Remember? It's the story that opened by informing its readers that there's a slum in Mumbai that doesn't have a single toilet or latrine for its 10,000 residents.
Apparently far more people over there have cell phones than have access to a urinal or commode.
Here are a few choice passages - just in case you're having trouble visualizing exactly what this means:
There were more than 670 million cell phone connections in India by the end of August, a number that has been growing by close to 20 million a month, according to government figures.
Yet U.N. figures show that only 366 million Indians have access to a private toilet or latrine, leaving 665 million to defecate in the open.
NOTE: There are about 307 million living in the US today.
Try to picture them all.
Now imagine if the US had more than twice as many people and a complete absence of bathrooms was prompting all of them to shit in our famous amber waves of grain instead of singing about them.
(If you shouted out "COOL!" instead as you read the above scenario, you're excused. Please go stand out in the hallway until your fever breaks.)
The story goes on to provide readers with some of the details of what all this means for the daily life of the average resident of India. If you're in the mood to read about children splashing in sewage or drinking from rain barrels spiced with little white worms, I encourage you to click on the link I provided above and do so.
As for me... I think I'll just sit here and continue to sadly shake my head as I think about how the Catholic Church continues to condemn birth control as a sin.
And about how so many Americans condemn government (with its "tyrannical" EPA and its "outrageous" public works projects) as evil.
And if I have any time left over, I'll probably be sadly shaking my head over these passages, too:
Businessman Mukesh Ambani, the world's fourth-richest person, is just finishing off a new $1 billion skyscraper-house in Mumbai with 27 floors and three helipads, touted as the most expensive home on earth. Yet farmers still live in shacks of mud and cow dung....
[A]s many as 800 million Indians still live on less than $2 a day, even as Mumbai's stock exchange sits near record highs....
It's amazing what a society can achieve when taxes are low, regulations are few, and government just gets out of the way, isn't it?
Maybe someday we'll have a Democratic Party with the balls to run a few campaign ads that highlight these stunning achievements.
In the meantime, I think I'll try to cure the insomnia this story has inspired in me by pondering yet again how Bill Gates could be using his fortune to buy himself a Senate seat or a governorship but instead has opted to adopt a global perspective and is using his fortune to combat malaria (among many other Very Bad Things).
After weeks of watching allegedly adult Americans trashing each other in an endless series of 30-second ads, it's mighty refreshing to know that there really are people out there who realize that the average mosquito net can do more to improve the lives of people than the greatest sound bite or stump speech ever written....