Talked today with two human rights advocates who work in Colombia. Chris Knestrick told me that malaria is a huge problem in that country and he had recently gone on a mission to bring a man deathly sick with the disease to a hospital. The team had to hike 20 hours into rural Colombia and another 20 hours back to get this man to the hospital… Another huge problem in Colombia are international companies who come in virtually rape the land of natural resources (trees, minerals…), which, in turn, leads to all sorts of human rights travesties. This weekend at St. Patrick’s Church in Cleveland, Deacon Bill Merriman said during his sermon that America takes a huge amount of natural resources from around the world to fuel it’s collective, rather exhorbitant lifestyle. Once again, as I mention in the last post, wouldn’t it be common sense that we begin to connect the dots between the collective lifestyle we’re maintaining here and the human rights abuses happening in other parts of the country. Note: While shopping for my Fall presidential candidate wardrobe at the thrift store (needless to say I spent a bit less than the $150,000 Ms. Palin spent on hers last election) around the corner today, a saw a t-shirt that read: I hear voices in my head… and they don’t like you.