Friday, July 25, 2008

Happy Flu

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Medical Progress, shown by our evolutionary past

I have said for years that we need a manufactured retrovirus that inserts the code to correct juvenile diabetes, HIV, poryphria, or other genetic diseases. Perhaps Crohn's, and when we get really good at it, Tay-Sachs and Down's Syndrome.

Besides the HIV, the other retrovirus that is commonly known is Parrot Fever, which can also be passed to humans from other birds.

It would be a wonderful way to provide immunity to many diseases, such as measels, polio, mumps, chickenpox, malaria, anthrax, mad cow disease, flu. Malaria kills over a million people each year. Diabetes kills half that. Syphillis, Chamidia, gonorhea.

And instead of having to immunize people with every passing generation, this would provide lasting immunity to you, and all your descendants. Never to have to see your child get malaria. Never to worry about menegitis. We could even begin to make progress on the hundreds of cold viruses.

Then there are the cattle diseases. Hoof and mouth, Mad Cow.

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Global Warming

1. First, Global Warming would be a good thing if it was to occur. Hot is associated with more growth, more life. Cold is less life. Iowa under a mile of ice grows no corn.

2. Global warming, if it was to occur would be caused by the Sun. The Sun is much much bigger than the Earth. A small change in the Sun would outweigh a big change in the Earth.

3. Global warming has stopped. The hottest year on record was in 1934, the second hottest year was 1998. Since that time temperature changes has flattened, if you take 2002 as an average year. If you take 1998 as your baseline, the Earth has cooled markedly. California had a billion dollars in fruit damage last year from cold. This year it snowed in Jerusalem and Baghdad. That hasn't happened in 40 years.

4. In fact the Sun's output has slowed. High solar output is marked by many sunspots. There are few the last few years. This year, only one little one. Not much we can do about it.

5. Global warming enthusiasts use climate models that are flawed, unable to predict the weather, (an easy task) they pretend to foretell climate. Bogus.

6. The most important greenhouse gas is Water vapor. Carbon dioxide is much less prevalent, and so, had much less of an effect. Increased carbon dioxide levels would lead to increased growth of the plants we eat, and the diatoms that are a major source of energy for fish in the sea. Again, what the global warmed overs would have us believe is bad, would in fact be good.

7. NASA's record of ground measurements are misleading. Long term measurements only go back 200 years. Most measurement locations are in the center of what are now growing cities. The city affects temperature measurements, because of hot parking lots, air conditioning outflow, car exhausts. NASA's record of airborne/satillite measurements only go back 40 years or so. Again, it is hard to compare 1998 with 1934 if you don't have any measurements for 1934.

8. Even if manmade global warming was real, the worst thing we could do is to move decisions from the distributed intelligence that is the market, and move them to the limited intelligence that is the posturing preening politicians. Governments are responsible for the worst disasters of our experience, from the Nazi Concentration Camps, or Soviet Gulag, or the destruction of the Owens valley of California by the LA County Water district.


Monday, July 07, 2008

Colonel Bud Day

Bud Day is, to say the least, an interesting man. He was John McCain's cellmate in the North Vietnamese hellhole. He nursed John McCain, when John was down to 95 lbs, with various limbs in a cast.

Bud Day holds both the Medal of Honor, and Air Cross. He served in the Marines in WWII, in the Army Reserve, and the Air Force. He has a Juris Doctor in law.

Bud Day has 35 years of military service. He was shot down over North Vietnam in a F-100 and was captured. Despite injuries, he escaped, and made it almost to South Vietnam before being recaptured. The NVA broke his arm, then put it in a cast at a crazy angle with exposed bone ends sticking out. The intent was to be sure that he could never again fly. After John McCain was somewhat better, they gathered small bits of bamboo. John McCain was able to rebreak Bud Day's arm, and then set it using bits of bamboo as a splint. Some of John McCain's bandages were used as a dressing for Bud Day.

Bud Day survived, and was able to fly again. Upon being repatriated, he was told that the success of his treatment showed that the North Vietnamese provided good medical care. Bud Day was able to correct that doctor, and told of his treatment by Dr. McCain.

So, some more dirt for the Obama campaign: In addition to not paying income tax for 5 years, John McCain also practiced medicine without a license.

As Paul Harvey used to say, "Now you know the rest of the story. Good day!"

Friday, July 04, 2008

Obama and the 13th Amendment

"when I'm President, I will set a goal for all American middle and high school students to perform 50 hours of service a year, and for all college students to perform 100 hours of service a year. This means that by the time you graduate college, you'll have done 17 weeks of service. We'll reach this goal in several ways. At the middle and high school level, we'll make federal assistance conditional on school districts developing service programs, and give schools resources to offer new service opportunities."

So, how does this square with the 13th Amendment which prohibits involuntary servitude? Is this the change that the first Black President brings us? A return to slavery for our children? What tasks will the slave children be required to perform? When a child tries to escape, will there be a class of slave catchers to go after them? Will the authorities be empowered to shoot them down lest they escape?

Note that children who's parents can afford to attend send them to elite private schools are exempt from Obama-Slavery.

Slavery- Its for the Children.
July 27, 2008 Update: The Ottoman Turks had a practice called "Devshirme" whereby they collected boys from Christian homes, and enslaved them. They were converted to the state religion, Islam for the Turks. I have no doubt that under Obama, the conscripted slaves would be converted to the new approved state religion- Communism.

Happy Fourth of July


O’Leary, from Chicago, and a first-class fightin’ man,
For his father was from Kerry, where the gentle art began:
Sergeant Dennis P. O’Leary, from somewhere on Archie Road,
Dodgin’ shells and smellin’ powder while the battle ebbed and flowed.

And the captain says: “O’Leary, from your fightin’ company
Pick a dozen fightin’ Yankees and come skirmishin’ with me;
Pick a dozen fightin’ devils, and I know it’s you who can.”
And O’Leary, he saluted like a first-class fightin’ man.

O’Leary’s eye was piercin’ and O’Leary’s voice was clear:
“Dimitri Georgoupoulos!” And Dimitri answered “Here!”
Then “Vladimir Slaminsky! Step three paces to the front,
For we’re wantin’ you to join us in a little Heinie hunt!”

“Garibaldi Ravioli!” Garibaldi was to share;
And “Ole Axel Kettleson!” and “Thomas Scalp-the-Bear!”
Who was Choctaw by inheritance, bred in the blood and bones,
But set down in army records by the name of Thomas Jones.

“Van Winkle Schuyler Stuyvesant!” Van Winkle was a bud
From the ancient tree of Stuyvesant and had it in his blood;
“Don Miguel de Colombo!” Don Miguel’s next of kin
Were across the Rio Grande when Don Miguel went in.

“Ulysses Grant O’Sheridan!” Ulysses’ sire, you see,
Had been at Appomattox near the famous apple-tree;
And “Patrick Michael Casey!” Patrick Michael, you can tell,
Was a fightin’ man by nature with three fightin’ names as well.

“Joe Wheeler Lee!” And Joseph had a pair of fightin’ eyes;
And his granddad was a Johnny, as perhaps you might surmise;
Then “Robert Bruce MacPherson!” And the Yankee squad was done
With “Isaac Abie Cohen!” once a lightweight champion.

Then O’Leary paced ‘em forward and, says he: “You Yanks, fall in!”
And he marched ‘em to the captain. “Let the skirmishin’ begin.”
Says he, “The Yanks are comin’, and you beat ‘em if you can!”
And saluted like a soldier and first-class fightin’ man!

–James W. Foley

Thanks to Tam, at "View From the Porch"
and Munchkin Wrangler.

Point of History: Congress voted for independence on 2 July, accepted the text of the declaration on 3 July, which was copied out by a minor civil servant over night. On the 4th of July, Congress left town.