Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Global Warming: Is There NOTHING It Can't Do?

I've got a little unexpected time this morning, so at breakfast I scanned the free copy of USAToday that was waiting outside my door.

The headline that struck me first was this:
Global warming may raise kidney stone risk
No, I'm not kidding. The story states:
Global warming could do more than hurt polar bears: It could force a rise in kidney stones, scientists warned Monday.

"We see a relationship between kidney stones and temperatures everywhere," says study co-author Margaret Pearle of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. "Even in places with air conditioning, warmer temperatures mean more stones."

Kidney stones result from salts crystallizing in the kidneys, often triggered by dehydration, causing famously painful blockages. Nationwide, kidney stones strike about 12% of all men and 7% of women over their lifetime.

Warm southeastern states get 50% more cases than northeastern ones. The new research says global warming will drive this so-called kidney stone "belt" north triggering at least 1.6 million new cases by 2050.

The United Nations-sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change last year warned that industrial emissions of greenhouse gases very likely would raise average global temperatures 3 to 7 degrees this century, raising risks for heat stroke and expansion of tropical diseases such as malaria.

The kidney stone finding, reported Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, combines the panel's projections of higher U.S. temperatures with Medicare and Veterans Administration health records stretching from 1982 to 2005 to estimate how many extra U.S. kidney stone cases will result from global warming.
In tomorrow's paper Chicken Little will be quoted stating that the sky is falling - also backed by a report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and an SUV will be indicted for deliberately killing its passengers in a rollover. GM will be named as a co-conspirator.

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