World View–Hepatitis C: Late-Blooming Boomer Epidemic?
This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com:
- American bloggers confuse 'Chechnya' with 'Czech Republic'
- Krugman in 2002: The Fed should create a housing bubble
- Hepatitis C: The hidden epidemic for the Boomer generation
American bloggers confuse 'Chechnya' with 'Czech Republic'
In yesterday's report, "20-Apr-13 World View -- Generational analysis of Boston Marathon bombings", I paraphrased the famous remark by Ambrose
Bierce as "Terrorism is God's way of teaching geography to Americans."
Well, apparently the problem is worse than I though, and the education
process has begun.
Since the announcement that the two Boston
Marathon bombers had origins in Chechnya, dozens of bloggers have been
posting messages to Twitter and Facebook, accusing the Czechs of
terrorism and even calling for US retaliation against the Czech
Republic. Ambassador Petr Gandalovic has posted the following message
on the web site for the Czech embassy in Washington:
As many I was deeply shocked by the tragedy that
occurred in Boston earlier this month. It was a stark reminder of
the fact that any of us could be a victim of senseless violence
anywhere at any moment.
As more information on the origin of the alleged perpetrators is
coming to light, I am concerned to note in the social media a most
unfortunate misunderstanding in this respect. The Czech Republic
and Chechnya are two very different entities - the Czech Republic
is a Central European country; Chechnya is a part of the Russian
As the President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman noted in his
message to President Obama, the Czech Republic is an active and
reliable partner of the United States in the fight against
terrorism. We are determined to stand side by side with our allies
in this respect, there is no doubt about that.
This isn't the first time that American bloggers needed education
about geography. After the 2008 Russian invasion of the South
Caucasus nation of Georgia, bloggers posted messages about Russia
invading the U.S. state of Georgia. Ria Novosti and
Czech Republic Embassy
Krugman in 2002: The Fed should create a housing bubble
In 2002, famous left-wing economics pundit Paul Krugman wrote a column
in which he advocated that the Fed and the Bush administration take
steps to create a housing bubble. His reasoning was that consumers
would be able to refinance their houses and use the money to purchase
things in shopping malls, which would improve the economy. So
apparently Nobel-prize winning economist Paul Krugman specifically
advocated policies that created the huge financial crisis that's still
Today he's advocating the same kinds of policies -- create and spend
trillions more dollars, and go into debt with no limits. Having been
an intellectual force in creating one disaster, he's doing everything
he can to convince the Fed and the Obama administration to create an
even worse disaster.
Krugman is not someone that anyone would accuse of knowing anything
about economics. But no matter. He had one important qualification
-- his deep hatred of President Bush -- and that qualification was
enough for the intellectuals in the Nobel Prize committee to award him
the Nobel prize. Huffington Post
Hepatitis C: The hidden epidemic for the Boomer generation
Among the ways that the deadly Hepatitis C virus are using dirty drug
needles, or by sharing the straws used to snort cocaine. The virus
may do nothing for years after infection, and then attack the liver,
causing life-threatening liver disease or liver cancer.
C virus is an inner-city and drug-user epidemic: Infection among IV
drug users is estimated at 60 percent and in the prison population at
about 50 percent. However, a startling new CDC study shows that there
is a Hepatitis C epidemic in the making among the Boomer generation.
During the 1960s, and especially during the 1967 "Summer of Love,"
many teen Boomers experimented with sex and drugs. Even one
experiment with drugs can be enough to be infected with the virus, and
now many of these Boomers are developing liver disease, requiring a
liver transplant. According to one researcher:
"This is an iceberg problem. We see only a small part
of the problem now -- the tip, those ill or needing liver
transplants -- and that's very frightening. But probably 10 times
that number have an underlying, smoldering disease and are
asymptomatic. And most of these people are walking around without
a clue they're infected."
Boomers are now considered to be a "high risk group" for Hepatitis C,
and are encouraged to be screened for the virus. Health Day
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