March 26th, 2007

Chris Keeley

Xeni: I'm headed to West Africa for a while.

Xeni: I'm headed to West Africa for a while.


I'm headed to West Africa for a few weeks on a reporting project. Ghana, Benin, and Togo. I'll be blogging notes from the road here as circumstances and connectivity permit. As always, and for all of us: suggestions for BoingBoing are gratefully accepted through this web submission form -- not via personal email, where they'll grow dust or be smothered by spam. Thank you, and see you back here soon.

Image: Edmond Fortier, "An Indigenous Market in French West Africa." Circa 1900 photograph of a market scene in what was then the kingdom of Dahomey, situated in what is now the Republic of Benin.

posted by Xeni Jardin

Chris Keeley

Panda Poop to Do Double Duty in China

Panda Poop to Do Double Duty in China

The Associated Press
Monday, March 26, 2007; 7:04 AM

 

BEIJING -- There's a new Chinese saying: When life hands you panda poop, make paper. Researchers at a giant panda reserve in southern China are looking for paper mills to process their surplus of fiber-rich panda excrement into high quality paper.

Liao Jun, a researcher at the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Base in Sichuan province, said the idea came to them after a visit to Thailand last year where they found paper made from elephant dung. They thought panda poop would produce an even finer quality paper, he said.

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Chris Keeley

Selling Wal-Mart

Selling Wal-Mart

Can the company co-opt liberals?
Jeffrey Goldberg 

On the second floor of Wal-Mart’s headquarters, in Bentonville, Arkansas, is a windowless room called Action Alley. In the Wal-Mart idiom, the term “Action Alley” usually refers to the main aisle of the company’s two thousand Supercenters—the stores that have upended the retail business by selling enormous quantities of groceries and imported goods at prices that competitors find difficult or impossible to match. At the “home office,” as Bentonville is known, Action Alley is the company’s war room, a communications center that was set up and is staffed by Washington-based operatives from Edelman, a public-relations firm that advises companies on issues of “reputation management.” Wal-Mart corporate culture is parsimonious except in the matter of executive compensation, but, according to a source, the company has been paying Edelman roughly ten million dollars annually to renovate its reputation. 

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Chris Keeley

Western Governments Strategize to Topple Mugabe's Government

Western Governments Strategize to Topple Mugabe's Government
In news from Africa, the Guardian reports Western governments are working to split Zimbabwe's ruling party in an attempt to topple Robert Mugabe's government. European and US officials have been meeting with Zimbabwe's former Army chief Solomon Mujuru who is part of Mugabe's Zanu-PF ruling party. According to the Guardian, Mujuru's emissaries have been in talks with the main faction of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change. They are talking about creating an interim power-sharing government that would sideline Mugabe who has ruled Zimbabwe since it became independent in 1980. On Friday Mugabe vowed to survive any Western attempt to dislodge him from power.

  • Robert Mugabe : "Nothing frightens me, not even little fellows like Bush and Blair. I have seen it all, I don't fear any suffering or any big struggle of any kind."
Pressure on Mugabe is also being applied within the religious community in Zimbabwe. Last week Roman Catholic Archbishop Pius Ncumbe called for mass protests against the government.
  • Pius Ncumbe: "Human rights are God-given and the government is our property, they ought to be answerable to us, not that they control us and hold us, hold us so tight that we can't move. They've no right to do it."
Chris Keeley

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And to the Winners Go the Dinosaur Skull and the Mummified Hand 

 

The dinosaur skull was advertised as “perfect for a New York City apartment,” though with a starting bid of $100,000, it was clear that the apartment in question was not, say, a studio in a walk-up.

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KARL DOYLE

Obsoleteinc

http://obsoleteinc.com/

There are and have been and will be an infinite number of things on earth.  Individuals all different, all wanting different things, all knowing different things, all looking different.

Everything that has been on earth has been different from any other thing.  That is what I love: the differentness, the uniqueness of all things and the importance of life...  I see something that seems wonderful;  I see the divineness in ordinary things.

- Diane Arbus

http://obsoleteinc.com/artists/artist_10/10_main.html

KARL DOYLE

I deleted the images due to the artists request!

respectfully chris keeley

Christopher,

Thanks you for passing by the gallery and looking at my work. I see also
you have attached some images to your
site, however, I would kindly ask you to remove the Legs image as it's part
of a work in progress,  which is not
finished yet. The image is on loan to the gallery at present.

How did you come by this image?

Thank you for your understanding, I very much enjoyed your site.

http://drugaddict.livejournal.com/2595530.html




Karl Doyle