White Heron by Mountain Man
Spectacular song, so quiet it almost doesnt exist.
shared from exfm
My Shakespear, rise! I will not lodge thee by Chaucer, or Spenser, or bid Beaumont lie a little further, to make thee a room.
Ben Jonson (1573 - 1637)
If the words of Star are to be believed, Jennifer Aniston is pregnant. Some source told the magazine that Jennifer has been taking fertility drugs and she has stopped drinking alcohol completely because she’s having twins. A neighbor also told Star that an obvious bump can be seen on Jennifer’s belly when she changes clothes. What?! How creepy is that neighbor?! But yeah, I think it’s all just a rumor! Doubt she’s pregnant. Yet.
Driven from their land because of its diamonds, the Kalahari Bushmen of Botswana are returning.
Five years ago, on 13 December 2006, Botswana’s high court ruled that the government’s eviction of the Bushmen from their ancestral lands in the Kalahari had been illegal. It was one of the most hopeful stories to come out of Africa in decades. It began in stark tragedy, in the central Kalahari game reserve, ceded in perpetuity to the Bushmen by the British and then by the first government of independent Botswana. Five thousand Gana, Gwi and Tsila Bushmen lived there. (“Bushmen” is the name they mostly prefer.)
In February 2002 the Botswanan army raided the reserve. The soldiers charged into small desert villages and ordered people, at gunpoint, to get into the trucks that were drawn up outside. They were driven to camps outside their ancestral lands. Another group of soldiers made sure that they couldn’t go back to their villages: in Gugama, for example, they smashed the well and sealed it with concrete.
There is something peculiarly repellent about blocking off the water supply in a desert. And when the president of the country called the Bushmen “primitive stone-age creatures” who were to be swept into the dustbin of history, it seemed like an offence against our common humanity. The camps set up for the Bushmen were disgusting places where rape, prostitution and drunkenness were rampant. I visited a camp called New Xade secretly with a film crew, who were visibly shocked by what we saw.
Many campaigners believe the reason for the eviction is clear. By an unfortunate geological chance, the central Kalahari game reserve lies right in the middle of the world’s richest diamond-producing area. The diamond deposit at Gope, in the centre of the reserve, is valued at $3.3bn.