probably not a good idea to have kids with your cousin, meditation wall, inexpensive instrument no bigger than a watch

Darwin dynasty’s ill health blamed on inbreeding

They found that the families with the highest inbreeding coefficients had the highest mortality. In Darwin’s own family, for example, 30 per cent of his children died, twice the norm for childhood mortality at the time.

In another marriage with a coefficient matching Charles Darwin’s (between Josiah Wedgwood III and Caroline Darwin) the children’s death rate was 25 per cent, and in a union with a coefficient twice that of Darwin’s (between Henry and Jessie Wedgwood), 17 per cent of their children died.

This is delicate ground for some. In the U.S. we take marriage between cousins seriously with 30 states currently forbidding the practice. No to be flippant, but marriage per se is not the problem, it is having children from those marriages. I have some small degree of skepticism at those coefficients for the Darwin-Wedgwood clan as marriages between cousins were somewhat common in 19th Century England. As the authors explain these marriages helped keep property in a smaller family circle, but they also had an emotional element. Darwin took notice of his own problems, and was probably not unaware of the practice among the upper class, so at one point he asked that questions pertaining to marriages between cousins be put on the national census.

Some religious sects in the U.S. have been tolerant of first cousin marriages largely because their religion included  rejection of the worldliness embodied in mainstream culture. Thus for some religions cousin marriages served a purpose similar to that of Britain’s upper class – marrying within one’s social cohort. A cohort that already shared one’s cultural point of view and economic status.

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10 Reasons To Delete Your FaceBook Account. Even if we ignore the gossip based reason number 2, FaceBook’s views on privacy are disturbing.

Blackberry ‘predicted a century ago’ by pioneering physicist Nikola Tesla. Tesla was a genius but to draw a line directly from him to the Blackberry might be pushing the legend of the man a little. This linked in post gives better picture and includes Tesla’s original writings on electronic communication – Nikola Tesla predicted mobile phones in 1909

Tesla states that “It will soon be possible, for instance, for a business man in New York to dictate instructions and have them appear in type in London or elsewhere. He will be able to call from his desk and talk with any telephone subscriber in the world. It will only be necessary to carry an inexpensive instrument no bigger than a watch, which will enable its bearer to hear anywhere on sea or land for distances of thousands of miles.”

According to most of the media and even some Democrats we’re about to go full speed backwards. Those were the days – Progress and Regress

Despite the clear success of progressive policies in the 1990s, President Bush returned the country to the failed economic strategy of focusing on the very wealthy under the theory that their success would “trickle down” to everyone else. It didn’t work out that way. President Bush cut taxes repeatedly for high-income earners and on capital gains, with the promise that those cuts would result in impressive growth for everyone. The rich were doing very well after eight years of supply-side policies, but everyone else was falling back. Median incomes and wages were down, poverty was up, job growth was anemic, and unemployment was beginning to soar.

[  ]…The median household income increased by 14 percent during President Clinton’s two terms in office, the highest increase for any two-term president. Under President Bush’s economic policies, median household income decreased for the first time since the mid-1960s.