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Archives for July, 2007

West Nile policy: nothing changes

It’s mid summer, so it’s time to drag out what we say each summer about spraying for West Nile Virus. First, why we have to say it:

Figuring out how flu gets around

One reason Helen Branswell is such a good flu reporter is she has the best contacts. Of course this is a chicken-and-egg proposition, because she has the best contacts because she is the best flu reporter. She gets it right and she explains it the way it was told to her. [By the way, I…

Small minds thinking tiny department

When it comes to controversial reports, one that said it would be good to include combatting widespead disease as an element in foreign policy would hardly seem to qualify. And ordinary person might be forgiven for thinking that was already something that was considered. You’d think. But then you’d think a lot of things that…

I don’t know what to say about this, except it appears at this point to implicate theuse of slave labor in the construction of the US Embassy in Baghdad, aided, abetted and with the knowledge of the US State Department (hat tip Boingboing) . You decide:

There is an apocryphal story of a politician during the Revolution of 1848 desperately running after a crowd in Paris’s Jardin du Luxembourg. “I’m their leader,” he cried. “I must follow them!” A couple of years ago most national pandemic planners were occupied with procuring stockpiles of antivirals, worrying about the lack of a vaccine…

The lecherous and hypersexed pizza delivery boy might be a porn movie cliche but not likely welcome in Ave Maria, Florida:

Nothing to fear but the fear of panic

If your country had thousands of cases of a potentially fatal disease, spread by mosquitoes, would you panic? Not if you lived in the US, apparently. Last year there were over 4200 cases of West Nile virus infections with 177 deaths. I don’t remember panic gripping the nation. So I had to laugh when Canadian…

This may be the most hilarious headline I have ever seen: Insane donor ‘rational to give to Tories’

One of the gross abuses that triggered the Reformation was the corrupt practice of Catholic priests of selling “indulgences,” get-out-of-jail free cards for your sins in this world. Since the Bush administration is always willing to learn from history where corruption is the prize, they have come up with a new idea to sell climate…

US health care: waiting for Godot

You can’t count on defenders of US health care for much, but you can always count on them to allege that in Canada and other “socialized health care” systems there are long waits for elective surgery. Wait times for a hip replacement in Canada have been alleged as long as 6 months, although I don’t…