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Archives for July, 2008

Bird flu virus in the environment

There’s a tremendous amount of influenza A/H5N1 (“bird flu” virus) all over southeast asia and other areas where the virus is endemic in poultry. Where is this virus, exactly? We know it’s in the infected birds and in their respiratory secretions and feces. We know it occasionally infects mammals (including humans). Is it found in…

The FDA is saying they still aren’t sure how over 1200 Salmonella stpaul cases resulted from food chain contamination but they are saying its from jalapeno peppers grown in Mexico. This from a press release July 25:

Grandchildren and fake coffee

If you read the comments you know that in the last day or so Mrs. R. and I have had the excitement and anxiety of expecting a new grandchild. He is number three but the only thing that gets old about being a grand parent is the grand parent. The little guy is cute as…

Dust to dust

As we noted two days ago in a post about how the produce industry is now interested in tracking regulations they previously opposed after being whacked with billions of dollars in losses because of a protracted Salmonella outbreak whose source was presumably produce but couldn’t be easily traced, the sugar industry is now also interested…

The toughest time when losing something dear to you is the period after all the mourners go home and you feel really alone. But if you mourn the death of the Fourth Amendment, whether you are on the Right, the Left or are Unpolarized, you aren’t alone — yet:

Maybe it’s my imagination, but the great desecration in cracker-gate died down more quickly than I would have imagined. That’s some kind of internal imagining contradiction, I suppose, quite appropriate for talking about religious questions, which themselves seem to be endless sources of linguistic tangles. When it comes to linguistics, no better place than The…

We’ve been saying this for a while. The produce industry has taken a big hit and their successful lobbying is one of the reasons. But it’s not just their fault. It’s also the fault of the Bush administration:

Dying for a home

A tragedy in Massachusetts is highlighting the terrible strain the housing crisis is taking on millions of former homeowners who are losing their homes:

The headline said, “Vaccination plan puts health care workers first,” but you had to read the article to find out who goes next: the military. This according to the Guidance on allocating and targeting pandemic influenza vaccine released yesterday by the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The guidance is premised on the…

The Katrina aid that wasn’t

Hurricane season is upon us (Hello, Dolly), so it’s time to drag out the still heaving corpse of Hurricane Katrina. There was always this weird mismatch between Bush administration tales of how much aid was going to the victims and the pictures of forlorn, unaided and then outraged victims. Given the huge amount of federal…