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    ...many of the things we take for granted weren't done in the 19th century.  Of course today we're all hermetically-sealed in our air-conditioned homes, but when I was growing up a half-century ago, we didn't have that.  

    But all the open windows did have screens.  That's an innovation that came about largely because of our discoveries of insect-carried diseases -- malaria and yellow fever from mosquitoes, diphtheria from houseflies, etc.  It wasn't until we discovered that insects were carrying around all these diseases that we put up barriers to try to keep them out.  

    So that restaurant where the infected crewman had his dinner, for instance, may have been swarming with mosquitoes.  Open doors, open windows, nothing to keep them out.  The patrons would have just regarded them as a nuisance, not a threat.

    We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. - Justice Louis D. Brandeis

    by dsteffen on Sun May 15, 2011 at 04:57:03 PM PDT

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