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Ending polio

Posted Tuesday, February 1, 2011, at 6:46 AM

Did you see Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" Monday night? The topic was Gates' campaign to end polio.

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At one point, Gates gives credit to Rotary International as a key supporter of the program. Long-time Shelbyville residents and regular readers of the T-G will recall that Rotary's involvement with polio vaccination was the initiative of the late James L. Bomar Jr. of Shelbyville, who served as Rotary International president in the late 1970s. Quoting from a history timeline at the RI web site:

1979: The Rotary Foundation funds the first Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grant: a project to immunize six million Philippine children against polio. RI President James L. Bomar signs an agreement with the Philippine government to begin immunization and administers the first drops of vaccine to a Philippine child. The grant sets the stage for Rotary's decades-long commitment to the eradication of polio.

Anyway, the goal of eliminating polio is tantalizingly close, but, according to Gates, much work remains to be done.

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It was a great interview, also showing why viewers of Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert's shows tend to be the most well informed and knowledgeable people about politics and current events.

Even thou Fox News' Bill O' Reilly likes to refer to Stewart and Colbert's audience as "stoners" and "slackers", a Pew Research study of various media outlets found that when asked a series of political and current events questions, viewers of "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report" scored almost twice as high as Fox News viewers.

Not suprising.

-- Posted by Rocket Valentine on Tue, Feb 1, 2011, at 10:53 AM

Mr. Carney,

I found the "copyright Notice" I was telling you about this past summer and thought I would see what you thought about it.

It appears that it would protect someone who was using copyrighted material as educational material to back up what they were stating as long as they weren't charging anything for the information.

FAIR USE NOTICE: This site contains copyrighted material, the use of which may not always have been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available for educational purposes, and as such this constitutes 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Act. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Tue, Feb 8, 2011, at 4:16 PM

This is off-topic for this blog post; please e-mail me if you need followup.

You'll have to refresh my memory; I don't recall our previous conversation. I'm well aware of the doctrine of fair use, as are most content creators. Be aware that it primarily covers the use of short excerpts, and that academic and journalistic purposes are relatively strictly defined. I could not, for example, make spiralbound copies of some copyrighted nonfiction book and hand them out to my friends simply by announcing that my purpose was to educate them. I could, if I were a classroom teacher, copy a page or two from that book and hand it out to my students to help illustrate a particular point. There's a big difference.

The gray area between the two is where intellectual property lawyers make their money.

-- Posted by Jicarney on Tue, Feb 8, 2011, at 5:53 PM

In Oman between 1988 and 1989, a polio outbreak occurred amongst thousands of fully vaccinated children. The region with the highest attack rate had the highest vaccine coverage. The region with the lowest attack rate had the lowest vaccine coverage. The Lancet, 21/9/91

-- Posted by zygoat on Sun, Feb 27, 2011, at 10:29 AM

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