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    2.10.2016  
    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

    2.08.2016  
    Monday's a dog.  (Ann and Sera)

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    2.02.2016  
    Monday was a dog.  (via UberPuppy)

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    2/02/2016 05:40:00 PM

    1.18.2016  
    Monday's a dog.

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    1/18/2016 09:20:00 PM

    1.14.2016  

    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.       
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       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
    Urp.  







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    1/14/2016 08:32:00 PM

    1.12.2016  

    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.
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    Would you like your McBSE with fries?

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    1/12/2016 07:49:00 PM

    1.11.2016  

    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. 

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    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).   LINKhttp://barfblog.com/2015/08/can-scrapie-in-sheep-cause-disease-in-humans/

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    12/05/2015 10:24:00 PM

    6.12.2014  

    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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    10.01.2012  
    Monday's a dog.

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    10/01/2012 09:07:00 PM

     
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    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

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    10/01/2012 08:18:00 PM

    7.16.2012  
    Monday's a dog.

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    7.01.2012  
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    Are You Drunk Or Just On Your Cell Phone?

    Keep Corvallis Weirder

    My Kid Sacked Your Quarterback

    When Hell Freezes Over I will Ski There Too.

    Driver Carries No Cash; All Spent On Horse

    Democratic Women Are The Life Of The Party

    My Next Dog Will Be Normal

    Stupid Should Hurt.

    Sarcasm; Just One More Service I Offer.

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    7/01/2012 06:53:00 PM

    5.21.2012  
    Monday's a dog.

    What happened to your bone Bailey?

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    4.25.2012  
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    4/25/2012 08:54:00 PM

    4.19.2012  
     From Guest Poster Elaine Hirsch:

    Causing Public Panic:  The Oregon E.Coli  Outbreak

    For anyone getting a public administration degree, a serious outbreak of foodborne illness is somewhat of a worst nightmare. The panic, the  uncertainty, and the heartache will be coupled with the demand for answers, which officials may not have, and the need for an action plan.

    The recent Escherichia coli outbreak linked to raw milk from a Portland-area farm has affected a confirmed five children, and has sickened four more, Oregon health authorities report. The Oregon Public Health Division, a government agency, was first alerted to a potential E. coli outbreak April 13, when three children presented with E. coli-like symptoms at area hospitals. The outbreak was traced to raw milk distributed from Foundation Farm in Wilsonville. Authorities have ordered the destruction of all milk remaining on that farm, and have begun testing in barns and on nearby land for evidence of contamination. Anyone who has purchased the milk is advised to dispose of it immediately.

    For now, the outbreak seems limited to milk sold by Foundation Farm. The farm owns four dairy cows, and sells milk to local residents through a limited “herd share” program. As such, the potential contamination base is relatively small.

    “Milk from Foundation Farm and raw cow’s milk in general is not allowed to be sold in retail stores in Oregon,” Christine Stone, a spokeswoman for the Oregon Health Authority, said in an April 13 press release. “The dairy only distributed to 48 households that were part of a herdshare, in which people contract to take ownership of a portion of a herd or individual animals.” The families are spread across Clackamas, Washington, and Multnomah counties.

    The Health Authority has made initial contact with each one, both to check up on health and to give information about identifying the signs and symptoms of an E. coli infection. As of April 17, the tally of confirmed infections rests at 5, all under 15 years of age. Three are currently hospitalized for acute kidney failure. Four more children and one adult who drank the Foundation Farm milk have severe gastrointestinal issues, though initial E. coli tests have come back negative.

    Health Authority officials are hard at work uncovering the precise source of the infection. According to the Oregonian, all remaining milk has been confiscated, and officials have already collected a range of “environmental samples” from the dairy and surrounding 17-acre farm. “Those samples are now being tested for harmful bacteria by a lab outside Seattle that specializes in foodborne outbreaks,” the Oregonian said.

    Raw milk from other sources is not currently under scrutiny, and continues to be distributed by separate farms in the area.  Oregon’s Health Authority nevertheless warns that drinking raw, unpasteurized milk presents an unusually high risk of E. coli, no matter how clean or safe a dairy is.

    “Raw milk can carry harmful bacteria that can make you very sick or kill you,” Katrina Hedberg, an epidemiologist with the Oregon Public Health Division, told Portland’s KTVZ news. “Raw milk is not any healthier than pasteurized milk and can carry illness-causing bacteria.”

    The raw milk E. coli outbreak comes just as the Oregon Agriculture Department launches a food safety training and education course designed specifically to educate on and limit E. coli contamination at small farms. A fatal strain of E. coli on strawberries sold throughout Oregon in the summer of 2011 caused significant heartache for farmers and consumers alike. The training and education course, which is offered in partnership with the state’s various berry commissions, runs April 17 to May 2 in various Oregon towns.

    [Note: info on the food safety training session is available here: http://www.thepacker.com/fruit-vegetable-news/Berry-safety-training-sessions-set-in-Oregon-146166785.html]

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    4/19/2012 08:10:00 PM

    3.27.2012  
    Monday was a dog.

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    3/27/2012 10:07:00 PM

    2.27.2012  
    Monday's a dog. (Rescue Me)


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    2/27/2012 08:10:00 PM

     
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    2/27/2012 03:50:00 PM

    11.17.2011  

    Public Transportation in Oregon

    The state of Oregon has done an impressive job in urban planning and creating an efficient public transportation system. The cities of Portland and Corvallis are both shining examples of what public funds can do to create bike lanes to promote not only alternative modes of transportation but also health and wellness. As environmental and health concerns related to transportation continue to mount, cities like these will be important case studies in master's degree programs and other contexts of studying urban planning.

    Portland consistently ranks in the top five best cities for public transportation in the country. Portland’s public transportation system is called TriMet and includes bus service, light rail service, the WES commuter rail, and the Portland streetcar. The TriMet system not only serves the city proper, but also the suburbs Hillsboro, Beaverton, and Gresham.

    One of the best features of the Portland public transportation system is the downtown Free Rail Zone, which includes Pioneer Square, Union Station, and the Rose Quarter. In this central area of the city all light rail and streetcars are free every day of the year.

    Portland also ranks at or near the top of most lists of bike-friendly American cities. Many public and private agencies provide free bike maps of the hundreds of miles of bike and walking paths in the greater Portland area. One of the most widely used agencies is the Portland Bureau of Transportation, which provides an extensive amount of information on their website.

    Although the city of Corvallis is much smaller than Portland, it also prides itself for great public transportation. It's also known as one of the best cities in the nation for bike access, possibly even better than Portland.

    Much of the Corvallis Transit System's ridership is comprised of students attending Oregon State University, located in downtown Corvallis. With a student population of about 20,000, it's comparable to the University of Oregon in Eugene. OSU depends upon the city to provide efficient service to its students as well as the rest of the community.

    Oregon doesn't collect a state sales tax, which makes the reality of having one of the best options for alternative transportation in the country even more impressive. Because of the many efficient public transportation systems and efficient bike networks throughout the state, Oregon will no doubt continue to be an exemplar of public transit infrastructure and alternative transportation as we enter an age when personal cars will be more and more untenable.

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    11/17/2011 04:41:00 PM

    10.17.2011  
    Monday's a dog.

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    10/17/2011 08:13:00 PM

    8.15.2011  
    Monday's a dog.


    Phat Molly at Crystal Lake Park in Corvallis.

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    8/15/2011 09:32:00 PM

    6.30.2011  
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    6/30/2011 01:37:00 PM

     
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