Hey, I don't have to defend everythjing that ever happened in Africa.  if
you want to change the topic change the subject line. Sheesh

On Tue, Jun 9, 2015 at 1:29 PM, Curt Raymond via Mercedes <
mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:

> Took some reading: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_ZimbabweTurns
> out they got independence in 1980 and like so many ex-empire states
> promptly squandered it. In the '90s they let the black minority overrun the
> farms owned by white farmers. The untrained black "farmers" then took the
> breadbasket of Africa and ruined it...
> -Curt
>       From: Dan Penoff via Mercedes <mercedes@okiebenz.com>
>  To: Mercedes Discussion List <mercedes@okiebenz.com>
> Cc: Dan Penoff <d...@penoff.com>
>  Sent: Tuesday, June 9, 2015 1:19 PM
>  Subject: Re: [MBZ] OT: Farmers cannot be trusted - what would they know
> about climate change?
>
> You could be right.
>
> I don't know much about Liberia, so it's very possible they did something
> along those lines. I was thinking that Liberia was where Henry Ford had the
> big rubber plantations.
>
> In Zimbabwe the colonialist (British) owned and pretty much ran the
> country for several hundred years, I believe. The locals were subjugated
> and used as cheap labor, as that was what the British were really good at
> doing. Agriculture was the big thing there, and the colonialists had these
> massive, sprawling farms all over the place. We had a bunch of customers
> there who grew tobacco in quantities that were simply staggering.
>
> Sometime in the last 15-20 years, I believe, the locals had had enough,
> and pretty much went medieval on the Brits, killing, raping, pillaging,
> etc., and returning their rightful lands back to themselves.
>
> Of course, now that they've destroyed all the infrastructure and
> dismantled the economic engines of the country, the place pretty well went
> into the toilet.
>
> This is the African country you've read about where inflation is so bad
> that pocket change is a million dollar bill in the local currency.
>
> Victoria Falls is nice, however.
>
> Dan
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
>
>
> > On Jun 9, 2015, at 1:08 PM, Curt Raymond via Mercedes <
> mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
> >
> > Dang,
> > Right continent anyway.
> > -Curt
> >      From: Dan Penoff via Mercedes <mercedes@okiebenz.com>
> > To: Mercedes Discussion List <mercedes@okiebenz.com>
> > Cc: Dan Penoff <d...@penoff.com>
> > Sent: Tuesday, June 9, 2015 1:04 PM
> > Subject: Re: [MBZ] OT: Farmers cannot be trusted - what would they know
> about climate change?
> >
> > I think you're thinking of Zimbabwe (Rhodesia).
> >
> > Dan
> >
> > Sent from my iPad
> >
> >
> >
> >> On Jun 9, 2015, at 12:52 PM, Curt Raymond via Mercedes <
> mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
> >>
> >> Do like in Liberia and give the land to oppressed black folks. That
> worked so well...
> >> -Curt
> >>
>
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