Since I moved to Maine, I’ve learned that Mainers think of some parts of their state as better than others. “Real Maine” includes the mill town of Millinocket, for example, but that term apparently doesn’t encompass the pastry, coffee and theater row of Hallowell. Someone needs to tell the thousands of people living in Hallowell […]
In October, at the height of the Ebola Panic, Dr. Ben Carson wasn’t speaking reason. He was part of the panicked crowd, fanning the flames of fear.
Instead of speaking in measured tones about the precise risks to public health from Ebola, Ben Carson encouraged Americans to fear the worst. “We should be thinking about […]
Barack Obama refused to enact the travel ban that Matt Salmon demanded… and do you realize what the consequences have been? […]
While it’s fair to say that more Republicans than Democrats have been caught up in the panic over Ebola in the United States, the Ebola freakout is not an entirely partisan phenomenon. In a recent debate for the Maine 2nd District Congressional race, Democratic candidate Emily Cain was asked the question, “What should government be […]
Dan Benishek may be a medical doctor, but he’s trained as a surgeon, not as an infectious disease specialist. When he rants and raves about Ebola threatening northern Michigan, he’s betting that voters in his district are too ignorant to know the difference. […]
Minus the space unitards, this is just about where we seem to be right now.
“I swear I am never going to get a flu shot again,” said the young bagger at the grocery store tonight. “My arm is going to fall off, it hurts so much.”
“Sorry it hurts,” I said. “Thanks for getting a shot, though. A lot more people die of flu every year than have ever […]
As J. Clifford noted earlier today, the school board in the tiny community of Strong, Maine put a teacher on a 21-day leave because that teacher had…
… recently taken a plane flight to Dallas, Texas for an educational conference.
Yes, that’s all. Because the teacher had taken a plane flight to Dallas for […]
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America is now two weeks into the outbreak of Ebola panic, and still, the airborne transmission of hyperbole spreads, mutating into increasingly absurd forms. Americans are acting as if the entire body of their nation is under threat, and they’re beginning to shut down peripheral systems in […]
Over the last week, we’ve discussed the irrational exaggerations of the danger that Ebola poses to people in the United States. There is no Ebola outbreak in America.
That’s not to say that there isn’t a health emergency. There is. There’s a mental health emergency that is leading many Americans to support extreme policies that […]