Two news items, literally read one after another.
“Poor Hatians resort to eating dirt”
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – It was lunchtime in one of‘s worst slums, and Charlene Dumas was eating mud. With food prices rising, Haiti’s poorest can’t afford even a daily plate of rice, and some take desperate measures to fill their bellies. Charlene, 16 with a 1-month-old son, has come to rely on a traditional Haitian remedy for hunger pangs: cookies made of dried yellow dirt from the country’s central plateau.
The article goes on to describes life on less than $2/day. The world’s demand for oil and turning food crops into fuel is causing spikes in the cost of food that can’t be easily absorbed by the poor.
“Tom Cruise 1st to get Ducati superbike”
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. –is the first on the list to get Ducati’s newest motorcycle — a $72,500 superbike bristling with titanium, magnesium and that can scoot up to 200 mph.
Evidence once again of a world out of control.