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Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities

Optali You got it (almost) completely wrong (122 comments)

You missed the real issue... while you still have a point. But the issue the article is about is not the prescription of antibiotics to humans but to cattle, that's actually why it talks about farmers

Cattle is fed antibiotics as a "preventive measure" just in case and with the aim of lowering production costs by avoiding diseases. Note that I haven't used quotes around 'fed' as they are literally doing that shoveling massive amounts of antibiotica in the the cattle's fodder.

You have clearly understood the dangers of prescribing unnecessary antibiotica to humans... now think about that at a ten of hundredfold scale which is what is happening right now

These antibiotics affect the public health in several manners:

  1. 1) Antibiotic residues can be still present in the meat and animal residues (urine, etc) and enter the human body where it will be able to produce effects such as the ones described by you
  2. 2) Already resistant microflora can contaminate the meat or reside in the environment the farmers are exposed too or can reach the outside world via urine and detritus or directly airborne

The issue is not new and actually already causing quite some trouble, deaths and huge economical costs: You may recall the bacteria 'Salmonella' that is practically ubiquitous in all poultry products that you can find in a common supermarket. This microorganism causes thousands of infections yearly and including deaths to such an extend that in warm EU countries like Spain it has been forbidden to use eggs and egg products in public establishments during the summer. These organisms are actually resistant strains that have been selected and thrive in the antibiotic laden bodies of industrial poultry.

Another source of concern is the proliferation of "superbugs" in the hospitals which are already causing intra-hospitalary infections to humans ending many times in chronic diseases which are expensive to treat

This goes to such an extend that here in Holland personel of risk groups (farmers, meat-industry workers, veterinaries, etc) are required to access the hospitals and sanitary instalations through a separate entry and are also held in isolated precincts

.And there is the risk of direct infections such as we saw with the bird flu or the 2009 Q Fever epidemics here in Holland, not to forget the Mad Cows episodes.

And the problem is not only the fact that these medicines are being used, the problem is the humungous scale of the operation as cattle's biomass exceeds the mass of the human population several times (!).

Summing up: We are wasting a valuable weapon in the fight against diseases and at the same time creating new and costly health hazards just to get some extra bacon. Most of which we directly throw away

Some interesting texts:

Antibiotic Residues - A Global Health Hazard [Nisha A.R.],

2 days ago

NASA's Manned Rocket Contract: $4.2 Billion To Boeing, $2.6 Billion To SpaceX

Optali Re:I hate to be this guy... (187 comments)

The cash invested in space exploration is used to find places to settle, find these starving people if there are such, find alternatives and solutions to their problems... think climate science, mapping resources, telecommunications, geological surveys, plague control, environmental hazards control...

And that's exactly were it goes to :)

In 2014 bitching against space exploration is nothing more than an exercise in stupidity

4 days ago

NASA's Manned Rocket Contract: $4.2 Billion To Boeing, $2.6 Billion To SpaceX

Optali Re:I hate to be this guy... (187 comments)

> Unfortunately that cash can't magically feed and hydrate all the starving children in Africa or wherever your tears fall for.

Yes, but it can rent the required number of U-Haul's to move them OUT OF THE DESERT to where the FOOD AND WATER is.

And if I may inquire: Where exactly is this magical place? And what exactly are you going to do with the population that is in the places were the food and water is?

4 days ago

NASA's Manned Rocket Contract: $4.2 Billion To Boeing, $2.6 Billion To SpaceX

Optali I nice name: "Putin's Catapult" (187 comments)

I would definitely call one of the ships "Putin's Catapult" Or the whole project "Project Catapult"

Another nice name for one of the ships FYP (of course, Fuck You Putin)

4 days ago

Indian Mars Mission Has Completed 95% of Its Journey Without a Hitch

Optali Re: DESI Is the SUPREME RACE! (116 comments)

I prefer Desi chicks and if possible without clothing at all!

5 days ago

Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

Optali The War agaisnt ISIS has begun! (609 comments)

I never though that the US government would be so mean

Now millions of iPhones of ISIS are infected with U2's last "album" and many will have no idea on how to remove it, driving them to commit suicide in the most horrible and painful manners imaginable like barbecuing themselves at slow flame or drowning in rotting pig pee.

I don think that even ISIS deserves this much pain and suffering

Obama! You are a Criminal!!!

5 days ago

Indian Mars Mission Has Completed 95% of Its Journey Without a Hitch

Optali Re:DESI Is the SUPREME RACE! (116 comments)

Oh, a fatty cute nerdy wanting to sound badass :_(

What if we made a bet? I will totally let you eat me if you survive 10 rounds with me :) Don't worry mate, I'm untrained, so that I would only shove you a 16kg kettlebell up your butt.

Consider that I am only vegan for animal products, but I would have a fine use for all the lard to make soap of (family recipe from uncle Adolph)

about a week ago

The Future According To Stanislaw Lem

Optali Re:So we're doomed to the world of Wall-E? (195 comments)

Indeed, I never read that! Now I can go to sleep having learned a really interesting fact about one of my favourite authors and books!

THX :) (sorry, no moderator points left)

about a week ago

The Future According To Stanislaw Lem

Optali Re:So we're doomed to the world of Wall-E? (195 comments)

No idea, I have read him in Spanish and German and in both languages the translations seemed to be very similar in tone. In fact Lem's prose is extremely comical when he wants (just check out the Star Diaries!!!). The only thing from this author I have read in English is Solaris. Awesome. Makes up for a very good short-story duel with Philip K Dick (alternately reading a short story from each author)

about a week ago

The Future According To Stanislaw Lem

Optali Re:So we're doomed to the world of Wall-E? (195 comments)

Since when is science fiction rated by the predictions of the authors? I thought this was the work of futurists. Lem was critical of America? Have you read him?

about a week ago

The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

Optali What The Fuck is the article about? (182 comments)

Mate, I come to read an article about MOOC and their failures and what I read is a stupid and unrelated pile of shit about who cool it would be to learn shit with the Occulus Drift. Fucking hell mate, what a waste of my time.

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

Optali Sporters: Independent Watch, not phone extensions (471 comments)

For us runners and trail-runners the needs are more such things as battery live, GPS, build in HRM (if possible) . The fact of being independent from phones / tablets is also a plus as this avoids extra encumbrance.

Regarding software there are three important things:

* The common chronograph/GPS functions (pace, distance, etc) plus HRM

* Mapping

* link to a PC/Mac/tablet (for uploading data after workout)

There actually are a few such devices already in the market: One is the Timex Ironman One (with built-in 3G support) and the Tom-Tom Multisport Cardio. Tehre was another startup that had an awesome flat screen with Google Maps but a very reduced battery life.

Anyway and as I see that people will go all wild about heart rate now: Most real sporters don't care about it. Despite being a very good training tool (!) but while it is good to know it from time to time we are more interested in times, paces. speeds, distances or volume than heart rate.

I measure mine maybe three or four times during the running season, one at the beginning and a few times after that, just to get my resting HR.

And here is another issue:

Most people have no idea what the heart rate means and nobody will care to calculate his/her own ones but happily accept pre-made formulas (forget it, not even Karvonnen works).

about two weeks ago

To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

Optali Re:And how to charge the batteries for those busse (486 comments)

Ever heard about trams? Well, they are rather common... and here in Holland we feed them with electricity generated from wind and natural gas.

I understand that this concept is nothing for you there in the USA as buses aren't big enough to open carry your beloved RPG-7...

about two weeks ago

Restoring Salmon To Their Original Habitat -- With a Cannon

Optali Re:Pet Peeve (147 comments)

And you forget accumulation of sand and other materials in the dam that needs to be removed, loss of fertility of the soils downstream, potential change in the oxygen levels and chemical composition of the waters in the whole river system including potential eutrophication and potential creation of greenhouse gasses due to massive algae blooms.

about two weeks ago

Tesla Plans To Power Its Gigafactory With Renewables Alone

Optali Re: Most of it not tax financed, forced buy of t (260 comments)

Li has no restrictions, it can be put into landfills, it's a light metal belonging to the first period and quite reactive. Not a big deal actually. So no blue barrels needed.

It is not chemically dangerous but in powder form it is... (I bet you will love this): Explosive!!!

So, now I need to find a way to get the Li from the batteries and create my very own Mythbusters lab in the backyard!!! Whoooooooooooooo!

about two weeks ago

Tesla Plans To Power Its Gigafactory With Renewables Alone

Optali Re: Most of it not tax financed, forced buy of tra (260 comments)

Since when is Lithium an environmental hazard? Are you aware that Li is a light metal? It actually lighter than Aluminium... ever heard about Aluminium contamination?

Do you know that Lithium is also easily recyclable? No?

Well, in this case I would recommend to use Google, because, you know... you aren't the only one that can use a keyboard and has a computer, you may be the only one in your redneck teabagging club, but don take it for granted outside of your town in the Rocky's

My greetings to your sister and to Bigfoot!

about two weeks ago

Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

Optali Nonsense (280 comments)

Well, the title refers to "Linux Distros" and a distro is, you know, just a distro...

about two weeks ago

Giant Dinosaur Unearthed In Argentina

Optali Re:Predators (85 comments)

It may have no fear from Predator but it shuddered in terror for Cthulhu!

"The things once rearing and dwelling in this frightful masonry in the age of dinosaurs were not indeed dinosaurs, but far worse. Mere dinosaurs were new and almost brainless objects... but the builders of the city were wise and old [...] They were the Great Old Ones that filtered down from the stars when the earth was young [...]

about two weeks ago

Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

Optali Driven From Home By Trolls, happened to me too. (1262 comments)

I too was driven from home by trolls. And I am greately satisfied with their service: They charge a decent price and bring you quick an safely to your destination. The only min point is that they only drive by night a they have this little problem with sunlight. In any case I would highly recoomend the Troll Taxy Service, exellent IMO.

about three weeks ago

Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

Optali Re:What's so American (531 comments)

It's the Koch bro's mate, they don't care what it is about they are bitching, seems that these guys are now outsourcing astroturfing for others (I otherwise don't see the relation of the Kochs Bro's with the internet).

I wouldn't waste too much time, these guys use the following code for their trolling:

cat /dev/random | mail -s "$1 is antiamerican" $youremail

about three weeks ago



Propellent Less Q-Drive tested and confirmed by NASA

Optali Optali writes  |  about a month and a half ago

Optali (809880) writes "Wired, Forbes and a few other sources are reporting on the results of NASA's test of a version of the Q-Drive; a quantum vacuum truster similar to the Chinese EmDrive.

It is expected that such drives could be able to take humans to mars in a fraction of the time needed with conventional chemical engines and revolutionise satellite design rendering the need for propellant obsolete."

Link to Original Source

Ubuntu One stops selling music and storage on April, 6

Optali Optali writes  |  about 5 months ago

Optali (809880) writes "Canonical announced on 2 April that it would be closing the Ubuntu One file service, ( sending a reminder per mail yesterday for those who may have forgotten and informing us that it's no longer possible to make purchases through the service. To me it came as a surprise as after all the commotion in the community I decided to steer clear of this distro and use Fedora instead.

Here the full content of the email

Ubuntu One 17:55 (21 uur geleden)

aan mij


We are writing to you to notify you that we will be shutting down the Ubuntu One file services, effective 1 June 2014. This email gives information about the closure and what you should expect during the shutdown process.

As of today, it will no longer be possible to purchase storage or music from the Ubuntu One store. The Ubuntu One file services apps in the Ubuntu, Google, and Apple stores will be updated appropriately.

As always, your content belongs to you. You can simply download your files onto your PC or an external hard drive. While the service will stop as of 1 June, you will have an additional two months (until 31 July 2014) to collect all of your content. After that date, all remaining content will be deleted.

If you have an active annual subscription, the unused portion of your fees will be refunded. The refund amount will be calculated from today's announcement.

We know you have come to rely on Ubuntu One, and we apologise for the inconvenience this closure may cause. We've always been inspired by the support, feedback and enthusiasm of our users and want to thank you for the support you've shown for Ubuntu One. We hope that you'll continue to support us as together we bring a revolutionary experience to new devices.

The Ubuntu One team"


Link to Original Source

How good are vintage headphones ?

Optali Optali writes  |  about a year ago

Optali (809880) writes "I am currently searching for a pair of vintage headphones with the aim of using the casing to put a pair of state-of-the-art speakers in them. Just for the looks actually and for the sake of it.

But while searching in eBay I did found some working ones from the 60s, 70s and the 80s mostly. So my question is: Is it worth keeping the old speakers in the case of 70s — 80s stereo headphones? Or is it worthless trash compared to standard to good modern speakers?"

Wikileaks refuses to help own whistleblower

Optali Optali writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Optali (809880) writes "According to this article in, it seems that Wikileaks is being 'slightly' forgetful with regard to their very own whistelblower private Bradley Manning, the man who has until now filtered the only real valuable piece of information ever published in Wikileaks: The infamous helicopter attack on civilians.

WL seems to have completely forgotten the one person who helped Mr Assange to hit the news and despite having promised to stay behind Manning their support has been rather nonexistant until now, despite the fact that Manning faces court martial while a lot of media and public attention falls on Assange's sex trial public opinion is leaving the one how should be the real hero in complete oblivion .

Meanwhile, an independent network of supporters is trying to raise funds and awareness for Manning's cause from their sites Courage to resists and"

Link to Original Source

Spanish bullfight sector in crisis

Optali Optali writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Optali (809880) writes "OMG, The Crisis!! The Spanish bullfight livestock sector is in crisis. And they are (why not?) requesting the Spanish government to take measures and set up an urgent plan of action.

All nice and good, but not with my money! Bullfight lobbyist like to brag about the "National culture" that they represent. Well, then, why are they asking money from the EU? Why do we EU citizen from other countries need to pay for something that the Spanish public themselves doesn't want?

In an hilarious twist of logic they are (again) abusing the argument of nature protectionism claiming that "the species (of fighting bulls) will disappear" if it weren't for bullfights. These 'privileged intelligences' obviously never thought about the obvious fact that the bulls are no more and no less than the male of a species... The Cow :)

And for those more interested in fact: There is actually no race or species called 'fighting bull': It is only the normal meet cattle that exists in as many genetic combinations of different bovine races from around the whole globe as the imagination of the farmers..

In fact the Fiesta Nacional of bullfight is not quite such a profitable business: Bullfight has since long lost his place in the Spanish cultural background as there is no place for a tradition of the rural and feudal XIX century in a post-industrial European capitalist economy. Bullfight farmers where largely living from EU livestock aids and from selling animals for the (rather bloody and brutal) popular celebrations in the rural Spain.

Now that the crisis is forcing the town councils to think twice in what they spend the money and the Catalonian government is planing on completely forbidding bullfight (like the Canary autonomous government did already some years ago) the flow of fresh cash is drying out.

Ironically, the Spanish far right which is one of the bastions of bullfight supporters is also the sector that likes to talk big about the virtues of capitalism, free market and economic liberalism. It seems that as so many times, free market is OK as long as the Euros keep on coming, but if think seem to take a negative twist they are first calling in Mama State for help."


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