Hypocrisy on Election Interference
In his press conference last month, President Barack Obama sternlyvoiced concern about “potential foreign influence in our election process.”The goal may be a valid one, but it cloaks hypocrisy of staggering proportions. The United States has been assiduously intervening in foreign elections for decades —perhaps even for centuries.The central issue in the 2016 election was with some hacked emails, published by Wikileaks, indicating that some top members of the Democratic National Committee were rooting for Hillary Clinton to win their party ’s nomination for president. This seems to have been the extent of the “i...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - January 4, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: John Mueller Source Type: blogs

Fake news and fake science
In a recent editorial, the New York Times wrote about ‘the breakdown of a shared public reality built upon widely accepted facts’. As a scientist, I am appalled by the disdain for facts shown by many in this country, including the President-Elect. Unfortunately, science is not without its share of fake information. The Times argues that at one time, nearly everyone had a unified source of news – the proverbial Walter Cronkite. Social media and the internet changed all that, allowing people to have their own sources of news, whether they be real or fake. The web developers in Macedonia who are paid $30,000 a ...
Source: virology blog - December 16, 2016 Category: Virology Authors: Vincent Racaniello Tags: Commentary fake news fake science scientific fraud vaccine viral virology virus viruses Walter Cronkite Source Type: blogs

Have Terrorists Illegally Crossed the Border?
Yesterday, Cato published my policy analysis entitled “Terrorism and Immigration: A Risk Analysis” where I, among other things, attempt to quantify the terrorist threat from immigrants by visa category. One of the best questions I received about it came fromDaniel Griswold, the Senior Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Program on the American Economy and Globalization at the Mercatus Center. Full disclosure: Dan used to run Cato ’s immigration and trade department and he’s been a mentor to me. Dan asked me how many of the ten illegal immigrant terrorists I identified crossed the Mexican border?I didn ’t have...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - September 14, 2016 Category: American Health Authors: Alex Nowrasteh Source Type: blogs

June Man of the Month: Marc Sommers, PhD
As a child, Marc loved looking at National Geographic magazines, especially at his Uncle’s home on New Year’s Day. That’s where young Marc went with his family to celebrate.  Not much for the adult conversation upstairs, Marc would slip away to the basement and lose himself in exotic photos of far-away places.  At 12, he decided he was going to go to the Serengeti. Not only did he get there, but he has dedicated much of his adult life to working with young people, primarily in Africa—19 countries and counting.  Marc Sommers, who is fluent in Swahili, is an internationally recognized youth, conflict, education, g...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - June 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Global Health Man of the Month Source Type: blogs

“A girl waited for her shoes to dry at an improvised...
"A girl waited for her shoes to dry at an improvised border camp near near Idomeni, Greece. Before migration overwhelmed Europe last year, Idomeni was a tiny village near the Macedonian border. Every so often, a freight train rumbled over the tracks. But that northbound rail route soon attracted refugees heading toward Austria and Germany. Now, refugees exist in #Idomeni in a decrepit suspended animation. "I walked into the Idomeni camp last Thursday to begin a journey across Greece and witness firsthand the new dynamic of Europe's migration crisis — refugees, desperate and exhausted, are now frozen in place in a trouble...
Source: Kidney Notes - March 17, 2016 Category: Urology & Nephrology Authors: Joshua Schwimmer Source Type: blogs

Lingo Lango, Jingy Jong Jango
I cannot imagine anybody who reads this blog not enjoying Gaston Dorren’s book Lingo: Around Europe in 60 Languages. Yes, sixty languages are a lot to cover, but each one is discussed quite briefly, making only one or two points about the language before moving on. The text takes less than 300 pages, so each language gets the equivalent of a blog post’s worth of discussion. You won’t learn Basque this way, but you will learn that Basque does not have subjects and objects (although speakers can still distinguish between the doer and the doee). The book is full of interesting nuggets doled out in witty prose. Most of t...
Source: Babel's Dawn - February 29, 2016 Category: Speech Therapy Authors: Blair Source Type: blogs

Where Do K-1 Visa Holders Come From?
Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik were killed last week in a gun battle with police after they committed a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California.  Malik entered the U.S. on a K-1 visa, known as the fiancé visa, accompanied by Farook.  Their attack is the first perpetrated by somebody on the K-1 visa - igniting a debate over increasing visa security.    The government issued approximately 262,162 K-1 visas from 2005 to 2013 – 3177 or 1.21 percent of the total to Pakistani citizens.  Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) SECURE Act identifies 34 countries as particularly terror-prone.  There were 32,363 K-1 visa, 12.34 pe...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - December 7, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: Alex Nowrasteh Source Type: blogs

John Kasich: Running as Most Sanctimonious Presidential Candidate
John Kasich seems most interested in winning the contest for Most Sanctimonious. He isn’t even likely to win the Ohio primary, let alone capture the GOP presidential nomination.   There was a time when Kasich looked like a serious contender. But he has gone out of his way to offend everyone, especially those who believe in shrinking government.   Perhaps Kasich’s strangest electoral ploy has been to present himself as God’s candidate. Two years ago he decided to expand Medicaid eligibility in his state. How to best provide health care for those with lesser incomes is a tough issue.   But Kasich didn’t stop at tr...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - December 5, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: Doug Bandow Source Type: blogs

“In Idomeni, Greece, Nisrine Majid looked out the window...
"In Idomeni, Greece, Nisrine Majid looked out the window of the train that would carry her family through Macedonia to its border with Serbia. The Majid family traveled from Syria through Turkey and eight European countries over nearly two months. For most of their journey, they weren't even sure of their destination. The Majids were cheered and cursed, encountering the best of Europe and the worst. Photo by @sergeyponomarev, one of two photographers who documented the Majid family's journey this summer. To find the full version of this #nytweekender story, visit the link in our profile." By nytimes on Instagram. Posted o...
Source: Kidney Notes - October 24, 2015 Category: Urology & Nephrology Authors: Joshua Schwimmer Source Type: blogs

Mediphilia: Self-diagnosed with a love of doctors
On October 10, 2013, the Boston Public Library held an author event featuring Dr. Sheri Fink, she of the MD/PhD braininess that appears to be in constant triage mode; she famously skipped her own medical school graduation to assist refugees on the Kosovo-Macedonia border during the war in Kosovo.  Five Days at Memorial had recently come out, and her talk that early fall evening definitely had the feel of a close-knit book group.  Dr. Fink is petite, but she asked big questions that night pertaining to medical ethics and then supersized every single one, without ever once tipping her own hand.  The audience was spellboun...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - June 1, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Patient Patients Source Type: blogs

Those Gruelling U.S. Tax Rates: A Global Perspective
The Tax Foundation released its inaugural “International Tax Competitiveness Index” (ITCI) on September 15th, 2014. The United States was ranked an abysmal 32nd out of the 34 OECD member countries for the year 2014. (See accompanying Table 1.) The European welfare states such as Norway, Sweden and Denmark, with their large social welfare systems, still managed to have less burdensome tax systems on local businesses than the U.S. The U.S. is even ranked below Italy, the country that has had such a pervasive problem with tax evasion that the head of its Agency of Revenue (roughly equivalent to the Internal Revenue Servic...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - May 2, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: Steve H. Hanke Source Type: blogs

Trichinosis: Cross-border Episodes
A recent trichinosis outbreak in Belgium related to Spanish boar meat reflects the continued high incidence of trichinosis in Spain. In fact, trichinosis rates in Spain are comparable to those which have not been encountered in the United States for more than 50 years [1,2] – see graph. Cross-border incidents of trichinosis are relatively uncommon. The following chronology, including cases related to importation or human travel, is abstracted from Gideon www.GideonOnline.com (primary references available on request) 1975 – An outbreak (125 cases) of trichinosis in France was traced to horse meat imported fro...
Source: GIDEON blog - December 7, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: Ebooks Epidemiology Graphs Outbreaks ProMED Spain trichinosis Source Type: blogs

Ukraine Crisis Reminds Americans Why NATO Should Not Expand
Doug Bandow The bitter conflict in Ukraine drags on.  Russia continues to destabilize Kiev and NATO remains divided on how to respond. Washington has taken the lead against Moscow even though America has little at stake in Russia’s misbehavior.  In fact, the crisis has generated a spate of U.S. proposals to take military action and expand NATO. For instance, Sen. John McCain urged adding Ukraine to the “transatlantic” alliance.  Former UN ambassador John Bolton suggested including Georgia and Ukraine.  Other proposed candidates for the alliance include Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Finland, Kosovo...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - July 30, 2014 Category: American Health Authors: Doug Bandow Source Type: blogs

Life with Diabetes... in Macedonia
Ever wonder what it's like living with this exasperating illness in the far reaches of the world? So do we! That's why we created our Global Diabetes Series -- a sort of "virtual tour of the world" via testimonials from people with grappling diabe... (Source: Diabetes Mine)
Source: Diabetes Mine - April 11, 2014 Category: Endocrinology Authors: Amy Tenderich Source Type: blogs