my ears are ringing…

Americans spent more than $57 million on ring tones in 2003, up from $16 million in 2002… Most sounds cost between $1 and $2.50 per ring tone (Hamilton, 2003). As of 2008, the World Bank has estimated that there were an estimated 982 million poor people in developing countries who live on $1 a day or less (

I’m working on a paper on global poverty and huger and this is my introduction. This is a policy brief discussing past policies and current trends to reduce this worldwide problem. These stats make me sick. I’ve heard the $9 million stat on America’s consumption of ice cream to the $9 million that could feed every human on the planet, but as I researched, I wanted to bring it a little closer to home…
I think it’s time for us to reconsider our priorities. just maybe.

Hamilton, Anita (2003, December 29). Ring in the new year. Time Magazine. Retrieved on April 5, 2008 from,9171,1006551,00.html (2008). Understanding Poverty. Overview. Retrieved on April 5, 2008 from,,contentMDK:20153855~menuPK:373757~pagePK:148956~piPK:216618~theSitePK:336992,00.html

4 thoughts on “my ears are ringing…

  1. @julie: you’re bountiful in resources, lady! Thanks luv!

    @brian: you couldn’t be more than on the mark w/ that one! America rewards brains like that w/ tax incentives all the while the rest of the world suffers. hmmm…we’re a bit imbalanced, don’t you think!

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