links for 2009-05-18
Memo to Self: Must Train iPhone Not to Autocorrect "David Wessel" to "David Weasel"

Why John Roberts Should Not Be on the Supreme Court

A "friend" emails:

Roberts started his mischief early. This from a talk I gave on the history of HIV prevention and harm reduction:

In September 1985, President Reagan made his first prepared comments on AIDS. Responding to unfounded fears, health authorities proposed to include the following in his speech: 'As far as our best scientists have been able to determine, AIDS virus is not spread through casual or routine contact.' These words were never spoken. A young White House aide redacted them.

This story is telling, not because the young aide, now Chief Justice of the United States, got it so wrong. It’s telling because the consensus of medical and public health experts was so casually over- ruled by a young lawyer who knew nothing about AIDS. Public policy is not only about making the right call. It is also about creating organizational capacity so that judicious analysis is performed and then gains a proper hearing.

Republicans: bad for America, bad for the world.