Tara explains why factory farming isn’t the cause of the recent e. coli outbreak and why stopping feeding cattle corn won’t solve the problem.
I have a bit of first-hand knowledge of this, as one of my studies involves taking samples from cattle and growing E. coli out of it. In the place pictured, their cattle almost exclusively graze, supplemented with hay and a bit of corn. (Actually, now that I think about it, I’m not even 100% sure that they give *any* corn…) Anyhoo, we’ve isolated O157 from some of these grass-fed cows. So certainly, diet isn’t a cure-all, and it’s not necessarily even beneficial as far as carriage of O157 goes, despite the one paper Planck cites.
Mahmoud Abbas has promised that the Palestinian unity government will recognize Israel’s right to exist. On the other hand, the news report says, “Tel Aviv is insisting that any progress in the peace process must be based on the ‘road-map’ plan,” so if it can’t get Israel’s capital right, I’m not sure it can get geopolitical processes right, either.
Remember when I said the Thai coup looked like a fairly minor affair? Well, I was wrong.
Thailand’s coup leaders have tightened their grip on the country, banning all political meetings, outlawing all party activities and imposing tough new restrictions on the news media.
After seizing power in a bloodless coup this week, the military junta announced yesterday that it is taking over the duties of parliament and banning any public gathering of five or more people.
The new restrictions on the media, meanwhile, were announced in a decree on Bangkok’s television channels yesterday. Live interviews will be banned on radio and television. Phone-in comments in the broadcast media are also forbidden. And any media comments that are deemed a threat to national security are banned.
Susie Madrak writes about a day in the life of Joe Republican, the perennial get-the-government-off-my-back conservative who would have lived in a Mumbai-style slum if the ideologues he’s behind had been in power.
Joe gets up at 6 a.m. and fills his coffeepot with water to prepare his morning coffee. The water is clean and good because some tree-hugging liberal fought for minimum water-quality standards. With his first swallow of water, he takes his daily medication. His medications are safe to take because some stupid commie liberal fought to ensure their safety and that they work as advertised.
All but $10 of his medications are paid for by his employer’s medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for paid medical insurance – now Joe gets it, too.
Lindsay writes a comment on her own blog explaining precisely why WJC isn’t a real liberal.
Clinton let hundreds of thousands of people die in Rwanda in 100 days because he couldn’t figure out what to do. He escalated the war on (poor people’s) drugs, helping to lay the groundwork for much of the current regime’s assault on the civil liberties of all Americans. He celebrated his welfare reform program that kicked untold numbers of mothers off of welfare into the minimum wage economy and their kids into lowest common denominator daycare.