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Monday, April 05, 2004

Getting life into perspective 

On a Save the Chidren web site recently I read the following facts.

Ethiopia is one of the world’s poorest countries: 80 per cent of its people survive on less than $1 a day, and average life expectancy is 44. The health centre serves over 180,000 people, but has no doctor – there are only 2000 in a country of 65 million people. The nearest doctor is 80 km away; there is a bus, but it only goes 1-3 times a week, and costs $6 – far more than poor people can afford. So for many people – like the young woman we saw struggling with complications in pregnancy – the most realistic option is to go home and hope. Link

And we complain when we have trouble with the computer or when we have to wait 20 minutes to see the doctor, or some other petty little thing. I would abuse another driver (road rage) for going 10kms under the speed limit, or sitting too long at an intersection when there's no on-comming traffic. What's wrong with us? I think it would be a good idea to tavel to at least one poor country and see how they live and appreciate what we've got.

Saturday, April 03, 2004

Isn't it great that we live in a country where there are anti-discrimnation laws, where you can believe in whatever you want without being descrimated against, right?? Hmmmm....

Australians Claim New Laws Limit Religious Freedom link

NEW SOUTH WALES (NEWSROOM) -- Proposed changes to New South Wales anti-discrimination laws and guidelines for hiring religious workers throughout Australia threaten religious speech and the ability of churches to employ staff who share their beliefs, Christian charitable groups and church leaders contend.

Church workers fear that proposed amendments to the New South Wales 1977 Anti-Discrimination Act would require them to hire employees who do not subscribe to their religious teachings and would limit their speech in public discussions about important issues.

"It appears that those who oppose us are saying that we should not be able to live and think and act in a way that we believe to be true," argued Mark Payne, secretary of the Sydney Diocese of the Anglican Church. "It appears those views are shared in sections of the upper echelons of our Parliament."



Friday, April 02, 2004

Need a Laugh? 

Life can get too serious, especially with all the assignments due before the break. So here's a bit of comedy relief.

What's on in Comedy Zone today

The child comes home from his first day at school. Mother asks, "What did you learn today?"
The kid replies, "Not enough. I have to go back tomorrow."

Scientific Discoveries

German scientists dug 50 meters underground and discovered small pieces of copper. After studying these pieces for a long time, Germany announced that the ancient Germans 25,000 years ago had a nation-wide telephone network.
Naturally, the British government was not that easily impressed. They ordered their own scientists to dig even deeper. 100 meters down, they found small pieces of glass, and they soon announced that the ancient Brits 35,000 years ago already had a nation-wide fibre net.
Israeli scientists were outraged. They dug 50, 100 and 200 meters underground, but found absolutely nothing...
They concluded that the ancient Hebrews 55,000 years ago had cellular telephones.




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