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Gustav Klimt. Reclining Nude Facing Right, 1914

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Gustav Klimt. Reclining Nude Facing Right, 1914

Why I don’t love this ice bucket thing

angryinafrica:

Lately every time I log onto Facebook I’m hit with a deluge of people dumping buckets of ice water on themselves for charity.

Over the past couple of days I haven’t been able to stop myself from listing all of the reasons I think this is ridiculous every time I see a new video pop up, so instead of subjecting my like-minded friends to yet another rant, here’s a blog.

So, why am I so annoyed that a bunch of people are raising awareness via social media and donating to ALS research? Because you don’t need to waste a bucket of POTABLE water to support a charitable organization.

What is potable water and why is it obnoxious to dump it over our heads for a social media stunt?

Potable water is water that is clean/safe enough for humans to consume. The developed world uses a lot more potable water than necessary for a wide variety of things, such as washing cars and flushing toilets - the water that removes your feces from your immediate environment doesn’t really need to be clean enough to drink. For those of you who don’t know (and given the state of awareness for water issues in the US, it’s not really your fault if you were unaware), much of the water in the developing world is not treated, and therefore not potable.

In Cameroon, if I want to drink water I either need to purchase a sealed bottle, boil, or filter it. Sometimes it’s necessary to add a small amount of bleach before filtering, or to boil and filter. The water I shower and clean my house, clothes and dishes with isn’t fit to drink. So it becomes a bit irksome to see lots of people happily dumping out buckets of potable water because they can.

But as for the main reason the bucket challenge annoys me, look at the sheer amount of water being used. The one bucket you’ve just poured out is probably about a week’s worth of showers if I don’t wash my hair. It could probably wash 4-5 meals worth of dishes. It could probably cook about 10 single person meals. Or it could flush my toilet 2-3 times. It could clean all of my floors if I was for some reason inclined to wash them. And it could be used to supply me with at least a week of clean underwear.

That’s cool, you say, but we have so much water and it’s super easy to obtain, so what’s the problem?

Well, from what I understand there’s a pretty bad drought in the Southwest at the moment, so no, actually you don’t have “so much water.” Also, wasting resources because you personally have a surplus is not what all the cool kids are doing.

To provide some contrast, let me tell you how I get water in Cameroon. Living in a regional capital, I actually have a really luxurious water situation. Every couple of days the water comes on for a few hours in my kitchen, typically at a trickle, and if I have an hour or two to spare I can collect enough to fill up my water trashcan and my filter. If I use the water sparingly and strategically that can last for about a week if I need it to. I also leave a couple of buckets outside to collect rain water, and there’s a well in my compound that I can use if I need.

As running water is nowhere near close to the norm here, many of my fellow volunteers have to either go to the well or forage themselves or hire someone else to do it for them. A trip to the forage usually involves several jerrycans, a wheelbarrow, and a walk that can be as short as 30 seconds or really fucking long, depending on how lucky you are. I can say from personal experience that wheeling several jerrycans back from the forage is not an enjoyable task. Some people have to hike into the jungle and get their water from a stream and carry it home. 

So yes, when you look at all the things that bucket of water could potentially do and the effort that most of the people I know here have to put into obtaining it, it does seem kind of obnoxious to waste it on a social media stunt. Of course I can only speak for myself, and I haven’t met any Cameroonians who are familiar with the ice bucket challenge, but looking at how water is used here (for example the water from the laundry will often be used to wash the floors, and the water from the dishes or a shower will be saved to flush a toilet if the household has one), I can’t imagine that an ice bucket challenge would ever catch on here.

Although that is pretty much how everyone showers anyway, so maybe I’m not thinking creatively enough…

Speaking of creativity, let’s address the creative aspect of the ice bucket challenge. Half of the battle of changing something is raising awareness about the issue, so I see what the engineers of the ice bucket challenge were going for. They’ve done a spectacular job of getting everyone’s attention, but I maintain that you can get people’s attention in less wasteful ways.

For example, the jump into a pool/ocean/stream/other body of water with your clothes on or donate challenge. Or the plant a tree or donate challenge. Planting a tree would be a huge pain in the ass, I’d rather just donate. Adopt a kitten or donate: everyone wins! Read a book or donate - people in the US don’t read enough. Call your mother or donate. I would double the suggested amount.

The moral of this blog entry: If you want to donate to charity, that’s awesome. I salute you. Carry on. If you want to congratulate yourself for your valiant slacktivism, it would be cool if you could do that privately.

dynamicafrica:

Mos Def On Relocating, Travelling Through Africa, and Living in Cape Town: 
"You’ve got to be where you feel good and effective. A place that also provides opportunity and inspiration. While moving to a new location is always the same; find a house, move in, etc., these two cities give me more of an emotional attachment. It’s a soul connection rather than a logical or rational connection, and it only makes sense to me. I see a lot of opportunities in Paris and Cape Town and I’m blessed and fortunate enough to be able to be based out there. Traveling keeps me inspired. Recently, I’ve been to Johannesburg, Morocco, Manila, Kuala Lumpur and Chile, checking out the local music and fashion industry. One of the few places I haven’t been to yet is Reykajvik, the capital of Iceland.
The world is a very dynamic place so every place is different and has its pros and cons, challenges and joys. I like being based in Africa, there’s a lot more of the continent that I’m looking forward to seeing, experiencing and working in even. Africa provides a lot of inspiration to me, almost on every level, not just as a creative, but spiritually.”
(via HYPEBEAST)

So my sister and I met him at OR Tambo in Joburg in May. My sister even ran after him begging for an autograph and telling him how big of a fan she is. Jeez, I was soooooooo embarrassed and so was he visibly     ( ._.) And while we were boarding our plane for Addis Ababa guess who was right behind us??? Yep Mr Bey himself. He just sad “hi” with the cutest smile ever and the sexiest voice! *_* I just got wet on the spot! In real life he is quite petite and tiny

dynamicafrica:

Mos Def On Relocating, Travelling Through Africa, and Living in Cape Town:

"You’ve got to be where you feel good and effective. A place that also provides opportunity and inspiration. While moving to a new location is always the same; find a house, move in, etc., these two cities give me more of an emotional attachment. It’s a soul connection rather than a logical or rational connection, and it only makes sense to me. I see a lot of opportunities in Paris and Cape Town and I’m blessed and fortunate enough to be able to be based out there. Traveling keeps me inspired. Recently, I’ve been to Johannesburg, Morocco, Manila, Kuala Lumpur and Chile, checking out the local music and fashion industry. One of the few places I haven’t been to yet is Reykajvik, the capital of Iceland.

The world is a very dynamic place so every place is different and has its pros and cons, challenges and joys. I like being based in Africa, there’s a lot more of the continent that I’m looking forward to seeing, experiencing and working in even. Africa provides a lot of inspiration to me, almost on every level, not just as a creative, but spiritually.”

(via HYPEBEAST)

So my sister and I met him at OR Tambo in Joburg in May. My sister even ran after him begging for an autograph and telling him how big of a fan she is. Jeez, I was soooooooo embarrassed and so was he visibly     ( ._.) And while we were boarding our plane for Addis Ababa guess who was right behind us??? Yep Mr Bey himself. He just sad “hi” with the cutest smile ever and the sexiest voice! *_* I just got wet on the spot! In real life he is quite petite and tiny

(via vagabondaesthetics)

cynicalapathy replied to your photo

it is insane how beautiful you are

OMG *blushes all the blushes* :-)

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I love your eyes!

thanks =)

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Beauty.

Thank you Nezua

The spectacle does not realize philosophy, it philosophizes reality, reducing everyone’s concrete life to a universe of speculation.

Guy Debord - The society of spectacle

Pieces of me 2

My being has been trained
   for so long to break itself into little
   pieces to fit alienating narratives that 
i cannot separate being from alienation
i cannot separate being from pain
i cannot separate being from
   renouncing to bits of myself
i cannot separate being from being
   swallowed, wrecked and tormented by
   the emptiness that ultimately comes as a result
i cannot separate being from drowning 
   in a chaos of delusions
i cannot separate being from grieving the 
   loss of my authentic self

Paralysis

I am the essence of chaos 

And every move is a deep and painful tear

"Tomorrow" by Salif Keita

This song is about the inevitability of death. Here “tomorrow” means after this life . “Sadio” is the name of somebody who died. Nobody died and came back. Death is inevitable. Sadio, see you tomorrow (after this life). You are everyone’s darling. Ousmane is at a loss since you left for your final journey. All the people of Mali are lost without you. Death is final. Fatoumata and Ba-Oumou are saying how much you mean to them. Sitting or standing, everyone is lamenting your absence. You did such a great work Sadio. Everybody remembers you still. You still live in the hearts of people. Tomorrow, Sadio, see you tomorrow. [x]

Original lyrics—————————————————————————————
tomorrow, only tomorrow, sadio ambe tomorrow x 2

sadio jon te i fe, Ousmane ko, ka bi fe,
ka bi fe, koniete ka le te sigi

sadio jon te i fe, malienw ko,
u bi fe ko, u bi fe, ko ni e te ko ulu te sigi,
mogo ma taa folo kanaa, saya ma son nene ma,
an sayakera nene balidi

tomorrow, only tomorrow, sadio ambe tomorrow x 2

sadio jon te i fe, Fatoumata ko, ka bi fe,
ka bi fe, kono ete ka le te sigi

sadio jon te i fe, Ba-Oumou ko, ka bi fe,
ka bi fe, ko ni ete ka le te sigi

mogomataa folo kanaa, say mason nenema,
an mogo mataa folo kanaa, saya mason nenema,
an saya kera nenebali

tomorrow see you tomorrow, sadio see you tomorrow
tomorrow only tomorrow, sadio ambe tomorrow

English Translation——————————————————————————

I will not feel this way anymore.
I will not remember this feeling.
I will remember the emotion.
I will remember the moment.
It will be a memory.
A recollection, a description.
It will be tainted and impure.
Coloured by mission, by vision, by recollection.

Today…
I cannot capture it. Not even just yet.
I have been blemished. In thought, emotion, mission.
My stomache knots and sinks.
Somersaults in rebellion.
The body will fight the mind.
The heart estranged, must mediate…
Teased and Torn
Unable to do justice.
Eyes mist over. Tears well in the lower lid and spill over.
Brook to stream to river. Outpour, overflow.
Taste them.
Savour the release of Nothing and Something.