Wednesday, February 25, 2004

The trip was lovely, thank you, though rehydration is apparently going to take several days. You east coast people really need to turn the heat down. And stop plying me with whiskey. No, I take the second part back. Also, your new mall is funny, but that Whole Foods is really not very exciting. Nor is at least one restaurant, according to the Times's ineffectively incognito new reviewer:
I might order a glass of sake, stay for the gougères, then feign illness and steal across Columbus Circle to Jean Georges...
Ouch. We did not see young Mrs. Latte while being separated from our money nearby, but we did, apparently, run into Claire Danes, although I didn't recognize her, or really remember who she was, and why it was so scandalous that she was making out with that guy.

Some more, um, meaty things that happened in my absence:

A class-action decision against Tyson is going to to be huge:

SCOTT KILMAN, WALL STREET JOURNAL: The lawyer who won a $1.28 billion antitrust verdict against Tyson Foods Inc. intends to try parlaying that victory into a sweeping overhaul of the U.S. cattle industry.

David A. Domina, the lead attorney in the class-action case heard by a federal jury in Alabama, said he will now ask the judge to limit significantly the ability of the nation's biggest meatpacker to use contractual arrangements to control cattle before they are ready to be slaughtered -- a booming practice that agriculture economists call captive supplies.

If U.S. District Senior Judge Lyle E. Strom agrees, the nation's meatpacking giants could be forced to return to the way they did business two decades ago --- scrambling each day to buy enough cattle to keep their plants busy. Regulators would likely impose the same rules on Tyson's biggest rivals to maintain orderly markets, agriculture officials said.

Alan Guebert has more on the case, along with more mad cow follies:
And even after USDA knew the plant didn't take downer cows, it altered its lucrative BSE-testing offer to Ellestad because it was "so needful of getting samples" to prove that it was doing some -- and, evidently, any was fine by it -- testing.

Even more remarkable--and against unfathomable odds -- a BSE-positive animal walks into the Moses Lake slaughterhouse Dec. 9 and is tested before ascending to hamburger heaven. Two weeks later, USDA claims the animal was a downer despite an already clear line of established evidence to the contrary.

Ever loyal Annie, however, stuck to her guns. On Feb. 19, Veneman maintained the cow was a downer.

This is not at all surprising. The current gang at USDA, like the gang at the White House, seem almost pathological in their belief that the public and the press must disprove their lies before they admit the truth.

More importantly, they believe, if we let their words, actions and ideas go unchallenged or if we fail to completely rout their white lies, half-lies and bald-faced lies, well, then it's our own dumb fault that we then are misled.

Jim Barnett reports that congress is starting to wonder about these discrepancies; and the Cali. Senate freaks out about the the USDA's "memorandum of understanding".

Finally, Muir et al. find still more problems for GM fish [Science NOW | PNAS paper]


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