Here are some numbers worth pondering today.
22: The number of children under the age of five known to have frozen to death in Kabul, Afghanistan in the past month. These deaths occurred at two camps populated largely with refugees fleeing the fighting between U.S. forces and the Taliban in areas like Helmand Province in the south. You can learn more about all of this here and here.
$483 (down from $804 last year): The average amount provided under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help 65,000 households in Maine pay their heating bills this winter after deep cuts in the program approved by the President and Congress. In Maine, the housing stock is old, most communities are rural, many residents cannot afford to switch to a cleaner heat source, and those receiving assistance are too poor to pay their heating bills without help. Read more about the dilemmas this poses here .
$314,000,000:The amount the United States paid aerospace giant Boeing to provide the U.S. Air Force with 20 GPS-guided 30,000 pound bombs called Massive Ordnance Penetrators. I don’t know about you, but personally I would dig a little bit deeper if I wanted to avoid being pulverized by one of these. Hmmm … I wonder how much a 40,000 pound bomb would cost? Or a 50,000 pound bomb? Should make for a hell of a mud pile, don’t you think?
I gave up believing in hell some time ago. When I think about numbers like those above, I kind of wish that I hadn’t.
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