On Stop Kony 2012

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, go to twitter and search #Kony2012.

You can see the video that caused all the hype here: http://www.kony2012.com/

But you should also read this: Kony 2012 campaign: Oprah and bracelets won’t solve problem (from The Guradian via Bill Easterly)

And then to learn more about the group behind the video “Invisible Children” read this: Invisible Children: Saviors or Sensationalists

Then you can read this – In Defence of the @Kony12 campaign

Some more food for thought (via Jillian C York, HT: Laura Seay ):

If we say #Kony2012 is a good idea, then we’re approving an environment in which causes compete by production value. Like Hollywood.

Link Roundup

Some non-political non-Africa distractions for your Monday.  (I’m up to my eyeballs in grading blue books!)

A challenge to stop multi-tasking via @Real_Simple (of course I’m attempting to clean a data set AND watching TV while typing this up…)

Polar Cub Cam via @Time (they said it best: “goodbye productivity)

Link Roundup

African urban spaces may be expanding rapidly, but in many mainland countries growth in urban populations hardly outstripped national population growth in the 1990s and 2000s. Data for 18 countries collected and analysed by Dr Potts and others shows that urbanisation levels declined in 4 countries, and stagnated or increased very slowly in a further 10. Only four countries – Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Tanzania and Kenya – experienced rapid urbanisation.

  • Awkward… ‘If Mugabe is the only invitee who turns up in person at your party, you have a problem. (Kabila’s Inauguration in the DRC) http://bit.ly/xe7R59

Link Roundup

News, tidbits, and stories that you may have missed.

The World Bank and Google Working Together (and why it might not be as good as it sounds at first)

2011 saw a decrease in Pirate Attacks (but I still wouldn’t plan a sailing trip off the coast of Somalia)

Poogle Translate (From South Africa: “…to decipher the double speak, the innuendo and damned lies our beloved public figures enjoy using.”)

PhD Comics: Clue (Sometimes these comics feel a little too personalized).