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.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Any theories about why the new mumps epidemic has erupted in the Midwest? I’m not one, really, for conspiracy theories, but to have an outbreak of mumps like the current one sounds like someone might have screwed up, accidentally or on purpose. Red Orbit speculates that the disease originated from abroad. The current strain is similar to one that spread through England last year.

But whatever the origin of the epidemic, it certainly calls into question the efficacy of our vaccines. Why are 605 people now infected with mumps, with 50 new cases being reported each day? Our vaccines are supposed to protect us from outbreaks like this. What went wrong? (Blogg has an interesting perspective.) Could this happen with other diseases for which we are being vaccinated? What about polio? What about a potential bird flu vaccine? What about bioterrorism? The current mumps epidemic triggers a lot of questions, and so far not enough answers.

Pope Benedict XVI has some harsh words this Easter for genetic engineers who seem to be playing God. Here are the complete remarks. Good for the Pope. Somebody needs to add different perspectives to the discussion of genetic engineering. The Pope has a lot of authority to speak. Let us hope that the world doesn’t view his remarks as irrelevant. Unfortunately the huge corporations have more power than the Pope has. All he can do is talk, whereas the corporations actually put food, their food, genetically engineered or not, in our mouths. More people need to speak out about genetic engineering. If they are against it, or if they are for it, they need to say so. We need to have a dialogue about this subject, which so far we don’t have.

A new study says that a vegan diet is good for your health and for the health of the earth as well. (I can’t believe that the average American actually consumes 3774 calories per day. Well, maybe I can believe it when I see all the obese people around me.)

Now, I think many people would agree that Al Gore is a little overweight. I think he should go on a strictly vegan diet, especially since he has apparently moved to San Francisco. It would be easy to do. And when he runs for president in 2008, that could be part of his campaign platform: cutting the fat, America, for our health and for the health of the earth. It’s an idea.

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