August 8th, 2005

romance, flower

Thought Revisited

"There ain’t nothing like regret to remind you you’re alive." My thought posted yesterday. And it's weird how I get answers here on LJ to questions that I don't even fully pose in writing...

"Regret is a poison we can choose not to drink." kwanyin2004

"I feel everything we do is the best we can do in the now. In the moment. Given the info and the emotions we had right then. Thinking that was the best option. Hence no point for regret. You know more later but where does regret get you?" daisyfair
star wars, cuke

"Have no, thank, blow the skin"

Screen shots of a Star Wars - Revenge of The Sith bootleg DVD with captions translated from English to Chinese and back to English. There are a lot of exciting new additions to the dialogue...

"Revenge of The Sith" = "Backstroke of the West"

"Obi-wan, may the force be with you." = "ratio tile the wish power are together with you."

"Jedi Council" = "Presbyterian Church"

"Who could have done this?" = "This is what who fuck?"

"No thank you, C3PO" = "Have no, thank, blow the skin"

Lots of images so it may take a while to load if you have dial-up but it's definitely worth a look.


Plumpy'nut is saving lives in Niger.

"In the crowd of riotously dressed mothers clasping wailing, naked infants at a Médecins Sans Frontières feeding center just west of here, Taorey Asama, at 27 months old, stands out for a heart-rending reason: She looks like a normal baby.

Many of the others have the skeletal frames and baggy skin of children with severe malnutrition. The good news is that a month ago, so did Taorey.

'When she came here, she was all small and curled up,' said her mother, Henda, 30. 'It's Plumpy'nut that's made her like this. She's immense!'

Never heard of Plumpy'nut? Come to Maradi, a bustling crossroads where the number of malnourished children exceeds even the flocks of motor scooters flitting down its dirt streets. At this epicenter of Niger's latest hunger crisis, Plumpy'nut is saving lives.

Plumpy'nut, which comes in a silvery foil package the size of two grasping baby-size hands, is 500 calories of fortified peanut butter, a beige paste about as thick as mashed potatoes and stuffed with milk, vitamins and minerals...

...Milton Tectonidis, a nutrition specialist for Médecins Sans Frontières, said this about Plumpy'nut in an interview here: 'This product, it's beyond opinion; it's documented; it's scientific fact. We've seen it working. With this one product, we can treat three-quarters of children on an outpatient basis.'

Traditional malnutrition therapy hospitalizes children, nursing them to health with steady infusions of vitamin-laced milk. Then they are sent home with powdered milk formula to complete their recovery. It works well, but milk is costly, must be mixed with water and is prone to spoil. And when mothers prepare the formula with the dirty water all too common in impoverished villages, babies get sick. In comparison, Plumpy'nut - the name melds the words 'plump' and 'peanut' - costs less than the milk formula, has a two-year shelf life and need not be mixed with anything.

Perhaps most revolutionary is that mothers, not doctors, can give it to their toddlers. That not only reduces costs but also frees the doctors to attend to the sickest children, who often suffer from malnutrition as well as diseases like malaria or dysentery. The usual course of treatment is four weeks of Plumpy'nut, costing about $20, along with grain-based food like Unimix, a vitamin-packed flour that can be made into the porridge many Africans eat. But some children return to health in as little as two weeks."