Do The Freakin Math

Liberals and conservatives alike frequently rely on limited evidence, personal experience, religious beliefs or gut emotions to determine solutions for complex problems. From immigration to global warming - taxes to terrorism - or health care to free trade - analytical study is rare. Science based policy making isn’t the way of Washington. And the consequences are catastrophic. Change is urgently needed. Just do the freakin’ math.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Dig a well. Fight terrorism. World Water day March 22

World Water Day:

Unclean water is the second largest killer of children in the world. Nearly 8,000 a day die from easily preventable and treatable water borne diseases. The United Nations estimates that it would cost about $33 billion to halve the number of people on earth who lack access to safe, clean water. That may sound like a lot of money, but it’s actually only one-third of what we spend each year on bottled water. And American males spend about twice that much on beer each year.

As global water scarcity looms, corporations are trying to take control of public water resources and systems. In some cases this is making the problem worse. Sometimes water privatization can be more efficient, but there is no substitute for clean public water. Water is a human right, not a privilege just for those who can buy it.

Universal access to clean water and sanitation would eliminate half of the world's infectious diseases. The global pandemic threat is the greatest threat we face as humans...far more lethal than global warming.

Digging water wells in Africa is one of the primary objectives that our military counterterrorism forces are now doing to prevent Al Qaida from getting a foot hold in impoverished areas. Winning the war against Al Qaida will take friends in many places. Clean water is a great way of making friends with nearly 1 billion people.

American Males spend about $60 billion on beer each year. We could do our part to combat terrorism by drinking half as much beer and ensuring clean water for those most in need.


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