The Saturday News Update

The weekend once again….and all the news that did not make the news cycle for the past week….

The most important story that did not make into the silliness that is the MSM is about dogs…..important to me since my best friend is a canine……it seems some flea collars are killing dogs…..

Hundreds of pet deaths and thousands of injuries to pets and humans have been linked to one of the most popular flea and tick collars in the US, according to documents from the EPA. However, there has been no warning about the Seresto collar made by Bayer and sold by Elanco, reports the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting. The group received the documents from the Center for Biological Diversity, an EPA watchdog. They include 75,000 incident reports related to the top-selling flea and tick collar on Amazon from their introduction in 2012 to June 2020, including almost 1,000 involving injury to humans, from skin rashes to neurological issues. One boy who slept with his collar-wearing dog was hospitalized for seizures and vomiting, according to the report. It also describes tens of thousands of injuries to pets and at least 1,698 pet deaths.

The EPA’s silence “strikes me as bordering on criminal,” says Center for Biological Diversity senior scientist Nathan Donley. “You don’t even see these kinds of numbers with many agricultural chemicals,” he adds, noting the actual number of incidents likely exceeds those reported. The Senesto collar slowly releases imidacloprid and flumethrin, two pesticides “found eligible for continued registration” by the EPA. “No pesticide is completely without harm, but EPA ensures that there are measures on the product label that reduce risk,” a rep says, adding that some pets and humans “are more sensitive than others and may experience adverse symptoms.” An Elanco rep says “an adverse event report does not necessarily mean the product caused the problem.” Customs and Border Protection warned about issues tied to counterfeit versions of the collar in May, per PennLive.

Here in the Deep South fleas are a constant fight…..I use the 3 month pill and it works really well.

“Poo Power!  Power To The Poo!

Looks like there is a possibility that the UK will get some power from waste…..

Thousands of homes could soon be heated by human waste in a first-of-its-kind “poo-power” system.

Thames Water plans to use excess heat recovered from the sewage treatment process to warm more than 2,000 new homes in Kingston, southwest London as part of a regeneration plan.

Rather than returning all of the final treated warm water directly to a river, about one-third will be captured and sent to a new energy centre at the company’s Hogsmill site, where it will help heat water connected to Kingston’s Cambridge Road housing estate.

If successful, up to seven gigawatt hours of low-carbon heat per year could be supplied by a sealed network of pipes to the district heating system at the estate when it is eventually regenerated.

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/thames-water-heating-poo-power-b1808147.html

This is far from a sh*tty idea!

An excellent idea for low income regions to help the poor get nutritious food……

Townhouses were once intended for a 7-acre plot in southeast Atlanta. But the project fell through, and the area needs food more anyway. One-third of the Browns Mill neighborhood’s residents live below the poverty line, and the nearest grocery store is a half-hour away by bus. For Atlanta overall, one-fourth of residents live in food deserts, per CNN. So instead of townhouses, the land is occupied now by 2,500 pesticide-free edible and medicinal plants in what is the nation’s largest free food forest. It’s a project of the city of Atlanta, the Conservation Fund, and Trees Atlanta, funded by a grant from the US Forest Service. The mission has several aspects. “We host lots of students for field trips, and for a lot of them, it’s their first time at a garden or farm or forest,” said Michael McCord, an arborist and expert edible landscaper who helps manage the forest. “So here they get to experience everything urban agriculture and urban forestry all in one day. It’s really special.”

The idea has been around for decades, per Modern Farmer, but city planners recently have been incorporating edible public spaces in their designs. The project is one of 70 free food forests in the US. Laws had to change to allow it; growing food on Atlanta’s residential lots was illegal until 2014. The city has set a goal of having healthy food available within a half-mile of 85% of its population by next year. Atlanta owns the plot, and the parks department manages it with more than 1,000 volunteers pitching in. The volunteers harvest and distribute any food not grown in plots. Members of the community have priority at harvest time. “Every time I go there’s a community there who respects and appreciates the fresh healthy foods,” said a councilwoman who helped get the project going. “There’s a mentality there that people know to only take what they need.” In addition to food, McCord said, “we’re raising awareness about sustainability and agriculture.”

A damn good idea!

Should be more projects like this around the country….we have one ‘community garden’ in my town it helps seniors and low income people get the nutrition they need.

Finally, this shows just how ignorant people can be and still be elected…..this idiot is in Arizona…..

Rep. Joseph Chaplik, a first-term Republican legislator from Scottsdale, said his House Bill 2770 would give businesses the choice of whether to enforce the mandates that many communities already adopted.

Chaplik, however, argued that the mandates are an overreaction and that society has managed to survive other viral outbreaks without masks.

For example, he cited HIV “that was going to wipe our global destruction of human bodies with AIDS.”

 

“We heard about that in the ’80s,” Chaplik said. “Yet no masks were required.”

(tucson.com)

Maybe I can help this moron out about Covid and AIDS….my advice to this dullard….learn to read!

Here is my promise to help this “person” out…..

Medical consensus is that HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is spread through exchange of bodily fluids, usually through sexual transmission or through the sharing of infected needles. It is not spread by air or water, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

Sad to say it appears stupid is running deep here in the Good Old US of A.

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8 thoughts on “The Saturday News Update

  1. I have no collar of any kind on Ollie, let alone a flea collar. He has the big pill once every three months for fleas and ticks, and it seems to work. The last thing he needs is chemicals wrapped around his sensitive skin.
    Best wishes, Pete.

      1. Yes, we have a similar collar and identity disc rule here. But I ignore it. His skin is too sensitive to have any collar around his neck for long periods. Ollie has a microchip implanted that can be scanned if he is lost or has strayed.

      2. Since MoMo spends a lot of time hunting and since rabies is around here it is prudent to protect her in case she gets in over her head….chuq

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