COLI OUTBREAK IN GERMANY
JUNE 02 2011
With respect to BBC reports on E Coli and food hygiene...
There has been and still is little or no food hygiene in vast areas of
human society on this planet, and if it made the slightest difference
people would be dying like flies from E Coli and much other stuff. But
have to tell you it is a complete waste of time, as are most other
ROUTINE applications of so-called hygiene. It actually causes trouble
and in the long term, BIG trouble. [Of course foodstuff producers and
restaurants should have hygiene standards, that is another matter - but
see June 10th below]
On the London Underground these days we are bombarded with meaningless
safety announcements. MIND THE GAP we are told, even when there is NO
GAP. The resut will be that MIND THE GAP is eventually tuned out of
warning/attention part of consciousness and if these actually IS a gap,
more people will fall into it.
Unless there is reason to suspect a new, dangerous infection is likely,
or the individual needs special protection at the time, it is not
necessary to worry about what we call 'hygiene' other then in quite
obvious ways. The entire life system on this planet, including humans,
is designed/has evolved (take your pick) to function perfectly without
the need for washing anything at all unless it takes our fancy, to
please ourselves or others.
So, in the case of this new bacteria,
some people in some places and/or
buying certain produce can sensibly wash it, though we would save more
lives if they didn't, probably, by finding the source quicker.
I realise the BBC journalists are not to know how ignorant the experts
they call on are, because these experts do indeed know a huge amount.
It is what they do NOT know that makes it all a bad joke. The same
could be said on asking the Pope about Christianity or young Brian Cox
on inertial mass and the fabric of space-time. The elephants in the
invisible to them - often because they are standing on them.
Read this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemolytic-uremic_syndrome
THE BANNING OF IMPORTS OF VEGTABLES OR OTHER FOOD BY ANY COUNTRY IS
CRAZY AND UNACCEPTABLE. IT COULD BRING ECONOMIC CHAOS ON A DANGEROUS
SCALE, COMPARED TO WHICH THOUSANDS OF DEATHS FROM A DISEASE CAUSED BY
THE BACTERIUM WOULD BE INSIGNIFICANT. IT IS UP TO INDIVIDUALS TO CHOOSE
WHAT TO EAT AND WHETHER TO WASH AND COOK IT FIRST. IF WE WISH TO HOLD
OTHER PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR SURVIVAL IN THIS WAY IT WILL END IN
DISASTER FOR ALL. ONLY IN CASES OF DELIBERATE OR OBVIOUSLY NEGLIGENT
POISONING SHOULD SUPPLIERS BE HELD RESPONSIBLE.
JUNE 6th 2011
German beansprouts? A lotta questions now.
Not beansprouts? http://uk.news.yahoo.com/german-organic-farm-behind-e-coli-outbreak-030817105.html
JUNE 7th 2011
Thanks to the expletives who panicked at the beginning of all this €
150 MILLION now has to be paid out, with all the administrative
arguments and expense associated with such measures. More
non-productive, energy wasting expenditure while produce is thrown
away. The lesson has not been learned though. It seems to be too big to
learn. The work on identifying the bacterium was brilliant. I am sure
that progress in finding measures to take to limit its effects in those
who become infected with it will be equally impressive.
22 people have died in this outbreak, though we don't know how much
longer they would have lived without this infection. At 220 million
dollars we are now paying an unproductive $10 million per death. The
money spent on saving the 2,500 who did not die may have been well
spent in comparison and would probably have been spent on health
service costs anyway.
as we do now on the edge of time, at a
rate of development and expansion that is unprecedented on the planet,
augmented by technology and communications systems that change the
holistic as well as the fundamental functions, there are no civilians
in the global enterprise we are engaged in. We are all in the front
line, exactly where we should be.
Shutting down European airspace when an Icelandic volcano erupts in
case a single plane might crash is a way to magically protect some
from blame - and the magic word? Death! Anything that involves DEATH on
a scale that can be personalised
in our crummy media trumps
rationality, evaluation and judgement of any sort. It deals an absolute
card in today's western society where people are told they should
'grieve' and need 'closure' and demand 'justice'.
There are all sorts of actions to be taken when either nature or
humanity itself deals us a sudden blow, but our society reacts like a
body without a brain, where uncontrollable local reactions are all that
decide what happens. That should be all well and good. Action should be
taken at the lowest possible level, at the coal face. But such is the
nature of the high-speed interdependence of the modern globalised
system that high-speed referral needs to be made to levels of wider
consciousness and reflection and, thanks to the same properties, they
can. If it is the case that we have reached such a level of
specialisation that there are no individuals able to take a decsions
that balances the priorities when these involve scientific, economic,
political and philosophical issues, then I suggest a bit more forward
planning is required on the WHAT IF basis.
Now of course there is a difficulty that emerges as soon as a civil
service, under government instigation or on its own, sets up high level
WHAT IF guidelines. It becomes immediately vulnerable. If the WHAT IF
procedures fall into the wrong hands they can be played like a piano by
terrorists or trouble-makers. It was probably when ruminating on such
matters that Tony Blair, having promoted the Freedom of Information
legislation for so long, wondered if he had made a mistake. Absolutes
are no part of rational behaviour. We must use our open society to
debate and discuss, then leave decisions to our elected and appointed
leaders in the hope that the debate has been enlightening.
JUNE 8th 2011
E. coli cases still rising?
JUNE 10th 2011
Well now! It seem there was no contamination found at the suspected
bean-sprout farm but as soon as the sh*t hit the fan they cleaned
the place from top to bottom!
It will be interesting to discover, over the coming days, weeks,
months, years or decades if the mutated new E. coli strain was the
consequence of inadequate or of excessive or irregular but ill judged
hygiene procedures. Did a
determination to kill all bacteria, even when harmless to our own
species, cause the development of a strain that was lethal to us, as
Nature moves to cut our determination to sterilise the entire planet
down to a more modest level of ambition? There are too many of us, you
know, for planetary health, given the way we live.
JULY 6th 2011
A month later - and the source is traced to Egypt. The seeds were
supplied by a UK firm following a specific demand for them from France.