I would like to draw your attention to an article Michael Cook posted on the Harambee blog earlier this week that has been overlooked, judging by its absence from the "most viewed" list on the front page. Heroes of the war on Ebola is in my opiinion the most important article on the site this week, first, because it deals with a major human crisis among some of the world's poorest people, and second, because it reveals ordinary people from those places -- nobodies in the eyes of the world -- showing extraordinary love for their neighbours dying from the terrible virus and those at risk of contracting it. They are burying the dead and working in hospitals, risking their own lives hour by hour, and showing us what a human being really is capable of. Yes, they are real heroes.
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+ "Pouring cold water on ice buckets" is still the most read story on the site. This may be popular, but I'm afraid that you won't catch me doing it. Unless, of course, it were part of a MercatorNet fund-raiser...
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The first time I came across the name Johns Hopkins University I thought someone had committed a typo, but it gradually dawned on me that that was its real name -- strictly speaking The Johns Hopkins University. I assumed then it must be named after two people whose surnames were Johns and Hopkins, but no, it was one person, an entrepreneur and philanthropist whose first name was Johns. It still seems odd to me, but it's a genteel oddity compared with today's roll call of Jedis, Thunders and Vanilles...
I only mention it becaue the author of the article about the ice bucket challenge, Nathaniel Comfort, is a professor in the Department of the History of Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University, which is a private research university in Baltimore. So when he argues against giving charity money to biomedical research -- whether for Lou Gehrig's Disease, which is what the ALS ice challenge is about, or any other disease -- he should have good reasons. Check them out.
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