posted on Dec, 23 2005 @ 03:53 AM
I had an idea:
If the conspiracy theory is true, than there is a barrier between the poor of the world, and the people who would like to improve the lives of those
poor. Wealth is accumulated with shrugs and political easements to make us feel better. The people who want to eliminate poverty are often stymied
by Jesus' comment about the poor always being with you, as said to Judas. One wonders if this sole verse is not the basis of the whole
judeo-christian edifice. Should we always have the poor among us?
Eventually, we end up seeing some country that starves as in Ethiopia, Sudan or even now in North Korea. We see kids with glassy eyes, bodies
withering from lack of food. We feel helpless, powerless to affect their lives.
Here's my questions:
1: Assuming a population of 1 million people are starving, how much, more or less, water and emergency food/medicine would it take to alleviate
their pain for four weeks? [I want tonnage and raw cost. IV bags, mothers in labor, children with potentially fatal kidney failure due to lack
of food, etc. Let's have a scale of costs from doinging-it-on-the-cheap all the way to spend-all-you-can with onsite surgery or whatever. Four
weeks of medicine and food for a million starving people.]
2: How many people onsite are required to distribute and oversee the delivery of aid? How many doctors, admins, nurses? [FredT?]
3: How to provide security for the people in the above. [Wouldn't you sign up to be a defender of a team that went in with such a simple goal? Even
beyond nationalism, I think humans from all over Earth would sign up to fight local warlords if such decided to interfere. Security would have to be
thought through, but it could also become passionate in a Marine-Corp style but for good, eh?]
...So if we address the three questions above, we should be able to put a round figure, in dollars, of what it would take to help a million starving
humans say in Africa or Asia or wherever.
Then, we can take that figure and simply do one thing with it: Publicize it.
We hear about billions and trillions of dollars as if those #'s mean anything. Without comparative concepts in our head, we lose perspective. I
think the number we come up with will become a useful benchmark.
We've seen ATS members talk about theorized war games with the most minute detail. Lets see some slide rules get applied to this problem. I want to
know the cost, per capita, of aiding a million starving humans.