A virus killed my E. coli!!

Public Presentation Today (Weds April 12 12-1pm, Lecture Hall 3) by Dr. Larry Goodridge

"A virus killed my E. coli!! And other wonderful tales of controlling foodborne pathogens with bacteriophages."

Dr. Goodridge’s research group focuses on the development of verifiable on-farm Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) methods to control E. coli O157:H7 contamination in cattle, as a primary step in reducing the production of E. coli O157:H7 contaminated meat. Within this focus is a broad interest in the use of bacteriophages to control and detect bacterial pathogens in the animal environment. Specific projects include the use of phage therapy to reduce the amount of cattle that shed E. coli O157:H7 in their feces, and the development of rapid, reporter–bacteriophage, non-instrument based assays to detect cattle that actively shed E. coli O157:H7.

B.S., University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
M.S., University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Ph.D., University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada

All welcome

Rademacher show

Indie rock band rademacher will be touring the west coast during the month of April. Come out, have fun, meet some neat kids.

"Reminiscent of Pavement, Flaming Lips and The Palace Brothers, the band's sound is organic and alternately sparse and orchestral..."

-- Mesh Magazine

"...reminds me of when I first heard Pavement. It's fantasically beautiful..."

--mystery and misery

"...enjoyable sinisterness..."

--My Old Kentucky Blog

Some good news about the Sound

From The Olympian:

It's really good to see a lot of herring, as they're an important food source for so many Puget Sound animals. If herring struggle, almost every other animal struggles as well.

Dimpling herring and other small fish are feeding on plankton -- which are tiny plants and animals that are part of the web of life for all water creatures.

I've lived in South Sound for almost 10 years now, and I've never seen so many seals and sea lions in Budd Inlet at this time of year. I know they eat herring, but I'm wondering if other food, such as squid, is hanging around as well.

Master Basketweaver

Nancy Jim Parsons: The Life and Legacy of a Master Cowlitz/Nisqually Indian Basketweaver – An illustrated presentation by historian Drew Crooks on a master basketmaker who lived in southern Puget Sound area from ca.1871 to 1918. Nancy Jim Parsons created wonderful baskets during a time of great cultural change. Program is free and open to the public. State Capital Museum 360-753-2580

Quilt raffle

[from the website]

Conceived and designed by Kathy Welsh, this absolutely gorgeous twin-size quilt is completely handmade and one of a kind! The individual blocks were created by well known Chow Chow artists from the U.S. and Canada.

This year's theme is "The Chinese Year Of The Dog" and honors the 100th anniversary of the Chow Chow Club, Inc., established 1906. Done in sumptious reds, golds, greens, and blues, it's a true celebration of needle arts with blocks done in cross stitch, applique, and both hand and machine embroidery. These pictures can't do justice to the richness of the fabrics and beautiful details like metallic thread and crystals.

The quilt will be raffled on April 28th at the 2006 Chow Chow Club, Inc.'s National Specialty Show in Olympia, Washington. You do not have to be present to win! If you're not at the show, we'll notify you and ship the quilt to you at our expense -- even if you live outside the U.S. Buy tickets here.

Who will stop these endless wars?

This discussion on Portland Indymedia got me to thinking: maybe the differences are really just too great between the remnants of the "New Left" and the Antiglobalization / Anti-imperialist resistance which grows in the Gen-X and younger folks.

I especially like what Citizen K said here:

"This returns us to the U.S. antiwar "movement," composed mainly of the aging remnants of whatever is left of the U.S. middle class. The median age of most rallies, meetings and vigils I have attended has been well into the fifties. You have to figure most people will only come out if they are already secure in their retirement; if they're still working, they won't come out because they have a boss to fear.

What must be recognized is that there is a leadership to the antiwar movement, despite what Scott Ritter says, and I am not referring to ANSWER or Not in Our Name, even though these folks have never received enough credit for organizing the really major events against the war. What I am referring to is the force or forces behind the much smaller, community-scaled events where like-minded individuals really have a chance to make contact with each other.

These groups include, but are not limited to, the various "Peace and Justice" centers, Sound Nonviolent Opponents of War (remember them?), the Fellowship of Reconciliation, etc. All have this much in common: they are very much faith-based, operating with the support and cooperation of local churches, which in turn donate funds and meeting space. What we must do is follow the money trail and ask where this funding is really coming from."

So, if this is reality, what are we gonna DO about it?

Pollution is forever

From Scientists Warn, 'Don't Pollute the Puget Sound':

Because of the sound's geography, polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs are still being found in Chinook salmon caught in its waters, at levels up to six times higher than fish from the Columbia and Sacramento rivers and along the east side of Vancouver Island. PCBs have been banned since the 1970s.

"Once it's here, it stays in the sound," said Sandra O'Neill, a fish contamination expert with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

That's just one example of the way Puget Sound is polluted by what consumers flush down drain pipes. Scientists are also finding fish dosed with antidepressants and shellfish tainted with amnesia-causing toxins, researchers said at the Wednesday forum.

"People need to be mad as hell about this situation, but they aren't," said Brad Ack, head of the Puget Sound Action Team, a government agency. "We haven't gotten the message across."

The Good Food Movement

From Jim Hightower on AlterNet.org:

But a big change is coming. With little fanfare, a grassroots "farm-to-cafeteria" movement has been spreading from school to school. More than 400 school districts and 200 university cafeterias are now building their menus (and, in many places, their educational curricula) around fresh, local ingredients, much of which is organic. In nearly every case, the change has come because some parent, farmer, nutritionist, or other individual rose up to ask, "What the hell is going on here?"

Vanessa Ruddy was one of them. In 2002, her son, Grant, enrolled at Lincoln Elementary School in Olympia, Wash., and when she took a look at the lunch menu, she did not like what she saw. While this school had long shown an interest in good food (it had an organic garden, a children's activity kitchen, and a harvest festival in the fall), the lunch program at Lincoln was definitely old school.

At the bottom of the menu was the name of Paul Flock, the school district's child-nutrition supervisor, and Ruddy decided to call him. She put it off for a month, however, assuming he'd be a typical bureaucrat, and she dreaded having to make a big fuss and wrestle with the bureaucracy. Lo and behold, though, Flock welcomed her call and was open to improving the menu.

Ruddy enlisted other parents to join her for a meeting in Flock's office, and he asked what she wanted. "Organic Food" was her response. Thus began an organizing process to get teachers, cafeteria staff, the kids, farmers and other relevant parties involved and working together. Sure enough, in October 2002, Lincoln Elementary opened its "Organic Choices" salad bar, with a colorful and flavorful array of fresh, organic, locally produced fruits and veggies. Ruddy said that the school's cook told her, "You would have thought it was Christmas! You should have seen the kids' eyes light up."

Ducky DooLittle

The Hot & Bothered Show

Entertaining and astute, Ducky's tales of sex-gone-wrong and sex-gone-right flow into narratives of how women really orgasm, perverse octopuses, beer goggles, balls, female ejaculation, weird things found in people's butts, the truth about butt-gasms, outlawed sex toys, banned books and fear of sex education in America. Combine all that and you get a hilarious and thought-provoking look at today's twisted libido.

TICKETS: $5 to $15 sliding scale (This event is sponsored by For Your Pleasure.)

Kos recounts PNW trip

From Daily Kos:

I hit Seattle Friday morning from NYC and the Colbert Report. I didn't get any sleep that night as I replayed every question Colbert asked and came up with 10 better answers I should've used. Kind of like traumatic job interview. I also hadn't slept the night before Colbert from nerves and the fear that I wouldn't wake up and I'd miss my 6 a.m. flight.

So I was running on fumes. I was picked up 19-year-old Andrew, who runs the Pacific NW Portal, and we got lunch. Jerome was hanging with David of Horse's Ass (who broke the "Brownie is a horse lawyer" story). With a little food in me, I seemed to perk up. We headed over to Redmond to speak at Microsoft. Tamara at MSFT put on a great event, and I got to meet famed tech blogger Robert Scoble. I even got to sign a book for one of George Bush's former national press secretaries. (Jerome's inscription: "Not next time".)

After Microsoft, I was really starting to feel exhausted. We headed over to Seattle's Labor Temple, where SEIU and Drinking Liberally's Seattle chapter hosted a great talk. Elliot Bay Book Co was on hand to sell books and reportedly did brisk business. We had close to 200 people show up, the event was blogged, and I was so pumped from meeting so many great people that a bunch of us headed out to a bar afterwards for a drink. I was suddenly not so tired. That night I slept great at the swanky W courtesy of MSFT.

The next afternoon we had a picnic in torrential rain, but people still showed up, including Dave Neiwert, Preemptive Karma, and Auntie Neo Kawn.

We then headed to Olympia, where a great crowd met us at Orca Books and wiped out their entire inventory of CTG. The General tried to disrupt the event, but his mission was not accomplished. (And how cool was that? I was quite the groupy.)

JA also put up a post about their soggy sortie to the NW.

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