Category Archives: Remarkable People

Good News: Guinea Worm Disease Is Almost Eradicated

[Note: Forty three years after leaving the White House, Jimmy Carter & the Carter Center are still achieving mostly unheralded landmarks of positive change.]

The Guardian — Wed 25 Jan 2023

Guinea worm disease could be second ever human illness to be eradicated

As cases fall, the condition that once affected millions of people in Africa and Asia could also be the first to be wiped out without medicines

Lizzy Davies 

The number of cases of a painful and debilitating tropical illness fell last year to a record low, fuelling hopes that it will soon become the second human disease in history to be eradicated.

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Gwynne Dyer: Burnout in New Zealand

 

GWYNNE DYER: The stubborn persistence of some heads of state and the political mindset of New Zealand’s Ardern

Jacinda Ardern

Bangor Daily News — Jan. 23, 2023

“All political lives, unless they are cut off in midstream at a happy juncture, end in failure, because that is the nature of politics and of human affairs,” wrote British politician Enoch Powell half a century ago — and then proceeded to demonstrate the truth of this proposition in his own lengthy, but undistinguished, political career.

Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s now ex-prime minister, has created her own so-called happy juncture. Continue reading Gwynne Dyer: Burnout in New Zealand

BREAKING: David Crosby — And Another (Great) One Bites The Dust

AP News: David Crosby, rock star and CSNY co-founder, dies

BY ROBERT JABLON — January 19, 2023

David Crosby, the brash rock musician who evolved from a baby-faced harmony singer with the Byrds to a mustachioed hippie superstar and an ongoing troubadour in Crosby, Stills, Nash & (sometimes) Young, has died at 81, several media outlets reported Thursday. Continue reading BREAKING: David Crosby — And Another (Great) One Bites The Dust

Zora Neale Hurston: Pioneering Anthropologist & Author

Washington Post

How  novelist Zora Neale Hurston transformed American anthropology

Zora Neale Hurston

A new documentary, “Zora Neale Hurston: Claiming Space,” focuses on Hurston’s work as one of the country’s first Black woman ethnographers and filmmakers

By DeNeen L. Brown
 — January 17, 2023

In the late 1920s, Zora Neale Hurston, who would become one of the most influential writers of the Harlem Renaissance, rented a chrome-plated Chevrolet and hit the road, returning south to her hometown of Eatonville, Fla. She hoped to document the culture of Black men who swapped stories each evening on the porch of Joe Clark’s general store. Continue reading Zora Neale Hurston: Pioneering Anthropologist & Author