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From the article:
Notably, it has not taken the U.S. eight months to reach this ugly milestone. By May, the country had already seen 288 cases of measles – the most in a five-month period since 1994, and more than had been reported for a given year in well over a decade. The cause for the resurgence is as unambiguous today as it was then. To quote Dr. Anne Schuchat, assistant surgeon general and director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases: “The current increase in measles cases is being driven by unvaccinated people.”
The harmful effects of vaccine-refusal have not been limited to measles’ comeback. California, the most populous state in the U.S., has become a case study in what happens when people decide against vaccinating their children. The L.A. Times reports California parents today are opting out of vaccinating their kids at twice the rate they did seven years ago. State health officials say insufficient vaccination has contributed not only to the the widespread reemergence of measles, but the ongoing whooping cough epidemic, and has left the state vulnerable to outbreaks of other serious diseases.
It’s remarkable how you can almost predict someone’s position on an issue just from the tone and decibel level of someone’s voice. This poor guy suffers the same disease as I by partaking in attempts at reasonable discussion with people for whom reason doesn’t even count. How do I justify it? An impressionable 12-year-old might happen on the discussion. Granted, we all resort to passive-aggressive sarcasm. I mean, at least it’s funny, right? I know it’s funny when I laugh.
“You’re tired of hearing about it? Imagine how exhausting it is to live it!”
As I’m unable to host the show tomorrow night, Julia and Bob have taken the reins. Here’s their promo:
The inmates take over the asylum as Julia Minton and Bob Froehlich host the next edition of “All Things Reconsidered” this Thursday (Tomorrow!) at 7 pm. Join them as they explore the power of critical thinking, scientific literacy, and technology in lighting the way for humanity to face the challenges in our long-term collective future. That’s “All Things Reconsidered” on Kmud, this Thursday evening at 7 pm.
Both will join me in September to discuss whether there is a biological basis for political ideology.
In the meantime, I will be interviewing Dr. Ray Seidler, an anti-GMO advocate, on KHSU a week from tomorrow. More on that later.
You’ve got nothing else to do, so just enjoy.
Neil deGrasse Tyson on genetically modified foods.
I’ve invited Andy Stunich, who takes a much more pro-Israel line than I, to discuss recent and current events in the Mideast on KHSU this Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. Originally we were going to discuss Iraq and maybe Libya, but I think the Gaza carnage will take up the hour.
It’s kind of hard to discuss the matter dispassionately as body parts are flying all over the Gaza, but we’ll make the effort. I’m told that the average age in the Gaza is 19, that the population is crammed into a density of nearly 10,000 people per square mile, and that there really are no safe places for Gazans to escape to. I’m also told that Gaza constructed very few bomb shelters over the years, but instead focused on tunnels. That Hamas purchased rocket launchers with little or no military strategic value in lieu of shoulder-held rocket launchers which might have actually deterred Israeli airstrikes (but are useless for attacking Israel). There are disturbing reports of Hamas executing Palestinian protesters today. And the Israeli government has warned its citizens to expect an extended campaign to root out the tunnels, locate hidden rocket launchers, etc. Not much good news of late, other than large anti-war demonstrations in Jerusalem and Haifa, but I fear the Peace Now movement of Israel is of very little political influence. I’ve read lots of genocidal rhetoric from both sides of the conflict, including some scary stuff from an elected Israeli official. Undisputed is the fact that Gazans are being killed by a hundred for every Israeli killed. I will argue, and Andy will undoubtably dispute, my contention that Israel has more power to alter the course of history (Hamas can kill people, but it’s no threat to Israel). But I’m not going to get into a discussion of which side is more or less morally culpable. It’s a pointless discussion in times of war.
Unfortunately this is a polarized issue such that for many people you either support one side of the conflict or the other. Not much room for nuance. But we will find that room on Thursday, though ultimately there are only two groups of people who can bring these endless conflicts to an end. Anyway, lots to talk about as the body count climbs. It’s a pretty depressing topic, but at this point I think it’s callous to ignore whether or not we can actuhasally influence events.