India's Public Health Disaster, from Eric Margolis, 12/6/14.
Antibiotic Apocalypse Now, from Business Insider, 12/7/14:
In India, that scenario may already be unfolding.The Anti-Gnostic, from 1/4/14:
Last year, 58,000 newborns there died of bacterial infections that didn't respond to antibiotics. "While that is still a fraction of the nearly 800,000 newborns who die annually in India," Gardiner Harris writes in The Times, "Indian pediatricians say that the rising toll of resistant infections could soon swamp efforts to improve India’s abysmal infant death rate." (India already has one of the highest rates of newborn death in the world.)
"Five years ago, we almost never saw these kinds of infections," New Delhi neonatologist Neelam Kler told The Times. "Now, close to 100% of the babies referred to us have multi-drug resistant infections. It's scary."
The bacteria are likely transferred to newborns from the mother, who comes into contact with them just like everyone else — via the water, animals, and soil in her surroundings. Unlike adults, however, newborns are especially vulnerable to infection since their immune systems haven't had a chance to develop completely yet.
A nightmarish combination of crowded slums, a lack of toilets, and the country's severe over-reliance on antibiotics (doctors and pharmacists give them out for everything from undiagnosed to mild infections) is making India's problem worse. Plus, getting antibiotics almost never requires a prescription .
That's not to say severe infections — ones that actually require antibiotic treatment — don't happen. With half the population relieving themselves outdoors, bacterial infections are rampant. Powerless to address the root problems, however, doctors simply give out as many antibiotics as they can.
FDA acts decisively to curb super-bug threatMy prescience is not limited to the future direction of the environmental movement and public health. On June 17, 2014, I made the point that Iraq, among other countries in the region, no longer existed. Here's unz.com's Andrew Bacevich, in goggle-eyed amazement at a friend reaching the same conclusion on November 23, 2014.
By banning your hand soap.
... And of course, never a word about the fact that most countries on the globe lack the technology and know-how for functioning sewage systems and waste disposal, as the denizens of such places are enthusiastically welcomed here.
“Iraq no longer exists.” My young friend M, sipping a cappuccino, is deadly serious. We are sitting in a scruffy restaurant across the street from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. It’s been years since we’ve last seen each another. It may be years before our paths cross again. As if to drive his point home, M repeats himself: “Iraq just doesn’t exist.”Ah, man. Where's my research grant?
His is an opinion grounded in experience. As an enlisted soldier, he completed two Iraq tours, serving as a member of a rifle company, before and during the famous Petraeus “surge.” After separating from the Army, he went on to graduate school where he is now writing a dissertation on insurgencies. Choosing the American war in Iraq as one of his cases, M has returned there to continue his research.
In the past week, Steve Sailer called the narrative-breakdown on Rolling Stone magazine's lurid account of a gang-rape at the University of Virginia. Way back in November 2013, I made the same call on the NFL's Martin/Incognito dust-up.
The sad part is not so much being right on troubling, consequential matters; it's that the supposed professionals are so slow on the uptake.
Or, as Vox Day notes on the apparent drying-up and blowing away of the venerable New Republic, that's actually the good news. Professional writers expect middle-class incomes for their mediocre, dated, and frequently erroneous storylines. Myself and the folks in that blogroll on the left are doing it for free.
In other words, a small group of people will no longer enjoy the stranglehold they once possessed over politics, literature, philosophy, history, religion, music, and fine art, to "set the terms of Washington’s debates" and tell readers "what they should care about". [Recall Vox.com's fatuous mission statement to, "Explain the news."]Let the creative destruction begin.
This is supposed to be a bad thing? Are you kidding me?
The New Republic is gone. It would be a good thing for the American Right if National Review followed suit.