Monday, September 19, 2005

Schiavo, Sharks and Storms

I’m going for a triple play today.

Michael Schiavo to Co-Write Book

Michael Schiavo is co-writing a book with author Michael Hirsh to tell his side of the end-of-life case that divided much of the country.

I’m looking for the part that says something on the order of: ‘Proceeds will be donated to research efforts aimed at helping those in a persistent vegetative state.’ Perhaps I just missed it. I’m sure Michael Schiavo would not consider profiting off of the death of his wife.

Speaking of snakes, I mean sharks…

Shark Attack #3

With all of the action last week, I completely missed the most pressing of stories.

Shark scare couple relive ordeal

Two British divers rescued from shark-infested Australian waters have spoken of their six-hour ordeal.

This should really be categorized as a ‘shark scare’ rather than a ‘shark attack’. But hey, it made the BBC, and that’s good enough for me.

And now for the real news of the day:

Bush/Rove Create Second Hurricane to Attack Poor

Florida Keys evacuating as Rita nears hurricane strength

The Bush assault on poor southerners continues as Tropical Storm Rita nears the Gulf of Mexico. Clearly, the Bush plan, in which global warming is encouraged so as to create larger hurricanes and thus increase the suffering of those too poor to catch a bus out of the path of eminent hurricanes, is taking shape. Oil profits should go through the roof this time around.

Rita is the 17th named storm of this year's Atlantic hurricane season, and with water temperatures in the Florida Straits in the high 80s, it has plenty of fuel.

And the evidence can be found here: Hurricanes Are Getting Stronger, Study Says

All this is happening as sea surface temperatures have risen across the globe between one-half and one degree Fahrenheit, depending on the region, for hurricane seasons since the 1970s.

"Our work is consistent with the concept that there is a relationship between increasing sea surface temperature and hurricane intensity," said Webster. "However, it's not a simple relationship. In fact, it's difficult to explain why the total number of hurricanes and their longevity has decreased during the last decade, when sea surface temperatures have risen the most."

Now we know the real reason Bush canned the Kyoto agreement.