Medic Mom Addition

Another excellent med blog, bringing the perspective of the prehospital blogger, MedicMom.

I was a Paramedic before med school, and respect those who do EMS (prehospital medicine).

West Nile Graphics

West Nile Virus Maps, 2003
West Nile Virus
Why does the US Geological Survey have the best maps for West Nile virus? It’s a USGS processing of official CDC data, and it’s very usable. Just click on your state for a county by county breakdown. I like this kind of data because it’s very accessible to any reader.

I have no idea why some states aren’t supplying data to the CDC. Can someone enlighten me? The other thing that comes screaming through is that Colorado is West Nile central.

Update: Californias’ not providing data to the CDC is all the more curious: CDC: Calif. next year’s likely West Nile epicenter

FFM and Strategic Thinking

Feces Flinging Monkey – The Power of Strategic Thinking

Israel struck back against Islamic Jihad today – in Syria! This is big news. It is really good news, too.

Syria is a primary supporter of the bad guys in the region. They control the northern part of Lebanon and provide money, weapons, intelligence, and training to the various terrorist groups operating in and around Israel. They have done this for many years with little fear of reprisal.

That was before the US 3rd ID was stationed right on their border, backed up by the Marine 1st division plus more air and heavy armor assets than you could shake a stick at. Our dear friends in Syria must be feeling very lonely right now, and they have just discovered, in the clearest possible terms, that the IDF will no longer hesitate to retaliate against them directly. Now, they find, there is a price to be paid for deploying their little proxy army against Israel. It is no longer safe for them to kill civilians by remote control.

I hope it works. Alternately, Israel can offer to stop attacking them if they take Arafat. I think they’d rather get bombed.