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For crime victims in the Kenyan town of Lamet Umoja, where before there was silence, now there is Twitter.
The village’s police chief, Francis Kariuki, realized some time ago that he could use the microblogging site as an instant way to blast critical messages to citizens. He posts information about child abductions, stolen livestock and active criminal activity as he gets it. As this story was being written, for example, he sent out the description of a man who went missing midday on Dec. 10. “Disappeared from home at around 1pm. If seen around please inform me,” he tweeted.
Kariuki’s efforts are just one example of the rapidly expanding adoption of mobile communication and information technologies to overcome stubborn governance problems across Sub-Saharan Africa. Officials, members of civil society and ordinary citizens are being motivated to deploy these tactics as workarounds for a lack of basic government services and infrastructure.
This!!! Recently visited my niece & nephew-in-law in S. Central Kenya & people who don’t have electricity, let alone clean water or a privvy… have cell phones and gmail accounts… Absolutely mind boggling!
Anonymous asked: You were pretty thin in that photo with your sister. Wtf happened?
whoa whoa whoa, hang on. I have never ever in my whole life ever been “thin”, not even as a baby babe. I do not consider myself “thin” in that picture, although I was a size smaller than I currently am. This might be a total surprise to you, but sometimes bodies change sizes and shapes. Bodies especially change sizes and shapes over the span of 4 or 5 years, which is how long ago that photo of me was taken.
Also, since it is so important to you to know why my body was a different size at a different time, I was in school full time and not working when that photo was taken. I’d actually just graduated from beauty school and was visiting my sister in London. As I hadn’t been working, I didn’t have a lot of extra money, and that means I didn’t have a lot of money for things like good food, and would often have one meal a day, or have to eat boring shit like oatmeal all day until I had more money for a little bit of something good. I was also in a weird head space/emotional state and not very happy, not doing a lot socially besides school, busy 12+hours a day and, just FYI, things like depression and stress and lack of food cause your body to change shapes. So, yeah. I lost a lot of weight because I was depressed and lonely and weird and not eating a lot.
Now I (luckily) feel like I am very very happy and in a good place. I love my career, and it was worth “suffering” through beauty school (which wasn’t that bad, really, considering I am now 100% self employed.) I now have the resources and ability to eat whatever I want, whenever I want, which is a good measure of success. I have a supportive boyf who I love to cook huge crazy meals for. I’m not stressed out all the time anymore, I’m not in a shitty relationship anymore, I’m not living alone in a city I don’t love anymore, I’m not a bummer butthole anymore, I’m not depressed anymore, and I’m also chubbier now, and that is totally fine by me.
Thanks for asking, ya dummy.
Seriously this shit. If anyone took 5 seconds to look at Amelia’s blog you’d see how fucking awesome she is. But all that matters is how much she weighs. God, how very boring and not awesome that is.
Like the people that are asked… “You look soooooo much better. How’d you do it?”
To which one answers, “I have stage 4 terminal cancer with mets.” (It’s spreading…) and move on.
5 yrs of nursing school has to be useful for something… Day 2 or 3 of this dammed headache.
2:44 pm Monday
1 Onset - woke up with it?
2 Duration - many days
3 Location - behind my eyes… both sides
4 Quality - stabbing. Like an ice pick.
5 Quantity - 2/10 to 6/10
6 Aggrevating & Alleviating factors - a) light, noise, hunger, stress b) Ibuprofen (some) Acetaminaphen + sinus (a little more), being outside (much better, other than light & damncoldoutside (NC Version… I’ve been here too long)
7 Associated manifestations - slight nausea… hunger?
Bleh. Probably allergic to my house. Need to get out more! Bleh!
Just WOW! I bawled like an idiot during the credits… we humans are DISPICABLE to treat each other so! Acting is/was magnificient - everyone totally believable except Brad Pitt… just couldn’t quite forget who he is… maybe because his character was one of the few ‘good’ ones & he’s still so pretty (sigh). God. Beautiful photography too. Fassbender is definitely INSANE… I wanted to run up and punch him on the screen. And if I ever hear the so called ‘N-word’ from anyone’s mouth again, I WILL punch them. The sounds (that make up the word) are beyond contemptable… Don’t care who you are!!!