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  •  That's right--compared to the rest of the world (9+ / 0-)

    even poor Americans (with a few exceptions such as the homeless and people in places such as the Mississippi Delta who live in 3rd World conditions) can consider themselves among the world's 1%.

    I have a fixed income but think of the people of Haiti and other places around the world and feel fortunate indeed because of the many comparative advantages I have.

    Even basics such as clean water and sanitation. How much would it cost to provide Haitiiians with a system that would provide these things? It would go a long way towards preventing disease.

    Thanks for reminding people of Haiti's continuing problems. I wonder why the agencies involved in bringing aid to Haiti haven't found a way to make sure that the aid gets to the people who need it.

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    by Louisiana 1976 on Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 04:35:57 PM PST

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    •  the costs involved (6+ / 0-)

      in providing clean water vary depending on where you are talking....that's what I do. It's actually pretty complicated, although it can be done. Some areas - higher population centers need a power source for larger scale purifiers - an economic difficulty that can't be easily glossed over.

    •  I'm ashamed to admit . . . (8+ / 0-)

      how much of 2011 I spent wallowing in self-pity about our own situation. 'Cause it's . . . well, kind of . . . not so good, shall we say, particularly compared to what it used to be. :-)  And then I remember what we were writing about on this site two years ago.  And you know what?  It's bitterly cold outside, but I'm inside this little trailer, with a propane heater on and a dog at my feet.  I'll be cooking dinner soon, and it'll be a hot meal, and nutritious food.  Our water here is wonderful, and I can get a drink of it whenever I want.  I have electricity, and I'm sitting here typing on this little electronic gadget they call a laptop (albeit an old one), and it hooks me up to other people typing on their little gadgets all over the world.  And when I go to bed, it'll be on a real mattress, under plenty of blankets and one of Sara R's miraculous quilts.

      I'm pretty damn lucky. :-)

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      by Aji on Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 05:07:34 PM PST

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      •  and we are lucky... (8+ / 0-)

        no - blessed!

        There are things people in Haiti have - even the poorest, that we couldn't buy here for any amount of money - same thing you have inside you.

        (also they - if they don't live in the mountains - don't deal with the cold)

        But you are right - I can wallow as good as anyone, too.

      •  I understand about wallowing (2+ / 0-)

        It got so bad with dialysis, late in 2010 and the whole time in 2011 up until I got Bimaaji, that I had talked with my GP already, pre-transplant, about taking our state's Death With Dignity way out. I was entirely serious and it was really all that bad. I didn't write about it here much, is all. Like you.

        But really, I have a house, five dogs, two cats, one beloved partner, sisters and brothers who are blood kin and heart kin, computers, phones, clothes... I don't get raped, I don't get terrorized, my house isn't collapsing under me, it doesn't even snow here more than a couple of times a year (sure does rain, though), there aren't any holes in the roof, I just planted a new tree... on and on. I am really fortunate, and I was really fortunate even when I was in terrible pain from dialysis. I was alive and had love and a nice home and clean water, and even a generator in case the power goes out. Power! I have, and had, electrical power 24/7. Food - a chest freezer full of it. A way to cook it. Several, in fact.

        Yeah. I was lucky. And then I got Bimaaji and things really turned out well.

        Wallowing? I've done my share, more than my share sometimes. But there for the grace of the Gods...

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        by Kitsap River on Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 10:12:44 PM PST

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