Friday Links

  • Jeffrey Gettleman’s profile of Paul Kagame, the President of Rwanda, is an excellent introduction to the man and the country, though readers with some knowledge of the past and present situation won’t find much new (except perhaps the severity and frequency with which he beats his staff members). Still entertaining. Kagame is one of the most interesting people on the entire continent to me: at once extremely technoratic and a viscerally-brutal dictator. An aside: in every interview I’ve read with him (like in this book), Kagame takes shots at America’s/the West’s poor record on human rights, border control, something – interesting to see so often
  • I had a similar thought when I read Paul Farmer’s article in the Lancet a few months back:  even if the absolute clinical equipoise of an intervention is a known positive (i.e., the intervention is known to do positive things – like giving people a cow a la Heifer International), knowing it does some good isn’t enough: we need to know how much good is done relative to something else. That’s why randomized controlled trials are useful and, in my view, both ethically acceptable and necessary. We really need a better term than clinical equipoise, though
  • Eight million New Yorkers, high on victory after World War II, calmly extend the jubilation to a speedy, massive  smallpox immunization
  • Carl Zimmer is so damn good at writing about science that I can hardly believe it. Late to it, but this article on the black-legged tick (nee “deer tick,” a misnomer) – which is the vector for Lyme Disease – is utterly fascinating

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