Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Hot Stuff

More than 840 wildfires sparked by an "unprecedented" lightning storm are burning across Northern California, alarming the governor and requiring the help of firefighters from Nevada and Oregon.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he was told late Sunday evening that the state had 520 fires, and he found it "quite shocking" that by Monday morning the number had risen above 700.

Moments later, a top state fire official standing at Schwarzenegger's side offered a grim update. The figure was actually 842 fires, said Del Walters, assistant regional chief of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. All but a couple were in the northern part of the state.

"This is an unprecedented lightning storm in California, that it lasted as long as it did, 5,000 to 6,000 lightning strikes," Walters said. "We are finding fires all the time."

Two of the state's biggest fires had each charred nearly 6 square miles. One in Napa County quickly moved into Solano County, and threatened about 250 homes about 40 miles southwest of Sacramento, said Kevin Colburn, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. It was 60 percent contained.

The other, in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest about 160 miles north of Sacramento, threatened about 1,200 homes.



The Sun is an orange ball in the sky this morning as fires claim more property.

Mother Nature sent in the lightning bolts and that is all she wrote, has not been the same since. Stinky, smoky air causing folks with Asthma to be confined indoors.

The woods are tinder dry making even the slightest spark a potential million dollar disaster. Someone was mowing their lawn and hitting a rock started a field on fire that burned 10 acres before it could be smothered out.

We are toast.



Alan said...

Well, we all know why it's hellfire and brimstone in Cali. It's the gay marriage thing. *snark*

Alan said...

Have y'all noticed how David Corn's replacement as Washington Editor of The Nation, Chris Hayes, is on TV LOTS more than David was. I've seen him on Countdown several times lately.
Here's a good 3-minute clip from a month ago...

Alan Shore on Gitmo

David B. Benson said...

God gave Noah the rainbow sign,
no more water but the fire next time

DEN said...

Corn is a full fledged Pundit, making frequent appearances on The Verdict and Hardball on MSNBC while strangely absent from Countdown.

Scroll down a bit

º¿carol said...

Damn, James Spader has put on weight!

Was the judge Bernadette Peters?

I've never watched that show. I've no idea what it's about except that Spader and Capt Kirk are lawyers.

We have a plague of mosquitoes. It's horrible! I can't go out for my dusk walk with Izzy because we get swarmed. Doc, you're a scientist guy, how long will this round last do you think? Two weeks?

Three miles up the road at my daughter's place, she can't go out even in the daylight. I found that out today when I went over at noon to feed her dogs and take them for a poop walk around the back garden.

Alan said...

Was the judge Bernadette Peters?

Uh huh. That was weird. They have a few judges that occur more than once, but she ain't one of 'em, as far as I know.
Boston Legal is a good show Carol. I don't always catch it, and it's more weird than it used to be, but is usually pretty good. That was one of Alan Shore's more 'conservative' final arguments. He can lay it on pretty thick at times.

David B. Benson said...

Carol --- Round? Of mosquitoes?

No idea how long they live. Try Wkipedia?

jim hitchcock said...

Carol! Mickster! This is where I'm going camping Thursday.

The smoke was so thick in Carson City today that we couldn't see the Sierras, 4 miles away.

micki said...

Jim H!!!!!!!


Where are you going camping Thursday? You should go camping up this way...it's gorgeous.

Good to hear from you. Don't be a stranger.

micki said...

Jim, do you mean you're camping in the forest fire area?

I'm so dense...

You probably meant that.

micki said...

Carol...look at this...from the Telegraph/UK...

Dr David Waterhouse, assitant curator of natural history at the Castle Museum in Norwich, near the fens and broads of Norfolk, said: "All the reports we are getting suggest that mosquitoes seem to be a lot more prevalent this year.

"Warm and wet is what they like and global warming is contributing to these conditions."

Only female mosquitoes bite humans and animals as they need protein from the blood to lay eggs.

They are attracted by perspitation, body odour and lactic acid, as well as heat and light....

...There could be more serious health concerns in the future, with the Health Protection Agency recently warning malaria may be about to return to Britain as a result of global warming.

The disease - caused by a parasite carried by infected mosquitoes and which attacks victims' blood cells - is widespread in tropical and subtropical areas where it affects 650 million people each year and kills three million.
There are around 400 species of mosquito, of which more than 30 are present in the UK, where they can be found between June and October.

Females can lay up to six batches of eggs each season, producing 350 at a time.

6 BATCHES? Well, I wonder what the time interval is?

jim hitchcock said...

Hiya, Micky...missed you.

We were either going to go up by Quincy or up to the Shasta area. Now we're going to play it by ear.

Oh, and Carol; I did another 4-day trip two weeks ago, and me and my cousin both forgot the Deet. Something like 60 mosquito bites the first night.

DEN said...

Who the hell are you?

º¿carol said...

Den, Jim used to post on David Corn long before Micki & I did. We met Jim on Arianna's old blog and when she was about to close it down and we were scrambling for a new home he pointed out the Corn blog.

Nice to see you, Jim!!! I just got back from riding my tractor around the property, I STILL got bit, but not like if I walked the place.

Micki, I love when they say only the females bite. They're
ALL females if you ask me!

carey said...


That's the first chuckle I've had today. Same question was on my mind.

I heard the smoke was blowing your way--and everyone elses. It's no fun being cooped up during a smoke invasion. You can't exercise or even breathe.

We've been madly sewing rats ears on caps as part of the costumes for Brandon's upcoming play this Friday, Charlotte's Web. He plays Templeton, the rat. So much fun!!

Mosquitos, they're horrible. I hate them, so damn forbidding when they swarm.

I've been impressed with Christopher Hayes. He reminds me of someone, don't know who.

I enjoy Boston Legal. It has funny, topical moments.

DEN said...

Carol, cool then, welcome Jim!

I tend to get hostile when someone I don't know starts messin with my 'chicks' here at DWF.

DEN said...

Jim, do help yourself to some coffee over there in the corner, horsey-doovers on the side.

Here at DWF we are a "Full Service" blog, there's a garage out back, Rodney will check your tires if you like.

Otherwise join in and throw a good rant, free speech still exists here.


DEN said...

Carey, I come from the land of the mosquitous-jigantus, the largest known species of mosquito.

On a summer night they would cloud the sky like smoke and the singing noise would be deafening.

Yes, I know a thing or two about mosquitos, they breed fast in water and SUCK! Blood, lots of it and can consume the life from a human being in 24hrs.

Treacherous creatures, vampires.


♥C♥rol said...

Oooo, Den! You were so...so protective! :)

carey said...

Carol, you're adorably funny.

That is one scary scenario, Den. Jesus. overwhelmingly numerous. I can't stand even thinking about it.

Yes, welcome Mr. Hitchcock.

carey said...

'Kay, don' know what happened there.

I was squirming at your description of Minnesota's gargantuan mosquitos, Den.

Just to inform y'all, I'm in an extremely filthy state. Been you-know-what--cleaning, packing, cleaning, moving, cleaning, etc. I think it's becoming permanently etched on me, the dirt and mold I mean.

DEN said...

Carey, TMI! (Too Much Information)

DEN said...

Bud Light Lime?

7-UP and beer?

We ARE doomed.

DEN said...

With that I will leave this excellent gathering of intelligence and move on to the 'lay down' position for human refreshment.


micki said...

Wow, DEN! The chanticleer rules!

You sure do watch out for your chickbrood.

Saladin said...

PLEASE DEN! We aren't toast. My lovely valley is FILLED with smoke, like it is every damn summer! I really hate this time of year. Jim in Carson City, I am in Bishop and it is covering up the mountains! UGH!

Public Service Announcement

What Your Government Knows About Cannabis And Cancer -- And Isn't Telling You

http://www. huffingtonpost. com/paul-armentano/what-your-government-know_b_108712. html

Posted June 24, 2008 | 04:20 PM (EST)

Senator Ted Kennedy is putting forward a brave face following his recent surgery but the sad reality remains. Even with successful surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy treatment, gliomas -- a highly aggressive form of brain cancer that strikes approximately 10,000 Americans annually -- tragically claim the lives of 75 percent of its victims within two years and virtually all within five years..

But what if there was an alternative treatment for gliomas that could selectively target the cancer while leaving healthy cells intact? And what if federal bureaucrats were aware of this treatment, but deliberately withheld this information from the public?

Sadly, the questions posed above are not entirely hypothetical. Let me explain..

In 2007, I reviewed over 150 published preclinical and clinical studies assessing the therapeutic potential of marijuana and several of its active compounds, known as cannabinoids. I summarized these numerous studies in a book, now in its third edition, entitled Emerging Clinical Applications for Cannabis and Cannabinoids: A Review of the Scientific Literature. (NORML Foundation, 2008) One chapter in this book, which summarized the findings of more than 30 separate trials and literature reviews, was dedicated to the use of cannabinoids as potential anti-cancer agents, particularly in the treatment of gliomas..

Not familiar with this scientific research? Your government is..

In fact, the first experiment documenting pot's potent anti-cancer effects took place in 1974 at the Medical College of Virginia at the behest federal bureaucrats. The results of that study, reported in an Aug. 18, 1974, Washington Post newspaper feature, were that marijuana's primary psychoactive component, THC, "slowed the growth of lung cancers, breast cancers and a virus-induced leukemia in laboratory mice, and prolonged their lives by as much as 36 percent.."

Despite these favorable preliminary findings (eventually published the following year in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute), U.S. government officials refused to authorize any follow-up research until conducting a similar -- though secret -- preclinical trial in the mid-1990s. That study, conducted by the U.S. National Toxicology Program to the tune of $2 million, concluded that mice and rats administered high doses of THC over long periods had greater protection against malignant tumors than untreated controls..

However, rather than publicize their findings, the U.S. government shelved the results, which only became public after a draft copy of its findings were leaked to the medical journal AIDS Treatment News, which in turn forwarded the story to the national media..

In the years since the completion of the National Toxicology trial, the U.S. government has yet to authorize a single additional study examining the drug's potential anti-cancer properties. (Federal permission is necessary in order to conduct clinical research on marijuana because of its illegal status as a schedule I controlled substance..)

Fortunately, in the past 10 years scientists overseas have generously picked up where U.S. researchers so abruptly left off, reporting that cannabinoids can halt the spread of numerous cancer cells -- including prostate cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, and brain cancer. (An excellent paper summarizing much of this research, "Cannabinoids for Cancer Treatment: Progress and Promise," appears in the January 2008 edition of the journal Cancer Research.) A 2006 patient trial published in the British Journal of Cancer even reported that the intracranial administration of THC was associated with reduced tumor cell proliferation in humans with advanced glioblastoma..

Writing earlier this year in the scientific journal Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, Italian researchers reiterated, "(C)annabinoids have displayed a great potency in reducing glioma tumor growth. (They) appear to be selective antitumoral agents as they kill glioma cells without affecting the viability of nontransformed counterparts." Not one mainstream media outlet reported their findings. Perhaps now they'll pay better attention..

What possible advancements in the treatment of cancer may have been achieved over the past 34 years had U.S. government officials chosen to advance -- rather than suppress -- clinical research into the anti-cancer effects of cannabis? It's a shame we have to speculate; it's even more tragic that the families of Senator Kennedy and thousands of others must suffer while we do..
GOSH! You Know they just LOVE us! And Obama is making sure we NEVER get the cure! Liberals for change, woohoo!

Caro°L° said...

Well, it looks like it will be a heart attack that takes ME out! :)