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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-25-09 08:21 PM
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Good for Ashton Kutcher
http://www.nothingbutnets.net/

US stars rake in funds for fight on malaria
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gKxmIjDzKjNBezxq9k45-XkOzGhg
1 day ago

WASHINGTON (AFP) US actor Ashton Kutcher has pledged to donate 100,000 dollars he won in a bet, to help fight the spread of malaria, prompting other stars, including talk show diva Oprah Winfrey, to chip in more money, UN officials said.

Kutcher, who is a vocal advocate for the eradication of malaria, won the money from CNN after the actor bet that his Twitter social networking account would have a million followers before the account held by the global television network's breaking news feed.

Kutcher -- Twitter name @aplusk -- reached the one million mark at the end of last week. The CNN feed wasn't far behind, with 998,239 Twitter followers at the time.

"A week ago Tuesday, malaria was the most often used word on Twitter as the result of the bet between Kutcher and CNN," Ray Chambers, special envoy for malaria to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, told AFP at the launch in Washington of a campaign with a strong faith-based focus to fight the mosquito-borne illness.

The tsunami of publicity from the Kutcher-CNN battle has prompted more celebrities to donate to fight malaria, said Chambers.

Oprah Winfrey and Kutcher's wife, actress Demi Moore, gave 200,000 dollars each and television-radio host Ryan Seacrest and CNN gave 100,000 each, said Chambers.

"And Ted Turner has challenged Kutcher and his followers to raise another 100,000 for nothing but nets. If they do it, Turner will have Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore over for dinner," Chambers said.

Another celebrity, producer Quincy Jones, who has long "used his fame to advocate for children", was presented at the launch of the campaign with an award in recognition of his lifelong dedication to humanitarian work.

"He was the one who inspired me to get involved in malaria," said Chambers.

"As I learned about malaria through Quincy, it really tugged at me because it's killing three times more kids under the age of five than HIV/AIDS, and it's preventable with a 10-dollar mosquito net," he said.

Accepting the award, Jones said: "It's a remarkable thing to be on the road to defeating this thing called malaria."

Insecticide-treated nets are one of the most effective ways of stemming the spread of malaria, a mosquito-born disease which kills 3,000 children in Africa daily.


and then there is this (actually it is important to check the facts)

A reality check on malaria statistics
http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/philanthropy/2009/04/24/about_those_malaria_statistics.html
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-25-09 08:23 PM
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1. nice
:thumbsup:
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-25-09 08:24 PM
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2. It's for TAX reasons, you giant Douche!


/this is GD, right?
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-25-09 08:25 PM
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3. Hey wait a minute
I am a small hard working middle-class douche
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-25-09 08:27 PM
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4. Nice post, freeper. Take your Obama hating ass elsewhere.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-25-09 08:36 PM
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5. I agree! Here's another...
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum=103&topic_id=443249&mesg_id=443249

A-Twitter About Malaria
An unusual competition brings attention to a killer disease.
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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-25-09 08:45 PM
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6. Demi ain't no fool
:loveya:
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zagging Donating Member (531 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-25-09 08:52 PM
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7. I'm just glad you didn't say "on" Mr. K
Cultural or not, the phrasing violates my esthetic sensibilities.

Thank you, very much.
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