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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 // 4 months ago
November 21, 2013

Got Milk? In honor of its 20th anniversary, five quick facts on the iconic advertising campaign

One: The original commercial, shown above, was directed by Michael Bay and first released 20 years ago this month. It was one of his last commercials before becoming a terrible movie director.

Two: How’d they get the budget to pay for all these iconic ads? Well, in 1993, the California Milk Processor Board launched to help increase milk consumption in the state, and this slogan was their way of doing it. It worked—so well, in fact, that they licensed the campaign to other states.

Three: The campaign slogan was eventually licensed to the National Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP), which created a series of print ads starring numerous major stars of the ’90s—think Hanson, Jennifer Aniston and the Backstreet Boys.

Four: The campaign is widely-parodied, showing up in episodes of Futurama, Family Guy, and even in ads for PETA—though the milk processor board didn’t like that.

Five: The campaign is still active today—both in California and nationwide. Among the more recent stars in the print ads? The cast of Monsters University, Katie Couric, and The Rock. That’s a lot of milk.

12:50 // 4 months ago
February 22, 2013

dailydot:

Don’t watch this YouTube video if you cry over spilt milk

Careful as you go cruising the aisles of your favorite local grocery store this weekend. There’s a new craze sweeping through their ever-shiny linoleum floors, one that’s high on milk jugs and short on necessary mops.

Congratulations, internet. We’ve ensured “Harlem Shake” is going to drop off the Hot 100 this week.

18:48 // 1 year ago
December 29, 2012
16:09 // 1 year ago
December 1, 2012
timelightbox:

Nov. 26, 2012. Police officers are sprayed with milk by European milk farmers during a demonstration outside the European Parliament in Brussels. (Photo: Geert Vanden Wijngaert—AP)
From protests in Egypt and life in the aftermath of the Gaza conflict to Myanmar’s refugee camps and volcanic lava spilling into the ocean in Hawaii, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.
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The dairy deluge, engineered by the European Milk Board, is in protest of what the farmers claim are too-high quotas and fixed prices that are stifling their ability to maintain production. The EU sets a yearly milk production quota of 130 million metric tons, more than their member states can actually consume, a standard they plan to phase out come 2015.

timelightbox:

Nov. 26, 2012. Police officers are sprayed with milk by European milk farmers during a demonstration outside the European Parliament in Brussels. (Photo: Geert Vanden Wijngaert—AP)

From protests in Egypt and life in the aftermath of the Gaza conflict to Myanmar’s refugee camps and volcanic lava spilling into the ocean in Hawaii, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.

See more on LightBox.

The dairy deluge, engineered by the European Milk Board, is in protest of what the farmers claim are too-high quotas and fixed prices that are stifling their ability to maintain production. The EU sets a yearly milk production quota of 130 million metric tons, more than their member states can actually consume, a standard they plan to phase out come 2015.

15:51 // 1 year ago
March 16, 2012

Kevin Rose abruptly kills relatively-new product, moves to Google

  • what On Wednesday, after just five months in operation, Digg founder Kevin Rose’s app Oink abruptly shut down. This despite the fact that it had 100,000 downloads right off the bat. The abrupt closure angered users who felt betrayed by the move.
  • why Well, because Google bought out Rose’s company, Milk, including its staff. The deal was reported Thursday, allegedly the result of a bidding war with Facebook. Is the rise of the acqu-hire, seen earlier this week with Posterous, hurting end users? source

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10:14 // 2 years ago
September 29, 2011
I am gravely serious when I write this — if I catch someone not replacing the milk, or at least, in the case where the downstairs store has closed already, not sending an e-mail to the office so the first person that arrives … can pick one up upon arrival — then I am going to fire you. I’m not joking. Have fun explaining that one to your next employer. This is not a empty threat, so PLEASE don’t test me.
Beckerman Public Relations CEO Keith Zakheim • Freaking out over an empty milk carton and threatening to fire anyone who doesn’t replace it next time around. “Imagine my chagrin this morning when I stumbled in at 7:15 after enduring a typically painful Redskins loss and in dire need of a shot of caffeine,” he complained in an e-mail, “only to find that the skim milk in the refrigerator had three drops of milk left.” We love everything about this insane e-mail. (Thank you for this incredible tale of endurance imwithkanye!!)
12:39 // 2 years ago
March 21, 2011

Food-borne radiation detection prompts call for ban, general fears

  • worrisome Radiation has been detected in milk and spinach from areas surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, causing World Health Organization officials to call for a ban on food coming from that area.
  • zealous An upscale restaurant in Taiwan known as Peony, which specializes in Japanese cuisine, has gone to some length to prove their culinary purity: diners are offered radiation meters to check their food. source

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15:53 // 3 years ago