when you’re feeling awful about how you did bad, but have got awesome friends.




Thought: Everything We Knew About Sweatshops Was Wrong

Enjoyed reading the nytimes article Everything We Knew About Sweatshops Was Wrong.  Good conclusion too. Although it would be ideal to have excellent working conditions in the first place, I am pleased to read that some moved to other jobs. It means there are other opportunities to move to!

The article misses out an important conclusion: it is the government’s responsibility to protect employees. It shouldn’t be something private companies do if they want to. But that’s easier said than done… because those companies come to Ethiopia to reduce cost. And our government wants to make our country competitive, which is understandable. I do hope however that there are better ways of becoming a developed country without spending decades making our country a sweatshop for richer countries like what China and India have done.

How can we protect employees without chasing investors away?

These are the sort of things they should be debating in parliament. Consult citizens, have them elect the ideas they want, try those ideas for a few years, repeat. That’s the fastest way for our country to develop. The powers of North America and Europe don’t come from their nuclear weapons nor their banks. Pakistan has nuclear too. Democracy is much more than just an election time exercise. It is an attitude towards solving all problems.


on certain types of deficiencies

I don’t fuck with Luda as much as I used to back in the “what’s your fantasy?” and “move!” days. But the “parallels” between his new joint and a recent article precipitated this.


Marked contrast from the girls on here:



And the obligatory reaction to Teddy’s new joint:

ሊያስለቅሰኝ ነው


They just won’t let you get your resveratrol on

So, I’m checking out at the store. Cashier asks me how old I was, because I was carrying wine. I say “old enough”. I was trying to be charming. But I guess she took offense. She asks for an ID: “if you had just told me your age…” She sees that my learner’s permit has expired (hey, don’t judge me! ምንም በቤቢ ፊያት ጊዜ ተለማምዶ እስካሁን መንጃ ፍቃድ ያልያዘ ሰው እኔ ብቻ ሳልሆን ባልቀርም, … my excuse: same as Eve’s verse on You Got Me “With all my classes I don’t have the time for life’s thrills”). She calls the manager. He goes “in the great state of so and so we don’t sell… that’s how the Founding Fathers intended it to be…”

They remove the bottle of wine from my stuff. አይኖቼ ተከተሉት…


I couldn’t even be flattered that she deemed it necessary to ascertain my age.

Then I come home to find out that Bill Maher is off tonight.

ቶታል ዲዛስተር አይ ቴል ያ!

On top of that, I can’t stop myself from going “really?!” (there may be a smirk there) whenever one of my students says they have found something to be difficult. Please, don’t you go ahead and be proud of me like ልጃችን ተስተምሮ ፈረንጅን “ሪሊ?!!” ማለት ዠመረ!! I am still clueless as shit. And that’s not good TA behavior. ለነገሩ many are the times when I would just throw whatever English word or phrase that I find lying around close by, just in the spirit of communication. Just because I say it, doesn’t mean that’s what I wanted to say.

በፓስፖርቴ መጠጥ እንዳልገዛ ደግሞ እማማ ኢትዮጵያን ማዋረድ ይሆናል:: It’s not good look.

ምን ይሻላል? Now I’m just sitting, blogging when I am supposed to be sipping. ዓርብ ያለወይን ግቡን ይመታ ይሆን?


Rant: 1, 2, 3, go! ይብላኝ ላንቺና ለድርጅቱ እንጂ እኔማ መንገድ አላጣም:: ምን አይነቷ ጠማማ ናት በናታችሁ?! “I’m dealing with these fucking experiments, hearing ‘no, no, no’ all day long, then I come home and you won’t let me get my jam on up in here?!”



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