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Fire in the hole: Wolfgang Wodarg and WHO

The Reveres have written many posts about the World Health Organization in five years. Some just reported on their activities, others, as seemed appropriate, were critical or praised them. WHO operates in a difficult landscape under rules of engagement not well suited to fighting an enemy that recognizes neither national borders nor national sovereignties and…

Some readers seem to think I should be commenting on the election of Scott Brown to the US Senate in Massachusetts. I don’t have much to say. Senate Democrats brought it on themselves, although it’s too bad they also brought it on the rest of us, but that’s the way the system works. So Welcome…

Swine flu conspiracy theories

Any article entitled “On swine-flu conspiracy theories” should have an automatic warning label, but the one noted below, in the Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail is really terrific (h/t ML). Conspiracy theories are all over the internet and they even show up here in the comments from time to time, but I’m glad to…

It was only a matter of time before the Right Wing smear machine set its sites on Obama’s nominee for Director of OSHA, Dr. David Michaels. And now that time has come. David is a friend and colleague and his name is not a stranger here (and here, here, here and probably other posts as…

It seems our enthusiasm for Obama’s nomination of epidemiologist David Michaels to be the next head of OSHA was noted over at the high profile Science Magazine blog, ScienceInsider by Jocelyn Kaiser. Ms. Kaiser is among an elite group of science reporters and she almost always gets things right. Recognizing the importance of this nomination…

I spend a lot of time at a computer keyboard typing about biological viruses like influenza A, but computer networks are also subject to self-reproducing parasites of one kind or another and we continue to have a layperson’s fascination with those organisms, too. I say “organisms” because try as I might, I can’t figuĀ®e out…

Why the Right Wing attacks science

If you want to see what difference environmental protection enforcement makes, just go to eastern Europe or the former Soviet Union. Or China. In the 1970s the US led the world in cleaning its environment and was consolidating its gains with well-staffed, motivated federal and state environment agencies. But that was then. Last weekend the…

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:

Missouri: the scam me State

Faith-based disaster relief sounds a bit like a contradiction to me. Why did God send the disaster in the first place? But what do I know. I’m an atheist. I’m also an American, however, and it seems passing strange to me that money raised from Missouri taxpayers should be used to support religious organizations to…

Since this piece in Wired referenced an email with a date of April 1 I was pretty sure this was an April Fool’s joke. But the joke was on me. It’s was for real: