Do we have a right to cheap meat and milk? Shouldn’t we consumers bear some of the cost of a world with fewer antibiotic-resistant disease organisms?
If you’re worried about swine flu killing you, then the rational thing to do seems to be to keep your face mask off, and get sick with this virus as soon as you can, before it has the chance to mutate into something nastier.
If we really care about preventing people from dying of respiratory illness, and we’re not just getting a sick thrill out of the feeling that we’re in a crisis, then we’ll start cutting back on activities that lead to the unhealthy air pollution that blankets most of our country.
Perhaps this virus will visit plague upon us, as some Rapture Ready Americans are hoping. My guess is that we’re mostly going to be just fine.
Think again before you order seafood from the menu. Water pollution, a major cause of the marine ecological crisis may also be behind the rise in oceanic diseases for which a dose of antibiotics is like a day at the beach.
Take the 200 million tax dollars spent on ineffective abstinence-only education, and reinvest it in comprehensive sex education programs that will encourage teenagers to use birth control when they do have sex, and our economy will benefit significantly from reduced levels of teenage pregnancy and parenthood.
It was the first part in a larger research project, designed to find ways to fight the spread of germs… with handy dandy Lysol products.
There is enough interesting material about the Black Death of medieval Eurasia to fill several books. I would have loved to have read more about the contemporary and subsequent folklore about the plague, for instance. Yet, John Kelly seems to have avoided such rich areas of material. For that reason, I suggest that people interested in the history of the plague avoid The Great Mortality.
Nearby lavender plants, and a chrysanthemum, also appear to be dead. My guess is that they suffered from some of the cold weather we had without insulating snow this winter, but I can’t really be sure. It could be disease, but the multi-species death leads me to think not.