Yes, We Have No Bwanas.  Congressman (and former Presidential candidate) Duncan Hunter had an interesting idea:  he could go on a big game hunting trip in Chad;  the trip, as a Congressional fact finding trip, would be paid for by taxpayers;  he would get credit for humanitarianism by donating the wildebeest carcasses to feed Chad's hungry.  But problems emerged:  1.  Chad doesn't have any wildebeest ; 2.Chad does not permit hunting of large mammals;  3.  there is some question about whether this is the most cost effective way to help the hungry.

posted July 23, 2008 at 8:20 a.m.


Movement in the Doha World Trade Talks.  "U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab announced Washington was ready to cap its trade-distorting farm subsidies at $15 billion a year, on condition countries like Brazil and India also make concessions to save the World Trade Organisation talks."  via Reuters, excerpted in today's Washington Post.

posted July 23, 2008 at 6:30 a.m.