Advice & Dissent: 2010

No, that's not Michael Fumento asking. It's a pharmaceutical industry blog declaring, "That's the contention by more than a dozen members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, which reportedly plans to conduct an inquiry into the influence that drug makers may…Read More
"Anybody who ever built an empire, or changed the world, sat where you are now," says George Clooney's "termination engineer" to just-fired employees in the comedy Up in the Air. Satire? Hardly. "We Got Fired! ... And It's the Best Thing that Ever Happened to Us!" declares one…Read More
These things just keep getting briefer and briefer. Infections down, deaths down to only 14, states with widespread activity: just one. Updating you on an earlier blog, the chairman of the influential health committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has…Read More
You've heard of pseudoscience, of course. Well, Chris Mooney is a pseudoscientific writer. He twists and bends and remolds data any way he can to come to the "proper" conclusion. "Yeah, I kinda make 'em up as I go along!" Among his works, a book called "The Republican War on…Read More
Inevitably when pandemic doom fails to pan out, whether it be heterosexual AIDS, SARS, avian flu, or anything else the public health establishment that panicked everyone will claim that the only reason their predictions didn't prevail was fast action on their part. So it was…Read More
Hidden within the latest edition of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's FluView was this sentence: "The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza was below the epidemic threshold." That's right: The great American swine flu epidemic - which led to…Read More
In response to my Philadelphia Inquirer piece "Swine Flu Epidemic Ends with a Whimper," predictably public health community members have squealed that the only reason the disease proved so mild is because of their own Herculean efforts. I saw the same thing with heterosexual AIDS…Read More
It's fine to celebrate the Massachusetts victory of Scott Brown. I like how Daily Show host Jon Stewart put it: "The Kennedy legacy goes down to a naked guy who owns a truck." (He once posed for Cosmopolitan.) But remember from civics class that the legislation only need 51 votes…Read More
Regarding the ubiquitous plastic ingredient bisphenol A (BPA), my colleague Angela Logomasini blogged that "The greens are rejoicing today because the Food and Drug Administration has softened its stance on the safety of" the chemical and gave some reasons why it's folly. But…Read More
"The glaciers in the Himalayas are receding faster than in any other part of the world and, if the present rate continues, a large number of them may disappear by 2035 because of climate change." Such was the lede of one of countless articles about how 1.3 billion Asians were in…Read More