A couple of new blogs added to the sidebar, Ken and Ariel and Living with a Call Girl.
A few years ago I was introduced to the concept of micro financing, lending small amounts of money in order to allow someone to start a business or buy seed to plant crops, as a method to fight poverty in the developing world. Think of it as teaching a person to fish, rather than a loaves and fishes way of fighting poverty and hunger. Kiva is a web based organization that matches lenders with specific borrowers in developing countries. The loans are small, typically around $25 dollars and the repayment rates is very high. Loan some money for the holidays.