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Arsenic in Our Chicken? Cipro? Benadryl? Prozac?

That’s because my topic today is a pair of new scientific studies suggesting that poultry on factory farms are routinely fed caffeine, active ingredients of Tylenol and Benadryl, banned antibiotics and even arsenic. He said that the researchers had intended to test only for antibiotics. But assays for other chemicals and pharmaceuticals didn’t cost extra, so researchers asked for those results as well.
Big Ag doesn’t advertise the chemicals it stuffs into animals, so the scientists conducting these studies figured out a clever way to detect them. Bird feathers, like human fingernails, accumulate chemicals and drugs that an animal is exposed to. So scientists from Johns Hopkins University and Arizona State University examined feather meal — a poultry byproduct made of feathers.

One study, just published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, Environmental Science & Technology, found that feather meal routinely contained a banned class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. These antibiotics (such as Cipro), are illegal in poultry production because they can breed antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” that harm humans. Already, antibiotic-resistant infections kill more Americans annually than AIDS, according to the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

The same study also found that one-third of feather-meal samples contained an antihistamine that is the active ingredient of Benadryl. The great majority of feather meal contained acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol. And feather-meal samples from China contained an antidepressant that is the active ingredient in Prozac.

Good on the scientists for figuring out a way to get around Big Ag.

And a big WTF! Yes, I knew they were feeding animals antibiotics and other things. This is scarey.

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Apr 5, 2012, 03:43 AM (9 replies)

Inside a Military Court Hearing: How the Government Is Railroading Bradley Manning

The WikiLeaks/Bradley Manning debacle provides us with a startling example of how brutally the US government treats those brave enough to provide even a glimpse of the machinations of its imperial assault on the rest of the world. Manning and the whistleblower web site WikiLeaks are credited with providing information that helped precipitate earthshaking historic events, including the Arab Spring and the recent withdrawal of US troops from Iraq. More notably, Manning and WikiLeaks are also credited with (and criminally accused of) release of the so-called "Collateral Murder" video footage of the slaughter of Reuters reporters and other civilians by the US military in Baghdad. For his alleged role in this "crime," Manning is enduring one of the most aggressive legal prosecutions in American history.
Under usual circumstances, Military Rules of Evidence (MRE) establish a low threshold of relevance for turning over evidence to defendants. "ilitary law has been preeminent, zealously guaranteeing to the accused the right to be effectively represented by counsel through affording every opportunity to prepare his case by openly disclosing the Government's evidence." In its request to compel production of evidence, Manning's attorneys explained: "To ensure that R.C.M. 405 and 703 will have meaning at trial, 'each party shall have adequate opportunity to prepare its case and equal opportunity to interview witnesses and inspect evidence.... The accused is entitled to inspect both exculpatory and inculpatory evidence."

This standard requires the government to turn over relevant items that are within its control, even if that evidence is not already in its immediate possession. The prosecution and defense, "shall have equal opportunity to obtain witnesses and evidence," and the "prosecutor will be deemed to have knowledge of and access to anything in the possession, custody, or control of any federal agency participating in the same investigation of the defendant."

Despite these requirements, the Investigating Officer (IO) in Manning's Article 32 hearing, Lt. Col. Paul Almanza, denied most defense requests for witnesses, as well as requests for the production of inculpatory and exculpatory evidence in the possession of the government. Almanza is a civilian reservist and senior prosecutor in the Department of Justice (DOJ). During the first day of the Article 32 hearing, Manning's attorney made an impassioned motion for his recusal. Citing the conflict of interest in light of the DOJ's ongoing investigation of Manning and WikiLeaks, as well as his regular employment as a Justice Department prosecutor, Manning's attorney David Coombs made the point that Almanza's role as IO raised issues of apparent conflict of interest. Coombs also pointed to Almanza's pre-hearing decisions to exclude nearly all defense witnesses. Almanza refused the invitation to step down and also denied a motion to stay the proceedings until an appellate body considered the issue of bias. The Article 32 hearing then immediately proceeded forward.

Justice? MEH!
They can't afford to allow a trial that follows standards to go forward.
They want to connect Assange to Manning. That has been their aim from the beginning.

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Apr 5, 2012, 02:59 AM (4 replies)

Fire crews rescue 18 puppies from burning house

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP — A firefighter from the West Trenton Fire Company emerged from the side of a smokey house last night carrying his helmet upside down in his hands.

Rushing to a contingent of area firefighters huddled together on the front lawn, he reached into his hat and pulled out a newborn puppy smaller than the palm of his hand.

The puppy was just one of 16 that fire crews saved from the basement of a burning home in the 2300 block of Pennington Road last night. Crews set up a makeshift animal hospital and kennel on the front lawn, using special canine oxygen masks to aid dogs being removed from the home and later putting them in crates.

Pennington Fire Chief Jim DeForte, who served as incident commander, said that the fire began in one room of the house and created a lot of smoke.

While the two occupants of the house were able to make it out safely and 15 puppies were rescued and transported to local veterinary hospitals, one dog died of suspected smoke inhalation, DeForte said. That dog was not with the others in the basement, he said.
more: http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2012/04/fire_crews_rescue_15_puppies_f.html

Some of the puppies were only 2 weeks old and fit completely into the oxygen masks.


Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Apr 4, 2012, 07:24 AM (15 replies)

Some comfort when your fur babies cross the Rainbow Bridge:

The Fragile Circle
"We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own, live within a fragile circle, easily and often breached.
Unable to accept its awful gaps, we still would live no other way.
We cherish memory as the only certain immortality,
never fully understanding the necessary plan."
-Irving Townsend

More poems and such here: http://www.petloss.com/poems/poems.htm

There are also 2 great books by Cynthia Rylant. They are usually in the kid's section.
They always make me feel a tad bit better at first when my buddies pass. Then as time goes by, they bring me more comfort and gentle smiles.
I want to go to this Heaven!

My buddies are 15 years old. I got them after they were rescued from a dumpster. They have been with me through thick and thin. There has been a lot of thin like ice.

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Apr 4, 2012, 03:59 AM (19 replies)

If you are in a car and there are tornadoes around,

GET OUT and hit a ditch or any type of depression. Do not take shelter under overpasses.

If there are tornadoes around, the entire area could quickly develop them. They might drop right in front of you or worse.

I know people are loathe to leave their cars, but if these storms can toss 18 wheelers like toys, imagine what they can do to much smaller vehicles.


Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Apr 4, 2012, 03:43 AM (11 replies)

Betty White Honors Elton John's Birthday With Crocodile Adoption

To honor the 65th birthday of music legend Elton John, actress-animal rights activist Betty White has adopted a crocodile in his honor.

White and the Lifeline Program, a life settlement company that helps seniors discover a new financial option for retirement, adopted a Malayan gharial crocodile for the music legend to acknowledge his milestone birthday. The reptile will live in the Los Angeles Zoo as part of its just launched LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates and Reptiles) program.

“Elton has been a wonderful advocate for animals and wildlife issues, so we decided to honor him by adopting a crocodile on his behalf at The Los Angeles Zoo,” White says in a statement.

John, who had a number 1 hit in 1973 with "Crocodile Rock," has been a supporter of wildlife issues for many years, including the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association and the Morris Animal Foundation, which is another of White's favorite charities. 

Loves me some Betty White and Elton John!

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Apr 4, 2012, 01:44 AM (0 replies)

Holeeee S***! video of tornado tossing 18-wheelers!


Not in Texas anymore Toto!

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Tue Apr 3, 2012, 05:27 PM (12 replies)

Pictures of tornado damage around Dallas:

Flying debris in the middle of the storm:

4pm weather map: DAMN!



Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Tue Apr 3, 2012, 04:08 PM (25 replies)

Dallas weather map:

Those very dark red areas are trouble! The pictures of the sky on teevee look like Hell dropping on Texas.

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Tue Apr 3, 2012, 03:58 PM (0 replies)

DFW airport in path of tornado. nt

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Tue Apr 3, 2012, 02:58 PM (2 replies)
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