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(The New Yorker)   The guinea worm is nearing extinction. With helpful photo of a girl with a guinea worm emerging from her leg (warning: a bit graphic)   (newyorker.com) divider line 8
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2013-07-30 01:13:15 AM  
4 votes:
Give thanks to Jimmy Carter for this.  His efforts helped make this possible.
2013-07-30 10:55:59 AM  
2 votes:
I've always felt about the guinea worm the way David Attenborough describes other parasitic worms -- evidence that if God exists, he doesn't care too much about the suffering of his children:

'Well, if you ask...about that, then you see remarkable things like that earwig and you also see all very beautiful things like hummingbirds, orchids, and so on. But you also ought to think of the other, less attractive things. You ought to think of tapeworms.

'You ought to think of ... well, think of a parasitic worm that lives only in the eyeballs of human beings, boring its way through them, in West Africa, for example, where it's common, turning people blind.

'So if you say, "I believe that God designed and created and brought into existence every single species that exists," then you've also got to say, "Well, he, at some stage, decided to bring into existence a worm that's going to turn people blind." Now, I find that very difficult to reconcile with notions about a merciful God.

'And I certainly find it difficult to believe that a God - superhuman, supreme power - would actually do that.
The guinea worm is a horrible, horrible parasite that needs to be eradicated from existence. And nuts to any Creator Deity who'd allow that thing to infect the water supply of poor people. It was human beings who solved the problem, and human beings who are driving this beast to extinction. Good riddance.

/I'd happy support a Kickstarter campaign to finally get rid of these damn mosquitoes, too. And ticks. And any other blood-sucking, disease carrying creature that makes it unpleasant to be outdoors.
2013-07-30 09:44:11 AM  
2 votes:

SuperChuck: nekom: Gulper Eel: ambassador_ahab: Give thanks to Jimmy Carter for this.  His efforts helped make this possible.

Just keep him out of politics and everything's copacetic.

I get the impression that he was just too "nice" of a guy for politics.  Always seemed to mean well, and I certainly applaud and commend his humanitarian efforts, but he just didn't seem cut out to be a politician.  Still, I have great respect for the man.

You don't think someone who managed to move all the way up to President of the United States was cut out to be a politician?


Just a reminder that the republicans, prior to his running, had just attempting to use the CIA to steal an election, covered it up, then had an unelected schmuck pardon the president who did it.  Once he won the primary, his election was pretty much certain.

//Also, no one ever complains about Carter's policies, it's always the 2 factors out his control: stagflation(oil crisis) and Iran(hey, look it's the CIA getting us in trouble again).
2013-07-30 09:43:45 AM  
2 votes:
THANK YOU, 0BAMA Jimmy Carter. Seriously, for eliminating this scourage from 3,500,000 people and being 542 cases away from extinction, I say that Jimmy Carter is a saint. For this campaign alone.
2013-07-30 08:42:54 AM  
2 votes:

Gulper Eel: ambassador_ahab: Give thanks to Jimmy Carter for this.  His efforts helped make this possible.

Just keep him out of politics and everything's copacetic.


I get the impression that he was just too "nice" of a guy for politics.  Always seemed to mean well, and I certainly applaud and commend his humanitarian efforts, but he just didn't seem cut out to be a politician.  Still, I have great respect for the man.
2013-07-30 02:11:15 PM  
1 votes:

IntertubeUser: nekom: Gulper Eel: ambassador_ahab: Give thanks to Jimmy Carter for this.  His efforts helped make this possible.

Just keep him out of politics and everything's copacetic.

I get the impression that he was just too "nice" of a guy for politics.  Always seemed to mean well, and I certainly applaud and commend his humanitarian efforts, but he just didn't seem cut out to be a politician.  Still, I have great respect for the man.

I'm old enough to remember Carter's presidency and I'd vote for him if he ran.  He's certainly moved on to bigger and better things though.


It's amazing what someone can accomplish when republicans aren't there to oppose you at every turn.
2013-07-30 10:58:35 AM  
1 votes:
When am I going to learn to hit preview? This part was Attenborough, from a TV interview. The rest was my own diatribe.

'Well, if you ask...about that, then you see remarkable things like that earwig and you also see all very beautiful things like hummingbirds, orchids, and so on. But you also ought to think of the other, less attractive things. You ought to think of tapeworms.

'You ought to think of ... well, think of a parasitic worm that lives only in the eyeballs of human beings, boring its way through them, in West Africa, for example, where it's common, turning people blind.

'So if you say, "I believe that God designed and created and brought into existence every single species that exists," then you've also got to say, "Well, he, at some stage, decided to bring into existence a worm that's going to turn people blind." Now, I find that very difficult to reconcile with notions about a merciful God.

'And I certainly find it difficult to believe that a God - superhuman, supreme power - would actually do that.
2013-07-30 09:29:26 AM  
1 votes:

nekom: Gulper Eel: ambassador_ahab: Give thanks to Jimmy Carter for this.  His efforts helped make this possible.

Just keep him out of politics and everything's copacetic.

I get the impression that he was just too "nice" of a guy for politics.  Always seemed to mean well, and I certainly applaud and commend his humanitarian efforts, but he just didn't seem cut out to be a politician.  Still, I have great respect for the man.




Uh oh, now you've done it. Not familiar with Gulper Eel?
 
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