A bit early yet, but as I’m traveling the rest of the month, here’s my top 5 over the last month. Swine flu everywhere you look.
I like industrial secrets as much as the next person. But it would seem that when tens of millions of doses of vaccine are weeks late, we might get something more specific than that one company was overoptimistic and another had trouble filling syringes.
Nurses and doctors have won a victory in their battle for their “right” to infect patients with easily prevented pandemic influenza. Judge Halts Flu Vaccine Mandate For Health Workers via pandemicchronicle.com Posted via web from David Dobbs’s Somatic Marker
This kills me — but maybe just because I’ve written books. (Oh yeah — the links to the books. First two here. Reef Madness here. Buy ‘em. Read ‘em. They’re better than the stuff you’re reading now.)
Nate Silver gives 10 reasons the public option is surging. I throw in my doubts and caveats.
Don’t see this every day. From the excellent Dovdox, Alan Dove’s scijo blog: Awhile back, I commented on the finding that abandoned swimming pools at foreclosed houses are producing a boom in mosquito-borne infections. Now, it seems, some Floridians have found a way to deal with at least one aspect of the abandoned pool problem:…
Adrienne Mayor’s riveting (if queasy-making) biography of Mitradates, “Poison King,” is a finalist for the National Book Award. It’s wonderful to see a skillfully executed and absorbing account of an obscure bit of history get this sort of well-deserved attention.
W.C. Fields (above) famously called death the “fellow in the brite nightgown.” A few years ago Donald Fagan turned this into a catchy song. To those unconcerned about H1N1 feel free to hum it on your way out the door, when said fellow gives you the victory hug.
In honor of its pure strangeness
The steps we’ve taken, while half-measures to be sure, reflect the state’s essential decency and civility. Yet Vermont’s distinction is not in curing the healthcare problem. We’re just stanching the bleeding a bit better than other states.