A Headline One Doesn’t Expect

Via the BBC:  French sperm count ‘falls by a third’

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Steven L. Taylor
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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter

Comments

  1. de stijl says:

    Not to be a chicken little or anything (it’s only one study, etc.), but a 1.9% annual decrease in sperm count left unchecked would become a civilization altering event in very short order.

    There’s something going on besides BPA here and if endocrinologists don’t figure it out soon we’re looking a pretty bleak picture.

  2. Gustopher says:

    Perhaps France will soon need to start importing sperm. What a sad fate for a country to no longer be sperm sufficient.

  3. Tsar Nicolas says:

    On the one hand I wouldn’t expect anything else from a socialist nation. On the other hand…

    One of the paper’s authors, Dr Joelle Le Moal, an environmental health epidemiologist, said: “To our knowledge, this is the first study concluding a severe and general decrease in sperm concentration and morphology at the scale of a whole country over a substantial period.

    So basically we are expected to trust a loopy member of the academe being quoted by the liberal media machine. But then again, considering the way we voted a month ago I don’t see why I should be surprised that the lamestream media is trying to fool us like this.

  4. de stijl says:

    @Tsar Nicolas:

    So basically we are expected to trust a loopy member of the academe being quoted by the liberal media machine. But then again, considering the way we voted a month ago I don’t see why I should be surprised that the lamestream media is trying to fool us like this.

    Do you enjoy typing the most obvious rightwing trolls? Seriously, don’t your fingers get tired after a while?