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monkeys, sticks and water

Poor countries are usually called "developing countries" in the West. They have been "developing" for quite a while apparently. What they don't say is developing into what. Mass graves?

It's all about money. The money that most people don't have.

Half the planet's population lives on less than $2 a day.

About one fifth of the population lives on less than $1 a day.

In Kubrick's 2001 the monkeys with the sticks controlled the water supply. The ones that didn't have weapons would eventually starve and die. It's a parable of man, but I wonder if Kubrick would had been surprised at how close to reality it would be, two years after Discovery was supposed be orbiting Jupiter.

About half the population of the planet doesn't have access to running water.

One fifth of the population doesn't have access to clean water.

It's not a coincidence these people are the same that live on $2 and $1 a day, respectively.

If you average the consumption of US citizens and compare it to an average of the rest of the world, americans consume 10 times more water, coal, oil, or electricity than the rest. The next year, the US will spend close to 400 billion dollars "defense," more than a billion a day. Half of the military spending in the world.

Just monkeys, sticks, and water.

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on August 26 2002 at 7:31 PM

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