Thank you very much for purchasing Gintama volume 17. Thanks to your support, Gintama has honorably celebrated its third anniversary. A lot can change in three years. My editor, Mr. Onishi, is finally getting married. I knew he was up to something. One morning, when he came to my house for a…
“No, you can’t deny women their basic rights and pretend it’s about your “religious freedom.” If you don’t like birth control, don’t use it. Religious freedom doesn’t mean you can force others to live by your own beliefs.”—
Damn. This is fascinating, if not deeply disturbing. Just one more way that European colonialism decimated the people of Africa, leaving behind death, destruction, and disease in it wake; a wake that still troubles the progress of humanity today.
For decades nobody knew the reasons behind the birth of the AIDS epidemic. But it is now clear that the epidemic’s birth and crucial early growth happened during Africa’s colonial era, amid massive intrusion of new people and technology into a land where ancient ways still prevailed. European powers engaged in a feverish race for wealth and glory blazed routes up muddy rivers and into dense forests that had been traveled only sporadically by humans before.
… So the improbable journey of the killer strain of HIV was feasible for only a few hectic decades, from the 1880s to the 1920s. Without “The Scramble for Africa,” it’s hard to see how HIV could have made it out of southeastern Cameroon to eventually kill tens of millions of people. Even a delay might have caused the killer strain of HIV to die a lonely death deep in the forest.
Rick Santorum: President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob! There are good, decent men and women who go out and work hard every day and put their skills to test, that aren’t taught by some liberal college professor trying to indoctrinate them.