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Archives for January, 2008

There is a class of legal cases that are so blatant lawyers call them Oh My God cases, you know, the kind when you see the facts you say, “Oh my God” (NB: don’t give me grief because I’m an atheist. I’m allowed to use colloquial phrases that have their origins in myth and superstition).…

The Indian peoples’ lying eyes

The number of deaths in Indonesia from bird flu just shot past the 100 mark without even pausing — 101 was recorded right afterward. Tibet announced an outbreak and the disease continued to march through the Indian subcontinent, although the UN flu czar, Dr. David Nabarro said he thought the Indian/West Bengal outbreak was “coming…

Americans are very generous. Consider they have just given away access to 3 million acres (5000 square miles) of wilderness to logging, mining and road building companies to use as they see fit. Very generous indeed: The Bush administration plan for the [Tongass] forest, the largest in the US at nearly 17m acres, would open…

Flu shots: a tale of two cities

OK, they’re not cities, they are states. Or cities in states. Whatever. But when it comes to flu shots they are quite different. First benighted Mississippi:

Shkeeving

This isn’t a contest, exactly, but more a question to the huddled masses. Mrs. R., who is Italian, was asking me the other day what the Yiddish word Mitvah meant. It turns out it isn’t a Yiddish word (it’s Hebrew) and while it has some kind of religious meaning about fulfilling commandments, I’m not into…

Since the antiviral agent oseltamivir (Tamiflu) has been touted as the global savior should a bird flu pandemic materialize the idea has been haunted by the specter of Tamiflu resistance. What if H5N1 becomes resistant to the drug? Is all lost? Now it is being reported in the media that the European Centre for Disease…

No volunteers to save the world

Geoerge Bush doesn’t want government involved in climate change. Best done by voluntary measures, he says. Volunteers anyone? Guess not:

Flu season

Everyone knows it’s flu season. We see the evidence in birds and people with H5N1. The Indian subcontinent is awash in birds with H5N1. Sometimes here we forget to remind people it is also flu season with the regular circulating subtypes, H1 and H3 and this is shaping up to be a predominantly H1 season…

There’s no vaccine for the influenza subtype, H5N1, of most concern as the agent of the next pandemic but evidence exists that there is some cross-reactivity with existing seasonal vaccines (it’s not clear how much if any, but it might not take much) or that previous vaccination with seasonal vaccine produces a much quicker response…

Rudolph “9/11″ Giuliani is banking on the good Republicans in Florida to save his sorry ass in the primary. Given the gang of bottom feeders running in that Party’s primary, you wonder how anyone could be stupid enough to vote in it, but there is ample evidence that they exist a-plenty in Florida. I don’t…