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Wealthy anti-capitalists lose their food to opportunistic feasters:

Dozens of street children have invaded a five-star hotel food tent and feasted on meals meant for sale at the World Social Forum in Kenya’s capital.

The hungry urchins were joined by other participants who complained that the food was too expensive at the annual anti-capitalist get together …

The gathering in Nairobi is discussing social problems, including poverty.

Hold these events more often and global hunger would be ended. Except for World Social Forum attendees.

Posted by Tim B. on 01/26/2007 at 11:47 AM
    1. I would comment, but I’m too busy getting ready for a World Hunger Brunch. Maybe later.

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 01 26 at 11:57 AM • permalink


    1. Damn that globalisation!!  If they weren’t in Kenya they wouldn’t have to worry about having their lunch stolen.  (By the way, does anyone have a menu?  Was there any item on it that cost less than a Happy Meal at McDonald’s?  Would Teresa Heinz be willing to eat any of it?  Did Bono or Sting complain?)

      Posted by JorgXMcKie on 2007 01 26 at 12:03 PM • permalink


    1. That’s the most wonderful story I’ve heard all week. Go, urchins, go! I’m so happy!

      Posted by SoberHT on 2007 01 26 at 12:06 PM • permalink


    1. Will no one think of the poor (rich) socialists?

      Posted by rbj1 on 2007 01 26 at 12:20 PM • permalink


    1. Hilarious!

      Since anti-capitalists are an utterly humorless bunch, it shouldn’t be surprising that they have no sense of irony, either.

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2007 01 26 at 12:23 PM • permalink


    1. Didn’t Idi Amin used to eat urchin? I always thought that seemed odd considering that Uganda is landlocked, but that explains it.

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 01 26 at 12:24 PM • permalink


    1. Sure.  Host an expensive dinner to discuss poverty in a country filled with impoverished, hungry people.  If that doesn’t scream socialism, what does?

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 01 26 at 12:27 PM • permalink


    1. Tens of thousands of people are attending the World Social Forum, which is being held at the same time as the World Economic Forum – hosted in the Swiss town of Davos.

      At Davos, the world’s largest corporations are discussing business and hammering out trade deals, while the Kenyan event is addressing a wide spectrum of the world’s social problems – including poverty.

      Sounds to me like an apt example of how planning by socialists and socially minded persons usually result in chaos and calamity.  I’d bet they call in some capitalists to help them out of a jam.

      Posted by wronwright on 2007 01 26 at 01:05 PM • permalink


    1. “the Kenyan event is addressing a wide spectrum of the world’s social problems – including poverty.”

      Yeah, right. Poverty is such a small issue that we must insist on it being mentioned. Otherwise people might think it was not among the real social problems.

      And why was GlobAL GOREming not discussed? Because it’s not a social problem? Well, that’s true but that is not the reason. The real reason is that they already have global goremin in Kenya. It’s hot most of the time. No opportunity to show Gore’s effect.

      Posted by ElectronPower on 2007 01 26 at 02:05 PM • permalink


    1. How can ye have any pudding if ye don’t eat y’r meat?

      Posted by mojo on 2007 01 26 at 02:22 PM • permalink


    1. Wonderful story!  Made my day.

      So why, when they saw the poor little beggars, didn’t they put on aprons, line up behind the tables, and start dishing out the food?  They’re concerned, right?

      Posted by saltydog on 2007 01 26 at 03:24 PM • permalink


    1. If that doesn’t scream socialism, what does?

      But, but, but, Rebecca!  It’s for the children!!!

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 01 26 at 04:20 PM • permalink


    1. Was there any item on it that cost less than a Happy Meal at McDonald’s?

      Maccas is supposedly a good barometer of the cost of food.
      On my recent visit to New Caledonia, where you are greeted your arrival at the airport is overseen by boys wearing miliary uniforms and carrying weapons (and where it pissed down and blew a gale for an entire week), we were shocked at how expensive food was. Can of coke was $US5.80, and it was one of those pissy little 330ml cans. We visited Maccas because we were tired of ham and cheese rolls. My friend had a Fillet o Fish meal, it cost $US10+, and I had a meal with 6 nuggets, fries and OJ, and a cheeseburger, which cost just over $US12. No wonder the kiddies in Nairobi can’t afford food. I reckon it’s the EU influence…

      Posted by kae on 2007 01 26 at 04:44 PM • permalink


    1. #11 Yes, saltydog, that would have eased the problems of the hungry urchins for the moment – they were supposed to be addressing poverty (and I would imagine that to include poverty-related issues like hunger…)

      Posted by kae on 2007 01 26 at 04:47 PM • permalink


    1. Buyt did you notice the “hungry urchins” were joined by “other participants”?

      OK, I’m cynical, but I’d bet the wealthy fauxialists <strike>stole</strike> appropriated most of the grub. Because they were bigger and stronger.

      Posted by Zoe Brain on 2007 01 26 at 05:39 PM • permalink


    1. ‘Dozens of street children…’

      Pretty crap security, making for pretty happy children!

      Posted by TimT on 2007 01 26 at 05:56 PM • permalink


    1. In an effort to cut down on expensive, CO2-generating conferences around the world, the EU is putting forward a resolution to host them, excluding those involving important security issues, via video conference.

      A delegate for France was quoted, “The time has come for us, as world leaders, to set an example and start practicing what we preach. We can’t expect our grassroots support to remain if we continue to be hypocritical on these matters. The image of wealthy bureaucrats discussing poverty over a lavish feast in five star accommodation, ignoring the hungry throngs outside, will be a thing of the past. Only a few technical details of the new accord need to be worked out, but I’m sure that we’ll have it through by, oh…a hundred years from now.”

      Posted by Dminor on 2007 01 26 at 06:58 PM • permalink


    1. Did you dowdify that quote, Dminor, to leave out the, “Only kidding! Hey, I had you going there for un moment, didn’t I?” or something similar?

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 01 26 at 07:14 PM • permalink


    1. I didn’t dowdify it at all, andycanuck.

      Posted by Dminor on 2007 01 26 at 07:22 PM • permalink


    1. Well, hopefully the delegates won’t get anything to eat for a while and will experience true poverty direct, thereby making the conference more meaningful.

      Better still, move the conference out of the 5-star hotel, into one of Nairobi’s shantytowns and open it to the urchins; they may even eat the delegates. I hope Sting and Bono are attending.

      Posted by Big Arnie on 2007 01 26 at 07:38 PM • permalink


    1. dalila: hey who are all these rich people
      kiano:  dunno, but they sure have a lot of food
      dalila: hey miss, can we have some?
      nsb*:  i’m sorry, but we need all this sustenance to fuel our planning to end third world poverty by 2050
      kiano:  but we’re starving now
      nsb:  but you see if we feed you now, we won’t have the energy to create a bright new future for everybody, blah blah sunlit uplands of socialism blah blah…
      dalila: kiano, just grab everything you can & run
      *numbwitted socialist buffoon

      Posted by KK on 2007 01 26 at 08:34 PM • permalink


    1. #13 kae,

      Yes, that is indeed expensive for McDonalds.  But at least it was New Calendonia.

      Three years ago I took the family to see the Grand Canyon and later Vegas.  One evening the Mrs. sent me to get dinner at a McDonalds just down from our hotel.  $55 bucks!  That’s US bucks, not Brazilian reals.  When the buck toothed hayseed at the counter told me how much, I actually said “are you shitting me?”  He replied “no, but everyone asks me that”.

      Yes, there were six of us eating, including my holly heifer, the mother-in-law.  But geez louise, it was only burgers.

      Posted by wronwright on 2007 01 26 at 08:35 PM • permalink


    1. Did the ragamuffins get their fair share?

      Posted by Bruno on 2007 01 26 at 08:48 PM • permalink


    1. Partly O/T Patrick Moore in a radio interview. Very well worth listening to.

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 01 26 at 09:23 PM • permalink


    1. I Bet it was freegans, the pikey bastards.

      Posted by Daniel San on 2007 01 26 at 09:59 PM • permalink


    1. Those little urchins stuck it right to those ideologue ridden parasites, better than anybody ever could. I would say it is a valuable on the job lesson for these little free enterprisers.

      Posted by BJM on 2007 01 26 at 11:11 PM • permalink


    1. What makes me think that this isn’t the first time that this bunch of twig-boys has had their lunch taken from them.

      Posted by David Crawford on 2007 01 27 at 12:11 AM • permalink


    1. Who emailed me about NC? I don’t know who you are from the email!

      Posted by kae on 2007 01 27 at 12:54 AM • permalink


    1. I’m pretty sure Bono is at Davos, not Nairobi. He was all over the news about some conference where they were discussing trade and how Bono and the other likeminded nufnufs want to reduce debt in the third world.

      Sorry I can’t be more specific – wasn’t allowed to concentrate on the [s]entertainment[/s] news.

      Posted by Nilknarf Arbed on 2007 01 27 at 05:50 AM • permalink


    1. bugger. I knew I should have perveiwed.

      Posted by Nilknarf Arbed on 2007 01 27 at 05:51 AM • permalink


    1. WSF programme:

      the morning, with two periods of self organised meetings and assemblies;

      an afternoon period that will consist of 21 big Forums of Struggles, Alternatives and Actions.
      1.  Water;
      2   National /International Institutions and Democracy;
      3.  Peace / war;
      4.  Housing;
      5.  Women’s struggles;
      6.  Dignity/human being diversity / discriminations;
      7.  Human Rights;
      8.  Youth;
      9.  Food sovereignty/land reform;
      10. Labor;
      12. Environment and energy;
      13. Health;
      14. Knowledge / Information / communication;
      15. Debt;
      16. Migrations;
      17. Free Trade;
      18. Culture;
      19. Transnational Corporations;
      20. Children;
      21. Alternative economies;
      A convergence rally ending up with a tree planting event.

      if only they’d held the ‘21 big Forums of Struggles, Alternatives and Actions’ in the morning the urchins would have realised that food sovereignty was a far more important priority for the wsf than children

      Posted by eeniemeenie on 2007 01 27 at 08:22 AM • permalink


    1. I would have loved to see the visual of all these “urchins” running in and disturbing their lords and masters….er, saviors.  But of course the Beeb doesn’t want to hurt the glorious aims of the limousine socialists.

      Reminds me of the UN Hunger forum held in Africa some years ago.  Someone published the catering menu – caviar, shrimp, lobster, you name it.

      Posted by Patricia on 2007 01 27 at 11:47 AM • permalink


    1. Pay some damn taxes, Bono!  Then you can run yer gob about what we should do with our money!

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 01 27 at 03:47 PM • permalink


    1. WSF programme:

      #31 I hate to go grammar and typing fascist on you, eeniemeenie, especially as I’ve committed a few such faux pas myself recently, but you did mean to type “WTF programme:”, didn’t you?

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 01 27 at 11:35 PM • permalink


    1. WSF is short for “World Social Forum”.

      Posted by TokenModerateGuy on 2007 01 27 at 11:44 PM • permalink


    1. Oops, I didn’t see the smiley face. Sorry, Andy.

      Posted by TokenModerateGuy on 2007 01 27 at 11:50 PM • permalink


    1. That’s okay, Token.

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 01 28 at 12:56 PM • permalink


    1. I haven’t laughed so hard in months.  Thanks for that!  I can only imagine the expression on the (well-fed) faces of the attendees…

      Posted by Major John on 2007 01 28 at 02:50 PM • permalink


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