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December 11, 2013

More on raw milk

lovemrsc says: ”Thanks” for this worthless inclusion of raw milk hate. The multipliers they used were outrageous.

» SFB says: The quote marks were certainly kind. Moving on, I’d assume that the state of Minnesota isn’t just making stuff up and that they had a good reason for using the multiplying they did, but, rather than assume, let’s look at their methodology. From the actual report:

Although outbreaks associated with raw milk occur frequently and receive much media attention, the number of reported cases determined to be outbreak-related likely represents a small proportion of the actual number of illnesses associated with this product. Two lines of evidence support this assumption. First, among reported illnesses caused by enteric pathogens that are laboratory-confirmed, non–outbreak-related (i.e., sporadic) cases far outnumber those associated with recognized outbreaks (17). Second, for each reported laboratory-confirmed illness caused by a bacterial or protozoal enteric pathogen, an estimated 26–100 additional illnesses likely occur, depending on the pathogen (18). Therefore, any estimates of the number of illnesses associated with raw milk consumption should include an evaluation of sporadic cases, including multipliers to account for underdiagnosis and underreporting. However, little information is available on the number of sporadic cases of illness associated with raw milk consumption.

Not everyone goes to a hospital when they get food poisoning, so that’s why they have to multiply stuff. And while I don’t necessarily have an opinion, I would have to assume that one of the study’s authors, Minnesota Department of Health epidemiologist Trisha Robinson, isn’t just speaking from personal opinion when she hands quotes to USA Today like this one: ”it’s important for people to know and understand these risks before they use raw milk or give it to children. Pasteurization is around for a reason.”

Drink as much raw milk as you want—I hear it has a lot of good things in it, too! Just keep in mind that the state of Minnesota probably isn’t scaremongering when they do research like this. — Ernie @ SFB

EDIT: Here’s the NIH study they used to figure out the formula.

21:49 // 10 months ago
May 31, 2013
11:44 // 1 year ago
May 29, 2013


You guys, Michele Bachmann won’t be returning to Congress next term. She’s going home to spend more time with her ethics scandals. 

Great. Now she has her time freed up to replace Sarah Palin on Fox News.

8:44 // 1 year ago
May 13, 2013
18:17 // 1 year ago
April 25, 2012
Hospital patients waiting in an emergency room or convalescing after surgery are being confronted by an unexpected visitor: A debt collector at bedside.
Jessica Silver-Greenberg of The New York Times • In the lede of an article analyzing Minnesota attorney general Lori Swanson’s recent allegations that a debt collection firm has been stationing its employees in hospital emergency rooms. Employees for Minnesota-based Accretive Health would allegedly disguise themselves as hospital staff, request up-front payment from patients, and — if patients did not have a credit card on-hand — were instructed to reply, “If you have your checkbook in your car I will be happy to wait for you.” Accretive declined to comment on whether or not their practices were being investigated, but did release a short statement saying, “We have a great track record of helping hospitals enhance their quality of care.”  source (viafollow)
17:01 // 2 years ago
April 4, 2012

Police hold waitress’ massive tip as part of drug investigation

  • $12,000 left at restaurant in Minnesota source

» The waitress says it’s a tip, but the mother of five still reported the large sum of cash to police who told her to wait 90 days before spending it. After further inspection, authorities said the money smelled like marijuana, and are now holding it as part of a drug investigation. But Stacy Knutson has grown tired of waiting, and filed a lawsuit in Clay County District Court to have the money returned to her. What do you think — valid tip, case evidence, or both?

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14:34 // 2 years ago
April 2, 2012
X = President Romney. Y = a Republican Senate. X + Y = Z. Solve for Z. Z could mean the end of Medicare as we know it.
Sen. Al Franken • Writing a fundraising e-mail for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee using a math metaphor. Franken is a self-proclaimed “math genius,” apparently — he’s big on showing off the Pythagorean Theorem to elementary school kids in Minnesota — but this math equation doesn’t seem particularly complex to follow. He follows it up with some firm language: “But, alas, it’ll take more than elementary geometry to help the DSCC reach its $90,000 goal before Saturday night’s deadline. We need your help. By which, again, I mean your money.”
11:15 // 2 years ago
February 8, 2012
I don’t stand here and claim to be the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney. I stand here to be the conservative alternative to Barack Obama.
Rick Santorum • Offering up a bold line while speaking to supporters in St. Louis, who picked him for the non-binding primary in Missouri last night. He also won caucuses in Minnesota, and somewhat surprisingly, Colorado. Two weeks ago, it looked like Gingrich was the guy going toe-to-toe with Romney. Now, with last night’s wins, that storyline looks old hat. Does Santorum have a shot at going all the way? source (viafollow)
10:28 // 2 years ago

Santorum won big tonight, yes. But there’s a catch…

  • yes…Rick Santorum swept tonight’s nominating contests, winning Colorado and Minnesota’s caucuses in addition to Missouri’s primary. He’s now won more states than Mitt Romney.
  • however…No delegates were awarded tonight, so these victories—as well as all victories to this point—are significant primarily from the standpoint of public perception and media narratives. source
1:53 // 2 years ago
February 7, 2012
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