Nov 30, 2007

Def-Con Stupid

In a country too superstitious to allow aggressive research into stem cell manipulation, it's no surprise that you'll find a completely counter-intuitive approach to saving human lives.

No, in this, shall we say, "hypothetical country" we would see the almost psychotic barfing of money on to a cause that addresses the "possible" threat of aggression from another country, half a world away, yet it would cut funding to prevent a disease that it absolutely KNOWS will kill over 560,000 of its citizens every year.

This is not to say that the previous "foreign threat" is not real - it is simply to point out that the priorities of this hypthetical country are confusing when it comes to the issue of saving lives.

Case in point:

Humanitarian Response Index 2007 rankings:
1. Sweden
2. Norway
3. Denmark
4. Netherlands
5. European Commission
6. Ireland
7. Canada
8. New Zealand
9. United Kingdom
10. Switzerland
11. Finland
12. Luxembourg
13. Germany
14. Australia
15. Belgium
16. United States
17. Spain
18. Japan
19. France
20. Austria
21. Portugal
22. Italy
23. Greece

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Bombing Index 2007 rankings:
1. Axis of Evil
2. United States
3. United Kingdom
4. Australia
5. Netherlands
6. Coalition of the Willing
7. Western Canada
8. Pauly Shore
9. The Atlanta Falcons
10. Evil Rigellian Marauders

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