Monday, April 11, 2011

If the World Were 100 People

An interesting study done the University of Wisconsin. It gives some great insight on world demographics, simply put.

If the World Were
50 would be female
50 would be male
20 would be children
There would be 80 adults,
14 of whom would be 65 and older

There would be:
61 Asians
12 Europeans
13 Africans
14 people from the Western Hemisphere

There would be:
31 Christians
21 Muslims
14 Hindus
6 Buddhists
12 people who practice other religions
16 people who would not be aligned with a religion

17 would speak a Chinese dialect
8 would speak Hindustani
8 would speak English
7 would speak Spanish
4 would speak Arabic
4 would speak Russian
52 would speak other languages

82 would be able to read and write; 18 would not

1 would have a college education
1 would own a computer

75 people would have some supply of food and a place to
shelter them from the wind and the rain, but 25 would not

1 would be dying of starvation
17 would be undernourished
15 would be overweight

83 would have access to safe drinking water
17 people would have no clean, safe water to drink

Source: [here]

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Sunday, April 3, 2011

92 Year Old Woman, Murders her Husband

Sydney: A 92-year-old has become the oldest woman committed to stand trial for murder in Australia, accused of bludgeoning and stabbing her wealthy 98-year-old husband to death, a report said Sunday.

You know she's got to have a good reason for killing the guy. They've been married for 70 years. One morning she just decides, no more, and goes crazy murdering the guy.

On a more serious note, when I hear stories like this, they just prove to me how flawed the judicial system is. Think about it. So what if the 92 year old woman is found guilty. What's the worst they can do to her? She's dead in a couple of years anyway. So what, they put her in prison for a few years before she croaks? I don't think that is justice? They system needs an overhaul.

The story follows:

Clara Tang, who allegedly killed Ching Yung Tang after 70 years of marriage in their Sydney apartment in March last year, has pleaded not guilty on the grounds of mental illness, the Sun-Herald said.

The elderly woman appeared in a local court last week and was ordered to stand trial in the Supreme Court on a date to be fixed.

Documents tendered by police reportedly detailed how the couple survived the Japanese invasion of China and Mao's Cultural Revolution before moving from Shanghai to Sydney 30 years ago.

Tang, who suffers dementia, allegedly feared her husband was poisoning her food. The newspaper said that when arrested, Tang was almost totally soaked in blood. Her husband had been stabbed twice in the stomach and his head was bludgeoned.

She was initially refused bail due to "the level of violence used and for the protection of the community", but police relented with Tang put under strict supervision in a nursing home ahead of her trial.

Source: Gulf News [1]

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