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(EarthSky)   Scientists say the threat to humanity from a superbug is as grave as the threat posed by climate change. So, nothing to worry about, then?   (earthsky.org) divider line 35
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2014-05-26 11:15:43 AM  
Gee, they forgot to mention the antibiotics that are fed by the metric ton to our food animals.
I wonder why?
 
2014-05-26 12:34:10 PM  
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2014-05-26 12:36:02 PM  

GreenAdder: [i.imgur.com image 640x439]


Alright... that's just creepy
 
2014-05-26 12:40:26 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: GreenAdder: [i.imgur.com image 640x439]

Alright... that's just creepy


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2014-05-26 12:48:24 PM  
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2014-05-26 12:55:50 PM  
About as worried as dog taking a nap...
 
2014-05-26 01:17:43 PM  

snocone: Gee, they forgot to mention the antibiotics that are fed by the metric ton to our food animals.
I wonder why?


Tell us.
 
2014-05-26 02:02:14 PM  
This message brought to you by the Hand Sanitizer Industry....
 
2014-05-26 02:12:37 PM  
So Al Gore is marrying Jenny McCarthy? We are so lost! Help Obiwan Obama; you and Harry Reid are our only hope! More money, tax breaks and favored nation status for the Chinese and swine flu!
 
2014-05-26 02:18:14 PM  
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2014-05-26 02:18:30 PM  
Seems to me that a superbug might just be a cure for climate change.
 
2014-05-26 02:27:55 PM  
I don't know about out in the field, but multiply resistant bugs are largely a creature of over/misprescription and hospitals.
 
2014-05-26 02:59:27 PM  
Superbug was my favorite part of the MASH movie.

"I'm doing the broad jump, Coach!"
 
2014-05-26 03:06:31 PM  
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2014-05-26 03:14:28 PM  

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2014-05-26 03:23:50 PM  

Swampmaster: So Al Gore is marrying Jenny McCarthy? We are so lost! Help Obiwan Obama; you and Harry Reid are our only hope! More money, tax breaks and favored nation status for the Chinese and swine flu!


Wait, what? Are you trolling or having a stroke? I'm so confused! :(
 
2014-05-26 03:44:14 PM  
Germ theory of disease is liberal propaganda.
 
2014-05-26 03:50:07 PM  
Let me guess: the only way to stop this Armageddon is to hand what little is left of our liberty and money over to the UN.
 
2014-05-26 03:57:45 PM  

FreetardoRivera: snocone: Gee, they forgot to mention the antibiotics that are fed by the metric ton to our food animals.
I wonder why?

Tell us.


Reducing or eliminating meat consumption is the easiest and most effective way for most people to reduce their carbon footprint and reduce the amount of antibiotics consumed. But the meat industry and the corn and soy industries which provide feed keep enough money flowing that most people aren't aware of how much reduced meat consumption would do.
 
2014-05-26 04:10:33 PM  
The sum of human endeavors is to make money exponentially forever.

We won't be missed.
 
2014-05-26 04:21:26 PM  

DrPainMD: Let me guess: the only way to stop this Armageddon is to hand what little is left of our liberty and money over to the UN.


No, it's subsidizing big pharma to make up for extremely expensive R&D required for new antibiotics that last only half a generation, because the bacteria keep mutating.
 
2014-05-26 04:23:23 PM  

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: Reducing or eliminating meat consumption is the easiest and most effective way for most people to reduce their carbon footprint and reduce the amount of antibiotics consumed.


For concentrated animal feedlot operations, sure.  But not for traditionally-raised livestock.
 
2014-05-26 04:53:15 PM  

acohn: Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: Reducing or eliminating meat consumption is the easiest and most effective way for most people to reduce their carbon footprint and reduce the amount of antibiotics consumed.

For concentrated animal feedlot operations, sure.  But not for traditionally-raised livestock.


Right, but we don't have the resources to support traditionally raised livestock at current consumption levels. Eating less, but better quality meat will have to be part of the solution.
 
2014-05-26 05:23:15 PM  
So, a twofer, then.
 
2014-05-26 05:25:44 PM  

DrPainMD: Let me guess: the only way to stop this Armageddon is to hand what little is left of our liberty and money over to the UN.


No, but you might have to pay a little more for meat if we stop the subtheraputec dosing of livestock, as well as maybe some restriction of movement into the US from other countries.
 
2014-05-26 05:48:17 PM  
The big difference is that antibiotic resistance is mostly just a threat to us.  Climate change is a threat to millions of other species.

TwilightZone: Seems to me that a superbug might just be a cure for climate change.


...unless we've passed the tipping point where, barring a planetary-scale geoengineering fix by ourselves, it will amplify itself for a few hundred thousand years until some natural process eventually brings the global mean temperature back down.
 
2014-05-26 06:01:23 PM  
Maybe if we pay higher taxes? That should fix it. Right?
 
2014-05-26 09:19:45 PM  
NO SUCH AGENCY: The big difference is that antibiotic resistance is mostly just a threat to us.  Climate change is a threat to millions of other species.


TwilightZone: Seems to me that a superbug might just be a cure for climate change.

...unless we've passed the tipping point where, barring a planetary-scale geoengineering fix by ourselves, it will amplify itself for a few hundred thousand years until some natural process eventually brings the global mean temperature back down
.

No, see the superbug wipes the creatures causing the climate change off the planet.  Without 7 billion humans putting all that carbon into the atmosphere, the sooner the planet cools.  Of course, that's not to imply that the 7 billion-plus humans all contribute equally to the rising carbon levels or that all would succumb to a superbug.  If only we could engineer a superbug that only infects gross polluters....
 
2014-05-26 09:23:01 PM  

mark12A: This message brought to you by the Hand Sanitizer Industry....


Hand sanitizers use alcohol. Bacteria cannot get resistant to alcohol. It would be like you being resistant to being set on fire.
 
2014-05-26 09:23:40 PM  

TwilightZone: NO SUCH AGENCY: The big difference is that antibiotic resistance is mostly just a threat to us.  Climate change is a threat to millions of other species.


TwilightZone: Seems to me that a superbug might just be a cure for climate change.

...unless we've passed the tipping point where, barring a planetary-scale geoengineering fix by ourselves, it will amplify itself for a few hundred thousand years until some natural process eventually brings the global mean temperature back down.

No, see the superbug wipes the creatures causing the climate change off the planet.  Without 7 billion humans putting all that carbon into the atmosphere, the sooner the planet cools.  Of course, that's not to imply that the 7 billion-plus humans all contribute equally to the rising carbon levels or that all would succumb to a superbug.  If only we could engineer a superbug that only infects gross polluters....


You use a computer, so welcome to the polluters club
 
2014-05-26 09:45:56 PM  
machoprogrammer:  You use a computer, so welcome to the polluters club.

Wow.  Brilliant deduction you had there, Sherlock.  Of course, I never claimed the titled of non-polluter, so your point is invalid.  But kudos -- your mind is a steel trap slamming closed on the obvious.
 
2014-05-26 09:49:03 PM  

TwilightZone: machoprogrammer:  You use a computer, so welcome to the polluters club.

Wow.  Brilliant deduction you had there, Sherlock.  Of course, I never claimed the titled of non-polluter, so your point is invalid.  But kudos -- your mind is a steel trap slamming closed on the obvious.


So you are okay with the superbug infecting you, too? Good to know...

If you are in the US, you are likely one of the top polluters of the world. It sucks, but that's life.
 
2014-05-26 10:05:31 PM  
Spent some time with a very conservative friend this weekend. Global warming is something liberals are pushing to justify their halting of fracking nationwide.

I learned a lot of other cool stuff but mostly I learned that when you memorize talking points it's really easy to not notice that one contradicts another.
 
2014-05-26 10:49:24 PM  
There are actually a lot of naturally occurring antibiotics out there, and known to science, but getting them to medical commercialisation is expensive . Pharma companies are putting their research into chronic diseases because unlike an antibiotic that you take once, chronic diseases give you lifelong sales. So when the problem becomes big enough, I have no doubt Pharma will see a need and put their money into making new ones.

Sure for those with the bugs now that's small comfort, but we won't see the end of the antibiotic age.
 
2014-05-26 11:19:30 PM  
machoprogrammer:

So you are okay with the superbug infecting you, too? Good to know...

If you are in the US, you are likely one of the top polluters of the world. It sucks, but that's life.


I hear the clanging of that steel trap again.  Residency in the U.S. does not automatically qualify one for top polluter status -- that's a leap in logical guaranteed to result in a crash and burn.  But yeah, if it meant saving all the other species doomed by global warming, I'd be willing to shuffle off this mortal coil, no superbug needed.  Thanks for noticing.  But don't get your knickers in a twist, son.  It was a joke.  You do know you're on Fark.com, right.  (And no, that last wasn't a question.)  Have a good evening.
 
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