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    Annie's Annals

    Monday's  a dog.  (Little Rascal's Petey and  my rascal Sera.)


    4/25/2016 08:52:00 PM

    Monday was a dog.

    My beautiful Jack Russell terrier-boxer mix, Sera from last spring.


    4/12/2016 09:48:00 AM

    Why I Walk Bowlegged, Am  Petite And Hyper-Flexible

    I was recently investigated for being a malingerer, someone who fakes or exaggerates their illness.Nail Patella Syndrome is complex, nearly invisible and exhausting.

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    4/08/2016 08:04:00 PM


    Monday's a dog. 


    3/21/2016 08:24:00 PM

    Monday's a dog. 


    3/14/2016 08:48:00 PM


    Rex Jakabosky has passed from this life and has gone to his eternal life with his Lord and Savior.
     “Ramblin” Rex was born in Upland California. As a young man, his love of music was clear and he pursued his passion throughout his life. He sang, played piano, guitar, harmonica, which he learned from his grandmother, the trumpet and just about anything he got his hands on. While they were in high school together in Lancaster, California, he met and played with Frank Zappa, who later formed the group, The Mothers of Invention and and Henry Vestine, one of the original members of Canned Heat.  LINK

    3/11/2016 10:20:00 AM


     Want your McBSE with fries?

    Food and Drug Administration's new guide for feeding farm animals has nolegally binding components but provides "guidelines" for safe feeding.

    This guidance is intended to help animal producers develop procedures and practices to ensure the use of safe feed in animal production. It applies to all feed offered to farm animals,whether the feed is obtained from commercial suppliers, or produced on the farm. It also applies to products consumed by animals during pasture grazing, pre- or post- harvest grazing, free-rang.....LINK

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    3/10/2016 08:47:00 PM


    To the right is a picture of my shadow on Thanksgiving day 2015, holding my shawl out.  I knew that picture reminded me of something and I came across this Eagles album cover recently.

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    3/07/2016 08:13:00 PM

    Monday's a dog.  (Sera attacking the sprinkler and getting her teeth cleaned.)


    3/07/2016 08:04:00 PM

    Monday was a dog.

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    3/01/2016 07:39:00 PM


    Environmental Contamination From Prions

    Can Mad Cow disease be contracted from the environment?  Possibly.

    Various studies have shown that infectious prions can enter the environment through saliva, feces, urine, blood, or placenta from infected animals, as well as by decaying carcasses LINK
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    2/15/2016 07:51:00 PM


    Monday's A Dog (Beautiful Pyrenese Mix Roxie)

    2/15/2016 07:43:00 PM

    Bumper Sticker Sitings

    Why Yes As A Matter Of Fact I Am A Rocket Scientist

    The Closer You Get The Slower I Go

    Scientists Do It Repeatedly

    Jeeps Are Cute Barbie Drives One

    Got Science?

    My Dog For Mayor

    Jesus Is Coming Look Busy

    Clear Cut Wall Street

    Need More Gun Control?  Try Using Two Hands

    Horn Broken, Watch For Finger

    A Good Hunter Doesn't Need An Assault Rifle

    If You're Going To Ride My Ass At Least Pull My Hair

    More Trees Less A$$holes

    TUIF, Thank Unions It's Friday

    Frankly Dear, I don't Want A Dam

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    2/10/2016 09:11:00 PM

    Monday's a dog.  (Ann and Sera)


    2/08/2016 08:37:00 PM

    Monday was a dog.  (via UberPuppy)


    2/02/2016 05:40:00 PM

    Monday's a dog.


    1/18/2016 09:20:00 PM


    Methodology For Detecting Prions In Vitro

    Because Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is so rare, any assay for the disease must have near-perfect specificity. A problem with both cycling assays is that PrPC converts into oligomers and fibrils in the absence of PrPSc. Additional work is needed to address this problem. Nevertheless it is possible that these assays could one day lead to earlier diagnosis and treatments, if the latter become available.  LINK

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    1/14/2016 08:53:00 PM


    And I Quote "Eating Brains Is Not A Good Idea"

    The Pennsylvania Game Commission confiscated deer brains and other deer parts from a Lititz restaurant earlier this month, according to state inspectors.
    The brains, heads, muscle meat and other parts were taken after New China House's operator couldn't provide documentation the meat was from an approved source, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. While farm-raised venison may be sold legally, it’s illegal to sell game animals killed by hunters, according to officials.       
       The deer parts were thrown out, Logan Hall, a department spokesman, said Thursday. Inspectors returned for follow-up inspection the next day and found 14 more deficiencies. They included an unidentifiable pig organ on premise, which the operator's wife said was her lunch, according to the inspection report. It was discarded.  LINK

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    1/14/2016 08:32:00 PM


    Surprise:  Grass Can Uptake And Bind With Chronic Wasting Disease Prions

    According to researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston  grass plants can bind, uptake and transport infectious prions. Why this is so important takes some understanding of what prions are.
    Much smaller than bacteria, prions are single proteins that cannot be destroyed by typical “kill strategies” such as extreme heat or ultraviolet light.
    “With prions, nothing like that works,” said Claudio Soto, Ph.D., a UTHealth researcher and lead author of an article about the topic published May 26, 2015, in Cell Reports.
    These protein-based infectious agents cause the characteristic spongy degeneration of the brain, leading to emaciation, abnormal behavior, loss of bodily functions, and death. As such, they are responsible for a group of fatal diseases referred to as transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE). The group includes so-called “mad cow disease” (bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE) in cattle, scrapie in sheep, and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans, which, according to the World Health Organization, has been “strongly linked” to eating beef products contaminated with central nervous system tissue, such as spinal cord and brain, from cows infected with mad cow disease.
    Would you like your McBSE with fries?

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    1/12/2016 07:49:00 PM


    7 Cases Of Chronic wasting disease in White tail Texan Deer Bred In Captivity For Hunting Industry

    People may have eaten potentially infected deer.

    There have now been seven cases of the fatal disease reported in Texas.  LINK

    These deer were bred in captivity to use as game for the huge multi-million dollar hunting industry in Texas.

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    1/11/2016 09:24:00 PM


    Chronic Wasting Disease in Texas Deer Could Potentially Harm Hunting Industry

    State officials moved quickly. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, working with the Texas Animal Health Commission, set up new rules limiting when and how breeders could move deer, and began requiring more testing, which requires killing the deer to obtain brain tissue samples.
    “They want you to kill the herd and test them for just in case,” said deer breeder Mike Wood. “That makes no sense…. I said I’m just not going to do it.”
     But as the late fall openings of white-tailed deer seasons approach, many in the industry are chafing under the new rules, claiming the state has overreacted and might do more harm to their livelihoods than the disease itself.   LINK

    1/11/2016 09:18:00 PM



    A Disease Similar to Mad Cow Disease, CJD, Was Found In A Captive Texas Deer in the Summer of 2015.

    According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the white-tailed deer came from a facility in Medina County south of San Antonio. It died early last month, and tested positive for the disease this week.
    This is the first case of chronic wasting disease detected in a captive white-tailed deer in Texas, according to the department.
    Chronic wasting disease is similar to mad cow disease, which eats away at the brain.  LINK

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    1/11/2016 09:07:00 PM

    Monday's a dog. 


    1/11/2016 08:20:00 PM


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    12/05/2015 10:31:00 PM


    Can Scrapies in Sheep Transform Into Human Form of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

    The paper provides evidence in a laboratory experiment that some Classical scrapie isolates can propagate in humanised transgenic mice and produce prions that on second passage are similar to those causing one form of sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD).   LINK

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    12/05/2015 10:24:00 PM


    June 12, 2014                     Mad Cow News

    "4,000 pounds of rib-eyes, other beef recalled; mad cow disease a concern." LINK

    Six members of Congress are urging federal agricultural officials to ban the interstate movement of captive deer, saying a national industry that breeds bucks to be shot as trophies in "canned" hunts isn't worth the disease risks.  [for chronic wasting disease] LINK

    Confirmed variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) case in Texas LINK





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    11/24/2013 08:59:00 AM

    Monday's a dog.


    10/01/2012 09:07:00 PM


    Legalize Freedom

    Tine Fay For VP

    Make Cupcakes Not War

    Music Is Love

    I Love Weed, It's A Town Officer

    All My Faults Are Normal

    Guns Don't Kill People, Drivers On Cell Phones Do

    Choose Civility

    Vegetarians Do It With Relish

    Just Shut Up And Fish


    10/01/2012 08:18:00 PM

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