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Archives for January, 2009

Creationist crap lawsuit dismissed (again)

The detritus of the Bush era continues to wash ashore, but some of it has decomposed sufficiently that it isn’t as noxious as when first dumped into the sea. One example is what was left of a Federal lawsuit filed by a creationist post doc against the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution alleging he was fired…

CDC in transition

CIDRAP News carried a short piece about the new CDC Acting Director, Dr. Richard Besser. We don’t learn a lot new beyond the official facts. The Bush CDC Director, Dr. Julie Gerberding, resigned as the Obama Presidency began. The CDC Director is a non-career appointment, which means that it is made by the Secretary of…

A powerful Editorial in today’s Nature (the world’s premier science publication) shines a strong light on a tragic violation of human rights in Iran involving two leading AIDS physicians, brothers Arash and Kamiar Alaei. We’ve posted about it twice (here and here). Declan Butler, a senior correspondent at Nature summarizes the story over at his…

The value of a good night’s sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep is supposed to boost your resistance so you don’t get sick as easily. Or put another way, not getting enough sleep puts you at risk of colds and other nuisance infectious diseases. Is this just an old wives’ tale? Apparently not. Or at least, now we can say there’s some…

Food safety system: Fail

Even as the the peanut cum salmonella recall spreads (sorry, couldn’t resist), we learn that the Peanut Corporation of America plant in Blakely, Georgia thought to be its source has a history of “problems”:

DemFromCT’s interview with us at DailyKos

On Sunday my friend and colleague from Fluwiki, DemFromCT, did me the honor of interviewing me on the front page of DailyKos. That’s a pretty tall platform, being the most visited blog in the known universe (and beyond), so it’s best to be absolutely clear when saying things there. I”m not sure I quite met…

Swine and MRSA

The peanut butter/peanut paste ingredient based salmonella outbreak has been in the news lately and we’ve discussed it here (and here, here, here, here, here). There are now about 500 reported cases and six deaths. That’s a case fatality ratio of just over 1%. So what if there were a disease outbreak of 100,000 cases…

Prophylactics for influenza

From a colleague who knows I am interested in prophylactics for flu: Miss Beatrice, the church organist, was in her eighties and had never been married. She was admired for her sweetness and kindness to all. One afternoon the pastor came to call on her and she showed him into her quaint sitting room. She…

Our weekly feature: So we had a joyous inauguration, although the obligatory religious bookends were a bit hard to take. The Invocation by Pastor Rick (Warren) was a real piece of work, typically self-righteous and obnoxiously exclusionary. It goes without saying he alienated atheists, but then he went on to do the same for non-Christians…

We’re Nation approved

Writing a pseudonymous blog day after day can be wearing, especially as you get no personal recognition for it. That’s the point of a pseudonym, after all. But sometimes things happen that are even better than personal recognition. On January 6, 2009, Vintage Books published the trade paperback original of THE NATION GUIDE TO THE…