July 9th, 2012


"The history of science, like the history of all civilization, has gone through cycles"

Sad story of how Nobel Prizewinner Abdus Salam fell from national hero and chief scientific adviser to the president - to outcast in his native Pakistan, due primarily to religious prejudice against his particular sect of Islam.

"Officials at Quaid-i-Azam University had to cancel plans for Salam to lecture about his Nobel-winning theory when Islamist student activists threatened to break the physicist's legs"

Dudes? You can have your caliphate back when you want to run it like you did back in the 10th century when you were awesome and had an intellectual elite of Muslims, Jews, Christians, Nestorians, Sabians, Zoroastrians and even miscellaneous.

Florida gets all pale and interesting looking

In 2008, a schizophrenic patient contracted TB but went untreated for eight months, wandering among many places where the homeless congregate -- "from hospital to jail to homeless shelter to assisted living facility, living in dorm housing in many locations" -- infecting at least 17 others.

In 2012, the CDC was invited to help with a sudden spike in cases of the same rare strain the schizophrenic patient had. What they found is the worst outbreak they have investigated in 20 years, and it is not contained.

That CDC report had been penned on April 5, exactly nine days after Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed the bill that shrank the Department of Health and required the closure of the A.G. Holley State Hospital in Lantana, where tough tuberculosis cases have been treated for more than 60 years, the only TB facility in the state.