Antartic Meltdown will Drown American Capital!

In rhetoric or logical argumentation, a slippery slope fallacy is according to Ian B. Johnson:

The Slippery Slope also might well be called the “Appeal to Fear.” It shows a proposition to be unacceptable by first stating that acceptance of the proposition will lead to an unacceptable result, then stating that the unacceptable result will in turn lead to an even more unacceptable result. The chain may continue through several steps and will lead to an end result that is very clearly unacceptable. The real problem with the slippery slope is that none of the steps in the chain need to be proven for the argument to persuade most partisans who are looking for a reason to be persuaded; instead, each step merely needs to sound reasonable in isolation.

Now consider this headline from  Antartic Meltdown would Flood Washington, D. C. Well not before all the penguins and polar bears die of heat exhaustion, and all the people on the planet are going to be fried by that time not to mention the dolphins which will be boiled to death:  “if you had hot water poured on you, you would flee, wouldn’t you?”

This blog suggests there’s nothing to worry about, but I don’t have the time to work out the math.


Bill Gates and Malaria

AFP reports regarding philanthropist Bill Gates:

LONG BEACH, California (AFP) – Microsoft founder turned disease-battling philanthropist Bill Gates loosed mosquitoes at an elite Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) Conference to make a point about the deadly sting of malaria. “Malaria is spread by mosquitoes,” Gates said while opening a jar onstage at a gathering known to attract technology kings, politicians, and Hollywood stars. “I brought some. Here I’ll let them roam around. There is no reason only poor people should be infected.” Gates waited a minute or so before assuring the audience the liberated insects were malaria-free.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has funded vaccine research for malaria.  They will soon be in Phase Three testing.  This is good news for Africa.  Let’s hope that they will find a way of stopping this dreaded disease forever.