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Whole Foods Recalls Ground Beef

Found on MSNBC with a 5:02 PM time stamp: Whole Foods recalling possibly tainted beef

WASHINGTON – Whole Foods Market is recalling fresh ground beef sold between June 2 through Aug. 6 because the beef might be contaminated with E. coli bacteria.

The company has received reports that seven people in Massachusetts and two people in Pennsylvania who shopped at Whole Foods Market became ill, said spokeswoman Libba Letton.

Letton said the company’s recalled beef was processed at the Nebraska Beef plant linked to the E. coli outbreak this summer. Federal health authorities say there have been 49 confirmed illnesses tied to that outbreak.

Even stores with their own butchers aren’t safe from the contagion. There should be a mandatory pasturing law, at least two weeks before slaughter, before more people end up in hospitals. Food inspections by emergency room doctors is not a very efficient system.

August 8, 2008   15 Comments

Out & About

Fallenmonk is in Britain for a wedding.

Keith et al. of Invisible Library are moving to a more permanent location in Oregon.

PZ Myers of Pharyngula is off to the Galapagos.

‘Noz of Rubber Hose is in Israel.

I’m still hanging around the filming location for Jaws 2. [Actually, Choctawhatchee Bay is 2 blocks away to the East, while the Bayou is a block North.]

August 8, 2008   2 Comments


August 8, 2008   18 Comments

The Cold War Revisited

Steven Eke, BBC News Russian affairs analyst, has a compact background piece, South Ossetia bitterness turns to conflict

Georgia’s President Mikhail Saakashvili has called upon his country to “mobilise” in the face of “a very blunt Russian aggression”.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow had reports of “ethnic cleansing” in villages.

Russian tanks have reportedly moved towards the capital of the region, which has been under heavy bombardment from Georgian forces.

South Ossetia is a territory one-and-a-half times that of Luxembourg, with an estimated population of some 70,000 people.

It is legally part of Georgia, since its self-proclaimed independence has been recognised by no other state, including Russia.

Yet its people and their separatist leaders do not want to be part of the Georgian state, in any shape or form.

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August 8, 2008   6 Comments

And Now For Something Completely Different

I give you NewsBuiscuit and Four horseman of the Apocalypse split; ‘Pestilence to go solo’.

I was looking for something related that I will explain after I drain off some of the anger.

August 8, 2008   3 Comments

Friday Cat Blogging


Friday Cat Blogging

It’s too hot to move.

[Editor: This juvenile tabby feral has found some shaded concrete to wait out sundown by my neighbor’s front door.]

Friday Ark

August 8, 2008   7 Comments