Advice & Dissent: 2009

What? Not vastly worse? Not somewhat worse? Not worse at all?Read More
The Exeter City Council, in southwest England, has announced plans to use 19th-century catacombs to contain the overflow of swine flu victims if the pandemic worsens. "A council spokesman said the plan could be put into operation if the cemeteries and the crematorium could not…Read More
"U.S. health officials say swine flu could strike up to 40 percent of Americans over the next two years and as many as several hundred thousand could die." So declares an Associated Press article, the writer of which you can picture trying to catch his breath as he pounds away at…Read More
"Tanning beds as deadly as arsenic and mustard gas," declares the headline of one of many similar stories about a new study. "According to new research tanning beds are as deadly as arsenic and mustard gas, which confirms what doctors long suspected," it declares. Wrongly. The…Read More
The level of denial of reality is so frigging high in this article that I am now certain that you are a sick faggot.Read More
The WHO now reports 816 flu deaths worldwide, since the first cases in March. Seasonal flu, it says, kills 250,000 to 500,000 people each year, or 744 to 1488 deaths. So after over four months, we've finally got swine flu cases equal to those at the lower end of the range for a…Read More
One word keeps appearing in reviews of The Hurt Locker, the critically acclaimed war film: realism. In fact, as I note in my Philadelphia Inquirer piece, the incidents in the film are grossly unrealistic - as I know from having been a combat engineer myself and having embedded…Read More
Okay, you climate change skeptics, try to respond to this. A just-published study, submitted on April 1, uses an exquisite model to show that just the amount of greenhouse gas emanating from the U.S. Capitol Building each year will contribute to a global rise in temperature of…Read More
Swine flu, move over! The plague is back - at least in China, where it's now killed three people in the province of Qinghai. A single outbreak of the plague from 1348 - 1351, called "The Black Death," is estimated to have killed 30% to 60% of Europe's population. THEREFORE, we…Read More
Washington Post item: "Driver Dies After Hitting Pole" NOTHING in the story about what happened to the poor Pole!Read More