Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Obama and Ebola
Oct16

Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Obama and Ebola

OF RELATED INTEREST: –Obama Sightings Will Be Rare This Election Season --Poll shows Obama approval low, GOP enthusiasm higher than Democrats’ –Ebola is the 2014 election’s October surprise –Democrats Say GOP Budget Cuts Hurt Ebola Response Mike Peters is recognized as one of our nation’s most prominent cartoon artists for his outstanding work as both a political and comic strip cartoonist. His favorite expression...

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Fear is What We Need to Fear Most
Oct15

Fear is What We Need to Fear Most

The latest news suggests that the two health care workers who have been infected with ebola oughtn’t be a great surprise: Presbyterian workers wore no hazmat suits for two days while treating Ebola patient Dianna Hunt / Dallas Morning News Health care workers treating Thomas Eric Duncan in a hospital isolation unit didn’t wear protective hazardous-material suits for two days until tests confirmed the Liberian man had Ebola...

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Ebola, Islamic State fears hurt Democrats’ chances of keeping Senate majority
Oct15

Ebola, Islamic State fears hurt Democrats’ chances of keeping Senate majority

As fear sweeps the nation about the prospect of Islamic State terrorists winning in Iraq and the Ebola virus spreading in the United States, President Obama’s job approval rating is taking a beating and some Democrats’ hopes for keeping the Senate majority are losing ground. Sen. Kay R. Hagan of North Carolina, who entered the race… graphic via...

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Second Texas health care worker tests positive for Ebola
Oct15

Second Texas health care worker tests positive for Ebola

A second health care worker who cared for Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan in Texas has tested positive for the virus, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. The preliminary Ebola test was run late Tuesday at the state public health laboratory in Austin, and results were received at about midnight.   From MSNBC: The CDC described the latest case involving a health care worker as a “serious...

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Energy Drinks Are Dangerous, WHO Confirms
Oct15

Energy Drinks Are Dangerous, WHO Confirms

Energy drinks have long been maligned for the perception that such massive amounts of caffeine can’t be good for anybody, much less children. Now the World Health Organization has validated their fears, on Tuesday proclaiming that rising rates of energy drink consumption is “poised to become a significant public health problem.” Here’s the problem: Hot...

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The Highly Successful Presidency Of Barack Obama
Oct13

The Highly Successful Presidency Of Barack Obama

Paul Krugman has been defending Barack Obama much more recently, such as in a recent article in Rolling Stone and on ABC’s This Week. Krugman’s views on Obama have evolved over the years. I think that early on he was critical of Obama based upon disagreements on policy matters. Two things have altered how he discusses Obama. First there are all the off the wall attacks on Obama from both the right and many mainstream commentators....

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(Updated) Ebola Crisis – U.S. Military: ‘It’s Our Job’
Oct13

(Updated) Ebola Crisis – U.S. Military: ‘It’s Our Job’

Update: The Australian government will not send doctors or nurses to West Africa to help contain the Ebola crisis until it is certain “all of the risks are being properly managed”, the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, has said, according to The Guardian. Parts of Prime Minister Abbott’s remarks, as reported by The Guardian: “We aren’t going to send Australian doctors and nurses into harm’s way without being absolutely confident that all...

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Ebola Crisis: Amidst ‘Hysteria’ and Criticism, Troops Move Forward
Oct09

Ebola Crisis: Amidst ‘Hysteria’ and Criticism, Troops Move Forward

A majority of Americans support banning all flights to the United States from countries experiencing an Ebola outbreak, according to an “exclusive” NBC News online survey. The Liberian ambassador in Washington, Jeremiah Sulunteh, fears his country could be close to collapse from the Ebola outbreak and there are pleas for support from the international community, according to BBC News. Donald Trump came out firing today and criticized...

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8 Things You Didn’t Know About Depression
Oct09

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Depression

For the thousands of organizations that will come together to screen for depression on National Depression Screening Day this Thursday, Oct. 9, thousands more people will finally be on their way to finding relief. College students, military men and their families, as well as other members of the public will have access to screening questionnaires...

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The Ebola Crisis: Concern, But Also Acts of Kindness and Courage
Oct08

The Ebola Crisis: Concern, But Also Acts of Kindness and Courage

As the news of Thomas Duncan’s death — the first and first fatal case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States — sinks in, I am struck by the words in the New York Times announcing this tragic and disturbing turn of events: Mr. Duncan had been a driver at a cargo company in Monrovia, the Liberian capital, living alone in a small room he rented from the parents of Marthalene Williams, 19. A simple act of kindness probably...

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When The NFL’s Concussion Problem Goes To High School
Oct04

When The NFL’s Concussion Problem Goes To High School

In the last week alone, three high school football players across the country have died as a result of on-field injuries — rehashing a debate that first began in the mid-2000s and tends to cycle through periods of dormancy and revival with the beginning of each season. The National Football League has been wrestling with...

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DOD: America’s Sons and Daughters in Liberia Will Be Protected from Ebola
Oct04

DOD: America’s Sons and Daughters in Liberia Will Be Protected from Ebola

As the White House seeks to reassure Americans that the U.S. health-care system is “well-equipped to treat the virus and stop it from spreading,” and “is prepared to deal with this crisis,” the Department of Defense (DOD) and other government agencies are also busy reassuring the public that our troops — 4,000 of them — to be deployed to West Africa to help with the Ebola crisis “ will receive the best equipment and...

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Typhoid Scary and other Crazy Vectors
Oct03

Typhoid Scary and other Crazy Vectors

How NOT to write about public health issues, courtesy of then-tyro Maureen Dowd. I was raised in a public health atmosphere. I also wrote the first national cover story on Herpes in 1980, years before Maureen Dowd and TIME Magazine engaged in the shameless fear-mongering of their 1982 “HERPES: TODAY’S SCARLET LETTER” cover article. So this is not new ground for me. It may be for you. Therefore: hearken. The Case for...

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(Continuing Updates) The Ebola Crisis: U.S. Military Gears Up
Oct03

(Continuing Updates) The Ebola Crisis: U.S. Military Gears Up

Update V: The Defense Department has announced that it could deploy up to 4,000 service members to Liberia as part of Operation United Assistance against Ebola — that is one thousand more than previously announced. DOD: Operations are moving forward in Liberia. “Over the last 36 hours, two Ebola testing laboratories manned by personnel from the U.S. Naval Medical Research Center are now fully operational,” Pentagon spokesman...

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Fox Shocked That Obama Would Point Out Their Misinformation On Affordable Care Act
Oct03

Fox Shocked That Obama Would Point Out Their Misinformation On Affordable Care Act

Obama is pushing back against the misinformation spread by Fox about the Affordable Care Act in a speech at Northwestern: There’s a reason fewer Republicans are preaching doom on deficits — because the deficits have come down at almost a record pace, and they’re now manageable. There’s a reason fewer Republicans are running against Obamacare – because while good, affordable health care might seem like a fanged threat to...

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Americans More Depressed Than in 1980s,  San Diego State University Study Finds
Oct02

Americans More Depressed Than in 1980s, San Diego State University Study Finds

A study by San Diego State University psychology professor Jean M. Twenge shows Americans are more depressed now than they have been in decades. Analyzing data from 6.9 million adolescents and adults from all parts of the country, Twenge found that Americans now report more psychosomatic symptoms of depression, such as trouble sleeping and trouble concentrating, than their counterparts in the 1980s. “Previous studies found that more...

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Another Activist Conservative Judge Attempts To Destroy Obamacare
Oct01

Another Activist Conservative Judge Attempts To Destroy Obamacare

A federal judge in Oklahoma, appointed by George W. Bush, has repeated the same ridiculous argument given by previous activist conservative judges to attempt to stop Obamacare. The claim is that the Affordable Care Act only provides for subsidies for policies purchased on state-run exchanges and not the federal exchange. This is based upon taking one portion of the law, which is poorly written and might suggest this, while ignoring...

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CDC Confirms First Case Of Ebola In The US
Oct01

CDC Confirms First Case Of Ebola In The US

(Reuters) – U.S. health officials said on Tuesday the first patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus had been diagnosed in the country. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the diagnosis. No additional details were immediately available. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas officials said in a statement on Monday that an...

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UN rapporteur on Gaza destruction
Sep30

UN rapporteur on Gaza destruction

After a first visit to the region, a United Nations human rights rapporteur on Gaza has provided more fodder for Palestinian calls to place Israel before various forums for justice, including the International Criminal Court. “Voices from across the Occupied Palestinian Territory are calling in unison for three demands: the need for accountability, an end to the blockade, and an end to the occupation,” noted Makarim Wibisono, Special...

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Setting a deadline on death (Guest Voice)
Sep29

Setting a deadline on death (Guest Voice)

Setting a deadline on death by Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group WASHINGTON — My friend Ezekiel Emanuel, in his typically smart, provocative and bullheaded way, has decreed that he hopes to die at age 75, which would give him just 18 more years during which to exasperate friends and family. Zeke’s wrong, of course. Yet he’s wrong, as always, in an interesting way, one that usefully prompts the rest of us to...

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