[Excerpted] The country is in the grip of three emerging flu or flulike epidemics:
an early start to the annual flu season with an unusually aggressive
virus, a surge in a new type of norovirus, and the worst whooping cough
outbreak in 60 years. And these are all developing amid the normal
winter highs for the many viruses that cause symptoms on the “colds and flu” spectrum....
I am a Professor at a large public university. I study political economy and biopolitics (the politics of life). My interests are diverse but are broadly concerned with economic, social and environmental justice. I have published 5 books: Crisis Communication, Liberal Democracy and Ecological Sustainability: The Threat of Financial and Energy Complexes in the Twenty-First Century (2016); Fukusima and the Privatization of Risk (2013); Constructing Autism (2005); Governmentality, Biopower and Everyday Life (2008/2011); Governing Childhood (2010).
I also participated in an edited collection on Fukushima: Fukushima: Dispossession or Denuclearization (2014).