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Government: Your Taxes at Work – Reaching the Millennium Goals

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For this year’s Christmas we thought a short metaphor / parable describing how a very prominent PPP/ government agency in Europe has handled one of its most important business services for years now and is by this wasting billion of tax payer’s funds, might get you into the right spirit for donations to that help-industry. Like every holiday season they will certainly like many others of these so-called “humanitarian agencies” in the next days appeal to you for more donations.

Most of these agencies are doing fine but this one is certainly the black sheep. And as it seems many in that “industry” do know that but still the billions (of tax payer’s money) continue to be coming in.

Let’s assume for our little metaphor you are the owners of a small company with a few hundred staff members. Almost your whole business depends on letters people send you by mail and replies you pass back to them by mail as well…

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AIDS: Liberia Vice

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During the last days VBS.TV has made a series of videos available created by them while traveling in Liberia (so far mainly Monrovia and surroundings) and talking to local journalists, war lords, slum inhabitants and other “normal people“. A story about civil war, drugs, AIDS, child soldiers, rape, daily killing, corruption, cannibalism… – it shows how deep the rabbit hole goes in one of the poorest countries and failed states on this planet.

The series comprises 8 short videos with different stations of their “travel” through Liberia of which so far 4 are online on their site.
What they have so far not covered is how much foreign aid is sunk into this country and what actually happens with it…

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Music: Let Love Rule – Lenny Kravitz

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And the second one – also from Lenny Kravitz.

Look what’s the matter – am I lost – this life’s a disaster – what is the cause…

…when you’re real with yourself you will ever be…

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Music: Let Love Rule – Lenny Kravitz

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Now two more songs from our Bahamian Lenny Kravitz
We think these fit well with today’s “World AIDS day”.

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Word Aids Day: Best Comment Seen (so far)

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Is it already another year down the drain – World AIDS DAY again – did we miss something? Certainly not with regards to that topic.

Business as usual – story telling, promises, shoulder rubbing and clapping wherever you look. But less and less are looking. They have problems – much more problems themselves today than a year ago – and they don’t want to listen to promises of if-you-give-us-another-xxx-billions-we-will-do-something-you-could-have-for-a-few-millions-with-no-problem-anywhere-else stories anymore.

Maybe this time around even some politicians and top bureaucrats that all the years before have happily looked “…the other way…” are starting to understand that some “real” results might even forward them.

Maybe there is some common sense reappearing. That funding mass murderers, torturers, mass rapists, organized crime and – you name it – actually might not change the situation of those that suffer from this fatal disease. Maybe someone who has the power will finally stand up and say: It’s enough – we will not fund the perks of parasites and clowns anymore – we will actually do something for the people…

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Music: Klaus Nomi – The Cold Song

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This is one of Klaus Nomi’s greatest performances. In this video, Klaus Nomi sings Purcell’s aria “The Cold Song” from his 17th century baroque opera King Arthur.

The opera’s composer Henry Purcell died in 1695 from incurable T.B. aged 36, while in 1983 Klaus Nomi sadly died as one of the first prominent victims of AIDS, aged 39.

He died about a half year after this recording was taken in Munich, Germany.

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