One of the interesting things about the elevation of science to a secular religion is watching as science begins to mimic the behavior of religion on the eve of the Thirty Years War. In its purest form science is devoted to discovery. Truths are proven. Axioms are tested and retested. Science today has become a hodgepodge of beliefs that have more in common with the methodology of an aboriginal shaman than they do with actual science. Earlier we looked at the behavior of Neil DeGrasse Tyson and his followers. No discussion of this phenomenon would be complete without acknowledging Michael Mann (who may or may not be the Jerry Sandusky of climate change) and his fellow travelers.
While this can be amusing, one has to keep in mind that listening with open mouthed credulousness to charlatans is not harmless. Mann and his ilk seek to destroy the economy of the industrial world. Guys like Paul Ehrlich aim at reducing the human population by the billions. One of the more dangerous groups are the anti-vaccine advocates who are not satisfied in killing their own kids but want to kill yours as well.
THE KIDS AREN’T ALL RIGHT. Across California, thousands of children and babies are coughing so violently that their bodies convulse, uncontrollably wheezing and fighting to breathe for weeks. Nearly 8,000 pertussis cases have been reported in 2014 to the state’s Department of Public Health as of Sept. 2, and 267 of those patients have been hospitalized, including 58 requiring intensive care.
Adults can contract the disease, but 94 percent of all cases reported statewide involve children — and the youngest suffer the most. So far this year, three infants under 2 months of age have died statewide from pertussis, a disease commonly known as whooping cough (named for the high-pitched sound that kids make when they inhale after coughing).
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is at the front line, with 72 pertussis patients this year. “A number of them have been in the ICU and very, very sick,” says CHLA infectious disease specialist Dr. Jeffrey Bender. “They cough so hard, it turns into vomiting and broken ribs; they end up intubated, to ventilate their lungs.”
Whooping cough was once a very common disease which became rare after the advent of a vaccine for the disease. Only a few years ago, whooping cough was touted as being on the verge of …read more