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    Re: Water not recognized as a human right

    Bottled water is not a commodity? It is FACT that the world is running out of drinking water as the population continues to explode. War for water is more likely than not in the future.
    "Hell no, we won't go, we won't kill for H2O" (say it again).
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    Re: Water not recognized as a human right

    Water should be a right, for the simple reason that if you don't have it, you die. I agree with people being charged utility bills for having the water diverted from their homes, but if there is nothing to protect people from corporations sucking up lakes and streams to sell to overseas markets, or polluting lakes and streams to the point that they are not drinkable, then water will become more scarce within our lifetimes.

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    Re: Water not recognized as a human right

    Quote Originally Posted by Orius View Post
    Water should be a right, for the simple reason that if you don't have it, you die.
    Food too, yes?
    If you cannot get your own, should taxpayers provide it to you?

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    Re: Water not recognized as a human right

    Quote Originally Posted by Goobieman View Post
    Food too, yes?
    If you cannot get your own, should taxpayers provide it to you?
    Don't forget shelter.

    It's a tricky question. The right to life is our most fundamental right. Food, water, and shelter are all necessary to sustain life. I'd hesitate to call these needs rights because that seems to imply that people should be forced to provide these things to others. (so-called "positive rights")

    The thing about water is it's a closed system. You drink your water, pee it out, it evaporates and re-enters the system. Some areas might dry up, but worst comes to worst, you could always move.

    Furthermore, a company that's collecting water from a river has a vested interest in preserving that river.

    I think one of our biggest problems is that we're so resistant to change. Rivers dry up, fields go fallow, houses get destroyed, species go extinct, the climate changes. This is life. We should be willing to help each other in times of need, but by no means should we be forced by the state.

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    Re: Water not recognized as a human right

    Quote Originally Posted by BulletWounD View Post
    You drink your water, pee it out, it evaporates and re-enters the system.
    Did you know that you can safely drink your own pee to stay hydrated?

    I thought pee was poisonous. But Bear Grylls demonstrated this as a desert survival technique on "Man vs. Wild."

    YouTube Bear Grylls Drinks His Pee

    You can drink your pee. Who knew!?!

    Last edited by Grateful Heart; 04-01-09 at 01:19 AM.

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    Re: Water not recognized as a human right

    Quote Originally Posted by Grateful Heart View Post
    Did you know that you can safely drink your own pee to stay hydrated?

    I thought pee was poisonous. But Bear Grylls demonstrated this as a desert survival technique on "Man vs. Wild."

    YouTube Bear Grylls Drinks His Pee

    You can drink your pee. Who knew!?!

    I seriously just almost threw up. There's no reason to drink your own pee (here on earth), EVER. Even in the desert there's water in the vegetation and animals.

    As a side note, you might be able to distill your own urine with as little as two containers, some ceran wrap, and a rock. (I saw it on Mr. Wizard)

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    Re: Water not recognized as a human right

    Quote Originally Posted by Goobieman View Post
    Food too, yes?
    If you cannot get your own, should taxpayers provide it to you?
    In some circumstances, yes. However, water is quite a bit different in that it's naturally occurring, you don't have to do anything special to it before you can use it, and that it's a major source of global conflict.

    For example, lots of countries divert water from rivers that flow out of their borders, and their neighbors downstream are left with very little water. This is a big point of tension between Israel and the Palestinians, for example.

    If water is recognized as a human right and nations can work together to see that everyone has sustainable access to clean drinking water, global security will rapidly improve and global poverty will rapidly decline.
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    Re: Water not recognized as a human right

    Quote Originally Posted by Grateful Heart View Post
    Did you know that you can safely drink your own pee to stay hydrated?

    I thought pee was poisonous. But Bear Grylls demonstrated this as a desert survival technique on "Man vs. Wild."

    YouTube Bear Grylls Drinks His Pee

    You can drink your pee. Who knew!?!




    That dood is such a fake, i doubt he really drank it.
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    Re: Water not recognized as a human right

    Quote Originally Posted by Goobieman View Post
    Food too, yes?
    If you cannot get your own, should taxpayers provide it to you?
    Damn right boy, now go get me a beer.
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