Tria821 t1_jbhexr3 wrote

It was my understanding that the PA GOP cut a deal with McCormick; if he didn't force a recount and extend the 2022 Primary and let Oz have it. The powers-that-be assured him that they would clear the way for him in 2024.

So either way, if Mastriano does run, it will rip apart what remains of the GOP. Honestly, sensible Republicans need to force the MAGA crowd out of the GOP, make them start their own MAGA/Q-party.


Tria821 t1_j8uw5ok wrote

I intend to call the number that was posted in the article you shared. Thank you for sharing that, btw. My family's farm is on the Eastern side of the state but these are the things we worry about. The documentation that had to be done when 'mad cow disease' was more prominent in the 90s has apparently left a mark on me. It was mostly a steer issue but there were questions about the milk supply and dog food supply too. (if a cow is on it's last legs you sell it; if it is standing when they come for it you get a decent price because it can be used for human consumption, but if it can't stand up it can only be sold for dog food and you get next to nothing for it - but still better than having to bring out the dozer and bury it - so sudden worries about mad cow disease had a lot of family farmers and local vets having to go back a few months and hope they had kept the paperwork for everything)


Tria821 t1_j8uut66 wrote

I'm reading that first one as a meat-centric statement. And this time of year most herds wouldn't be pasture fed, it would be silage and other stored grains that could be an issue, those tend not to be exposed to sunlight or rain - so being undercover 'may' protect them from contamination in the first place, if silage in a silo that is in good repair it would probably have had minimum contact with contamination, but if not that could be another issue.

The short half life does relieve some worry and over all I would think that the largest concentrations would end up in the lungs and livers of the animals but without much research being done on what chemicals cross the 4 stomachs and get into the cow's milk supply I would hope that enterprising grad students make this a priority area of research.


Tria821 t1_j8utblr wrote

It is my understanding (and I left the farm over a decade ago so it may no longer be accurate) that dairy farms picked a processor who would come around with a tanker truck 2x or 3x a week, depending on production, and take that milk to a REGIONAL processing/bottling plant. It's that regional part that concerns me. Without knowing how far or for how long any contamination may linger - AND knowing the industry's reputation for putting profits far above worrying about people, I am concerned.

I don't know if pasteurizing would concentrate or eliminate these contaminations. I believe (airborne) the EPA accepts 1ppm per day as not harmful, but we're seeing 60+ppm in the area right now. What happens to any animals that aren't outright killed by the chemicals? Are we tracking to see where these herds get sent? What if they are transported/sold to farmers in Virginia or to farms on the far side of the Appalachians, or to upstate NY? How are we tracking every cow? ARE we tracking any cows?

What happens to school children who received minor exposure from the derailment, but then end up also consuming low-level contaminated dairy or grain products? We may not even have the data to answer these questions, but what I do know is that I don't trust Nestle, Aurora or any of the other processors to police themselves.


Tria821 t1_j8uqvtw wrote

I'm wondering about the accumulated amounts if, for example, it gets into the milk supply. I do realize that the dairy tankers dump all their milk into a large holding tank and that would lessen the amount of chemicals, but would pasteurization eliminate them if they are as volatile as the linked paper claims? What if that milk is used to make cheese, would that result in a concentration of the chemicals instead? Does anyone have the answers to those questions?


Tria821 t1_j8qgxov wrote

It may well be a letter reminding you because IF you don't pay double in March as you verbally agreed to, he is one step ahead in the magistrate's eyes when it comes time to file for eviction/possession. Normally you aren't in danger until something is sent certified. For really bad situations a constable will hand deliver it to you or post it on your door.


Tria821 t1_ir28fla wrote

Forensic reconstruction help in modern day murder cases. We can practice on old skulls, 'humanizing' bones, to draw the interests of modern man. On the pathology side, we learn a lot from studying the remains of even the recently dead all the way through early humans to see how diseases mutated, how/if they were treated back then, and to learn how a disease might progress without having to leave current patients to suffer for research.