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Interesting thought....
    #879468 - 09/12/02 03:18 AM (14 years, 2 months ago)

In its 1998 annual report the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) calculated that it would take less than four percent of the combined wealth of the 225 richest individuals in the world to achieve and maintain access to basic education, basic health care, reproductive health care, adequate food, safe water, and adequate sanitation for all living on the planet.

Source: Dying for Growth, edited by Jim Yong Kim, Joyce V. Millen, Alec Irwin, and John Gershman as cited in JAMA, 8/7/02, p. 642


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Re: Interesting thought.... [Re: Rono]
    #879479 - 09/12/02 03:21 AM (14 years, 2 months ago)

Some important figure in american business said this week that corporate directors had to stop paying themselves so much. 20 years ago they only got 42 times as much as a production worker, now it's sky-rocketed to 400 times as much.


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Re: Interesting thought.... [Re: Rono]
    #879482 - 09/12/02 03:24 AM (14 years, 2 months ago)

That is probably the greatest statistic I've ever heard.

It reveals everything wrong with the current state of things.


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Re: Interesting thought.... [Re: Rono]
    #879484 - 09/12/02 03:25 AM (14 years, 2 months ago)

i heard one the other day from the Pakistani leader. He said that all foriegn aid given to Pakistan since they have been taking in Afghan refugees amounted to $15 per refugee per year.


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Re: Interesting thought.... [Re: Rono]
    #879501 - 09/12/02 03:35 AM (14 years, 2 months ago)

Damn... that's fucked up.


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Re: Interesting thought.... [Re: Rono]
    #879521 - 09/12/02 03:41 AM (14 years, 2 months ago)

I suppose the least well known is for all our talk of "giving aid" to africa, for every dollar we give them they give us 13 back.


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Re: Interesting thought.... [Re: Rono]
    #879522 - 09/12/02 03:42 AM (14 years, 2 months ago)

just so ya know i'm not one of those 225......did it give any sort of breakdown of where these rich people are located?


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Re: Interesting thought.... [Re: Innvertigo]
    #879530 - 09/12/02 03:45 AM (14 years, 2 months ago)

Does it matter?

The statistic indicates that capitalism has served its usefulness and has in fact become a burden more than a tool of survival.


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Re: Interesting thought.... [Re: Innvertigo]
    #879536 - 09/12/02 03:47 AM (14 years, 2 months ago)

No...it didn't break down into specifics...but I think it would be a safe assumption to say that the vast majority would be from the 1st world nations.


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Re: Interesting thought.... [Re: Senor_Doobie]
    #879538 - 09/12/02 03:47 AM (14 years, 2 months ago)

i was just curious...i like to see demographics and compare it to the living conditions in a particular place..just curious no real reason


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Re: Interesting thought.... [Re: Rono]
    #879540 - 09/12/02 03:48 AM (14 years, 2 months ago)

i'm sure they would come from them countries...every now and then you get a billionare living in the middle of no-mans-land


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Re: Interesting thought.... [Re: Innvertigo]
    #879576 - 09/12/02 04:13 AM (14 years, 2 months ago)

Yeah, pretty much all third world countries have a few really rich people around. More often than not, they're in a position of power.


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Re: Interesting thought.... [Re: Phluck]
    #879581 - 09/12/02 04:15 AM (14 years, 2 months ago)

that's what i was getting at...


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Re: Interesting thought.... [Re: Phluck]
    #879621 - 09/12/02 04:40 AM (14 years, 2 months ago)

Castro is a billionaire.


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Re: Interesting thought.... [Re: WhiskeyClone]
    #879731 - 09/12/02 05:45 AM (14 years, 2 months ago)

Im hoping that one day, in the not too distant future we can read about this in textbooks and say "how did we ever let this happen..."


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Re: Interesting thought.... [Re: vatoloco]
    #879801 - 09/12/02 06:16 AM (14 years, 2 months ago)

In reply to:

capitalism will eventually lead to a majority
of the wealth in the hands of a few.


not eventually...it's already happened.


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Re: Interesting thought.... [Re: Rono]
    #879817 - 09/12/02 06:25 AM (14 years, 2 months ago)

My Business Professor drilled into our heads the "80/20" system.

It works for basicaly everything.
80% of the worlds wealth is controlled by 20% of its members.
80% of sales is made from 20% of the product.
80% of the work is done by 20% of the employees.
80% of posts are made by 20% of shroomerites.

on and on... All numbers are not exact but its a general rule and you can apply it to any situation.


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Re: Interesting thought.... [Re: Rono]
    #879819 - 09/12/02 06:26 AM (14 years, 2 months ago)

The point is still valid that dictators tend to make a lot of money, whether they rule a communist state or not.

We really oughta get a list of who these wealthy people are.


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Re: Interesting thought.... [Re: Senor_Doobie]
    #879830 - 09/12/02 06:34 AM (14 years, 2 months ago)

I can almost guarantee the richest ones will be from OPEC nations...


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