Saturday, June 11, 2005

Friday Night News Dump/Really Late, Nontorture Edition

USDA says one animal tests positive for Mad Cow

The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed on Friday that one animal has tested positive for Mad Cow disease.

A preliminary test was positive, a second test was negative and officials said the third test was positive. The USDA said an additional test will be performed on tissue from the dead animal.

Jr. Dr. Bloor came home from Kindergarten one day about two months ago and announced he was going to be a vegetarian. He reasoned that since he likes chickens and cows, it really isn't right to be eating them.

The missus and I were a little alarmed, because we weren't sure what it meant for him nutritionally and, from a family systems point of view, because we couldn't take down his argument. We also know he is exponentially more stubborn than either of his parents. So, we got with his program, and since then he's been thriving on a nonmeat diet that is far healthier than what he was eating before. No McDonald's, no ballpark hot dogs, no pepperoni on the pizzas; more fresh fruit, (marginally) more vegetables, vegetarian chicken nuggets, etc ("tofu's not an animal, is it?")

Sometimes kids think they're smarter than their parents. Sometimes they are.


Blogger bluememe said...

I remember an episode of West Wing in which there was a possible mad cow scare. Everyone was scared shitless that it would cause panic and destroy the beef industry for a few years.

People make stupid decisions based on wild over- or under-weighting of risks every day. If the vanishingly small chance of contracting Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy got a few million overweight Americans to reduce their risk profiles for a whole slew of diseases by pushing away from their Big Macs and chicken- fried steaks, I would have no problem with them doing the right thing for the wrong reason.

Alas, it looks like the only things you count on are (a) if two wrongs make a right, most folks will stop at one, and (b) nothing ever happens the way it does in the parallel West Wing universe.

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