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(BBC)   Tanzanians elect first albino to office, promises to bring a little color to local politics   (bbc.co.uk ) divider line
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2010-11-02 05:24:57 PM  
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Congratulations! I didn't know you little guys could even VOTE, much less run for office! Wow, that's just...what?

Oh.
 
2010-11-02 05:30:11 PM  
How many votes did Jane get?
 
2010-11-02 06:21:56 PM  
Rather pink of them.

/how people can vote for or against someone because of a color......and not their character...?
//forget I asked
 
2010-11-02 06:35:09 PM  
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Albino tanzanian?
 
2010-11-02 07:20:42 PM  
He's not gonna get called a witch, isn't he?.
 
2010-11-02 07:22:12 PM  

CygnusDarius: He's not gonna get called a witch, isn't he?.


He's not a witch... he's you!
 
2010-11-02 07:22:31 PM  
How long until he's cut up for magic potions?
 
2010-11-02 07:22:43 PM  
I thought they ate them over there?
 
2010-11-02 07:24:38 PM  

Beeblebrox: How long until he's cut up for magic potions?


Let the ghoul pool begin!
 
2010-11-02 07:24:48 PM  
Albino people freak me out. I see this one guy at the mall almost every day. He looks so weird...
 
2010-11-02 07:24:56 PM  
Conjectural Technologies hits the big time.
 
2010-11-02 07:25:20 PM  
However, until he produces his birth certificate, I kinda suspect that he was born in New Hampshire.
 
2010-11-02 07:26:38 PM  

MrPerson: CygnusDarius: He's not gonna get called a witch, isn't he?.

He's not a witch... he's you!


But I didn't dabble in satanic practices!.
 
2010-11-02 07:26:43 PM  

Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: Conjectural Technologies hits the big time.


Just look out for vampire Investors.
 
2010-11-02 07:28:28 PM  

Jorge Sum: However, until he produces his birth certificate, I kinda suspect that he was born in New Hampshire.


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2010-11-02 07:30:49 PM  
 
2010-11-02 07:31:59 PM  
Racists.
 
2010-11-02 07:34:04 PM  

CygnusDarius: He's not gonna get called a witch, isn't he?.


He turned me into a newt!

/I got better...
 
2010-11-02 07:38:04 PM  
And I thought our politicians were beyond the pale.
 
2010-11-02 07:40:39 PM  
I clicked solely for a pic of the albino in question and all I got was something blurry and unrelated.

So I'll just assume something along these lines?
oi52.tinypic.com
 
2010-11-02 07:41:40 PM  
Pics or it didn't happen.

Wtf? The entire systems of tubes doesn't seem to have a pic of this guy?
 
2010-11-02 07:47:55 PM  

alzahra: I clicked solely for a pic of the albino in question and all I got was something blurry and unrelated.

So I'll just assume something along these lines?


Young Willem Dafoe?
 
2010-11-02 07:51:07 PM  
I didn't realize cannibalism was so widespread in Tanzania.
 
2010-11-02 07:56:37 PM  
So who's got the over/under until he's skinned for a witch doctor's cure for AIDS?
 
2010-11-02 07:56:52 PM  
That's awful white of 'em.
 
2010-11-02 08:14:25 PM  
Wait till they find out his veep is a big black sword.
 
2010-11-02 08:15:50 PM  
My friend is an albino. When we were younger, and went to any amusement park, we got to skip the lines because she couldn't stay out in the sun. She was cool with this until around 16. Then, she was embarrassed.

/Cool story, chickie.
 
2010-11-02 08:28:57 PM  

lo quilty: Albino people freak me out. I see this one guy at the mall almost every day. He looks so weird...


Maybe he thinks the same about you.
 
2010-11-02 08:43:06 PM  
What's the percentage of albinos in that country? I can count on one hand the number of albinos I've seen in my life. The article makes them sound like a voting bloc!
 
2010-11-02 08:55:30 PM  
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...Ohhh, Tanzanians...
 
2010-11-02 08:55:39 PM  

katerbug72: lo quilty: Albino people freak me out. I see this one guy at the mall almost every day. He looks so weird...

Maybe he thinks the same about you.


LOL! I hope not!
 
2010-11-02 09:19:41 PM  
An albino adding a bit of color to politics? I say, beware the naked man who offers you his shirt.
 
2010-11-02 09:46:37 PM  
In other news, the black market street value of his limbs and penis just quadrupled!
 
2010-11-02 11:01:11 PM  
I actually lived pretty close to Lindi when I was in the Peace Corps.

phrenicmonkey: What's the percentage of albinos in that country? I can count on one hand the number of albinos I've seen in my life. The article makes them sound like a voting bloc!


At first I though I just noticed more because they stand-out so distinctly, whereas they would blend in more in America or Europe, but Tanzania actually has an unusually high rate of albinism. Not enough to be a meaningful voting bloc, but plenty to be their own minority group with dedicated charities to help provide things like sunglasses, parasols and sunscreen.

I used to joke with people who asked how I could speak Kiswahili, saying that I wasn't a foreigner, but an albino. Then the albino killings started to get uncomfortably frequent and that stopped being funny.

/CSB
 
2010-11-02 11:42:57 PM  

Neuticle: I actually lived pretty close to Lindi when I was in the Peace Corps.

phrenicmonkey: What's the percentage of albinos in that country? I can count on one hand the number of albinos I've seen in my life. The article makes them sound like a voting bloc!

At first I though I just noticed more because they stand-out so distinctly, whereas they would blend in more in America or Europe, but Tanzania actually has an unusually high rate of albinism. Not enough to be a meaningful voting bloc, but plenty to be their own minority group with dedicated charities to help provide things like sunglasses, parasols and sunscreen.

I used to joke with people who asked how I could speak Kiswahili, saying that I wasn't a foreigner, but an albino. Then the albino killings started to get uncomfortably frequent and that stopped being funny.

/CSB


Be fair, how many walking cures for AIDS, impotence, and wards against hostile magic do you see just walking around for the taking?
 
2010-11-03 12:04:11 AM  

cynicalbastard: Be fair, how many walking cures for AIDS, impotence, and wards against hostile magic do you see just walking around for the taking?


The "cure" for those is sex with virgins, which is a whole other disturbing thread. Albino body-parts go into potions to make you rich. Seriously.

/The extra-confusing thing is that people were apparently paying large amounts (equivalent to hundreds of USD) for these potions.
//If you have that much disposable money, you are already pretty darn well off by Tanzanian standards.
 
2010-11-03 01:20:59 AM  
Wouldn't it be "promises to take some of the color out of local politics," subby?
 
2010-11-03 02:33:05 AM  
Why hasn't he fixed their economy yet?!?
 
2010-11-03 04:08:48 AM  

Neuticle: cynicalbastard: Be fair, how many walking cures for AIDS, impotence, and wards against hostile magic do you see just walking around for the taking?

The "cure" for those is sex with virgins, which is a whole other disturbing thread. Albino body-parts go into potions to make you rich. Seriously.

/The extra-confusing thing is that people were apparently paying large amounts (equivalent to hundreds of USD) for these potions.
//If you have that much disposable money, you are already pretty darn well off by Tanzanian standards.


In all fairness, they're probably concentrating on albinos because of the shortage of pygmies.
 
2010-11-03 07:51:11 AM  
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