WSJ, Monday 19 August 2013: Zilmax and U.S. Cattle

From The Wall Street Journal today, Section B (“Marketplace”), page 1:  “What’s Ailing America’s Cattle?” by Jesse Newman and Kelsey Gee

A growing number of cattle arriving for slaughter at U.S. meatpacking plants have recently shown unusual signs of distress.  Some walked stiffly, while others had trouble moving.  A few even sat down in strange positions, looking more like dogs than cows.

“I’ve seen cattle walking down a truck ramp tippy-toed,” said Temple Grandin, a doctor of animal science and consultant to the livestock industry.  “Normally, they just run down the truck ramp and jump out.  We do not want to see bad become normal.”

With few other changes to animals’ diets that could trigger such symptoms, Dr. Grandin and other scientists involved with the industry began to suspect a tie to weight-gain supplements called beta-agonists that have recently become widely used.

On Friday, drug-maker Merck & Co. said it would temporarily suspend sales of Zilmax, one such feed additive, responding to widening animal-welfare concerns within the U.S. beef industry over the use of pharmaceuticals in meat production.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.




Self really owes a debt to Trevor Carolan.

This Canadian writer and editor has included her story in the anthologies he’s edited, like Another Kind of Paradise:  Short Stories from the New Asia-Pacific (Cheng & Tsui).  He’s published wunderkind Frances Cabahug (Filipino/Canadian), who at the ridiculous age of 21 wrote a review of self’s second collection, the one published by Miami University Press, Mayor of the Roses.

Self pitched an interview with Linh Dinh to Trevor, and not only did he publish it in the Pacific Rim Review of Books, he also put the interview in the “Best of the Pacific Rim Review of Books” anthology, Against the Shore.

Now comes the second “Best of PRRB” volume, Along the Rim, available from Ekstasis Editions, a Canadian publisher.

This is from the public announcement:

From its inception in 2005, The Pacific Rim Review of Books has cast a close, constructive eye on contemporary literature.  With the publication of these anthologies, the PRRB now confirms its place in contemporary Canadian arts & letters.  Addressing a broad horizon of topics and issues in engaged East-West culture, serious poetry, international relations, history, and ecological inquiry, contributors include such distinguished writers as Gary Snyder, Josef Skvorecky, Red Pine, Rex Weyler, Andrew Schelling, and Michael Platzer, as well as many of the veteran and talented young West Coast writers whose work The Pacific Rim Review of Books has consistently championed.

Copies can be ordered from Ekstasis Editions, Box 8474 Main P.O. Victoria B.C. V8W 3S1.

The Summer in Books

Here are the books self read this summer (She starts her summer in June and considers it over by 1st of September):

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, by Annie Dillard:  Self tried manfully, but she just couldn’t bring herself to finish.

Sister Carrie, by Theodore Dreiser:  She has encountered more than a few people who say they have never heard of Theodore Dreiser.  She loved this novel.

The Leopard, by Giuseppe di Lampedusa:  People had heard of the movie; they didn’t know it was based on an actual novel.  Self thought this novel was beautiful.  Note for note, the most ravishing book she’s read so far this year.

The Great Gatsby:  Bad.  A major disappointment, one of the worst ever.

The Quiet American, by Graham Greene:  Felt like it could have been written today, substituting Afghanistan for 1950s Vietnam.  It was all the things Gatsby wasn’t:  tightly written, surprising, harsh, and tremendously sad.

Wolf Hall, by Hillary Mantel:  A miracle.  Made her hate Thomas More, a historical figure she once revered (because of Paul Scofield’s performance in “A Man For All Seasons”).

The book self just started is Love and Summer, by William Trevor.  She was so glad she began reading it while it is still summer.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree 3

Here’s the latest prompt from the WordPress Daily Post site.  This week’s Photo Challenge is “Carefree.”

The prompt begins:

Summer memories make everything seem magical to me — carefree and untroubled.

Even on the trips where everything went wrong, I look back and smile at the narrow escapes, or the long walks on a beach while I sorted out and righted the world.

Without further ado, dear blog readers:  a new post, the third self has posted (so far) on the theme “Carefree.”

Stafford Park, Some Wednesday Evening

Stafford Park, Some Wednesday Evening

The Picnic Table (Cal Shakes picnic grounds, just before the Sunday, July 14 performance of "Romeo & Juliet," which also happens to be self's birthday

The Picnic Table (Cal Shakes picnic grounds, just before the Sunday, July 14 performance of “Romeo & Juliet,” which also happens to be self’s birthday

4th of July 2013, Redwood City Parade:  It's just as much fun to observe the spectators.

4th of July 2013, Redwood City Parade: It’s just as much fun to observe the spectators.

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