Archive for April, 2012
Disinformation: Why were we told a few days ago that the cow infected with Mad Cow Disease (MCD) showed no signs of the sickness at all, only to find out now that she exhibited all of the usual symptoms––imbalance, lameness, etc.
So why are we now told that the owner killed the cow, because he knew the cow had MCD? Why are this owner and others allowed to send their dead cows for additional use, without all of them being tested for the cause of death?
And why does the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) not tell the public what sanctions, fines, etc., are levied against a the rancher who knew a cow had MCD and simply killed it? Why aren’t farmers required to report it?
Why are some dairies allowed to keep paper records instead of computerized ones that would make it easier to tract the cow’s source and offspring? Why was a cow twice as old as other milk cows still kept for milk production? Why is the press left only to assume that the cow must have belonged to a smaller farm?
Associated Press Reporter Tracie Cone points out: “The World Organization for Animal Health has established protocol for investigations into cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy that includes finding other cows that the Holstein in question was raised with, tracking down all progeny and determining what she ate.” She also shows that the infected cow should not have been rendered to the slaughter house for any use at all: its protein is not to be fed to other bovines:
“However, bovine protein is routinely fed to egg-laying chickens, and the “litter” from those chickens—chicken excrement and the feed that spills onto the floor—is collected and rendered back into cattle feed. Neurodegenerative researchers, such as UC San Francisco’s Dr. Stanley Prusiner, who received the 1997 Nobel Prize in Medicine for discovering prions—the protein associated with BSE—has warned that the US should ban poultry waste in cattle feed.”
Michael Hansen, senior scientists at the Consumers Union, has been critical of U.S. policy on MCD for some time. He says: “We are testing .12 percent of the cattle slaughtered. In Japan they test all cattle over 20 months, in Europe it’s all cattle over 24 or 30 months, depending on the country. They’ve been able to find sick animals that look healthy but could have ended up in the food supply.”
Tracie Cone also points out that when Creekstone Farms Premium Beef wanted to test their own cattle so it could advertise their product as “BSE” free, USDA forbid the company to do so and denied access to the necessary test kits? Is the USDA established to protect the American people or the cattle industry?
Such negligence capable of leading to sickness and death must be investigated and resisted. Well has Isaiah said in wholesale Christian Bibles: “For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed (9: 16).” In a democracy, we still have the power to demand change.
It is important that our readers know several answers concerning Mad Cow Disease: 1) What the government is, or should be, doing to prevent it from coming into human populations; 2) How long has it really been active in the United States; 3) How can it affect human beings; and 4) What can people to to avoid it.
First: Obviously, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) should be doing much more testing. Random testing of less than one percent of all the cows going through slaughter houses is woefully inadequate.
Jim Avilla of ABC Evening News says: A big problem is that this infected cow did not show the usual Mad Cow symptoms (i.e. stumbling, unsteadiness, loss of weight, change in behavior, low milk production, etc.). Without these symptoms, and with little testing, how can infected cows be detected?
Avilla also says that the USDA should not be so confident that its system of safety rules is working, because it has been proven that often slaughter houses do not follow them. Last year some 131 plants in 36 states violated those rules.
Second: Because of the lack of symptoms in infected cows, and because it takes years for the disease to develop within the human body, no one can really say just how long Mad Cow Disease (MCD) has been in this country.
Elizabeth Cohen of CNN posits that it takes some 15 years for a person to show signs of MCD. Therefore, she writes, “once a person exhibits signs of the disease, it is way too late to take the meat out of the food system.”
The first new case of MCD was discovered in 2006. That infected cow was imported from Canada in 2001. So what other animals could have been affected in that five year period? The owner of that cow destroyed some 10,000 pounds of beef coming from his farm. But what about other animals in those shipments? According to CNN, Sarah Klein, food safety lawyer for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, says that the U.S. “lacks an effective animal ID program.”
Third, MCD can be deadly if it is in meat people eat. MCD is linked to a form of “Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), a rare and deadly nerve disease,” that leads to a rapid decrease of mental function and movement. Symptoms usually start in affected people when they are in the late 50s. Obviously, by the time symptoms start who could tell when and how the victim contracted CJD or MCD?
Fourth, for safety’s sake, consumeraffairs.com advises extra caution: do not eat, brains, neck bones, checks, bone morrow or any cuts of beef sold on the bone. Also only eat ground beef if it is ground in the store where you purchase it.
While we must protect ourselves, we must also depend on God to do so. As used Christian Bibles instruct: “Trust in The LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.(Proverbs 3: 5 – 6).” And don’t forget to Pray Over Every Meal!
Sorry! I have to interrupt the kids’ reports on other animal stories, to alert our readers about the latest medical and animal news that’s a potential threat to our health: A case of Mad Cow Disease has been discovered in California. However, federal and state officials assure the public that there is no danger to human life.
A non-authored Associated Press account states: “The first new case of mad cow disease in the U.S. since 2006 has been discovered in a dairy cow in California . . . The infected cow, the fourth ever discovered in the U.S., was found as part of an Agriculture Department surveillance program that tests about 40,000 cows a year for the fatal brain disease. [That’s only about 3,000 a month!]
“Mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), is fatal to cows and can cause a fatal human brain disease in people who eat tainted beef.”
Government scientists insist that the infected cow did not contact the disease from eating recycled beef––the usual cause. According to Bruce Akey, director of the New York State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Cornell University, it is “just a random mutation that can happen every once in a great while in an animal.”
In another non-authored article, the Los Angeles Times quotes, John Clifford, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Chief veterinarian, who says that the carcass “was never presented for slaughter for human consumption, so at no time presented a risk to the food supply or human health.”
This article adds: “This is the fourth confirmed case of the brain-wasting disease in the U.S. cattle herd since the first case was discovered in December 2003 in an animal that came from Canada.” At least 171 people died from Mad Cow disease and four million cows have been killed in attempts to eradicate it.
My point in stressing non-authored sources is that apparently the government does not wish to disclose: 1) What farm the animal came from; 2) Why only 3,000 cows a moth are tested out of what number of animals go through slaughter houses; 3) What sources of contamination was the animal exposed to; 4) Who “presented” the animal for slaughter, and how did that person know that it should not go into the human food chain; 5) Why does it seem more important to governments and media to protect beef industry profits, than to protect human life?
Non-authored articles also indicates that prominent news media apparently have no plans to dig further into this crucially important issue where human lives are at risk. These questions, along with such limited reporting, spells cover-up.
In addition to watching their diets, believers must obey Christian messages to pray over our food: “. . . He took the seven loaves, and gave thanks (Mark 8: 6b),” “Then He took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, He blessed them (Luke 9: 16).” If The Good LORD found it necessary to pray over meals before serving and eating them, as His children, we must do likewise.
HURRY! HURRY! HURRY! Get the latest news from us, the Newspaper Boys and Girls Association, Intl (NBGI). We, the triumphant younger kids are reporting today. We’ve finished our ‘punishment’ course ‘bout not complaining so, from here on out, we just gonna report the latest news about animals.
Chucky: OK you guys. I’m in charge. OK? Beckie one, you go first.
Beckie: Well sir, this is not a complaint, I don’t think, but: these ‘stupid’ adult people are allowing all the bats in this part of the world to die with some strange new disease called White-nose Syndrome or WNS. Almost seven million bats are dead and these chuck-heads––‘cuse me Chucky––done nothing to stop it.
Dr. DeeAnn Reeder from Bucknell University––yea you bet, a girl doc––told our reporters: “This is like bringing small pox to the New World. It is surely an unprecedented wildlife disaster for North America. We can’t stop this thing. It’s marching across the country and we’re going to see some extinction.”
Why’d I call ‘em stupid? Cause we needed those bats to eat all the insects gonna be attacking us this summer!! That’s why!! The smarties say that one million dead bats means that 692 tons of insects––like mosquitoes, locusts, gnats, ants, etc.––will live. So whadda ya think that seven million dead bats means?
Chucky: Wow! Beckie. This means bugs could eat us up this summer. Awful. I’m stocking up on bug sprays now! Andy, what you got?
Andy: Well, let’s see, killer bees have made it to Tennessee where they’s attacking farmers, ‘en almost 900 dolphins have washed up dead in Peru. China is killing porpoises to extinction. En, oh yeah, and stray dog packs have started attacking people in Bulgaria. Wadda ya want first?
Chucky: My goodness. It all sounds awful. Start with the dolphins I guess.
Andy: Well, globalanimal.org cries out that dolphins are dying around the world, lately in Cape Cod, The Gulf of Mexico and Brazil and now in Peru. But, accept for Peru, some of the others were able to swim away. Our kid reporters down in Peru told Marilia Brocchetto of CNN that they heard these great fish mammals are dying from Morbillivirus or Brucella bacteria.
She quotes Peruvian Deputy Environment Minister Gabriel Quijandria who says: “Right now, the most probable hypothesis is that it’s a virus outbreak.” They think that the animals’ bodies were “in an advanced state of decomposition” before they washed on shore. Ugh! They were dying while living. And like Beckie says, them adults don’t seem to care enough to do something about it.
Chucky: Double wow! We’ll have to get your other reports tomorrow. Remember to do our assignments on patience and submission, and study our Bible verse cards. And let’s pray that adults will get some smarts and save these animals: “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much (James 5: 16b).”
In the short twelve years since state rangers first noticed them, Burmese pythons have eradicated all other animal life in the Florida everglades. These deadly beasts will move into the human populations unless Florida makes a frontal assault to wipe them out! Killing them individually is simply not working.
This blog cite has warned about these snakes in Florida for years. Even then they were found in house kitchens, in swimming pools, and on country roads. But Florida officials merely issued orders for game wardens to hunt and kill them. First, no one knows just how many snakes inhabit these swamps. Second, these snakes multiply at inordinate rates. Third, they have destroyed Florida wildlife.
Thus, the state must mobilize an army against them. In fact, because these pythons are moving both west into Texas and north into Georgia and the Carolinas, it may be necessary for the national government to organize such resistance.
The Associate Press reports: “A large number of deadly Burmese pythons have invaded the Florida Everglades and wrecked havoc on the region’s raccoons, opossums, bobcats and other mammals.” Scientists say that the number of declining mammal populations are “profound.”
“A study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that sightings of medium-size mammals are down dramatically — as much as 99 percent, in some cases— in areas where pythons and other large, non-native constrictor snakes are known to be lurking.”
This snake is indicative of those who would compromise with the devil, who assume that enjoying him for a quick dance is harmless. But like the python, the devil attacks and kills everything in his path not strong enough to resist his skills.
In the Bible, the snake, called the serpent, is the most consistent symbol for evil. The first Book of Genesis shows Adam and Eve falling for the devil’s snake seduction: “And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life (3: 14).”
In the Book of Revelation, the snake is identified as Satan: “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: . . . And He laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years (12: 9, 20: 2).” At some point, people can be wholly consumed by the Snake’s spirit, and often the animals stay near that spirit. Both must be resisted, and the physical animal must be destroyed!
In fiction and reality, man attempts to fly off into space to look for other planets where ‘some’ people can live. But for billions of human beings who are firmly rooted on this soil, Earth is man’s home. Sunday, April 22, 2012, is Earth Day: a good time to remind ourselves that we must take better care of planet home.
Starting in 1970, in what some consider the start of the environmental movement, Earth Day is now celebrated in 175 countries every year. In 2009, the United Nations designated April 22 as International Mother Earth Day.
The movement started in San Francisco, where the special day was named after Saint Francis, known as the patron saint of ecology. That ‘beautiful city on the bay,’ and other cities in the United States chose March 21st as the date to celebrate the planet because it is the first day of Spring. But that same year, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson held a separate environmental teach-in on April 22, and this became the date universally agreed upon.
Eventually Denis Hayes and Pam Lippe, among other original Earth Day organizers, founded the Earth Day Network to reinforce environmental activism around the globe. Today the international network has 19,000 organizations in 192 countries where groups are promoting protection of Mother Earth!
This year, most cities around this country will hold special Earth Day events. And various industries have added commercial efficiency contributions to the celebration. For example, on Sunday Philips will begin selling its 20-Year-Light Bulb. At a cost of $ 60.00 per bulb, the new product only uses 10 watts of power. It will last for 30,000 hours, or 30 times the standard light bulb. Some 280 utility companies offering rebates on the bulbs brings the cost down to $ 25.00 each.
Also, Mark Fischetti of Scientific American reveals that in celebration of this year’s Earth Day Hewlett-Packard and Staples stores will allow consumers to bring in used electronics for recycling for free, no matter the make or purchase location.
Fischetti also points out that students at 284 universities in 48 countries have been competing for a month to see which ‘go-getters’ can promote the most ‘acts of green,’ including “everything from writing down personal act-of-green pledges to leading community clean-ups, expanding environmental initiatives already underway at their schools and yes, organizing major Earth Day events.”
Of course, each city has Earth Day events planned. In the nation’s capital there will be a concert of well-known artists on the National Mall. We encourage our readers to find out what their cities and towns have planned.
Remember that God made this Earth to be man’s home planet. As wholesale Christian Bibles explain: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth (Genesis 1: 1).” He made it for us to love and cherish His creation. So far, we haven’t been doing a good job of it. Sunday’s celebration reminds us to do better.
Drought is so severe in Texas and Mexico that they are now battling over sources of melting winter water. Usually as the melting water flows down the Rio Grande, it is sent by dams through irrigation districts to farmers in both nations. But both sides now fight over which side gets a very meager supply of water!
Christopher Sherman of the Associated Press writes that when Mexico demanded its usual early release of water for its spring planting, Texas farmers asked that the water be held up a few months so that it would be available to farmers there and in New Mexico for the coming hottest parts of summer.
“Dividing the Rio Grande’s waters is . . . governed by arcane agreements and imperfect calculations. When there’s plenty of water it flows smoothly, but with farmers on both sides of the border confronting severe drought—officials expect to have about one-third of the water of a normal year.”
When the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) decided to release the water for Mexico, Texans were furious. A great problem is that, as those waters slip out of U.S. territory, they run over dry sandy and spongy riverbeds that will drink up a large portion of the precious liquid. And those losses will go against allotments for Texas and New Mexico.
The IBWC member representing the United States, who sided with Mexico, says he followed a 1906 agreement. But Texas officials claim violations of it, resulting “in the protection of Mexico’s citizens at the expense of U.S. citizens.”
Mexico counters that it had no choice but to take the early water as that country is dealing with the worst drought since it began tracking rainfall in 1941. The New York Times refers to Mexico’s drought as that nation’s most severe, leaving two million people without water, and ruining farmland in half the nation.
In fact, United Press International (UPI) confirms that drought is spreading throughout Central and South America––now from Argentina and Paraguay to Brazil: “Argentine yields of soy were affected by drought and labor disputes in that country are making farmers and grain traders jittery. Drought caused widespread economic dislocation in Paraguay, . . . also hit by cattle disease.”
As soy from these regions provides half the world’s soy crop, futures traders are jittery: “ . . . in Chicago, Latin America and elsewhere, underlying worries over the eurozone crisis and an economic slowdown in China continue to cloud the outlook.” Some even expect a 10 million ton shortfall in soy production.
We must put up church banners that teach Jesus Is The Living Water. He can turn this drought around for He says: “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life (John 4: 14).” Only by turning to God, through His Dear Son, can men and nations end these disasters. Pray Now!
Reports have come in of violent wind storms––below strength levels of tornadoes or cyclones––causing havoc and death at various spots around the globe. At the same time, unreasonable drought is also attacking nations everywhere.
The Associated Press says that at least 17 people were killed when strong winds with heavy rains swept through Bangladesh. That nation’s newspapers claim that these storms tore down huts and felled trees in 10 of the country’s 64 districts of 160 million people.
Near the same time, Argentina reports 14 people were killed during damage from strong wind storms. Most of them were crushed when walls collapsed upon them. Officials claim that 114 trees collapsed on roads and vehicles as well.
As if Japan didn’t have enough of nature’s backlash, this month she has also been hit with violent 73.6 miles per hour winds from a low-pressure system. The Japan Meteorological agency says that this wind system was not typhoon, cyclone or tsunami. These high winds do not come from warm water or earthquakes, but instead are caused by differences in air temperatures. An 82 year old woman and three other victims were killed by these wind paths.
In other weather anomalies this month, half of England is suffering through drought conditions, including the capital city of London, which is known for its constant rain. Weather experts expect dry weather to continue there for the year.
AFP News Service says that although it rained across the country last week, England’s Environment Agency this week “declared another 17 counties short of water.” A big problem is that with “two dry winters have left rivers and ground waters depleted,” the government demands that businesses, water companies and consumers be more careful when using water. Garden hoses are already banned. Wildlife, wetlands and farm crops will surely be affected.
And for that matter, drought is expanding through the United States. USA Today reports that most of the nation is “still reeling from devastating drought that led to at least $10 billion in agricultural losses across Texas and the South in 2011.”
The U.S. Drought Monitor determines that most of the lower 48 states suffer from ‘abnormally dry’ or drought conditions: “Only two states—Ohio and Alaska —are entirely free of abnormally dry or drought conditions.” Officials are especially concerned about dry conditions in New England, Florida and California.
We will have more on whacky weather and drought, especially in the U. S. in the next blog. For now Christians must yield to the call of Christian Prayer Books, drought is a call for repentance: “A drought is upon her waters; and they shall be dried up: for it is the land of graven images, and they are mad upon their idols (Jeremiah 50: 38).” Let’s get rid of the idols and get serious about God!
Meteorologists say that the types of extreme killer tornadoes tearing through the middle of the nation this weekend will repeatedly hit extended areas of the U.S. Some 100 tornadoes ripped through five states, and killed six people in Oklahoma. The National Weather Service warns of an especially violent storm season.
Officials add that instead of the usual “Tornado Alley––the plains states of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota,” boundaries expand “into the South and Midwest.” The weekend storms were also in Wisconsin and Iowa.
Across affected areas balls of hail fell, downed power lines left thousands without electricity, schools closed, uprooted trees covered homes and closed roads, roofs were destroyed, and the American Red Cross opened relief shelters and meals to displaced residents.
AFP News Service cites a report by the CoreLogic research group that now “Florida, Iowa, Louisiana and Mississippi have joined Kansas among the ranks of the most tornado-hit US states.” Further, CoreLogic states that the tornado risk in the U.S. now extends across the eastern U.S. putting at least 26 states in danger.
The News Service adds: “It was just the second time in US history that the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center issued a high-risk warning more than 24 hours in advance.” Those warnings prevented even more deaths. The National Weather Service also warns that these types of “severe storms”––i.e. rain, wind, lightening, etc.–– are now possible in most of the U.S.
While total costs for this weekend’s damage has not been estimated, Scientific American (SA) says that totals for last month’s tornadoes were over a billion dollars. Tornadoes in March killed 40 people.
The SA cite says, “From March 2 through the early hours of March 3, 132 tornadoes were reported across nine states, . . . causing more than 1.5 billion in damages.” However, damage claims may be denied “because tornadoes are ‘atypical‘ events by nature. SA adds that 2011 was “a record-breaking year for devastation . . . the United States experienced 14 separate events that caused $1 billion or more in damage. Five of those events were tornado outbreaks.”
While he never used the term “global warming,” Jake Crouch of the National Climatic Data Center said “atmospheric conditions caused unseasonably warm temperatures . . . across huge swaths of the U. S. allowed warm, moist air up to . . . collide with cold, drier air . . . a key ingredient for severe weather.”
But everyone knows something’s whacky with the weather, and they suspect its Global Warming. Read what kids are saying on Christian children’s t-shirts : “. . . let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light (Romans 13: 12).” Our nation must face the truth about Global Warming!
Tsunami alerts have been cancelled in the Indonesian / Indian Ocean region. As we reported yesterday, the two huge earthquakes involved no casualties. However, their shelf movements did cause other quakes around the world.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico’s Pacific coast near Mexico City yesterday as well. Reaching down into the ocean some 40 miles, that quake’s shaking sent thousands rushing out of offices onto the city’s streets. Smaller quakes also hit other areas.
The founder of theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com connects the two huge quakes in the Indian Ocean with the Mexico quakes: “As I warned in my book The Extinction Protocol, the power unleashed in these seismic events is growing. This is testament to the dangers and seriousness of the earth-changes facing us and how these events are unleashing more unbridled force with each successive eruption. The Indian Ocean strike-slip fault earthquakes are very unusual.”
Other scientists agree with him that the strike-slip fault earthquakes in the Indian Ocean are “very unusual.” The Associated Press (AP) says: “The massive earthquake off Indonesia surprised scientists: Usually this type of jolt isn’t this powerful.” AP quotes Susan Hough USGS seismologist: “It’s clear a bit of an odd duck.” The Indian Ocean quake area is similar to California’s San Andreas Fault.
Most powerful earthquakes result when in ‘subduction zones’ one plate pushes against another, which was the case in Japan’s massive quake last year. But yesterday’s quakes are referred to as ‘strike-slip quakes’ because enormous sections of rocks slide “horizontally past each other.”
Kevin Furlong, Geo-sciences professor at Penn State University, explains: “A week ago, we wouldn’t have thought we could have a strike-slip earthquake of this size. This is very, very large.”
In fact, USGS ranks yesterdays quakes as record setting, saying that it may well be the largest strike-ship quake in known history. AP adds that this region has been rattled by three strong strike-slip quakes recently, but this was the largest.
EP concludes: “Just so we understand the significance of what transpired today; the Japanese March 11, 2011 earthquake move the ocean floor 79 feet sideways and 10 ft upwards, but today’s earthquakes happened in double 8.0+ magnitude sequence and moved the earth nearly as far. Worst, the seismic tension from the event ricocheted around the world and contributed to other earthquakes.”
In Amos chapter 4, God tells Israel that He had sent them warning after warning that it was time to repent, but the nation would not listen. Finally, He tells them: “prepare to meet thy God (4: 12).” In view of these earth shattering quakes, that message should blare on billboards and plus size Christian t-shirts everywhere!