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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Consider the Following...

It seems most convenient for some to be critical of others...

Especially when they are trying to convert criticism away from themselves.

By keeping the focus on another's perceived shortcomings, it makes it a lot easier to hide one's own.

Consider the following:

Venezuela
* Total population: 23,000,000
* World’s 5th largest oil exporter, yet 80% of population in poverty
* Population making below $1 a day: 15%
* Unemployment rate: 17%
* 3 out of 10 Venezuelan children live in severe poverty
* 176,000 children are beggars
* 50% of children 0-6 years are undernourished
* 4.5 million children are in need: 48,000 are prostitutes, 600,000 left school, one million work
* Fewer than 50% complete secondary education
* There are 20,000 elementary schools and 2,000 secondary schools



Many children are left out of the school system, especially indigenous children and children of African descent.



And then you have a multitude of obvious conditions and problems that you could point out concerning Iran...

But this is one that I thought was interesting:


Iran has one of the highest rates of drug usage in the region. In addition to its social and economic consequences, drug use is emerging as a major contributor to HIV infection and AIDS. Official figures show a total of 3,680 reported cases of HIV/AIDS but the Ministry of Health believes that the actual number of HIV infections is at least three times higher. Some 64.5 per cent of the cases were contaminated through intravenous drug use (IVDU), 8.9 per cent through sexual transmission, 5.1 per cent through blood and blood product transfusion, 0.4 per cent through mother-to-child transmission (MTCT). Some 21.0 per cent of the contaminations were of unknown origin.



It is estimated that in 2002, 40% of Iran's population was below the poverty line.


And Venezuela was at 47% in 1998.


You guys do realize that the measuring stick for world poverty is an income of $1.50 per day.



There are so many stones that could be thrown.

But I think it would be wise to pick a few of those stones up...

And scrutinize them.


Then throw them out of the country.


later...

2 Comments:

Blogger Dr. A said...

Had an interesting discussion about Citgo gas yesterday. "But it's so cheap," this person said. This person didn't realize that the government controls the oil, and most things down there. I got this blank stare in response. Hopefully, people will start to "get it" and understand what's really going on in the world.

September 22, 2006 8:18 AM  
Blogger It's me, T.J. said...

Hey Dr. A...

You're exactly right. And the government not only controls the oil but every other aspect of Venezuelan life.

Chavez is also driving their economy into ruins. What do you think is going to happen with that?

He's going to go to the international bankers and seek *more* loans from them to keep his country afloat.

Chavez has multiple motives for doing what he did in Harlem yesterday, and one of them was to make the USA look really bad.

One thing that I really am disappointed in are the Americans who are looking for the free and cheap handouts. These people are willing to give up everything so that they can be dependent on the government.

Can we say "future Katrina victims"?

Sure we can. Because one the biggest problems with Katrina is that there weren't any self motivators and independent people in New Orleans. They all sat on their ***es waiting for someone to take care of them.

What's even more amazing to me is the lack of self-reliance on the part of the mayor and the state officials.

C'mon guys... They *are* the government!

That's what happens when you are dependent on a government. You lose your personal system of self-reliance.

No one can take better care of you than yourself.

A dictator and propagandist Chavez is, but a business man he is not. He doesn't even have a clue.

Thanks for the comments!

later...

September 22, 2006 5:12 PM  

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