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  • If the world was a village of 100.

    OK, i read this in a magazine, thought id share with you all.
    If you could reduce the worlds population into a village of 100, with
    all existing ratios staying the same, it would look like this:

    The village would have 60 Asians, 14 Africans, 12 Europeans, 8 Latin Americans, 5 from the USA and Canada, and 1 from the South Pacific.

    51 would be male, 49 would be female.

    82 would be non-white, 18 would be white.

    67 would be non-christian, 33 would be christian.

    80 would live in substandard housing.

    67 would be unable to read.

    50 would be malnourished with 1 dying from starvation.

    33 would be without access to a safe water supply.

    39 would lack access to improved sanitation.

    24 would not have any electricity(and of the 76 that do have electricity, most would only use it for light at night)

    7 people would have access to the internet.

    1 would have a college education.

    1 would have HIV.

    2 would be near birth, 1 near death.

    5 would control 32% of the entire worlds wealth; all 5 would be US citizens.

    33 would be receiving - and attempting to live on - only 3% of the income of 'the village'.


    So, lovely world we live in, eh? oh well, as long as the Westerners are ok.
    (yes, that was sarcasm)

  • #2
    Isn't it 51 female 49 male?

    But I know what you mean I've seen the smae article myself. Digusting
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    • #3
      Originally posted by lee View Post
      So, lovely world we live in, eh? oh well, as long as the Westerners are ok.
      (yes, that was sarcasm)
      Yeah I don't know if I should take that offensively or not. Just because I live in the west, doesn't mean I think I'm better. Plus who's to say that the apparent 5 people who hold 32% of the money wouldn't share it? Not every westerner is obsessed with money and is so stingy with it that they wouldn't share. It's horribly rude for you to even say what you just said in that statement.
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      • #4
        Sorry, i wasnt really meaning that much offence. I just meant most of us
        dont really think about these things, let alone try to do anything about it(yes, me included)
        and, honestly, i cant see much changing. And really, its the govenments and corporations that have power to maybe do something about it, all we can do is give a little to charity and
        buy fair trade. But anyway, i never really thought about these kind of stats before,
        and it just made me realize how lucky i am.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by holypotatoes View Post
          Plus who's to say that the apparent 5 people who hold 32% of the money wouldn't share it? Not every westerner is obsessed with money and is so stingy with it that they wouldn't share.
          I say do you know why?
          because most westerners don't actually do anything about it. No most westeners are not obsessed with money but are to lazy to do anything about it.

          What's that quote again ? : "Evil only triumphs when good men do nothing"
          "I never learned from a man who agreed with me.'" Robert Heinlen

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Revan View Post
            I say do you know why?
            because most westerners don't actually do anything about it. No most westeners are not obsessed with money but are to lazy to do anything about it.

            What's that quote again ? : "Evil only triumphs when good men do nothing"
            What am I supposed to do about it? The government sure as hell doesn't listen to a single word I say or what anyone around me says or else we wouldn't be in the situation we're in. More importantly, why blame only Westerners and not yourselves as well? Don't sit there and put the blame on one group. It's everyone thank you very much.
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            • #7
              Um, do you know 'westerners' is for Americans, Europeans and, yes, Australians.(the westernized world)
              Who did you mean by 'not yourselves as well'?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by lee View Post
                Um, do you know 'westerners' is for Americans, Europeans and, yes, Australians.
                Who did you mean by 'not yourselves as well'?
                How am I supposed to know where you live Lee? You're bashing Westerners so I assumed you weren't one.
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                • #9
                  Sorry, i thought being a Buffy fan you'd remember Galways in Ireland.
                  And i havent wrote anything you could class as 'Bashing westerners'.
                  (Btw, im not meaning any offence here or anything)

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by lee View Post
                    Sorry, i thought being a Buffy fan you'd remember Galways in Ireland.
                    And i havent wrote anything you could class as 'Bashing westerners'.
                    (Btw, im not meaning any offence here or anything)
                    Yep, had no idea where Galway was. Although I never actually pay attention to the location under people avies since non of us usually put an actual place down.

                    Well your dig about "oh well, as long as the Westerners are ok." was bashing them. Mainly I'm replying back to Revan who was so quick to blame Westerners for lack of money in other countries.
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                    • #11
                      By the way I'm an Aussie as well. "Location Aussie-ralia"

                      People don't care enough in general I'm not attacking anyone here I'm just saying that if everyone did their bit there would be almost no problems in the world. And Americans seem to be behind most of the world's troubles. Look if everyone put in a dollar or 2 or less then others would be in better condition. 1 BILLION unable to get a friggen drink of water I mean c'mon. We are in charge anyway the people. We have the power we are just to lazy to use it.
                      "I never learned from a man who agreed with me.'" Robert Heinlen

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                      • #12
                        I'm just saying that if everyone did their bit there would be almost no problems in the world.
                        This is not tru by any means. Cuz even if people gave enough to make sure that there were no starving people and funded research and stuff like that. There would still be other problems that money cant fix. There's always gonna be problems and thats never gonna change. Thats just one mans opinion though

                        And Americans seem to be behind most of the world's troubles.
                        I resent this Comment, Cuz while we might have an Idiot for a president, and he has done more to hurt us than help us but we the people of the USA are not the problem. the problem would be the Big Box corporations and the Government.
                        Last edited by skinless; 17-06-08, 07:12 AM.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by skinless View Post

                          I resent this Comment
                          Fair enough I will rephrase. Americas leader who was voted in by the american PEOPLE. And the corporations in America seem to be making many problems.

                          Seriously though why did your country elect George Bush.

                          But so many problems stream from America more than most countries.

                          Where I come from opinion was divided who was the greater threat to the World. The Bush-led America or Al Quada (No idea how to spell) do you know why? It's because your Country attacks others with alarming frequency and kills more than Al Quada you just call it collatoral damage. And as far as where I come from your population seems to support the invasions a lot of the time.
                          Last edited by Revan; 17-06-08, 07:58 AM.
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                          • #14
                            Fair enough I will rephrase. Americas leader who was voted in by the american PEOPLE.
                            This is just what I think but George bush was not voted in by the american people. He was put into office by the republican congress who didnt like Al gore and cheated him out of the presidency he rightfully won.
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                            • #15
                              Why didn't Al Gore demand a recount when he "lost." And why was it so close in the first place. And, for another thing why didn't you get rid of him when he was RE-ELECTED!
                              "I never learned from a man who agreed with me.'" Robert Heinlen

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                              • #16
                                Why didn't Al Gore demand a recount when he "lost."
                                there was the exclusion of many votes that were deemed ineligble but really shouldve counted. Plus Jeb bush (George's Bro) was the govenor and Governor Jeb Bush, Katherine Harris, the Republican Party (both national and the state party) worked to conspire ahead of the election to deny African Americans their right to vote through the flawed data system that excludes ex-cons and ineligible voters. The reasoning behind this conspiracy is that African Americans typically vote heavily in favor of Democratic candidates, and the Republicans worked to exclude these votes to capture the state's electoral votes. Another area of contention brought up by the film is that recounts were only taken in certain counties, not statewide; again, this is suggested to be a Republican tactic due to the evidence presented which claims that the recounts in those counties were vastly different from the original count and that those counties were more densly populated with republicans.
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                                • #17
                                  Just a question? Have you seen any media by Mike Moore because you have many similar explanations as he does.

                                  But to repeat why did your country re elect him?
                                  "I never learned from a man who agreed with me.'" Robert Heinlen

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                                  • #18
                                    To be fair, though, he was reelected by a majority of voters, not by Americans as a whole. (i.e., many Americans didn't vote for him).
                                    Last edited by EvilVampire; 17-06-08, 08:30 AM.

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                                    • #19
                                      The only film Ive seen of his is farenheit 9/11 and Bowling for columbine.

                                      Personally I voted John kerry but due to the fact of That kerry refused to dispute the vote count even though he said himself that it didnt seem right. Plus it was determined that the state of ohio's voting was rigged by republicans so that Bush would win Hence winning the election for him as Ohio was the deciding state between both canadites. Ohio state was the last state to finish counting ballots hence the reason it was deciding factor for both candiates.
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                                      • #20
                                        See, I resented the comment because it was so systematically untrue.

                                        The US doesn't do everything right, no. But we provide more than 25% of the UN's operating budget, and the vast majority of all its military manpower. The ugly imperialist American citizens, privately, after taxes, gave $34 billion in international charitable donations in 2007, more than 17 times as many as the world's #2, the UK, despite only 5 times the population. Our military, even throughout the current 6.5 year stretch of open conflict, probably does more in humanitarian/relief work than it does on the battlefield, all over the world.

                                        Colin Powell said something I think sums up just how NON-belligerent, NON-imperialist, and decent the US' foreign policy has been throughout history, really, when he talked to the World Economic Forum in Switzerland in 2003 --

                                        "We have gone forth from our shores repeatedly over the last hundred years and we’ve done this as recently as the last year in Afghanistan and put wonderful young men and women at risk, many of whom have lost their lives, and we have asked for nothing except enough ground to bury them in, and otherwise we have returned home to seek our own, you know, to seek our own lives in peace, to live our own lives in peace. But there comes a time when soft power or talking with evil will not work where, unfortunately, hard power is the only thing that works."
                                        What's more, I've always resented the idea that the US just "consumes". The US *buys*... oil, electronics, food, textiles, cheese, anything and everything. And we pay out to get it. The fact that Saudi Arabia still uses the same 90% of its economy on oil drilling and keeping its royal family comfy and its people oppressed now that it did before western oil exploration began... is not our fault. And certainly if we were to try to intervene to change it, it would just be more "warmongering". But the point is, American dollars flood into the countries that we trade with, and if they aren't turning around into greater development and opportunity for the countries that receive them in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East probably has a lot more to do with the amount of socialist and/or military dictatorships in those regions hording the benefits than it does with the fact that the US buys resources from those countries.

                                        Incidentally, Bush was elected both times because he wasn't the other guy. I'm not a fan of him as President, he's expanded government far too much, didn't go far enough with reforming taxes, nothing to reform spending, and frankly put together such a hand-wringing, political war strategy that a war that could have been over 2 or 3 years ago is only making the clubhouse turn in the past year. But, the majority of American voters still value freedom and individualism too much to drive off the cliff of socialism.

                                        Michael Moore is useless. "Bowling for Columbine" is a nearly endless stream of falsified quotes and statistics. "Sicko" is a love song to the healthcare system of a country that people risk (or lose) their lives EVERY DAY to escape from on rafts made of plywood and an innertube.
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