October 16, 2009

Re-grinding the Lancet

Reality Check:

Iraq’s government said at least 85,000 Iraqis were killed from 2004 to 2008, officially answering one of the biggest questions of the conflict - how many perished in the sectarian violence that nearly led to a civil war.

What remains unanswered by the government is how many died in the 2003 US invasion and in the months of chaos that followed it.

A report by the Human Rights Ministry said 85,694 people were killed from the beginning of 2004 to Oct. 31, 2008 and 147,195 were wounded. The figures included Iraqi civilians, military and police but did not cover US military deaths, insurgents, or foreigners, including contractors. And it did not include the first months of the war after the 2003 US-led invasion.

The Associated Press reported similar figures in April based on government statistics obtained by the AP showing that the government had recorded 87,215 Iraqi deaths from 2005 to February 2009. The toll included violence ranging from catastrophic bombings to execution-style slayings.

The infamous Lancet study cited by every major media outlet and liberal blog was only off about half a million. I'll be expecting apologies for pushing this politically-concocted propaganda any minute now...

I wonder how many of the Lancet guys dabble in global warming research...

Posted by Confederate Yankee at October 16, 2009 02:37 PM

Ah come on -- do you really expect liberal Stalino-Fascists to admit that they've been wrong? We already know that such things don't happen if such stuff is published under the auspices of the George Soros network, which has been well established in this particular case.

Posted by: Mescalero at October 16, 2009 10:55 PM

It's too bad they haven't calculated how many lives were saved or created...

Posted by: Pablo at October 17, 2009 07:51 AM

Moving to where the money is:

"A new advocacy and public health movement is needed urgently to bring together governments, international agencies, non-governmental organisations, communities, and academics from all disciplines to adapt to the effects of climate change on health."

Managing the Health effects of Climate Change
Launched in London, UK, May 13, 2009

A collaboration between The Lancet and University College London, UK, resulting in the first UCL Lancet Commission report, setting out how climate change over the coming decades could have a disastrous effect on health across the globe. The report examines practical measures that can be taken now and in the short and medium term to control its effects.

Executive summary
Climate change could be the biggest global health threat of the 21st century. Effects on health of climate change will be felt by most populations in the next decades and put the lives and wellbeing of billions of people at increased risk. During this century, the earth’s average surface temperature rises are likely to exceed the safe threshold of 2°C above pre-industrial average temperature.

This report outlines the major threats—both direct and indirect—to global health from climate change through changing patterns of disease, water and food insecurity, vulnerable shelter and human settlements, extreme climatic events, and population migration. Although vector-borne diseases will expand their reach and death tolls, the indirect effects of climate change on water, food security, and extreme climatic events are likely to have the biggest effect on global health.

A new advocacy and public health movement is needed urgently to bring together governments, international agencies, non-governmental organisations, communities, and academics from all disciplines to adapt to the effects of climate change on health.

Posted by: Davod at October 17, 2009 07:56 AM

Lancet is already on the bandwagon:

Vegans forever.

September 13, 2007
Lancet: Eat less meat to combat global warming
The Lancet has released a report calling for a 10% cut in global meat consumption by 2050, a goal that would decrease greenhouse-gas emissions from agriculture and improve health for both rich and poor nations.

According to the report, as much as 22% of greenhouse emissions are from agriculture -- a figure similar to that of industry and, quite surprisingly, more than that of transport. Livestock production, which includes transport of livestock and feed, accounts for nearly 80% of these emissions.

Put into perspective, a kilo (2.2 pounds) of beef generates the equivalent of 36.4 kilos (80.08 pounds) of carbon dioxide, more than the equivalent of driving for three hours while leaving all the lights on back home.

Some quotes from the paper:

"Assuming a 40-percent increase in global population by 2050 and no advance in livestock-related greenhouse-gas reduction practices, global meat consumption would have to fall to an average of 90 grammes per day just to stabilise emissions in this sector.""

Let me see - No meat! Little fish because of conservation programs and warnings about toxity in farmed fish. That leaves grain, corn an vegetables. Grain will be increasingly used as fuel. Likewise with corn. Vegetables will be grown on smallholdings to limit the effect on global warming.

The Rich and Government will have its pick of what meat, fish, grain, corn and vegetables is grown and the rest of us will be left to fight for the leftovers to make gruel. That is if we can afford to pay for the water.

Mind you, this is not all bad. In the words of an Australian sometime ago (paraphrased), of the poor (some would say starvation) diet of allied POWS working on the Burma railroad, the diet probably helped explain the longivity of those who survived the war.

Posted by: davod at October 17, 2009 08:18 AM

The Lancet Iraq casuualty fidures, Scott Beauchamp, Haditha massacre tales, anthropogenic global warming "peer" reviewed data, is there anything blinkered, moronic, frothing at the mouth, bedwetting, pillow-biting, fringe, loser lefties won't believe to advance their agendas?

Yes, they won't believe Obama is an empty suit and the least qualified President in history, so they've got that going for them, which is nice.

Posted by: daleyrocks at October 17, 2009 01:33 PM