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משוגע טאָט וויי?
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With thanks to +Irina T. for the link.

At first I expected an article complaining that disease names were a source of badness in the current extremist reality that makes news. Spoiler: That's not what this is.

Another group of critics attacked the whole ethos of the WHO’s undertaking, arguing that you can’t depoliticise disease names because diseases are themselves political. Zoonoses – human infections of animal origin – have been emerging with increasing frequency in recent decades, indeed this is one reason that the WHO issued its guidelines when it did. The explosion in the global population has meant that people are encroaching on new ecosystems and coming into contact with novel pathogens.

In the Great Flu Pandemic, they didn't call it "Spanish Flu" in Spain, since it didn't originate there. I'm not going to spoil the surprise, you have to read the article for that. But I'm going to share this, because... well, if you needed another reason to hate NAFTA...

In his book, Wallace used the swine flu pandemic to illustrate what a truly informative disease name might look like. The virus that caused it was closely related to the one that caused the 1918 flu pandemic. Humans probably caught it from birds in 1918, but they in turn infected pigs. The virus evolved in pigs for decades, before re-emerging in humans in 2009. The first cases were recorded in Mexico, prompting many media to adopt the label ‘Mexican flu’. According to Wallace, it was no coincidence that it emerged at that time and in that part of the world. It was a direct result of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), signed in 1992, that abolished protective tarifs to create a free-trade zone in North America. This enabled larger farming concerns to force smaller ones out of business, or drove them to merge, accelerating consolidation and the erosion of genetic diversity in pig herds. There would have been no 2009 flu pandemic, he believes, had there been no NAFTA. The pandemic should therefore have been called the ‘NAFTA flu’.

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C-SPAN Podcast:
Civil War and Emancipation Policy

http://podcasts.c-spanvideo.org/trimmed/program/047/477890/program.477890.MP3-STD.mp3

Some discussion of the military and political decisions in the civil war. Addresses the Emancipation Proclamation, also some comments about "would slavery have ended on its own at a lesser cost to human life than that of the Civil War?". Fairly balanced in my opinion. 

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On the whole, I dislike the WT. I mean, it's entertaining to note that it was, and might still be, a tool of the Unification Church, purchased by them what, a couple of decades ago?

But this article is some pretty decent reporting. I listened to the hearing, and they are reporting on the testimony I thought was most telling,and doing that in a very unopinionated way, best I can tell.

The comments are typically funny of naysayers on any side, might as well ignore them, they're the usual tripe that depends more on snark than substance.

edit: as mentioned below, the Unification Church is a conservative Christian theological organization, known for record setting mass weddings, and college/University campus proselytizing movements, seeking out vulnerable and lonely youth for their movement. Their leader was the late Reverent Sun Myung Moon, which explains why they are called "Moonies."

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An essay with no answers, but lots of pondering. From my friend Michael Davis.

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Well, he's welcome to show up on the farm and hang out with the pigs. I'm not kidding. He'd have a blast.

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C-SPAN Podcast:
1870s Moonshine Wars in Appalachia

http://podcasts.c-spanvideo.org/trimmed/program/046/464546/program.464546.MP3-STD.mp3

Touches on the early reasons for the IRS, origins of the division between the two major political parties in the US, northern populist journalism in the era of Reconstruction, and natural right to make a living vs. the government's desire for funding during and after the civil war.

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I swear. I am at the point where every question with the name "Donald Trump" in it should be answered thusly:

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Around one or two in the morning, I woke up with a sudden obsession for understanding staircases.

This isn't out of the blue. In a few short weeks I'm taking delivery on a 10x20 barn roofed cabin/cottage with front porch and loft.

The puzzle: a set of stairs that takes up minimum space but allows for safe descent in case of illness or migraine, especially in the middle of the night.
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