8/2/12 Update: Total of 30 Ebola cases in Uganda now including five from Kibaale prison.
The Ebola virus was first detected in 1976 in the central African nation of Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo). The virus is named after a river in that country. There are five strains of Ebola viruses, all named after the areas where they were found: Zaire, Sudan, Cote d’Ivoire, Bundibugyo and Reston, according to the WHO.
I’d forgotten that there was an Ebola strain named after Reston (yes that Reston… in Virginia). Ebola has broken out in the U.S. three times according to the Centers for Disease Control in 1989, 1990 and 1996. Each outbreak took place at a monkey quarantine facility and luckily there no fatalities. As scary as Ebola is… the real fear is that it could mutate into a more contagious pathogen.
I know from reading President Barack Obama’s book, Dreams From My Father that he was born into a large and complex family. Aside…the President’s father was a bigamist and Mitt Romney’s Grandfather was a polygamist…what are the odds that the two presidential candidates both came from multi-spouse families…I’ve only met one person in my entire life that came from a multi-spouse family. Back to the post…one of the President’s many siblings is a young man in his late 20′s named George who lives in a hut in Nairobi, Kenya.
Like his more famous brother, George is also an author. George has written on race relations and colonialism. I recently watched a film clip of George where the interviewer tried to get George to lament his life in poverty when his brother has the ability to lift George above it. George’s answers were eloquent and reflected a philosophy of self-reliance that have earned him a place on the Prepography Wall of Honor. He essentially said:
While I haven’t read George’s book, Homeland (see description under More below), I was impressed by what I saw of this young man. His eloquent and confident message of self-reliance, along with his rational views on post-colonial race relations were a refreshing change from our election year politics of division and culture of envy. See the clip here.
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