The theory that certain features of inner-city life -- including pollution, cockroach and other pest allergens, exposure to indoor smoke, and higher rates of premature birth -- increase children's risk of asthma has existed for about 50 years. While these factors do boost asthma risk, they may no longer be restricted to inner-city areas. The researchers pointed out that there is increasing poverty in suburban and rural areas, and that racial and ethnic minorities are moving out of inner cities. "Instead, we see that poverty and being African American or Puerto Rican are the most potent predictors of asthma risk."The first assumption was obviously wrong from the start. It's been known for at least 100 years that asthma is an immunity problem. In general you stir up asthma when your environment is TOO CLEAN. Your immune system doesn't develop normal responses to dirt, so it goes wild when it finally encounters dirt. Any theory that starts with TOO DIRTY or TOO MUCH POLLUTION is delusional. It's easy to see. The second part of this study is amazing and refreshing, but it won't be allowed to stand. All "Scientists" know that Any "study" that reaches a conclusion based on race MUST BE LIQUIDATED. Aside from that, Mrs Lincoln, I'm dubious about the conclusion for different reasons. Race certainly does exist, and race certainly corresponds with all sorts of definite differences. If black families who move into new environments are still more prone to asthma, it may be racial in a genetic sense, but I'm more inclined to blame different baby-raising practices. I'd start with bottle feeding. Breastfed babies get a solid start on immunity, picking up both bacteria and immune cells from Mama. Bottlefed babies miss this part of Nature's plan. Under current insane suicidal conditions, breastfeeding is a luxury practiced mainly by wealthy white Commies who have enough money to let the wife stay at home. Poor women have to work because the wealthy white Commies have used Free Trade, Environmentalism and Die-Versity to eliminate the factory jobs that formerly allowed a poor man to support a family.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.