The Monday Morning Teaser

This week was a lesson in the unpredictability of presidential campaigns. Who knew Republican candidates would be talking about the measles vaccine? Maybe next week they’ll argue about whether cities should have fire departments or some other issue no one is thinking about now. (BTW: This has been an example of why I haven’t been taking Rand Paul’s candidacy seriously: He has never figured out how to downplay his loonier views, so if he ever becomes the focus of the campaign, the other candidates will maneuver him into spending a week talking about eliminating public schools or something.)

If you’ve been listening to the vaccination debate and wondering “Why are we talking about this?”, this week’s featured article will take it back to its roots in “The Individual and the Herd”. It should be out by 9 EST.

The weekly summary will say more about the measles outbreak, then talk about the wonderful talk President Obama gave at the National Prayer Breakfast — and the fevered response to the two lines in which he pointed out that Christianity is open to abuse just like Islam is.

I’ll also mention some of the minor matters that got lost in all the sturm und drang about measles and the Crusades, like next year’s federal budget, and state budgets whose main purpose is to promote the governor’s shot at the Republican presidential nomination.

The summary will close with a very creative smash-up that turns the Coen brothers’ movies into one big conversation. Expect that by noon.

And in case you’re wondering: It’s still snowing. If Shakespeare had set “Twelfth Night” in New England, Feste would sing, “The snow, it snoweth every day.”

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  • velvinette  On February 9, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Hi, instead of talking about the anti-vaccine roots, why not talk about the present and future? Autism research is in its infancy. Some people are not recommended to get vaccines. Given various factors, it’s possible these people could be found to be better to wait until age three, as we got vaccined. How about looking at the state of the current research? The drug companies are very happy to remain fixated on some people who did stuff when research was practically non-existent, not what research still has not been done, like comparing the kids who get vaccinated with the kids who don’t. (Like that Republican congressman said!)

    • cricket  On February 9, 2015 at 9:45 am

      Perhaps because some of those topics go a bit beyond ‘making sense of the news one week at a time’ and ‘making Ben Kingsley sing in your head all morning at work’. There’s a lot to think about.

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