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Comment: You got it (almost) completely wrong (Score 1) 122

by Optali (#47945717) Attached to: Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities

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.],

Comment: Re:I hate to be this guy... (Score 1) 187

by Optali (#47935039) Attached to: NASA's Manned Rocket Contract: $4.2 Billion To Boeing, $2.6 Billion To SpaceX

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

Comment: Re:I hate to be this guy... (Score 1) 187

by Optali (#47935027) Attached to: NASA's Manned Rocket Contract: $4.2 Billion To Boeing, $2.6 Billion To SpaceX

> 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?

Comment: The War agaisnt ISIS has begun! (Score 1) 609

by Optali (#47919423) Attached to: Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

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!!!

Comment: Re:DESI Is the SUPREME RACE! (Score 1) 116

by Optali (#47910587) Attached to: Indian Mars Mission Has Completed 95% of Its Journey Without a Hitch

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)

Comment: Re:So we're doomed to the world of Wall-E? (Score 2) 196

by Optali (#47904453) Attached to: The Future According To Stanislaw Lem
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)

Comment: Sporters: Independent Watch, not phone extensions (Score 1) 471

by Optali (#47888673) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

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).

Comment: Re:And how to charge the batteries for those busse (Score 1) 488

by Optali (#47888475) Attached to: To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars
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...

Comment: Re:Pet Peeve (Score 1) 147

by Optali (#47872957) Attached to: Restoring Salmon To Their Original Habitat -- With a Cannon
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.

Comment: Re: Most of it not tax financed, forced buy of t (Score 1) 260

by Optali (#47872843) Attached to: Tesla Plans To Power Its Gigafactory With Renewables Alone
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!

Although the moon is smaller than the earth, it is farther away.

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