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PostPosted: Sat Feb 03, 2007 8:43 pm    Post subject: Bird Flu: 'Tested in Britain' Reply with quote

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/world/international-birdflu-britain.html?hp&ex=1170565200&en=3884f7d4dc28654d&ei=5094&partner=homepage

The first link to this article I saw was on HuffingtonPost - their title was in reference to an outbreak of "Lethal Bird Flu". Obviously their readership is primarily turkeys (talk about your self-writing jokes).

Quote:
Britain Suffers Outbreak of Bird Flu

By REUTERS
Published: February 3, 2007
Filed at 1:01 p.m. ET


HOLTON (Reuters) - Britain scrambled to contain its first outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of bird flu in domestic poultry on Saturday after the virus was found at a farm run by Europe's biggest turkey producer.

Some 2,500 turkeys have died since Thursday at the Bernard Matthews farm near Lowestoft in eastern England. The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said all 159,000 birds there would be culled over the next few days.

``We're in new territory,'' National Farmers' Union Poultry Board chairman Charles Bourns told Reuters. ``We've every confidence in Defra (I'll bet they do - R4) but, until we know how this disease arrived, this is a very apprehensive time for all poultry farmers.''

Defra said the virus was the same pathogenic Asian strain found last month in Hungary where an outbreak among geese on a farm prompted the slaughter of thousands of birds.

That outbreak followed a relative lull in cases of H5N1 among European poultry since hundreds of turkeys died at a farm in east France about a year ago.

The strain tends to be transmitted to poultry by infected migrating wildfowl.

It has killed at least 164 people worldwide since 2003, most of them in Asia, and more than 200 million birds have died from it, or been killed to prevent its spread.

But it has not yet fulfilled scientists' worst fears (read: wildest dreams - R4) by mutating into a form that could be easily transmitted between humans and possibly cause a global pandemic.

UNUSUAL OUTBREAK

Avian flu expert Colin Butter of the Institute of Animal Health said the British outbreak was surprising as it had happened outside the main bird migration period. (It's already out of control! The bird flu is thinking outside the box!!! - R4)

``The next thing we need to know is if this is a primary or secondary case. If this is a secondary case, it is much more serious. If this is the first case, or 'reference case', and we can stamp it out, the outbreak will be controlled,'' he said.

A protection zone was established with a radius of 3 km (2 miles) and a surveillance zone of 10 km around the infected farm. Bird gatherings such as bird shows and pigeon racing were suspended nationwide. (LOL - R4)

Across the North Sea, Norway, which has had no cases of the deadly bird flu strain, responded to the news by ordering farmers to keep poultry indoors in the area south of Nordland county and banned bird gatherings, such as bird shows and competitions.

Britain's poultry industry is worth 3.4 billion pounds ($6.7 billion), with 800 million birds produced each year.

The Health Protection Agency said the current level of risk to humans from H5N1 was extremely low. (Shhhhh!!! - R4)

In May, 50,000 chickens at three farms in Norfolk, also in eastern England and home to some of Europe's biggest poultry farms, were culled after another strain, H7N3, was detected.

A wild swan found dead in Scotland in March had the H5N1 version of the virus. It was thought to have caught the disease elsewhere, died at sea and been washed ashore in Scotland. (Ah-HAH! The lone swan theory. That bird was most likely murdered by PNAC.... - R4)


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2007 1:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Round and round she goes, where she stops, nobody knows...


It appears that the Bernard Matthews Farm has been singled out to demonstrate the inhumane treatment of commercially farmed poultry with the medias giddily providing the print space:
Bernard Matthews staff played 'baseball' with live turkey
EXCLUSIVE: THE BIRD BATTERER

These folks even went so far as illegal entry at Bernard Matthews farm filming a video and bringing back a heart-tugging story:
Stuffed! The Terrible Truth About Turkeys
On the page linked above it is revealed that Kerry Foods owns the Bernard Matthews farm and is part of The Kerry Group plc. On the Kerry group fact sheet are the top three competitors of The Kerry Group;
Northern Foods plc, Unilever and Uniq.

The top three competitors for Northern Foods plc are; Nestle' S.A. or which Nestle' top there competitors are ConAgra, Danone and Kraft Foods. The top three competitors of Unilever are; Proctor & Gamble, Nestle' and Kraft Foods. The top three competitors of Uniq are; Bakkavor, Greencore and Northern foods.

The Bernard Matthews Farm and The Kerry Group are up against some tough luck with this Bird Flu thang, huh... What with them getting that bad streak of heart-yanking publicity and now they got no birds to beat and eat... multinational competitors gettin' on with it like they had nothing to do with all that bad karma... an' Bird Flu is lofted up on high again for all to fear.

Think they (we) gettin' the (psyop) messages (fascism) yet?

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there's some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
-- Robert Frost
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2007 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They should just stop those turkeys from travelling period. Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A BRIEF HISTORY OF BIOLOGICAL WARFARE


A long time ago there was a powerful city-state called Athens.




Historians call Athens the "birthplace of reason" due to their laws, their democratic tendencies and the enlightened thinking of residents like Plato:




Of course, all that thinking didn't stop Athens from getting into a war with their militant neighbor, Sparta.




This is called the Peloponnesian War. To protect themselves from the invading Spartans, the Athenians built a big wall.




Safe inside, the Athenians decided to wait out the seige. Unfortunately for them, the Spartans camped upstream.




Before long, the Athenian people began to fall ill. The sickness rapidly spread throughout the city. The Athenian leader Pericles perished. Panic ensued.

Quote:
'The bodies of dying men lay one upon another, and half-dead creatures reeled about in the streets. The catastrophe became so overwhelming that men cared nothing for any rule of religion or law.'

-Thucydides


And so the Spartans defeated Athens, and the Greek enlightenment died with the city. This episode is known as:





Ah, the plague... It seems nothing causes fear and suffering like a good, old fashioned plague.

The Romans understood this. They were known for catapulting disease-filled containers (and carcasses) over city walls...




...a warfare technique which continued through Napoleon's time.



Of course, plagues weren't just weapons of war. They were also weapons of social control. Just ask that paragon of control, the Catholic church.





The church happily used the panic caused by the "Black Death" to blame and destroy its enemies - the Jews.





Later, when the Europeans finally 'discovered' the 'new world', they brought all this knowledge and experience with them. Rest assured. They used it again...




...and again.





Of course, the Europeans were equal opportunity germ warriors. When the colonists in America openly rebelled, the English deliberately spread smallpox infected slaves amongst them. Calling smallpox his "most dangerous foe", George Washington took the drastic measure of mass inoculating his troops at Valley Forge.





During the American 'Civil' War, Confederate sympathizer (and later Kentucky governor) Dr. Luke Blackburn sent five chests full of what he hoped to be yellow fever infected clothing to Union cities in an attempt to panic the northern civilians.






Of course, it didn't actually work. What Dr. Blackburn didn't know was that yellow fever was only spread by bites from infected mosquitoes.

In fact, nobody knew that for sure until 1901, when Dr. Walter Reed deliberately infected his lovely nurse, Ms. Clara Maass, with a yellow fever mosquito...




...an act which the U.S. Army celebrated by naming their massive bio-medical research facilities after him.





Before long, the world plunged into 'the Great War'. New technology - machine guns - quickly produced a stalemate.





So, all sides rapidly explored much scarier weapons - chemicals!




But the stalemate continued.




Then, seemingly out of nowhere, came the largest world-wide pandemic of all time - the Spanish Flu.





For a year and a half, the Spanish Flu raged around the world, killing millions. Unlike all other influenzas before and since, the Spanish Flu killed young and old alike, including fully healthy adults. No flu strain had ever behaved like this before.

Where do you think it came from? Spain?

Alas, no. It came from here:





Oops. At least the government quickly owned up to its mistake, right?

No again.





The good news is that, in 1925, all the major world powers signed a protocol in Geneva prohibiting the use of bacteriological and biological methods of warfare. The protocol essentially declared that the civilised world no longer believes in spreading fear and terror.

At last, a return to the days of Athenian reason...



So, we should have nothing to worry about, right?


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another great pictograph, back. Bravo.

I'd like to post this up on some other forums, but in a little while. I think they're still doing the in-depth, journalistic research on the Scoop Du Jour, "When Astronauts Attack." Confused

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Rump4!

Sorry, Fintan. Didn't mean to hijack the thread.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



click to enlarge if you've really got nothing better to do :roll:
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, my bad......
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