Advice & Dissent: 2009

"Flu Pandemic Could Be Mild" declares the Washington Post headlineRead More
While climate experts were off at the Copenhagen summit working on their tans (in sunny Copenhagen), the EPA pulled a fast one. As the Washington Post noted in an article that was actually quite good in providing the negatives, the agency formally announced that six gases…Read More
Innovations like "Living Stories" from Google Labs along with better and much cheaper e-readers to replace newsprint, will ensure that much of the legacy media survives. Which, for all that media's faults, is good. Let's face it; for all the talk of a "new business model" needed…Read More
"The decade of 2000 to 2009 appears to be the warmest one in the modern record, the World Meteorological Organization reported in a new analysis on Tuesday," according to the New York Times. "The announcement is likely to be viewed as a rejoinder to a renewed challenge from…Read More
Remember avian flu? Until swine flu came along, that's what was going to wipe out mankind. My last unprinted letter to the Washington Post scored the paper's opinions page for declaring "panic is good . . . panic is what we want," for claiming swine flu could kill 207,00…Read More
Or somewhere new, anyway. By necessity. So says Al Gore. Endangered species? In a speech at the Copenhagen climate summit he declared: "These figures are fresh. Some of the models suggest to Dr Wieslav Maslowski that there is a 75 per cent chance that the entire north polar ice…Read More
"A principal in Arlington County, Virginia announced Monday that she will call off an assignment that asked students to represent the views of the Taliban during a mock United Nations after some parents called it inappropriate," reports the Washington Post. Yeah, you could say…Read More
The Big Scare of 2009 is over, folks. The U.S. swine flu epidemic has ended. "The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza (P&I) was below the epidemic threshold," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website Fluview and this chart shows…Read More
1965, Medicare health insurance authorized for all Americans over age 65 along with Medicaid that covers both seniors and the poor. Somehow for 190 years Americans were able to make do without it. 2006, Largest expansion of Medicare since origin in also covering prescription…Read More
If you're getting a headache from spending to much time on your cell phone, it's probably from yakking too much. But it's not from brain cancer. Not from the phone, anyway, as yet another shows. No, this wasn't one of those "let's put some mouse brain cells in a Petri dish and…Read More