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Golf? Golf, you say? Speak up!

I will admit to a prejudice that may disqualify me from civilized company. I don’t like the game of golf. When I was a youngster the first paying job I had (if I don’t count delivering newspapers) was as a golf caddy at a ritzy country club (the kind that didn’t admit people like me…

Bush’s OSHA: 20 days to garbage pick-up

About ten people sent us links to the Washington Post front page news that isn’t news to anybody in occupational health. “Under Bush,” the headline read, “OSHA Mired in Inaction.” You don’t say!

Scars in an upside down tree

Energy may be the topic du jour but it’s been the 800 lb. gorilla in the room for, oh, a couple of centuries. In a sense it’s responsible for one of the greatest occupational health catastrophes of the 20th century, and a new report from CDC demonstrates once again it’s still with us and killing…

Bush hacks stick it to workers — again

Barack Obama will become President of the United States in just 50 days, but the still-President, George W. Bush, is still trashing the place prior to going out the door. The latest outrage is the rush to complete a rule the new President is strongly opposed to. Somehow I don’t think that’s the way it’s…

Fresh flowers and spoiled lives

A story on the wires about a paper in the journal Epidemiology this month (November) confirms what other work has shown: those beautiful flowers we buy in American florist shops have an added price attached to them, paid by the children of Central America. Epidemiology is one of the top tier journals in the field…

Pig disease in swine workers

Three years ago we discussed (we were still on blogspot then) a spreading outbreak of a mysterious disease in Sichuan (Szechuan), China. Any mysterious disease outbreak in China always raises warning flags since southern China is the incubator for influenza. The Chinese discounted the possibility of bird flu, saying it was instead a massive outbreak…

Iraq veterans and Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Bush has announced he will reduce the forces in Iraq by 8000 by early 2009. My first thought (after “that’s it? I thought we were victorious”; and let’s get all of them out now as fast as we can) was to wonder what condition they will be in and what’s in store for them in…

Solidarity forever

Happy Labor Day. The Reveres, September 1, 2008

Yesterday was the 12th 22nd anniversary of an environmental catastrophe in Cameroon. On August 21, 1986 Lake Nyos in that West African country belched a huge load of carbon dioxide and suffocated 1700 people as they slept. Like its monoxygenated cousin carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide is “a colorless, odorless gas that can kill you in…

One of the effects of high gas prices is to encourage people to use bicycles. This also includes the police, where some jurisdictions are taking cops out of cruisers and putting them on foot or on bikes. Bike police (and bicycle messengers, people who use their bikes in crowded urban areas to endanger pedestrians), spend…