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The outgoing Secretary of Health and Human Services says the two biggest health threats to the country are the impending bird flu epidemic and the possibility of terrorists poisoning the food supply. Is this a burst of honesty on the way out? And, shouldn't we be like, very scared?

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/04/politics/04health.html?hp&ex=1102222800&en=119916d35da95708&ei=5094&partner=homepage

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No, you shouldn't. This is a parting shot by Thompson that's just part of the bigger fear campaign this adminstration is so viciously promoting in order to stay in power and ram through their fascist agenda.

 

Bird flu is a real threat, but there's no evidence yet that it is spreading rapidly outside Southeast Asia. Even if it were, there's no point in losing sleep over it because there's no vaccine available for it yet. If it gets you, it gets you. If it doesn't, something else will, like a runaway city bus or a massive heart attack or a serial murderer. Living in constant fear WILL kill you, because the stress is causes will lower your immune response and can even trigger serious autoimmune disorders, some of which are extremely nasty and potentially fatal! If you can't live with the worry, do like so many Asians do when they get colds: buy disposable surgical masks to wear when you go out, and remember to wash your hands constantly and avoid touching your face and mouth if you haven't washed your hands first.

 

As for poisoning food, it's another possibility, but what can you do about it? It could have happened at any time (and has, occasionally), not just now when the threat of terrorism has increased. If you're really worried, buy fresh food and cook it at home. Beware of botulism if you try home canning, though! More people probably get sick and die of that than do from commercially processed food!

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Yes, it is a burst of honesty. The unprecedented resignations from the MisAdmenustration is because these folks have dared to do the unthinkable: they disagreed with Jesus W. Bush. none of these people are allowed to do their jobs unless they follow Karl Rove's carefully scripted plan. Why do you think Christine Todd Whitman and Paul O'Neill left so early on? This is Thompson's parting shot, if you will, a final 'fuck you' to the MisAdmenustration.

 

Do you think it's a coincidence that when the dust has settled, the only ones left are Rumsfeld and Condi, the two biggest incompetents in the MisAdmenustration? (Well, next to Jesus W, natch)

 

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>As for poisoning food, it's another possibility, but what can

>you do about it? It could have happened at any time (and has,

>occasionally), not just now when the threat of terrorism has

>increased. If you're really worried, buy fresh food and cook

>it at home. Beware of botulism if you try home canning,

>though! More people probably get sick and die of that than do

>from commercially processed food!

 

Nasty stuff in food is one of the reasons we have immune systems. People ate stuff for a long, long time without washing, cleaning or even cooking. Now that we're more hygenic, there are more of us to feed. In the course of humanity, hygene is a relatively recent invention.

 

There are two or three well documented attempts to poison some part of the food chain in a meaningful way. There has been one attempt to contaminate a municipal water supply in the US. All of the effort involved produced exactly one illness and no deaths. Keep in mind that a fair bit of actual poison gets sprayed on some foods in the fields to keep pests off. Washing removes most but not all. What's left certainly gets diluted.

 

Your food is not nearly so pure as the big food producers want you to think it is. Just visit a grain elevator or slaughterhouse. Or, better, a big commercial bakery. Even the best have what are delicately described as vermin issues at least occasionally.

 

Get to the gym, do your cardio, toss some iron, keep your immune system happy then go out and eat whatever the hell you want to, in moderation, and stop worrying.

 

--EBG

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>Do you think it's a coincidence that when the dust has

>settled, the only ones left are Rumsfeld and Condi, the two

>biggest incompetents in the MisAdmenustration? (Well, next to

>Jesus W, natch)

 

 

Maybe Rumy & Condi are the Two Biggest Problems.

Or is it God's Own Party & Dubya??

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OK Thompson was the Secretary of Health and Human Serivces, and his biggest concern on the way out is terrorism? Yes this is a continued strategy to make us fearful.

 

Why didn't the Secretary of Health and Human Services discuss the huge number of uninsured, the skyrocketing cost of drugs and healthcare, or failures of the F.D.A. to do what they are supposed to do. These are all things that he could have done something about, but chose not to. Instead he wants us to continue to worry about terrorsm. This man is a disgrace!

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In case you haven't noticed, they're ALL disgraceful. Even Colin Powell, who may be moderate and sane on most issues but who campaigned actively against gays being able to serve in the military.

 

Four loooong more years to go! After all, Jesus W. Bush hasn't even been re-inaugurted yet! x(

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As much as people have criticized Bush's administration, why would anyone criticize his replacement of any of them. I am personally glad to see Thompson and Ashcroft leave. The thing people forget was that Bush chose people the first time trying to please someone. In Thompson and Ashcroft's cases, the right. It is known that Bush didn't like Ashcroft either. Thought he was too much of a cowboy, hogged publicity, and felt he thought he was untouchable. Well Bush will not be running for anything again so now he is putting HIS people in. Hell why not, good riddance. Powell lost on his fight with Rummy, but Rummy should clean up the mess he helped start.

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You mistake loathing for paranoia. If you check the dictionary you'll see they're not the same thing. You'll also see that this site is divided between people who know and remember history (and don't wish to repeat parts of it) and those who are utterly ignorant of it and are therefore condemned to repeat and experience all the mistakes of the past.

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>Your food is not nearly so pure as the big food producers want

>you to think it is.

 

The FDA regulations on maximum allowed contaminant levels in processed food make fascinating table talk. At random...

 

COMMODITIES AND DEFECT ACTION LEVELS

(Product/DEFECT (Method)/Action Level)

 

ALLSPICE, GROUND Insect Filth (AOAC 981.21) Average of 30 or more insect fragments per 10 grams Rodent filth (AOAC 981.21) Average of 1 or more rodent hairs per 10 grams DEFECT SOURCE: Insect fragments - pre/post harvest and processing insect infestation. Rodent hair - post harvest and/or processing contamination with animal hair or excreta SIGNIFICANCE: Aesthetic

 

APPLE BUTTER Mold (AOAC 975.51) Average of mold count is 12% or more

Rodent filth (AOAC 945.76) Average of 4 or more rodent hairs per 100 grams of apple butter Insects (AOAC 945.76) Average of 5 or more whole or equivalent insects (not counting mites, aphids, thrips, or scale insects) per 100 grams of apple butter DEFECT SOURCE: Mold - post harvest infection. Rodent hair - post harvest and/or processing contamination with animal hair. Whole or equivalent insects - preharvest, and/or post harvest and/or processing insect infestation, SIGNIFICANCE: Aesthetic

 

FIG PASTE Insects (AOAC 964.23) Contains 13 or more insect heads per 100 grams of fig paste in each of 2 or more subsamples DEFECT SOURCE: Pre-harvest and/or post harvest and/or processing insect infestation SIGNIFICANCE: Aesthetic

 

FIGS Insect filth and/or mold and/or dirty fruit or pieces of fruit

(MPM-V53) Average of 10% or more by count are insect-infested and/or moldy and/or dirty fruit or pieces of fruit DEFECT SOURCE: Insect infested - Pre-harvest and/or post harvest infestation, Moldy - preharvest infection. Dirt - harvest contamination SIGNIFICANCE: Aesthetic, Potential health hazard - may contain mycotoxin producing fungi

 

MACARONI AND NOODLE PRODUCTS Insect filth (AOAC 969.41) Average of 225 insect fragments or more per 225 grams in 6 or more subsamples

Rodent filth (AOAC 969.41) Average of 4.5 rodent hairs or more per 225 grams in 6 or more subsamples DEFECT SOURCE: Insect fragments - preharvest and/or post harvest and/or processing infestation. Rodent hair - post harvest and/or processing contamination with animal hair or excreta SIGNIFICANCE: Aesthetic

 

OREGANO, GROUND Insect filth (AOAC 975.49) Average of 1250 or more insect fragments per 10 grams Rodent filth (AOAC 975.49) Average of 5 or more rodent hairs per 10 grams DEFECT SOURCE: Insect fragments - preharvest and/or post harvest and/or processing insect infestation, Rodent hair - post harvest and/or processing contamination with animal hair or excreta SIGNIFICANCE: Aesthetic

 

PEANUT BUTTER Insect filth (AOAC 968.35) Average of 30 or more insect fragments per 100 grams Rodent filth (AOAC 968.35) Average of 1 or more rodent hairs per 100 grams Grit (AOAC 968.35) Gritty taste and water insoluble inorganic residue is more than 25 mg per 100 grams DEFECT SOURCE: Insect fragments - preharvest and/or post harvest and/or processing insect infestation, Rodent hair - post harvest and/or processing contamination with animal hair or excreta, Grit - harvest contamination SIGNIFICANCE: Aesthetic

 

POPCORN Rodent filth (AOAC 950.91) 1 or more rodent excreta pellets are found in 1 or more subsamples, and 1 or more rodent hairs are found in 2 or more other subsamples OR 2 or more rodent hairs per pound and rodent hair is found in 50% or more of the subsamples

OR 20 or more gnawed grains per pound and rodent hair is found in 50% or more of the subsamples Field corn 5% or more by weight of field corn DEFECT SOURCE: Rodent excreta - post harvest and/or processing animal contamination, Rodent hair - post harvest and/or processing contamination with animal hair or excreta, Rodent gnawing - post harvest and/or processing damage, Field corn - harvest contamination SIGNIFICANCE: Aesthetic

 

TOMATO JUICE Drosophila fly (AOAC 955.46) Average of 10 or more fly eggs per 100 grams OR 5 or more fly eggs and 1 or more maggots per 100 grams OR 2 or more maggots per 100 grams, in a minimum of 12 subsamples Mold (AOAC 965.41) Average mold count in 6 subsamples is 24% or more and the counts of all of the subsamples are more than 20% DEFECT SOURCE: Fly eggs & maggots - preharvest and/or post harvest and/or processing insect infestation, Mold - preharvest and/or post harvest and/or processing infection SIGNIFICANCE: Aesthetic

 

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