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Play MAPKIA! What explains GM food & vaccine risk perception link (if anything)? Winner gets coooooool prize
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Member of congress intelligence test: can you keep track of the 'climate changes' your constituents don't & do believe in?

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yes, w/ hell on earth being punishment for approval of gay marriage & not consequence of too much CO2 emissions
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Whooping Cough Outbreaks Due to Need for Boosters

“We do have a safer vaccine, and it’s a vaccine that works, but it doesn’t work for very long,”

“We saw a rise in cases in 13- and 14-year-olds. This outbreak really let us take a look at why that might be happening.”

According to the research published in the journal Pediatrics:
"This study reports that protection from Tdap wanes substantially 2 to 4 years after vaccination among adolescents who received all acellular vaccines during childhood. This waning protection is likely contributing to the increase in adolescent pertussis."
See: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/  (limited public access)

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/health/as-whooping-cough-grows-study-finds-vaccine-wanes/
An analysis of Washington state’s 2012 pertussis epidemic, the worst since 1942, found that the vaccine to prevent the disease waned sharply and quickly in teens who were fully inoculated.
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Two very different Jewish intellectuals & their two very different conceptions of the 'Jewish Question'...

Just finished Angus Burgin's masterful "Great Persuasion." Still plenty of time for another book to overtake it, but it is way out in front of my personal "best book of yr."

Among the many other gems is his discussion of Milton Friedman's "Capitalism and the Jews."

Friedman reflects on his perplexity over what he sees as the strong, persistent strain of anti-capitalism in Jewish intellectual culture.  He doesn't get it -- b/c he is convinced that liberal market institutions & the cultural norms they propagate have done more than anything else to constrain persecution of Jews,  by quieting the impulses of religious zealotry responsible for centuries of butchery & violence (Friedman would not have joined the historically illiterate chorus that condemned Obama for noting the parallels between Islamic Jihadism and the Christian Crusades). Security and tolerance are are underwritten by capitalism's redirection of human beings' attention on the welfare-enhancing benefits of free trade: don't cut off his head-- you might be able to sell him something!

Burgin doesn't note the contrast but it's fascinating to juxtapose Friedman's essay (lecture; it has been transcribed & circulated since) w/ Marx's "Jewish Question."  In contrast to Friedman, Marx reacts dismissively toward the demands of Jews, supported w/ uneven degrees of commitment by 19th century European liberal parties, to remove barriers to full integration of Jews into emerging liberal political & mkt institutions.  No "special pleading" was the essential msg: if you want to be free, then "liberate humanity," not your particular identity group -- & from liberal mkt institution's acquisitive individualist sensibilities, which estrange human beings from their natural sociality (M's "The Jewish Question" should definitely be read together with his "The German Ideology").

So strikingly different!  

I'm sure someone has written on the two essays.  It's interesting, of course, that both were written by intellectuals who were estranged from their Judaism, while by no means assimilated to anything else.

For my part, I think Friedman was right to see the benefits of liberal market institutions for Jews and for pretty much everyone else. This is simply the "doux commerce thesis," which Hirschman develops systematically in his The Passions and the Interests (and which Pinker appropriates/elaborates in his Better Angels). 

But what most intrigues me is how the two could have such different views of Jewish attitudes toward liberal market institutions: Friedman that Jews were  misguidedly hostile; Marx that they were self-delusionally enamored...

I don't think the answer, btw, has anything to do with the different eras they lived in.  On the contrary, I think their opposing "Jewish Questions" are still very much in conversation-- or noncoversation-- with respect to the stance Jews and members of various other identity-defining affinity groups should adopt toward liberal market institutions.
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Like the villain in a movie, Republican lawmakers have made it clear to scientists at NASA that if the agency continues to gather data on the Earth’s changing climate, they would make them suffer. NASA politely told them to shove it, and here comes the political retaliation.

The Republican-dominated House Committee on Science, Space and Technology – a group of conservatives assembled specifically because each has a track record of opposing money being spent on science, space and technology – has voted to slash NASA’s already precarious budget by around $320 million. The statement was clear: “You keep on speaking up about climate change, and we’ll destroy you.”

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Republicans are going after NASA for the crime of looking at climate change.
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Jeez, the backlash to the Chipotle #GMO sleight-of-hand keeps coming. When you've lost USA Today, you've dug yourself a pretty deep hole.
88% of scientists say GMO foods are safe; 37% of Americans do. GMOs account for more than 90% of U.S. corn and soybeans; hundreds of millions of people have eaten GMO foods for years without apparent ill effect.
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We'll have to see how it plays out.  My guess is that for Chipotle, precisely because they are catering to a customer base that really is looking for higher quality foods, they won't be able to get away with a simple "No GMOs" label and this will merely be the start of a spiral towards organic and better food source disclosure overall.  Higher pesticide use is not "guaranteed" and as I mentioned above, easily combated by even greater disclosure.

Taco Bell's products, such as Doritos shell tacos come with an even larger helping of ignorance, but for them, maybe that is ok.  Perhaps, like other ultra fat and salt laden fast food products, even a contrarian plus.

Disclosure can lead to questions that lead to even greater disclosure.  But still, for some, complacency and no interest at all.  There's no reason to think that adding a simple "May contain GMOs" to foodstuffs, or a link to a higher level database either is a final stopping point or an incitement to mass panic.  But rather, part of a process of incremental small  small step towards better knowledge, for those who desire it,  of food sourcing.  And denial of such information merely increases the sense that the marketer has something to hide.  And serves as a barrier to informed policy making.
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American lawmakers passed a bill last week that slashes funding for renewable energy, limits the federal government's ability to protect clean water, and prohibits agencies from planning for future climate impacts on infrastructure and military facilities. But it may prove only symbolic.

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Civil rights groups question benefits of opt-out movement http://ow.ly/MEBPX #edchat #testing #ptchat #equity
The backlash against standardized tests makes it impossible to measure student achievement gaps, they say.
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