Sunday, January 18, 2009

Things I've Learned Recently

These are just sort of random facts that have come across my desk in the last couple of weeks. They're the kind of stuff you just want to tell someone about and be like: "man, can you believe that?" And since my husband's gone, I thought I'd have that conversation over cyberspace with you, my blog-readers... I'd love to hear your comments.

1) At the Presidential Inauguration on Tues, there will be in excess of 40,000 armed security forces in place... which is MORE than the number of troops we currently have in Afghanistan! really?! (heard on CNN news)

2) By the year, 2050, America's white (of European origin) race will drop below 50% of our country's total population. That is within our lifetime. This is due to the vast increase in our refugee community, LEGAL immigrant community, and illegal immigrant community. America will be a rich curry of peoples... are you prepared to live with love in an ever-growing community of people who will out-number you? (read in "The Middle of Everywhere" by Mary Pipher)

3) "A 2001 survey conducted in low-income neighborhoods (in Egypt) found that 96% of women had been beaten at least once by their husbands." And the first "women's shelter" ever started in Egypt wasn't until 2006. Really?! (read in article here.)

4) A representative of Habitat for Humanity shared with me recently that the average Habitat home built in the U.S. costs between $80,000-$100,000. But the average cost of a Habitat home built in Egypt costs $1,100 U.S. dollars. Wow, huh? To learn more about Habitat for Humanity's Egypt office, click here.

What do yall think? Pretty interesting stuff, huh?

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