Thursday, March 24, 2011
So Now We Know
But first, some history. In 1993, the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development deemed March 22 as World Water Day. The purpose, to draw international attention to the relation between freshwater and our lives. The cold, hard facts are that one in eight people worldwide still don’t have access to safe water, literally millions spend hours every day collecting water from faraway polluted sources, and 2.5 billion people live without toilets.
This year, President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela made a speech, commemorating World Water Day. Nothing wrong with that, right? Perhaps. In his comments he brought up Mars. The planet, that is. Why? Because there is no water there. At least not on the surface anyway. Here are his thoughts on the matter. “I have always said, heard that it would not be strange that there had been civilization on Mars, but maybe capitalism arrived there, imperialism arrived and finished off the planet.”
Okeedokey. So the inception of capitalism is the definitive explanation on why Mars is devoid of life as we on Earth know it. Wow, am I glad he cleared that one up for us! Now I can rest easy at night, no longer having to worry about whether or not there was once life-sustaining water on Mars and what could possibly have happened to it.
In truly important news, the release date for Condemned is pushed back one week to April 8. That means you have a just a little more time to finish reading the first two books of the series.