Putting the “glob” in “global”

You almost certainly remember this from your childhood: “Now eat your [unpalatable food item]. There are children starving in [random Third World hellhole].”

The proper response, of course, is to point to the alleged food item and ask “Why don’t we send them this?”

This spirit, and I use the term loosely, still exists today:

Yahoo! Answers screenshot: Wasting Waterâ„¢: Why does Lou Gehrig hate clean drinking water?

Followed by this bit of harangue:

Every bucket dumped over the head of some self important celebrity is one less bucket of clean drinkable water when 780 MILLION people lack access to clean water and 3.4 MILLION people die each year from a water related disease.

Which, in turn, is followed by an infographic that repeats the same numbers:

water use infographic

If you’ve missed the meme, here’s the explanation.

Now what’ll you bet this person’s lawn is freshly watered?

Mr Gehrig, of course, is long gone, and since he doesn’t have to listen to this sort of thing anymore, he has to consider himself the luckiest man off (or under, depending on your cosmology) the face of this earth.


  1. fillyjonk »

    18 August 2014 · 2:39 pm

    IMHO, it takes a special level of wank to gripe about something being done for charity. (And how do they know the ice wasn’t made from the greywater of someone’s washed dishes or something, and therefore was undrinkable?)

  2. fillyjonk »

    18 August 2014 · 2:45 pm

    And I get that access to clean water is a problem, but really, in a lot of places, the problem is access more than water, and someone (say) in Dubuque forgoing a few showers isn’t going to fix that.

  3. CGHill »

    18 August 2014 · 2:46 pm

    The one person I actually know who did this got the residue from a picnic cooler: I think it’s reasonable to assume that at one time, at least, it was potable.

    “Special level of wank” sums it up nicely, though.

  4. fillyjonk »

    18 August 2014 · 2:52 pm

    I’ve spent my adult life on college campuses so I know all about special levels of wank, unfortunately.

  5. Nicole »

    18 August 2014 · 5:44 pm

    Yeah, much like the eat your X because somewhere else someone is starving, someone over here forgoing dumping ice on themselves isn’t taking away water from someone in Africa. Simplistic minds taking advantage of other simplistic minds in yes, special levels of wank.

  6. Brett »

    18 August 2014 · 10:13 pm

    Any cosmology that denies Lou Gehrig a divine afterlife may be dismissed. With extreme prejudice ;-)

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