H.G. Wells – a perennial favorite of mine – once wrote that "human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe."

That has never been more clear than this past year. But, the latest humanity-inspired sign of such catastrophe hit the wires last week.

According to MAC AIDS Fund survey, which polled citizens of nine countries, AIDS remains a mystery. To wit, more than 40 percent of the respondents had no idea that AIDS is always fatal.

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