Sunday, February 03, 2008

Kidneys and Mud Cookies.

Watta thing to wake up to on a drizzly Sunday morning:

-The Daily News Suppress reports some fellows in India offered 3 months of work at $3.47 a day to a guy named Salim and he jumps at the chance because he has a bunch of kids and he needs the money.

The next thing he knows, he is being pinned to the ground by someone's knees, there are guns aimed at his head and someone else gives him an injection which sends him into oblivion.

Then he wakes up in intense pain dressed in a hospital gown and a guy with a mask on says "We have taken your kidney. Tell anyone and we will shoot you."

Seems that there is a booming market for human organs in India. The thugs harvest some poor guy's innards and sell them to some billionaire in the Isles of Langerhans.

-On page two is a story about folks in Haiti living off mud cookies. They don't have enough food so they get mud from their country's central plateau. The goo is prized as an antacid and a source of calcium. It is mixed with salt and vegetable shortening and made into cookies.

The price for two cups of rice in Haiti has risen 60% ovet the last year. Beans, condensed milk and fruit have risen at a comparable rate. Even the mud is more expensive. It now costs about $5.00 to make 100 cookies.

When someone eats dirt, for whatever reason, it is called geophagy.

I am suddenly grateful for Blueberry Poptarts.


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