Thursday Links

  • This is spot on, so far as it goes, but the author would do well to remember that, just like there are good surgeons and bad surgeons, there are goo consultants and bad consultants
  • Nitric oxide is being tested as a treatment for cerebral malaria in Mbarara. Evidently, it’s a vasodilator, which allows blood to get where it needs to go in the brain after the plasmodium parasite causes encephalitis. This wouldn’t cure malaria – it can’t kill plasmodium falcipiarum – but, if effective, would give time for antimalarials to work, and potentially can curb some of the long-term neurological problems that result from cerebral malaria
  • Uwe Reinhardt’s never-to-be-enacted proposal, the “Rugged Individualist Health Plan” – allow individuals the option not to purchase health insurance. But if they opt out, they can never enter the health exchanges, receive subsidies, or have community-rated insurance.
  • “N—–s ain’t gonna vote where I live. If they did, they’d control the government. They ain’t gonna go to school with my kids. And when a n—–s gets close to mentioning sex with a white woman, he’s tired o’ livin’. I’m likely to kill him. Me and my folks fought for this country, and we got some rights. I stood there in that shed and listened to that n—–sthrow that poison at me, and I just made up my mind” – from an account of how Emmett Till was murdered in Mississippi that should leave you feel a little ill

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