“You Can’t Fix Stupid” – Deadly Superfungus Because Global Warming

Guest Ron White impression by David Middleton

Warning: This funny as hell stand up comedy routine WILL offend overly sensitive and stupid people…

Why did I invoke Ron White?

From the American Association of Science of America (Google the movie Dodge Ball if you don’t understand the pop culture reference)…

The rise of a deadly superfungus may be tied to global warming
By Juanita Bawagan Jul. 25, 2019 , 10:50 AM

Scientists have a new theory about the origin of a mysterious superfungus. In 2009, a highly drug-resistant fungus known as Candida auris seemed to have come out of nowhere. Since then, it has spread across more than 30 countries causing deadly outbreaks in hospitals and nursing homes. Now, scientists argue this may have been driven by global warmingThe Washington Post reports…

So… The American Association for the Advancement of Science of America is citing The Washington Post in Science! As in she blinded me with… magazine? (Google Thomas Dolby if that pop culture reference confused you).

Oh… But it gets stupider…

They believe the fungus became dangerous as it adapted to grow at warmer temperatures closer to those of the human body.

Science! As in she blinded me with…

Where’s Tim Allen? Better yet, Tommie Lee Jones…

This bears repeating…

They believe the fungus became dangerous as it adapted to grow at warmer temperatures closer to those of the human body.

Juanita Bawagan, you and your sources at The Washington Post have earned a Ron White Lifetime Achievement Awards with a Billy Madison Oak Leaf Cluster Frack.

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August 1, 2019 6:17 am

“American Association for the Advancement of Science of America”

Well, do they say what direction they are advancing toward?

I’m thinking they are advancing toward “stupid” and they’ve just moved through the “not bright” zone.


Reply to  JohnWho
August 1, 2019 7:40 am

I remember when the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) was absolutely top notch. They published all fields of science but were particularly hard core with astrophysics and cosmology, and then biochemistry. The papers were so advanced that you needed specialized knowledge in that field just to read them.
There were two papers which broke stories which turned out to be *huge*, i will never forget reading in Science Magazine, the day it came out.
1) The Alvarez and Alvarez paper which showed that a meteor wiped out the dinosaurs 65 mya. Wow, did that one ever cause a fuss.
2) The announcement of a new medical syndrome which was attacking certain peoples. Nobody knew what it was, or what caused it. It could be biological, chemical, environmental, anything. Nobody had any idea. But it was lethal. The truly alarming thing about this syndrome was that it attacks the body’s immune system directly. The immune system is the body’s defense against the world, without it a person has no chance against opportunistic infection. So it was very scary.
They had no idea what it was, so they called it a “syndrome”. They called it “AIDS”.

Back in the Day:
The New York Times had a weekly feature they called “Science Times”. They would routinely write up stories which had just appeared in the latest issue of Science Magazine.
They would then mis-attribute AAAS an “The American Association of Arts and Sciences”. Every single week! There is such an organization “The American Association of Arts and Sciences”, I am sure they are very good. But they are *not* the same one.

Those days are long gone. Many of us quit our memberships when the AAAS jumped on the Global Warming bandwagon and went full on Alarmist, with all the stupidity that goes along with it.

D. J. Hawkins
Reply to  TonyL
August 1, 2019 9:26 am

They didn’t call it AIDS, not at first. They called it GIDS, “gay immune deficiency syndrome”. Well, you can imagine the response of all the activists in the gay community, despite the fact that in the early days it was almost exclusive to that community. Too bad the American Legion didn’t have the same clout.

Reply to  D. J. Hawkins
August 2, 2019 6:44 pm

The first article I read about AIDS was before it had a name. It was in an article in Science News titled Tracking a Cancer and was from San Francisco about Kaposi’s Sarcoma in homosexual patients, with damaged immune systems. No health care workers had shown the symptoms yet. It was a very low key article, but it caught my attention and likely many others.

A few weeks later they had a big article and it had the name “AIDS” I never heard of GIDS, at least not until later.

About ten years later I decided to try to find that article. I remembered cancer, but not Kaposi’s. In Reader’s Guide I found the point were references to “aids” (e.g. teacher’s aids) were replaced with AIDS. Turned out to be an easy search, Google would have been harder.

Reply to  TonyL
August 1, 2019 10:38 am

I remember that. I never saw a new theory accepted so quickly, except the neural crest theory for tumors in humans (Latter has been mostly debunked.)
It made a splash, but there is a lot of uncertainty about what killed the dinosaurs.
(No pun intended.)
They had a global distribution, including the high latitudes. The asteroid hit can’t explain it.
Here is a quote from History of Life by Cowen. He spends a lot of his book describing why dinosaurs were superior to mammals and the mammals would never had had a chance to radiate if not for the dinosaurs’ being wiped out by something:

“The paleontological evidence from the K-T boundary is ambiguous.”

This same author goes and on about the superiority of the marsupials to the placentals.

This author is really P.C.

Yet, here we are. Our placental ancestors survived the dinosaurs and their extinction and then extincted most of the marsupials whenever they came into contact with them.

Consensus science.

Reply to  JohnWho
August 1, 2019 11:02 am

You certainly are stupid.

Reply to  JohnWho
August 2, 2019 6:36 am

Yes I think they must have fungus growing on their brains, impeding their ability to think!!!

August 1, 2019 6:43 am

Fix it? The left heartily embraces stupid! More proof? Just go to youtube and watch segments of the DNC debates.

CD in Wisconsin
Reply to  2hotel9
August 1, 2019 8:59 am

I can’t bring myself to watch any of the Democratic candidates debate. I don’t want to risk having my I.Q. level drop — precipitously.

Patrick MJD
August 1, 2019 6:49 am

You can’t fix stupid, but you can TAX stupid!

Robert W Turner
Reply to  Patrick MJD
August 1, 2019 7:45 am

Meh, probably just the high fructose epidemic, but I bet the cult of stupid can conjure up the imagination to claim high fructose corn syrup is the result of global warming.

Bryan A
Reply to  Robert W Turner
August 1, 2019 12:13 pm

I dunno but it could be a major contributor. Corn used to make Corn Syrup depletes the availability of Corn to make ethanol and offset CO2 from fossil fuels

Russ Wood
Reply to  Robert W Turner
August 3, 2019 7:19 am

-But it’s got ELECTROLYTES! (See ‘Idiocracy’).

Reply to  Patrick MJD
August 1, 2019 8:08 am

Stupid still carries the death penalty. Darwin Awards

Roger Knights
Reply to  commieBob
August 1, 2019 7:26 pm

“Stupid still carries the death penalty. Darwin Awards”

“Nature abhors a moron.” —H.L. Mencken

Say, that should be the motto of the Darwin Awards organization.

George Daddis
Reply to  Patrick MJD
August 1, 2019 9:30 am

It’s called the state lottery.

August 1, 2019 7:02 am

A – We note that the planet has been warming since the end of the Little Ice Age.
B – Other things, like a particular fungus, have also been increasing.

The temptation is to conclude that A causes B. Most of the time, that will be a spurious correlation.

The number of “Worldwide non-commercial space launches” correlates with the number of “Sociology doctorates awarded (US)”. That proves that any kind of education is good and will promote technological advancement. Right?

Everyone knows that correlation does not imply causation but their behavior often demonstrates that they don’t believe it.

Reply to  commieBob
August 1, 2019 8:15 am

commieBob, where have you been.
The causation is clear and direct.
The more Sociology doctorates are awarded, the more the tech people redouble their efforts to get off this planet once and for all. So of course, launches increase as sociologists multiply.
Straightforward Cause and Effect.
Did you watch the Democrat Party debate last night? Did the thought of travel to another planet cross your mind?

Reply to  TonyL
August 1, 2019 9:12 am

I find this post to be highly offensive. I will now have to descend into my safe place and don my alum foul helmet for good measure. I cannot revel when I will return at this time.

Eric Elsam
Reply to  TonyL
August 1, 2019 10:28 am

I refer you to the satirical and prescient “The Marching Morons”, a short story by Cyril Kornbluth:

The plot basis is being experienced today.

Bill Murphy
Reply to  TonyL
August 1, 2019 3:55 pm

RE: “Did the thought of travel to another planet cross your mind?

It crossed my mind sometime during the Carter Administration.

Reply to  TonyL
August 1, 2019 4:59 pm

Sadly I think a large problem is that the human race is stagnating with no frontier for those willing to take risks to head to.

Reply to  commieBob
August 1, 2019 8:32 am

There’s a fungus,
among us.

Bryan A
Reply to  Richard Greene
August 1, 2019 12:10 pm

Yeah but He really is a FunGi especially at PahTies

Reply to  commieBob
August 2, 2019 2:16 am

It’s “association doesn’t prove causality”

Curious George
August 1, 2019 7:09 am

The usual Washington Post scientists. Don’t you love Washington Post science?

Reply to  Curious George
August 1, 2019 4:48 pm

Well, I heard we were in the Post-Science Age. (or was that post-normal science age? If it is so “post-normal”, why do they keep going on about normals all the time?)

Reply to  Curious George
August 2, 2019 4:53 am

I saw this first on Science alert
a webpage with a full on agitprop FOR the warmist agenda with a little real science thrown in…sometimes

HD Hoese
August 1, 2019 7:34 am

Sigma Xi, big buddies with AAAS, sends out “Smart Briefs” which occasionally have some interesting links like these in the last Brief with two from Reuters (8 total, no scientific papers). The most common sources seem to be National Geographic, CNN, Washington Post and other “news” organizations. I find it interesting, but symptomatic of a problem.

The one before had one each from Reuters, Science News, USA today (megadroughts coming), NYT, WP, Mobil Health News, Windsor Star (below for Canadians wondering about their money), and Science (AAAS below) to their credit although they don’t know their pH scale.
“The world’s oceans are acidifying rapidly….” https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/07/ocean-acidification-could-boost-shell-growth-marine-life-snails-and-sea-urchins
The AAAS link was from someone who is a “…..Diverse Voices in Science Journalism intern for the News section of Science in Washington, D.C.”

HD Hoese
Reply to  HD Hoese
August 1, 2019 9:53 am

I just got a new “Smart Brief” and may be wrong and have not read the paper, but I thought this was long known. “The animals drew basic logical conclusions about pairs of listed items, akin to assuming that if A comes before B and B comes before C, then A comes before C, the scientists conclude July 30 in Science Advances.” I thought my dog did this once. https://www.sciencenews.org/article/monkeys-can-use-basic-logic-decipher-order-items-list?tgt=nr Perhaps some primate out there can clarify.

Roger Knights
Reply to  HD Hoese
August 1, 2019 8:31 pm

“The animals drew basic logical conclusions about pairs of listed items, akin to assuming that if A comes before B and B comes before C, then A comes before C, the scientists conclude July 30 in Science Advances.”

To which Robert Anton Wilson appended, “… except where prohibited by law.”

August 1, 2019 7:48 am

We live in very unscientific times.

The Washington, DC Metro is running advertising saying that CO2 “could lead to” a variety of absurd calamities, so “Take Metro.” Here’s one of their signs, which claims that CO2 “could lead to” more shark bites:
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And, sure enough, here’s an article in what’s left of Time Magazine claiming that shark attacks are increasing because of climate change:

In the middle of that same article you can also read that, “thanks to fishery regulations in the U.S., shark populations have been gradually increasing since the start of this century…” But I guess Time doesn’t think that could cause an increase in shark attacks.

However, the sharks and superfungi won’t be a problem for you if the man-eating tigers (also caused by climate change) get you first:
Man-eating tigers could hunt down more humans due to climate change – Newsweek
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Here’s another DC Metro ad, claiming that CO2 “could” imperil coffee bean harvests, so Take Metro:
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Of course, coffee is actually a C3 plant, and studies show that it benefits quite dramatically from higher CO2 levels:
Nguyen, Q.T., Kozai, T., Niu, G. and Van Nguyen, U. 1998. Photosynthetic characteristics of coffee (Coffea arabusta) plantlets in vitro in response to different CO2 concentrations and light intensities. Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture 55: 133-139.

The most ironic of all those crackpot DC Metro ads is probably this one, claiming that CO2 “could” endanger beer production, which shows a drawing of a mug of beer with a big head of foam:
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Just what do they think makes that foam, anyhow?

Since those are ads for the Washington, DC Metro, that’s presumably your tax dollars at work, if you live or work in Washington, D.C.

Of course, if you get eaten by a shark or tiger, your bereaved spouse can sue ExxonMobil. #ExxonKnew

Someone ought to take over the late Prof. John Brignell’s list, and add the deadly superfungi, man-eating tigers, sharks, blind octopi, etc. to it.

What, you hadn’t heard about the blind octopi?

You can’t make this stuff up. But WE are the “science deniers,” doncha know.

HD Hoese
Reply to  Dave Burton
August 1, 2019 10:51 am

Dave —-As to the shark attack it led to these links which is a repeat of what has been discussed here several times about well known T shifts, some published by scientists from the same organization before these authors were born. Apparently the Bering Sea needs to worry about future shark attacks. Paywalled. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0079661114001505

From the Time link—— https://time.com/4375657/shark-attacks-climate-change/
“To get them back to manageable levels is going to take decades for many of these species,” Burgess said. “We’re talking 30 years or more.” … “But even as shark attacks have risen, an individual’s chance of getting attacked by a shark has not, Burgess said, because the human population is increasing faster than the shark population”

I once helped over two decades ago investigate clustered attacks (two nearby in one day), once saw a shark bite somebody on a fishing line and I have handled more than a few. George Burgess is a good biologist who runs the University of Florida Shark Attack File. He put out a prescient warning for New England and great whites, but may need to take a population dynamics course and one about protective behavior. H. D. Baldridge put out a series of thoughtful works from 1969-1988, one idea was that it happened when they were “petulant.”

Another example of blaming humans, not allowing all hypotheses to be examined as some are doing. None get attacked on terra firma except on Saturday Night Live.

August 1, 2019 7:51 am

David Middleton, You came soooo close, but you missed.

Evaluate the post carefully.
1) Remove the bit about the fungus.
2) Add the Dean Wormer “Zero point zero” video.
3) Say Schist a bunch of times.

There you have it, a 100% content free post, and as a Huge Bonus, all your tired, lame, worn out tropes all in one place. A Perfect Post!

Reply to  TonyL
August 1, 2019 8:15 am

There is so much stuff that is so stupid it isn’t worth the while to refute it. It is only fit for mocking.

I’m guessing you aren’t a big fan of Rabelais either.

Reply to  commieBob
August 2, 2019 5:23 am

I’m a big fan of Rabelais, but only the John Cohen translation.
Tur*ous”… Couldn’t be translated better.

Mark Broderick
Reply to  TonyL
August 1, 2019 8:41 am

Want some cheese to go with that whine ? : )

Walt D.
August 1, 2019 7:53 am

Another great poker “tell” for junk science.

Brooks Hurd
August 1, 2019 8:00 am

When supposedly scientific organizations put an agenda ahead of science, I get the impression that many people are stumbling around in a pitch black room with a horrible dread of turning on the lights. When asked why they don’t simply switch on the lights, they reply that 97% of scientists tell them “don’t switch on the lights.”

David Blenkinsop
August 1, 2019 9:41 am

Myself I hadn’t heard of comedian Ron White before David Middleton started using his photo in these “mock the idiots” postings. The cool thing about Ron White posing with his glass of whiskey is that it is sort of self mocking? Filling the whiskey glass a bit too full is always a good excuse for saying something stupid!

I wonder if maybe our own “comedian in chief” here in Canada, Mr. Trudeau, could possibly get some traction out of posing with a glass of whiskey in hand, especially when he is making commentary about disparate topical issues, such as oh, climate change, or even maybe FGM, “female genital mutilation, say? See, for instance,


Now, in the above referenced article, the blogger, Spencer Fernando, reposts an actual comment from a Trudeau speech (by way of someone else Tweeting the original quote):

Trudeau says some things are obviously just true – female genital mutilation is wrong, human-caused climate change is real “no matter how much some folks want to deny it” – but people still need to engage with the views of people who disagree with their own.

— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) May 16, 2018

Then the blogger’s response to this:

” .. Why the *hell* would Trudeau compare those two things?”

(now, from *me*, just “hehe”, “implied face palm”, etc.)

David Blenkinsop
Reply to  David Middleton
August 1, 2019 11:51 am

“[playing the smart aleck], Yeah, I have an alias, they call me Tater Salad”.

Kind of like Larry the Cable Guy, only even more so.

August 1, 2019 10:30 am

This piece almost makes it unnecessary to write about this ridiculous claim …. almost.

The true origin of the fungus is in the ear of a Japanese woman in a Japanese hospital. The key element is the word HOSPITAL.

The abstract of the “study” reads “…it may be the first example of a new fungal disease emerging from climate change, with the caveat that many other factors may have contributed.” The studied the “temperature susceptibility” of Candida auris — “a yeastlike parasitic fungus” like all other Candidas — named auris because it was fisrst discovered in a ear.

The abstract notes “Although new pathogenic fungal species are described regularly, these are mostly species associated with single cases in individuals who are immunosuppressed.”

Hmmm — from the CDC “Candidiasis is a fungal infection caused by yeasts that belong to the genus Candida. Some of the hundreds of Candida species can cause infection in humans; the most common is Candida albicans. Candida normally lives inside the body (in places such as the mouth, throat, gut, and vagina) and on the skin without causing any problems. Candida yeasts can cause infections if they grow out of control or if they enter deep into the body (for example, the bloodstream or internal organs like the kidney, heart, or brain).” and further notes that “Candida auris is an emerging fungus that presents a serious global health threat. Healthcare facilities in several countries have reported that C. auris has caused severe illness in hospitalized patients. C. auris is often resistant to multiple antifungal drugs.”.

Hospitals are the hotbed of the accidental creation of new, drug resistant infective diseases of all types, including FUNGUSes. It has ONLY been found in healthcare facilities (hospitals, clinics, old-folks homes).

There is not denying the seriousness of potentially fatal, multiple-drug resistant infective agents.

The idea that its emergence in hospitals was caused by global warming some place else is the very essence of the “Ecological Fallacy“.
This is clear from an author quote in the WaPo article:

“The most mysterious thing is that Candida auris appeared simultaneously in three different continents, and it’s very hard to explain that,” Casadevall said. Something happened to allow the organism to “bubble up and cause disease,” he said. “You gotta try to think, what could be the unifying cause here? These are different societies, different populations,” he said. “But the one thing they have in common is that the world is getting warmer.” Wrong — mthe one thing they have in common is HOSPITALs.

Nosocomial infections — Hospital-acquired infections — are often restricted to healthcare facilities and spread from one to another by exchange of staff, equipment, etc between hospitals — think visiting or traveling doctors and nurses, healthcare NGO doctors and nurses, medical researchers moving about. Spread of the fungus from hospital to hospital is not mysterious at all — they know doctors and nurses and medical equipment and medical researchers carry these diseases from hospital to hospital.

In the developed world, healthcare facilities are kept air-conditioned and are generally too cold for comfort — I visited one two days ago, and a nurse admitted to wearing two full layers of clothing beneath her scrubs in an attempt to stay warm.

Note that Candida auris has NOT been found in the wild.

August 1, 2019 10:32 am

Candida auris – another yeast infection loose in the wild.

Pack yer stuff, folks. We’re doomed again!

Checking on this particular fungus, it appears to be vulnerable to the application of garlic, which kills a lot-lot-lot of unwanted bugs of all kinds. Just sayin’.

Reply to  Sara
August 1, 2019 10:33 am

Sorry about the “bad” word, which boggled the auto-judge of verbiage. Change that, if you like.

August 1, 2019 12:54 pm

I do believe you guys are literally jumping the shark.

The “stupid” stuff you are talking about is completely irrelevant to the article in the Post.

The article described a theory developed by some microbiologists that a new particularly dangerous fungal disease cropped up on three continents simultaneously, and that it appears to thrive at higher temperatures than most other fungi. Their theory is that “global warming” is contributing to it.

Their theory has of course not been proven at all .. it is not even a theory, really, but a hypothesis that needs to be tested. The article in the post quoted a scientist who said more or less that.

So what is so hilariously stupid about this?

It IS correct to say that such hypotheses should not be publicized by anyone until it has undergone at least enough testing to make it a plausible, if unproven, theory.

You do yourselves no good when you act like a bunch of hyenas on this stuff.

Stick to serious commentary, and forget the juvenile humor you are unsuccessfully attempting to pass off as wit. It is not witty in the least, and even turns off people like me who disagree with the climate alarmist viewpoint.

Nobody but your fellow hyenas will ever pay attention to you as long as you act like a hyena.

Grow up.

Reply to  Duane
August 1, 2019 2:06 pm

Duane ==> I would have written a different report on this topic — but — the WaPo piece is based on a real peer-reviewed study in journal of the American Society for Microbiology . One can get the whole article if one tries hard enough.

The real hypothesis they are proposing is a series of FIVE hypothetical “may have happened this way” steps, NONE of which are based on ANY EVIDENCE WHATEVER.

Personally, I don’t think that ridicule is an appropriate response to poor science —

Reply to  David Middleton
August 1, 2019 6:52 pm

DM ==> Mustn’t confuse the “reporting about” errors [ by Juanita Bawagan ] with errors by the original researchers.

See the image of their “hypothesis” linked here.

Dale S
Reply to  Duane
August 1, 2019 2:40 pm

The study shows a graphic (figure 1) with thermal tolerance (growth permissiveness) at 37C for all of its closest relatives depicted, but this one has tolerance at 40C and 42C. The modern warming period has increased temperatures about 1C compared to late 19th century, and nowhere has it made 40C or 42C ambient temperatures common. The idea that it was necessary for this fungus to jump from 37C tolerance to 42C tolerance because of the slow and small global increase in (typically much lower) ambient temperatures is hard for me to understand, especially most of its closest relatives obviously *didn’t* adapt. (Nor would they need to, because being intolerant of 40C still leaves pretty much the whole world to reproduce in.)

So far this bug is only seen in health-care settings, where the ambient temperature has gone steadily *down* during the modern warming period as air conditioning was adopted. Not that we have any history to work from in this case, since it was only identified in 2009.

Michael Jankowski
Reply to  Duane
August 1, 2019 5:23 pm

Well Duane, better a hyena than a jackass. How’s the latter working out for you?

Reply to  Duane
August 2, 2019 4:30 am

Ahhhh, pull your panties out of your crack and buy a clue. The world is not ending, climate changes constantly, humans are not causing it to change and can not stop it from changing.

Reply to  Duane
August 2, 2019 11:00 am


The inclusion of the global Warmimg Meme is not stupid.
It is a malign political false statement which now appears consistently in more or less all scientific papers as a requirement to enable publication.
It is naive to treat this on a scientific basis .
The only recourse left to to sceptical argument is to treat the matter with the contempt it deserves with this best done by humour were possible.

Blaming EVERYTHING on rising CO2 by implication is rapidly becoming a global joke; assisted I am pleased to say by the comments on WUWT et al.

Tom Abbott
August 1, 2019 1:15 pm

What did that fungus do during the 1930’s? It was just as warm then as now, so why no fungus crisis back then?

Robert of Texas
August 1, 2019 5:44 pm

It’s OK…calm down!

Turns out the giant killer super fungus only lives within a narrow range of pH, and so once rain cleans it out of the atmosphere and it goes into the ocean, the ocean’s natural pH will kill it. Just don’t try to kill it with a nuclear explosion because it feeds on raw energy.

Wait a minute…that sounds really familiar…?

August 2, 2019 5:06 am

and I suspect either Iodine teatreeoil or colloidal silver or weak copper solution vinegar or even bicarb would knock it around
then theres always honey
none of which the so educated medicos would even try..but may well work

but theyd rather faff round wasting money and lives to invent a new super bug drug for billions

August 2, 2019 8:32 am

As of July 20, 2019 (Sat): Big news on the “You heard it here first!” front:

Of course, Tranquility Base is a cardboard stage-set reeking of backlights, deus ex machina props, scampering stagehands. How else explain that the Lunar Aliens who greeted Armstrong and Aldrin are never seen or mentioned; that their capital Star City has been erased from panoramic backgrounds; above all, that the Landing Module is manifestly not sitting on the lunar surface but dangling from a poorly rubbed-out skyhook crane?

To those who ask, “What aliens, what city, what skyhook crane?” we make reply: Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. Since no-one can prove a negative, who’s to say we’re wrong? In any case, JFK’s chauvinistic self-glorification would better credit Senegal, Zimbabwe, mayhap Bangladesh, Brunei, or Suriname, for their profound socio-cultural/economic contributions to NASA’s enterprise.

What’s that you say: Anyone can ‘do science’, it’s just that Aristotle, Francis Bacon with Newton, Darwin, Planck and Einstein got there first. Put it this way– Hispanics in Southern California for 310 years from AD 1537 never once looked down at their feet. Came Polk’s Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo in 1848, it took Yankees settlers six weeks to discover gold nuggets the size of a fist at Sutter’s Mill, and the Rush was on.

When we need advice from the Kenyan Kant, Moroccan Mozart; the Nigerian Newton, the Sudanese Shakespeare, we’ll ask for it.

August 2, 2019 7:06 pm

In all the comments above I didn’t see a link to the study. Maybe I missed it in the posts that quoted it.

Science News has an article about it, see https://www.sciencenews.org/article/climate-change-could-raise-risk-deadly-fungal-infections-humans

I don’t think is said anything about hospitals for any of the three strains:

From 2012 to 2015, pathogenic versions of the fungus Candida auris arose independently in Africa, Asia and South America. The versions are from the same species, yet they are genetically distinct, so the spread across continents couldn’t have been caused by infected travelers, says Arturo Casadevall of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Well, I take that back:

Since mid-2016, when reporting of C. auris infections began in the United States, there have been nearly 700 cases confirmed in 12 states, with deadly outbreaks occurring among patients in hospitals and other health care facilities. More than 30 countries around the world have also reported cases.

The paper is at https://mbio.asm.org/content/10/4/e01397-19 – It’s description of why they think it’s a product of global warming is unconvincing. I wrote in SN’s website:

Ric Werme • 4 hours ago

Slightly more seriously than my comment below, isn’t it curious that this could arise independently on three continents from a process that is about +0.13°C per decade where I would expect each continent to have areas warmer and colder than the others?

The paper seems to ignore all that, at least, I find the details seriously lacking. Therefore, I’m quite comfortable with suggesting an alternative hypothesis. (The paper seems to offer no alternatives, a hallmark of bad climate change papers.) The paper says “Candida auris is a new drug-resistant fungal species that was first isolated in 2009 from a human ear and thus named “auris.” It’s so obvious – I blame cell phones. In fact, Wikipedia says “The first-generation iPhone was released on June 29, 2007”. That’s just about exactly the delay I would expect between releasing a product infected with a slow growing fungus and it being observed enough to warrant a clinical search.

Hmm, let’s make that “Significantly more seriously than my comment below.”

Ric Werme • 4 hours ago

Odd isn’t it, that the heart of the US tropics is the 336 member cohort in New York State. OTOH, the Deep South (does that include Florida, or is that an extension of New York City?) has no cases.

Is there anything that CO2 cannot do?

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