I'm not going to blog about that now.
They didn't do that post.
So instead, I'll just do a chatty post on non-news.
Lindsay Lohan's dress was an obsession today. Why? If people had liked it, okay, fashion news. If they'd thought it was an ugly dress, the same. But their problem was, "How dare she wear that to court!" A) It's her ass in court so she should wear what she wants. B) I didn't think it was bad at all. I don't think Lindsay's looked good in over two years but I thought she looked good in that outfit.
So there's that. Then today and yesterday, C.I. was noting the new report from Oxfam. I wouldn't even know about it if it weren't for the snapshots. So Dan Oakes is reporting on it for the Sydney Morning Herald today:
FOREIGN aid is increasingly being used as a tool for military gains in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a report prepared by Oxfam.
The report says more than half of Australia's aid to Afghanistan between 2007 and 2009 was spent by the Australian Defence Force, which is not required to evaluate the impact of its aid projects.
''Some donors are increasingly concentrating both humanitarian and development aid on countries and regions seen to threaten their own immediate security interests, while neglecting other equally insecure, impoverished and conflict-afflicted places,'' the report says.Foreign aid is not supposed to be weaponized. It is amazing how far from the image we once have of ourselves (regardless of whether that image was true or false) we've drifted. We don't even try to deny it. We try to excuse it, to rationalize it.
That tells you how low our expectations of personal integrity has become.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"