Wednesday, January 19, 2005

US Foreign Aid -- Now in helicopters near you!

Excellent cartoon by Mark Fiore about unrealized US foreign aid pledges: Short Attention Span Nation Presents ... Foreign Aid!

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Tsunami man's two-week sea ordeal

An Acehnese man swept out to sea by the tsunami has been rescued two full weeks after the wave destroyed his home town.

Ari Afrizal had lived on makeshift rafts and a leaky fishing boat until he was spotted by an Arab container ship at midday on Sunday.

Tsunami man's two-week sea ordeal (BBC News)

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

USA - The Land of Oppurtunity and Obesity!

Long-term exposure to American culture may be hazardous to immigrants' health.

A new study found that obesity is relatively rare in the foreign-born until they have lived in the United States -- the land of drive-thrus, remote controls and double cheeseburgers -- for more than 10 years.

Only 8 percent of immigrants who had lived in the United States for less than a year were obese, but that jumped to 19 percent among those who had been here for at least 15 years. That compared with 22 percent of U.S.-born residents surveyed.

U.S. bad for immigrants' waistlines