Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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The brutality and superstition in some of those countries is just unbelievable - Darfur is just a particular egregious example.

I'm not sure exactly where, but I know female circumcision is practiced in some places in Africa - a horrible means by which they ensure women will never enjoy sex. The above mentioned stitching I hadn't heard about but sounds disgustingly brutal.

Another I had heard about that is at least as bad is the belief some men in Africa have that if they rape a virgin they can make their HIV go away. Horrid any way you look at it.

The only way anything will ever turn around in these places is via education and political and economic reform. Far easier said than done, of course.

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