The Tao of Politics

One of my main concerns is: how can I make a difference? There are thousands of political blogs out there. It’s easy to get lost in that ocean. So I may blog about politics on occasion, or I may blog about health issues, depending on where my interests lead me, and where I feel I can contribute something of significance.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Supreme Court
Here is the upcoming schedule for the Judge Alito hearings.

Win, or die trying?
Ted Stevens of Alaska, 82, just doesn’t quit, does he? He says he’s going to stay in office and keep pushing to open up ANWR to oil drilling. You’ve got to admire his determination, but I think he’s fighting a losing battle.

We don’t know if H5N1 has mutated yet, but a World Health Organization official says that it is on the verge of doing so. Dr. Guenael Rodier said “The more humans infected with the avian virus, the more chance it has to adapt.” In Turkey, human infection with H5N1 is widespread and seems to be growing. So far, however, infection seems to be limited to those who were in close contact with sick birds.

More H5N1
Reuters is reporting that bird flu seems to spread to humans rather easily, and that symptoms are often relatively mild. Here is an article about the current H5N1 virus, and the Spanish Flu of 1918. (To read more about H5N1 and the 1918 pandemic, try this google link.) And here is more in-depth analysis from the CBC.

Why are we putting so much money into vaccines? We need more effective antivirals, folks. Treat the people who are sick right now, not the people who might, but probably won’t, get sick. Come on!

More Bird Flu Video
Here is a video from Reuters on the situation in Turkey.

Would China cover things up?
Is China being fully transparent in reporting the incidence of bird flu in its country? Some people say yes, while some people say no. Hong Kong virologist Guan Yi denies that he made allegations of a Chinese cover-up, but who knows if this is true or if he’s just trying to stay out of trouble with the authorities?

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  • At 11:35 PM, Anonymous stranger said…

    ugh. ted stevens. the man is a walking advertisement for why assisted suicide should be legal.


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