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Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:57 PM

Guinea Worm disease: Countdown to eradication, thanks to the Carter Center

The most recent polio data were published by the WHO on 12 December. The disease is endemic in only three countries: so far this year, Pakistan has reported 56 cases, Afghanistan 34 and Nigeria 118. Even if the eradication programme is quickly resumed in Pakistan, the next nasty to become extinct will not be polio. It will be the Guinea worm, the cause of dracunculiasis. The female worm is nearly a metre long. It burrows through the body to surface at the ankle. The intense pain causes the sufferer to plunge the foot into water. This causes the worm to lay and eject its eggs. They are eaten by water fleas. Drinking a flea infects. Transmission is prevented by filtering water through a cloth or treating it to kill the fleas. When the Carter Foundation started its programme to eliminate the worm in 1986 there were 3.5 million cases. In 2012 there were 521.

http://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2012/12/20/hugh-pennington/polio-politics/


http://www.cartercenter.org/health/guinea_worm/mini_site/index.html

Best. Former. President. Ever.

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Reply Guinea Worm disease: Countdown to eradication, thanks to the Carter Center (Original post)
muriel_volestrangler Dec 2012 OP
Sherman A1 Dec 2012 #1
yardwork Dec 2012 #2
Old and In the Way Dec 2012 #3
Solly Mack Dec 2012 #4
NashvilleLefty Dec 2012 #5
kestrel91316 Dec 2012 #7
muriel_volestrangler Dec 2012 #8
TalkingDog Dec 2012 #9
kestrel91316 Dec 2012 #6
applegrove Dec 2012 #10
Scurrilous Dec 2012 #11
FSogol Dec 2012 #12

Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:59 PM

1. K&R

Thanks for posting.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:59 PM

2. This is a wonderful thing.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 07:05 PM

3. Best. Former. President. Ever.

Absolutely right. He was right about energy policy and, had we been smart enough to follow Carter's lead, we'd be a better country today for it.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 07:15 PM

5. And yet, there are some who want to "save"

this horrible parasite.

http://www.deadlysins.com/guineaworm/index.htm

Notice the terms and phraseology they use.

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Response to NashvilleLefty (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 07:29 PM

7. Fundie christians are behind that. They probably haven't cared one whit for all the

other species that man has driven into extinction. But THIS one, which destroys human lives, they give a shit about???

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Response to NashvilleLefty (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 07:53 PM

8. A spoof, I think

Also on that site:

This 10-question test will tell you if you soul has been polluted by Lust. When you complete the test and submit your answers, the Sin Test will immediately calculate and display your score. Compare your score with our Lust Scale to determine your moral purity.
1. I would describe an orgasm as:
the most mind-blowingly fabulous experience a human can have.
the evil finger of Satan tugging on my genitals.

2. Select the statement that most closely describes your feelings:
It is important for me to feel confortable and happy with a person before I feel satisfied with them sexually.
It is important for me to feel comfortable with a piece of furniture, passerby, pet, or vibrating device before they satisfy me sexually.

3. When I imagine the naked body of an extremely attractive person, I get the urge to:
masturbate like a frenzied chimp.
drip hot wax on my offensive, revolting private parts.
...
http://www.deadlysins.com/features/sintest/lusttest.htm

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Response to NashvilleLefty (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 10:19 PM

9. Supposed to be a spoof.

Notice I said: Supposed to be

It's a failure as satire. An utter failure.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 07:27 PM

6. Has PETA pitched a fit about this yet??

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 11:40 PM

10. That is such great news.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 07:52 AM

11. K & R

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 08:06 AM

12. K & R. n/t

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