Admittedly on partly sophomoric grounds but this story still caught my eye. The goal, of course, is noble: cheap prophylactics to fight AIDS in the developing world.
Yet that notion appears obscured. Somehow these condoms have got caught up in the "stimulus" plan and job preservation debate; there is a spokesperson for the US manufacturer Alatech rejoicing in the first name of "Fannie"; price, quality and comfort arguments are to the fore; and the US supplier has had some, erm, delivery issues.
But post guffaws and protectionist tendencies this ought, surely, to be a debate measured in lives - and not US (or other) jobs - saved.
Crisis or not, if that goal can't focus minds...