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12.27.05-Slaughter in Kazakhstan

Found an interesting piece (reg. req’d–avoid that) in the NY Times dated Dec. 20.

It’s about horses and how they fit into the culture of Kazakhstan. Though I am not sure how well researched this is, maybe the reporter did the story from a bungalow in Maine (hardy har har).

This statement caught my eye:

“After deducting the costs of horse feed and paying his butchers, he said, he would clear at least $40 in profit, a significant amount in a country where many families live on several hundred dollars a month.”

The GDP per capita in Kazakhstan was about $7,800 in 2004. $650 per month. Many college students survive on less than that. “Several hundred dollars” is pretty vague regardless.

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