Without Government, Who Would Warn Us to not Kiss Chickens?

The Centers for Disease Control has really issued a warning to farmers to make sure they don’t kiss chickens. Your tax dollars at work. Here’s a story from the io9 sci-fi website: “Actual CDC Warning to Farmers: “Don’t Kiss Chickens” Sound advice, CDC! But, uh, just why did you guys feel the need to issue this warning in the first place? It’s because we’re in the midst of a series of small Salmonella outbreaks, with just under 200 cases reported thus far. A handful of these were Read more […]

Why the Centers for Disease Control Hides the Truth

I’ve already posted today about the problem with treating the Centers for Disease Control as the central authority that can save us. Perhaps the CDC’s “quiet” changes in the description of Ebola and its dangers will help us see the problem more clearly. According to the Daily Caller, “CDC Quietly Lowered Critical Ebola Temperature After Nurse Became Ill.” The Centers for Disease Control quietly lowered the official threshold for what it considers significant fever after the Read more […]

CDC Proves Central Power Is Not the Solution to All Problems

We have been treated to a string of stories asserting or assuming that only central power can save us from an Ebola plague. But the facts don’t add up. Monday, I pointed out how the media was campaigning for more centralized authority as the self-evident solution to our risk of an outbreak. The big problem is that states have autonomy and the CDC can only offer advice that no one is required to obey. If only we had a Federal cadre of doctor-dictators telling us all what to do, then we would Read more […]

CDC Authority is Not Prophetic

We claim to be intelligent and scientific, so why do we invoke CDC authority? Who died and made the Centers for Disease Control God? When I saw this story about sleep requirements for optimal health and functioning, I didn’t expect to post about it. But the way the story ended reminded me of how the media often assumes that centralized authority somehow determines truth. I posted yesterday about how, contrary to media assumptions, the Ebola emergency is not an argument for increased centralized Read more […]

Ebola Is Not a Reason for Increased Centralized Power

The spread of the disease might be halted by increased centralized power, but it also might be spread faster. The assumptions in this USA Today story are rather obvious: As Thomas Eric Duncan’s family mourns the USA’s first Ebola death in Dallas, one question reverberates over a series of apparent missteps in the case: Who is in charge of the response to Ebola? The answer seems to be — there really isn’t one person or agency. There is not a single national response. […] “One of the Read more […]

Why the Government Can’t Keep Ebola Facts Straight

The President’s Ebola Facts Contradict Other Government Sources. There are theoretical reasons to expect the government to hide the truth and even put out contradictory information. In theory, one duty of the modern state is to protect the population from diseases or plagues. But, given the needs of government, this translates into three drives or agendas of the state: Protect people from disease by informing them how to protect themselves. Prevent the people from panicking by misinforming Read more […]

Sex Designed for Faithful Love, not Diseased Bed-Hopping

What is sex designed for? From this bad news it seems almost like we weren’t designed to hop from bed-to-bed. Imagine that. From the Atlanta CBS station: “CDC: 110 Million Americans Have STDs At Any Given Time.” While the national media focus on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the patient in Dallas, the CDC is reminding Americans that sexually transmitted diseases are an ongoing but hidden epidemic. In the United States, nearly 20 million cases of new STD infections are reported Read more […]