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hedgehog

(36,286 posts)
Mon Jun 25, 2012, 12:41 PM Jun 2012

"The World’s Last Worm: A Dreaded Disease Nears Eradication"

A dreaded tropical disease is on the verge of eradication

A parasite that has plagued the human race since antiquity is poised to become the second human disease after smallpox to be eradicated. “We are approaching the demise of the last guinea worm who will ever live on earth,” says former U.S. president Jimmy Carter, whose Carter Center has spearheaded the eradication effort.

So far the efforts have resulted in a 99 percent reduction in infections, says Sharon Roy of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 1986 there were 3.5 million cases, as compared with only 1,060 in 2011 and a mere five as of the first few months of 2012.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=last-worm-tropical-disease-near-eradication


This is incredible, absolutely fantastic good news! Bravo, Jimmy Carter!

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hedgehog

(36,286 posts)
2. He disappointed me as President - but has re-gained my respect
Mon Jun 25, 2012, 12:52 PM
Jun 2012

since then. I really think he was cut off at the knees by the Democratic establishment of the time. He was also unable to get his message out past the big three TV networks. I think if DU had been around back then, Jimmy carter would have gone down in history as one of the great ones instead of a might-have-been.

bahrbearian

(13,466 posts)
4. He never disappointed me, he kept his morals and ethics ,unlike the rest.
Mon Jun 25, 2012, 01:32 PM
Jun 2012

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Festivito

(13,452 posts)
6. Because why? He did not stop inflation caused by our wasted war in Vietnam?
Mon Jun 25, 2012, 02:34 PM
Jun 2012

Reagan borrowed our way out of that and we've been paying dearly since. It's kind of analogous the current situation with Obama *slowing* the loss of jobs only to be told that it's still fewer jobs so we should put the guys who accelerated our losses back into the driver seat.

Or, was it that he did not get the hostages out of Iran, that happened the minute Reagan was sworn into office and then the money used to keep our hostages there was found in Iran-Contra...

Or, was it that he did not take credit for Russia falling apart due to our more intelligent armaments, multiple warhead rockets, developed during Carter's time -- a president who understood diplomacy and a physicist that understood the rocket science of his era when it was needed.

Or, did you oppose the treaties he helped that stand to this day.

Just curious, what is the reason he disappointed you.

hedgehog

(36,286 posts)
7. It's hard to recall the details 30 years later, but IIRC,
Mon Jun 25, 2012, 03:40 PM
Jun 2012

I had high hopes that he would disassociate the US from dictators around the world. He moved too slowly with that for my tastes. As I said above, looking back, i suspect he was dealing with an ostensibly Democratic Congress uninterested in rocking any boats. Think DLC on steroids.

hedgehog

(36,286 posts)
12. If anything, it was because I perceived him as giving in to
Tue Jun 26, 2012, 11:29 AM
Jun 2012

the type of policies we associate with the DLC - failures to protect the middle class, failures to cut ties with Latin American dictators.

lpbk2713

(42,745 posts)
10. JC continues to benefit the world he lives in long after he left office.
Mon Jun 25, 2012, 06:27 PM
Jun 2012



While others self indulge and count their money ...





RadiationTherapy

(5,818 posts)
13. It is worth google-image searching 'guinea worm' to see the significance of this.
Tue Jun 26, 2012, 12:19 PM
Jun 2012

Not for the squeamish however.

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