TRACEABILITY and government agencies

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by John Munsell ~~ 12-30-09


After implementing policies for many years which complicate, if not make impossible, tracebacks to the source, USDA/FSIS seems to indicate it is willing to consider a midstream change in its attitudes, and policies, regarding Tracebacks to the TRUE ORIGIN of contamination.

The December 9 issue of Dow Jones also refers to the upcoming January USDA hearing, but no specific date has been set. One of many concerns I have is that the agency may well attempt to produce yet another prosaic Notice/Directive/Policy which multiplies words, but accomplishes nothing, the primary objective being to disingenuously and piously portray USDA as America’s ultimate public health agency. The agency’s historical refusal to trace-back to the origin is readily understood.

First of all, it is pertinent to note that E.coli and Salmonella are “Enteric” bacteria, which by definition means that they emanate from within animals’ intestines, and by extension proliferate on manure-covered hides. Retail meat markets (insert Lunds/Byerlys et al), restaurants (insert Sizzlers and dozens others here), and the majority of meat processing plants (review this century’s recalls) do NOT slaughter, thus do not have animal intestines or manure-covered hides on their premises. Therefore, it is reasonable to conclude that the vast majority of E.coli and Salmonella-laced meat is caused by sloppy kill floor dressing procedures. More

AT&T Wireless and Starbuck’s “Free” WiFi Isn’t Quite What It Seems


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by Gary Rea  (c) copyright 2010  All Rights Reserved

Being the owner of a new WiFi-enabled laptop (a netbook, to be exact), I’ve been getting a first-hand education in obtaining free wireless connections wherever I go. Among the lessons I’ve learned is that Starbuck’s supposedly “free” wireless access, provided by AT&T Wireless, is anything but.

First, I looked up Starbuck’s online and read about their “free” WiFi. It sounded great, but there was much information left out, as I discovered when I asked a Starbuck’s employee about it later. He told me I’d have to pay $5 for a card that had the access code printed on it and then I’d be able to access Starbuck’s “free” WiFi at any Starbuck’s location – for two hours at a time, that is. Underwhelmed by this offer, I decided it wasn’t worth it, especially since these cards need to be “renewed” after so many uses – at an additional $5.

This is only the tip of an ugly WiFi iceberg, though. As I discovered on New Year’s Day, while having breakfast at a Starbuck’s, if you try to connect to a wireless router – even someone else’s – at some point, you’ll get a Starbuck’s/AT&T WiFi login page popping up on your browser, More

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