JS-Kit/Echo comments for article at http://smallestminority.blogspot.com/2008/07/global-warming-is-there-nothing-it-cant.html (23 comments)

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jsid-1216133705-594263  BobG at Tue, 15 Jul 2008 14:55:05 +0000

And as we all know about Climate Change:

It's all Bush's fault©

jsid-1216143783-594269  FabioC. at Tue, 15 Jul 2008 17:43:03 +0000

Bring it on, I'm immune from kidney stones anyway (the downside: I have to drink gallons of water).

jsid-1216146097-594270  DJ at Tue, 15 Jul 2008 18:21:37 +0000

I had one once, back in August of 1978, and I wouldn't wish it on someone I don't like. This was before lithotripsy, and you don't need to know how it was removed.

jsid-1216147978-594271  DirtCrashr at Tue, 15 Jul 2008 18:52:58 +0000

Global Warming Makes Doctors Rich! Universal Healthcare NOW!

jsid-1216148176-594272  LabRat at Tue, 15 Jul 2008 18:56:16 +0000

DJ: If it's the same procedure outlined in my copy of the third-world medical manual "Where There Are No Doctors", I'm wincing on your behalf.

jsid-1216150223-594273  Kresh at Tue, 15 Jul 2008 19:30:23 +0000

Well, when the science is weak, you can strong-arm anything into your argument. GEIGO and all that.

jsid-1216155177-594276  Cindi at Tue, 15 Jul 2008 20:52:57 +0000

Hell, if Congressweasel "Mahkee" can blame globall warmink for Blackhawk Down, rationality has forever left the building.

jsid-1216155613-594277  DJ at Tue, 15 Jul 2008 21:00:13 +0000

Well, LabRat, I've never heard of that, er, manual. My procedure was done by a urologist, under general anesthesia, with the aid of x-rays, chopsticks, a forklift, and sundry other tools, none of which measure in any dimension smaller then my right ureter. I was unconcious during the procedure, so all I remember of it is the instant relief it provided and the 24-hour eternity that preceded it. It's been thirty years now, and I still keep hard-core pain relief handy, just in case.

Your sentiments are spot-on, and are appreciated. I hope you never get any.

jsid-1216157541-594280  Stephen R at Tue, 15 Jul 2008 21:32:21 +0000

Two-Headed Calf an Omen of Impending Global Warming. Film at Eleven.

jsid-1216158544-594282  Steamdragon at Tue, 15 Jul 2008 21:49:04 +0000

I've been paying very close attention to this.
I have detected a large increase of psychosis I believe is caused by Global Warming (Tm)
The psychotics are fast approaching cult status.
Led by the 'apostle' Algore who is not known for his own sanity.
After all, he believes there is "no controlling authority."
Looking closely at their dogma, we find that their beliefs can never be shaken because there are no facts to rebut or test.
They are making statements of faith.
Caution should be observed any time one of these maniacs are confronted, because if you question their faith, they are likely to turn violent.

jsid-1216166737-594285  Mastiff at Wed, 16 Jul 2008 00:05:37 +0000

I echo Fabio. There's a really simple way to deal with this problem for citizens of developed nations: DRINK ENOUGH WATER!!

(Actually, the health benefits of lots of water are many and varied. For example, it does wonders for sore joints.)

How retarded are these people that spending billions of dollars on crap seems like an easier solution?

jsid-1216166955-594286  The Quiet Man at Wed, 16 Jul 2008 00:09:15 +0000

Good Grief! I'm so screwed!!! I've had six kidney stones since 1985. The last one lasted for two years while doctors and radiologists claimed they couldn't see anything wrong on my CT scans. And yes, I asked about lithotripsy and was told by my doctor that I was not a candidate...think of a kidney stone grenade. Surgical removal was the only way to get it out as it was the size of the end of my thumb.

And once you've had one you are always at a higher risk of having another. And now...thanks to all you SUV drivers...I'm doomed!!! Seriously though, it never fails to amaze me when these fools manage to blame another malady on this glowbull warning nonsense. Next thing you know they will have linked limp weenie syndrome to climate change and the manufacturer of Viagra will be one of the chief polluters causing the whole thing. The whole thing is just getting silly.

jsid-1216168826-594287  Mark at Wed, 16 Jul 2008 00:40:26 +0000

The size of the end of a thumb?


No other smiley portrays what I think of that than the good ole' D:

I've got a quite large thumb.

jsid-1216169672-594288  LabRat at Wed, 16 Jul 2008 00:54:32 +0000

DJ: That sounds more advanced. The procedure I had in mind starts with an incision in the perianal region and goes upward from there...

I've had a gallstone, but thankfully never kidney stones.

jsid-1216172255-594289  DJ at Wed, 16 Jul 2008 01:37:35 +0000

Quiet Man:

Mine was 4 mm, and the ureter ID is 0.4 mm. It took 30 x-rays to find it, partly because I couldn't hold still enough to keep them from being a bit fuzzy. Yours was perhaps 20 mm and it couldn't be seen on x-rays in two years of trying? Ouch.

I don't know that I am at any special risk for kidney stones. We figured that mine was dislodged into the ureter when I slipped in a bathtub at a hotel, fell backward, landed squarely on my right kidney on the side of the tub, and hit my head on the wall. I saw stars. The next morning, I was in the hospital, where I spent the next five days.


Given that it was a third-world medical manual, I was imagining a hammer and a barbed stick. The hammer was anesthesia; apply as needed.

jsid-1216231018-594301  Kevin Baker at Wed, 16 Jul 2008 17:56:58 +0000

This entire comment thread makes me hurt.

I have had one (1) tiny kidney stone. The entire episode lasted approximately three hours.

I have never hurt so bad in my entire life.

I cannot IMAGINE what a larger kidney stone would feel like.

jsid-1216235908-594302  DirtCrashr at Wed, 16 Jul 2008 19:18:28 +0000

My father in law passed one once - my wife said it looked like one of those WWII Japanese underwater mines. It had little nubs sticking out all around it.

jsid-1216236102-594303  Kevin Baker at Wed, 16 Jul 2008 19:21:42 +0000

You mean like this?

That makes me wince just looking at it.

jsid-1216252551-594310  The Quiet Man at Wed, 16 Jul 2008 23:55:51 +0000

DJ - My last stone never dislodged and headed into my ureter. That would have required emergency surgery as it would have caused a completed blockage for that kidney. Think about 1"x1/2"x1/4". I took 2 or 3 percocets every day for 2 years just to be able to go to work. Very miserable. The other 5 I had over the years have passed in a day or three. This one was one of the worst my urologist had ever actually seen. I was so proud!!!

And I am glad to say that my surgery to have it removed did, in no way, resemble the procedure that LabRat described. They actually went through my back and drilled a hole in my kidney and chipped the stone out through that hole. I was left with a tube sticking out of my back and a bag strapped to my leg for 10 days while everything drained out. I pray every day that that never happens again.....

jsid-1216255058-594313  James at Thu, 17 Jul 2008 00:37:38 +0000

1.) Correlation is not causation. You'd think someone who works at a medical school would know that.

2.) I hope to god I never get a kidney stone. I knew they were painful, but the descriptions here go beyond pain.

jsid-1216260166-594315  DJ at Thu, 17 Jul 2008 02:02:46 +0000

Quiet Man:

Woof. Mine was stuck in the right ureter, about 2 cm from the bladder. The blockage was complete. The right kidney was shutting down, and uremic poisoning would started if it wasn't removed.


It's easy to describe. Imagine a nerve deep in your back, a big one, just inboard a kidney. Imagine a really sadistic scumbag with rhythm has a really good grip on a pair of needle-nosed pliers, and he's squeezing and relaxing that nerve, in sync with your heartbeat, and he sqeezes hard enough to bend the pliers. Imagine that it makes your heartbeat speed up, which makes him happy, so he squeezes even harder. Imagine that it goes on and on and on ...

That's about it.

jsid-1216317971-594327  DirtCrashr at Thu, 17 Jul 2008 18:06:11 +0000

!!Quadruple-Wince!! I'm staying hydrated.

jsid-1216585448-594407  Hemlock at Sun, 20 Jul 2008 20:24:08 +0000

Dj pretty much nailed it.

I would add that sometimes when trying to pass a stone you also get the added pain of feeling like you have just been kicked in the jewels to go along with the back pain. Only time in my life that my vision has grayed out due to pain. Drinking lots of water does help to pass the smaller stones.

I would not wish a stone on any human, not even liberals. :)

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