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  • hardie karges 8:28 pm on June 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: race, Rachel Dolezal   

    Rachel: Racial Facial Glacial Paces…. 

    In all fairness to Rachel Dolezal, she could be the most racist white South African in the world, and still call herself ‘African’ with total accuracy–if she wanted to. Or did she call herself ‘black’? I can’t remember. But ‘black’ is not a race; black is a color, sorta’. The point is: the myths surrounding race and skin color are just that–myths. So why are we still asking the question on forms for employment and other positions? We aren’t, THEY are. Shouldn’t that be illegal? As if such a thing as pure race existed, in the first place…  Identity exists, though. Doesn’t South Africa require beauty contestants to speak an ‘African language’ just like the Navajo ‘rez’ requires it of its chairmen? And isn’t that a matter of choice? I don’t know. Ask Caitlyn…

    • Esther Fabbricante 9:36 pm on June 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I was thinking that myself – how on most forms, one is asked to check the race.


  • hardie karges 3:16 pm on April 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Djibouti, ,   

    Somaliland Stirred, Djibouti Shaken 

    Picture of Market in Djibouti that cost me dearly

    Picture of Market in Djibouti that cost me dearly

    May 2009

    (We get no peanuts, but we do get to Djibouti on time.)

    …my hopes are soon dashed…  If this is French colonial glory, then I’m Napoleon in rags… French legacy of high prices and pretentiousness only…  airport itself offers the first clue, single exchange office only opening after the guy can be found to service his single customer, me…  $30 three-day transit visa or $60 thirty-day visa, decisions decisions…

    Downtown not much better, squalid and dirty… much higher prices than neighboring countries.  Cabbies obnoxious, driving old green-and-white honkers that they like to back down the street in…  room has A/C and TV, though, and enough room to exercise if I want, something I’ve foregone for many days for lack of adequate food and water.  Refugees don’t work out.  My mental condition is deteriorating… got to plan my escape… (More …)

    • Esther Fabbricante 4:39 pm on April 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      All I can say is “You are a survivor!”

  • hardie karges 7:52 pm on April 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Hargeisa,   

    Somaliland Stirred not Shaken; Chewed not Spat 

    Street Market in Somaliland

    Street Market in Somaliland

    …get on a bus for a country that doesn’t really exist, except in someone’s imagination: existential ball-juggling 401… Somalia now effectively divided into three, Somaliland relatively peaceful and open for business, connected by land to the also relatively peaceful states of Djibouti and Ethiopia. Somaliland issues visas and currency and guards its borders just like everyone else.

    …catch the first bus out of Harar at daybreak, make my connection in Jijiga and continue on, certain to make Hargeisa within the day now… Travel in Ethiopia not hard so much as slow, crammed in like proverbial sardines… the vast Ogaden Desert, cousin to the Arabian and Sahara, spread out endlessly ahead, highland Ethiopia maybe the only real break in a desert stretching from Morocco to China.

    You decrease in elevation as you increase in heat, by some adiabatic ratio, and the Christian passion and delicate features of the typical Ethiopian face evolve into something a bit different, the harsher and darker Somali features and the more rigid and vocal Islamic demeanor. (More …)

    • Esther Fabbricante 11:15 pm on April 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Taking your life in your own hands, it seems. Scary. Doesn’t home sound good about now?

    • kc 6:01 pm on September 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      from the looks of the pics. and the article i posted, qat is no problem for the people. After all, if one can find serenity in a leaf, so be it. now for our own mj in MS……

    • hardie karges 8:16 pm on February 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on Hyper-Travel: Basement Tapes & Bad Selfies and commented:

      My experience with Dallo Airlines, the one that had an explosion in mid-air, probably the exact same plane….

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