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Mad Cow Disease Discovered in California
I wondered myself, but it was found in a dead cow, not Jerry or Nancy.
The cow had died at one of the region's hundreds of dairies, but hadn't exhibited outward symptoms of the disease: unsteadiness, incoordination, a drastic change in behavior or low milk production, officials said. "We randomly pick a number of samples throughout the year, and this just happened to be one that we randomly sampled," Baker Commodities executive vice president Dennis Luckey said. "It showed no signs" of disease.

On Tuesday, federal agriculture officials announced the findings: the animal had atypical BSE. That means it didn't get the disease from eating infected cattle feed. It was "just a random mutation that can happen every once in a great while in an animal," said Bruce Akey, at Cornell University. "Random mutations go on in nature all the time."
So that explains Jerry, Nancy, and the others - atypical spongiform encephalopathy.
In humans, experts say it can occur in one in 1 million people, causing sponge-like holes in the brain. But they say not enough is known about how and how often the disease strikes cattle.
So the atypical form can't explain all the politicians, but it's pretty clear about Cynthia McKinney.
The disease cannot be transmitted by contact among cows, and experts say it's unclear whether this rare type of BSE ever has been transmitted from a cow to a human by eating meat.
This next quote was worth the price of admission:
"It's appropriate to be cautious, it's appropriate to pay attention and it's appropriate to ask questions, but now let's watch and see what the researchers find out in the next couple of days," said James Culler, director of the UC Davis dairy food safety laboratory and an authority on BSE.

"Are you worried about all of the meteors that passed the earth last night while you were sleeping? Of course not," Culler said. "Would you pay 90 percent of your salaries to set up all of the observatories on earth to watch for them? Of course not. It's the same thing."
Right. Nor would I pay millions of dollars to keep proving global warming is real and caused by Republican activities.
Posted by:Bobby

California eh? Then cows are probably probably prohibited from packing....

(just had to post this....)
Posted by: CrazyFool   2012-04-25 18:13  

#12  Where does that pink McDonalds' rejected, government school lunch approved, ammonia-beef goo come in?

OK, pink slime might have been going too far. Might have. But I think the rest is true. And if you bite into organic buffalo, or even beef for that matter, you'll taste the difference.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305   2012-04-25 17:30  

#11  MREs
Posted by: Nimble Spemble   2012-04-25 14:38  

#10  Where does that pink McDonalds' rejected, government school lunch approved, ammonia-beef goo come in?
Posted by: rjschwarz   2012-04-25 14:36  

#9  But, hey, there's still bacon.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305   2012-04-25 12:40  

#8  Grass fed, dry aged, hormone free, organic buffalo. Mmmmmmmmm!

Doesn't even come from California! Tastes a whole heckuva lot better than hormone injected, fed whatever, wet aged pink slime. Expensive though. And nowhere near enough of it to keep McDonalds pumping out the burgers.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305   2012-04-25 12:40  

#7  Mankind is Meatkind
Posted by: Bright Pebbles   2012-04-25 12:09  

#6   Understood, but this is in California, BP. The 'meat-is-evil', 'industry-is-abominable' and 'Goody! Another deflective crisis!' loons have the upper hand in Sacramento.

Also, it's an opportunity for those of us in states that haven't destroyed their meat industry. I suspect that significant parts of California's current population are going to be enthusiastic converts to the cause of tofu.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain   2012-04-25 11:54  

#5  I wouldn't Put it past PETA to infect cows or screw with test results "for the greater good".

I hope they've ended the practice of putting ow meat into cow food because that never made much since to me seeing as they are herbivores and all.
Posted by: Rjschwarz   2012-04-25 10:26  

#4  Not only that, but a Mad Cow Tax provides enhanced revenue opportunities. Not to mention inspection fees, disposal charges and general beak-wetting.
Posted by: SteveS   2012-04-25 09:08  

#3  Understood, but this is in California, BP. The 'meat-is-evil', 'industry-is-abominable' and 'Goody! Another deflective crisis!' loons have the upper hand in Sacramento.
Posted by: Mullah Richard   2012-04-25 09:03  

#2  These things can happen randomly if the immune system has a weakness to prions.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles   2012-04-25 08:39  

#1  We're told not to be too worried, but I'm betting the livestock farmers in California (and wherever state/country these cattle came from or are going to) are a tad interested.

Scary stuff if you're told to 'eliminate' your herd to curb the spread.
Posted by: Mullah Richard   2012-04-25 08:09