WTF Friday, 6/18/2010

  • Anyone who watched the Brazil-North Korea match already knows about these things, but they bear repeating. Kim Jong-Il has invented an invisible phone to communicate with the North Korean coach, and also paid Chinese people to pretend to be North Korean fans. Truly insane stuff.
  • About 400,000 people, primarily ethnic Uzbek’s, have fled their homes in Kyrgyzstan to avoid violence. There have also been many reports of sexual violence.
  • Here is Phillip Wenger, Health Adviser for Concern Worldwide US, and contributing author at the Huffington Post: “My first impression is that Haiti seems, on the surface at least, similar to West Africa. There is such vibrancy here and resilience among the people — but, just under the surface, there must also be a lot of pain and loss.” Thank you for this vague and ultimately useless comparison.
  • For the second year in a row, no one has been awarded the Mo Ibrahim prize. I’m beginning to suspect that this dude might have been hit by the recession and doesn’t want to cough up $5m every year. Somebody tell me I’m wrong.

Chris Maggio


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