Archive for October, 2014

Virally Suppressed - Muckraking For The Modern World

It was 65°F outside and Yusia was freezing. The cold and the damp of the Sudanese rainy season clung to his bones as he biked to work, the pumping of his legs over the sodden ground making thuck thuck sounds as the mud tried to suck up the wheels of his bike, coating his calves with flecks of mud in the process. For 10 miles the sharp morning air stung Yusia’s cheeks as he pedaled though the frigid, waterlogged dawn to the town of Nzara, where heworked as a tallyman at a cotton factory. When he reached the factory, Yusia went into his office next to the storeroom and set to work, maybe hoping that a little industry would take his mind off his chill until it got warmer outside. So Yusia sat at his desk, next to his officemate Bullen, and began taking inventory of the number…

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Africa in the time of Ebola

Posted: October 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

The Kaleidoscope

With concerns over the Ebola virus increasing daily and cases being reported in the US, it is now clear that if anyone thought it would be confined to West Africa, they were sorely mistaken. Meanwhile, Nigeria is on the verge of being given a clean bill of health by the World Health Organisation:

If the active surveillance for new cases that is currently in place continues, and no new cases are detected, WHO will declare the end of the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Senegal on Friday 17 October. Likewise, Nigeria is expected to have passed through the requisite 42 days, with active surveillance for new cases in place and none detected, on Monday 20 October.

It is a bit puzzling that more advanced nations have responded in a rather panicked way to Ebola. They have had more time, and their public health infrastructure is much more advanced…

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Mystery Musings

Posted: October 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

19th Street


*dusts cobwebs*

The first time I read this so many thoughts ran through my head. I was sad (read, depressed, for my country and the people it produces), overjoyed (for my friend the author) and scared (that it could just as well happen to me).

Please enjoy the story before I type any more spoilers.


“What is time but a necessary manmade construct, as a measure
that could keep one in a box if he allows it,
to think he runs out of it in hours or months or years.”

I made my first million today.
A little over a million plus or not so little, but a million is a benchmark.
I couldn’t write about my 2013 last year, I was much too dispirited to do so, plus I believe every story should have a happy ending; if it’s not happy then it isn’t over. So for me…

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The Blog

Christine Hyung-Oak Lee suffered a stroke when she was 33, and she has written about her experience in an inspiring personal essay for BuzzFeed.

Before that, she was using a pseudonym on to blog about her experiences, share details about her life, and practice her writing. In 2007, shortly after New Year’s Day, Lee wrote the following in a blog post:

something in my brain burped. most of what i want to do is just out of my grasp. i feel like i know how to do them, but then when i go to do them, i just…CAN’T. day by day, i’m regaining my abilities, so i hope this is just temporary.

Lee’s commenters urged her to see a doctor, and the next day, she responded to them from a hospital bed: “I had a stroke! Will be better.”

I spoke with Lee about her experience, and…

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