Monday, March 13, 2006

where is Ram Bomjon? water shortages in the UK

Back in November 2005, I wrote about Ram Bomjon, a 15 year old Nepalese boy who had been meditating continuously for six months. I was also scathing of the reporting, particularly by US media outlets.

Well, it now seems that Ram Bomjon has disappeared. Perhaps he just wanted to go somewhere really quiet to meditate.

See - ' Nepal's pilgrims pray for return of 'Buddha boy' ' By Thomas Bell in Ratanpuri (Filed: 13/03/2006) in UK Daily Telegraph


In other news, there is a ban on the use of garden hoses (hose pipes) in parts of the UK due to a "drought" in the south east. For a country that receives much more regular rainfall than the temperate parts of Australia and where the people do NOT take showers everyday (perhaps a weekly bath, unlike Australia where a daily or twice-daily shower is a birth-right) it all seems rather strange.

- BBC News
- UK Met Office

Given that water is such an important necessity, why was the storage and supply of water privatised in the first place? Why have more reservoirs not been built? Why have the old clay pipes not been replaced to save the one-third of water which is lost in transport?

Private companies profitting from the supply of such an essential need like water is just as bad as private companies profitting from the provision of essential health care. Perhaps the role of government should be privatised next. Companies could bid for the supply of 'government' and the voters can determine the winning bid. Who needs politicians? Private industry is much more "efficient" are they not?

*As always, please check out Cooper and Camilla who always have interesting things to say.


My human wasn't at work again today as he is ill and I very much enjoyed him staying with me. He did spend most of the time on the couch napping intermittently.


Blogger Molly said...

Keiser: Out of curiosity, does Australia have universal health care coverage? A bit off the topic, but I think you mentioned it briefly.

Tuesday, 14 March, 2006  
Blogger Keiser said...

Hey Molly: Yes. Every taxpayer earning a certain amount pays a 1% levy from their taxable income. Most prescription drugs are also subsidised.

Tuesday, 14 March, 2006  
Blogger Keiser said...

earning ABOVE a certain amount.

Tuesday, 14 March, 2006  

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