News came today that the U.S. jewelry industry, per MSNBC, “is gearing up to counter any negative effects from the upcoming film ‘The Blood Diamond,’ which shows how illicit gem trade fuelled bloody civil wars, a trade group said.”
That film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a South African mercenary jailed for smuggling in Sierra Leone circa 1999, a time when the nation was in the midst of a horrific civil war. And DiCaprio’s character specializes in the sale of ‘blood diamonds,’ also known as ‘conflict diamonds’- the precious stones used to finance rebellions, privateers and terrorists.
Simultaenously, Venezuela’s legislature is furious over a new video game, which provides “a blueprint for violently overthrowing President Hugo Chavez,” per Reuters.
Well, it would be a regular coup, too, I suppose. But you get the idea.