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"Tweets" and Sweets -- A State of the World Address
January 30, 2011 - Joselyn King
The end of the world might not come with a bang, but with a "tweet" online.
A lack of vital necessities, bitterness toward government and a crackdown on information dissemination might be the factors that lead to these tweets.
And as Armageddon seems imminent, don't be surprised if the most ardent warriors are women pillaging for the last few morsels of chocolate.
The recent uprisings in Egypt are said to have been ignited in large part and organized through postings on Facebook and Twitter. Dissidents are upset over their own struggles to survive, while the ruling class seemingly is living in luxury -- and probably sleeping on 1,200 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets.
The Egyptian government has since shut down cell phone and Internet connections in an effort to cool the rebellion. Officials don't seem to realize that an angry citizen can become even more livid when their I-Phone isn't working -- just ask Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
Perhaps even more disturbing, the Egyptian government has ordered broadcast news source Al Jazeera to seize operations in the country. This is especially disturbing as the news agency has established itself as the predominate news source in the Middle East.
The public's want for access to information is almost akin to a woman's craving and desire for dark chocolate -- so some unrelated information currently being reported by business news sources online might just signify that there's trouble ahead.
Experts predict chocolate "may become unaffordable for the average person" as the price of cocoa -- the raw ingredient for chocolate -- has been skyrocketing in international markets. Demand for chocolate, especially for dark chocolate which uses more cocoa, has helped fuel price increases, they say.
It seems unfair trade and environmental problems (sound familiar) "have resulted in supply not keeping pace with demand."
West Africa leads the world in cocoa production. Profits don't come back to the farmers there, and many of them are leaving the business.
Throw in the current upheaval on the northeastern side of the continent, and we might soon not have KitKats, Chunkys or Dove bars as close as the nearest 7-11 or vending machine.
One has to think it will be hormonely-charged women who pick up weapons and seek to rectify the world situation.
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