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Zimbabwe’s death rattle
Posted by: mcq on Thursday, August 02, 2007

The New York Times notes, in its opening paragraph, a lesson that many in this country would be wise to heed:
Robert G. Mugabe has ruled over this battered nation, his every wish endorsed by Parliament and enforced by the police and soldiers, for more than 27 years. It appears, however, that not even an unchallenged autocrat can repeal the laws of supply and demand.
They're called "laws" for a reason. Mugabe has, of course, destroyed Zimbabwe's economy by attempting to repeal those economic laws by decree. The result? 10,000% hyper-inflation that is literally killing the citizens of that country:
Bread, sugar and cornmeal, staples of every Zimbabwean’s diet, have vanished, seized by mobs who denuded stores like locusts in wheat fields. Meat is virtually nonexistent, even for members of the middle class who have money to buy it on the black market. Gasoline is nearly unobtainable. Hospital patients are dying for lack of basic medical supplies. Power blackouts and water cutoffs are endemic.

Manufacturing has slowed to a crawl because few businesses can produce goods for less than their government-imposed sale prices. Raw materials are drying up because suppliers are being forced to sell to factories at a loss. Businesses are laying off workers or reducing their hours.
This, interestingly enough, is the same model that leftist hero Hugo Chavez is following for Venezuela. While nowhere near as advanced as that of Zimbabwe, and with the effects delayed by high oil prices, the same result will eventually cause Venezuela to repeat Zimbabwe's agony.

Meanwhile, the once proud breadbasket of Africa continues its long and agonizing death:
Private doctors say that diseases of poverty, including tuberculosis and malnutrition, are starting to appear among their patients, including the minority whites who once were part of the wealthy class.

“Considerations of color have begun to blur very much,” said one Bulawayo doctor whose average client is a white business manager. “White people will tell you, a little embarrassed and shy, that they’re eating nothing but sadza,” or cornmeal porridge, the doctor said. “They’ve been reduced to the diet of the rural poor.”

The World Food Program issued an urgent appeal Wednesday for $118 million in donations to feed Zimbabweans, stating that drought and political upheaval would empty the organization’s stockpiles by year’s end without more money. The organization now feeds about 300,000 Zimbabweans and has regularly given food to as many as four million citizens at the height of the hunger season, in January.
 
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Note that the recent Pew poll shows that Venezuelans have a pretty good feeling about Venezuela now, but have an poor view of their future.

Sort of like the felling that a little boy who breaks open his p...y bank has.
 
Written By: Neo
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Personally I blame Bush...if he wasn’t distracted by this mis-adventure in Iraq, we’d be able to handle this humanitarian tragedy. Please note it’s AFRICANS paying the price, more evidence of the EXPLICIT racism that is the hallmark of US foreign policy....
 
Written By: Joe
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Note that foreign aid donors are propping up the regime by using the "official" currency rate on the remittances to NGOs.
 
Written By: Harun
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No matter. As long as he’s a committed Socialist, that’s really all that matters. The death of thousands is the necessary cost of the future World Utopia.
Personally I blame Bush
Well, of course you do, dear. I mean, he DID cause our own Great Depression, dontchaknow. Yeah, I know it was 80 years ago, but the man is crafty
 
Written By: RC
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Well, of course you do, dear. I mean, he DID cause our own Great Depression, dontchaknow. Yeah, I know it was 80 years ago, but the man is crafty
Don’t be silly that was Prescott Bush, Dubya’s Grand-Pappy, he caused the Depression to fuel the rise of Hitler, trading with whom financed the BFEE family fortune...man this is so CLEAR, now. THEN, when JFK was about to expose this, Bsuh ’41 KILLED JFK and blamed the patsy Oswald. I mean let’s be realistic here it’s not all Dubya’s fault, it’s the Bush FAMILY’S fault.
 
Written By: Joe
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I mean let’s be realistic here it’s not all Dubya’s fault, it’s the Bush FAMILY’S fault.
Yeah, and I’m so angry about it, I ain’t buyin no more of their canned baked bean products from now on!
 
Written By: looker
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Yeah, and I’m so angry about it, I ain’t buyin no more of their canned baked bean products from now on!
And the carpool cries, "Yes, Lord!"
 
Written By: McQ
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Don’t be silly that was Prescott Bush, Dubya’s Grand-Pappy, he caused the Depression to fuel the rise of Hitler, trading with whom financed the BFEE family fortune...man this is so CLEAR, now.
This is great - I hope Erb is noticing that we, the readers, have to think about this and ’noodle it out’ for ourselves to see the humor lurking below the surface.

I mean, there is humor down there... right???
 
Written By: meagain
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I mean, there is humor down there... right???
Well, not if you’re from Zimbabwe.

but since I just now finished reading that a Danish researcher has said we’re (America & the west) wasting drinking water, and valuable fertilzer, by flushing our poo away with our flush toilets while people in Africa and India don’t have adequate water supplies, I realize I already have plenty of things to be guilty of anyway (sometimes twice a day), so finding humor in Mugabe’s managment of his country, with a little side BDS conspiracy thrown in for good measure seems like small potatoes.
 
Written By: looker
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but since I just now finished reading that a Danish researcher has said we’re (America & the west) wasting drinking water, and valuable fertilzer, by flushing our poo away with our flush toilets while people in Africa and India don’t have adequate water supplies,
So what does the researcher want us to do?, flush the waste into tankers and haul it over to Africa and India? Or does that Dane want us to forgo using the potty and eliminate into biodegradable paper sacks and have those sent?

PS: What are YOU doing about the tangerine problem?
 
Written By: Bob
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I think the researcher wants us to share our potable water. What do you think? Trade fairsies? 1 barrel of water for 1 barrel of oil?

 
Written By: looker
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As a matter of fact, I live in a municipality (Milwaukee) which processes sewage for fertilizer. Have to come up with something else for me to feel guilty about.
 
Written By: triticale
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Sir Bob Geldof could organise a charity concert - Crapfest for Africa.
 
Written By: unaha-closp
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The people in my country is the richest in da world. Lotta lotta money! Lotta lotta money! Money be blowin’ in the street so much money! Lotta lotta money! All cuz a me, Robert Mugabe! Gots ta go! Gots ta print more money! Lotta lotta money! We the richest country!

How you like dem apples, white peoples? Huh? We got lotta lotta money, more dan you ever have! Lotta lotta money!
 
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