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One info they need to add under infectious desease section is MRSA.I am seeing more and more cases of this underated deases raising at fastest rate. If they track, it will beat AIDS in that category.
They need to change it from "Species Extinct" to "Species presumed extinct by Greens using ridiculous speculations utterly unassociated with any verifiable facts, much less an accurate concept of what the word 'species' means in the first place*". That would be a more correct description.Given the disclaimer on the side about how figures are "approximations", I'd also wonder exactly how one calculates out a world temperature to 10-odd decimal places as an "approximation". GIGO seems to apply.Given these two entries I'd suspect that it's a lot cooler looking than it is actually representative of realistic estimates all around.=========* I used to take the notion of "species extinction" vaguely seriously, until I heard about how they were attempting to save the "endangered species" of the Florida Panther by mating it with the Georgia Panther. This means that the term "species" is being improperly used as synonymous with "variety". The very definition of species is that two things are different species when, if they are mated (and can be at all) then the offspring is consistently, if not always, non-viable -- that is, it is sterile at best. Hence the term "mule", the offspring of a horse and donkey, which is "in between" but cannot reproduce itself. You can only make more mules by mating horses and donkeys. The mule which is not sterile is exceedingly rare.If the Georgia Panther can be mated with the Florida Panther, then they are the same species. Why is one "endangered" and the other not? Answer: because the whole concept has been twisted to mean something entirely unrelated to what it actually means by the Greens. Loss of variety is a reasonable concern -- loss of species is much more serious, however, since, short of cloning, you cannot save a species which is "gone". There will never be another Passenger Pigeon or NZ Moa.This all goes to show how the entire concept of an "endangered species" or "lost species" is a bankrupt notion used to perform defacto takings of land from its owners, and needs to be completely re-evaluated in this light.
obloodyhell wrote:> If the Georgia Panther can be mated > with the Florida Panther, then they > are the same species.Wrong. Ever hear of a mule?
> obloodyhell wrote:> If the Georgia Panther can be mated Florida Panther, then they are the same species.> Wrong. > Ever hear of a mule?OK. Nice to know you actually READ what I wrote, nitwit -- I quote, with added emphasis, since you miss the point entirely:Hence the term "mule", the offspring of a horse and donkey, which is "in between" but cannot reproduce itself.The key is the last phrase.There is absolutely no intelligent value to mating the Ga. panther to the Fla. panther, if the offspring is going to be sterile and unable to reproduce. So for such a mating to have purpose, the two must be able to mate without producing sterile offspring, which means they aren't different species at all but two different regional varieties.(and again, I ack that loss of variety is not a good thing in general --- but it's quite a bit less significant than the loss of species).Or are you indicating that you were totally ignorant of the fact that mules are generally sterile, hence the fact that the term "mule" is a synonymous usage for "sterile animal"?
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Dr. Mark J. Perry is a professor of economics and finance in the School of Management at the Flint campus of the University of Michigan.
Perry holds two graduate degrees in economics (M.A. and Ph.D.) from George Mason University near Washington, D.C. In addition, he holds an MBA degree in finance from the Curtis L. Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. In addition to a faculty appointment at the University of Michigan-Flint, Perry is also a visiting scholar at The American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.
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