If there's one thing I've learned over the last decade-plus of blogging about medicine and alternative medicine, it's that any time there is an outbreak or pandemic of infectious disease, there will inevitably follow major conspiracy theories about it. It happened during the H1N1 pandemic in the 2009-2010 influenza season, the Ebola outbreak in late 2014, and the Disneyland measles outbreak last year, when cranks of many stripes claimed that either the outbreaks themselves were due to conspiracies (usually, but not limited to, conspiracies to promote the "depopulation" vaccination agenda of—who else?—Bill Gates) or that nefarious forces were seizing on the outbreak to take away our freedom. The second thing I've learned is that inevitably people will try to impose their ideology on to the disease and try to use outbreaks to push their own ideological agenda. Indeed, the Ebola outbreak, for example, was rapidly seized on by politicians to promote quarantines and to halt … [Read more...] about No, DDT won’t save us from the Zika virus
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Whispers from the Ghosting Trees A guest post by Gail Zawacki, who blogs at Wit's End. While we hustle busily through the necessities of our lives, wrapped up in our daily preoccupations - our obligations to our families, our jobs, and our dreams - at the same time all around the world, trees are silently expiring. For those who take the time to look, we can see that the forests are being transformed before our helpless and incredulous gaze into spectral mausoleums, as even the most ancient living wood is consumed by a raging tsunami of pathogens unprecedented in scale and virulence. What has instigated this global explosion of lethal insects, disease and fungus, which is decimating swathes of trees across ravines and mountains, invading city streets and wilderness, rampaging through parks and suburban backyards? What would we hear the trees saying if we understood the language of their injured foliage, if we could discern the message in their tortured splintered branches? Only the … [Read more...] about Whispers from the Ghosting Trees
Read more transcripts from Face the Nation here. MARGARET BRENNAN: It's Sunday, July twenty-ninth. I'm Margaret Brennan and this is FACE THE NATION. President Trump dug in this week to try and fix some problems caused by his trade policies. First up, twelve billion dollars in assistance to farmers to ease the pain of his tariffs. Then the President made up with the head of the European Union Commission, a group of allies he called his foe just two weeks ago promising to work together for a future trade deal. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: We also will resolve the steel and aluminum tariff issues and we will resolve retaliatory tariffs. This was a very big day for free and fair trade. MARGARET BRENNAN: And just in case there was any doubt he tweeted a photo of EU Commission head, Jean-Claude Juncker, kissing him on the cheek saying the EU and U.S. love each other. But the President's biggest triumph on the economic front came Friday, and no surprise he took a victory … [Read more...] about Full transcript: “Face the Nation” on July 29, 2018
Our games have changed over the last three decades. The basics are still intact. A basket inside the three-point line is still two points, a touchdown six, a goal in hockey or a run in baseball still counts as one on the scoreboard. But the sizes, shapes and attitudes of today’s athletes are markedly different than as recent as 10 years ago. Evolution has moved far quicker than anyone anticipated over the last 50 years, producing bigger, stronger, and faster athletes than ever before. They’re also more fragile in some respects physically, emotionally and maturity-wise.It takes a special breed to coach in today’s high-level sports environment. They need to be coach, parent, teacher, guidance counselor and nursemaid. Today’s coaches are beginning to be confronted by the everyone-gets-a-trophy generation of athlete. They do want to be coached. They do want guidance. They don’t like to be yelled at, especially in front of their peers, sometimes skirt … [Read more...] about Old school vs. new school: Four Philly coaching legends on whether players today are coddled, use too much technology
The nation's federal food-stamp program is at the center of an ideological firestorm. On one side are supporters of a bill moving through Congress that would impose stiffer work requirements on beneficiaries in exchange for food aid; on the other, anti-hunger advocates say the plan would make life more precarious for already struggling families. As the debate rages, one state offers a useful test case for assessing the potential impact of revamping food stamps, known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), at the national level. Maine introduced work requirements in 2014 under Governor Paul LePage's push to reform its welfare programs. By one measure, the initiative is a success: The state's roll of food-stamp recipients declined from 209,000 residents in 2014 to about 171,000 people as of February. "Revenues from people who have gone back to work are up 114 to 120 percent," he told Fox News earlier this year. "People are dropping out of the system." Yet … [Read more...] about Must work for food stamps: A modest proposal or recipe for hunger?