Seriously, Go Watch This: Conservatives in Silicon Valley Speak in Shadows

Recently, Laurie Segall, CNN Senior Technology Correspondent, interviewed several Silicon Valley  technology industry residents with conservative &/or libertarian philosophies. This video captures their worries, from safety concerns to job termination. Many on this video would not speak without complete anonymity, due to the sure backlash they would receive at work.

Also, read a related article from Bloomberg.  Note, this “witch hunt” extends beyond the technology industry in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Silicon Valley.

Watch the full video, here.

Cambridge, UK School Morphs into a Co-Educational, Mental Institute Facility

Murray Edwards College, in Cambridge, UK, has mutated from an all-women’s institution of higher education to a co-educational institution catering to the mentally ill. Males who are experiencing gender dysphoria, also called gender identity disorder, will be permitted at the previously identified all-women’s institute. The illogical stance is these males “identify” as women, and as college president Barbara Stocking provided in a statement,

“We are a college that is open to all outstanding young women, and so it is absolutely right, both legally and within our set of values, for anyone who identifies as female to be able to apply to study with us.”

Maybe this is an experiment for the psychology majors? Considering Administrator Juliet Foster indicates that each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis: Meaning the definition, or level, of female will be determined by whom? The college board? The psychology department? Psychiatrists?

This will result in admission of males who need psychological and psychiatric help. Males who are sexually and psychologically confused, OR…..males who are deliberately lying and are sexual predators. Will these males decide to be “lesbian”? What will the college do when rape occurs involving one of these disturbed males? It will occur; be prepared.

Plus, what will the college do for foreign students? There are many countries throughout the world that prefer their women attend all-women’s colleges. This is valid and desirable to provide them the freedom to be real women, and yes, protected, yet not isolated.  All-women colleges are not absent of males, nor of “real life”; solely a place to learn and grow with the same sex and gender (female by XX, not male by XY). I wonder what the biology professors will teach??

I attended an all-women’s college, Cedar Crest College (CCC). We have many one-ups on all the Cambridge, UK supposed dedication to women’s education. First, this month, October 2017, we are celebrating 150 years of existence, continuing our awesome, superior, all-women’s tradition of liberal arts education whilst developing skills to handle males, life, love, career, children, and even laundry 🙂 Oh yes, we are real women. The co-educational, mental institution in Cambridge is a baby relative in need of help, and we can provide our expertise in these matters.

At CCC, males can attend classes, and in my graduating class, there were two males who acquired CCC degrees; however, CCC was, and is, strict regarding on-campus housing and visits. As it should be. Oh, I remember the times where I had to “log in” my fiancé to the “men’s room” where he had to sleep, and every time the bathroom was needed, I had to yell “Man in the bathroom” or some such statement. There was RESPECT, and this continues, empowering women to love their men, while acquiring the skills and education to help their future (or current) families. Colleges and universities in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania area, have reciprocating agreements to take courses at any of the schools. A bonus, since a woman at CCC can take engineering courses at Lehigh University, and males can take an arts or a forensic science course at CCC.   See??   We do interact with males!

As of October 4, 2017, Lucy Cavendish College personnel are now re-examining their admissions process to become co-educational with mentally challenged males. Unfortunate to those women students, and I recommend a transfer to another academic institution without such lunacy.

Overall, Dr. Joanna Williams stated this situation well:

“….the decision to admit male students and become co-educational should be taken by the current women students, academics, leaders, patrons and alumni. If these people decide, for whatever reason, that they wish to keep their college as a place for women to flourish and associate away from men, then they should have every right to do so.”

I, strongly, recommend removing Murray Edwards College, and Lucy Cavendish College, and the like,  from a woman’s list of choices if she desires an education worthy of a fruitful career and life.

I, highly, recommend Cedar Crest College. Let’s pray CCC doesn’t mutate itself to harboring disturbed (or lying) males to satisfy an illogical and dangerous mindset.

WATCH: Emotional Reunion between Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Whip Steve Scalise

Prayers do work, Welcome Back Mr. Scalise.

Prior to an interview for a 60-Minutes episode (to be aired October 1), Speaker Paul Ryan entered the room for an emotional reunion with Majority Whip Steve Scalise.  Mr. Scalise was shot in the hip after a gunman attacked Republican lawmakers during baseball practice three months ago.  He underwent multiple surgeries, and for a time the prognosis was grim.  He returned to the U.S Capitol September 28.

“The power of prayer is real.”

Indeed, God Bless.

The compassion and genuine care shown is the heart of America.  Watch.

To Pee or Not to Pee; or, Just Drop Back And Kick, It’s All Physics to the Boys

Tes (UK) is a digital education company with a claim to provide “educational materials, jobs, news, and courses from, and for, the world’s best community of teachers and school leaders”.   An article, published September 15, seems to contradict this statement. Overall summary of the article: since boys have penises and can play pee-games, girls are disadvantaged and perform poorly in physics.

“Playful urination practices – from seeing how high you can pee to games such as Peeball (where men compete using their urine to destroy a ball placed in a urinal) – may give boys an advantage over girls when it comes to physics.”

Laughable, yet pitiful to contemplate that these authors consider projectile motion pee is a key advantage to understanding physics.

This, plus the male-dominated blah blah blah repressive-to-women spiel, the authors surmise, also contributes to girls’ lack of interest in physics (and to a lesser extent, other STEM [science, technology, engineering, mathematics] fields).

The rationale and data pertaining to a person’s interest in physics, or science in general, have been presented ad nauseam. Caveat (disheartening to need to reiterate this): these are generalizations, and cover the majority of the bell curve. As in any type of data discussion, there are exceptions. Girls prefer service-oriented careers that permit flexibility for “life”; be it hobbies, marriage, children, volunteerism, etc. Boys: they tinker, enjoying gadgets and technology, including at home (cars, boats, golf…..).   These normal, acceptable differences translate to typical college majors:

Top 5 bachelor degrees conferred to males (2014-2015), plus the total number of all majors surveyed:

All fields, total 812,669
Business 191,310
Engineering 78,255
Social sciences 68,692
Computer and information sciences 48,840
Biological and biomedical sciences 45,102

Top 5 bachelor degrees conferred to females (2014-2015), plus the total number of all majors surveyed:

All fields, total 1,082,265
Health professions and related programs 182,570
Business 172,489
Psychology 90,755
Education 73,150
Social sciences 70,214

The college major categories are not alarming, nor disturbing. We need people in all of these disciplines, and if there is an interest, then the work ethic and dedication will be high. Motivation will be intense. No need to mess with this.   Note; however, the large difference in the number of girls versus boys in acquiring a bachelor degree. How did we, as a society, get to the point of discouraging boys from attending college? Maybe the presumption that he will be a rapist? A topic for another day…….

How do the authors want to combat this non-issue of the ‘physics-gap’? Football (i.e., soccer to us USA blokes), which isn’t a bad idea, but still narrow-minded:

“The theory that participation in ball sports impacts on physics achievement also suggests that the gap might be reduced by engaging young girls in sports such as football.”

Physics incorporates multiple components, namely motion, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism, and light.  Some physics-based concepts revolve around projectiles that have been thrown, fired, or kicked; like landing a back header Mia Hamm would love, to follow-on the suggestion from these EU authors. In addition, ice-skating is an excellent activity to incorporate physics-based concepts. Ask Tanya Harding.

My sports-related physics education was through my efforts on the track team: shot put, discus, and javelin. Incidentally, anyone who knows how to throw a javelin also knows how to throw an American football, and vise versa. So, get the gals out on the track field. Girls learn physics via slow-pitch softball too; the arc is key. Basic stuff here, folks.

A plethora of additional examples are found inside the home.  The kitchen is the perfect place for physics (and chemistry). I know, girls are not to be in the kitchen for fear of becoming proficient and maybe even enjoying the activities, desiring to provide for their eventual families in the home, while continuing to build their knowledge-base.  In any case…..

Cooking, baking, gardening, canning, freezing, blanching, processing meats, making pasta, etc, are marvelous scientific educational experiences for all people, beyond children. My grandmother, who did not graduate high school, a great stay-at-home mom to 8 kids (Bless her!), was the BEST chemist and physicist I ever met (to this day). Not to mention her business and psychology skills! Who cares that she didn’t know the exact terminology? I didn’t, I was a kid. Her home and farm were her laboratories.  To this day, I can whip up a batch of laundry detergent, and I know what organic gardening is, the real organic.   I can make a darn good batch of homemade remedies for most any ailment. Why does this matter? I have a PhD in biochemistry with a degree in psychology, and I did just fine in physics. Why didn’t I major in physics?   I prefer chemistry. There is nothing wrong with that; boys tend to gravitate towards physics, big deal. Have you heard of James Damore?

As for the penis / pee deal, as a young girl, I modified the game without having to accost a boy, or claim to be one. I milked cows. As a kid, you always try to hit something when milking a cow. Could be your sibling, or a bug crawling around, at least until Bessie becomes mad and Grandpa yells at you since you are wasting the milk. It may not be a self-appendage, but as a kid I was smarter than these authors are now. I used my brain to find ways to learn the same concepts, with different tools.

Isn’t that what science is all about?

God Bless

Results through competitive collaboration: Breakthrough in Gene Therapy

Proverbs 24:5 (ESV): A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might.

August 30, 2017, will be held in high regard for decades to come, as on this day two major pharmaceutical companies, Novartis, and Roche, distributed independent public announcements after years of competitive collaboration. Indeed, capitalistic competition has led to a stupendous breakthrough treatment for certain pediatric and young adult patients with a form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Plus, breakthrough treatment will be available for these patients if they develop a dangerous side effect, namely Cytokine Release Syndrome (CRS). ALL is a cancer of the bone marrow and blood where the body makes abnormal lymphocytes, and CRS is a serious side effect as a response to the necessary treatment of ALL, causing high fever and flu-like symptoms.

The FDA approved Kymriah (tisagenlecleucel) from Novartis, and Actemra (tocilizumab) from Roche, to treat ALL and CRS, respectively. Kymriah is a humanized CD19-directed chimeric antigen receptor T cell (CAR-T) cell therapy. This is different than small molecule or biologic therapies, as this treatment is, truly, personalized medicine. The treatment is manufactured for each patient, individually, using his or her own cells. The process takes T cells from the patient and is reprogrammed in the laboratory to create a type of fighter-target T cell that hunts the patient’s cancer cells. A side effect of this T cell re-entry is activation and proliferation of CAR-T cells; this is the definition of CRS. Administration of Actemra to treat CAR-T-cell-induced CRS results in complete resolution of the side effect within two weeks, after only one or two doses of Actemra. Fantastic!

These approvals mark the first time in FDA and US history that gene therapy has been approved and made available in the United States.

The story of this competitive collaboration is filled with frustration and glory, flat-out perseverance and focused-agility. In 2012, the Pharma world noticed Emma Whitehead.

Novartis and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) had collaborated to provide an experimental treatment for her leukemia. She suffered from CRS, which nearly killed her (shock and multi-organ failure). Another experimental treatment was given to Emma to treat the CRS.  She survived and thrived!

Fast-forward; in 2014 Roche personnel were in discussions with the FDA about Actemra, based on data generated by Novartis and Kite Pharmaceuticals, both working on CAR T-cell therapies. The FDA based the approval of Actemra on pooled efficacy analysis data from the clinical trials of Novartis and Kite Pharmaceuticals. Both companies used Actemra to treat patients presenting with CRS. In the ensuing years, up to the announcement, collaboration among the pharmaceutical companies and the FDA lead to successful regulatory submission filings.

“Kymriah is a first-of-its-kind treatment approach that fills an important unmet need for children and young adults with this serious disease,” said Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER). “Not only does Kymriah provide these patients with a new treatment option where very limited options existed, but a treatment option that has shown promising remission and survival rates in clinical trials.”

Dr. Carl June at University of Pennsylvania, who pioneered CAR T-cell therapy for the treatment of acute leukemia, noted that Actemra saved Emma’s life: “It was literally one of those Lazarus conditions….”

Congratulations to the hundreds of people taking part to make this milestone a reality. Laboratory research and clinical teams, hospital personnel, patients willing to participate in clinical trials, regulatory personnel, and a multitude of other key persons are precise examples of collaboration.

God Bless to All!

Government Research: Your kids do not suck… cigars

The January 26, 2017 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine includes a longitudinal study of tobacco-product use by adults and children in the United States between the years 2013 and 2014.

Read that again. I’ll wait………

Cigar Aficionado extracted a small portion of the paper to highlight that only 0.7 percent of children aged 12 to 17 have ever smoked a traditional, high-quality cigar. Well, more for me to enjoy.

There are interesting components beyond the results and conclusions (provided later); namely, the organizations acquiring and compiling these data, rationale, and disclosure.

First, the organizations:

  • The Department of Health Behavior Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY
  • The Office of Science, Center for Tobacco Products, Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute
  • National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, and Westat and Kelly Government Solutions Rockville — all in Maryland;
  • The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
  • The Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies, Truth Initiative, Washington, DC

See a pattern? Government organizations associated with the FDA and institutes with titles that can be presumed to have set motives. Note to authors: This is not a personal attack. You do not need a safe space. Your objective thought process on the scientific method must lock your ego in the closet.

Next, there is no need for any government entity to exist to conduct such a study. The above list shows the immense amount of wasted tax dollars funneled into Washington, DC. If private organizations, or even academic institutions listed, wish to use monies raised via their standard non-tax-based practices to develop such a study, then fine.

Last, the data are several years old, and there are minimal statistical complications. Why was this not published and distributed in a timely manner? The data and conclusions do not fit into the minority societal and political agendas; therefore bury it. The conclusions do not afford a springboard to force people to further change personal choices through government intervention.

Results:

More than a quarter (27.6%) of adults were current users of at least one type of tobacco product in 2013 and 2014, although the prevalence varied depending on use category. A total of 8.9% of youths had used a tobacco product in the previous 30 days; 1.6% of youths were daily users. Approximately 40% of tobacco users, adults and youths alike, used multiple tobacco products; cigarettes plus e-cigarettes was the most common combination. Young adults (18 to 24 years of age), male adults and youths, members of racial minorities, and members of sexual minorities generally had higher use of tobacco than their counterparts.

Conclusions:

During this study, 28% of U.S. adults were current users of tobacco, and 9% of youths had used tobacco in the previous 30 days. Use of multiple products was common among tobacco users. These findings will serve as baseline data to examine between-person differences and within-person changes over time in the use of tobacco products.

Ah, so much to say, so little time.  28%: A small percentage of the population, and an even smaller percentage of adults ignorant of the enjoyment of high-quality cigars.

Connecting research could be to analyze the scotch use of infants, especially during the teething stage. There was a time, not so long ago; having the tiny Tupperware round container with cheap liquor was part of the baby bag. Helps the pain, and supports sleep.

In any case, this seems to be a blinded study, so we do not know if Bill Clinton was included, to determine 1. If he actually inhaled, 2. Documentation of alternative uses for certain tobacco products.

Another March: This Time “for Science”

Saturday, April 20, 2017, is another earth day.  In addition, there will be a march for science.   Neither have anything, whatsoever, to do with real, ethical, empirical, objective scientific research.  Unfortunately, ego, greed, and pride have infiltrated the scientific community to the point of irrationality.

Read the march for ‘science’ rationale for yourself.  Touchy-feely gibberish forcing a political point while claiming to be apolitical.

The root cause?  Lack of solid families and faith.  Wow, a chemist (PhD organic and bio-organic nonetheless), stating faithSeriously?  Yup.  Most scientific organizations are now social experiments.  The few conducting real research are marginalized.  At the spring meeting of the American Chemical Society, many of the posters and talks were focused on the false god of environmentalism/climate change (formerly known as global warming and global cooling, depending on the decade and the amount of money to be extorted), and the lack of biological fact between a penis and vagina (the LBGQTIDON’TKNOW).  What happened?  Throughout time, warping quickly the last 30 years, science has been politicized, skewed, manipulated, mutated, and morphed into a money-grabbing arena of social experimentation, not science.  These concepts are distinct.

Science is non-emotional.  Must be validated, show robustness, repeatability, with separate groups blinded to previous results to avoid bias.  Empirical, providing data that can be discussed in a rational manner to determine prudent risks and forward action.  Personal gain is a key violation in all scientific research.  If a compound/idea/concept is shown to fail its hypothesized objective (after thorough analyses), then the project is done.  DONE.  If a compound/idea/concept is shown to significantly support an objective that is not popular socially, DO NOT MANIPULATE THE DATA (as was done in 1973 to remove homosexuality from the DSM: “what is at issue is a value judgement about heterosexuality, rather than a factual dispute about homosexuality”).  All in all, the data must be placed with the caveat that we are human, sinners, faulty, with the great opportunity and privilege to explore what has been Graced to us.

What has been Graced to us?  Wow, so much!  A few high-level examples that would never pass today’s low-information population “standards”:

Dow Chemical: the history of Dow Chemical is awesome.  The “chemical companies’ chemical company” is headed to merge with DuPont, another amazing company.  Everything you touch, has, at one point in time, been developed or improved by one of these two companies.  Performance plastics, water purifications, agrichemicals, the basics of chemicals, hydrocarbons…….you may not know these in concept or detail.  Sit in your car, your clothes, polyvinyl alcohol / surfactants / detergents, etc.  These coat fabrics, sustain them to create high quality materials.  Diapers, oil tanks, polystyrene, these have saved lives through preserving materials, transporting materials, with the ability to be reused in other capacities.  In today’s social experimentation world, none of these, or their subsequent materials, would ever exist.

Merck & Co., Inc.: One of the premier pharmaceutical companies.  Treatments for HIV, cardiovascular disease, vaccines, oncology medications, and veterinary medicines, all from people dedicated to the scientific method.  Anyone who has worked in the pharma world knows of what I speak.  We are passionate, dedicated, and willing to move forward if the data show cause.   Just so you know, in today’s world, acetylsalicylic acid would not receive most regulatory agency approval…….(this is your basic aspirin).

Kodak: Pioneering in film.  Go beyond the camera, think of the MRIs, X-rays, PETs, space exploration (Apollo 11).  Read the basic chemistry of photography prior to digital.  The chemicals require respect and care.  In today’s politically-correct world, no one would be strong enough to handle the hazards.  I’ve worked in the pure chemical industry.  Take precautions, and let the magic go!  There is more to learn from this foundation in chemistry.

Instead of wasting a day prancing around with false god-like attitude, go back to the laboratory, validate your instruments, repeat your experiments via the scientific method, and provide objective conclusions that are meant to be discussed intellectually with limited emotion.  For those who have forgotten, the scientific method consists in systematic observation, measurement, and experiment, and the formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses.

Academia, get off the government’s teat; ya’ll have millions, some billions, of dollars in endowments.  NIH is not needed; government does not innovate.  The private sector innovates.  Forget Science-Santa, he is a myth.  Focus on the connection between Creation and Innovation.  Invigorating, admitting that no man invents.  Man discovers what God already knows exists, since He created it.  Celebrate the skills and gifts Graced to you.  Do not squander them with greed, pride, and lust of false gods such as the environment and love of money (note, not money itself, such is amoral).

Instead of the march on April 20, 2017, help high school students understand the Grace given to them, at the Chemistry Olympiad examinations.  Encouraging students to understand the natural science, through Him, is the only way we will continue to help one another.

WATCH: Your Inspiration for the Day

Reverend Abe Simon, 89, a pastor at Clover Hill Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia, was drafted on this 18th birthday and served all of us during World War II.  He did not receive his high school diploma.

Last fall, he visited his Orangefield, Texas hometown, and his high school.  He asked for his grades, and when his year of graduation was needed, Simon said, “Honey, I didn’t [graduate]”.

Blessings to Orangefield High School for their actions.  Simon was asked to return in one hour, and in THAT ONE HOUR, he was given his grades, and led to the gymnasium.

“So I came back.  They had the marching band, and they had the high school in the gym.  They had my cap and gown and my diploma, ” Simon said.

In addition, Simon will return to Orangefield High School in May, walk with the class of 2017, and give the commencement address.  His 96-year old brother, also drafted, will graduate in 2017 alongside Simon.

Incidentally, state legislation allows World War II veterans, who left high school to fight for our Freedoms, as qualified to receive a diploma.  Simon nor his brother knew this.

God Bless these men, and Orangefield High School.  Be Inspired.  Go out, now, and do something good.

Watch.