Found this interesting quote from an article by Paul Graham:
Some kinds of waste really are disgusting. SUVs, for example, would arguably be gross even if they ran on a fuel which would never run out and generated no pollution. SUVs are gross because they’re the solution to a gross problem. (How to make minivans look more masculine.)
Today I became inspired after reading about the Millennium Goals set in place by the UN to be achieved by 2015. The engineer in me decided to dig in a bit deeper and see just what kind of statistics are being used to back up these goals where i found some really interesting information.
For me, one of the most important of these goals is the eradication of poverty.
During my trip through south america i witnessed first hand exactly how the greediness of a few rich people really affects huge amounts of people in the world and was appalled at how the distribution of wealth in countries like Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Paraguay is horribly skewed against the vast majority of the population.
What amazed me the most was that while these countries have high poverty level indicators, there are many African countries that are triple that of the Andean regions.
This brings up the question:
What can you and I do to help?
Well for starters go see www.ONE.org and help this movement maintain its momentum.
Yesterday was my first ride in the rain. After a decent ride home from work, I proceeded to the dojo where I get my daily fill of capoeira classes on the other side of town, without a second thought to the impending thunderstorms that loomed to the north.