, no, that stuff of thinking oil is going out of fashion ... well, not for the next like forty years. We think we have a solution. But we don't. We need energy so much, that we can't just stand aside and look at oil and say `it will make a rotting world rot faster'. The oil will sell. Of course, it would have been better without the dark cloud and all.

And that last paragraph ... well, these things have been said before, for other cases, and the future has taught me to always expect a change in emperors, so to speak. And it comes when least expected.

5:48 AM  
Blogger minty said...

Lol at 'just paraphrasing'. Nice to know. But you've boxed it quite accurately I think.

1:02 AM  
Blogger countryboy said...

the longer we are married to that thought that white men have us by the balls, the longer shall we stay in darkness

9:37 AM  
Blogger Cheri said...

Koddii...anybody home????

5:33 AM  
Blogger ish said...

i always insit that talking about the weather is anything but small talk. its a big deal. a huge part of daily life.

but i say whatever, the effects of global warming are too long in coming. the world's gonna come to an end and we're screwed anyway! i think there's more urgent and life threatening stuff to care about than the climate.

so yah, i'm with Comrade. oil, useless?? not just yet...

3:32 AM  

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