Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Short Takes

Deadly storms kill five in the South and Midwest.

Court rules against Trump’s attempt to kill DACA for now.

New York court rules that civil rights laws protect sexual orientation.

San Francisco Fire Department sees rise in breast cancer rates.

DeVos orders probe of how MSU handled sex-abuse investigation.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Friday, February 16, 2018

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Short Takes

Is Joe Biden out?  Analysts think Hillary Clinton’s debate performance made it harder for him to run.

Israel stepped up security in light of attacks by Palestinians in East Jerusalem.

U.S. to send troops to Cameroon to stem off Boko Haram.

Nurse with Ebola complications said to be “critically ill.”

New York restaurant chain ends tipping.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Short Takes

Floods batter South Carolina.

Doctors Without Borders pulls out of Kunduz after strike on their hospital.

Coast Guard renews search for missing freighter in Hurricane Joaquin.

F.D.A. approves new immune therapy drug for lung cancer.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) announces his bid for Speaker.

The Tigers ended the season with a win over the White Sox.  Thank you, boys.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Short Takes

Turkey and the U.S. unite to fight ISIS in Syria.

President Obama was in Ethiopia to talk about South Sudan.

“Ridiculous if it wasn’t sad” was how the President responded to Mike Huckabee’s oven door statement.

Boston bows out of the 2024 Olympics bid.

Europe approves world’s first malaria vaccine.

The Tigers lost 5-2 to the Rays.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Short Takes

Hong Kong police begin to clear protest site.

Japan falls into recession; Europe hopes to avoid it.

Four killed in Jerusalem synagogue assault.

Parents of hostage killed by ISIS speak out.

Too late — The doctor with Ebola who was brought to Nebraska for treatment died.

NBC executive hired ten weeks ago gets canned.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Short Takes

ISIS executes 36 Sunni tribesmen.

The head of the W.H.O. criticized the drug industry for putting profit before treating Ebola.

Breakthrough? Nasal spray Ebola vaccine works on monkeys.

Kentucky judge dismisses complaint from Grimes campaign over McConnell mailer.

SpaceShip2 crash linked to faulty deployment of wing.

This is it.  Go vote.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Short Takes

Commercial rocket to the space station explodes on lift-off.

President Obama praises Ebola caretakers.

Second nurse infected with Ebola in Texas has been released from hospital.

U.N. human rights advocate wants North Korea to be put on trial for violation of human rights.

Iran wants a nuclear deal.

The Royals force Game 7 by beating the Giants 10-0.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014


No one could have predicted that all the freaking out about Ebola was going to lead to  overreaction and stupidity.  Right.

A nurse returning to the U.S. after treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone was rushed into quarantine in New Jersey because she showed a slightly elevated temperature.  It turned out to be a false alarm and she does not have the virus.  All well and good, you might say.  Except for the fact that she was treated like she had knocked over a bank.

I had spent a month watching children die, alone. I had witnessed human tragedy unfold before my eyes. I had tried to help when much of the world has looked on and done nothing.

At the hospital, I was escorted to a tent that sat outside of the building. The infectious disease and emergency department doctors took my temperature and other vitals and looked puzzled. “Your temperature is 98.6,” they said. “You don’t have a fever but we were told you had a fever.”

After my temperature was recorded as 98.6 on the oral thermometer, the doctor decided to see what the forehead scanner records. It read 101. The doctor felts my neck and looked at the temperature again. “There’s no way you have a fever,” he said. “Your face is just flushed.”

My blood was taken and tested for Ebola. It came back negative.

I sat alone in the isolation tent and thought of many colleagues who will return home to America and face the same ordeal. Will they be made to feel like criminals and prisoners?

Of all the things America and Americans do well, dealing rationally with a crisis is not one of them.  The proportion of freakage over Ebola based on the number of people who have actually died within our borders is depressing, not to mention the allegedly responsible representatives in both the media and politics who are exploiting it for ratings and campaign contributions.  It’s a small blessing that the governor of New York has seen some light on this subject and backed off his P.O.W. approach, but it’s also scary that the go-to source for information on Ebola comes from Wikipedia.

We can make fun of the idiots in Congress who demand that the president turn to crisis over the Surgeon General, a post that is vacant because the same idiots in Congress blocked his confirmation.  We can shake our heads at the people who are proud to say they’re not scientists who declaim about the pathology of the virus.  We can make money off the rubes who think that they now need to add hazmat suits to their doomsday collection, but in the end all of this overreaction makes us forget that people are dying in a distant land — or in a school cafeteria — and we’re incapable of dealing with it like rational people.