Or from your side of the world, if you’re down there in the southern hemisphere and in a very different time zone from us Americans.
From Australia, we have news of a powerful program on vaccination. It juxtaposes the story of young Dana McCaffrey, a 4-week-old girl who died of whooping cough, with the anti-vaccination crusader Meryl Dorey, who at one point claims that no one “is going to die from [whooping cough] today”, and who says that she treated her own unvaccinated children with homeopathic medicines. Guess which one looks like an uncaring idiot?
The news is less cheering from New Zealand: Jim Salinger, a climate scientist, was fired for speaking to the media. Salinger is a member of the IPCC, and was an early contributor to our understanding of climate change. Apparently, the New Zealand government does not want scientists speaking uncomfortable truths about the weather.