Thursday, February 26, 2015

CNN Misleads About DHS Intelligence Assessment

Recently, CNN breathlessly reported that a new DHS intelligence assessment focused on right wing extremist groups as being a greater threat than ISIS. However, no one but CNN had seen the alleged report. Now has reviewed the report (which it has made available to download) and found:
The document declares on its first page that most sovereign citizens are nonviolent, and that it will focus only on the violent fringe within a fringe—the people it calls "sovereign citizen extremists," or SCEs. It describes their violence as "sporadic," and it does not expect its rate to rise, predicting instead that the violence will stay "at the same sporadic level" in 2015. The author or authors add that most of the violence consists of "unplanned, reactive" clashes with police officers, not preplanned attacks.
In other words, based on Obama's lead, CNN ran a story to try and divert attention from Islamic terrorism.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Fluoridated Water May Cause Thyroid Problems...

... leading to weight gain, tiredness and depression.

Eyeball Planets May Offer Best Hope for Life

Astronomers have so far focused their search for alien life on planets that are similar to our own.But extra-terrestrial beings could be residing on worlds that look like giant eyeballs (artist's impression pictured) circling Red dwarves instead, according to one researchers

From the Daily Mail, a report on a theory that tidally locked planets might offer the best hope for finding evidence of extra-terrestrial life.
A hot eyeball planet is located close to its star, on an orbit that makes it hotter overall than Earth. 
The day side would be roasting with any water boiling into vapour, while the night side would be freezing. 
But at the terminator - the boundary between night and day – conditions could be just right for life to thrive. 
Icy eyeballs have orbits that are larger than those of hot eyeball planets. While they may have huge amounts of water, there is not enough heat for it to be liquid. 
But in an area called the 'substellar point' there may just been enough sunlight to form a liquid pond.  
Scientists believe that underwater life could exist in the subsurface ocean, and also by the icy shore of a pond. 
The idea of an eyeball Earth was triggered by the detection of an exoplanet called Gliese 581g about 20 light-years away - which may be the first known potentially habitable alien world. 
In 2013, researchers at Columbia University looked at the parameters of the ice flow and melt, and whether that band of water left in the middle could be maintained. 
'No matter how efficient you are at trapping water on night side, there always has to be some water on the dayside,' Dr Kristen Menou said. 
Accordingly, small pockets of habitability might remain in these water-trapped worlds. 
Red dwarves make up approximately three quarters of the stars in the galaxy, making the existence of some of these planets orbiting them much more likely.

If Islam is so great ...

... why do they have to kill people to keep them from leaving?

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Civil Rights Group Calls for Quotas at Oscars

Civil rights groups are upset that no black actors were nominated for an Oscar based on the merits, and instead are demanding that there be a minimum quota.

So Much For It Being a Lifestyle Choice

The Daily Mail reports on how a lesbian parent is trying to force her daughter to be gay, and disappointed that she is not. From the article:
Sally Kohn a political commentator who has appeared on CNN and MSNBC, describes herself as living in the 'liberal bubble of Park Slope, Brooklyn, where 'yuppies' want their kids to be happy. 
She said: 'I'm gay. And I want my kid to be gay, too.'
* * * 
She said: 'When my daughter plays house with her stuffed koala bears as the mom and dad, we gently remind her that they could be a dad and dad.  
'Sometimes she changes her narrative. Sometimes she doesn't. It's her choice.' 
'Time will tell, but so far, it doesn't look like my six-year-old daughter is gay. In fact, she's boy crazy.' 
In other words, "it's your choice sweety. But I will be horribly disappointed in you if you aren't a lesbian. Don't you want to be like me? But it is your choice ...."

Friday, February 20, 2015

"What the Warren Commission Didn't Know"

A look back at how things might have turned out differently if the Warren Commission hadn't been blocked from all the facts concerning Lee Harvey Oswald.

CAIR Welcomes Focus on "Right Wing" Extremists

They're carrying out sporadic terror attacks on police, have threatened attacks on government buildings and reject government authority. 
A new intelligence assessment, circulated by the Department of Homeland Security this month and reviewed by CNN, focuses on the domestic terror threat from right-wing sovereign citizen extremists and comes as the Obama administration holds a White House conference to focus efforts to fight violent extremism. 
Some federal and local law enforcement groups view the domestic terror threat from sovereign citizen groups as equal to -- and in some cases greater than -- the threat from foreign Islamic terror groups, such as ISIS, that garner more public attention.​ 
The Homeland Security report, produced in coordination with the FBI, counts 24 violent sovereign citizen-related attacks across the U.S. since 2010.
Of course, there is no link to the report, nor have I been able to find a copy online. But it must be an amazing report since just 6 months ago, another DHS Intelligence Assessment only could identify 8 such incidents. Interestingly, the CNN reporters resorted to information from the Southern Poverty Law Center, which itself has connections to killers, including a radical atheist who killed 3 Muslims in Chapel Hill.

The media has difficulty distinguishing between left and right-wing (evidenced by their inability to recognize that Nazis were socialists--i.e., left wing--and the KKK was the militant arm of the Democratic party--i.e., left wing). So, I cannot simply accept CNN's characterization of "sovereign citizen extremists" as being "right wing."

However, the real kicker is this:
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed reports that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will issue a new intelligence assessment on the threat posed by domestic right-wing violent extremists.
I'm sure they do.

The No-Difference Theory Is Dead

From Mercator Net:
Fresh research has just tossed a grenade into the incendiary issue of same-sex parenting. Writing in the British Journal of Education, Society & Behavioural Science, a peer-reviewed journal, American sociologist Paul Sullins concludes that children’s “Emotional problems [are] over twice as prevalent for children with same-sex parents than for children with opposite-sex parents”. 
He says confidently: “it is no longer accurate to claim that no study has found children in same-sex families to be disadvantaged relative to those in opposite-sex families.”
(H/t English Manif)

The Closet Muslim

Even the liberals are getting fed up with Obama's inability to name Islam as the motivation for ISIS and other Islamic terror groups. "Why? Why?," they ask. It is because Obama identifies with Muslims, and feels for them--in a way he will never identify with or feel about America. CNS News reported yesterday, "White House Summit on Violent Extremism Opens With Muslim Prayer – No Other Faiths Represented."
Imam Sheikh Sa'ad Musse Roble, president of the World Peace Organization in Minneapolis, Minn., recited a “verse from the Quran” following remarks by Obama administration officials and Democratic members of Congress. 
Imam Abdisalam Adam of the Islamic Civil Society of America offered a translation of the verses: 
“In translation those verses of the Quran mean ‘Whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption in the land, it’s as if he has slain mankind entirely, and whoever saves one life, it’s as if he has saved mankind entirely,’” Adam said.
So this is the great verse of the Koran that is supposed to somehow nullify all other parts of the book calling for the killing of non-Muslims? First, it should be noted that this injunction was made to Jews that had planned on ambushing and killing Mohammad. So, it is not clear that it is of general application. Second, it provides two exceptions: to punish murder (i.e., unlawful killing) and "corruption in the land." Ergo, if it is not unlawful to kill someone, there is no punishment; and it is permissible to kill to rid the land of "corruption," which in the mind of the Islamist would clearly include those that are considered enemies of Islam.

Terrorists Need Jobs!

Source: Diogenes Middle Finger

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Astronomers Find Red Dwarf and Brown Dwarf That Passed Close By 70,000 Years Ago

From the Daily Mail:
Scholz's star was first discovered in 2014 by Ralf-Dieter Scholz but unlike other stars around it, it appeared to have an unusual motion in the sky. 
A team of scientists from the US, Europe, Chile and South Africa used observations of its motion to trace back its trajectory. 
They found that the star is moving away from the Earth at great speed and came alarmingly close 70,000 years ago. 
They calculated that the star, which also has the catchy name WISE J072003.20-084651.2, passed five trillion miles away from our sun (0.8 light years away). Proxima Centauri, our closest neighbour, is 4.2 light years away. 
However, even this close it would have been impossible to see the star from Earth with the naked eye as it is far too dim. 
The scientists believe it is an active red dwarf star that is about 8 per cent the mass of our own Sun. It is part of a binary star system and is accompanied by a brown dwarf - a failed star that was too small to spark into life. 
Even when at its closest to Earth, Scholz's star would have been 50 times fainter than what can normally be seen with the naked eye. 
Instead the star would only have been visible with a telescope - technology far beyond our ancestors 70,000 years ago. 
However, the star may have occassionally flared and become brighter for a few minutes.
For any of our ancestors who glanced upwards during such a flare, they would have seen it in the area around the Big Dipper.
The astronomers, whose work is published in the journal Astrophysical Journal Letters, calculated that Scholz's star's path would have taken it through the outer areas of the Oort Cloud.

When Democrats Ran the American South

From the American Conservative, a reminder that it was not too long ago that blacks were being lynched and burned alive in the South. The article's actual title is "When ISIS Ran the American South," but I fixed it. I think it would be a pity not to remind Democrats of their history.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Juxtaposition This: Boston Snowfall--New York Underwater

It's easy to forget that under all that snow that's fallen in Boston, there are streets and sidewalks, fire hydrants and mailboxes. 
With 96.3 inches on the ground so far in Boston, this winter is now the second-snowiest winter on record, according to the National Weather Service (the record was set in the winter of 1995-1996 with 107.6 inches on the ground). From the start of this snow season until today, the Boston Public Works Department has plowed 285,145 miles of roadway, put down over 74,862 tons tons of salt, and plowed for 174,248 hours, according to the city. And winter is not over yet.
Yes, and don't forget the temperatures being 25 to 30 degrees below normal (and windchill sending the felt temperature down to -20.

On the other hand, from the Daily Mail:
New York could undergo devastating increases in temperature, rainfall and sea level as a result of global warming. 
This is according to a Nasa-backed report which predicts annual temperatures will increase 4.1°F to 5.7°F by the 2050s and 5.3°F to 8.8°F by the 2080s. 
The frequency of heat waves is set rise to two per year in the 1980s to roughly six per year by the 2080s.
It takes a lot of faith to be a global warming believer:
There is a madness to walking through a blizzard and discussing Global Warming. A theory according to which we should be sliding toward the tropics, awash in fleeing polar bears and Florida style temperatures, instead of frantically shoveling our driveways. 
To believe in Global Warming while stamping the snow off your boots is not a matter of science. It is a matter of faith. The scientist sees what is, while the believer has faith in what he cannot see. The scientist does not see Global Warming in a blizzard. 
The Warmist does. To see Global Warming while walking through a blizzard, is itself an act of faith. 
Every winter, Global Warming advocates stake their bets on a mild winter. And every winter the snow and ice break their cars and shoes, but never their faith. 
Last year the New York Times was predicting the end of snow. This year the New York Times building is snowlogged, but still keeping the faith. 
No matter how much slush trails through its lobby, its writers must continue to show people the pernicious effects of people driving to work and using extra shopping bags. Digging out of a snowstorm and their own lies, Global Warming advocates claim that colder winters are actually another effect of global warming. Which may be renamed to Global Temperatures We Don't Like.

Summer in Antarctic Waters

... and don't forget the global warming, too! The Daily Mail reports:
The US Coast Guard has rescued an Australian fishing vessel carrying 26 people that had been stranded in icy Antarctic seas since last week, the Coast Guard said on Tuesday. 
The crew was saved on Sunday by the Coast Guard cutter Polar Star, which broke through some 150 miles (240 km) of thick ice on its way to the 207-foot (63-meter) Antarctic Chieftain vessel, the Coast Guard said in a statement. 
The Chieftain had been stuck about 900 miles (1,450 km) northeast of McMurdo Sound since last Tuesday, after damaging three of its four propellers in the ice, the Coast Guard said.
(Underline added). Was there a global warming conference nearby?

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The NYT Has Another Report About Those Iraqi WMDs That Never Existed

The New York Times reports that the CIA was buying nerve gas from an arms dealer, following the invasion of Iraq, to keep it from reaching terrorists. From the story:
The Central Intelligence Agency, working with American troops during the occupation of Iraq, repeatedly purchased nerve-agent rockets from a secretive Iraqi seller, part of a previously undisclosed effort to ensure that old chemical weapons remaining in Iraq did not fall into the hands of terrorists or militant groups, according to current and former American officials. 
The extraordinary arms purchase plan, known as Operation Avarice, began in 2005 and continued into 2006, and the American military deemed it a nonproliferation success. It led to the United States’ acquiring and destroying at least 400 Borak rockets, one of the internationally condemned chemical weapons that Saddam Hussein’s Baathist government manufactured in the 1980s but that were not accounted for by United Nations inspections mandated after the 1991 Persian Gulf war.

The effort was run out of the C.I.A. station in Baghdad in collaboration with the Army’s 203rd Military Intelligence Battalion and teams of chemical-defense and explosive ordnance disposal troops, officials and veterans of the units said. Many rockets were in poor condition and some were empty or held a nonlethal liquid, the officials said. But others contained the nerve agent sarin, which analysis showed to be purer than the intelligence community had expected given the age of the stock.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Experimental Molten-Salt Nuclear Reactor

Transatomic Power, a startup that’s developing a novel type of nuclear reactor, has begun a series of experiments that will either verify its design or send it back to the drawing board. The experiments were made possible by $2.5 million in new investments from Founders Fund, the venture capital firm cofounded by Peter Thiel, and two family funds. 
The reactor would be smaller and safer than a conventional nuclear unit, potentially making it far cheaper. It would use molten salt as its coolant, making it meltdown-proof and thus requiring fewer costly safety systems. Transatomic’s design could also consume nuclear waste, and it could use nuclear material that couldn’t easily be used to make a weapon.
* * *
 Transatomic’s design is based on a reactor developed and tested in the 1960s at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. If a conventional reactor is damaged and its water pumps fail, as happened at Fukushima, the water coolant can evaporate, leading to a meltdown resulting in explosions and the release of radiation. Molten salt evaporates at a far higher temperature—even if a reactor is damaged and pumps fail, it won’t evaporate and will continue to cool the fuel, preventing the release of radiation. Transatomic’s design also introduces new materials that could make for an even cheaper and more compact nuclear reactor.
(H/t Instapundit)

Fecal Transplant Leads to Weight Gain

More evidence that obesity is more than just exercise and diet. From Boing Boing:
A woman whose c.difficile infection was treated with a fecal transplant from her overweight daughter experienced rapid and dramatic weight gain as soon as her daughter's microbial nation took hold in her gut. 
It's evidence to support the thesis that obesity is linked to your gut flora, which plays an important role in regulating metabolism and in converting the food you eat to calories. ...
In mice, experiments with fecal transplants from skinny mice to fat mice has resulted in the fat mice loosing weight.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

I Guess The Science Wasn't Settled

The nation’s top nutrition advisory panel has decided to drop its caution about eating cholesterol-laden food, a move that could undo almost 40 years of government warnings about its consumption. 
The group’s finding that cholesterol in the diet need no longer be considered a “nutrient of concern” stands in contrast to the committee’s findings five years ago, the last time it convened. During those proceedings, as in previous years, the panel deemed the issue of excess cholesterol in the American diet a public health concern. 
The finding follows an evolution of thinking among many nutritionists who now believe that, for healthy adults, eating foods high in cholesterol may not significantly affect the level of cholesterol in the blood or increase the risk of heart disease.

Lone Wolf Terrorists and Those That Motivate Them

Stephen Hicks, 46,  has been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of three Muslim students in North Carolina. All three Muslims were students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Hicks apparently shot all three "execution style." Although police claim that the shooting arose out of a dispute over a parking space, there is evidence that Hicks may have been motivated by his liberal, anti-religious beliefs. The Daily Mail article cited to above reports:
On a Facebook page in his name, Hicks shared a number of anti-religion posts, describing himself as a supporter of 'Atheists for Equality'. A banner about 'anti-theism' is prominent on his page. 
Hicks posted a photo from United Atheists of America on February 8, which has the title 'why radical Christians and radical Muslims are so opposed to each others’ influence when they agree about so many ideological issues'.  
On the page he is listed as married and having studied to become a paralegal at Durham Technical Community College. Records show his wife works at UNC Hospital. 
Most of the pictures he has posted in recent months criticize a number of religions, including Christianity.  
Other recent pictures he has published include one of a loaded revolver.  
In one post allegedly written by Hicks and shared by CNN, he wrote: 'When it comes to insults, your religion started this, not me. If your religion kept its big mouth shut, so would I.'
Patrick Poole also reports:
A review of the Facebook page of the man charged in these murders, Craig Hicks, shows a consistent theme of anti-religion and progressive causes. Included in his many Facebook “likes” are the Huffington Post, Rachel Maddow, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Freedom from Religion Foundation, Bill Nye “The Science Guy,” Neil deGrasse Tyson, gay marriage groups, and a host of anti-conservative/Tea Party pages.
As Glenn Reynolds observes, this is not the first time the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has been linked to a mass shooting. The SPLC produced a "hate map" that was used by Floyd Lee Corkins to select the Family Research Council as a target of a terrorist attack on August 15, 2012.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Alpha Game Comment On Young College Females Chasing "Sugar Daddies"

"The average woman is far more concerned about her lifestyle and social status than any abstract moral concerns. So, once social status is no longer dependent upon maintaining virginity, most young women quickly determine that their vagina is an asset with a declining market value."

The Argument Against Gay Marriage

In a 2012 paper published in the British Journal of American Legal Studies (PDF here) Matthew O’Brien applied John Rawls’s theory of justice to show that the law should protect heterosexual marriage, but prohibit homosexual marriage. First, his summary of why heterosexual marriage should be protected:
A publicly reasonable argument for traditional marriage specifies the state interest in terms of sustainable procreation and cultivating in citizens the two moral powers, which are “a capacity for a sense of justice and for a conception of the good.” According to Rawls, a conception of the good is “a conception of what is valuable in human life,” which is comprised “of a more or less determinate scheme of final ends, that is, ends that we want to realize for their own sake, as well as attachments to other persons and loyalties to various groups and associations.” A conception of the good is “fully comprehensive if it covers all recognized values and virtues within one rather precisely articulated system; whereas a conception is only partially comprehensive when it comprises a number of, but by no means all, nonpolitical values and virtues and is rather loosely articulated.” In short, a conception of the good is the coherent narrative of a person’s identity that he develops for himself. 
A liberal democratic society needs sufficient children and it needs them to be educated. Therefore, a liberal democratic society needs families headed by two married parents who are the biological mother and father of the children, because such families are (a) intrinsically generative and (b) optimal for childrearing. In other words, sex between men and women makes babies; society needs sufficient babies; babies need moms and dads. Every family arrangement in which children are raised need not and cannot conform to this pattern, but the state has a legitimate interest in encouraging people to form families that do so, which the state can accomplish by enshrining this conception of marriage in the law, as conferring unique social status, and promoting it with material benefits. 

1 Br. J. Am. Leg. Studies 411, 438 (2012) (foot notes omitted). As to the opposing argument, O'Brien writes:
... The non- public, moralistic character of arguments in favor of same-sex marriage is often obscured by a rhetorical maneuver, however, which frames the debate as if it were simply about providing equal and fair access to an agreed-upon, uncontroversial social good. In brief, such rhetorical arguments for same-sex marriage proceed as follows. First, “marriage” gets implicitly defined as any affective sexual relationship between two adults. Second, it is argued that since the state promotes “marriage,” it should promote it fairly and with equal respect, not denying access to anyone who is eligible. Third, it is argued that since gays and lesbians can obviously have affective sexual relationships, there is no reason to preclude them from marrying, because to do so would be to discriminate against them as a class. This argument is often quite successful rhetorically, but it relies on a question begging definition of “marriage.” 
Mary Lyndon Shanley, for example, begs the question when she says, “Despite their differences, neither side [in the same-sex marriage debate] questions whether marriage is a good thing and whether it should be recognized by the state; their argument is over who should be able to marry.” On the contrary, the debate is precisely about whether marriage, according to its historic meaning, is a good thing or not. Gay rights activists think that marriage, historically understood, is a bad thing because it has the effect of establishing heterosexuality as socially normative, and by implication, they argue that it “inflicts profound psychic damage” on people who embrace a homosexual identity as part of their self image. They propose abolishing marriage and replacing it with a new legal category that solemnizes any affective sexual relationship between any two adults and thus discourages sexual complementarity as a social norm. It is politically useful to call this new category “marriage,” too, because it conceals just how expressively significant the change is, and makes it more likely to convince wary voters to accept the change. But to define “marriage” as a relation equally open to heterosexual and homosexual couples, as Shanley does, is first, simply to beg the question against the natural law defenders of traditional marriage, for whom sexual complementarity is marriage’s sine qua non, and second, to impose an alternative comprehensive doctrine. In other words, the natural law theorists claim that marriage is essentially heterosexual because they claim that only heterosexual sex is valuable. Liberals like Shanley think that any kind of consensual sex is valuable, so they reject the natural law account and want to redefine “marriage.”
Br. J. Am. Leg. Studies at 456-57 (foot notes omitted). Moreover, he notes, homosexuals want to redefine marriage to exclude any familial unit not based around sex, and the arguments in favor of homosexual marriage ignore the child's interest in his or her parents' marriage as a public good to meet the child's needs. He also observes that "it is absurd to attempt to assess whether some individual or group has a claim on a public benefit, or liability to some public burden, without first determining what the state interest is in offering the benefit or imposing the burden. The nature of the state interest in the family will determine whether and what publicly reasonable arguments are available to justify restricting or expanding access to the legal category 'marriage.'" Id. at 458. Although, the arguments for homosexual marriage pointedly ignore the state's interest.

O'Brien concludes:
The ground for such a policy [of only allowing traditional marriage] is, as Rawls argues the ground of any marriage and family policy must be, the permanent and basic social need for orderly reproduction over time. A family headed by two married parents who are the biological mother and father of their children is the optimal arrangement for maintaining a socially stable fertility rate, rearing children, and inculcating in them the two moral powers requisite for politically liberal citizenship. 
Br. J. Am. Leg. Studies at 462.

(H/t The American Conservative)


'The math and the Big Bang theory itself break down because of the infinities,' Professor Saurya Das at University of Lethbridge, Canada told 
'In other words, the theory predicts its own demise. It also does not explain where that initial state, came from.' 
To help solve this problem, the scientists combined general relativity, which describes the forces around us, with quantum mechanics, which governs small objects. 
They began with equations created by physicist David Bohm, who in the 1950s attempted to use quantum theory in place of classical equation to describe the shortest path between two points on a curved surface. 
They then combined this with an equation by Professor Amal Kumar Raychaudhuri at Presidency University, in Kolkata, which described a fluid of small particles that pervades space. 
This fluid is the quantum version of gravity, which has dubbed a graviton by Professor Das and co-author Ahmed Farag Ali at Benha University. 
They showed that unlike classical trajectories - which are paths of particles going into the future or past – the quantum particles can never meet or cross. 
'As far as we can see, since different points in the universe never actually converged in the past, it did not have a beginning,' said Professor Das. 
'It lasted forever. It will also not have an end…In other words, there is no singularity.'
But if there was no Big Bang, what is the history of our universe?
'The universe could have lasted forever,' speculates Professor Das. 
'It could have gone through cycles of being small and big.  
'Or it could have been created much earlier.' 
The theory may also potentially explain the origin of dark matter and dark energy.
Obviously the article is lacking sufficient details to form any conclusion, but it is nice to see someone thinking outside the box of string theory.

Obama Wants Immigration to Overwhelm Conservative Values

The spread of vibrant social diversity is constricting the GOP’s ability to champion conservative causes, such as smaller government and independent families, President Barack Obama said in a softball media interview. 
“Over the long term, I’m pretty optimistic, and the reason is because this country just becomes more and more of a hodgepodge of folks,” Obama told Vox editor Ezra Klein.
“People are getting more and more comfortable with the diversity of this country, much more sophisticated about both the cultural differences but more importantly, the basic commonality that we have,” he said in his talk, which was recorded Jan 23.
But for Obama, “commonality” is a go-to euphemism for big, intrusive, nation-wide government by progressive experts.
Cutting through the double-speak, Obama wants immigrants because he believes they will vote the way he wants them to vote.

Butter ISN'T Bad for You

The Daily Mail reports that more experts are insisting that not only were government guidelines to reduce dairy fat wrong, it may have helped cause the obesity epidemic.

Dalrock Reports that Number of "Never Married" Women Increase

For reasons he explains in his article, Dalrock focuses on white women. For all age cohorts, the rate of never marrieds has increased over the past 15 years. However, the most dramatic increase was in the 25 to 29 year old bracket, which has increased from 35% in 1999 to just over 50% in 2014; and the 30 to 34 age bracket has increased from 17.5% to 26.9%. Dalrock writes:
It is interesting that White women in their 40s have so far escaped much of the change.  My guess is this reflects some combination of delayed reaction as the change cascades through the age brackets, and increased willingness to settle.  Either way, women marrying after forty means their fertility window is all but closed by the time they walk down the aisle.  It still counts as a marriage, but from a societal point of view it is something very different than a woman marrying in her 20s or even early 30s.  This is also not what young marriage delaying women are telling us they have in mind.  They are hoping to delay marriage as long as possible while still marrying in time to have children.  Even the 17% of White women who haven’t married by their late thirties have for the most part missed the mark.

Photos of the SR71 Under Construction

Scientists at Lockheed's Skunk Works in Burbank developed the plane -this picture shows their assembly line

More at the Daily Mail.

Monday, February 9, 2015


An article (with video instructions) from ShirtsMyWay.

Why Only Cops Should Have Guns--Empty Houses Edition

The Truth About Guns relates a news report of an FBI drug raid on a house (why we have the DEA, I don't know). The house turned out to be empty--no one there. And one of the FBI agents still managed to shoot himself in the foot.

Boston Running Out of Places to Put Snow (Updated)

Boston has had nearly 5 feet of snow over the last few weeks, and is expecting another two feet by the end of today. And the City has already spent its entire snow removal budget. Obviously, this calls into question the whole "global warming" and no more snow after 2012 meme.

On a related note, the Powerline Blog shows how temperature data has been manipulated in Paraguay. Raw temperature data from around the country uniformly show a clear decline in temperatures since 1950 to today, but the "official" adjusted temperatures released by the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS)--the global warming arm of NASA--show a uniform increase in temperatures.

Update: From the Telegraph:
Following my last article, Homewood checked a swathe of other South American weather stations around the original three. In each case he found the same suspicious one-way “adjustments”. First these were made by the US government’s Global Historical Climate Network (GHCN). They were then amplified by two of the main official surface records, the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (Giss) and the National Climate Data Center (NCDC), which use the warming trends to estimate temperatures across the vast regions of the Earth where no measurements are taken. Yet these are the very records on which scientists and politicians rely for their belief in “global warming”.

Homewood has now turned his attention to the weather stations across much of the Arctic, between Canada (51 degrees W) and the heart of Siberia (87 degrees E). Again, in nearly every case, the same one-way adjustments have been made, to show warming up to 1 degree C or more higher than was indicated by the data that was actually recorded. This has surprised no one more than Traust Jonsson, who was long in charge of climate research for the Iceland met office (and with whom Homewood has been in touch). Jonsson was amazed to see how the new version completely “disappears” Iceland’s “sea ice years” around 1970, when a period of extreme cooling almost devastated his country’s economy.
 And more at Chicago Boyz.

Friday, February 6, 2015

The Crusades Summarized in Two Sentences

Breitbart, quoting from Jonah Goldberg’s new book, “THE TYRANNY OF CLICHÉS":
Historian Thomas Madden puts it more directly, “Now put this down in your notebook, because it will be on the test: The cru­sades were in every way a defensive war. They were the West’s belated response to the Muslim conquest of fully two-thirds of the Christian world.”

"Law School Rankings, Not Skills Training, Drives J.D. Employment Outcomes"

The Tax Prof Blog directs our attention to a new paper analyzing the connection between employment outcomes and how elite a law school is considered. The conclusion:
... there is no statistical relationship between law school opportunities for skills training and JD employment outcomes. In contrast, employment outcomes do seem to be strongly related to law school prestige. 
In other words, its not what you know, but whether your diploma has Harvard, Yale, Northwestern, etc., on it.

Does anyone believe it is really any different with MBAs?

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Real Life on the Prairie

A nice article about the unexpurgated autobiography of Laura Ingalls Wilder. On sale now.

Are There 200 Billion Habitable Worlds in the Galaxy?

From the Daily Mail:
To date, astronomers have found about 1,000 planets in the Milky Way, with just a handful of these thought to be potentially habitable. 
But, in the hunt for Earth-like planets, a new study says we should be optimistic - as there may be more than 200 billion in our galaxy alone. 
The remarkable declaration is based on the estimate that the average stars has two Earth-like planets in orbit, and the Milky Way has about 100 billion stars.
... they say there are an average of two planets in the habitable zone of each star. 
Also known as the goldilocks zone, this is the distance from a star where liquid water, crucial for life, can exist. 
The Kepler space telescope is biased towards seeing planets very close to their stars, that are too hot for liquid water, but the team extrapolated from Kepler's results to make their findings. 
This would suggest that are hundreds of billions of potentially habitable planets in the galaxy that could support life. 
However, if so, the scientists wonder "that it remains a mystery why we have still not made contact with an extraterrestrial race, if life is so abundant."

For those who assert that UFOs are extraterrestrial craft, we are visited regularly now, and have been visited in the past. So, is the issue that we haven't been contacted, or that we ignore the evidence of contact.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Business Insider--"20 weird psychological reasons someone might fall in love with you"

Not really why they would fall in love with you so much as some things that could attract them to you, and maybe get past that first date.

How Are Things in the Middle East?

The short of it is summed up in one acronym: SNAFU.

Let's run down the list. Turkey's flirtation with the West appears to be over. President Erdogan is laying the groundwork for a sultanate by supporting both his son and daughter become members of parliament.

September 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui has testified that members of the Saudi royal family, including Prince Turki al-Faisal Al Saud, a former Saudi intelligence chief, provided financial and moral support for al Qaeda. Nothing will be done, though.

Obama is reportedly willing to let Iran keep as many as 6,500 centrifuges operating in return for Iran “guaranteeing regional stability.” The centrifuges are used to process nuclear fuel, including that necessary for creating nuclear weapons. Consequently, Saudi Arabia has apparently reaffirmed a pact with Pakistan whereby Pakistan, if asked, will supply Saudi Arabia with nuclear warheads. (I'm sure that such an agreement will come with a large dollop of cash for Pakistan, some of which will find its way into the Taliban's coffers courtesy of Pakistan's intelligence agency). I'm sure that the sticking point in any agreement with Iran will be Syria and President Assad. The goal of the rebellion against Assad was to open the way for an oil and gas pipeline from the Middle East to Europe. But, to work, the pipeline had to go through Syria. Alas, Assad still remains in power, propped up by Iran and the Russians.

Behind the chaos in the Middle East is the Obama Administration. While Obama may seem to be lurching around with no real strategy, he in fact has one according to the prestigious historian, Victor Davis Hanson. Hanson writes:
 While I think the symptomology of an ailing, herky-jerky United States is correct, the cause of such malaise is left unspoken. The Obama team — with its foreign policy formulated by President Obama himself, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, White House consigliere Valerie Jarrett, Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and present Secretary of State John Kerry — is not in fact befuddled by the existing world. Instead, it is intent on changing it into something quite different from what it is. 
So far from being chaotic, current U.S. foreign policy is consistent, logical, and based on four pillars of belief.
Summarized, these four pillars are:

  • That the US, with its history of intervention and (perceived) nation building, has made the world unfair by denying the right of the various nations be as they wish to be.
  • That nations will be reasonable if the US doesn’t get in the way.
  • That we should seek equality abroad just as we demand equality at home.
  • The details don’t matter as long as the goal is ultimately achieved (in other words, a few eggs will have to be broken).
Hanson concludes:
Keep these themes in mind, and the last six years will make better sense. The Middle East is not a mess, but a place in a needed stage of transition as it frees itself from Western domination and a new order slowly emerges. To the degree that we need a large military, it is preferable to envision it as an executive agency for enacting social change without the clumsy impediment of Congress, especially in terms of race, women’s issues, and gender preferences. It can do the best work for stability abroad by shrinking itself. Terrorism is in the eye of the beholder and always a relative concept that Westerners pathologically insist is absolute. As far as the world abroad goes, China is a more authentic enterprise than Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, which are the products of U.S. Cold War nation-building in our own image, not of indigenous revolutionary self-creation. U.S. Cold War culpability — in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, South America, Cuba — is a burden that must be addressed through various means. The rules of nuclear proliferation are a Western construct. Israel is an abnormality, a Western outpost of capitalism and privilege where it has never really belonged, an irritant that should be treated like any other country as much as politically possible. Latin American grass-roots socialism is not Stalinism, but rather an extension of what Obama is trying to do at home. 
I think the world now seems a chaotic place only if you assume that the Obama administration wished to be like its predecessors.
In short, Obama does not seek to stabilize the international order, but to destroy it and remake it as his Cultural Marxist mentors desire.

Bureaucratic Response to Paris Attacks--Give Us More Money and Power

The Small Wars Journal has published a piece by John P. Sullivan and Adam Elkus titled "Urban Siege in Paris: A Spectrum of Armed Assault." The authors write:
In 2009, we laid out a conceptual model of terrorist “urban siege” based on the Mumbai attacks.  As noted by several observers, the recent terrorist attack in Paris on the Charlie Hebdo offices may have succeeded due to the unfortunate fact that security officials expected other attack modes (such as airline bombs), not a run and gun in the heart of an urban center. 
While it would be tempting to posit Paris as another bloody data point explained by our conceptual schema, Paris is in fact cause for broadening and expanding it. Unfortunately, the world faces urban security threats that span a spectrum of organization and lethality.  Future threats may look like Mumbai (as has been seen in the Mumbai-like operation against the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi) or they may resemble Paris. And there is a large spectrum of threats that occupy the threat envelope in between.
 The solution (or at least, problems to be addressed) are, according to the authors:
The threat of simultaneous attacks, follow-on attacks, and the tangled web of influence this situation involves complicates operational response. Police must assume from now on that attackers might derive logistical support, inspiration, funding, and/or direction from a diverse combination of local, regional, and extra-regional sources. Moreover, they cannot also assume that one large attack by an attacker group is all they must contend with – synchronized attacks may occur designed to augment the execution and impact of one attack mission. Campaigns containing multiple simultaneous (or near-simultaneous) and/or sequential attacks (including attacks or engagements during exfiltration and escape) must be accounted for and demand the development and employment of operational art for urban battle. 
In other words, large cities need large counter-terrorism (and crowd control) units "equipped with all the extra heavy protective gear, with the long rifles and the machine guns that are unfortunately sometimes necessary in these ­instances.”

Of course, the authors' analysis is self-contradictory. While including the Paris attacks in their theory of urban "siege" ("I don't think that word means what you think it means"), they actually highlight the differences. The urban siege model was based on the Mumbai and Kenyan mall attacks (and supported by the Taliban attack on a Pakistani school). In those attacks, as the authors describe, a tightly coordinated group of heavily armed attackers went into their targets intending to hold the target (i.e., hotel, shopping mall, school) against assaults from military and police while executing as many hostages as possible. In Paris, the attack against the Charlie Hebdo office was undertaken by a small group (two, as far as we know) in a quick in-and-out attack who subsequently attempted to allude police and escape the country. The separate hostage situation at a kosher deli appears to have been largely independent of the Charlie Hebdo attack--obviously, it was in support of the attackers, but not necessarily coordinated together.

The Charlie Hebdo attack is an example of the decentralized attack--the opposite of Mumbai and Kenya. The ability to send in a paramilitary police force in armored vehicles and with machine guns 30 or 40 minutes after the beginning of the attack might have made sense in Mumbai and Kenya, but would have done nothing to assist in the Paris situation. In fact, the pictures we have essentially show hundreds of French police kitted out in their military gear, none of which prevented the terrorists from moving around Paris.

It is old-school police and detective work that is needed. And an armed populace that does not have to meekly wait to be slaughtered.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

World's First Silicene Transistor

Like graphene, but made of silicon.

Islamic Gang Members Sentenced to 15 Years for Beating American Student

From the Daily Mail:
A group of men who threw 40 kicks and punches at an American student during an 'unprovoked' attack which left him with post-traumatic stress disorder have been jailed for more than 15 years. 
U.S. student Francesco Hounye, 23, had only been in Britain for three days when he was left permanently scarred after being attacked by the gang as he walked home following a night out in Shadwell, east London.  
Mr Hounye suffered a fractured eye socket and was left needing 23 stitches after being kicked repeatedly in the head by the five men, who also grabbed a bottle of Jagermeister liquor from his hand and smashed it over his head. 
According to police, Mr Hounye was assaulted simply because he was 'obviously not local'.  
Samad Uddin, 25, Shaleem Uddin, 21, Shadhat Hussain, 20, Kamrul Hussain, 23, and Masoom Rahman, 22, were today jailed at Snaresbrook Crown Court for the attack.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Taylor Simon: "The Brutally Honest 6 Reasons You Are Still Overfat"

Coach Taylor Simon gives what he terms 6 reasons people are still fat, even when it comes to people attempting an exercise program. However, he is just being wordy. According to his article it comes down to two factors: laziness/lack self-control, and eating too much of the wrong foods. Based on the comments to Simon's blog post, most of his readers seem to agree with him.

I can easily visualize Simon yelling something similar at someone with Muscular dystrophy about why he hasn't succeeded in building muscle mass. Yes, there are a lot of people that vacuum down food, sit on their butts and never exercise, and are fat as a result. But the issue is more complicated and nuanced than "you eat too much and you are lazy."

In fact, scientists who study obesity have realized for several years that there is more going on. David Berreby, writing at Aon Magazine, explains:
[M]any researchers believe that personal gluttony and laziness cannot be the entire explanation for humanity’s global weight gain. Which means, of course, that they think at least some of the official focus on personal conduct is a waste of time and money. As Richard L Atkinson, Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Wisconsin and editor of the International Journal of Obesity, put it in 2005: ‘The previous belief of many lay people and health professionals that obesity is simply the result of a lack of willpower and an inability to discipline eating habits is no longer defensible.’ 
Consider, for example, this troublesome fact, reported in 2010 by the biostatistician David B Allison and his co-authors at the University of Alabama in Birmingham: over the past 20 years or more, as the American people were getting fatter, so were America’s marmosets. As were laboratory macaques, chimpanzees, vervet monkeys and mice, as well as domestic dogs, domestic cats, and domestic and feral rats from both rural and urban areas. In fact, the researchers examined records on those eight species and found that average weight for every one had increased. The marmosets gained an average of nine per cent per decade. Lab mice gained about 11 per cent per decade. Chimps, for some reason, are doing especially badly: their average body weight had risen 35 per cent per decade. Allison, who had been hearing about an unexplained rise in the average weight of lab animals, was nonetheless surprised by the consistency across so many species. ‘Virtually in every population of animals we looked at, that met our criteria, there was the same upward trend,’ he told me. 
It isn’t hard to imagine that people who are eating more themselves are giving more to their spoiled pets, or leaving sweeter, fattier garbage for street cats and rodents. But such results don’t explain why the weight gain is also occurring in species that human beings don’t pamper, such as animals in labs, whose diets are strictly controlled. In fact, lab animals’ lives are so precisely watched and measured that the researchers can rule out accidental human influence: records show those creatures gained weight over decades without any significant change in their diet or activities. Obviously, if animals are getting heavier along with us, it can’t just be that they’re eating more Snickers bars and driving to work most days. On the contrary, the trend suggests some widely shared cause, beyond the control of individuals, which is contributing to obesity across many species. 
Such a global hidden factor (or factors) might help to explain why most people gain weight gradually, over decades, in seeming contradiction of Bloomberg’s thermodynamics. This slow increase in fat stores would suggest that they are eating only a tiny bit more each month than they use in fuel. But if that were so, as Jonathan C K Wells, professor of child nutrition at University College London, has pointed out, it would be easy to lose weight. One recent model estimated that eating a mere 30 calories a day more than you use is enough to lead to serious weight gain. Given what each person consumes in a day (1,500 to 2,000 calories in poorer nations; 2,500 to 4,000 in wealthy ones), 30 calories is a trivial amount: by my calculations, that’s just two or three peanut M&Ms. If eliminating that little from the daily diet were enough to prevent weight gain, then people should have no trouble losing a few pounds. Instead, as we know, they find it extremely hard. 
Many other aspects of the worldwide weight gain are also difficult to square with the ‘it’s-just-thermodynamics’ model. In rich nations, obesity is more prevalent in people with less money, education and status. Even in some poor countries, according to a survey published last year in the International Journal of Obesity, increases in weight over time have been concentrated among the least well-off. And the extra weight is unevenly distributed among the sexes, too. In a study published in the Social Science and Medicine journal last year, Wells and his co-authors found that, in a sample that spanned 68 nations, for every two obese men there were three obese women. Moreover, the researchers found that higher levels of female obesity correlated with higher levels of gender inequality in each nation. Why, if body weight is a matter of individual decisions about what to eat, should it be affected by differences in wealth or by relations between the sexes?
Berreby goes on to discuss several other lines of research that provide other (partial) causes or explanations. First, he notes that some foods and chemicals actually alter the body's biochemistry so that it tilts in favor of storing fat. "If candy’s chemistry tilts you toward fat, then the fact that you eat it at all may be as important as the amount of it you consume."

Second, metabolism is altered by more than activity or inactivity. "Sleeplessness and stress, for instance, have been linked to disturbances in the effects of leptin, the hormone that tells the brain that the body has had enough to eat." The use of artificial light (i.e., disrupting normal day/night cycles) has also been shown to have an impact, as has the use of heaters and air conditioners to regulate our environments. Industrial chemicals (such as BPA) may be connected with changes in metabolism. Moreover, research has shown that environmental factors (such as hunger) in one generation can lead to fat retention in a subsequent generation. Yes, a person may be fat now because his parents are grandparents were starved.

Finally, there is the possibility that obesity may be contagious:
A virus called Ad-36, known for causing eye and respiratory infections in people, also has the curious property of causing weight gain in chickens, rats, mice and monkeys. Of course, it would be unethical to test for this effect on humans, but it is now known that antibodies to the virus are found in a much higher percentage of obese people than in people of normal weight. A research review by Tomohide Yamada and colleagues at the University of Tokyo in Japan, published last year in the journal PLoS One, found that people who had been infected with Ad-36 had significantly higher BMI than those who hadn’t. 
As with viruses, so with bacteria. Experiments by Lee Kaplan and colleagues at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston earlier this year found that bacteria from mice that have lost weight will, when placed in other mice, apparently cause those mice to lose weight, too. And a study in humans by Ruchi Mathur and colleagues at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism earlier this year, found that those who were overweight were more likely than others to have elevated populations of a gut microorganisms called Methanobrevibacter smithii. The researchers speculated that these organisms might in fact be especially good at digesting food, yielding up more nutrients and thus contributing to weight gain.
Anyway, read Berreby's entire article.

The Measles Outbreak and Vaccination

Most of you are probably well aware of the measles outbreak in Disneyland. At least 100 cases have been traced back to exposure at Disneyland. Although measles was declared to have been eliminated from the U.S. in 2000, the U.S. has been seeing an increase in measles the last several years. In March 2014, there were warnings that the U.S. could see more significant outbreaks.“Measles itself is unpleasant, but the complications are dangerous. Six to 20 percent of the people who get the disease will get an ear infection, diarrhea, or even pneumonia. One out of 1000 people with measles will develop inflammation of the brain, and about one out of 1000 will die.”

 "Pediatric infectious disease specialist James Cherry told the New York Times the outbreak was '100 percent connected' to the anti-vaccine movement. 'It wouldn’t have happened otherwise — it wouldn’t have gone anywhere,' he said."  However, the same article reported that "in addition to vaccine refusal, there is another key reason measles is spreading in the US: the disease hasn't been eliminated everywhere, and it seems travelers to America are bringing measles with them." Thus, of 288 cases examined by the CDC in 2014, 280 (97%) were associated with importations from other countries. The article explains:
In an examination of 2014 measles outbreaks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported, "Of the 288 cases, 280 (97 percent) were associated with importations from at least 18 countries."  
Many of these travelers were coming back from the Philippines, which has been dealing with a massive outbreak since fall 2013.  
These travelers would not be getting sick, however, if they were vaccinated. According to the CDC, of the cases examined in 2014, 195 involved US residents who were unvaccinated. Eighty-five percent of these people had refused vaccination because of religious or personal beliefs. 
So Disneyland may have been the perfect incubator for a measles outbreak, with its mixture of international travelers and very young unimmunized children, in a state where vaccine refusal is not uncommon.
The measles vaccine is not licensed for use on babies younger than 12 months. That means that, for the first year of life, babies depend on the fact that everybody else around them gets vaccinated. This essentially creates a firewall: if other people are vaccinated, they won't catch the disease — and won't spread it to young children who cannot get protection. 
This is what scientists call "herd immunity," and its a huge reason we get vaccines in the first place. The shots aren't just about protecting ourselves from measles, mumps, the flu, or other diseases. They're about making it really hard for those who are medically frail (like the elderly) and those who can't get the vaccine (often babies and pregnant women) to catch a disease that could be devastating to them. The vaccinated people form something like a fence around the vulnerable people, making it extra hard for the disease to come in. 
At Disneyland, the fence wasn't high enough — and it didn't do a good enough job protecting babies against measles because there were too many people who didn't get vaccinated. 
As my colleague Julia Belluz has explained, this isn't just about Americans who refuse to get vaccinated, but also foreign travelers coming from countries dealing with outbreaks. In both cases, measles is the most dangerous to those who can't get protected against it.
(See also this article at Salon). The "firewall" is needed because not all children will develop an immunity, even if immunized; and others cannot be immunized.
[A]bout 3% of fully vaccinated children do not develop a lasting immune response. They have low blood titers and are not protected against measles. If exposed, this group will likely get the illness. I am in this group. I was thankfully not exposed.

Third, we have the unvaccinated. My son, Eli, is ten months old. He is too young to received the MMR vaccine and thus has no protection. Whether by refusal or because they are too young, exposed unvaccinated children have a 90% chance of getting measles.

Fourth, there are children like my Maggie. These are child who can’t be vaccinated. Children who have cancer. Children who are immunocompromised. Children who are truly allergic to a vaccine or part of a vaccine (i.e anaphylaxis to egg). These children remain at risk. They cannot be protected … except by vaccinating people around them. In August of 2014, Maggie was diagnosed with pre-B acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a form of childhood leukemia. We have been fighting leukemia since then.
The sad part is that parents who refuse to vaccinate their children are not only risking the health of the rest of us, but they are condemning their own children to a lifetime of needless illness and infections, so very serious and with long term consequences. For instance, Amy Parker writes at Slate:
I am the ’70s child of a health nut. I wasn’t vaccinated. I was brought up on an incredibly healthy diet: no sugar till I was 1, breastfed for over a year, organic homegrown vegetables, raw milk, no MSG, no additives, no aspartame. My mother used homeopathy, aromatherapy, osteopathy; we took daily supplements of vitamin C, echinacea, cod liver oil. 
I had an outdoor lifestyle; I grew up next to a farm in England’s Lake District, walked everywhere, did sports and danced twice a week, drank plenty of water. I wasn’t even allowed pop; even my fresh juice was watered down to protect my teeth, and I would’ve killed for white, shop-bought bread in my lunchbox once in a while and biscuits instead of fruit, like all the other kids. 
We ate (organic local) meat maybe once or twice a week, and my mother and father cooked everything from scratch—I have yet to taste a Findus crispy pancake, and oven chips (“fries,” to Americans) were reserved for those nights when Mum and Dad had friends over and we got a “treat.” 
As healthy as my lifestyle seemed, I contracted measles, mumps, rubella, a type of viral meningitis, scarlatina, whooping cough, yearly tonsillitis, and chickenpox. In my 20s I got precancerous HPV and spent six months of my life wondering how I was going to tell my two children under the age of 7 that Mummy might have cancer before it was safely removed.
 My mother would have put most of my current “crunchy” friends to shame. She didn’t drink, she didn’t smoke, she didn’t do drugs, and we certainly weren’t allowed to watch whatever we wanted on telly or wear plastic shoes or any of that stuff. She lived alternative health. And you know what? I’m glad she gave us such a great diet. I’m glad that she cared about us in that way. 
But it just didn’t stop me getting childhood illnesses. 
My two vaccinated children, on the other hand, have rarely been ill, have had antibiotics maybe twice in their lives, if that. Not like their mum. I got many illnesses requiring treatment with antibiotics. I developed penicillin-resistant quinsy at age 21—you know, that old-fashioned disease that supposedly killed Queen Elizabeth I and that was almost wiped out through use of antibiotics.
My father-in-law was also raised by parents who decided not to immunize their children. He tells a similar story of suffering childhood illnesses, a couple of which left him with permanent complications.