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Philip Weiss On Israel and the Election
Philip Weiss is an investigative journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Esquire, and Harper's. A controversial 2008 article, "The Affairs of Men," published in New York magazine, sought to explain why so many men pursue sexual variety. Weiss also writes the Anti-Zionism blog, Mondoweiss. He is the author of American Taboo: A Murder In The Peace Corps, and he's working on a novel.
Question: What will the Israel situation be like under the next president?
Philip Weiss: Well, I think it’s going to be a landslide for Obama so that I wouldn’t-- I think McCain would be more of the same. I think-- Or I think actually McCain even he would have to shift some. Israel’s in crisis right now so- and they’re pushing the two state solution so there’s a real urgency about that, but I guess I think the great thing- the wonderful powers that I ascribe to Barack Obama-- I’m one of these people who’s gaga on Obama so I’m just one of the- and I’ve noticed there are cultists. I’m a cultist for Obama but one of the things that I believe about Obama is that he has this unique ability to take me and Alan Dershowitz and sort of triangulate our point of view. I really am hoping that that’s true because Alan Dershowitz and I- not that he pays much attention to my point of view. I’ve engaged him a couple of times. He and I really dislike our respective positions. We don’t get along and Larry Summers is someone who was very concerned about people like me at Harvard and this has been a lot-- I guess what I’m trying to get at is within the Jewish intellectual family, and the larger American family, but within that family there’s just been enormous rancor and division and a lot of pain. And it upsets me just to think about that people don’t speak to each other and that’s the power that-- I’m-- As I say, I’m a little gaga but I do have this hope that Barack Obama can sort of bring these people together and say, “You know what. You’re right and so are you,” and that’s a really- that would be a tremendous thing because I think one of the problems here is that each side has its narrative and that it sticks to and that those narratives have to be folded together for us to make progress.
Hopefully, Obama will hold the olive branch.
- Modern antibiotics can effectively treat bubonic plague, which spreads mainly by fleas.
Bacteria under microscope
needpix.com<p>Today, bubonic plague can be treated effectively with antibiotics.</p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"Unlike in the 14th century, we now have an understanding of how this disease is transmitted," Dr. Shanthi Kappagoda, an infectious disease physician at Stanford Health Care, told <a href="https://www.healthline.com/health-news/seriously-dont-worry-about-the-plague#Heres-how-the-plague-spreads" target="_blank">Healthline</a>. "We know how to prevent it — avoid handling sick or dead animals in areas where there is transmission. We are also able to treat patients who are infected with effective antibiotics, and can give antibiotics to people who may have been exposed to the bacteria [and] prevent them [from] getting sick."</p>
This plague patient is displaying a swollen, ruptured inguinal lymph node, or buboe.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention<p>Still, hundreds of people develop bubonic plague every year. In the U.S., a handful of cases occur annually, particularly in New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado, <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/plague/faq/index.html" target="_blank">where habitats allow the bacteria to spread more easily among wild rodent populations</a>. But these cases are very rare, mainly because you need to be in close contact with rodents in order to get infected. And though plague can spread from human to human, this <a href="https://www.healthline.com/health-news/seriously-dont-worry-about-the-plague#Heres-how-the-plague-spreads" target="_blank">only occurs with pneumonic plague</a>, and transmission is also rare.</p>
A new swine flu in China<p>Last week, researchers in China also reported another public health concern: a new virus that has "all the essential hallmarks" of a pandemic virus.<br></p><p>In a paper published in the <a href="https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2020/06/23/1921186117" target="_blank">Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</a>, researchers say the virus was discovered in pigs in China, and it descended from the H1N1 virus, commonly called "swine flu." That virus was able to transmit from human to human, and it killed an estimated 151,700 to 575,400 people worldwide from 2009 to 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.</p>There's no evidence showing that the new virus can spread from person to person. But the researchers did find that 10 percent of swine workers had been infected by the virus, called G4 reassortant EA H1N1. This level of infectivity raises concerns, because it "greatly enhances the opportunity for virus adaptation in humans and raises concerns for the possible generation of pandemic viruses," the researchers wrote.
The word "learning" opens up space for more people, places, and ideas.
The coronavirus pandemic has brought out the perception of selfishness among many.
- Selfish behavior has been analyzed by philosophers and psychologists for centuries.
- New research shows people may be wired for altruistic behavior and get more benefits from it.
- Times of crisis tend to increase self-centered acts.