Thursday, September 20, 2007

Fake Answer in BBC's Weekly Quiz

I am a confessed addict of BBC’s Weekly world news quiz. This Friday’s marking scheme was somehow fake. The correct answer to Question 7 was B, but someone at BBC screwed-up. Nini hii:

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Spam Email from Nation Newspapers????

I believe the following email was a spam.

From: Nation Media Group (


Thank you for the continuous support you have given and for choosing to make it your preferred source of information on Kenya and the East African region. We also want to thank you for the feedback on our news, the interactive forums and also the news updates from all over the world that you (our members) send to us for publishing.
We have received a lot of requests for delivery of hard copies of our publications to Kenyans in all major cities of the world. In this regard, we are writing to know if you would be interested in this kind of service.
Kindly respond to this mail indicating the following:-

· If you would like to receive delayed hard copies.

· Which publications

· Town of residence

· Country of residence

Available publications on this service are:-


Indicate preferred publication

Indicate acceptable price

Daily Nation (Monday Friday)

Saturday Nation

Sunday Nation

Business Daily (Monday Friday)

The EastAfrican (Weekly)

Taifa Leo (Monday Saturday)

Taifa Jumapili

We would also appreciate if you spread the word to other Kenyans interested in getting a hard copy through this initiative. We would also like to clarify that due to logistical issues; the copies will always be a few days late, depending on your location.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Reducing Poverty through Economic Freedom

The following piece appears in today's In Brief, a publication of the Foundation for Economic Education

The worldwide obsession with poverty eradication is a major threat to economic freedom in developing nations. Through central planning, governments and aid agencies are busy blocking poor people’s road to prosperity. The United Nations' Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) -- which seeks to magically reduce worldwide poverty by half before 2015 -- is the most popular, and disastrous, plan। The MDG Secretariat is urging developed countries to double their foreign aid, which will be used to promote UN programs on extreme hunger; primary education; gender equality; child mortality; maternal health; HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases; environmental sustainability; and global partnership for development. The UN claims that poverty would be history if those issues were addressed. But it ain’t so! Things would be worse, considering that poor nations are being encouraged to spend more on the aforementioned programs. This would widen avenues of corruption and increase budget imbalances, both of which have crippled Third World economies for decades.

Then enter the Bretton Woods Poverty Reduction Papers (PRSP) that . . . read the entire article here

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Microeconomics of Love in Kenya

Kenyan sisters watch out sababu those jamaas are getting a little picky. Saturday Nation reported that Kenyan men salivate for the lady who works part time, has no kids, is chocolate brown in complexion, alafu si mnene na simwembamba (she must be medium sized). Also, the lady has to be younger and shorter than him. She must earn less. It’s advisable for her family not to interfere with the relationship. Same or lower education level is a plus. Do you—or does your lady—fit the gold standard?

Despite those demands, 85 percent of Kenyan jamaas still think you love them because of their money; only 76 percent attribute your relationship to pure love and affection. I could not help noticing that ‘strong and independent ladies tend to intimidate mature Kenyan men;’ it gets worse as men get older.

Read Kwamchetsi Makokha’s report on the survey.

Bottomline: The survey asked what Kenyan men want in a woman, but what do Kenyan women want in a man? That can help us find the balance, i.e., equilibrium in economics.