Friday, April 15, 2005

Bovine Spongiform

You've heard all about political incorrectness. How about biological incorrectness? That's Bovine Spongiform Encephalitis (BSE), or as must of us call it, Mad Cow. It was named BSE because the disease slowly eats away at the brain, causing it to look like a sponge.

You see, a while ago (not really sure when), ranchers and factory farms starting feeding cows to cows - that is, dead cows would be ground up and fed back to live cows. It seems this would allow the live cows to grow faster, thus getting them "to market" faster. Feeding cows to cows, who are natural herbivores, is about as natural as, oh, say, humans drinking the milk of another species.

(One of my friends says, "oh yeah, calves can drink their mother's milk, but they've also got 5 stomachs to digest it all. How many have you got?")

Anyway, with all the transgressions an evils brought to us (read Fast Food Nation for a history) from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - both hidden and exposed, this one has got to be near the top of the heap.

CBC has broken a story about a possible USDA cover-up of two cases of Mad Cow appearing in a New York abbatoir. It seems that those crazy-ass people who worked in the slaughterhouse thought the cows had Mad Cow, but when the veterinary in charge tested the animals, he didn't test critical portions of the animals' brains. This testing is the most accurate to determine if BSE is present.

Later, when investigators went to look for the animals' brains and have them re-tested, critical portions of the brains were missing..... Anybody having a JFK flashback, here?

"So when I subpoenaed the state department asking to perform an autopsy on the president's brain, you know what they told me? That the president's brain was missing."

Thought that was kinda funny and a bit scary, too.

I also wondered how a veterinarian could actually work for the USDA. Aren't these guys trained to help and save animals? All they really do is take bribes to "certify" that a plant is acting humanely.

That's all.

3 Comments:

Blogger Mike said...

Andrew,

I was wondering when you would get around to a comment on my post linking your blog.

I wouldn't have said anything unless it was interesting and noteworthy... I took the time out of my busy schedule to write something real instead the drivel on my blog.

But just to clear things up for good... wasn't there a time that you were seriously looking for a job with Halliburton, the evil empire that I call home?

You've come a long way baby.

12:24 PM  
Blogger Vic3 said...

The fact that the "James" ossuary was discredited says nothing about the truth of history in the Bible, only about science's initially poor evaluation of that ossuary.

Mary was a virgin when Jesus was born. Mary had more kids after that, or the "brothers" were brothers in how close they were to Jesus...so Mary might have remained a virgin. What contradiction? I am not a Catholic, so I see no problem with Mary losing her virginity after Jesus was born. But either way, there is no contradiction.

I can't see the logic behind doubting scientific support for the Bible because Christian people have been wrong in the past about some scientific issues. (!) [Referring to your statement that, "You can't use science to defend the vailidity of the bible without also remembering all the science that the church has been wrong about all these years...."]

Do you really think we went to war in Iraq because of Christian doctrine? Have you ever studied foreign affairs, economics, or geo-political dynamics? At least you have heard that there is oil in the mid-East and that for many reasons we have national interests in seeing a stable Middle East.

Okay, so we put judgeships off-limits to Christians. What else are Christians not qualified to do? I would like to know. I will start a post called "Andrew's Views" so you can respond there. See you there. ;-)

5:59 PM  
Blogger Vic3 said...

Andrew...please see my short response on my blog.

3:57 PM  

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