“I want to be shocked. But all women have dated this guy at least once. Or at least we know him. The guy who lectures your about how you should be in relation to him in order to help you understand what's wrong with you. It helps you get better at holding simultaneously in your mind two things 'oh you poor thing' and 'screw you, you pedantic, self obsessed creep.' Annoying but explosively dangerous when poked with a stick.”
irisira on Dec 9, 2011 at 17:09:58
“I *almost* went on a date with "that guy", but dodged the bullet. I know for certain that if we had actually gone on a date his response would have been worse than it was.”
cydRN on Dec 9, 2011 at 16:52:37
“"The guy who lectures your about how you should be in relation to him in order to help you understand what's wrong with you"
This is wonderfully insightful and well phrased. Yes, we've all dated this guy and ran away quickly if we were lucky! At least back in my single days we could sort of hide from creeps, not actively but just sort of by functional avoidance. Now these stalker types can track any one down, and that's pretty scary.”
Lloyd Christmas on Dec 9, 2011 at 16:48:18
“"The guy who lectures your about how you should be in relation to him in order to help you understand what's wrong with you."
I know several women who don't see through all this. Good point.”
“More money is definitely not the only answer... it just tends to follow 'real' commitment at the political level whether its domestic resources or donor resources. The truth is we all pay now or we all pay a lot more later -- after people have suffered unnecessarily.”
Apr 8, 2013 at 12:04:09
“Seriously well put. I just came from South Africa where the patent situation is ridiculously out of control making 2nd and 3rd line drugs for tuberculosis completely out of reach.
Linezolid, an antibiotic used to treat patients, who no longer respond to any other medication is just one example, where EXORBITANT profits take precedence over peoples lives and public health. Often, it is the last resort for patients suffering from drug resitant TB – this drug, however, is extremely expensive in countries where it is protected under patent, such as South Africa. In India, generic versions of Linezolid are currently available for as little as $1-$2.50 while in South Africa they are $90 because Pfizer has a patent on this drug.
I'm not opposed to profit, but this is absolutely CRIMINAL.
“Ed, this technology and the way we can use it to teach and to learn the challenges that other people face... so exciting for each child (and adult) who uses it... but think about where we will be in a decade when its this easy to understand such complex issues! Brilliant.”
“Irwill, you are very knowledgeable about TB in the US. Do you work on it? It sounds like we could learn a lot from you about your experience and in particular all of the evidence you site of shortages and prices. This kind of expertise is much in demand and the only way we are going to be able to educate those who are making (or nor making) important funding decisions.”
“We all need to do more to support education – particularly as you note, critical thinking and local/global citizenship skills.
Importantly, good citizens keep promises. In 2010 the World Bank made a promise to increase funding for basic education by $750 million over the next five years. However, some fuzzy math has kept this pledge from becoming a reality. The World Bank should keep its promise and calculate their investments and achievements in a way that takes ownership and responsibility for those pledges yet to be realized.
More than 170 million people could be lifted out of poverty if all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills. This is equivalent to a 12% decrease in the number of people living on less than $1.25 per day. That is the combined population of Australia, Cambodia, Canada, Columbia, Netherlands, Tunisia and Uganda.
If that's not a sound investment, I don't know what is.”
“Annabel, couldn't agree more with the need for countries to continue to step up. Actually, more than 90% of the funding for TB does come from country governments. The Global Fund has been helping them fill the existing gaps while they scale up and now needs to consider a funding model that support country plans and enables a true expression of those gaps. Both countries and the Global Fund can do more. Because its airborne, TB does not have borders, so it requires a coordinated global solution in order to stop TB everywhere.”
AnnabelK on Sep 6, 2012 at 04:06:02
“We also need to better understand drug resistant TB and how extensive it is. At present we have just two categories, MDR TB and XDR TB. But a recent study reported in the Lancet found that 40% of people with MDR TB had resistance to one of the second line drugs, but it was not extensive or specific enough to be XDR TB. Maybe we should have an additional category, "MDR TB Plus" for people with some resistance to a second line drug, and monitoring of these patients would help to understand how widespread is the resistance to the second line drugs.”
“Kari, We've met. My team and I came up to Aeras at the beginning of the year to talk about the coming important opportunities. Our ACTION partners, particularly in Japan and the EU are working the vaccine angle of this puzzle. We agree that more funding is needed for the Phase 3 trials! Definitely.”
“Bottled water is a waste of money and resources - its a scam. DC tap water is delicious and the people at DC water work very very hard to make it accessible to everyone. They should take the money they are spending on bottled water and donate it to DC Water Cares (http://www.dcwater.com/about/dcwater_cares.cfm) which supports under-served members of the DC community. Those are my neighbors and they are more important than the bottlers of Saratoga Springs, sparkling or otherwise. To do otherwise is shameful.”
hp blogger Peter H. Gleick on Sep 7, 2012 at 11:19:43
“The only way that we will end the suffering and devastation of HIV/AIDS is through compassion, followed by political will, followed by resources. We have to respect the human right of all people. This is not negotiable.
Yes, we need to do more on tuberculosis (TB). TB is the leading killer of those with HIV/AIDS.
To learn how to take action on TB-HIV co-infection go to www.action.org or meet us this week in booth #652 at the global village at the International AIDS Conference!”
“With over two decades of experience serving the poor in developing countries, and with a powerful record of taking life-saving health strategies to scale, Jim Kim is uniquely well suited to lead the World Bank to deliver on its stated mission of lifting people out of poverty.
In 2004 Kim directed the World Health Organization's HIV/AIDS department and led the "3x5" initiative, which set the bold target of putting three million people on AIDS anti-retroviral treatment by the end of 2005. Critics said it was impossible to expand treatment to millions of people in only a few years, but Kim maintained, "We need to bring a sense of urgency that matches the devastation of the epidemics that we face." In no small part, because of Kim's early and visionary leadership, 6.6 million people in developing countries now have access to life-saving treatment.
Kim has a vision global health equity, which you, I and so many others share. Kim is also well known for his contributions to fighting tuberculosis, demonstrating that quality, life-saving treatment could be effectively delivered in resource poor settings. For his decades of work with the poor, he is the right person for the job.”
“Dear Eli, As an Army veteran myself I fully support additional services for veterans. I don't think that theirs is the 'only social cause that is not charitable in nature' as none of the causes that I work on are charitable in nature. Like yours, they are related to justice. It is unjust for veterans to not have what they need to live after what they have given, just as it is unjust for some to starve while others have plenty, unjust for some to have medicines while others die. These are very much systemic issues - not the domain of simple charity.
You are right to point out that Mission Continues, Team Rubicon, Service Nation, Work Vessels for Vets, and Leave No Veteran Behind and others have an important role in this work - however, they should not replace obligations of our government to support those that they send out to fight.
The responsibility for making sure that veterans have what they need for productive, healthy lives should not fall to NGOs because government is leaving gaps that are its responsibility to fill.
The first person who owes a debt to veterans is everyone... and we can take on this responsibility by insisting our tax dollars are well spent towards critical federal and state programmes to do at least the lion's share of this work.
Brilliant veterans organizations like yours, taking the govts work further and keeping veterans engaged in the work of our own 'nation building' is incredibly”
Eli Williamson on Jan 31, 2012 at 11:13:39
This is a great point. While I agree with you that there are other social causes that can be labeled as great investments and are not charitable in nature, it is my opinion that veteran support is NEVER charitable in nature.
Organizations that address issues of fairness and justice are critical for any society to succeed. The only difference with veteran issues is that the federal government made a promise to those who served our nation to provide them benefits that cover many aspects of their lives. These benefits were promised because of their service and sacrifice for our nation. Ultimately, this is a contract that was written into our nation's laws.
It is my opinion that veteran service nonprofits only exist for two reasons:
1.Because the VA can not live up to it's mission and or
2. Because they want to leverage a veterans skills, experience, and education to continue to benefit society.
I agree with you that veteran nonprofits should not be in the business to take over the responsibilities of the government. Yet, until the VA provides the level of care that it was mandated to provide, nonprofits will be there to fill in the gaps and advocate for improvement.
“And more! This great new website for folks to take action on the end of AIDS http://treataidsendaids.org/ From the site, 'President Obama can be the President to begin to end the AIDS crisis. US-funded science just showed that. Ending the crisis starts with ensuring that our communities have what they need—including rapidly expanding AIDS drugs access to prevent and treat AIDS at home and abroad.
The science is clear. Political leadership is needed.'”
Another study highlighting where we are and why it matters, 'Academics in the US and UK calculate it will cost $14.2bn to keep 3.5 million people well on antiretroviral drugs. But savings from their productivity, their ability to bring up their children and end-of-life medical care could amount to as much as $34bn'”
“A fantastic reminder that it starts with knowing in your bones what is unjust... then telling as many people as you can... and then getting strategic about how to change things ... together with your 'neighbors' ... wherever they live!”
“I feel your pain and I know it comes from a good place. But keep in mind that strategizing for social change is your job (and mine) and it is an actual skill set which we have learned from smart, savvy, revolutionary folks who took the time to tell us how little we knew! So, you have done a service here. Those on the streets who are ready to further channel their energy -- beyond the bongos -- will realize this and heed at least part of your advice. Those who don't? Well, people in streets angrily doing yoga because our financial system is broken is still a net good. These are people who care enough to turn up. The great social movements of our time relied on those people. People who turned up somewhere even though they weren't sure how the hell we got here. For those who turned up because a hot girl invited them or they thought it would be cool, or they wanted to do something that might matter -- that might make them feel better about a system that is grossly unjust -- I raise a glass to you. But not, obviously, of champagne. And take heart Kelly. We all start somewhere. What matters is that we keep going and get better at it. That there is no strategic core to this 'movement' might reflect just how far we have to go. Being moved by other humans http://wearethe99percent.tumblr.com/ to hit the streets is still something.”
Eris23 on Oct 6, 2011 at 13:00:00
“"Those on the streets who are ready to further channel their energy -- beyond the bongos -- will realize this and heed at least part of your advice."
If she isn't there, they won't even hear it. Perhaps she should have gone to the march yesterday? The pictures and stories will paint a different picture than the one she painted of the "empty demo" in this OpEd.”
“While campaigning, President Obama promised to expand PEPFAR 'by $1 billion a year in new money over the next five years' and provide $50 billion by 2013 to fight HIV/AIDS worldwide. We are not on track to see even those promises become reality. While I would love to see the U.S. recognize the rights - water and sanitation in particular - of humanity, I will take the minimum of keeping promises already made. We need strong leadership to scale up now - to avert 12.2 million new HIV infections and 7.4 million deaths in the next ten years.
I stand with you in asking for that important leadership.