Today my wife read to me an excerpt from a thread at one of her favorite discussion sites regarding the socioeconomic makeup of non-vaccinators and breastfeeders. A study concluded that people who either breastfeed, didn’t vaccinate or a combination of both had a tendency to be well educated, high income earners. These findings set off a flaming thread debating the well educated/high income earning findings.

One argument in particular is that high income earners do not come in contact with individuals that have had complications resulting from not vaccinating. Look, here’s my take on it. It all comes down to the fact that generally speaking, most people are stupid, ignorant, poorly educated, or just plain dumb. The correlation between high income earning and higher education is that smarter people make more money (for the most part, perhaps with the glaring exception of the Spears family). The only exception that I find to the more education/more income argument is that if the individual has decided to become a professor and therefore has taken a vow of poverty.

All you have to do is look around you to see examples of how stupid our society is. Most people are searching the web for pictures of Britney Spear’s pudenda (it’s Latin, look it up) rather than for information regarding the perils of vaccination. MySpace and Facebook are far more exciting for the average web user than La Leche League’s homepage. Who is the individual who rises above the din and reads sites that actually matter? The well educated (and subsequently higher earner) is the surfer that reads sites that matter, and furthermore it is the well educated surfer that understands what they are reading. The general populous wouldn’t understand the information even if you were able to get them to read the sites in the first place.

It all comes down to the truth; something that most people are entirely unwilling to mention in public. Most people are stupid, and it’s the well educated (read: smarter) minority that rise above the crap in the media, and search for answers on their own. Oh, and that’s another point. Finding these answers require some level of effort. A willingness to put in extra effort to accomplish something is often a prerequisite to being a high earner. Remember, psychology is the study of the obvious and sociology is the study of the painfully obvious. The answers are right in front of you if you are willing to look for them.

I had another idea. Top wage earners tend to afford themselves better health care. Better health care comes from better educated doctors. Low wage earners are often relegated to clinic level care, and at that level, they shoot everyone, and as fast possible because they have no way of knowing if the child will ever come back for the balance of their shots. Again, just the truth.

Ok, I first have to say how blown away I am that I was able to get this to work. Here’s the scenario. I was unsuccessful in having VMWare Fusion run my Vista x64 Boot Camp partition (probably for this reason). After many fits and starts, the plan was to create a Vista Complete PC Restore image to an external drive. Then create a VMWare Fusion Vista x64 VM and restore the backup to the VM. The first thing I learned is that Complete PC Restore must restore the image to a drive that is as large (or larger) than the original drive. This is apparently because the backup is a true disk image and not a file backup. Well, this posed a small waste of time because I had created a pre-allocated 250GB vmdk that now had to be scrapped for a 500GB dynamic volume. Also, during the restore, I received an error. I attempted the restore a second time without checking the box to format the drive, and this time time it took.

After a night-long restore of the image, I came into my office in the morning to find the VM repeatedly rebooting do to a Vista blue screen and Vista set to automatically reboot after a stop. I left the VM in a suspended state and went to work. Later on in the evening, I set out to fix the problem. The problem was a 7B stop, which means that a hardware driver for the mass storage unit was not loading at boot. Well, sure, I now have a new IDE controller; as far as Vista is concerned.

Ah, but this is where is gets slick. Vista is now equipped with a revised recovery console, or WinRE. The long and short of it was that I was able to edit the registry from the recovery console. Yes, phat, I know! The docs on how to do this at MS are missing a step (they fail to mention that you need to edit within the “offline” key), so I was able to find better docs elsewhere. This combined with the information as to what registry keys to edit from MS, I was in business. As for that last page from MS, all I did was change the Start value on the two drivers from 4 to 0.