Salmonella – Deadly but illegal? Not so much

Is it against the law to ship out 35 MILLION pounds of ground turkey that can sicken thousands and kill some? Is someone considering classifying the company as a 2nd or 3rd degree terrorist? Raise you hand if you are willing to pay taxes to protect your children and yourselves from being killed or sickened for profit! Nothing you can do? Pay attention to state and federal safety laws and inspections – tell your legislators you want that first level of safety enforced!

Ask Representative Boehner how much turkey he is buying?

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Resistant Salmonella: Deadly Yet Somehow Not Illegal

Maryn McKenna
confirmation, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that the Salmonella samples recovered from patients are resistant to several antibiotics — ampicillin, tetracycline and streptomycin — that are commonly used not only in human medicine, but in agriculture as well. (The strain still responds to Cipro, a fluoroquinolone; ceftriaxone, a cephalosporin; and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, a drug combination best known under the name Bactrim.)

But the biggest revelation may have been that, in strict legal terms, there may have been no wrongdoing in the  distribution via turkey of the drug-resistant strain that has killed one person and sickened 78 — because Salmonella, the organism in question, is not classified by the federal government as something that is illegal to distribute.



Superbugs 2: Humans 0 Bottom of the 7th

Meaning that if fighting the spread of superbugs was a game like baseball, we are in big dnager of losing soon, if we do not change our ways!

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Highly Resistant Salmonella: Poultry, Antibiotics, Borders, Risk

Maryn McKenna

If you’re a strain of Salmonella, it’s a very good week. If you’re a human, not so much.

There are two stories occurring simultaneously that underline the rising danger of drug-resistant organisms in the food supply, and the porousness of networks for detecting the dangerous bugs in time.

Salmonella Heidelberg
“resistant to many commonly prescribed antibiotics,” according to the CDC
traveling on ground turkey
Salmonella Kentucky
has become resistant to fluoroquinolones such as Cipro, the drug usually used to treat Salmonella infections.



Loyalty, Keeping Word; Still Golden?

Throw everyone under the bus – cause I make enough money and I will not have to suffer. I am really tired of pundits and politicians who think it is just fine for them to screw everyone else because they do not have to live with the result of their advice or opinion. Samuelson – do unto others as you would do to yourself!

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Why are we in this debt fix? It’s the elderly, stupid.

It’s the elderly, stupid.

By now, it’s obvious that we need to rewrite the social contract that, over the past half-century, has transformed the federal government’s main task into transferring income from workers to retirees. In 1960, national defense was the government’s main job; it constituted 52 percent of federal outlays. In 2011 — even with two wars — it is 20 percent and falling. Meanwhile, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other retiree programs constitute roughly half of non-interest federal spending.



Threat from self-delusion:
The monster of Norway, the Unabomber, the Oklahoma City Bomber, and the pilots of 9-11 airplanes all suffered from two extreme self-delusions:
a. That their actions would cause what they believed would be “positive global” effects,
b. That they were fulfilling a calling, a destiny for greatness, and would be admired/remembered for their actions.

Threat from rationality:
a. Our collective self-delusion that the world is or can be 100% rational – that the actions of madmen can be rationally explained and thus be somehow prevented in future.
b. No single person can carry out such madness, therefore there must be some secret group behind the horrendous act(s).

Can you hear me now? An Afghan poet’s plea…

God help us make the right choices – we are already there for almost 10 years and still no peace for us or them.

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I have come a very long way
Give me a smile?
I am tired of crying
I miss happy times
I miss my mother’s hug
Talk to me … for just a second?
I am new in your land
Hold my hand
Show me the way
I have lots to learn
I have lots to teach my people
Let’s help each other
Bring peace and smiles on faces
I have come a long way
To start my new life
Please talk to me …

Talk to Me

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An Afgahn Poet’s Do Fly Zone!

She wants the real good life! More power to her!

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I want to fly where birds sing their nicest songs,
where I can hear waterfowl, where it is green all the time,
where flowers smile and butterflies speak.

I want to fly where I can write poems and sing songs,
where dancing is not forbidden.



Gonorrhea (Clap) SuperBug on Loose – Use Condoms!

What an awful Monday story but true. Gonorrhea once conquered is no on the hunt for victims with a vengence. Gonorrhea is a bacterial sexually transmitted infection and if left untreated can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy and infertility in women.

It can cause epididymitis, a painful condition of the ducts attached to the testicles that may lead to infertility.

If it spreads to the blood or joints the condition can be life threatening.

Or overuse of drugs in food and people has fueled drug resistance like wildfire.

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Gonorrhea is now a superbug:  Antibiotic-resistant strain could turn STD into global public health threat, experts warn

A ‘superbug’ strain of gonorrhea that is resistant to all recommended antibiotics has been discovered.
Scientists warn it could transform a once easily treatable sexually-transmitted disease into a global public health threat.



Oops! Industrializing organics is bad too !

E. coli in Germany outbreak has “cooled” down but who knows where “infected” sprouts seeds were shipped to. Industrialization of the seed market sent bad seeds all over Europe and who knows where else where folks are cashing in on interests in “organic” food.

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E. coli: A Risk for 3 More Years From Who Knows Where

Maryn McKenna
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) reveals that, despite the epidemic curve’s trending down, the outbreak can’t be considered over. The ultimate source — the contaminated seeds from which salad sprouts were grown — has been so widely distributed that no one really knows where they have gone or for how long they might remain for sale. One prediction, based on the probable package labeling, is that they could remain on shelves for 3 more years.



Fox News Owner Murdock Employees Hacking

Rupert Murdock is closing News of the World in England over anger with his employees hacking dead soldier’s cell phones, as well as other people – including a girl who was murdered – all in name of getting “news.” He owns Fox News, Wall Street Journal and London Times –  are they, or have they been hacking your phones, 9/11 first responders and victims cell phones, soldiers in Afghanistan? How far will Fox News owner go for profits and his interests over yours?

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Culture War, Class War

Culture War is Class War disguised. The Wealthy Elite--the "Filthy Rich"--foment Culture War in society to distract and cover their real economic motives. Culture War, Class War explores the resulting cultural divide--how it was instigated and kept alive for fifty years in America by certain elite powers and how and why they choose to benefit while tearing families in two and keeping America paralyzed.


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