RANDOM AUDIO: Avian Flu Outbreak obsession


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, with portable incinerators carted from commercial poultry factory to commercial poultry factory still unable to keep up, I was obsessed.

carcass disposal -aka composting

Skipping the multitudinous, envy-tinged detailing of gas chromatograph model specs – all of which I wanted – sampling methods, let alone my thrilling Rubik’s Cube imagining of the 18 known H (hemagglutinin) antigen and 11 known N (neuraminidase) antigen pairings, I will simply leave for posterity this 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.

*HPAIHighly Pathogenic Avian Flu

*Poultry Trivia: Were you aware that there is actually a “national coordinator for carcass disposal issues?” Well, there is, and her name is Lori Miller, a Senior Staff Officer with USDA-APHIS, and National Coordinator for Carcass Disposal Issues.

Unclog the pipes

I don’t give a shit about cats but only the 10 seconds (where I start the video) where Ed is using his “write bad songs”/”unclog the pipes” analogy

That’s what  this blog is for me.

Now fuck off.


Ho, wait, I’m back!

(I actually went and “watched” (listened) to the “awful” singing and guitar playing of 12 year old Ed that he references in this edition of his “unclog the pipes” analogy and it is quite bad, and so fucking brave. So I’m sticking it up after the “unclog the pipes” clip, which, btw, unless you can handle lots of disgusting record promo shit, you shouldn’t bother watching past the analogy.)

But taking a listen to him at 12 is worth a bite. It will make you a braver person. (And I think it’s why all true musicians of every stripe and every fucking cool human who actually “meets” Ed Sheeran likes him so much.)

“Be bold, and mighty forces will come to your aid.” –Goethe