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ConAgra just agreed to an $11.2 million settlement which included $8 million in criminal fines relating to charges of shipping salmonella tainted food across state lines. Though this is the largest criminal fine ever in a US food safety case, it is still negligible compared to the company's FY 2014 earnings, after restructuring charges of 303 million.

A misdemeanor charge was filed against the company, but no officers or executives were charged with anything and nobody went to jail.

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I'm just going to link to three articles dealing with recent studies on these matters.They are to some extent all related because of the focus on infant and childhood development of systems and processes that interact in ways we do not fully understand andpersist through our entire lifetimes.

The infant gut microbiome: New studies on its origins and how it's knocked out of balance -- ScienceDaily

Educating the immune system to prevent allergies -- ScienceDaily

Infant antibiotic use linked to adult diseases -- ScienceDaily

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Wed May 06, 2015 at 08:08 AM PDT

Surreal Simon & Doo Wop Dada

by enhydra lutris

ceci n'est pas une diary

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The Daily Bucket is a regular feature of the Backyard Science group.  It is a place to note any observations you have made of the world around you. Insects, weather, meteorites, climate, birds and/or flowers.  All are worthy additions to the bucket.  Please let us know what is going on around you in a comment.  Include, as close as is comfortable for you, where you are located. Each note is a record that we can refer to in the future as we try to understand the patterns that are quietly unwinding around us.

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The Daily Bucket is a regular feature of the Backyard Science group.  It is a place to note any observations you have made of the world around you. Insects, weather, meteorites, climate, birds and/or flowers.  All are worthy additions to the bucket.  Please let us know what is going on around you in a comment.  Include, as close as is comfortable for you, where you are located. Each note is a record that we can refer to in the future as we try to understand the patterns that are quietly unwinding around us.

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LUANDA (Reuters) - Nine Angolan policemen and 13 members of a millenarian Christian sect have been killed in clashes in the past week in the central Huambo province, police said, in violence local officials say is being stoked by the main opposition UNITA party.
Angolan police say 22 killed in clashes with religious sect - Yahoo News

Lessee, Angola, the MPLA & UNITA, always able to produce some strange affairs.

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So a Federal Marshal forceably rips a cell phone from a womans hand and destroys it in order to 1) destroy the evidence already collected on it and 2) prevent further evidence collection. The woman was standing on the sidewalk legally filming a police action when said Marshall commits several crimes, assault, malicious mischief, wilful destruction of private property, wilful destruction of evidence and theft come to mind immediately. Luckily, somebody else filmed the officer's illegal behavior

When the victim of this outrage complains to LAPD, she is told that they have no authority over the Marshals, as if the fact that somebody is a federal cop exempts them from all laws and from investigatins and arrests for violating laws within the jurisdiction of the LAPD.  Nice to know.

Film is included in article Marshal caught on video smashing Beatriz Paez's phone - CNN.com

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Thu Apr 23, 2015 at 07:00 AM PDT

The Daily Bucket - Monterey Bay

by enhydra lutris

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Thu Apr 23, 2015 at 06:30 AM PDT

Saint George's Day - April 23

by enhydra lutris

Republished from caucus99percent

Today is Saint George's Day, at least in England. He is probably best known for snuffing a dragon. As a child, I always heard and saw references to "Saint George and THE Dragon", leaving me to wonder if he slaughtered the last dragon, but I suspect that this is just a quirk of the English Language.

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Monterey Bay, CA

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The Daily Bucket is a regular feature of the Backyard Science group.  It is a place to note any observations you have made of the world around you. Insects, weather, meteorites, climate, birds and/or flowers.  All are worthy additions to the bucket.  Please let us know what is going on around you in a comment.  Include, as close as is comfortable for you, where you are located. Each note is a record that we can refer to in the future as we try to understand the patterns that are quietly unwinding around us.

Lake Chabot (Castro Valley), CA

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