“Children raised in an ultraclean environment,” he added, “are not being exposed to organisms that help them develop appropriate immune regulatory circuits.”
Studies… indicate that intestinal worms, which have been all but eliminated in developed countries, are “likely to be the biggest player” in regulating the immune system to respond appropriately… bacterial and viral infections seem to influence the immune system in the same way, but not as forcefully.
Most worms are harmless, especially in well-nourished people, Dr. Weinstock said.
“The typical human probably harbors some 90 trillion microbes,” she wrote. “The very fact that you have so many microbes of so many different kinds is what keeps you healthy most of the time.”
Dr. Ruebush deplores the current fetish for the hundreds of antibacterial products that convey a false sense of security and may actually foster the development of antibiotic-resistant, disease-causing bacteria. Plain soap and water are all that are needed to become clean, she noted.”
I think the author fails to connect environmental issues with economic issues. The two are connected for better or, hopefully, not worse. Investing in new energy technologies, transportation systems, etc. can only help the economy. He totally missed this.
“Crotch Crescent, Oxford; Titty Ho, Northamptonshire; Wetwang, East Yorkshire; Slutshole Lane, Norfolk; and Thong, Kent. And, in a country that delights in lavatory humor, particularly if the word “bottom” is involved, there is Pratts Bottom, in Kent, doubly cursed because “prat” is slang for buffoon.”
“There is a huge misperception with the public that it’s O.K. if they are using a hands-free phone,” said Janet Froetscher, the council’s president and chief executive. “It’s the same challenge we had with seat belts and drunk driving — we’ve got to get people thinking the same way about cellphones.”
Laboratory experiments using simulators, real-world road studies and accident statistics all tell the same story: drivers talking on a cellphone are four times as likely to have an accident as drivers who are not. That’s the same level of risk posed by a driver who is legally drunk.”
About 17,000 people die a year from drunk driving. About one every 30 minutes. One could assume that a similar number of people are killed due to cellphone related accidents.
This is a design problem waiting to be solved. When you get in a car, the cellphone should detect that you are in a car and shut off.
“We can’t thrive as a country any longer by coasting on our reputation, by postponing solutions to every big problem that might involve some pain and by telling ourselves that dramatic new initiatives — like a gasoline tax, national health care or banking reform — are too hard or “off the table.” So my most fervent hope about President Obama is that he will be as radical as this moment — that he will put everything on the table.”—Radical in the White House
“When W. admits the convoluted nature of his relationship with his father, diminishing a knowledgeable former president to the status of a blankie, you realize that, despite all the cocky swagger we’ve seen, this is not a confident man.
“W. lives in the shadow of his father’s presence, while Obama lives in the shadow of his father’s absence. W.’s parlous presidency, spent trashing the Constitution, the economy and the environment, was bound up, and burdened by, the psychological traits of an asphyxiated and pampered son.”
I think the issue is much more complicated than Professor Fish writes here but, it is a discussion academia needs to have. Do we teach skills or; how to learn and think plus understanding history and cultures? Design does both to a lessor or greater degree in either or both directions depending on the level, program, and program philosophy.
All things being equal, countries that only teach skills, have pretty horrible universities. The popularity of an “American” education exists, in great part, due to a desire world wide to “think” rather than labor or craft.
The idea presented in the article also contradicts recent polls and studies showing that businesses prefer liberal arts education over skill or MBAs for employees and leadership.
“Design tends to thrive in hard times. In the scarcity of the 1940s, Charles and Ray Eamesproduced furniture and other products of enduring appeal from cheap materials like plastic, resin and plywood, and Italian design flowered in the aftermath of World War II.”
“Prior to the Internet, trends in graphic design were more regional and those trends took years or decades to spread between different countries and cultures. In 1957, if you wanted to use Helvetica, you had to arrange for literally tons of metal type to be shipped from the foundry in Switzerland to your printing shop. Today, design trends rise and fall worldwide in a few days with the click of a mouse. So I don’t think we’ll see specific graphic design styles dominating in the next 50 years; the dominant style is now a mix of every style, all at once.”—