Elinor Ostrom was well-known in 2009 when she was the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize for economics. In her analysis of "governance of the commons," she put in question the past economic model that common goods can only be managed successfully by the market or the state. For Ostrom, research and knowledge thrive best when used and developed in common.
At the University of Wisconsin and the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, Netherlands, bioterror scientists funded by the National Institutes of Health in Washington DC have been inflicting pain on ferrets as they developed highly contagious new strains of flu. Public exposure of their work has caused a moratorium. The week of July 30, these Frankensteins will meet to discuss their extralegal and highly lethal work.
The U.S. heat wave is slowly shaking the foundations of American politics. It may take years for the deep rumble to evolve into an above ground, institution-shattering earthquake, but U.S. society has changed for good.