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Posted: Jun 9, 2021 - 6:17am

‘This IS INSANE’: Africa desperately short of COVID vaccine
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Posted: Nov 9, 2020 - 6:33am

Viva! Viva!
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Posted: Apr 15, 2020 - 7:18am

Virus choking off supply of what Africa needs most: Food
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Posted: Oct 16, 2014 - 6:03pm

There's some news about Obama and the czar idea. But the picture included with it is appalling.

It demonstrates why health care personnel could get infected. Note the lack of headgear and face shield and calf-high foot protectors on the person on the left. Plain trainers?
If that's what they think proper protection is, it's the thing that will allow any infectious thing to spread.
It might just be a poorly staged press photo.


 
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Posted: Oct 16, 2014 - 3:21pm

 islander wrote:

This is what we were working on:


bio sand filters, gravity feed. no moving parts, user servicable, 10+ year lifespan, point of use.

simple and difficult to corrupt (as in not let powerful locals take control of) is key for a lot of these areas - it's as much about empowerment as it is about sanitation.

 
looks like a good thing

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Posted: Oct 16, 2014 - 2:54pm

 islander wrote:

This is what we were working on:


bio sand filters, gravity feed. no moving parts, user servicable, 10+ year lifespan, point of use.

simple and difficult to corrupt (as in not let powerful locals take control of) is key for a lot of these areas - it's as much about empowerment as it is about sanitation.

 
That is so awesome!

I was at a meeting talking to a hydrogeologist who had done a lot of work around the world who said that ability to listen was far more important than science.  He then told an involved story about being in a village in Sudan where it eventually became apparent that the worst thing they could do would be to fix the well. Basically the chief was sending the young men on a long journey for water every day so they wouldn't harass the war-widows.
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Posted: Oct 16, 2014 - 10:16am

 islander wrote:

This is what we were working on:


bio sand filters, gravity feed. no moving parts, user servicable, 10+ year lifespan, point of use.

simple and difficult to corrupt (as in not let powerful locals take control of) is key for a lot of these areas - it's as much about empowerment as it is about sanitation.

 

That is very similar to what we are doing.
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Posted: Oct 16, 2014 - 10:12am

 miamizsun wrote:

and the other link i posted...

however technology moves on and i'm interested in kamen's "slingshot tech" too

looks like it may hold some potential (coke has partnered with him to roll these out)



 
This is what we were working on:


bio sand filters, gravity feed. no moving parts, user servicable, 10+ year lifespan, point of use.

simple and difficult to corrupt (as in not let powerful locals take control of) is key for a lot of these areas - it's as much about empowerment as it is about sanitation.
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Posted: Oct 16, 2014 - 10:06am

 Steely_D wrote: 
I knew someone who believed that HIV was created by the World Health Organization to rid the world of, as he called them, unproductive eaters.

No shit. This guy really believed that.
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Posted: Oct 16, 2014 - 9:20am

 ScottFromWyoming wrote: 
and the other link i posted...

however technology moves on and i'm interested in kamen's "slingshot tech" too

looks like it may hold some potential (coke has partnered with him to roll these out)


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Posted: Oct 16, 2014 - 8:38am

 Steely_D wrote:
This is from last year, but it's a nice nod towards what we might be able to achieve in some places.

 

 
And discussed last year, also:
 
 Lazy8 wrote:
miamizsun wrote:
this is awesome

Eh. Depends on how much power it's using. That's less than 30 gal/day

I've worked on two such systems, one as a commercial product and one for the military. The military project generated 500 gal/day. If they're using a refrigerant-based system it's a horrible energy pig.

It's possible to make a very efficient water-from-air system, but it's a lot harder than this effort.

   
See a little more of the exchange here.
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Posted: Oct 16, 2014 - 7:34am

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I think the FromWyomings used to raise money for a non-profit that drilled wells for communities in Africa. I'n sure Scooter will confirm or deny that.

 
Yes, the PlayPumps project turned out to not be the answer.
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Posted: Oct 16, 2014 - 7:15am

 islander wrote:

Seems like the sort of thing they would do.

I wonder how far we are from the wars over water? 

 

That will be next Tuesday.
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Posted: Oct 16, 2014 - 7:09am

 islander wrote:

Seems like the sort of thing they would do.

I wonder how far we are from the wars over water? 

 
Not far.

We drive by this place every day.


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Posted: Oct 16, 2014 - 7:08am

 islander wrote:

Seems like the sort of thing they would do.

I wonder how far we are from the wars over water? 

 
Access to water has been a source of war since the beginning of time.
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Posted: Oct 16, 2014 - 6:59am

 n4ku wrote:

I think the FromWyomings used to raise money for a non-profit that drilled wells for communities in Africa. I'n sure Scooter will confirm or deny that.

 
Seems like the sort of thing they would do.

I wonder how far we are from the wars over water? 
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Posted: Oct 16, 2014 - 6:41am

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http://www.purewaterfortheworld.org/

These guys started out doing cheap easy concrete filters. They have moved up to infrastructure - piping and reservoirs. Rotary international has done some really good work on this front as well. I've been peripherally involved in a couple of projects in Honduras. It's amazing how much difference clean water makes (tangent - this is one of those things that our tax dollars supports that government does really well).

 
I think the FromWyomings used to raise money for a non-profit that drilled wells for communities in Africa. I'n sure Scooter will confirm or deny that.
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Posted: Oct 16, 2014 - 6:36am

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I saw an interview a while back with a doctor working in West Africa trying to stop the spread of the disease. He said the single most important thing making it difficult was the lack of clean water. That is true with any infectious disease.

And, yes, terrorism? That is just clickbait. Just like saying epidemic, or plague.

 
http://www.purewaterfortheworld.org/

These guys started out doing cheap easy concrete filters. They have moved up to infrastructure - piping and reservoirs. Rotary international has done some really good work on this front as well. I've been peripherally involved in a couple of projects in Honduras. It's amazing how much difference clean water makes (tangent - this is one of those things that our tax dollars supports that government does really well).
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Posted: Oct 16, 2014 - 6:25am

 n4ku wrote:

I saw an interview a while back with a doctor working in West Africa trying to stop the spread of the disease. He said the single most important thing making it difficult was the lack of clean water. That is true with any infectious disease.

And, yes, terrorism? That is just clickbait. Just like saying epidemic, or plague.

 
yep and basic sanitation

here's two videos that touch on this

the first is about simple soap/handwashing from a developing country perspective



the second touches on the water issue (among other things)


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Posted: Oct 15, 2014 - 6:31pm

 Steely_D wrote:

That's a practical article that basically says that, without resources, it's much harder to stop illness.
Terrorism? That's just clickbait. 

 
I saw an interview a while back with a doctor working in West Africa trying to stop the spread of the disease. He said the single most important thing making it difficult was the lack of clean water. That is true with any infectious disease.

And, yes, terrorism? That is just clickbait. Just like saying epidemic, or plague.
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