Influenza, in all its forms, is the master of mutation, making it irresistible to a “bug” junkie like me. So when the 2014-2015 outbreak swept across the country, mutating as it went, and in the end causing 48± million birds to be euthanized; the system unable to keep up with the wildfire outbreak despite rushing portable incinerators from commercial poultry factory to commercial poultry factory, I was instantly obsessed.
Skipping my multitudinous, envy-tinged dictation detailing gas chromatograph model specs – because I wanted all of them – sampling methods, let alone my thrilling Rubik’s Cube imagining of the 18 known H (hemagglutinin) antigens and 11 known N (neuraminidase) antigen pairings, I will simply leave for posterity my moment of disapproval at the dubious methodology of our USDA and APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services.)
It’s dull, don’t listen, but doesn’t hurt me to post it. It’s like a clipping in a scrapbook that won’t mean anything to anyone but me, because although it is impossible to tell from this truncated clip, it was at this very moment that I understood the terrifying implications that the dry data and deliberately dense terminology could not obscure.
Actually, go ahead and listen. It’s kind of funny. 😏