Virtuosity 11.11

Where words become worlds…

Archive for the month “November, 2014”

Blind Ego

Spoke louder than he heard, to silence his inner voice.

He never tried because he could never fail.

He never wished, because he could never want.

He never listened, because he was never wrong.

And lastly, he was never satisfied, because he was never happy.

Tuesday’s Talk on Pathogens

This Tuesday, November 18th at 6:30 pm SLT, I will host a talk at Meeting of the Minds in Second Life, where I will explain the different kinds of pathogens that have plagued (haha!) human kind over the ages.

Everyone is invited, although you will need to access the group (you will get an invite when you teleport to the sim).  Robust discussions will follow!

Location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dreamworld%20Sea/11/62/25

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Nonsense Pork

Did you not see
the plestudious pig
that rode on the raging waves to nigh?

It took out Atlantis
and rendered Vesuvious
an island only six feet high

with dappled crests
and jiggly breasts
and helmets made from jello

the sirens call
took one and all
and left not one single fellow

Getting on my soapbox…

Doctors Without Borders is one of the very few organizations in West Africa trying to fight and contain the Ebola outbreak. As of October 29th, there have been 13,567 identified cases, and 4951 deaths. As of October, there are only 15 operational treatment centers (1,047 beds) in West Africa (only 2 are in Guinea!!!!) for THREE countries. (http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/07/31/world/africa/ebola-virus-outbreak-qa.html)

Although the World Health Organization plans for 41 centers, poor infrastructure and lack of medical staffing are HUGE issues (think of the cost for equipment, supplies, etc). If this outbreak goes on with out interventions, an estimated 1.2 million people in West Africa will be infected by January 20th.
Granted, this is NOT the alarmist pandemic that the media would like us to believe. It really isn’t going to be a big issue here in the U.S. (reading fact sheets from WHO, CDC, and following Eboladeeply.org puts things in perspective). BUT, if the outbreak isn’t contained in West Africa, it will continue to persist and be a threat to the world (although this isn’t the focus of my argument).
On the humanist front, WHY ISN’T THERE MORE BEING DONE?! 9 billion dollars was pledged to Haiti on a global level to help the country rebuild after the Haiti earthquake.
Yet, it took me a bit of digging to even FIND an organization involved with the Ebola outbreak (http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/).
Why?
Let’s stop freaking out, panicking and shutting our doors in this “it’s over there, they can die, but WE MUST SAVE OURSELVES” mentality. How about we face the issue: People are dying from a horrible disease, and in West Africa, they need help and aid to contain it.
Let’s not make this an issue of shutting our borders and letting people die. Instead, let’s make it an issue of helping out and making sure this disease doesn’t come back!

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