Month: March 2015

Do We Only Hold Doors For People Because It Makes Us Feel Good?

Here’s me at PJ Media, pondering such important issues as holding doors for people:

I am one of those who always hold doors for other people. We door holders are a kind lot, but we are also (maybe) a bit sensitive. The other day, as I was leaving the post office, I stood outside the threshold for about three seconds longer than was necessary to hold the door for a middle-aged woman as she approached to enter. She walked through without even making eye contact, let alone saying “thank you.”

Can a tetanus shot help treat brain cancer?

From me in The Spectator, a piece about treating glioblastoma, the Great White Shark of cancers, with vaccines and enhancing the effects with a tetanus booster:

Since glioblastoma almost always comes back after initial treatment, exploiting immune memory holds the most promise for long-term survival. The body’s ability to recognize and destroy a returning malignancy is, at least in theory, a possible way around the problem of recurrence.

Read it here.

When Will The Campus Left Have Its Minsky Moment?

Writing in The Weekly Standard, Jonathan V. Last comments on the untethered freakishness and authoritarianism of today’s radical student Left:

…the radicalism has migrated outward into the broader culture, too. It’s the kind of insanity we haven’t seen in America since the bad old days of the early 1970s.

The good news is that these sorts of perversions always burn themselves out-they’re too untethered to reality. Eventually people realize that the radicalism is really about just one thing: power.  And once people begin to challenge the dogmas, they collapse in a cascade. Because as they lose their power to exact a price for criticism, they attract more of it.

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New Technology Is Spreading “Superbugs”; Doctors Will Remain Unprepared

I have a piece in the health section of The Spectator, the great British magazine, about the continuing threat of so-called superbugs, drug-resistant pathogens. In a creepy twist, the latest superbug scare in the United States is due to an advanced piece of medical technology called the duodenoscope.

In my view, the superbug problem will persist (and worsen) as long as the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries avoid developing new antibiotics for economic and financial reasons: (more…)