Are You SURE You Want A Republican Wave?

Most DISCRIMINATIONS readers (including me) are probably hoping for a massive Republican wave on Tuesday. Here are two reasons we may be sorry (or somewhat sorry) if we get what we want.

1. As many observers have pointed out (no time to link right now), if Republican ranks in the House are swelled, Boehner may have more freedom to ignore Tea Party dissenters within his ranks.

2. As Mickey Kaus has just argued compellingly but with mind-boggling complexity, “comprehensive immigration reform,” i.e., amnesty first, may be much more likely if Republicans take over the Senate than if Democrats remain in control. Thus Kaus, a nominal Democrat who opposes his party on immigration (his big issue), wants the Democrats to retain control … but he has nevertheless, for the same reason, contributed to Scott Brown in New Hampshire. I told you it was a complex argument….

Forget Ebola, Get Flu Shot? Not In Charlottesville

Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus recently advised: “If you are worried about contracting Ebola, I have two suggestions. First, stop. Second, get a flu shot.” A few days later Post columnist David Ignatius repeated this advice, echoing Fox News anchor Shepard Smith: “Don’t panic. Get a flu shot.”

Washington Post columnists are not the only major media opinionators giving medical advice these days. The New York Times‘s Frank Bruni joined the chorus, chiming in with encouragement to “Turn away from the ceaseless media coverage of Ebola in Texas … and answer this: Have you had your flu shot? Are you planning on one?”

Good advice (even if it does sound suspiciously choreographed), and my wife and I have just tried to follow it. Since Charlottesville, Virginia, is not a poor, medically underserved community, we were shocked to learn that the high dose flu vaccine recommended for patients over 65 is simply not available here — not with our doctors at the University of Virginia medical center, not at CVS, Walgreens, or other local pharmacies. It is, we have been repeatedly told, backordered, and may or may not become available.

Rather than taking our minds off Ebola, our unsuccessful attempt to get high dose flu shots in Charlottesville has presented us with another major worry about chinks in the armor of the U.S. health system … as well as reinforcing our disdain for the self-satisfied superciliousness of journalists presuming to give medical advice.

ADDENDUM

The Washington Post evidently regarded a somewhat shorter version of the above post as unfit to print as a letter.

Not Quite Holistic

Inside Higher Ed, citing an article in the New York Times, reports today that three colleges in New York have reached an agreement with the state attorney to drop application questions that the state attorney general said “went to far,” such as “[a]n arrest or police stop that did not result in a conviction, or […]

Academic Leaders Oppose Governmental Regulation … Of Themselves

I think it’s fair to say that there is no greater locus of support for government regulation of just about everything anywhere in the country than throughout higher education. Except, that is, when government regulates higher education, calling to mind various aphorisms that cover this hypocrisy (sauce for the goose …, whose ox is getting gored, […]

Security Gap

A new study from the Center for Higher Education Chief Information Officer Studies, Inside Higher Ed has just reported with alarm, “contains some grim news.” Malicious computer attacks by terrorist (or even Republican) hackers? ISIS-sourced computer viruses? No, worse! Women are only 19% of chief information security officers (CISOs), and a disproportionate number of them […]

Do Any Coloradans Like Their Cancelled Or About To Be Cancelled Insurance?

In his piece noting that “Health Cancellations Ripple in Colorado,” Politico‘s Kyle Cheney writes that “[m]ore than 22,000 Coloradans were informed in the past month that their health coverage will be canceled at the end of the year” and that “nearly 200,000 people … face the same cancellation notices next year if they haven’t obtained […]

Is The FBI Now As Confused As The Rest Of The Obama Administration?

On Sunday FBI Director James Cormey told CBS News’s 60 Minutes that Americans fighting with ISIS are entitled to return to this country: Ultimately, an American citizen, unless their passport’s revoked, is entitled to come back. So, someone who’s fought with ISIL, with American passport wants to come back, we will track them very carefully. On Saturday, the […]

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