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E.coli outbreak a possible bioterrorist attack:

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The links are not clear yet, but there are signs that the German food supply was poisoned, and it's being hushed up. It would explain why it's been so hard to explain the source of the outbreak or attribute it to accidental contamination. Potentially something far worse than the Rajneeshee bioterrorist attack.

edited 4th Jun '11 9:08:03 PM by Shichibukai

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 2 Usht, Sat, 4th Jun '11 9:07:10 PM from an arbitrary view point.
Lv. 3 Genasi Wizard
Regulations in food industry still leave something to be desired I see.

No milk or cheese for me for the next week. Then I succumb and realize I really love cheese and proceed to eat it anyway.
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 3 Bur, Sat, 4th Jun '11 9:17:28 PM from Flyover Country Relationship Status: You cannot grasp the true form
90's antihero
I don't like cheese.
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 5 Tuefel Hunden IV, Sat, 4th Jun '11 9:23:52 PM from Wandering. Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Watchmen of the Apocalypse
But Tuefel loves cheeses ;_; usht hug me and tell me the cheese will be ok. :P
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 6 Usht, Sat, 4th Jun '11 9:25:25 PM from an arbitrary view point.
Lv. 3 Genasi Wizard
Ha, screw you, I'm personally related to a farmer who has a cow. I'm all set.

edited 4th Jun '11 9:25:38 PM by Usht

The thing about making witty signature lines is that it first needs to actually be witty.
90's antihero
DONT HAVE A COW MAN
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 8 Totemic Hero, Sat, 4th Jun '11 9:27:07 PM from the next level Relationship Status: Abstaining
Mild panic
On the actual topic (unlike the rest of the people here; be ashamed tongue), exactly who would benefit from poisoning the food supplies of Germany of all countries? (Assuming this isn't some nutcase wacko job.)
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 9 Bur, Sat, 4th Jun '11 9:27:21 PM from Flyover Country Relationship Status: You cannot grasp the true form
So if this being a bioterrorist attack proves true, what would be the ramifications?
90's antihero
[up][up]People getting killed and dying when they are killed.
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 11 Totemic Hero, Sat, 4th Jun '11 9:29:32 PM from the next level Relationship Status: Abstaining
Mild panic
That...really doesn't answer my question. Or make any sense.
"These days they have a stat for how many times a guy goes for a cup of coffee." -Mark McGwire
 12 Usht, Sat, 4th Jun '11 9:29:55 PM from an arbitrary view point.
Lv. 3 Genasi Wizard
Um, do terrorists ever profit from what they do?

Anyway, from what I can see, this probably means more regulations in the area. As aforementioned farmer family member has told me several times, the industry is really freaking lazy in this regard and let's produce and other products get by with minimal inspection.
The thing about making witty signature lines is that it first needs to actually be witty.
90's antihero
Sorry, I meant it would benefit terrorists the way crashing a plane into a building does.
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 14 pvtnum 11, Sat, 4th Jun '11 9:32:24 PM from Kerbin low orbit Relationship Status: We finish each other's sandwiches
OMG NO NOSECONES
It's terrorism. It doesn't have to make much sense - all they have to do is stir the pot and get people all riled up, for the evuls.

I liked the idea much better when this was just a random outbreak and not at all a planned thing.
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 15 Tuefel Hunden IV, Sat, 4th Jun '11 9:32:54 PM from Wandering. Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
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usht ahh no hugs :P

Observing industry standards more carefully would go a long ways. It is possible it is a natural mutation.
"Who watches the watchmen?"
 16 Bur, Sat, 4th Jun '11 9:33:55 PM from Flyover Country Relationship Status: You cannot grasp the true form
[up][up] I think we all would prefer that. And it's more likely than someone breeding a super effective version of E. coli for the evulz.
90's antihero
Why do terrorists do what they do anyways?
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 18 pvtnum 11, Sat, 4th Jun '11 9:45:07 PM from Kerbin low orbit Relationship Status: We finish each other's sandwiches
OMG NO NOSECONES
Various motives, depends on the group, the target they're attacking, yadda yadda. There's also the bit about "terrorist may be freedom fighters" thing, which may or may not apply. Hard to say if we're not even sure this is even a bio-terrorism attack or not.
Happiness is zero-gee with a sinus cold.
 19 FF Shinra, Sat, 4th Jun '11 10:04:28 PM from Ivalice, apparently Relationship Status: Too sexy for my shirt
Beware the Crazy Man.
I had always been wondering about this ever since news of this broke out. If true, then hooo boy....
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Yeah, it really is time for the counterterrorism forces to take care of the antibiotics abuse in the cattle industry and other farm-related businesses. Their attempts at making superresistant cows and vegetables are very likely to cause naturally occuring bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics, and guess what happens when those bacteria get into humans, who have slightly different biology?

They might get sick and die! And there's no way to kill the bacteria, because the antibiotics in use for humans are the same that are in use for cattle & co.

Obviously, Al Qaida has teamed up with farmers to eradicate humanity.

(except that the antibiotics abuse has been goling on for several decades and first became a problem in the 1990s)

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People get sick and die all the time. We might be overreacting.
You exist because we allow it and you will end because we demand it.
Its unlikely to be a bioterrorist thing. It is more likely just a bad case of tomatoes.

@Exclamation Mark: you're being facetious, I know, but I've never understood the "don't use antibiotics because then bacteria will become immune" point of view :V Not using the antibiotics will mean that the bacteria will run roughshod over you anyway.
 
It's not simply "don't use" but "don't use routinely, save them for real emergency needs" so basically, if you can get better without them, great, do it. But when you do need it, they're available to work in an effective manner, without resistant strains to worry so much about.

 
 25 Bur, Sun, 5th Jun '11 10:02:51 AM from Flyover Country Relationship Status: You cannot grasp the true form
Yeah, it's more "don't abuse antibiotics or they'll become immune". Look at the antibiotic-resistant bacteria stats for Japan and you'll see how this can lead to a problem.
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