Our Ugandan ancestors had a saying roughly corresponding to the English, “It’s a dirty job but somebody has to do it.” It was also said that the closest relative of the deceased is the one who handles the stinkiest part of the corpse. But times have changed. Now we have modern public mortuaries and even if the corpse is discovered after weeks of decomposition, specialised personnel will handle and pack it properly in the coffin, for a hefty fee of course.
A Ugandan blogger, Simon Kaheru, last week decried the profuse gratitude we shower on foreign medical teams that occasionally fly into Uganda to perform free surgeries and reminded us that when the colonialists came in the 19th century, they found our ancestors performing successful operations to save both babies and mothers. We can’t even call the birth surgeries caesarean, for they were more advanced than the old inferior European method that wouldn’t save the mother if they saved the baby.
Previously, rich people and dictators who accumulated huge fortunes that they did not want tax authorities to know about salted them away in coded Swiss accounts. If the dictator got killed in a coup, the Swiss bankers would smile secretly inside the bank. That, we are told, made it possible for banks in such countries to lend at very low interest rates and look very humane, since they had vast blood-stained deposits for which no customer was claiming interest, or was in any hurry to withdraw.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".