I've written about herd immunity and the worries that we are losing it before:
The concerns are growing.
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|Redesigned tests results. Wired magazine|
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|Grocery Manufacturing Association's new food labels|
|The Global Village Construction Set can be used to make 50 different machines. DIY. Open Source.|
"...most of the technologies needed for a sustainable and pleasant standard of living could be reduced to the cost of scrap metal + labor."Scrap metal plus labor? Sounds like a good deal. It also sounds like something larger funders could get behind. There is a way for small donors (read: you and me) to support this interesting work on the website, but it would be great to see a McArthur Prize or a sizeable grant push this work further.
|Tobacco drying. Image courtesy of CDC.|
"Our latest report, issued November 17, 2010, finds that the states have cut funding for tobacco prevention and cessation programs to the lowest level since 1999, when they first received tobacco settlement funds.
"The states this year (Fiscal Year 2011) will collect $25.3 billion in revenue from the tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes, but are spending only two percent of it — $517.9 million — on programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit."
"The CDC recently reported that the adult smoking rate in 2009 was 20.6 percent – essentially unchanged since 2004 when 20.9 percent smoked. This is a troubling development after decades of progress in reducing adult smoking rates. While smoking among high school students has declined by 46 percent from a high of 36.4 percent in 1997, 19.5 percent of high school students still smoke and declines have slowed in recent years, according to the CDC. "