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21 Dead, 2,000 Infected: E-Coli Infection Swamps German Hospitals

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Even as the insolvent EU scolded Russia for daring to ban imports of raw vegetables from EU countries 3 days ago releasing the following statement, "The European Commission protested to the Russian Federation this
afternoon against the Russian ban imposed earlier today on all EU
vegetable exports to Russia, and requested the immediate withdrawal of
the measure" there is no chance that Russia will comply (adding insult to insolvency), following the latest report from Reuters that "German hospitals are struggling to cope with the flood of E.coli victims, Health Minister Daniel Bahr said on Sunday, as the death toll rose to 21 with more than 2,000 people infected across Europe....Hospitals in the northern port of Hamburg,
epicenter of the outbreak that began three weeks ago, have been moving
out patients with less serious illnesses to handle the surge of people
stricken by a rare, highly toxic strain of the bacteria.
" Needless to say, this is good news for the Keynesians out there: in addition to earthquakes, volcanoes, rain, snow, floods, droughts, tsunamis and nuclear power plant explosions, worthless economists will now have viruses to blame for "one-time, non-recurring" misses to their latest set of expectations.

From Reuters:

"We're facing a tense situation with patient care," Bahr told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper on Sunday. He added hospitals outside Hamburg could be used to make up for "insufficient capacity" in Germany's second largest city.

At a news conference with Bahr in Hamburg, state health minister Cornelia Pruefer-Storcks said local officials were scrambling to relieve a looming shortage of doctors.

"We want to discuss with doctors about whether those who recently retired can be reactivated," she said, adding that medical staff in Hamburg was battling exhaustion.

Bahr later told N-TV network: "Those hospitals with enough capacity are supporting those that don't have enough capacity. That's the way we're getting control of the situation."

Authorities in Germany are racing to track down the source of the pathogen, which has infected people in 12 countries -- all of whom had been traveling in northern Germany.

Reinhard Burger, president of the Robert Koch Institute, the German center for disease control, said on Sunday the death toll had risen to 21.

Officials believe people were made ill by eating lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers or other raw salad vegetables in Germany. Scientists suspect the source of the contamination may have been poor hygiene at a farm, in transit, or in a shop or food outlet.

Many of those infected have developed haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS), a potentially deadly complication attacking the kidneys.

The grissly details:

The rare strain of E.coli has the ability to
stick to intestinal walls where it pumps out toxins, sometimes causing
severe bloody diarrhoea and kidney problems. Some patients have needed
intensive care, including dialysis. It has hit women more than men, and
most of those who have died were elderly.

The resulting complete avoidance of salads may be good news for the stock of wienerschnitzel, wurst and spatzle makers. Also, a good time to short vegetarians:

Officials had identified a restaurant in the northern port city of Luebeck as a possible place where the bug had been passed to humans after at least 17 people infected with E.coli had eaten there and one later died from complications.

The proprietor of the German meat-and-potatoes restaurant told Reuters his kitchen tested negative for the deadly E.coli strain and none of his staff had fallen ill.

People in Hamburg were steering clear of salads.

"I'm a vegetarian, so it hits me especially hard," said taxi driver Wolfgang Roenisch. "I've stopped eating cucumbers, tomatoes and salad."

In other news, expect the "Hamburg Cell" to get a whole lot more press coverage in 5....4....3...


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Sun, 06/05/2011 - 12:15 | 1341232 cossack55
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To be known as "Infected shit hits the fan"?  Avoid Hamburg salads by never leaving the Reeperbahn.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 13:49 | 1341366 Ahmeexnal
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So when Germany blamed Spain, it was OK to ban spaniard cucumbers. But now that it has surfaced the culprit is Germany itself, banning german vegetables is a sin?

It's time the german serfs riot and burn the Bismarcks and other imperial families.


Angela Merkel has announced "salad stress tests" in order to pacify the [dying] sheeple.


All facts point to the conclusion that this might be the new Black Plague, just what TPTB have been praying for.


Time to take your colloidal silver. While the sheeple pray to their Big Pharma gods and stuff themselves with useless antibiotics.


Sun, 06/05/2011 - 14:23 | 1341493 wandstrasse
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salad stress tests



Mon, 06/06/2011 - 05:44 | 1342597 mophead
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There is no outbreak. Here's what's really happening:

1) Sick person goes to hospital (people get sick all the time)

2) Paid-off nurse/doctor poison's the patient

3) Person dies

4) Hospital makes a statement: "a patient died from ecoli/swine flu/etc,  and there might be an outbreak"

5) The public panics, now everyone with a slight stomachache goes to see the "doctor"

6) Some of the new patients are poisoned, leading to more deaths, leading to a greater panic, leading to more "sick" and potentially sick people seeing the same hospital, rinse and repeat #2 and #3

7) The public: "do something! do something!"

8) We have found the source, it appears to be in the _________ (one or more random food products)

9) The public: "well, what the hell are you going to do about it?"

10) The officials: "uh, uh... we're not sure"

11) The public: "you fkn stupid dumb assess, take the products off the shelf already!"

12) The officials: "well, okay... if you insist" :)

13) There is a shortage of food, food prices rise, rising prices tend to be "sticky" (lookup that term), the government debt is reduced

Financial Repression at its most sinister level. Have I not said that these things are going to happen on a more frequent basis? This is exactly what happened in Mexico with the "swine flu". Also the Ecoli in the peppers. These people are not getting sick or dieing from viruses or bacteria, they are being POISONED.

Here's a tip for the Germans: don't see the doctor unless you believe in Keynesianism/Creative Destruction.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 15:02 | 1341604 malek
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Sun, 06/05/2011 - 23:22 | 1342392 TK7936
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When the greeny Gas creating Bio reactors turn out to be the source we might just have to turn back the fukushimas on.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 13:48 | 1341409 Herman Strandsc...
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Lettuce pray

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 14:04 | 1341457 cswjr
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Lettuce prey, you mean.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 15:38 | 1341662 Ben Fleeced
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...spit wine!


Sun, 06/05/2011 - 15:19 | 1341640 merehuman
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latest i found out is the culprit is a german factory.  Glad they found the source.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 16:12 | 1341754 Dejean Splicer
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What would happen if e-coli could be spliced into pollen spores and overcome the obvious mechanic limitations of invasive cell growth while successfully determining cellular polarity?

With the latest breakthroughs in multiplexed nanostructured microelectrode Integrated Circuits, could this pollen develop boundary awareness to a geographic location given geo coordinates? Maybe jooyorkcity?

Nah. .mil would turn off the satellites.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 16:31 | 1341782 Cathartes Aura
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the majority of NATO countries have daily aerosol coverage, including dessicated blood, pathogens, along with the heavy metals. . . it's biowarfare folks, and all part of the plan.

"When most people look up they see clouds - We See Potential"

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 16:02 | 1341740 Spirit Of Truth
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So an outbreak of E. Coli has occurred in a city named "Hamburg" from people eating vegetables.  Is there some dark irony here?

Needless to say, this is good news for the Keynesians out there: in addition to earthquakes, volcanoes, rain, snow, floods, droughts, tsunamis and nuclear power plant explosions, worthless economists will now have viruses to blame for "one-time, non-recurring" misses to their latest set of expectations.

BTW, all historical phenomena are part of the "cycles in mass mood" IMHO:

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 17:03 | 1341842 US Uncut
Sun, 06/05/2011 - 17:50 | 1341907 Cathartes Aura
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from the link:

"First it's the `evil' Spaniards, and then you hear, very surprised, that it is our neighbor," said Dietrich Benni, who lives near the German farm. "It's a bit scary all of this, especially that it is coming from an organic place."

He added: "No more organic food for me for now."

oh well done, deep thinker.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 19:39 | 1342052 ursus.peracto
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Ever get your salad tossed by a German?


Better than a Chinese BJ.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 19:40 | 1342056 ursus.peracto
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Went to a water park with the wife and kids.


I saw a few Muslimas in full garb in the wave pool. Full freaking costume. Veil, black bedsheets.


In the FREAKING wave pool!!!


I'm shook.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 20:29 | 1342137 daveeemc2
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They use human sewage to grow their food, just like we do in usa (zh- get familiar with hr254-sewage label bill...and call u're rep asap). The difference is that over there, they can grow anythng in it, where as here, there is a wait period. Multidrug resistance is a big deal- it means survival of fittest;stong bugs survived mixed stew of human waste+ pharmasuticals. Sludge/sewage is *not* organic.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 12:12 | 1341233 AladdinSaneGirl
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Why Hamburg? The connection of this city to Al-Q is a strange coincidence imho (one of the 7/11 suicide pilots nurtured by Hamburg cell). Soon after death of Bin Laden too. Dare say the authorities have noticed a possible link??

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 12:47 | 1341295 A Man without Q...
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No, the authorities try to work on plausible explanations before leaping to the absurd (unless they work in the Department of Homeland Security, that is, when they assume everything is a terrorist plot) 

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 13:01 | 1341323 AAPL_Short
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Yeah, like cow shit. Instead of moslem shit.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 13:58 | 1341449 Roger O. Thornhill
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Here's what I've found....

"Meanwhile, scientists who deciphered the genetic code of the killer bacteria have discovered that it is a cross between an extremely dangerous strain from central Africa and a hitherto unknown strain in Europe.


Scientists said through genetic transfer, the new strain has acquired the capability not only to produce deadly toxins in large quantities, but also to colonise the bowel more effectively. The new strain is also reported to be resistant against several medicines, including some antibiotics.

Even though it is not uncommon for bacteria to evolve and swap genes, scientists are baffled how the African and European strains came together to produce the most aggressive E coli bacteria ever surfaced. It can cause the potentially deadly haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS), which results in acute kidney failures, seizures, strokes and coma. More than 520 patients have been diagnosed with HUS symptoms all over Germany."


Sun, 06/05/2011 - 14:28 | 1341501 knukles
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Stop it!
Everybody just stop it and calm down.

It's temporary.
Even when two vastly disparate albeit distantly related strains of bacteria wed (Very, very far away from your immediate thought BTW, of you and or your distant cousin in Arkansas.  And no she didn't post it on Facebook or Tweeter or whateverthefuck.  That was John Edwards' peinis-photo, not yours or Weiner's.) they usually do so with human aide.  Like in bio-labs.  You know, sorta like Lyme Disease coming fro Plum Island, which is today recognized as factual.

But then again.... back to the main plot line of the missive.
It's all temporary.  Including this.  Because all bacteria, etc., genetically mutate over time, so it by definition it's temporary.  And when any gubamint says so, they're Not Lying.
And there's an App for this shit, too.  And probably just as infected.

Long live the Empire!

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 14:42 | 1341539 Jack Sheet
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Current probabilities (educated guess, no data):

- engineered pathogen 50%

- environmentally induced mutation/recombination 50%

We check again in a week's time.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 15:57 | 1341729 Spirit Of Truth
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If this is bioterrorism, then this outbreak will spread rapidly throughout Europe as the distributor(s) do their evil bidding.  If the outbreak is contained, then it's likely a natural occurrence.  JMHO.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 16:57 | 1341825 seek
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Unless this outbreak is just a test run to see how effective it is.

Assuming, for a moment, it's not a natural outbreak, i would call this fairly effective. Going with the terrorism angle further, if it were to be used again  I'd expect a pause followed by a a much wider (i.e. not just Europe) coordinated distribution. The Rajneeshi cult in Oregon tried something similar to this in an attempt to manipulate an election back in the '80s, but with a much less effective organism.

What will be most telling is if the source tracing comes up with multiple foci of initial contamination with the same organism; that doesn't happen by accident very often. Since we now have multiple foods being impacted, if it's not occuring at a central point of handling (i.e. warehouse) the alarms should be rinnging as well.


Sun, 06/05/2011 - 23:40 | 1342433 tarsubil
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If this was engineered, they'd know by now or soon. They'll probably have the entire thing sequenced soon. In which case, they'll see if a biotech kit was used to construct it.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 12:18 | 1341239 AAPL_Short
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It is already known and in the news that it was caused by bean sprouts. God damn tree huggers !!! It is basic practice to use manure (i.e. shit) as a fertilized in agriculture. When you put manure to a field in April and harvest in August, all bacteria life will be transformed over the long hot summer. Has been practiced for millenia. But when you pour manure over bean seeds and collect the sprouts a few days later, the bacteria life will resemble that of, yes you guessed it, shit.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 12:38 | 1341273 tip e. canoe
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a perfect metaphor on how humans can't wait for nature to do her thing and have to tweak shit to fit their desperate growth models.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 12:41 | 1341274 AAPL_Short
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And the link confirming BEAN SPROUTS as the source:

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 12:46 | 1341286 tip e. canoe
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the irony is that beans take nitrogen from the air and put it into the soil.  if they would have just been a little patient and let the beans grow in the last planting cycle, they could have avoided having to dump raw shit on the fields.   funny but sad shit.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 12:50 | 1341299 AAPL_Short
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Indeed. I recently read an article where one tree hugger had given only soy milk to her newborn son for ideological reasons. The son's growth, mental and physical, was severely retarded when he was taken to an emergency room some months later. Beyond repair too.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 12:53 | 1341311 Burnbright
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You would think a tree hugger would just give breast milk... oh well. 

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 12:56 | 1341318 AAPL_Short
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But a hard core veggie will not offer milk. Even from her own breasts, it seems.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 13:07 | 1341345 goldfish1
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You read one article and now you're an expert.

it was caused by bean sprouts. God damn tree huggers !!!

That's a non sequitur.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 14:33 | 1341512 knukles
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Yeah, well, any mother that just gives her kid soy shit instead of her own breast milk deserves to have the generational transmission of her genetic material curtailed for the good of humanity.  

There are serious fucking reasons upon which the concept of natural selection was founded.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 15:22 | 1341637 Cathartes Aura
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echoes of the "Nestle baby milk scandal":

Advocacy groups and charities have accused Nestlé of unethical methods of promoting infant formula over breast milk to poor mothers in developing countries.[14][15] For example, IBFAN claim that Nestlé distributes free formula samples to hospitals and maternity wards; after leaving the hospital, the formula is no longer free, but because the supplementation has interfered with lactation, the family must continue to buy the formula.

soon people won't know which corporate food to trust, which country of origin is better/worst. . . more codex alimentarius food policing will be "demanded" by the herds. . .

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 15:46 | 1341687 knukles
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. . . more codex alimentarius food policing will be "demanded" by the herds. . .

By Jove, he's got it!

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 19:14 | 1342023 cossack55
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Spot on!

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 12:55 | 1341316 goldfish1
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Ain't only the tree huggers buying "soy" . Messes with your hormones. Probably GMO soy is even worse for you.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 18:52 | 1341979 Raymond K Hessel
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I didn't realized soy has teats that would make it possible to get soy milk.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 19:50 | 1342074 ursus.peracto
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I knew there would be a Scheiße video reference here on ZH.


Love the wit here.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 13:03 | 1341330 goldfish1
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17 at one restaurant yet 1,700 sickened? Looks like there's more to this story.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 14:38 | 1341526 knukles
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Maybe it's a chain.  In California there're chains called Weinerparadise, Weinerschnitzel and Hot Dog on a Stick.  There's a Congressman name Weiner kinda stuck on a stick, too. 
Sort of a German connection.  Maybe get Sporutmushinabun?  Sounds kinda Northern European.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 18:54 | 1341985 Raymond K Hessel
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The Germans did invent shit porn.  Maybe those 17 guys ate a hearty salad and took a shit on 100 other German perverts each?

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 23:39 | 1342440 tarsubil
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There is absolutely nothing conclusive about that report.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 12:53 | 1341301 Sean7k
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Maybe another lab release like the various flu viruses they release to test vaccines? Has anyone checked Bayer?

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 12:56 | 1341309 AAPL_Short
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Calm down. The reason is cow shit. Manure.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 13:02 | 1341329 Sean7k
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Why? Because that is what you read in the news? It could be the reason or not. Little early to tell at this juncture.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 13:06 | 1341339 goldfish1
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Sez you.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 13:06 | 1341346 Sean7k
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neener, neener.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 13:55 | 1341422 Herman Strandsc...
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'Yo sure it wasn't PIIGS shite? Lol.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 14:41 | 1341544 knukles
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Now that's fucking funny.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 15:57 | 1341719 desgust
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Of course it is PIIGS shit. Remember? They fabricated the swi

nw flu 2008 now they have e-coli! It's just a scare to divert attention of the sheeple. I buy veggies,  I eat veegies, in south germany nobody cares about this fear mongering!

Every year there are some cases of e-coli but this year they have brought it in the news. There might have been some multimorbide old women from asylum, that is the truth!!!

I prepare myself for a financial political crisis not for a shite!!!

Damn liars!!!! Reuters news from Rothschild!!!! Kake!!!!

Only fucking idiots (even ZHers) believe it!

They've got their vaccine some 2 years ago and still believe these lies!


Sun, 06/05/2011 - 13:53 | 1341426 Oh regional Indian
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Manure full of shit.


Sun, 06/05/2011 - 17:11 | 1341853 dogbreath
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that is a pun

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 13:43 | 1341405 OrestesPenthilu...
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Looks like either more practice for: MSM - keep 'em scared

or - prep for the big bio scare / camp FEMA roundup in 2012

or - it's actually what it says it is.

So distrustful now my first thought was "warmup for elites to go to Denver Airport" and the rest of us to get chipped.


Sun, 06/05/2011 - 12:19 | 1341241 GeneMarchbanks
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Bloody Diarrhea you say... THIS.IS.BULLISH

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 13:08 | 1341344 Nom de Guerre
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Go long on Depends.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 13:23 | 1341377 Manthong
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Goldman raises outlook on ExLax.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 15:45 | 1341694 knukles
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Coulda stooled me.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 12:20 | 1341243 AnAnonymous
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Gross profit margin rates... Has to cut expenditures somewhere to maintain profits and why not on health safety?

People eat anyway and sending people to the hospital is good for GDP, at least short term wise. Patriotic behaviour typical to this US driven world.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 12:33 | 1341262 Long-John-Silver
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Green infested shoots bitchez!

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 14:42 | 1341552 Hulk
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Weaponized bean sprouts Bitchez!

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 12:32 | 1341266 Gubbmint Cheese
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Ironic that the e coli bacteria is being found in Hamburg..(er)

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 14:48 | 1341558 Problem Is
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Good one...

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 12:36 | 1341267 Coffin Dodger
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Mutated ecoli pathogen (from fukushima fallout), anyone?

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 13:08 | 1341349 medicalstudent
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Sun, 06/05/2011 - 13:37 | 1341399 Ahmeexnal
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Engineered pathogen.

But fear not. China comes to Europe's rescue:

China Tracks Down Europe's Killer E. Coli Bacteria June 5, 2011 • 9:17AM

Various reports over the recent period have stressed how China is seriously entering the commercial biological world market. The success of Beijing Genomics Institute (whose main lab is actually in Shenzhen City near Hong Kong) in sequencing the DNA sequence of the E. coli bacteria that is responsible for the outbreak of enterohemorraghic E. coli. (ENEC), which has caused serious disease and deaths in Europe, confirm this.

Late June 2, the institute announced that the E. coli spreading through Europe was "a new strain of bacteria that is highly infectious and toxic." The researchers managed to fully sequence its genome in three days - becoming the first in the world to do so and lodge its full sequence on the Internet.

They also identified genes in the bacteria that gave it resistance to at least three major classes of antibiotics, which helped explain why doctors in Europe have had such a hard time fighting the bug. "We have done further analysis and see even more antibiotic-resistant and toxic genes. Our work is still ongoing," said team member Qin Junjie.

The institute later found genes in the bacteria that gave it resistance to eight classes of antibiotics. The newly identified 0104 strain of E. coli bacteria is resistant to major classes of antibiotics including sulfonamide, cephalothin, penicillin, and streptomycin. The researchers are developing a diagnostic kit to detect the bacteria and prevent the epidemic from spreading further.

BGI has more than 180 sequencing machines, giving it the biggest DNA sequencing capacity in the world, and a total workforce of over 4,000.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 15:03 | 1341607 tired1
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Ever try and get a Chinese to eat a raw vegetable? Aint gonna happen. Now you know why.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 15:10 | 1341614 malek
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If you think about how advanced things were already back in the 14th century, when they engineered the Black Death...

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 19:37 | 1342047 Confuchius
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Whuts an antibiotic 4?

How about colloidal Silver then.

Kills all bugs, dead. Dead. Dead.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 12:36 | 1341271 djsmps
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Anyone know who won Dancing With The Stars last week?

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 15:47 | 1341698 knukles
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Irish fella', Patthy O'Gen.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 12:39 | 1341272 jmc8888
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Damn near 12 monkeys.

Here's what putin said, and you have to agree with him on THIS, if nothing else.

"I openly admit I don't know what spirit [the ban] is contradicting. But when people are dying from eating cucumbers, there is something really fishy going on." "People really are dying because of eating these products, and we cannot let our people get poisoned for the sake of some kind of spirit,"

Remember this all bullish for debt to GDP ratios in europe.  Called the Fukushima effect.

Next up a new European advertising campaign encourages people to eat their veggies.

"Got Bloody Stool?"   (...and instead of a white milk mustache a red....)

...and as larouche points out Germany's dialysis machines are already maxed out. (because in imperialist monetary world...there is no spare capacity with medical devices, treatment, hospital beds, and care)

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 12:55 | 1341312 AAPL_Short
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Put away the tin foil hat. The reason is that manure from cows treated with super antibiotics has been used to fertilize bean seeds. Just a few days before the bean sprouts were harvested.

No conspiracy, unless the cows did it on purpose :)

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 13:48 | 1341421 YHC-FTSE
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True, but take out the "super" in antibiotics. It's just your common antibiotics we've been misusing for the last 90 years creating all sorts of resistent strains (Remember MRSA?) by either flushing it down the sewer systems or creating them in the most advanced biological factory - our own bodies. Medics have been warning about this for the past 30 years. 

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 16:26 | 1341778 I_ate_the_crow
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Something to consider in conjunction with AAPL's link, this one 3 days earlier from the people who bring you common sense:

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 12:42 | 1341277 innsbrooklad
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Anyone ever think that this could be a bioweapon some sick former Nazi or Al Qaeda group tested out?

E coli..New strain..I think they are not telling us everything...

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 12:42 | 1341283 jmc8888
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Probably not...but if it was I would attribute it more like to Al-cia-da or Al-queen of englan-da. (or is that one in the same?)

Though most likely as pointed out above by LaRouche it most likely is an african strain somehow brought somewhere and is now infecting from a new point of origin.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 12:55 | 1341304 AAPL_Short
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More likely reason: cow manure from cows treated with strong antibiotics was used to fertilize the bean sprouts. A mere few days before harvesting:

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 14:02 | 1341439 decon
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Unlikely.  Probably from beans grown last season (who knows where?).  Not enough time to grow beans locally, harvest them, dry and process them, transport, sprout at the food establishment or local supplier of pre-sprouted beans and serve.  Most likely somebody didn't wash their hands who was a carrier of this strain at the sprout supplier or the eatery itself.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 15:46 | 1341689 Cathartes Aura
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you're awfully fond of "the grauniad" dude,

German health authorities claim that locally grown beansprouts have been identified as the likely cause. . .

Scientists suspect the source of the contamination may have been poor hygiene either at a farm, in transit, or in a shop or food outlet.

they don't seem to know definitively as yet, so maybe keep an open mind?  while it's tempting to find immediate causes, so as to dismiss threat, and while I agree the antibiotic use in meat animals is out of control - this may not be that, y'know?

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 12:56 | 1341308 goldfish1
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It's what they're using as fertilizer that's likely the problem. Perhaps they're irrigating with sanitary sewer water.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 14:50 | 1341565 Problem Is
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Excellent Point
It is a fact that most surface water in the US contains human origin e-coli... i.e. human sewage...

For farms surface water is used for irrigating and crop washing...

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 15:40 | 1341680 knukles
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This brings up two very important points.

First, if the Europeans are doing this before the Yanks, then the Yanks have a "Cow Crap Gap" which immediately needs addressing in two ways. 
1.) America needs more cow crap upon which to experiment to ensure that it remains at the fore of th Cow Crap Race.  Hopefully, NASA will now release it's latest findings about alien structures and presence upon the Dark Side of the Moon, which is not comprised of Green Cheese, but Cow crap, the only solution for which is to bury them in more crap. 
2.) There is a definite need for additional funding to essentially prohibit the Barbarian Enemy from repeating the same in our country.  Thus, a new and enhanced multibillion dollar Anti-Cow Crap Program guaranteed to save 17 Billion jobs by April Fool's day next.

Long live the Empire.

Second, it proves wholeheartedly what Jean Clown-Junker was talking about when he kicked the stray puppy square in it's nut sack when he was getting frustrated with the lack of growth of magnitude and magnificence of the EU, because this definitely proves beyond the shadow of an enormous pile of cow crap, that a bigger, better funded EU bureaucracy would have not made the same error of judgement about it having been polluted cucumbers which were the cause of the outbreak, for all the cucumbers in Spain had already been sent to Greece for the EU bureaucracy's annual Greek Sex Festival. New stimulus program.

Don't getch yer hope up yet, folks.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 17:14 | 1341870 dogbreath
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junk.  and in which lab would said terr manufacture such a specific pathogen resistant to 8 classes of antibiotics and why would they spread it in northern germany

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 12:40 | 1341280 Seasmoke
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what a mess that Europe has become

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 13:30 | 1341383 Ahmeexnal
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A shitty mess.

And now that the lab strain has been successful in it's test run, the TPTB are about to deploy the pathogen full scale, starting with Greece and Ireland.

And anyone fool enough to think they're safe by eating meat instead of vegetables will be served with the latest generation of lab engineered prions.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 13:38 | 1341403 SilverBaron
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Can't afford to pay the old peoples' pensions, so release a bug that kills them?

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 14:54 | 1341577 Problem Is
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+5... Accurate analysis...

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 12:44 | 1341281 sabra1
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this bug was created by the globalists as the new way to get people off of food stamps!

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 12:41 | 1341282 Steroid
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That is what you get when you combine public healthcare with public pensions. It is a double whammy for the state. Eliminate antibacterial research through the FDA and its European equivalent and the results will come even faster. For some infections, the only recommmended cure is fecal transplantation (eating your healthy relatives' shit).

Then until evolution takes its course ensure that no crisis goes to waste!

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 12:51 | 1341303 goldfish1
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Nah, it's what you get when you spread reconstituted human or animal waste on fields as fertilizer.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 12:52 | 1341305 AAPL_Short
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And especially when you use manure from cows having eaten super-antibiotics for life

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 13:10 | 1341352 goldfish1
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Yes andbeing fed GMO and feed with other animal parts in it. Bovines are vegetarians.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 12:57 | 1341320 Sean7k
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Humanure and "night soil" have been used for centuries. Properly composted, they make great fertilizer and are perfectly safe. Better still, they require less fresh water and are naturally incorporated, instead up being dumped en masse in our oceans and landfills.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 13:04 | 1341333 tip e. canoe
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keywords : Properly composted

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 13:07 | 1341343 Sean7k
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Yes, recommend a minimum of one year and two if you can to just make sure. However, it can be difficult for some people to get past the eww factor.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 15:10 | 1341615 Dave Thomas
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Uhh, no thanks. I don't care how long you leave it. Human waste has lots of fat in it as well. It's not like horse or cow manure. Not to mention all the pharmacuticals that are peppered in human shit too. And don't get me started on the pathogens. Hep B, Cholera, etc.



Sun, 06/05/2011 - 15:25 | 1341646 Hulk
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The composting process destroys every pathogen known to man. Breaks down pharmas and pcb's too. A properly designed composting system will kill every pathogen in less than 4 hours...Composting ALL our waste (urban myth that fat and meat do not compost) keeps our nitrogen local and keeps our springs, underground streams and waterways clean

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 15:36 | 1341670 Dave Thomas
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4 Hours? Who's going to pay for that expensive poop composting complex? ADM? Monsanto? The City of Chino California?

Please don't delude yourself into thinking that using human waste is a good idea, when we can't even harvest the goddamn vegatables without accidentally shitting on them. Remember we're talking proifits and shareholders here, not consumer safety.





Sun, 06/05/2011 - 15:59 | 1341737 Hulk
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I was speaking on an individual basis. Take 1 inch hardware cloth and roll it into a 4 ft diameter circle, creating a silo 4 feet tall. Line the bottom with 6 inches of straw or other dry brown material. Cover so as to not allow rain to hit it. Rinse and repeat as needed. you will never need to buy expensive fertilizer again...

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 08:07 | 1342780 tip e. canoe
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hulk, have you ever heard of using priobiotics in agriculture?

if so, curious to know your thoughts.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 19:48 | 1342066 Confuchius
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It's worked for the Orientals for over 4000 years. Does anyone know why it won't continue to work?

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 20:02 | 1342083 Hulk
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I'm guessing, but probably they waited an appropriate amount of time between application and eating...They no longer do it and look at the condition of their rivers now.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 16:00 | 1341726 Cathartes Aura
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not everyone who shits uses pharmaceuticals, and composting your own waste is a good way of knowing exactly what "goes" into your food.

keep it local *wink*

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 15:35 | 1341663 Hulk
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In the summertime, 60 days is all you need in a "cold" compost pile.

Been composting our sawdust toilets for many years now with 0 issues...

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 16:56 | 1341823 Sean7k
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And some people think septic systems are safe. Ha, they distribute waste below the level where microbes could break down the material. Consequently, the waste moves down into your water table and then into your faucet or well. Don't worry though, it is then treated with deadly chlorine and they toss in flouride to mess you up.

Of course, you can go buy some compost at Lowe's and put sewer sludge on your garden vegetables- because they get a sticker that says its' safe!

Anyone believing government scientists deserve their abbreviated, disease ridden lives. Pop those pills, drink that swill and remember- if Conagra made it, it must be good for you!

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 17:26 | 1341882 Hulk
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Nature did indeed intend for it to be deposited and left above ground....

We have pristine spring water and I intend to keep it that way.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 19:12 | 1342022 Yits and the Yimrum
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agribusiness are larger criminals than their banster cousins, and that is saying a mouthfull

if you try to find unpoisened foods in your grocery store, good luck

the shelf life of the worker bees in the west has new expiration dates; but no worries, the NFL perseason is only 2 months away!

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 13:56 | 1341438 Herman Strandsc...
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'That is what you get when you combine public healthcare with public pensions...'

Well if it takes out the EU Elite at the same time..

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 12:45 | 1341292 DougM
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Good.  Fuck the Germans.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 14:35 | 1341517 Jack Sheet
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I say my good man. Becoming abusive will get you nowhere !

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 12:53 | 1341300 goldfish1
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Know your grower. Buy local, seasonal. Put up and freeze.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 14:53 | 1341583 Problem Is
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+5... And grow your own...

BTW: What fucktard would <JUNK> you for that?

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 16:03 | 1341739 Cathartes Aura
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someone to lazy to make the effort suggested, most likely.

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 22:59 | 1345783 goldfish1
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What fucktard would <JUNK> you for that?

Prob the stupid Monsanto/Corp Agr shills on the thread.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 12:58 | 1341314 squib
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Bacteria!!! (Not viruses!!! Yet!!!Wait for it, maybe next month if things get slow...)

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 13:00 | 1341321 Silverhog
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Probably not a good time to have unprotected sex with raw vegetables either.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 13:04 | 1341332 Sean7k
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Luckily, there is a viable fruit substitute for the cucumber...

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 13:18 | 1341364 Manthong
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Go long Viagra.

(pun intended)

And so the substitute is from L.A.?

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 15:54 | 1341718 knukles
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Slow down... the Irish'll think you're talking about the potatoe. 

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 15:53 | 1341711 knukles
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Been wondering why you grin like that!

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 13:04 | 1341325 Caviar Emptor
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About 1 hour ago: German-grown bean sprouts likely cause of deadly E. coli outbreak, officials say - AP

NYT: Sprouts Are Said to Be the Likely Cause of E. Coli Outbreak

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 13:02 | 1341327 ThePhysicist
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Bean sprout eating liberals and their organic farms are to blame for this fiasco. Nothing more "organic" than shit fertilizer.


Give me some good ole inorganic, petroleum-based fertilizer for the grass my steaks-to-be eat.


Sun, 06/05/2011 - 13:03 | 1341340 Caviar Emptor
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Side of dioxin with that?

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 13:32 | 1341393 Manthong
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Heavy on the Corexit sauce.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 13:16 | 1341358 goldfish1
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Bean sprout eating liberals and their organic farms are to blame for this fiasco.

You sound like a shill for giant agribusiness. Next time, try to be less conspicuous.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 14:42 | 1341550 Problem Is
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They feed your steak GMO corn and dead beef ground bone/remains protein, but have already inserted an anti-biotic implant into the livestock...

Common Monsanto approved USDA practice...

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 19:49 | 1342071 Confuchius
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Your ignorance of how things have always been grown is appalling.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 13:05 | 1341336 Gordon Freeman
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This is all very, very bullish, and is already priced in, doncha know?

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 13:06 | 1341338 Caviar Emptor
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Spain gonna be mad: Germans were blaming their cucumbers!

WHew! Guess she can go back to using spanish cucumbers....

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 13:10 | 1341353 Steroid
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She'd rather use protection. Who knows what those cukes carry.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 14:06 | 1341461 Oh regional Indian
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Now that was really funny.


Sun, 06/05/2011 - 13:16 | 1341355 Volaille de Bresse
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"Spain gonna be mad: Germans were blaming their cucumbers!"


Yah it was verging on racism. Uber-clean Germans couldn't fathom that the problem could come from THEM. They had to blame the dirty unshaved retarded Spanish of course... and now the Krauts realize the epidemic might have stemmed from a restaurant in Lübeck. 


Europe is a fucking asylum. 

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 13:23 | 1341375 Sean7k
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The Germans still haven't got over the World Cup. 

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 14:31 | 1341515 Motorhead
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I haven't gotten over the World Cup yet, either.  The US team was the only winner of a Group that got bounced out of the next round.  Thanks, Coach Bradley.

To the vegetarian taxi driver in HH...Salad can also be a false cognate.  "Salat" in German also means 'lettuce' in English.  Just thought I'd throw that in there in case I need a taxi from the Alstersee, hehe.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 13:34 | 1341390 Franken_Stein
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There were EHEC bacteria on Spanish cucumbers, although from another, less harmful strain.

It was better to inform the public about this finding.

Should the laboratory have kept it secret instead, especially when time is key ?


After all, we still think that this EHEC outbreak is just a sideshow, probably an act of sabotage by interested parties with access to biological weapons.


The timing is interesting.


Just when they announce another 100 bn bank bailout.


Btw, what country are you from ?

And why don't you have an avatar ?


Do you work for Americans for Prosperity or FreedomWorks ?

Are you an astroturfer ?


Sun, 06/05/2011 - 16:00 | 1341727 knukles
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Hey! Not all Spaniards are unshaven!

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 13:21 | 1341369 Charles Wilson
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Cue...Beavis!: "...Heh...Heh.heh...He said...'Insufficient capacity'...Heh.Heh...Heh"

There you have it. This is simply a Keynesian "Lack of Demand" problem. Easy to solve. No problem.


Sun, 06/05/2011 - 13:29 | 1341386 Caviar Emptor
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Boy this makes those Burger King and Taco Bell deaths a couple of years ago look tame 

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 13:30 | 1341389 Gimp
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"It has hit women more than men, and most of those who have died were elderly."

German Government Recommends - Boil the cucumber for two full minutes before inserting

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 16:07 | 1341750 Cathartes Aura
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most likely affecting females because they eat more salad ingredients than males *doh* particularly in Germany, and amrka too.

but hey, it's your fantasy, enjoy.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 21:13 | 1342198 Gimp
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It's humor dickhead...sorry you must be German, no sense of humor. Hope they all eat the bean sprouts.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 13:31 | 1341392 TaxSlave
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Well, if broken windows are good for the economy, just think what a boon death and sickness are!

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 14:01 | 1341443 Ahmeexnal
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Go long casket manufacturers.

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 21:43 | 1342248 Tuco Benedicto ...
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Invest overseas.  U. S. coffins have already been produced.  Haven't you heard?


Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez

Sun, 06/05/2011 - 13:52 | 1341429 richard in norway
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this is a nonstory


what the fuck is happening in yemen

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