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dnt trust me 1
Thank you. I consider you to be a scholarly expert on the greatest problems that impoverished people face.
Get a real job, you loser.
Posted by dnt trust me on September 11, 2012 at 4:06 PM · Report this
wingedkat 2
yeay for google translate. That cardboard bicycle is great.
Posted by wingedkat on September 11, 2012 at 4:07 PM · Report this
rob! 3
It's possible to live a happy and fulfilling life without a sexual component (or a bicycle).

But given that we'll be spending (as well we should—thanks Bush, Cheney, Wolfowitz, et al.) an estimated $2 trillion for the lifetime needs of the wounded veterans that advancements in trauma treatment and rapid extraction from the battlefield helped save, I certainly hope we are also willing to fund billions for research into these other related areas that NO ONE should dispute are an important part of our human existence. Only prudes, prigs, and "I've got mine—fuck you" types could possibly disagree.
Posted by rob! on September 11, 2012 at 4:11 PM · Report this
meanie 4
Here Africa, we made you cardboard bicycles! the frame was 10 dollars.

africa: how do we pay for the rest of the parts?

With more loans!

africa: How are these better than cheaper complete Chinese bicycles made out of metal?

They can be recycled! and we feel really neat about making them! But you never can, cause you can't make fancy epoxy's or the parts!
Posted by meanie on September 11, 2012 at 4:11 PM · Report this
Cornichon 5
I don't understand the hate here. Access to clean water, access to food & the fuel to cook it cheaply, access to transportation, access to vaccines against preventable diseases: how can you be against that?
Posted by Cornichon on September 11, 2012 at 4:34 PM · Report this
robotbutler 6
Did everyone have their cheeri-o's pissed in today?
Posted by robotbutler on September 11, 2012 at 4:54 PM · Report this
Zebes 7
Fuck you, Paul! The only thing the third world needs are preachy, pandering TV concerts, not to have their back yards opened up as the new front on the war on cars.
Posted by Zebes on September 11, 2012 at 5:10 PM · Report this
dnt trust me 8
5,6 my bad, i keep forgetting that today is anniversary of love thy neighbor.
Posted by dnt trust me on September 11, 2012 at 5:11 PM · Report this
rob! 9
Re: 3, I meant to add Rice, Powell, Bolton, Rumsfeld. Ethanol affects my memory.
Posted by rob! on September 11, 2012 at 5:30 PM · Report this
dnt trust me 10
9 -add Perle and Feith, they certainly are some top dogs, er, hawks....hawks, what cutesy name for those war loving fucks.
Posted by dnt trust me on September 11, 2012 at 5:36 PM · Report this
Cascadian Bacon 11
The Bicycle is neat but $10 manufacture cost or $10 material cost. A steel frame bike is about $10 in raw material.

Also people in America and the world were using bicycles to expand their horizons years before cars
Posted by Cascadian Bacon on September 11, 2012 at 5:37 PM · Report this
First smoothly paved road in Seattle was for bicycles.
Posted by david on September 11, 2012 at 6:20 PM · Report this
treefort 13
The medical breakthroughs are awesome. This has great potential for trans people as well. And how long before we can grow someone a new heart or kidney?
Posted by treefort on September 11, 2012 at 6:34 PM · Report this
a cheap bike is really going to do very limited good in a place without smooth roads, you know like most poor countries. Bikes are very cheap, their cost isn't the reason you don't see a lot of them in poor countries, their lack of usefulness is.
Posted by nathaniel on September 11, 2012 at 7:13 PM · Report this
venomlash 15
In lieu of growing dicks in culture, maybe the Pentagon could start shelling out the ~$60 per soldier for Kevlar underpants?
Posted by venomlash on September 11, 2012 at 8:10 PM · Report this
Have any of you people going on about smooth paved roads and bikes ever ridden a bike? I road my chopper style 5 speed on dirt paths in the metro parks around Cleveland all the time as a kid, jumping puddles and rocks etc. I also broke the frame but that was on a paved street.

In my 20s they came out with mountain bikes and single track mountain biking was invented.

Want more proof of a bicycle's off road capabilities? During the Vietnam war the Vietcong's arms and supply lines were virtually all fulfilled on bicycles lugging arms, food and supplies through the jungle.

Lazy ass historically ignorant Americans.
Posted by Machiavelli was framed on September 11, 2012 at 8:36 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 17

Here's what people in Norway do for fun when they're bored.…

Notice too...they live in apartments that look like Yesler Terrace.

And they laugh...from the happiness.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on September 11, 2012 at 11:13 PM · Report this
What @4 said.
Posted by David from Chicago on September 12, 2012 at 6:32 AM · Report this
Fnarf 19
@12, bullshit.

The first paved street in Seattle was laid, one whole block of it, in 1894, and while bicycles certainly used it, it was not built FOR them and them alone. Bicycling at the time was a recreational fad, not a serious proposition for work or commuting. Early bicycle-club advocacy was an important part of the push for smoother roads, but they were not alone.

Americans are always looking for ways to make a huge profit donating stuff to Africa and "the third world", but like Tom's Shoes's free shoes program or a hundred other examples, these programs always end up destroying third world economies instead. Dropping a million t-shirts or a million bicycles or a million shoes or a million anything, really, is about as effective against poverty as an atom bomb. They increase aid dependency, not reduce it. If you really wanted to help Africa, you'd build them a bicycle factory instead, or train a hundred thousand bike mechanics.……
Posted by Fnarf on September 12, 2012 at 11:26 AM · Report this

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