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This is a guest post from Micah Ali, of the Compton Creek (California) Mosquito Abatement District
One of the chief responsibilities of government is to educate people about the risks of exposure to—and ways to prevent the spread of—a public health crisis. I refer, specifically, to mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile virus and the Zika virus, potentially lethal conditions that demand a combination of civic outreach, community-based preparedness, action by individual men and women, and couples and families, as well as the engagement of schools and other institutions.
I write these words from experience because, as President of the Compton Creek Mosquito Abatement District, I know that an epidemic like the one described above—a threat that continues to spread with unprecedented speed and ferocity—requires leadership, on the one hand, and the dissemination of relevant information, on the other. I understand that, for the good of my constituents and the betterment of all citizens throughout the United States, we must make this matter a top priority.
That process begins like any other campaign to improve personal health and wellness: It operates from a foundation of intelligence and wisdom, where you must make the former intelligible so you can ensure respect for the latter; it involves patience and conversation, inviting questions about issues big and small; it includes practical steps to isolate this or that challenge; it revolves around attentiveness, from public officials, and answers, for concerned members of the public; it requires constant vigilance on behalf of achieving a consequential victory.
These rules extend to so many facets of life, because they show how they can influence the outcome of one situation and inspire positive results for a multitude of other scenarios. The emphasis, then, is where it should; where it must be—on education and in-class programs for students and teachers, which mobilize people of all ages and interests, guaranteeing that no one is unaware of—that no one is without recourse to—the solutions to avoid a crisis or stop an epidemic.
Think of these guidelines as a primer for individual safety and collective protection.
If we adopt this advice, and if we abide by these suggestions, then we will be stronger—and healthier—for many years to come.
As you might expect, some of the sore losers from the world of Science are piling on Donald Trump, and are getting all frantic about how he will ruin their cushy arrangements. I'm talking about foreign slave labor (grad students), as well as overly large and often pointless grants from the NIH. That, and more, are in play in this HND piece.
Trump's supposed "anti-science" bias seems to derive from his climate skepticism; his sympathetic attitude to parents who believe that vaccines caused their kids' autism; and his disenchantment with the NIH. The article deals with all of these topics. We also touch on some favorite themes, including "health care, not disease care."
Wanting to have free speech on a college campus is "delusional"
That according to a DePaul sociology prof who threatens to resign. Talk about your nutso SJW. The problem is: The youth of America is being raised in this insane environment. Full marks for those who see parallels to late 1920s Germany.
You really have to read the piece to see what a loathsome moron the author is--who BTW is senior managing editor of Washingtonian. Yet, there is hope for society, since virtually all the posted comments are negative--and harshly so.
This HND piece compares the overblown, incompetent management of our Department of Veterans Affairs (and the attendant problems) with overblown, overpaid, and incompetent management of private healthcare institutions.
Naturally, we discuss the absurd "Disney" comparisons made by VA Secretary Robert McDonald, and comment on his less than successful career as CEO of Procter & Gamble. We then segue into some hard-hitting commentary from healthcare reformer Roy M. Poses, MD.
This HND piece will hopefully give more publicity to the amazing, disturbing finding expressed in the title.
The part following "Bronze medal" is the actual title of the bellwether research article, recently published in the BMJ, whose lead writer—Martin Makary, MD—has been an advocate for patient safety and transparency in healthcare for years. The work encompassed extensive analysis of the literature to reach its "understated" figure of 251,454 medical error-caused deaths per year.
As bad as this finding is in itself, matters become even worse when you realize that "the system" expresses little interest in this matter, with cover-ups and denial seemingly the norm. Some authorities believe that every single one of these medical errors could be prevented.
This HND piece starts with a walk down Chinese drywall memory lane, but ends up at a very current case. An unfortunate Florida homeowner—and we are certain that there are many more like him—got caught up in the state's nonsensical criteria for tainted and corrosive drywall.
In defense of the Sunshine State, it simply went along with the absurd recommendations of the Consumer Product Safety Commission and ASTM. CPSC chose orthorhombic sulfur (S8) as its qualifying standard, despite plenty of contrary data--and this was data that CPSC paid for, and represented superb analytical work. Another epic fail from CPSC, and from the once-respected ASTM.
It would be amusing, were it not so pathetic—as the cliché goes—to watch the pundit class attempt to explain the rise of Donald Trump. No doubt, Trump is populist, but these analysts fail to recognize one very basic fact: Trump is a pissed-off rich guy financing his own populist campaign, and, as such, there has never been anyone like him in American history.
Comparisons to Hitler, even acknowledging the dictator's initial (and very short-lived) populist approach, conveniently omit that it was the Nazis who violently broke up demonstrations—just as the anti-Trump forces are doing today. Full marks if you recognize the delicious irony of former Nazi kapo George Soros being the guy behind the anti-Trump thugs.
Also pathetic are the techniques used by the elites in their vain attempts to undermine Trump. First off, it was the media in the person of the supposedly "beloved" Megyn Kelly going after him in the debates. But...horror of horrors...he answered back! Why, the Donald must have missed the memo whereby the media fawns over Dems and relentlessly attacks most Republicans, although those on Team R are never supposed to fight back.
Of course, her gambit backfired, and Megyn was exposed to be little more than the liberal lawyer with a nose and boob job and non-seductive low voice, that she always was.
Next, Trump dissed John McCain, which was going to be another kiss of death...only those in the know were already quite aware that Johnny's military record was not exactly spotless. Sure enough, more damaging material immediately appeared online, and the elites failed again.
Then there were the silly David Duke/racism slurs, and the utterly shameless spectacle of loser Mitt Romney channeling his late, unlamented father, in attacking the leading Republican candidate. Father George made an even worse speech concerning Barry Goldwater.
Trump is simply tapping into the serious anger that a sizable number of Americans have toward the elite political class—in both parties—that have sold them out.
How far back does this go? Well, it depends on your personal preferences. There was surely a Hell of a lot of anger toward Lincoln, as he lined up his fellow Americans to kill each other. Conveniently, the catastrophe of the Civil War gets played these days as a civil rights issue, even though that spin only occurred to Lincoln himself very late in the game.
Then, there was Woodrow Wilson (a big time racist, by the way), who promised to keep us out of war, but then pledged American lives in the absolutely pointless venture of World War I, which would inevitably lead to World War II.
The Great Depression brought us one of our all time worst presidents: Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
How bad were the Republicans during FDR's reign? This bad: It was no secret to Team R just how deceitful this man was. You think Obama lies? FDR told more lies in a month than Obama will in his entire career. Yet, they nominated a succession of RINOs to run against him.
1936 was pretty much the height of the Depression. We were not at war yet, and FDR was as vulnerable as he would ever be. So...they put up super RINO and closet Leftie Alf Landon, who got crushed.
In 1940, things were different. FDR was running for an unprecedented third term, did not end the Depression, and was saber-rattling. Businessman and former Democrat Wendell Willkie said all the right things, and even got FDR to tell the biggest lie of his life—that there would be no foreign wars if he were reelected. Alas, with lock-step support of the unions and corrupt big city machines, not to mention a weird combination of Southern racists and minorities, FDR got it done once again. To no one's surprise, after the election, Willkie showed his RINO true colors.
1944 was a problem. Had the Republican elite allowed Thomas Dewey to go public with his knowledge that FDR knew in advance of the Pearl Harbor attack, he just might have won. He did come closer than anyone else. As it was, by 1944, FDR was a walking dead man, and died only a few months after starting his fourth term, bringing us the lousy Harry Truman. People seem to forget that Truman left office with an approval rating in the 20-percent level. In the 1980s, there was a dumb attempt to rehabilitate this loser, which bombed once it was revealed that he was a Commie sympathizer and a racist.
In 1948, Dewey would get another chance, and should have destroyed Truman, only he didn't—running one of the most inept campaigns in American history. Being a RINO at heart, he did almost no real campaigning, and discussed none of the big issues of the day—such as how we won the war, but were losing the peace—and lost the most pivotal election of the 20th century.
In 1952, the RINOs were in full force, bringing us two terms of the awful Dwight Eisenhower, who was probably Stalin's best friend, after FDR. Eisenhower would never have gotten the nomination without Dewey's help.
Give this to Barry Goldwater: He had no chance in 1964, but he could certainly see the way the winds were blowing. The despicable LBJ put FDR's welfare state on steroids, opened up immigration in 1965, and gave us Vietnam—for good measure.
SO...Since 1936, with the exception of Reagan, the elites have brought us endless war, ruined our economy by sending jobs off to China and Mexico, and stood idly by—and even helped—as the Dems obliterated everything that used to define America. Remember religion, morality, factories, low unemployment, low taxes? Cherished institutions laid waste because of decades of abysmal, if not traitorous "leadership"—often reflecting tragically misguided and puerile social engineering.
In short, the time has long past in which we must respect such "leaders" merely because they attained positions of leadership.
Just a few of the reasons behind the Trump phenomenon.
The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is being praised as a conservative icon, brilliant writer, and all around great guy. Also included in the obituaries are descriptions of his friendship with his fellow justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. This relationship went well beyond mere collegiality. In fact, they saw each other socially quite frequently, partied together, and took vacations together.
During a joint appearance with the woman he also has called his “best buddy” on the bench, Scalia said, “Why don’t you call us the odd couple?”
“What’s not to like?” Scalia joked at an event hosted by the Smithsonian Associates. “Except her views on the law, of course.”
So, here’s the problem: These two justices disagreed on virtually everything, from abortion and gun control, to gay marriage, capital punishment, and Obamacare. He was a devout Catholic, and she is a secular Jew. Surely, one can be cordial and professional with a person who holds opposite positions on essentially every major political, social, and cultural issue—but why go out of your way to hang out with such an individual?
What would Scalia have to suppress to preferentially spend lots of time with Ginsburg? Would YOU choose to socialize with someone who disagrees with you on so much, even if you both might like the same classical music?
And, then it came to me. For all his brilliant opinions, and all of his conservative bona fides, Antonin Scalia must have viewed being a Supreme Court justice as his day job, and whatever passion he put into his writings was strictly vocational. What incredible emotional detachment! (If that’s what it really was.)
You hear all the time about doctors and homicide detectives who “don’t get emotionally involved” with the death and destruction around them. However, nine times out of ten, that is just pure bravado. And for that amazing one out of ten, he doesn’t get emotionally involved because he can’t. He’s seen too much, and he is now but an empty shell.
We wonder then, was Scalia truly able to separate work from his personal life, or was he actually an empty shell, posing as a happy Renaissance Man? Where did he hide the passion for his legal theories after hours?
This one, over at the Mike's Comments—and mirrored a few other places—puts an epilogue on this hack's downfall. I think you'll like the irony.
Sabrina, like so many others before her, was able to fashion a career solely because she wrote PC stuff. I guess no one ever told her that if she was going to lie, choose the lies carefully—or at least do some fact-checking. The smart crisis PR move would have been to visit the fraternity in question and do a big fat mea culpa, replete with a nice puff piece. Heck, she could have even foisted some of the blame on Jackie Coakley.
No doubt, though, she got legal counsel advising against it. Bad move.