sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Monday, November 17, 2014

It's Just a Kiss

When Bobby Vinton sang, "Sealed with a Kiss":

Though we gotta say goodbye for the summer
Baby, I promise you this
I'll send you all my love
Every day in a letter
Sealed with a kiss

What was he really telling the girl who he hung out with all summer? 

According to medical research, as many as 80 million bacteria** are transferred during a 10 second kiss. (Remco Kort, Martien Caspers, Astrid van de Graaf, Wim van Egmond, Bart Keijser, Guus Roeselers. Shaping the oral microbiota through intimate kissing. Microbiome, 2014; 2 (1): 41 DOI: 10.1186/2049-2618-2-41) He was sending her a menagerie of bacteria.
**To calculate the number of bacteria transferred in a kiss, the authors relied on average transfer values and a number of assumptions related to bacterial transfer, the kiss contact surface, and the value for average saliva volume.

It's time for further delving.

A system of more than 100 trillion microorganisms that live in our bodies -- the microbiome -- is essential for the digestion of food, synthesizing nutrients, and preventing disease. It is shaped by genetics, diet, and age, but also the individuals with whom we interact. With the mouth playing host to more than 700 varieties of bacteria, the oral microbiota also appear to be influenced by those closest to us.

Researchers from Micropia and TNO in the Netherlands studied 21 couples, asking them to fill out questionnaires on their kissing behaviour including their average intimate kiss frequency. They then took swab samples to investigate the composition of their oral microbiota on the tongue and in their saliva.
Lead author Remco Kort, from TNO's Microbiology and Systems Biology department and adviser to the Micropia museum of microbes, said: "Intimate kissing involving full tongue contact and saliva exchange appears to be a courtship behavior unique to humans and is common in over 90% of known cultures. Interestingly, the current explanations for the function of intimate kissing in humans include an important role for the microbiota present in the oral cavity, although to our knowledge, the exact effects of intimate kissing on the oral microbiota have never been studied. We wanted to find out the extent to which partners share their oral microbiota, and it turns out, the more a couple kiss, the more similar they are."
In a controlled kissing experiment to quantify the transfer of bacteria, a member of each of the couples had a probiotic drink containing specific varieties of bacteria including Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria. After an intimate kiss, the researchers found that the quantity of probiotic bacteria in the receiver's saliva rose threefold, and calculated that in total 80 million bacteria would have been transferred during a 10 second kiss.
Commenting on the kissing questionnaire results, the researchers say that an interesting but separate finding was that 74% of the men reported higher intimate kiss frequencies than the women of the same couple. This resulted in a reported average of ten kisses per day from the males, twice that of the female reported average of five per day.

Aircraft Tech

Removing windows from passenger aircraft may be one solution to aircraft designers. I don't think that it's far-fetched and though the idea may not be an immediate thrill, I think that it will catch on.

Would you board a windowless jet?  What if the fancy system broke (as they seem to do with regularity just like the in-flight movies do)?

Keep in mind that all military transport aircraft are windowless and that the military works hard to insure that you are uncomfortable when taking a 'hop'.  Note the photo below of SEAL Team 5, C Ptn. in a C-130 circa 1986. Windowless, no padded seats, no flight attendants, and the food is In-Flight Rations (forerunner of the MRE) with all of the good stuff inside stolen by the flight crews previously.

On long hops the guys usually string hammocks made of poncho liners across the fuselage, which isn't all that bad. I don't think that you could do that in a commercial aviation setting.

The Long March Toward Amnesty

Mao Tse Dong's (mousey tongue) "Long March" signaled an era that led to roughly 50 million Chinese starving to death as part of the "great leap forward". Mao's vision became China's nightmare. It's the type of liberal vision that is played out in Orwell's Animal Farm.

The American liberal definition of success could possibly be explained this way: Make the US into Detroit (the progressive wet dream) --- except for Martha's Vineyard, because the great and near great like a place to go on vacation (at government expense, of course).

That is what President Obama is saying, without actually coming out and saying it when he talks of Super Amnesty for illegal aliens.  It's not unlike, "if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor (haha)".

Why would America want to implement Super Amnesty? What does it do for a nation - beyond garnering a few votes for pettifoggers (a lawyer whose methods are petty underhanded, or disreputable) who wish to ascend to higher government office?

Let's look at facts. Liberals love facts: 92% of black male teens in Chicago don’t have a job. In Detroit, 50% of all black men are unemployed. It’s not that there aren’t any jobs, but the entry level jobs have been mostly going to immigrants. The left loves root causes more than it loves red shirts with pictures of Che on them. So what is one of the root causes of unemployment in the inner cities?
The Center for Immigration Studies found that under Obama two-thirds of low-end jobs went to immigrants, both legal and illegal. 
Illegal aliens not only displace workers, but they displace the workers that might have been. Teenagers who would have started working regular jobs instead roam around aimlessly. The lost entry level jobs are substituted with crime.

Homicide rates overlap with unemployment rates, especially when accounting for the demographic populations of young minority men who are statistically more likely to kill or be killed.

None of this matters to those who only wish to garner a vote and reach into your pocket.

Andrew Price's Commentary is worth reading.