If you're wondering whether any new SARS-like virus killed people in the Middle East over the long American holiday weekend, the answer is yes. The coronavirus, only discovered by researchers in September, is the confirmed cause of death for victims in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, while another case is being treated in Britain. The number of known cases doubled on Friday, so be careful out there, when you're breathing.
As an old person, I long ago gave up on trying to keep up with the kids. I have no idea what they're watching or how their drugs are or who they're listening to these days, and I'm pretty okay with that. Still, it has been kind of stunning to see the swift ascension of Lady Gaga, who is, I guess, their dance music god these days? I mean, it seems like she went from "who is that chick with all the make-up?" to "OMG PICS OF LADY GAGA WITHOUT MAKE-UP" in a space of like two weeks or something. Anyway, I haven't heard anything by her-or if I have, [...]