However, there are more important things, sometimes, to talk about. Much more important.
This is one of them:
If you have the courage, read this story too--and learn, among other things, how a mother abandoned her sick child in the desert to die in a desperate attempt to get her other children somewhere where they would not perish of starvation.
An estimated 10 million people have been affected in East Africa by the worst drought in more than half a century. More than 166,000 desperate Somalis are estimated to have fled their country to neighbouring Kenya or Ethiopia.
The UN humanitarian co-ordinator for Somalia, Mark Bowden, said $300m (£186m) was needed to address the famine in the next two months.
The UK Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell, said the response by many European and developed countries to the crisis in the Horn of Africa had been "derisory and dangerously inadequate".
"The fact that a famine has been declared shows just how grave the situation has become. It is time for the world to help," he said.
Our beloved pope has called on the world to come to Somalia's aid. Thus far, I've seen information about making donations to the suffering in Somalia on British Catholic charity CAFOD's website (but CAFOD can't take US credit card information online--you have to call). I would be happy to post similar alerts and links to United States charities, particularly Catholic ones, as those become available, and will update this post appropriately.