Sunday, April 29, 2007


Hey, whatever happened to hemagglutinin neuraminidase? You might know it as ‘H5n1’…C’mon, you know…the Bird Flu??? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization and the Influenza Report – 2006, we should be experiencing 40 to 50 percent job abandonment for reasons ranging from caring for sick family to fear. There should be a 30 percent morbidity (not mortality) rate worldwide – that translates into 180 million to over 300 million deaths. To put that figure into perspective, the CDC reminds us that there are 300 million people in the United States. A lot of us should be, you know, DEAD!

According to The Sunday Times, Jonathan Leake (no slouch in UK science circles) writes that Mars is being hit by rapid climate change… so much so that the red planet could lose its southern ice cap. Scientists from NASA say that Mars has warmed by about 0.5C since the 1970s. This is similar to the warming experienced on Earth over approximately the same period. More evidence was sent back by NASAs Viking mission, launched in the 1970s, and then more than two decades later, by Mars Global Surveyor. I didn’t even know Martians had a broad choice of SUVs, much less flatulent cattle and double ply toilet paper!

Legendary Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein publishes, on June 19th, "A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton." It promises to be a hard-hitting and intimate portrait of the 2008 presidential candidate which will reveal a number of “discrepancies” in her official story. Bernstein, played by Dustin Hoffman in All the President’s Men spent eight years researching the biography. “Bernstein reaches conclusions that stand in opposition to what Senator Clinton has said in the past and has written in the past” said Paul Bogaards, the publisher’s spokesman. Hillary lying? I’m beside myself!


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