posted on Mar, 30 2013 @ 12:52 PM
reply to post by Cabin
I'm having difficulty understanding your position (but as you'll find out, I'm the most easily confused member around). May I repost your link
with an additional piece from the same article?
Out of the world’s estimated 7 billion people, 6 billion have access to mobile phones. Far fewer — only 4.5 billion people — have access to
working toilets. Of the 2.5 billion who don’t have proper sanitation, 1.1 billion defecate in the open, according to the study.
According to Yahoo, India alone is responsible for 60% of the global population lacking access to basic sanitation. About half of its 1.2 billion
residents are mobile subscribers, but only 366 million people (about one-third of its population) have access to toilets, noted a 2010 U.N.
I have two problems. One, the numbers don't seem to work.
Para. #1 says there are 2.5 billion who don't have access to working toilets. Para. #2 says 834 million Indians don't have access to toilets (1.2
billion minus 366 million). Para.#2 also says that Indians lacking toilet access constitute 60% of the world. That means that 834 million is 60% of
2.5 billion. That's not even close. I'd be suspicious of the numbers.
My second difficulty concerns your reaction to the news.
How are you connecting the desire of the individual to own a mobile phone, the inability of governments to provide sanitation, and profit-minded
corporations? Are you suggesting that cell phone providers are preventing governments from obtaining toilets?
See, I told you I didn't understand.