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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-08-07 11:08 AM
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Discovery Of Dead Birds Shuts Down Congress Avenue(Austin, TX)
http://keyetv.com/topstories/local_story_008080531.html

Austin police have shut down Congress Ave. from Cesar Chavez St. to 11th St. after finding between 40 and 60 dead birds around 3 a.m. along Congress Ave. between 6th and 8th Streets.

Experts tested the air for any sort of environmental contaminant or gas or chlorine leaks that might have killed off the birds, police spokeswoman Toni Chovanetz said, but no traces were found. The birds will now have to be examined by experts to determine what killed them. Bird species included grackles, pigeons and sparrows.

There were no reports of any humans harmed, but a 10-block stretch of Congress Ave., several side streets and all buildings in the area were blocked off and expected to remain off-limits until about noon, Chovanetz said.

People that work in that area have been advised not to come in until further notice.

There was no immediate word on whether the Capitol would be affected Monday, the day before the legislative session was to begin.
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goforit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-08-07 11:11 AM
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1. What has Cheney been up to?
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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-08-07 12:04 PM
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8. He's in my area killing birds
at private Rolling Rock club in Western PA, scene of previous Elmer Fudd Cheney bird massacres.
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They Live Donating Member (26 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-08-07 11:11 AM
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2. Weird
just beat me to posting this story. My wife just called me from work to tell me about this. I was about to head downtown to this area to get some film developed. I think I'll wait.
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Little Wing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-08-07 11:16 AM
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3. The End is Nigh!
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Ian_rd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-08-07 11:16 AM
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4. So that's why downtown is closed.
I drove by the road block on my out this morning. If those birds have a cedar allergy, I can understand why they dropped dead. I feel like I'm about to.
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They Live Donating Member (26 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-08-07 11:49 AM
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6. cedar allergy
Edited on Mon Jan-08-07 11:51 AM by They Live
is that what basically immobilized me for the past several days? I've lived in Austin most of my life but have never been hit so hard with whatever hit me this time. Either that, or it's the begnning of the end. ;)
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AnneD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-08-07 11:46 AM
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5. The Texas Legislature...
is suppose to open today. Maybe a whiff of what Perry and the GOP have in mind had leaked out of the Gov. Mansion. :sarcasm:
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They Live Donating Member (26 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-08-07 11:55 AM
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7. Health Dept.: No Public Health Threat Despite Large Number Of Dead Birds
Edited on Mon Jan-08-07 12:06 PM by They Live
Health Dept.: No Public Health Threat Despite Large Number Of Dead Birds

The health department doesn't believe that the dozens of dead birds found in Downtown Austin Monday morning are a threat to public health. But several blocks of Congress Avenue remain closed off to traffic, and if you work in the area, you're being asked to stay home from work until at least noon.

Congress Avenue and one block on either side of the street is shut down from Cesar Chavez to 11th Street until approximately noon. Most of the birds were concentrated around 9th Street.

They still don't know what killed the birds. However, one bird has been sent to a lab in Ames, Iowa, to be tested for avian flu. Another bird is being sent to College Station, Texas, to determine whether it might have been poisoned.

(snip)


http://www.kxan.com/Global/story.asp?S=5904817


Okee dokee. There's nothing to worry about. Continue shopping, citizens. Be seeing you.
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Lone_Star_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-08-07 12:09 PM
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10. Hmm
"Typically what we see in large bird die-offs is severe weather, actually -- strong winds, hail storms."

Nope, none of the above took place last night. I doubt that a disease is the cause since this is the first and only report of such a die off.
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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-08-07 12:08 PM
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9. Even though testing has not yet been done to determine if it's
the bad avian flu (H5N1), I'm sure they're confidently proclaiming there is no risk to humans.
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Lone_Star_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-08-07 12:20 PM
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11. You're right
We have an odd die off of grackles, pigeons and sparrows in an urban setting but no one should be concerned.

This could be a contagion or something toxic they were exposed to, the truth is they don't know yet. Yet they're willing to tell everyone there's no public health threat before the test from the birds they've sent off come back.
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ShortnFiery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-08-07 12:25 PM
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12. Something is amiss ...
I know it sounds glib, but has anyone reflected as to why the M$M is turning themselves inside out to FRIGHTEN the BEE-JESUS out of the entire American Populace? Perhaps to soften us up for herr Chimperor's speech Wednesday night.

I don't believe anything the M$M claims without proof. :thumbsdown:
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Lone_Star_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-08-07 12:51 PM
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13. The media loves drama
If they can't have real drama they'll manufacture it. Most of the people I've spoken with feel there was some form of toxic emission that caused this event. I think they're more angry than frightened however. Austinites are a different breed of Texan.
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Ian_rd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-08-07 02:34 PM
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20. If we can still go to Antone's at night and Hut's during the day, we can take anything.
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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-08-07 12:58 PM
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14. The thing is, the health authorities and DHS and such go
Edited on Mon Jan-08-07 12:59 PM by kestrel91316
overboard telling veterinarians to be on the lookout for any unusual disease outbreaks or deaths in animals due to the risk of bioterrorism.

Then when they HAVE unusual deaths, they IMMEDIATELY tell the public that it is ABSOLUTELY NOT terrorism-related, before any tests have even been done.

Such BS.

BTW, I legally have to report to the authorities any cases of coccidiosis I diagnose in kittens (could be Terra, you know) even though this is a very common GI parasite found in large numbers of kittens, especially under stress. So I don't ever actually "diagnose" it. I just put them on the meds for it and call it good. I personally think giving kittens diarrhea is pretty low on the list of priorities for most terrorists. If vets around the country ACTUALLY reported coccidiosis in puppies and kittens every time we saw a case, we could completely shut the government down with the backlog of Terra (TM) to investigate.
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spotbird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-08-07 01:53 PM
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17. Something stinks in NYC and
they're saying the same thing.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

We don't know what it is, but it is nothing.
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unblock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-08-07 01:14 PM
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15. dead birds shut down austin; manhattan keeps chugging through gas leak....
i SO miss austin!
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alcibiades_mystery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-08-07 01:15 PM
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16. It's like the beginning of Camus' "The Plague"
The dead rats start showing up, and nobody thinks much of it. Strange, that.

Then...
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0007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-08-07 02:09 PM
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18. Were any of the birds named Tom Craddick, the Texas House
Speaker that was Tom DeLay's fucking buddy.
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Eurobabe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-08-07 02:28 PM
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19. Jeebus, I picked a great time to fly home to the States!
Can't freaking wait! What's next? Anthrax again?
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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-08-07 02:48 PM
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21. magic 8 ball tells me
someone has been poisoning the pigeons, etc. w.out a proper license, tsk!
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lumpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-08-07 03:26 PM
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22. My first thought
nt
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TX-RAT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-08-07 04:32 PM
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24. May not be intentional
Some feeds get a mold on them that can be very toxic. Damp weather just makes it worse.
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notadmblnd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-08-07 04:05 PM
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23. I'm beginning to think this is a prank
nt
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