DDP Newsletter March 2016 Vol. XXXIII, No. 2
During a recent desert windstorm, with gusts up to 60 mph, the cell phone tower in a small new community near Tucson went down. This was a wake-up call to an associate of mine. There are no land lines there, and all his world news comes through an internet connection. He did not even own a radio. He found this so distressing that he drove to a nearby fire station to find out what was going on. The next day he resolved to buy a battery-powered shortwave radio. (You do have one, don’t you?)
It could be much worse, of course, if power lines were also down.
In our modern world we are constantly able to communicate with people even on the other side of the earth. But this depends on a high-technology array of satellites and of course electricity. Without electricity, most of us would be instantly disconnected. There would be no answer at 911. In fact, we might not be able to call. Continue reading
DDP Newsletter November 2015 Vol. XXXII, No. 6 [published March 7, 2016]
The whole global warming/climate change furor is based on predictions of a computer model, which only a select few are deemed qualified to understand, and based on which a world government is to determine diet, land use, energy use, population targets, housing, anything related to carbon emissions—which is virtually everything.
How reliable are the predictions? Sherwood Idso and Craig Idso document a total of 2,418 failures of today’s top-tier climate models to hindcast a whole host of climatologic phenomena (Mathematical Models vs. Real-World Data: Which Best Predicts Earth’s Climatic Future? CO2 Science 9/24/15, http://tinyurl.com/h7lc63b). Continue reading
DDP Newsletter September 2015 Vol. XXXII, No. 5
War is not going to stay “over there” this time. Even as Russia is pounding ISIS bases in the Middle East, the threat of Islamist jihad proliferates both from infiltration of terrorists with other illegal immigrants and with refugees, and from “home-grown” Westerners seeking meaning in their lives by joining the jihad.
The waves of “refugees” from Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East are causing havoc in Europe. Migrants are breaking through a razor-wire fence that Hungary erected on its border with Serbia, and causing riots—behavior not characteristic of true war refugees. According to UN statistics, 75% of migrants swarming into Europe are men, and only 51% are Syrian. Police are finding caches of Syrian passports. Continue reading
DDP Newsletter May 2015 Vol. XXXIII, No. 3
At the 10th annual meeting of DDP in 1992, Petr Beckmann spoke about “The Dangers of the (Green) Established Church” (http://tinyurl.com/pwcgl6h). This increasingly powerful religion is waging the equivalent of holy war on all who dare dissent from its dogma.
Upon resigning as chairman of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) because of charges of sexual harassment, Rajendra Pachauri wrote: “For me the protection of Planet Earth, the survival of all species and sustainability of our ecosystems is more than a mission. It is my religion and my dharma” (http://tinyurl.com/lqzcwav). Continue reading
DDP Newsletter March 2015 Vol. XXXIII, No. 2
While Ferguson or Paris or Baltimore or some other city burns, most Americans continue to live in a virtual world of “reality” television. They assume that ATMs will continue to work, that obesity will remain our most pressing public health problem, and that emergency rooms will remain open. DDP seems to be crying wolf.
Some, however, seem to know that trouble is imminent—such as those who built a new emergency room in Moline, Illinois. In the blog of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), Eileen Wayne, M.D., reports on a tour of a new addition: The 22-room Emergency Department (for a town of only 50,000) “was built in anticipation of the ‘decreased use’ of the ED as purported by the ACA [Affordable Care Act].” It is “accessible” only by electronic card reader, and the codes can be changed to lock people in. There is a huge garage capable of decontaminating military vehicles and controlling mobs of contaminated people through forced showers. “Shoes & clothes can be vaporized in the incinerator area.” Patients have cell phones confiscated; they can make [recorded] calls, only with permission, from a phone booth with one-inch-thick glass walls. Staff members are given “deployment” schedules. Surveillance cameras in every room, bulletproof glass everywhere, special plumbing—all must have cost a fortune. Continue reading
DDP Newsletter January 2015 Vol. XXXIII, No. 1
The linear no-threshold (LNT) hypothesis, which declares that there is no safe dose of ionizing radiation, is being applied to other things regulators would like to control, such as chemicals and small particulates (dust). With radiation and chemicals, a 50% lethal dose (LD50) can generally be determined. Harm can accumulate at lower doses, especially cancer with a latency period of years to decades. By extrapolating the dose-response graph linearly to zero, a harm proportional to dose can be calculated. Continue reading
DDP Newsletter November 2014 Vol. XXXII, No. 6
There is a whole medical specialty of travel medicine for Americans who wish to visit exotic lands with exotic diseases. Travelers have additional vaccines and take malaria prophylaxis if appropriate. They may soak their clothing in permethrin if they expect to encounter mosquito-borne diseases. They learn about food and water precautions.
Because diseases follow human migration, immigrants have historically been required to undergo public health screening and periods of quarantine. Now, however, the Obama Administration and its supporters consider this to be a xenophobic policy. Instead, the plan seems to be to reduce “health disparities” by letting disease travel to the U.S. Continue reading
DDP Newsletter September 2014 Vol. XXXII, No. 5
[Published November 2014]
Americans may think that World War II started with the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec 7, 1941. But others would give a different date, writes Andrei Navrozov (Chronicles, August 2014). For example, Mikhail Meltyukhov, in Stalin’s Missed Chance, concludes that the war in Europe became a world war in October 1939, when the general staff of the Soviet Army began developing the plan for a lightning strike against Germany. Had Hitler not preempted Stalin on Jun 22, 1941, the war might have ended, with Western Europe Sovietized, before it ever became a world war. Continue reading
DDP Newsletter, July 2014 Vol. XXXII, No. 4
Release of the National Climate Assessment was supposed to kick-start Barack Obama’s push on a “key component of his legacy” (WSJ 5/6/14): destruction of the coal industry and coal-fired electrical generating plants. This attack on “polluters” and their “carbon emissions” is supposed to forestall “climate change” and death. Continue reading
DDP Newsletter, May 2014 Vol. XXXII, No. 3
In The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, an alien superpower, possessing an energy shield that made the invaders invulnerable to Earthmen’s weapons, seemed to be on the verge of success. But suddenly the enemy collapsed, defeated by earth’s humble microorganisms, to which the aliens had no immunity.
Introducing a biological agent to a nonimmune population of human beings could be just as devastating. This could happen inadvertently, as when Europeans brought smallpox into the New World, largely wiping out some native populations. Or it could be a deliberate act of war. In 1346, the Mongols, afflicted with bubonic plague during their siege of Caffa in Crimea, reportedly used trebuchets to hurl their dead into the city. The Genoese defenders then took the Black Death with them when they fled to Italy. (Actually, plague-carrying rats and fleas likely entered the city without the need for the trebuchets.) Continue reading