By Alexander Abad-Santos, The Atlantic Wire, Feb. 17, 2012
After reading David Brooks' "The Jeremy Lin Problem" this morning, it seemed as though our Twitter feed instantly sparkled with little nuggets of dissent —so many in fact that we put together this guide to David Brooks haters. As a New York Times Op-Ed columnist, Brooks did his job: find a newsworthy topic, wax poetic, and connect it to a larger general picture. The problem, as the Twitterverse will point out, is that Brooks wrote about Lin being an anomaly for being a religious athlete (which if you've ever seen athletes dunk, score and rain down three-pointers you'll know that Jesus is totally a sports fan) and then wrote ... you know what, we'll let his haters explain [....]
The murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov: “The investigation is considering several versions,” the statements said. The first it listed was: “a murder as a provocation to destabilize the political situation in the country, where the figure of Nemtsov could have become a sort of sacrificial victim for those who stop at nothing to achieve their political goals.” Putin has said he will "personally oversee" the investigation.
GOP Anti-vaxxer: Rep. Barry Loudermilk, a Georgia Republican.....chair of a key congressional subcommittee on science and technology...responding to a woman who asked whether he'd be looking into...if the (CDC) had covered up information linking vaccines to autism. He responded with a rather unscientific personal anecdote: "I believe it's the parents' decision whether to immunize or not…Most of our children, we didn't immunize. They're healthy."
The culture wars continued: Avijit Roy, whose Mukto-Mona (Free-mind) blog championed liberal secular writing in the Muslim-majority nation, attacked along with his wife in Dhaka...Roy, said to be around 40, is the second Bangladeshi blogger to have been murdered in two years and the fourth writer to have been attacked since 2004. Hardline Islamist groups have long demanded the public execution of atheist bloggers and sought new laws to combat writing critical of Islam....
Medical X Press has a good summery of the findings. The plague made it's way from Asia to Europe along the silk road when fleas hitch hiked a ride. The rodents in Central Asia carried the plague and would die out during droughts. The fleas would then jump on other animals and people and then the outbreak would occur 16 years later in Europe.