Wednesday, April 20, 2005

You Know You're Profiting from Oil Exports When . . .

It's not often I come across a story like this one.

Evidently, Qatar has become concerned about pressure from human-rights groups to stop using underfed slave boys as young as four as camel jockeys in its national camel races.

So--being as wealthy as it is--it is funding the development of robot jockeys. That's right, Asimov: robots. (Look at the photo. They're unbearably humanoid, complete with jerseys.)

This is a country with way too much money and way too much free time to be so ethically disturbing.

I'm not gonna expand on this to cover other countries in the region, but feel free.


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