Bird Flu Confirmed at Iowa Farm With 5.3 Million Chickens – NYTimes.com

Bolding mine – how can you call this a farm? It is clearly a factory for producing chickens. And when you have that many birds in one place – how long would it take for disease to spread

Up to 5.3 million hens at an Iowa farm must be destroyed after the highly infectious and deadly bird flu virus was confirmed, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday.

via Bird Flu Confirmed at Iowa Farm With 5.3 Million Chickens – NYTimes.com.

H5N2 strikes again in Iowa, Minnesota | CIDRAP

Who ships both turkey and chicken brooding eggs and chicks to Canada and US?

The H5N2 avian influenza virus has again widened its footprint, invading a large chicken farm in Iowa—the second outbreak in that state—and affecting two more turkey farms in Minnesota, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported today.

In addition, a highly pathogenic H5 virus has hit a chicken farm in Ontario near where H5N2 struck a turkey farm earlier this month, Canadian authorities reported over the weekend. They have not yet specified the virus subtype, but H5N2 seems likely.

via H5N2 strikes again in Iowa, Minnesota | CIDRAP.

Katie Hopkins calling migrants vermin recalls the darkest events of history | Zoe Williams | Comment is free | The Guardian

It is no joke when people start talking like this. We are not “giving her what she wants” when we make manifest our disgust. It is not a free speech issue. I’m not saying gag her: I’m saying fight her. Articulate the fellowship, the human empathy, that makes these deaths important. Stop talking about how many children were among the dead, as though only children matter. Start talking about everybody’s life as cherishable, irrespective of anything they might produce.

via Katie Hopkins calling migrants vermin recalls the darkest events of history | Zoe Williams | Comment is free | The Guardian.

What knowledge did you inherit?

You go Lea – good post about knowledge of our Amazon sisters and brothers…

Embassy of the Earth

Amazing BBC video, showing a great sense of humor on 31:44 where we are taught that “there’s no way you are going through all the effort of creating something very geometrical if you don’t have a religious reason for it”. The film is about how a sophisticated human society could overcome a harsh environment and flourish in a land thought to be uninhabitable. It seems like we can’t understand the diversity without taking into account the human factors.

If there ever were a place on earth we’d expect to be pristine, it’s the Amazon. Covering an area of the size of Australia, the region is a world icon of biodiversity. And more than this, the Amazon’s complex ecosystem has a global impact. Which is why the eyes of the world are fixed on the environmental war between developers and conservationists.

But new discoveries are challenging the basic beliefs of both…

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