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Denver to host special tuberculosis patient who flew home on commercial airlines

May 31, 2007


A man from Atlanta has extensively drug resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB), and he’s coming to Denver’s National Jewish Medical Center, one of the foremost authority on respiratory diseases in the world. No problem, and it’s almost certainly not the first time that National Jewish has receieved a special respiratory illness for treatment. No, my problem […]

Time for legislatures to act on behalf of women

May 30, 2007


Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that gender discrimination must have occurred within 180 days of filing the complaint – even if the discriminiation occurred gradually over years or decades. My fellow S&R co-blogger Robert Silvey blogged about this yesterday the decision was released (Women need not apply). Reading Justice Alito’s suggestion that corporations needed […]

A call for universal civil service

May 28, 2007


A former Secretary of Defense and Representative, Melvvin R. Laird, is calling for universal civil service for all youths instead of a universal draft. He points out that the military doesn’t need that many soldiers, airmen, sailors, and marines, but that the rest of the government could really, REALLY use the influx of manpower. I […]

Bush wants to dilute the G-8’s statement on global heating

May 18, 2007


According to this Washington Post article, the Bush Administration is negotiating to weaken the G-8’s statement on global heating. Some examples of what they’re trying to do, quoted fro the WashPost article: The documents show that American officials are also trying to eliminate draft language that says, “We acknowledge that the U.N. climate process is […]

Governor Bill Richardson’s new energy plan

May 17, 2007


Bill Richardson, former Ambassador to the United Nations, former Congressman, former Secretary of Energy under President Clinton, now Governor of New Mexico, and one of many Democratic Party candidates for President in 2008, has an energy plan. It’s agressive, it’s wide-ranging, it’s reasonably comprehensive, and it takes global heating seriously.

Big bills and aggressive Congressional schedules makes for bad government

May 17, 2007


I was casting about the airwaves Wednesday night for something worth listening to when I stumbled upon Fresh Air. Terry Gross was interviewing Boston Globe legal columnist and Pulitzer winner Charlie Savage about Regent University Law School (the Christian university founded by Pat Robertson). While I came into the middle of the interview, so many […]

“Do nothing which is of no use” – this week’s scholar and/or rogue: Miyamoto Musashi

May 14, 2007


In battle, if you make your opponent flinch, you have already won. If you have ever been involved in business negotiations with Japanese businessmen, there’s a good chance you’re familiar with this situation: you walk into the conference room and, almost inevitably, the most senior businessman is seated furthest from the door.