Our phone service was restored at 9:53 am. I’ve just spent the last 2 1/2
hours going through the 427 accumulated e-mails, deleting the spam, replying
to a few that could be dealt with immediately, and marking many to deal with
Six days ago a repairman came from Telkom, said he could not fix the problem,
as it was in the cable to the exchange. Today another one came, and I told
him that his predecessor could not fix the problem, and he said “I’ll see if
I have the capability.” He climbed the pole at the corner of our yard, and
checked it there, then disappeared for an hour. When he came back to collect
the gadget he had attached to the phone line, we had dialling tone.
The guy who had the capability was black. The guy who didn’t was white. Three
cheers for affirmative action.
There were three terrorist attacks in three different countries last weekend. Most people were killed in the one in Nigeria, but the media paid the least attention to it.
The one in Pakistan got a bit more attention, but mostly in the Christian blogosphere, because it took place at a church.
The one that got the most media attention was the one in Nairobi. Perhaps it was because there was a bit more drama because of the hunt for the perpetrators, who were holed up inside, but I suspect it may also have been because it was an upmarket shopping mall, and the possibility that celebrities may have been inside. And the celebrity cult and shopping are the established religions of the West, so that would grab the attention of the Western media.
The victims in Pakistan bombing, on the other hand, were mostly poor people who had gone for a feeding scheme, and the Nigeria one was just random travellers, nothing very interesting there.
But attacking major religions like consumerism and the celebrity cult — that’s newsworthy!