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Politics and Science: A Glowing Combination?

How does a democracy work? Not always quite the way it should, particularly when substantive evidence has been presented for only one side of an issue and the media compensates by giving more, and more favorable, publicity to the other side.

Love Thy Neighbor – But Keep Your Distance

Kill diseases by starving them to death through social distancing! That is probably the most effective and lowest-cost means of containing the spread of diseases carried in microbe-laced weapons of mass destruction.

Pandemic Flu Vaccine – Still No Silver Bullet

Several years have passed since the first H5N1 outbreak and there have been speeches, studies, and statistics galore – but few if any nations are even half-prepared to deal with the consequences of a major pandemic.

Pro and Con, Yea and Nay – Experts’ Dialogue on the New HICS Guidebook

A Point-Counterpoint discussion of California’s new Hospital Incident Command System Guidebook, its strengths and weaknesses, its applicability to the “business” of medicine in the United States, and how it can be used to deal with real-life scenarios.

A Long List of Questions; A Very Short List of Answers

The administration’s development and release of an “Implementation Plan” to deal with pandemic influenza is a helpful start – but no more than that. Few if any states or cities are taking the steps needed to protect their citizens.

Isolation & Quarantine: How, When, and How Much

From the Black Plague through colonial days to SARS outbreaks, the practice of isolating infected people from the rest of society has been considered a necessary evil. It has not always been a helpful one, & healthcare professionals have paid the price.

Pandemic Influenza: A Catastrophe in Waiting?

Special Report on the threat to human life from a global avian influenza pandemic, and a long list of policies and programs that might be implemented to reduce the death toll.


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Article Out Loud – Citizen Soldiers and American State Defense Forces

By JAMES P. HOWARD Ⅱ, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness, September 06, 2023.Targeted-violent events threaten staff and students’ physical, psychological, and emotional well-being in public schools. However, the increasing frequency of these incidents raises concerns about the preparedness of incoming teachers and current staff to handle such

Article Out Loud – Bioterrorism – Could Smallpox Return?

Although smallpox was eradicated from its human population and reservoir, it is still in designated stockpiles controlled by two nations and possibly in other unknown locations. Learn about the possible threat and the need for greater preparedness and discussion.


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