Monday, December 12, 2005

Progress

The West Sending Beaten Up Computers to Africa: Not Helping So Much

"Either way, at least half of the used equipment that arrives in Lagos by the ton is unusable and ends up in landfills, a Seattle-based nonprofit discovered recently after sending a team to survey the situation. The Basel Action Network (BAN) found that much of the junked equipment is adding to the considerable hazardous waste problems of a country that lacks facilities to properly handle it."

Follow-up link to the actual BAN report.
Credit where credit is due: The New York Times had a story on this back on October 25th when the report came out.
General comment: The road to hell...

South African Court Rules that Same-Sex Marriage Ban is Unconstitutional

"The definition of marriage will be changed from its current formulation of a “union between one man and one woman” to a “union between two persons.”"

Follow-up link to Human Rights Campaign's listing of country-by-country information on the topic.
Credit where credit is due: The New York Times covered this on December 1st.
General comment: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness." (Specifically, refer to "Liberty" and "Pursuit of Happiness" portions...)

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