Down Goes Claude
Whether that's back on was unclear from the court ruling.
Here's the background.
Friday, December 30, 2011
Thursday, December 29, 2011
The other day, a stranger shouted from two cars over in a convenience-store parking lot: "Did any of you guys know?" He asked it innocently enough, not maliciously, but the man had no idea how insulting the question was. That is where we are, though. You spend Christmas telling family and friends you were as shocked as everyone else, and then you shrug a lot.
Two or three people emailed, wondering when I was going to write a column about Conlin to compare with the ones I wrote about the Jerry Sandusky situation at Penn State. I did not answer them, even though I do have an answer. The Penn State issue was not centered on the allegations of evil, but the way the athletic program dealt with the allegations. Conlin's case is different, because there is no suggestion of a coverup and because his connection to sports is just the accident of his employment. That is the answer, but it would not satisfy a lot of people.Well, he's got the last part right.
I don't know the Bill Conlin who was described in The Inquirer as an alleged serial molester of young children, but I know too much now about the crime and the secrecy that goes along with it to disbelieve with any certainty he exists.
I never met that man, but I have known for 30 years the bombastic, funny, ridiculously talented Philadelphia Daily News sportswriter who I thought was Bill Conlin. I have worked with him, traveled with him, drunk with him, played tennis with him, and stood under a thousand spring training suns talking mostly about baseball but eventually about everything else. Everything but this.Well, certainly not everything. We all have our secrets. Some are darker than others. And some are so dark we barely admit them to ourselves.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Earlier this month, council voted 7-0 to cease using Sunoco oil to fuel borough vehicles and is calling on all residents and officials from Delaware County school districts, county and municipalities to discontinue using Sunoco or ConocoPhillips gasoline to fuel their vehicles or frequenting the company’s mini-marts.
“I don’t think we should patronize two companies that are going to devastate the Delaware County economy,” Sharon Hill Councilman Scott MacNeil said. “People need to understand how devastating it’s going to be when these refineries close.”I'm all for it.
In a world of $600,000 cars (consult your local Maybach dealer) and $4,300-a-night whores (consult Eliot Spitzer), it’s no big deal to buy a president, which is precisely what Wall Street did in 2008 when, led by investment giant Goldman Sachs, it closed the deal on Barack Obama.
It’s a scene that’s been replayed, too many times, all too often here in Delaware County. A group of teenagers. A speeding car. A horrible accident. Multiple fatalities.From Mine:
They’re tragedies that sear the soul of the community every time they happen. Adults despair. Teens grieve deeply and slow down the car – for a while, anyway.
And everyone wonders why, and if anything can be done to prevent another tragedy in the future.
There are no certainties in life. But the Pennsylvania Legislature, which does so many things wrong, did something right this year. It approved a package of new restrictions on teenage drivers that set passenger limitations, seat belt requirements and mandates more driver education.
In 1999, a Johns Hopkins University study noticed that school districts that dumped their drivers’ ed programs (mostly for reasons of cost) saw a 27 percent decrease in car accidents among teen drivers.UPDATE: My source on the teen brain function: NPR
How is that possible? Simple. Driver’s ed only really teaches kids how to handle a car, not how to drive responsibly.
Ten years later, even the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration caught on.
“Despite widespread appeal of driver education, scientific evaluations indicate that it does not produce safer drivers,” said the NHTSA in a 2009 report.
With teens, the problem isn’t their driving skills — it’s their not-yet-formed decision-making ability. The frontal lobe of the average teenager’s brain is still in the process of being formed and nothing in the new law speeds that up.
The state is now requiring the extra 15 hours of driver’s training to be split between night driving and in bad weather. It would be more effective to require teen drivers to read a book or practice a musical instrument (though not while driving). Both are known to improve brain function.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
HIV/AIDS researchers have long debated whether antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) used to treat HIV-infected people might have a double benefit and cut transmission rates. To some it was obvious: ARVs reduce HIV levels, so individuals should be less infectious. Skeptics contended that this was unproven. Then in May of this year, the 052 clinical trial conducted by the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) reported that ARVs reduced the risk of heterosexual transmission by 96%. Because of HPTN 052's profound implications for the future response to the AIDS epidemic, Science has chosen it as its Breakthrough of the Year.If this pans out the Milton Hershey School will be able to rethink having that an HIV positive student on campus.
Monday, December 26, 2011
... I am a lot bigger to the Daily News than Sandusky ever was to Penn State. But I don't have 19 years of heinous molestations involving children in my care that were covered up at many institutional levels. My daughter used to babysit Carlton's and McCarver's kids in spring training. Kalas' kids and my sons are still close. They were home-schooled by the same spring training tutor.Me to Conlin (10:50 p.m.): So you don't want it out there before the grave, newspaper
Conlin to me (11:10 p.m.): No, because that makes it a transparent move to cover my ass and which could be construed as a tactical plea bargain. In either case, I will have no choice but to either retire or resign from the Daily News. My "old, red, eyes," as you described them in your generous piece in PhillyMag, have seen more than enough. I will be 78 in May and should have fucking retired 12 years ago. But because I continued to attract more readers on average than any writer on either paper they gave me a sweetheart deal I could not refuse. But I make enough in pension and SS to walk on my salary to retire comfortably. I just do not wish to exit with an undeserved "P" on my chest. If the piece this beatch writes paints me as a Jekyll-Hyde without identifying the "accusers," their names need to be out there next to mine—since they bought houses from my wife, drank my vodka the night of her viewing and decided after 40 years it was Sandusky Time to come out.See what I mean.
According to the study, the United States is only the 10th most generous nation globally in monetary terms, but combined with high rankings in other areas such as volunteering (5th) and helping strangers (2nd) the total score put the US at the top in terms of overall generosity. Last year the US was ranked number 5, worldwide.
Behind the US, the most generous nation overall in 2011 were (in order) Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Canada, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Laos. Meanwhile, the country ranked as the least charitable nation on earth is Madagascar.When you beat out North Korea and Burma for last place, that's saying something.
WASHINGTON -- There are moments when our political system, whose essential job is to mediate conflicts in broadly acceptable and desirable ways, is simply not up to the task. It fails. This may be one of those moments. What we learned in 2011 is that the frustrating and confusing budget debate may never reach a workable conclusion. It may continue indefinitely until it's abruptly ended by a severe economic or financial crisis that wrenches control from elected leaders.
We are shifting from "give away politics" to "take away politics." Since World War II, presidents and Congresses have been in the enviable position of distributing more benefits to more people without requiring ever-steeper taxes. Now, this governing formula no longer works, and politicians face the opposite: taking away -- reducing benefits or raising taxes significantly -- to prevent government deficits from destabilizing the economy. It is not clear that either Democrats or Republicans can navigate the change.Which is to say that the 12 percent of Americans who "approve" of congress are woefully ignorant.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
"Conlin leaves behind a body of work, just like former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno leaves behind a body of work. But they both add up to the exact same thing now:
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
On Nov. 11, Conlin wrote a column about the Sandusky case. Conlin essentially scoffed at people who said they would have intervened in the incident where Sandusky has been alleged to have raped a boy in a Penn State locker room.
Wrote Conlin: "Everybody says he will do the right thing, get involved, put his own ass on the line before or after the fact. But the moment itself has a cruel way of suspending our fearless intentions."If the allegations against Conlin are true he sure benefitted from a number of people who chose not to do the right thing at the time. I've said it before and I'll say it again, anyone who witnesses a child being raped or otherwise molested and doesn't do anything to stop it, is beneath contempt. Period. Full stop.
People who say they would have pounded the snot out of Jerry Sandusky had they been alerted by the alleged shower-room assault will remember Kitty Genovese . . . Everybody says he will do the right thing, get involved, put his own ass on the line before or after the fact. But the moment itself has a cruel way of suspending our fearless intentions. Suspended fearless intentions was the fate that befell a pretty, 105-pound, young New York woman named Kitty Genovese, whose walk home from work through her Kew Gardens neighborhood was ended on March 13, 1964, by a serial killer named Winston Moseley. He picked her out at random and stabbed her to death in front of her apartment building during a horrific assault that lasted nearly a half-hour and took place at three locations outside the sprawling building. As many as 38 residents heard all or part of her shrieking, pleading attempt to ward off a man who stabbed her multiple times. Only one of them called police and that was after calling a friend for advice on what to do. None made any attempt to intervene. Some thought it was a domestic dispute and didn't want to interfere.Conlin's defense of McQueary's behavior and his snide assertion about those who judge him has a number of problems. McQueary wasn't "alerted" to anything. He claimed to have personally watched the attack as it was happening.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Am I the only person in America who is not surprised or outraged by how Penn State assistant Mike McQueary reacted after he witnessed Jerry Sandusky allegedly raping a 10-year-old boy in the showers at the school in the now notorious 2002 incident?Let's stop right here. The vitriol being hurled at McQueary is not being thrown for his bringing down Joe Paterno. It's being thrown because he left a 10-year-old boy in the hands of a rapist. Instead of helping him, he fled. That is what has so many people expressing contempt for McQueary.
Apparently I am, judging from the vitriol hurled at McQueary. His name may become synonymous with coward, as in he "He pulled a McQueary," and certainly to Penn State fanatics he will be forever seen as a Benedict Arnold for bringing down Joe Paterno.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
This rather brilliantly cuts thru all the political doublespeak we get. It puts it into a much better perspective and is the same for many countries in Europe ...Take away the zeros and the crap and you wouldn't have enough politicians to run... hey, wait a minute...
Why the U.S. was downgraded:
* U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000
* Fed budget: $3,820,000,000,000
* New debt: $ 1,650,000,000,000
* National debt: $14,271,000,000,000
* Recent budget cuts: $ 38,500,000,000
Let's now remove 8 zeros and pretend it's a household budget:
* Annual family income: $21,700
* Money the family spent: $38,200
* New debt on the credit card: $16,500
* Outstanding balance on the credit card: $142,710
* Total budget cuts: $385
Got It ?????
OK now Lesson # 2:
Here's another way to look at the Debt Ceiling:
Let's say, You come home from work and find there has been a sewer
backup in your neighborhood....and your home has sewage all the way up to your ceilings.
What do you think you should do ......
Raise the ceilings, or pump out the s--t?
Your choice is coming Nov. 2012
Romney, while at Bain, performed the essential social function of connecting investment resources with opportunities. Firms such as Bain are indispensable for wealth creation, which often involves taking over badly run companies, shedding dead weight and thereby liberating remaining elements that add value. The process, like surgery, can be lifesaving. And like surgery, society would rather benefit from it than watch it.Politicians, of a certain sort, would rather demogogue it.
Upper Darby police close probe into death of man found wearing scuba suit in atticIt was an embarrassing accident. Kind of like shooting yourself with your own speargun. Bad way to go. May he rest in peace.
“So you may not hear Mitt Romney say ‘Keep America American’ anymore. That’s because it was a central theme of the KKK in the 1920s, it was a rallying cry for the group’s campaign of violence and intimidation against blacks, gays and Jews. The progressive blog AmericaBlog was the first to catch on to that.”First of all, Romney doesn't say "Keep America American." He says "Keep America America." Listen to the ad it comes across as maybe the direct opposite of a rallying cry for violence against anyone, except maybe terrorists, and foreign dictators.
"In the end, it means the people in Delco won’t have the clout they did with the congressman,” said Landau. “The Republicans should be blamed. They are scared to death of the Democrats in Delaware County — that they could run and beat Patrick Meehan.”Delaware County GOP Chairman Andrew Reilly accused Landau of “playing politics” with his comments. Spencerblog is shocked, SHOCKED! that politics might have something to do with all this gerrymandering. But it is hardly the Delco GOP's fault. As Reilly explains.
“I am disappointed in the new 7th Congressional District and would prefer as much of Delaware County to stay intact as possible with any needed spillover to adjacent Chester County,” Reilly said. “This new district is the result of our district being pinched between more senior Philadelphia congressmen who need to expand into Delaware County to pick up population and more senior Chester County congressmen who are reluctant to yield territory.”While the state Democratic party whines, most incumbent Democrats have to be quite happy with new map. It protects their seats quite nicely, even if it remains an insult to democracy, not to mention geography.
Republicans in Pennsylvania, however, took a state that is two or three points more Democratic than the country as a whole, and created 12 districts (out of 18) that are more Republican than the country as a whole. They did so by creating what can only be called a group of Rorschach-inkblot districts in southeastern Pennsylvania.Way to go, boys. Shame, in politics, is reserved for losers and minorities.
The net result is a map that shores up their vulnerable incumbents, and that may well result in a 14-4 Republican edge by the end of the decade.
Democrats understand how jobs are created about as well as a four-year-old understands where babies come from.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Dr. Dufort,Here is Dr. Dufort's email in its entirety:
I have twice tried to reach you and have left messages in an effort to accept your offer to personally educate me about how HIV is and is not spread. I would also like to know exactly where you believe I went "scientifically" and "ethically" wrong in my article.
For the third time, I can be reached at...
I did respond to your email as best I could in today's Daily Times. You can find my response here.
Read down to the second item.
I look forward to hearing back from you soon. You did, after all, declare it you "duty" to educate ill-informed people like myself. Please do not shirk it.
Mr. Spencer,UPDATE: Finally, a response from Dr. Dufort:
Sadly I found your article as the first google search result regarding the recent discrimination case of a young boy being refused admission to a boarding school, not based on his credentials, but rather his HIV status.
(As you stated in your article, I don’t say Dr. Spencer, as you have no reported credentials in the field of infectious diseases, public health or HIV).
My name is Dr. Elizabeth Dufort. I AM an expert in infectious diseases, children with infectious diseases, and HIV.
I CAN speak to the comments made by Caplan and other ‘non-experts’ in the mentioned ABC news article.
They are not only just, but scientifically correct.
I lament the fact that you are ignorant in your position and I lament the fact that the Delaware County Daily Times editor opted to publish an article written by someone who is exactly as you state-“not a medical doctor, let alone an epidemiologist”.
I am glad to hear that you would have allowed the entrance of this child into your school, however, your egocentric reasoning for that decision and the rest of your unethical and non-scientifically valid article truly obviates this one just action you might have taken.
I would be happy to have a conference call educating you and any other individuals on HIV. I feel this is my duty, as I imagine not only the suffering of this one boy from this discrimination, but also I imagine my patients reading your article and suffering for fear and discrimination. This is a sad day to realize this. I also worry about the children in your school (and the children at Milton Hershey). It is a sad day for them to learn (or not learn) about ethics, science, medicine, or public health from a school director such as yourself and the Milton Hershey head of school.
I hope that this response (and the many others, I imagine you will receive), will prompt an educational initiative at your schools in ethics, HIV education, and discrimination (in it’s many forms and it’s basis). As an educator, it would be a laudable, and maybe the only redeeming action at this point. In addition, of course, to an apology to this boy and all the others and in general for speaking to a subject of which you are ignorant.
I am ‘cc’ing the Delaware County Daily Times editor/publisher/online editor, as well as other potentially interested individuals.
Dr. Elizabeth Dufort
Elizabeth Dufort, MD
Albany Medical College/Albany Medical Center
Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Gil,I shall look forward to speaking with her at her convenience.
Not shirking at all.
I would be happy to talk, however, I am a busy clinician and have been particularly busy this week (as it is my week on inpatient service in the hospital). My patients are ill and require evaluation and management that day and it has been a busy week.
I will call as soon as I have the chance.
Regards and thanks for the response. I will read your article response today when I have a minute.
Glad to hear it and thanks. As I mentioned in today's column, you are doing God's work in helping sick kids to get well, so respond at your convenience.
Also, if it is easier, feel free to email any specific objections to what I asserted in any of my three columns about this matter, as far as HIV risk is concerned. And why you think MHS is ethically and scientifically wrong to be concerned about the potential for an HIV-positive student to infect others, specifically through consensual sex.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Our world that's coming is a world of narrowing, not widening, choices. It's a world that suits Mr. Romney's skills and history, his knack for operating within constraints and making choices based on data, data, data. Mr. Obama lives in the same world, of course, but is unequipped to deal with it given his dubious gifts for execution, execution, execution. Also, given his inclination to seek refuge in a clueless reverie of big new programs at a time when the resources simply don't exist.
Nor is there a Big Idea that can transform our unhappy prospects. Lunar mining will not rescue Medicare. People like Mr. Gingrich play a useful role in politics: It's good to be able to talk thrillingly about history, civilization. But they make bad—perhaps we should say, unnecessary—presidents. When ideas are new and unfamiliar, they're not executable. When they're executable we need people who can execute.
The consensus for painful reform comes when the status quo hits the wall. It's a myth that we don't know what our choices are. That's the Romney moment. His strong suit has always been to do what everyone else has put off.
"The higher a monkey climbs on the pole the more you can see his butt."Axelrod knows nobody could get away with saying that about his master. Not because it isn't true. But because it would be, you know, racist.
More important for the Republican Party’s purposes, it isn’t 2008 anymore, and conservatives don’t actually need to explode the fantasy of Obama’s eloquence and omnicompetence. The harsh reality of governing has already done that for them. Nobody awaits the president’s speeches with panting anticipation these days, or expects him to slay his opponents with the power of his intellect. Obamamania peaked with the inauguration, and it’s been ebbing ever since.In other words, Obama climbed the pole and his butt is out there for the entire country to see.
Newt Gingrich might debate circles around Obama. He might implode spectacularly, making a hot mess of himself while the president keeps his famous cool. But either way, setting up a grand rhetorical showdown seems unlikely to supply a disillusioned country with what it’s looking for from Republicans in 2012.
Conservatives may want catharsis, but the rest of the public seems to mainly want reassurance. They already know Barack Obama isn’t the messiah he was once cracked up to be. What they don’t know is whether they can trust anyone else to do better
Monday, December 12, 2011
Mr. Spencer,Of course, I am terribly sorry for boring Mr. Sisti with what he perceived as my substance-lacking, ad hominem attack on his friend and colleague, Arthur Caplan. But was "tedium" really the word he was looking for to describe my column? From the tone of his email, it doesn't sound as if it bored him. It sounds like it enraged and frustrated him. In fact, I would almost feel "attacked" by his response, if I didn't understand he had to have meant it as constructive criticism. Would it be bioethical of him to have meant it in any other way?
Your article, 'Milton Hershey critics need to wake up' was nothing more than ad hominem-laced tedium that bolstered the strength of the positions of the individuals you attacked. Next time, please present a bit of substance to refute the claims of those with whom you disagree, even if that means spending some time doing background research beyond Googling Dr. Caplan's curriculum vitae.
Your appeal to authority ("The Tully Fitzsimmons and Arthur Caplans of the world flatter themselves into believing that they know better about what is right and what is good for a particular private school than the grownups who have been running that school for years") was particularly ironic considering recent stories about horrible moral failings of longstanding leaders and institutions. Essentially it seems what you're saying is, "Trust the people running the school without question because they know best." Do you really believe this is a legitimate argument? If so, I have many undergraduates who would be happy to tutor you in informal logic and ethics.
Dr. Caplan is a mentor, friend and colleague. Hopefully you won't attack me now on those grounds, though such an attack would be unsurprising.
Dominic A. Sisti, Ph.D.
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Senior Fellow, Center for Bioethics
Director, The Scattergood Program for the Applied Ethics of Behavioral Healthcare
"This notion that you can't put him in residential housing at a school because he is a vector of death is a throwback to 1987, when people were worried you couldn't mainstream children in any school," (Caplan) said. "It sets back what we know to be true about the disease."As I pointed out in my column, Caplan is not epidemiologist. As far as I know he is not a lawyer either, but that didn't stop him from offering his legal opinion on the case either.
Caplan suggested the school use this as a teaching opportunity to educate students about HIV.
"I'd like to see the school hold a seminar," said Caplan. "And if the school isn't going to do the right thing, students need to confront the administration..."
... Caplan said the case reminds him of Ryan White, the teenager who became the face of the AIDS virus in the 1980s after being kicked out of school for fear it would spread through everyday contact.
"I think they'll lose the lawsuit," he said. " So they better get ready to figure out how they're going to accept him."
Essentially it seems what you're saying is, "Trust the people running the school without question because they know best."Funny that, because I'm the one who actually called the school and QUESTIONED them about the decision. I don't suppose Mr. Caplan did that before spouting off to ABC or Mr. Sisti did before sitting down at his computer and firing off what he no doubt thinks is a very clever and substantive email.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
The redress for Abu-Jamal's 30 years of anguish and the "cruel and unusual punishment" he has suffered is not life in prison without parole. It is release from prison into the arms of family and friends, into spaces of support and life.The real Maxwell M. Upson was an engineer, a graduate of Cornell University and a winner of the Edward Longstreth medal from the Franklin Institute for his contribution to science and the industrial arts. He holds several patents for retention and seawall design. Sounds like a pretty sensible fellow. Makes you wonder if he would enjoy having his name associated with a radical political movement to free a cop killer.
The worst of it is that it doesn't matter if juries found defendants guilty of capital murder. It doesn't matter if voters approved their state's death penalty law. It doesn't matter if the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld states' capital punishment protocols. As long as there are judges and politicians willing to undermine the appellate process, capital punishment opponents don't have to win at the ballot or in front of the nation's top court to beat the death penalty.Read it all here.
The chief executives of public companies must certify their accounts, and face fines of up to $5 million and as many as 20 years in prison if they do so falsely. Members of Congress (like all federal officials) can make up numbers out of whole cloth without any sanction at all. Incorrect corporate numbers can mislead markets. Incorrect federal budget numbers can mislead the nation. (Perhaps the federal budget, like corporate balance sheets, should be vetted by independent third-party auditors.)That'll be the day.
Friday, December 9, 2011
This is populism so crude that it channels not Teddy Roosevelt so much as Hugo Chavez. But with high unemployment, economic stagnation and unprecedented deficits, what else can Obama say?Yeah, this.
He can’t run on stewardship. He can’t run on policy. His signature initiatives — the stimulus, Obamacare and the failed cap-and-trade — will go unmentioned in his campaign ads. Indeed, they will be the stuff of Republican ads.
What’s left? Class resentment. Got a better idea?
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Within the world of private higher education, there are a handful of college presidents who earn considerably more than professors on their campuses, or gobble up a notable share of their institutions’ budgetary pie, a Chronicle analysis has found. There are also significant pay gaps among presidents, 36 of whom earned more than $1-million in 2009.College presidents wear many hats and have to serve numerous constitutencies. Mostly though, they have to raise money. People who do that well, deserve to be well compensated.
Gingrich is supposedly at war with the poor for saying this: "Really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works, so they literally have no habit of showing up on Monday..."What this has to do with his being president, I'm not sure. But right is right.
...Gingrich pointed out that, for instance, among African-American teenagers, the unemployment rate is a staggering 43%.
Now, you can spin a statistic like that one of two ways. You can say these unemployed black teenagers are helpless victims and the system is working against them. Or you can say that many of these teenagers are unemployable because no one ever taught them the skills necessary to hold down a job. Gingrich thinks government should have a hand in creating a "pathway to work" so "people get in the work habit and learn the skills to be successful."
Bravo for Newt.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
"There is no question that justice is served when a death sentence from a misinformed jury is overturned," (Widener Law Prof. Judith) Ritter said. "Thirty years later, the district attorney's decision not to seek a new death sentence also furthers the interests of justice."UPDATE: At least Maureen Faulkner, the wife of Daniel Faulkner and Wesley Cook's victim, was allowed to put things in perspective:
"My family and I have endured a three-decade ordeal at the hands of Mumia Abu-Jamal, his attorneys and his supporters, who in many cases never even took the time to educate themselves about the case before lending their names, giving their support and advocating for his freedom," Maureen Faulkner said Wednesday. "All of this has taken an unimaginable physical, emotional and financial toll on each of us."Furthermore:
"The disgusting reality with the death penalty in Pennsylvania is that the fix is in before the hearing even begins," she said.As long as he dies in prison, some measure of justice will be served.
Faulkner also vowed to fight anyone who tries to extract special treatment for Abu-Jamal, advocating instead that he be moved to the general population after being taken off death row.
"I will not stand by and see him coddled, as he has been in the past," Faulkner said. "And I am heartened that he will be taken from the protective cloister he has been living in all these years and begin living among his own kind — the thugs and common criminals that infest our prisons."
For years, doctors thought college students were at low risk for contracting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. But researchers at UNC Chapel Hill's medical school recently found an outbreak of the virus on 37 campuses in our state...Meanwhile, the news coverage of MHS story has been transparently one-sided, accusatory and soft-headed. For instance, from ABC News there was this:
Dr. Lisa Hightow/UNC-CH Medical School: The investigation started because we noticed there were two cases of acute HIV infection in college students in North Carolina, specifically in the Triangle area. Both of those cases were in black males.
That led Dr. Lisa Hightow to review the state's records for young men diagnosed with HIV between January 2000 and December 2003, under the direction of Dr. Peter Leone.
Dr. Peter Leone/UNC-CH Medical School & Medical Director, HIV/STD Prevention & Care Branch: What we found was very few cases in 2000, but a gradual increase from 2000 through 2003, so that by 2003 we had 30 new cases of HIV in college students that had been diagnosed that year.
Drs. Leone and Hightow say over those four years, a total of 84 men at 37 colleges statewide contracted HIV. And a sexual partner network linked them to outbreaks in five other states.
Dr. Hightow: And when you look at the number of colleges that are involved, the number of students, we see a trend. And our goal as public health practitioners is to prevent the numbers from getting into the range of the hundreds and the thousands...
A 13-year-old boy who applied to a Hershey, Pa., boarding school told ABC News that it never crossed his mind he would be denied entry because he was HIV-positive."In a written interview through his lawyer"? The lawyer is not only suing to get the young man into the school but for the "intentional infliction" of "mental anguish," "grief," "worry," "severe emotional distress," embarrassment, humiliation, etc., so it's good that in the "interview" the poor kid mentioned the "fear, anger, confusion and tears" he's been experiencing.
"I thought I would get into the school, because of the type of student and person I am," he told ABC News in a written interview through his lawyer.
As a result of the school's decision, he added, "my life has turned into fear, anger, confusion and tears."
The school said today that its residential setting and the risk of sexual activity made the teen too much of a "threat."
"This notion that you can't put him in residential housing at a school because he is a vector of death is a throwback to 1987, when people were worried you couldn't mainstream children in any school," he said. "It sets back what we know to be true about the disease.""The vector of death," has a nice ring to it but that is his loaded phrase not the school's. As for this being a throwback to 1987, it may have escaped Mr. Caplan's notice but people are still getting and transmitting the HIV virus. Residential educational settings hardly immune from that sad fact (as noted above).
Caplan suggested the school use this as a teaching opportunity to educate students about HIV.