December 20th, 2006

Pfiesteria Piscicida

Pfiesteria Piscicida. I first ran across this stuff in an article that mentioned it in the context that it kills fish, hence the name, and causes temporary but sometimes long-term neurological impairment in humans. Now if that's not a plot device waiting to happen I don't know what is. However, a search for verification of this information produced a mass of uncertainty. I've read everything from "this microorganism is in fact harmless" to "under certain circumstances it mutates and becomes harmful" to "WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS BEFORE IT KILLS US ALL". So I was wondering if perhaps anyone has any first or second hand experience with Pfiesteria Piscicida exposure or perhaps a very scholarly, neutral article?

World War I-era America

I've been able to glean a bit here and a bit there from research on Google, Wiki, the usual sources, even *gasp* the library. Everyone loves WWII, nobody loves WWI.

I need little details on daily life in midwestern U.S. before, during and immediately after World War I. Not the Roaring 20s nightlife, not politics or war tactics. Things like how an ordinary house would be heated, were there still poor shantytowns as in the post-Civil War era, would they use a gas lamp to light a room at night, what would middle-class women wear on an ordinary day, would poor and rich boys/girls attend the same school... Details.

Anyone got a suggested site/book? Thanks in advance.