Baxil [bakh-HEEL'], n.
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Discarded plastic is strangling Earth's oceans: "25 percent of our planet is a toilet that never flushes.
Antibiotics are breeding yet more superbugs: "The TB bacillus ... has suddenly morphed into something virtually incurable. ... In a matter of days, it killed 52 out of 53 people who had it.
Sometimes you just have to wonder if the reason we haven't been contacted by intelligent life is that the acceleration of civilization leads inevitably to self-extinction.
* If you don't read the full article, at least take some consolation in the fact that it seems to be harder to catch than ordinary tuberculosis.
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|Date:||May 24th, 2007 05:06 am (UTC)|| |
Re: TB... Well, at that level of virulence, it'll quickly kill itself. Note how the AIDS virus has reduced virulence in the time since it's initial spread...
Small wonders, I know.
And yeah, the sargasso sea in the atlantic is just about as bad.
That's true.. it's of no interest to a pathogen to kill people rapidly, or indeed at all (we virtually all have varicella zoster virus - chickenpox/shingles - unless vaccinated, which isn't done in the UK). SARS is a good example; very dangerous, but it was too deadly for its own good and didn't get transmitted much.
|Date:||May 24th, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC)|| |
It's not a good evolutionary strategy, but it does happen -- and when it does, it can be scary
for the host species.
|Date:||May 24th, 2007 06:06 pm (UTC)|| |
I'm not nearly as worried about the disease as I am about the plastics ... although the idea of a lethal airborne disease really isn't reassuring.
I wasn't aware that AIDS had reduced its virulence; I know it's not as big a concern any more, but I had assumed that was due to better treatment methods and new drug cocktails. What's your source?
|Date:||May 24th, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC)|| |
|Date:||May 24th, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)|| |
Thanks. Filed for later reference.
re: discarded plastic
Wow, even the article notes "wrist-slittingly depressing."
They also note, fascinating to me, "Currently, McDonough is working with the Chinese government to build seven cities using “the building materials of the future,” including a fabric that is safe enough to eat and a new, nontoxic polystyrene." I want to see how that turns out - or, better yet, I want cities like that here.
|Date:||May 24th, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC)|| |
There's definitely cause for hope ... I just hope we don't pass a tipping point before we can bring solutions to bear.
Welcome to the journal, by the way! How'd you find me?
You made an interesting comment somewhere and I clicked. I think it was at chéz circuit_four
, but my memory's a little spotty. Love the coinage "Bastard Culture," by the way.
Not a big surprise; nature adapts, and humans in general do a pretty bad job of using antibiotics according to the directions.
Good reason to stay healthy, and out of hospitals.
The plastic of the Eastern Garbage Patch is... wow.
|Date:||May 24th, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC)|| |
You should look at some of the trash that washes up on the islands in those gyres.
|Date:||May 26th, 2007 05:37 am (UTC)|| |