Saturday, November 9, 2013

Republicans put 'national interest' requirement on US science agency

Republicans put 'national interest' requirement on US science agency


Proposed bill would require the National Science Foundation to justify awards using criteria including economic competitiveness and national defence. Sarah Zhang 05 November 2013


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 Lamar Smith, chairman of the House of Representatives science committee, wants NSF grants to benefit the United States.


Associated Press


Key members of the US House of Representatives are calling for the National Science Foundation (NSF) to justify every grant it awards as being in the “national interest”. The proposal, which is included in a draft bill from the Republican-led House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology that was obtained by Nature, would force the NSF to document how its basic-science grants benefit the country.


The requirement is similar to one in a discussion draft circulated in April by committee chairman Lamar Smith (Republican, Texas). At the time, scientists raised concerns that ‘national interest’ was defined much too narrowly. The current draft bill provides a more expansive definition that includes six goals: economic competitiveness, health and welfare, scientific literacy, partnerships between academia and industry, promotion of scientific progress and national defence.


Those criteria are in line with a ‘broader impacts’ assessment that the NSF, based in Arlington, Virginia, already requires scientists to include in their grant applications. But the bill, called the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) Act of 2013, would place an extra burden on NSF programme directors by requiring them to publish justification for each grant award on the foundation’s website. In a time of tight budgets, says a Republican committee aide, research with a high return on investment should be prioritized. “It is the role of a government official who is using federal funds to provide the justification,” says the aide.


But former NSF programme director Scott Collins, a biologist at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, questions whether the national-interest provision is an appropriate use of NSF staff time. “Conducting cutting-edge science is clearly in the national interest,” he says.


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Others say that predicting the broader impacts of basic research is tantamount to gazing into a crystal ball. John Bruer, president of the James S. McDonnell Foundation in St Louis, Missouri, and former co-chair of an NSF task force that examined broader impacts, thinks that the requirement should be eliminated. He says that scientists often make something up to fill that space on NSF grant applications because they cannot predict what will come of their work. “All scientists know it’s nonsense,” says Bruer.


Budget numbers are conspicuously absent from the draft bill, which would reauthorize the America COMPETES Act of 2007, a key funding bill for the NSF and other agencies that support physical-sciences research. That bill, reauthorized for the first time in 2010, aimed to double the budgets of the NSF, the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and the Department of Energy’s Office of Science in Washington DC.


Although the original America COMPETES Act was enacted with broad support, Congress has never appropriated enough money to match the authorization. And hopes for boosting US science funding have been dashed both by the government shutdown in October and by sequestration, which incurred across-the-board budget cuts that began in March.


With the Republican-controlled House and the Democrat-controlled Senate still negotiating a budget for the remainder of the 2014 fiscal year, the FIRST bill avoids funding issues and focuses on policy. It emphasizes the pursuit of translational research in federal science agencies, and partnership with private funding sources. That does not sit well with the NSF’s core mission of basic science, says Michael Lubell, director of public affairs at the American Physical Society in Washington DC. The bill would also ban NSF grantees who deliberately misrepresent data from receiving new NSF awards for 10 years.


Some of the bill’s controversial prescriptions may not survive an encounter with a Senate version of the reauthorization. The House committee will hold a hearing on the draft bill on 13 November. Nature doi:10.1038/nature.2013.14102

well, we know how republicans think about testing for mad cow type TSE prion disease, and we know what republicans think about mad cow disease and National Interest there from, they don’t think, they COVER UP AT ALL COST, just ask GW and or slick rick perry. mad cow type disease has never ever been a national interest to the USDA, other than when the USDA was considered BSE FREE i.e. when they had the GOLD CARD of BSE FREE. this BSE FREE GOLD card was fabricated by the USDA, with the help of the OIE. please let me show you. follows ;



Rick Perry, Texas, and Mad Cow Disease--12 Years of Lies


By Terry S. Singeltary Sr. August 28, 2011 Straight to the Source


For related articles and more information, please visit OCA's Mad Cow Disease page.


I am sure that most of you are aware of the Texas mad cow cases that were covered up. the 1st documented cover-up was successful, the second documented case of mad cow in Texas would have been successful, but after literally, an act of Congress to override Austin, Texas officials (rick perry), only after the Honorable Fong of the OIG, and scientist all over the world, and a few others, including myself wrote to the OIG about said cover-up, and 7 months later, did they finally retest that covered-up highly suspect mad cow, and said covered up mad cow was finally _confirmed_ by Weybridge as a confirmed Texas BSE mad cow case. this 7 months after the fact on a Government BSE REDBOOK regulations of a 48 turn around on said test. over course this was all done for a reason, the BSE MRR policy was being put into place while all this was going on, and Heaven forbid if rick perry would have had a confirmed BSE mad cow case while those regulations were over riding the BSE GBR risk assessments. however, during all this political science on mad cow disease, it was nothing more than a crap shoot, and 15 years later, we now know that some of the sporadic CJD cases are indeed tied to the atypical BSE cases here in North America. How many people during the Bush/Perry era, how many did they needlessly expose to mad cow disease? how many will go clinical and die in the decades to come? Whether or not you dare care, during the Bush/Perry era, they exposed our kids to mad cow disease, by feeding them dead stock downer cows via the NSLP, for over 4 years. DEAD STOCK DOWNER COWS ARE THE MOST HIGH RISK COW FOR MAD COW DISEASE. WHO will watch the children for the next 5 decades for CJD ???




 >>> Read the Full Article





 ANOTHER sad day for sound science. instead, we will be awash in more corporate bought off junk science, which is where we are with politics today, corporate and bought off. so, no better place to start off with is the Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies i.e. the TSE prion aka mad cow type disease (you did not think that it was all gone and or eradicated did you$), but if you see from what the USDA/OIE inc did, they just changed the science to where these TSE prion disease aka mad cow type disease are not a TRADE BURDON, where the TSE prions are now a LEGAL TRADING COMMODITY, where it’s legal for these TSE prion disease to just tag right along with the commodities in which they may be exposed too. face it world, as humans, as a society, we have failed, we have let the corporate world take over our societies, our governments, and just about every thing else. I have watched the mad cow follies daily since 1997, and what I witnessed, especially since that fateful day December 23, 2003, when the USDA inc lost it’s gold card, i.e. BSE FREE status (which the USA never was BSE free before that day, the USDA just managed to keep the mad cows from ever being documented until that day), but that day in Dec. 2003, the BSE mad cow science changed forever, just because the USA lost it’s BSE gold card. from that day forward, BSE aka mad cow junk science was the normal for the USDA et al, and every other country that went by the OIE BSE TSE guidelines.


 SO, where does this leave us with a slow incubating TSE prion disease, that once goes clinical, is 100% fatal, a disease that is spreading in many species, including humans, mutating, becoming more virulent with some of these variants of the TSE prion diseases that have emerged?


 let me kindly try to explain my dire concerns with the USDA et al new junk science policy on the mad cow type diseases aka TSE prion disease in humans and animals...



May 4, 2004


 Statement on Texas Cow With Central Nervous System Symptoms


 On Friday, April 30th, the Food and Drug Administration learned that a cow with central nervous system symptoms had been killed and shipped to a processor for rendering into animal protein for use in animal feed.


 FDA, which is responsible for the safety of animal feed, immediately began an investigation. On Friday and throughout the weekend, FDA investigators inspected the slaughterhouse, the rendering facility, the farm where the animal came from, and the processor that initially received the cow from the slaughterhouse.


 FDA's investigation showed that the animal in question had already been rendered into "meat and bone meal" (a type of protein animal feed). Over the weekend FDA was able to track down all the implicated material. That material is being held by the firm, which is cooperating fully with FDA.


 Cattle with central nervous system symptoms are of particular interest because cattle with bovine spongiform encephalopathy or BSE, also known as "mad cow disease," can exhibit such symptoms. In this case, there is no way now to test for BSE. But even if the cow had BSE, FDA's animal feed rule would prohibit the feeding of its rendered protein to other ruminant animals (e.g., cows, goats, sheep, bison)...






 Date: June 21, 2007 at 2:49 pm PST


 Owner and Corporation Plead Guilty to Defrauding Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) Surveillance Program


 An Arizona meat processing company and its owner pled guilty in February 2007 to charges of theft of Government funds, mail fraud, and wire fraud. The owner and his company defrauded the BSE Surveillance Program when they falsified BSE Surveillance Data Collection Forms and then submitted payment requests to USDA for the services. In addition to the targeted sample population (those cattle that were more than 30 months old or had other risk factors for BSE), the owner submitted to USDA, or caused to be submitted, BSE obex (brain stem) samples from healthy USDA-inspected cattle. As a result, the owner fraudulently received approximately $390,000. Sentencing is scheduled for May 2007.




 Topics that will be covered in ongoing or planned reviews under Goal 1 include:


 soundness of BSE maintenance sampling (APHIS),


 implementation of Performance-Based Inspection System enhancements for specified risk material (SRM) violations and improved inspection controls over SRMs (FSIS and APHIS),




 The findings and recommendations from these efforts will be covered in future semiannual reports as the relevant audits and investigations are completed.






Tuesday, November 02, 2010




 The information contained herein should not be disseminated further except on the basis of "NEED TO KNOW".


 BSE - ATYPICAL LESION DISTRIBUTION (RBSE 92-21367) statutory (obex only) diagnostic criteria CVL 1992










 The U.S. Department of Agriculture was quick to assure the public earlier this week that the third case of mad cow disease did not pose a risk to them, but what federal officials have not acknowledged is that this latest case indicates the deadly disease has been circulating in U.S. herds for at least a decade.


 The second case, which was detected last year in a Texas cow and which USDA officials were reluctant to verify, was approximately 12 years old.


 These two cases (the latest was detected in an Alabama cow) present a picture of the disease having been here for 10 years or so, since it is thought that cows usually contract the disease from contaminated feed they consume as calves. The concern is that humans can contract a fatal, incurable, brain-wasting illness from consuming beef products contaminated with the mad cow pathogen.


 "The fact the Texas cow showed up fairly clearly implied the existence of other undetected cases," Dr. Paul Brown, former medical director of the National Institutes of Health's Laboratory for Central Nervous System Studies and an expert on mad cow-like diseases, told United Press International. "The question was, 'How many?' and we still can't answer that."


 Brown, who is preparing a scientific paper based on the latest two mad cow cases to estimate the maximum number of infected cows that occurred in the United States, said he has "absolutely no confidence in USDA tests before one year ago" because of the agency's reluctance to retest the Texas cow that initially tested positive.


 USDA officials finally retested the cow and confirmed it was infected seven months later, but only at the insistence of the agency's inspector general.


 "Everything they did on the Texas cow makes everything USDA did before 2005 suspect," Brown said. ...snip...end




CDC - Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy and Variant Creutzfeldt ... Dr. Paul Brown is Senior Research Scientist in the Laboratory of Central Nervous System ... Address for correspondence: Paul Brown, Building 36, Room 4A-05, ...




In this context, a word is in order about the US testing program. After the discovery of the first (imported) cow in 2003, the magnitude of testing was much increased, reaching a level of >400,000 tests in 2005 (Figure 4). Neither of the 2 more recently indigenously infected older animals with nonspecific clinical features would have been detected without such testing, and neither would have been identified as atypical without confirmatory Western blots. Despite these facts, surveillance has now been decimated to 40,000 annual tests (USDA news release no. 0255.06, July 20, 2006) and invites the accusation that the United States will never know the true status of its involvement with BSE.


 In short, a great deal of further work will need to be done before the phenotypic features and prevalence of atypical BSE are understood. More than a single strain may have been present from the beginning of the epidemic, but this possibility has been overlooked by virtue of the absence of widespread Western blot confirmatory testing of positive screening test results; or these new phenotypes may be found, at least in part, to result from infections at an older age by a typical BSE agent, rather than neonatal infections with new "strains" of BSE. Neither alternative has yet been investigated.





Terry S. Singeltary Sr. 6/12/08


 Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy; Minimal-Risk Regions; Importation of Live Bovines and Products Derived from Bovines Commodities APHIS-2006-0041




Tuesday, May 21, 2013


 *** Canada, USA, Bad feed, mad cows: Why we know three BSE cases had a common origin and why the SSS policy is in full force $$$




CFIA, USDA, AND OIE SHOOT, SHOVEL, AND SHUT THE HELL UP SSS BSE TSE PRION MAD COW TYPE POLICY $$$, and the media is buying it hook, line, and sinker $$$


 EDMONTON - Some of former Alberta premier Ralph Klein's most colourful quotes — and the reactions they elicited:




 "This all came about through the discovery of a single, isolated case of mad cow disease in one Alberta cow on May 20th.


 The farmer — I think he was a Louisiana fish farmer who knew nothing about cattle ranching.


 *** I guess any self-respecting rancher would have shot, shovelled and shut up, but he didn't do that." — Klein recalls how the mad cow crisis started and rancher Marwyn Peaster's role.


 The premier was speaking at the Western Governors Association meeting in Big Sky, Mont. September 2004.




Wednesday, December 22, 2010.


 Manitoba veterinarian has been fined $10,000 for falsifying certification documents for U.S. bound cattle and what about mad cow disease?




Tuesday, June 26, 2012


 Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease Human TSE report update North America, Canada, Mexico, and USDA PRION UNIT as of May 18, 2012






 Canada has had a COVER-UP policy of mad cow disease since about the 17th case OR 18th case of mad cow disease. AFTER THAT, all FOIA request were ignored $$$


 Thursday, February 10, 2011


 TRANSMISSIBLE SPONGIFORM ENCEPHALOPATHY REPORT UPDATE CANADA FEBRUARY 2011 and how to hide mad cow disease in Canada Current as of: 2011-01-31




Wednesday, August 11, 2010






Thursday, August 19, 2010






Friday, March 4, 2011


 Alberta dairy cow found with mad cow disease








Saturday, August 4, 2012


 Final Feed Investigation Summary - California BSE Case - July 2012





Saturday, August 4, 2012


 Update from APHIS Regarding Release of the Final Report on the BSE Epidemiological Investigation





Wednesday, October 30, 2013







Monday, November 4, 2013


 R-CALF Bullard new BSE rule represents the abrogation of USDA’s responsibility to protect U.S. consumers and the U.S. cattle herd from the introduction of foreign animal disease













Saturday, October 19, 2013


 ***A comparative study of modified confirmatory techniques and additional immuno-based methods for non-conclusive autolytic Bovine spongiform encephalopathy cases ***








Sunday, July 21, 2013


 Welsh Government and Food Standards Agency Wales Joint Public Consultation on the Proposed Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (Wales) Regulations 2013 Singeltary Submission WG18417




Saturday, July 6, 2013


 Small Ruminant Nor98 Prions Share Biochemical Features with Human Gerstmann-Sträussler-Scheinker Disease and Variably Protease-Sensitive Prionopathy


 Research Article





Monday, September 02, 2013


 Atypical BSE: role of the E211K prion polymorphism




 Location: Virus and Prion Research Unit




Sunday, September 1, 2013


 Evaluation of the Zoonotic Potential of Transmissible Mink Encephalopathy


 We previously described the biochemical similarities between PrPres derived from L-BSE infected macaque and cortical MM2 sporadic CJD: those observations suggest a link between these two uncommon prion phenotypes in a primate model (it is to note that such a link has not been observed in other models less relevant from the human situation as hamsters or transgenic mice overexpressing ovine PrP [28]). We speculate that a group of related animal prion strains (L-BSE, c-BSE and TME) would have a zoonotic potential and lead to prion diseases in humans with a type 2 PrPres molecular signature (and more specifically type 2B for vCJD)




 ***Together with previous experiments performed in ovinized and bovinized transgenic mice and hamsters [8,9] indicating similarities between TME and L-BSE, the data support the hypothesis that L-BSE could be the origin of the TME outbreaks in North America and Europe during the mid-1900s.





Saturday, May 2, 2009






Monday, November 30, 2009






Thursday, December 20, 2012






Tuesday, July 2, 2013


 APHIS USDA Administrator Message to Stakeholders: Agency Vision and Goals Eliminating ALL remaining BSE barriers to export market




IT is of my opinion, that the OIE and the USDA et al, are the soul reason, and responsible parties, for Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy TSE prion diseases, including typical and atypical BSE, typical and atypical Scrapie, and all strains of CWD, and human TSE there from, spreading around the globe.


I have lost all confidence of this organization as a regulatory authority on animal disease, and consider it nothing more than a National Trading Brokerage for all strains of animal TSE, just to satisfy there commodity. AS i said before, OIE should hang up there jock strap now, since it appears they will buckle every time a country makes some political hay about trade protocol, commodities and futures. IF they are not going to be science based, they should do everyone a favor and dissolve there organization.


JUST because of low documented human body count with nvCJD and the long incubation periods, the lack of sound science being replaced by political and corporate science in relations with the fact that science has now linked some sporadic CJD with atypical BSE and atypical scrapie, and the very real threat of CWD being zoonosis, I believed the O.I.E. has failed terribly and again, I call for this organization to be dissolved. ...





 (Adopted by the International Committee of the OIE on 23 May 2006)


 11. Information published by the OIE is derived from appropriate declarations made by the official Veterinary Services of Member Countries. The OIE is not responsible for inaccurate publication of country disease status based on inaccurate information or changes in epidemiological status or other significant events that were not promptly reported to the Central Bureau,




Thursday, May 30, 2013


 World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has upgraded the United States' risk classification for mad cow disease to "negligible" from "controlled", and risk further exposing the globe to the TSE prion mad cow type disease


 U.S. gets top mad-cow rating from international group and risk further exposing the globe to the TSE prion mad cow type disease






*** Saturday, November 2, 2013 ***


 Exploring the risks of a putative transmission of BSE to new species





Wednesday, September 25, 2013


 Presence of subclinical infection in gene-targeted human prion protein transgenic mice exposed to atypical BSE





Wednesday, October 30, 2013







Monday, August 26, 2013


 The Presence of Disease-Associated Prion Protein in Skeletal Muscle of Cattle Infected with Classical Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy





Tuesday, September 24, 2013


 NORDION (US), INC., AND BIOAXONE BIOSCIENCES, INC., Settles $90M Mad Cow TSE prion Contamination Suit Cethrin(R)


 *** Case 0:12-cv-60739-RNS Document 1 Entered on FLSD Docket 04/26/2012 Page 1 of 15 ***





Tuesday, July 2, 2013


 APHIS USDA Administrator Message to Stakeholders: Agency Vision and Goals Eliminating ALL remaining BSE barriers to export market





Saturday, November 2, 2013


 APHIS Finalizes Bovine Import Regulations in Line with International Animal Health Standards while enhancing the spread of BSE TSE prion mad cow type disease around the Globe





 *** The discovery of previously unrecognized prion diseases in both humans and animals (i.e., Nor98 in small ruminants) demonstrates that the range of prion diseases might be wider than expected and raises crucial questions about the epidemiology and strain properties of these new forms. We are investigating this latter issue by molecular and biological comparison of VPSPr, GSS and Nor98.




Saturday, July 6, 2013


 *** Small Ruminant Nor98 Prions Share Biochemical Features with Human Gerstmann-Sträussler-Scheinker Disease and Variably Protease-Sensitive Prionopathy


 Research Article



 Saturday, October 19, 2013


 ACA Council Meets to Endorse Several Proposed USAHA Resolutions (CWD TSE PRION DISEASE)





Wednesday, October 09, 2013







Thursday, October 10, 2013


 CJD REPORT 1994 increased risk for consumption of veal and venison and lamb





Monday, October 14, 2013


 Researchers estimate one in 2,000 people in the UK carry variant CJD proteins





Friday, August 16, 2013


 *** Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) biannual update August 2013 U.K. and Contaminated blood products induce a highly atypical prion disease devoid of PrPres in primates





WHAT about the sporadic CJD TSE proteins ?


 WE now know that some cases of sporadic CJD are linked to atypical BSE and atypical Scrapie, so why are not MORE concerned about the sporadic CJD, and all it’s sub-types $$$




Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease CJD cases rising North America updated report August 2013


 *** Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease CJD cases rising North America with Canada seeing an extreme increase of 48% between 2008 and 2010 ***





Sunday, October 13, 2013


 CJD TSE Prion Disease Cases in Texas by Year, 2003-2012





Sunday, September 08, 2013


 Iatrogenic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease via surgical instruments and decontamination possibilities for the TSE prion





Thursday, September 26, 2013


 Minimise transmission risk of CJD and vCJD in healthcare settings Guidance





Sunday, June 9, 2013


 TSEAC March 14, 2013: Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies Advisory Committee Meeting Webcast





Tuesday, May 28, 2013


 Late-in-life surgery associated with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease: a methodological outline for evidence-based guidance





Tuesday, March 05, 2013


 A closer look at prion strains Characterization and important implications Prion


 7:2, 99–108; March/April 2013; © 2013 Landes Bioscience





Saturday, November 2, 2013


 Recommendation of the Swiss Expert Committee for Biosafety on the classification of activities using prion genes and prion protein January 2013





*** U.S.A. 50 STATE BSE MAD COW CONFERENCE CALL Jan. 9, 2001 ***





NOW, these same corporate bozo's, decided amongst themselves, that it would be alright, to feed our children all across the USA, via the NSLP, DEAD STOCK DOWNER COWS, the most high risk cattle for mad cow type disease, and other dangerous pathogens, and they did this for 4 years, that was documented, then hid what they did by having a recall, one of the largest recalls ever, and they made this recall and masked the reason for the recall due to animal abuse, not for the reason of the potential for these animals to have mad cow BSE type disease. these TSE prion disease can lay dormant for 5, 10, 20 years, or longer, WHO WILL WATCH OUR CHILDREN FOR THE NEXT 5 DECADES FOR CJD ???



Saturday, September 21, 2013


 Westland/Hallmark: 2008 Beef Recall A Case Study by The Food Industry Center January 2010 THE FLIM-FLAM REPORT



In Confidence - Perceptions of unconventional slow virus diseases of animals in the USA - APRIL-MAY 1989 - G A H Wells
3. Prof. A. Robertson gave a brief account of BSE. The US approach was to accord it a very low profile indeed. Dr. A Thiermann showed the picture in the ''Independent'' with cattle being incinerated and thought this was a fanatical incident to be avoided in the US at all costs. ...

and they meant it too $$$
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Environmental Impact Statements; Availability, etc.: Animal Carcass Management [Docket No. APHIS-2013-0044]

with sad regards, these are the facts as I have come to know them. ...




layperson MOM DOD 12/14/97 confirm ‘hvCJD’...just made a promise to mom, NEVER FORGET!


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