Water; do we have enough?

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Water the means to life,do not throw it away!

Water is so necessary, but potable water is NOT a tradable commodity like oil nor is its scarcity the topic of many headlines. All life on Earth needs water to survive and grow; we don’t “need” oil.

Maybe we take it for granted because nature gives us a “free” supply in the form of rain, glacial runoff and underground aquifers that don’t require much to tap into. But what if that supply becomes tainted?

Water covers about 70% of the Earth’s surface, most of it being salt. Freshwater is  available, but very limited in comparison, especially in certain areas… and not all of it is drinkable. Fresh water is found in a few places on Earth:

  • Ground sources such as groundwater, hyporheic zones and aquifers make up about 1.6% of the total water found on Earth.
  • Precipitation, which includes rain, hail, snow, fog, etc., equals about .001% of total water on Earth.
  • Surface water such as rivers, streams, glaciers is about 3%.

Less than 5% of our total water supply is fresh water. Now there are some new technologies that are changing that. We can also get clean fresh water through desalinization. A Jan. 17, 2008, article in The Wall Street Journal stated that “Worldwide, 13,080 desalination plants produce more than 12 billion gallons of water a day.”

While that may seem like there is a large amount of drinking water available, consider the facts:

  • The average human needs about two quarts per day of drinking water to survive.
  • The World Bank estimates the global population to be about 6,775,235,741. (As of the end of 2009.)
  • This means that we need to consume at least 13.5 billion quarts of water daily, which is the equivalent of 81
    million barrels a day.
    (Oil barrels, fluid barrels would be even more.)

According to the CIA, the world consumes over 96 million barrels of oil per day – just a bit higher than the bare minimum drinking water humans on Earth need to survive. The reality is that it takes about 3,000 liters of water, converted from liquid to vapor, to produce enough food to satisfy one person’s daily dietary needs, not including all the other things we use water for (showers, toilets, etc).

Using those figures, our daily demand is more like 121 BILLION BARRELS per day, which dwarfs the amount of daily oil usage. That is a serious commodity.

“Water, we can not live without it, and we miss-use it, do not respect it, and assume it will always be there for us. Let the human race wake-up before there is no more water!”  Hotdogfish!

Believe it! Al Qaeda Confirms!

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This is not a time to become complacent, we can not afford to think Bin Laden’s death is the end to terrorism. It is only one instance in time as the world turns and the hatred does not end. Why must everyone on this planet have hatred in their hearts for others; is it just because, they do not believe in the same principles of life, happiness and coexistence.  I will never understand! Yes, one Terrorist is dead, and another will replace him, for there are many snakes in the den, crawling on their bellies, hiding by day, and hunting by night. The Father of all snakes is dead, but others are growing and being fed, so the end is not in sight. By,

Dispelling doubts by some Muslims the group’s leader had really been killed by U.S. forces, and vowed to mount more attacks on the West.

The announcement by the Islamist militant organization, which promised to publish a taped message from bin Laden soon, appeared intended to show its adherents around the globe the group had survived as a functioning network. In a statement online, it said the blood of bin Laden, shot to death by a U.S. commando team in a raid on Monday on his hide-out in a Pakistani town, “is more precious to us and to every Muslim than to be wasted in vain.” “It will remain, with permission from Allah the Almighty, a curse that hunts the Americans and their collaborators and chases them inside and outside their country.”

Al Qaeda urged Pakistanis to rise up against their government to “cleanse” the country of what it called the shame brought on it by bin Laden’s shooting and of the”filth of the Americans who spread corruption in it.”

The statement also warned Americans not to harm bin Laden’s corpse and to hand it and those of others killed to their families, although U.S. officials say bin Laden’s body has been
buried at sea and no others were taken from the compound.

Before Friday prayers at a mosque in Paris, one man who declined to give his name said: “This whole history is a myth. They invented it to distract Americans from real problems over
there, like the economy and gas prices.”

But U.S. President Barack Obama continued to bask in public approval for the killing of bin Laden. He flew to a military base at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, on Friday to thank special
forces involved in the raid. “This has been an extraordinary week for our nation,” Obama told a jubilant audience of troops. “The terrorist leader who struck our nation on September 11 will never threaten our nation again.” But he warned that “this continues to be a very tough fight.” But any celebration needs to be tempered, by certain realities. Bin Laden‘s demise, as welcome as it is, should in no way be equated with the demise of terrorism.

Terrorism is a decentralised phenomenon – in its funding, planning, and execution. Removing bin Laden does not end the terrorist threat. There are successors, starting with Ayman al-Zawahiri in al-Qaeda, as well as in autonomous groups operating out of Yemen, Somalia, and other countries. So terrorism will continue. Indeed, it could even grow somewhat worse in the short run, as there are sure to be those who will want to show that they can still strike against the West.

From China,

Beijing officially hailed the killing of the terrorist leader by the US as “a milestone and a positive development for the international anti-terrorism efforts”.

“Terrorism is the common enemy of the international community. China has also been a victim of terrorism,” foreign ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu was quoted by the official Xinhua news agency as saying after bin Laden’s death. She was referring to Xinjiang, where Muslim separatists have been waging a bloody insurgency against Chinese rule. Beijing had linked the global war against terror with its struggle to quell separatist sentiments in the Muslim region, insisting insurgents are aided from outside.

Chinese public reaction to the news of bin Laden’s death has mixed reluctant admiration at the success of the secret mission played out reportedly on screens in front of US president Barack Obama with outright fear over what comes next. “The whole thing seemed like an intelligence operation lifted straight out of ’24’ (a TV series about US counter-terrorism
agents),” said Huang Mei, a TV producer with barely concealed awe. “How advanced and confident they must be to ask their president to watch the killing mission on screens live!”

“This is not theatrics it is the real deal! ” Hotdogfish