Monday, June 21, 2021

What's wrong with the CDC?

 Michael Lewis has an idea. So does Jeneen Interlandi, writing in the New York Times:

The agency may be just one cog in the nation’s public-health apparatus, but it is a crucial one. In an ideal world, its edicts would hold sway not only over schools but also nursing homes, prisons and meatpacking plants. It would guide elected officials and private institutions alike through not just global pandemics but all manner of public-health threats: food-borne pathogen outbreaks, the opioid crisis, gun violence. In an ideal world, its efforts would succeed, more often than not, at keeping people safe and helping them stay healthy. This is the C.D.C. we need. But as the last year has made clear, it is not the C.D.C. we have.

The C.D.C. we have is hardly a monolith: Some of its many pockets are bursting with innovation; others are plagued by inertia. But scientists and administrators who have spent decades working with and for the agency say that three problems in particular affect the whole institution: a lack of funding, a lack of authority and a culture that has been warped by both. Some of these problems come down to politics, but most are a result of flaws in the agency’s very foundation.

"Them others? I don’t know. But she sure spoiled Paul. I heard him talk back to her once so bad in the beauty parlor once that I made him apologize.”


The story that has everyone in my family in South Carolina obsessed, reported in The New York Post:

Alex found the bodies at the lodge, called “Moselle,” around 10 p.m. on June 7. The victims were shot multiple times, the coroner said, reportedly with a semi-automatic assault rifle and a shotgun. He ruled the deaths a double homicide.

But some locals in this swampy, rural Lowcountry town, where the Murdaughs have ruled like kings for more than a century, whisper that the murders might be karmic retribution — for a variety of secrets, sins and tragic deaths tied to the family.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Rick, I've often speculated why you don't return to America. Did you abscond with the church funds? Run off with a senator's wife? I'd like to think you killed a man. It's the romantic in me.


Rick: I came to Casablanca for the waters.

Captain Renault: Waters? What waters? We're in the desert.

Rick: I was misinformed.

A pilgrimage site, at the tiny Red Hill Cemetery outside Moultonborough, New Hampshire.

Medical centers court and honor financial donors. But they treat kidney donors like a piece in a biological supply chain.

 Martha Gershon and John Lantos write:

Most medical centers know how to treat financial donors.  They honor them.  They court them.  They make it as easy as possible for the donor to give.  For organ donors, transplant centers care about the quality of their medical care but not the quality of their scheduling, travel, or logistic experience.  The entire transplant system seems designed to thwart their efforts rather than encourage them.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Teach-in, June 15: "What the hell happened at the University of Toronto law school?"

Censured: Equity and the Azarova Affair Teach-In Series

Event #1: What the hell happened at the University of Toronto law school?

Moderators: Heidi Matthews, Osgoode Hall Law School and Malavika Kasturi, History, University of Toronto

June 15, 2021

5:30-7:30pm EST



·       “The Palestine Exception”: Discriminatory hiring practice – Mohammad Fadel, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

·       Academic Freedom, Donor Influence, and human Rights – Anver Emon, History & Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

·       Critique of the Response: Cromwell Report, Law School, President – Denise RĂ©aume, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

·       Conservative Backlash against Anti-Racist and Decolonial Education – Vincent Wong, Osgoode Hall Law School

Jack & Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime, and Security

Osgoode Hall Law School | YorkU