Public Health Stories April 2009

Swine Flu:

White House to hold briefing; interesting to see how the new administration will handle this crises:

Wikipedia site is being updated frequently:

And the CDC site:

WHO Site:

Budget woes affecting public health programs in Washington:

Public Health Stories April 2009

This is what the “Corporate Fascism” category is for…(vol II)

Why have the category Corporate Fascism? Perhaps it is because large corporations and states, acting as the lackeys of those corporations, are oppressing people. And it will get worse until: we demand it stop.

Secret police intelligence was given to E.ON before planned demo
Government officials handed confidential police intelligence about environmental activists to the energy giant E.ON before a planned peaceful demonstration, according to private emails seen by the Guardian.

Correspondence between civil servants and security officials at the company reveals how intelligence was shared about the peaceful direct action group Climate Camp in the run-up to the demonstration at Kingsnorth, the proposed site of a new coal-fired power station in north Kent.

Intelligence passed to the energy firm by officials from the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) included detailed information about the movements of protesters and their meetings. E.ON was also given a secret strategy document written by environmental campaigners and information from the Police National Information and Coordination Centre (PNICC), which gathers national and international intelligence for emergency planning.

This is what the “Corporate Fascism” category is for…(vol II)

Transparency is all reasonable people need to defeat unreasonable laws

It’s interesting that the RIAA-lackeys who are vigorously prosecuting those who founded the Pirate Bay website don’t understand the concept of blowback.   They should: recall the case of Dmitry Sklyarov, or of Ed Felten, the computer scientist at Princeton who was threatened with jail by the RIAA.  I’ve noted before that the draconian enforcement of IP laws will, inevitably, lead to their repeal.   So I say to the clueless RIAA and their stoges, Go ahead, make my day.  

But the strong IP crowd apparently has some clue about how unpopular their ideas are, because they are carrying out trying to carry out the ACTA negotiations in secret.   But–opps!!–that won’t work, thanks to wikileaks and web 2.0 you can’t keep things like that secret. It is impossible to put a lid on any significant information once it is out in the web 2.0 world. For example, here’s some information re the ACTA treaty, and here’s the discusion showing how you lose certain constitutional rights against search and seizures, and here’s the confidential US-Japanese treaty mark-ups.

So, those who want to lock up deceased great grand-mothers and computer scientists know that their laws won’t be popular, and are trying to carry out their campaign in secret.  The light of day (or a tv camera) will destroy the laws they are trying to pass, now matter how many of their lawyers are placed in positions of power. 

The new mantra for those who oppose the ACTA and other strong IP laws needs to be: transparency, transparency, transparency. Transparency is all reasonable people need to defeat unreasonable laws.

Transparency is all reasonable people need to defeat unreasonable laws

…and don’t let the bed bugs bite…!

Just what I needed:

US to tackle resurgent bed bugs

Bed bugs were last seen in large numbers in the US before World War II.

They have usually associated with impoverished dwellings and inexpensive hotels.

Now, experts say international travel, immigration and changes in pest control practices have contributed to a resurgence of the bug in developed countries.

Dini Miller, an entomologist and bed bug expert at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, told AP there had been a “worldwide resurgence” in bed bugs.

…and don’t let the bed bugs bite…!

Where’s Leon Trotsky when you need him?

An interesting threat assessment from DHS, published on wikileaks. It notes economy etc. leading to growth of radical right wing organizations:

DHS/I&A assesses that a number of economic and political factors are
driving a resurgence in rightwing extremist recruitment and radicalization activity.
Despite similarities to the climate of the 1990s, the threat posed by lone wolves and small
terrorist cells is more pronounced than in past years. In addition, the historical election of
an African American president and the prospect of policy changes are proving to be a
driving force for rightwing extremist recruitment and radicalization.

Questions! First, why is it only radical right wing organizations? Have all the radical left wing organizations just disappeared? I mean, where’s Leon Trotsky when you need him?

And then something very real, and rather scary. Just think of all those veterans who know what a well-conceived campaign using IED’s can do:

DHS/I&A assesses that rightwing extremists will attempt to recruit and
radicalize returning veterans in order to exploit their skills and knowledge derived from
military training and combat. These skills and knowledge have the potential to boost the
capabilities of extremists—including lone wolves or small terrorist cells—to carry out
violence. The willingness of a small percentage of military personnel to join extremist
groups during the 1990s because they were disgruntled, disillusioned, or suffering from
the psychological effects of war is being replicated today.

Where’s Leon Trotsky when you need him?