New Foreign Policy Association post, on polio. We've reduced the number of polio cases by 99% and eradicated the disease in all but seven countries (with a few cases here and there elsewhere). Take a look--it's a short read. And yes, I opportunistically used the "we are the 99%" thing. I'm not sorry.
In other news, my neighborhood is really into Halloween, and lots of houses have gone all-out with decorating. It probably helps to have a huge, creepy Victorian mansion. One of my neighbors has a whole ghost-and-tombstone display out, including a bloody, severed foot coming out from under a planter. Every time I see that plastic foot, my heart leaps a little bit. It's pretty darn realistic. So, good on you, unknown neighbor, for scaring the crap out of me almost every day.
Have a happy (and safe!) Halloween weekend. I might take my camera around with me...we'll see how it goes. If I do, I promise to post a shot or two next week.