The crooked line from drought to war

Had this piece go up yesterday onYahoo Politics, in which I try to parse some of the complexity inherent in the much-discussed link between climate change and civil war (i.e. in Syria).  My take-away is that yes, the link is there, but no it’s not as  clear-cut as, say, Bernie Sanders would have you believe. One of …

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Meet the people who’ve volunteered to die on Mars…

So I think we’re still quite a long ways off from sending humans to Mars. But apparently we’re not so far off that some people haven’t begun seriously thinking about it. Back in 2012, when Mars One, a non-profit dedicated to making interplanetary travel a reality, announced that it was accepting applicants for the first manned flight to Mars (room … Continue reading Meet the people who’ve volunteered to die on Mars…

The American Anti Vaccination Society (est. 1885)

On October 27, 1885, some twenty people (plus a few reporters) gathered at the home of Dr. R.A. Gunn on East 22nd street in Manhattan for an inaugural meeting of the American Anti-Vaccination Society. The group’s stated mission: “arousing the public to the evils of vaccination.” Their key arguments: Vaccines are ineffective at preventing disease. Worse yet, … Continue reading The American Anti Vaccination Society (est. 1885)