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CDC describes its No Fly list — sort of

Generals are often said to be fighting the last war and public health officials likewise are managing the last crisis. At the end of May 2007 we had the notorious flying lawyer with TB flap (see our multiple posts here), so in June 2007 CDC quietly instituted their public health version of the “No Fly”…

Solidarity forever

Happy Labor Day. The Reveres, September 1, 2008

The toughest time when losing something dear to you is the period after all the mourners go home and you feel really alone. But if you mourn the death of the Fourth Amendment, whether you are on the Right, the Left or are Unpolarized, you aren’t alone — yet:

Democrats behaving badly

I’m still trying to get my blood pressure under control over last week’s House FISA vote that gives telecom companies immunity for illegal acts. The focus of my anger is not on Republicans. Republicans have shown themselves reliable enemies of civil liberties and everyone expects them to protect the fat cats. Their votes were asured.…

About race mixing

Recently we noted the passing of Mildred Loving, whose Supreme Court case in the 1960s struck down the nation’s anti-miscegenation laws. Mildred was black. Her husband Richard was white. It seems like such a distant event, although I was already in medical school when it happened. What hasn’t died, yet, is irony (despite the Bush…

So SpongeBob Pants is gay. Who cares?

When the Religious Right made a Big Deal that SpongeBob Pants was gay or was advancing the “Gay Agenda” I didn’t pay much attention. First, my kids were grown and I didn’t have the faintest idea who SpongeBob Pants was (actually I still don’t). Second, the whole thing was just too ridiculous for words:

The art professor is finally cleared but a distinguished biologist was still punished by a ridiculous, mindless, cruel and utterly reckless use of raw power by the Bush administration:

Why we don’t trust the FBI

In July 2005 when there was a terrorist bombing in the London subway system the FBI, using a perfectly valid and legal subpoena, asked for and obtained documents from North Carolina State University about a possible conspirator. That apparently wasn’t good enough for the FBI. They wanted the agent to get the documents using a…

US Secretary of Health and Human Services, Michael Leavitt, is in Indonesia to discuss matters of mutual interest with the Indonesian government. Topic number one was the Indonesian government’s opt out of the international influenza surveillance system which has been in place for almost 60 years and provides vital information on what flu strains to…

The Global War on Terror is claiming yet another victim: the reputation of Attorney General Michael Mukasey as a principled guardian of the Rule of Law. Even before joining the Bush administration Mukasey was forgetting the meaning of the word “torture,” and since being confirmed is equally benighted regarding privacy. Now he is peddling shoddy…