Monday, February 14, 2011

Trashy

Mark Kirkorian is heartened:
A small piece of evidence to counter my pessimism about Egypt came right after Mubarak’s departure, when ordinary Egyptians organized themselves to clean up the mess in Tahrir Square[.]
That was indeed a nice picture of folks coming together to make things better.
This all may sound charming but unimportant, but it’s not. Anyone who’s been to the third world has seen trash strewn everywhere. This isn’t because less-developed countries produce more trash; in fact, they produce less. And it’s also not just because of lack of money for a proper waste-disposal infrastructure. Rather, it’s the product of a lack of civic consciousness and responsibility, without which ordered liberty is impossible.
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Yes, the good news of the day is that Cairenes are potential non-savages.

Sometimes the natives of these third-world backwaters harness their primitive beats in protest of the ruin of their surroundings:

12 comments:

Smut Clyde said...

Perhaps this person has never lived in London.

Substance McGravitas said...

See also.

Brando said...

I'm pretty sure he's also never been to Jonah Goldberg's apartment.

vacuumslayer said...

"I'm pretty sure he's also never been to Jonah Goldberg's apartment"

I snorted appreciatively. And IMMEDIATELY pictured a messy apartment strewn with skidmarked drawers and empty CHEETOS bags.

Another Kiwi said...

Picking up rubbish is socialism!

Open Cahoots said...

No matter where the revolution may be happening, Randy Newman is revolting.

Substance McGravitas said...

Oh come on. Randy has had his uses over the years. Consider this on Valentine's Day.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Of course, the populations of developing countries didn't have a lot of non-biodegradable garbage until recently.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

The government cannot give you rubbish removal service without taking rubbish removal service from someone else.
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zombie rotten mcdonald said...

I like Randy Newman (not the movie soundtracks, but let's face it, a guy's gotta eat, and why not pick Pixar's pocket?) and related: just linked a Nilsson song at BBBB's place.

Kathleen said...

pick Pixar's pocket
pick Pixar's pocket
pick Pixar's pocketpick Pixar's pocket
pick Pixar's pocket
pick Pixar's pocket
pick Pixar's pocket

you can't saythat 10 tiems fast

Another Kiwi said...

I too enjoy R.Newman but that doesn't get the rubbish collected, now does it?