We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Liberalism has spent the better part of the past century attempting to prove that it could competently and responsibly extend the state into new reaches of American life. With the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, the administration has badly injured that cause, confirming the worst slurs against the federal government. It has stifled bad news and fudged promises; it has failed to translate complex mechanisms of policy into plain English; it can’t even launch a damn website. What’s more, nobody responsible for the debacle has lost a job or suffered a demotion. Over time, the Affordable Care Act’s technical difficulties can be repaired. Reversing the initial impressions of government ineptitude won’t be so easy.
In my experience, modern physicians have little or no understanding of evolution (or statistics, for that matter). They prate on about excessive use of antibiotics, but any use that is clinically effective will select for resistant mutations that will arise randomly.
But drug resistance has an physiological cost to the microbe, and the mutation will be retained only as long as it is needed. So, the correct use of any antibiotic is to remove it from the pharmacopeia every once in a while. Penicillin is overdue for removal. Once the resistant strains die out, the antibiotic can be reissued.
Of course, this requires an aggressive research program into new antibiotics so that replacements are available. They also would have to cycled in and out of use. So a large number of them is needed.
I looked at Mondoweiss. My impression is they are anti-Israel. My impression of Maggie's Farm is that it could be considered as pro-Israel. In the birds of a feather keeping the company they keep, the anti-Israelis are seagulls and scavengers.
I have been reading that antibiotics would be useless in 'just a few years' since the early 1970s. Like the population bomb and global warming, or peak oil, the date for catastrophe is continually pushed back. It is always just over the horizon. So perhaps the threat is not as dire as indicated? It is generally the same people crying wolf.
The author naively and myopically seems to think the misuse anti-biotics can be solved by government regulation.
Well, the problem is world wide, and no 'fix' implemented here will affect misuse in the rest of the world. Even if we could perfectly regulate the use of antibiotics and stop the evolution of resistant bugs in the USA, they will still find their way here from foreign lands.
10 Corporations: I'm not buying the premise. Just because companies are related or even owned doesn't mean they are controlled. Power is diffuse in that network, and in every free-market network. It is fevered to suggest that the few control it all. The few are far more controlled by the market than they are controlling.
Finding connections in the third degree is actually evidence for distribution, not consolidation.
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