High-Level Politics

Paul Shlichta
Al Gore's contention -- that Denver's high altitude caused (to quote the Huffington Post) "Obama's dismal debate performance" -- took me by surprise. I have occasionally had to do hard work at such altitudes, and have frequently flown in commercial airplanes at much higher cabin altitudes, without ill effect -- or so I thought!  Perhaps I, and millions of other businessmen, have been working away on our computers during extended plane flights, unaware that our brains were malfunctioning.  This widespread calamity could have helped to cause our extended recession. Alarmed, I consulted Wikipedia and learned the following: In some individuals, particularly those with heart or lung disease, symptoms may begin as low as 5,000 feet (1,500 m), although most passengers can tolerate altitudes of 8,000 feet (2,400 m) without ill effect. At this altitude, there is about 25% less oxygen than there is at sea level. ... The cabin altitude of an aircraft planning to cruise at...(Read Full Post)

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