Tuesday, December 05, 2006

This puts it in perspective

I always have a hard time wrapping my mind around things like how big the universe is, etc. One thing I had never thought of was how wealth was distributed around the world, now that I read this article (assuming it is accurate).

I am considered part the richest 10 per cent of adults globally according to this article and by no means am I living the high life in the lap of luxury-it really puts it into perspective how poor some places are.

I watched this show called "The Chernobyl Heart" over the weekend. It's a documentary on HBO about the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe and its' effects on the area health wise, especially the children. It broke my heart to see the children and the effects that are still ravaging them. I had no idea.

The scariest 3 factoids were that (1) the release of radiation that day in 1986 was only 3% of what the reactor is capable of still spewing forth!! I could not believe that-3%???!!! and (2) 700,000 people still live within 150 miles of the radioactive zone and (3) In Belarus, only 15-20% of babies are born healthy.

The narrator stated that the next Chernobyl will probably be Chernobyl itself when the cement sarcophagus decays and completely collapses-a process already happening due to water and the elements.

I still can't get the images out of my head.

3 comments:

letti said...

i don't think i could watch that. I cry watching Rescue 911

Donna said...

I'll watch for HBO to air that program again. Scary, huh?

tina said...

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