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When Species Extermination
Is a Good Thing

Wall Street Journal, by Matt Ridley

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Posted By:StormCnter, 2/9/2013 4:40:59 PM

It´s not a race, exactly, but there´s an intriguing uncertainty about whether a former U.S. president or a software magnate will cause the next deliberate extinction of a species in the wild. Will Jimmy Carter eradicate Guinea worm before Bill Gates eradicates polio?It is more than a third of a century since a human disease was extinguished. The last case of smallpox was in 1977, and in those days health experts expected other diseases to follow smallpox quickly into oblivion. Polio has repeatedly disappointed campaigners by hanging on, though it now affects less than 1% as many people

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This is the third WSJ piece I have posted today, but this is far and away the best one. I didn´t know that Jimmy Carter´s Center was doing stuff like this. We all knew about Gates. I´m really impressed and grateful.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: ledwith, 2/9/2013 4:46:11 PM     (No. 9167781)

Unfortunately, you can´t access the article so we´ll have to take your word on it.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: StormCnter, 2/9/2013 4:49:26 PM     (No. 9167787)

The link leads to the full article. It works. It´s not behind a subscription wall.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: noddy, 2/9/2013 4:53:14 PM     (No. 9167792)

Are democrats a species?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: dadofboys, 2/9/2013 5:08:09 PM     (No. 9167806)

Fascinating story. Real medical heros who have saved countless sould from horrible suffering.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: texaspast, 2/9/2013 5:17:04 PM     (No. 9167815)

One quibble on this: Gates is usually given solo billing on the polio eradication efforts. In fact, it was Rotary International that started the End Polio Now campaign about 25 years ago. They set up the structure, got it started, raised money, etc. Gates a few years ago gave Rotary a matching grant - he would donate $200 million if Rotary raised $200 million. They did. But all you hear about is Gates. Since 1985 Rotarians have raised over $1 Billion to eradicate polio. Anyway, there were only 212 new polio cases in 2012. Thus far in 2013, there have been NO reported new polio cases.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: LouD, 2/9/2013 5:28:10 PM     (No. 9167833)

Silly me! And all the time I thought it was Dr. Jonas Salk who developed the polio vaccine that is responsible for eradicating the disease! Now I find out that Bill Gates is the one who is responsible for eradicating the disease.
As for the Guinea worm, I admit I know nothing about it, other than what I read a few years ago, and what is printed here.
I do recall seeing something similar on YouTube, where they showed people who dug out a worm that had infected them and pulled the worm out of their arm. I don´t know if it was the same worm, though.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: VinGoombatz, 2/9/2013 5:40:02 PM     (No. 9167842)

I wouldn´t mind if Canadian Geese moved completely into the history books.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: westsnoop, 2/9/2013 6:12:25 PM     (No. 9167874)

I can´t access the story with the provided link either.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 2/9/2013 6:18:58 PM     (No. 9167880)

Good point. Many living things in the natural world are dangerous and life-threatening, not ´pure´ and ´pristine´ as liberals want to believe. I suppose the dangerous life forms help keep the population of any species from getting too large. Venomous snakes, crocodiles, mosquitoes, and the Ebola virus all nibble away at various life forms.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: StormCnter, 2/9/2013 6:33:28 PM     (No. 9167893)

I checked the link again and you´re right, it´s now behind the wall. If you are really interested in reading it, email me and I will copy and paste the story for you. My email address is visible when you click on StormCnter.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 2/9/2013 6:35:20 PM     (No. 9167896)

Same link without the trailer works from Google, try:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324445904578283891611698494.html

Guinea worm is a disgusting thing, major good riddance.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: jl80863, 2/9/2013 7:37:56 PM     (No. 9167942)

I got to #3 and then it was coffee spritzing time.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Grant Hodges, 2/9/2013 7:59:51 PM     (No. 9167950)

Let´s try it on Islamics. I noticed that the three countries with polio are all three infested. Afgh., Pak., and Nigeria.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: bob913, 2/9/2013 11:34:33 PM     (No. 9168094)

Let´s use DDT to kill off maleria and save millions of people.

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