A prayer for Zim babwe

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I've always thought the title, A prayer for Owen Meany to be very poetic.

Zimbabwe doesn't quite roll off the tongue, but they could surely use a prayer now... perhaps the people are even crying out for God to deliver them from oppression.

Economist: Billionaires' Woe

Billionaires' woe

May 16th 2008

From Economist.com

Zimbabwe issues a Z$500m banknote, as inflation rockets to unbelievable highs

A BOTTLE of beer may cost half a billion dollars; by next week it could be a billion. Hyperinflation in Zimbabwe reached a terrifying 355,000% in March, with prices doubling roughly once a week. It is probably much higher now. In a vain attempt to keep up, the country has just issued a Z$500m banknote, which is worth some $2 (or less by the time you reach the end of this sentence). The billion-dollar note is surely on its way. After a decade of recession Zimbabwe is reaching all sorts of extremes: it has the fastest-contracting peacetime economy; its people are fleeing both repression and chronic hunger; life-expectancy is plummeting to the mid-20s. Despite all this, Robert Mugabe, the incumbent, expects to win a run-off presidential election on June 27th.

In other news, my co-worker Mark just walked out the door for the last time. I'm particularly saddened as he's a friend I've spent nearly 40 hours a week with for the last 2.5 years. We might hang out occasionally, but I don't know what I'm going to do on Monday when I read something at ESPN and just have to talk about it with someone.