I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read this today. The full article is here: http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2008/11/21/boston_launches_flu_shot_tracking/?page=2
Incidentally, these are RFID chip bracelets that we are discussing.
Interestingly H1N1 hadn’t occurred yet when this article was written in November of 2008 (at least as far as the general public knows). Even more interesting is the fact this system was bought back in 2006 and was intended for catastrophe use… fires, floods, etc.
Below is an excerpt from the 2nd page of the article:
When people arrive for their shots, they will get an ID bracelet with a barcode.
Next, basic information -name, age, gender, address – will be entered into the patient tracking database.
There will be electronic records, too, of who gave the vaccine and whether it was injected into the right arm or the left, and time-stamped for that day.
Ultimately, city health authorities said, they envision creating a network across the city that would allow public and private providers of flu shots to add data to a registry.
Some will read this, shrug their shoulders and say… “So what?” Others who are on the watch will read this and say… “Okay, here we go, hang on for the ride.”
Those in the latter group, feel free to share this info with your loved ones. Those in the first group… well, don’t worry your head about it.
People… this sickens me to the core. What is wrong with people? WARNING… the following article contains a disturbing image. Please write Petland (info in article for this) and tell them what you think. Some girl who works there drowned two little bunnies, then poses SMILING for the camera (held so graciously by her MANAGER) as she holds the poor dead bunnies up. I am disgusted by this.
Warning: disturbing image.
This photo was taken in the back room of a Petland store in Akron, Ohio, and posted on Facebook by Elizabeth Carlisle, who can be seen grinning as she holds two dead, soaking-wet rabbits by the scruff of the neck—rabbits she just drowned while on Petland’s time clock. On Carlisle’s Facebook page, she confirmed a friend’s guess that she had drowned these two rabbits and wrote, “[T]he manager took the pic for me. [S]he reminded me that there were people outside as [I] was swearing at them to just hurry up and die but then she was so kind as to take this picture.”
These horrific deaths followed what was apparently an equally horrifying life for these rabbits. Other comments Carlisle posted made it clear that the rabbits were drowned after sustaining agonizing injuries when they were allowed to “attack and eat each other.” The rabbits suffered from “deep wounds all over,” “an eye missing,” what Petland staff “suspected was a broken jaw,” and paralysis from the waist down—injuries that would not have occurred had these animals been provided with proper care and supervision.
Undercover investigations have revealed time and time again that companies that breed and sell animals are concerned about profits, not animals’ well-being. We are urging Petland to think long and hard about what this incident makes clear: The company has no business selling any animals.
To prevent future incidents like this one, please, never buy from pet stores and urge Petland at the very least to stop selling rabbits.
Posted by Liz Graffeo
I read the following article on Care2.com this morning. Many of us already know this but it is worth reminding everyone.
On Wednesday, July 22, the Cancer Project, an affiliate of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a nonprofit organization that advocates vegetarianism and alternatives to animal research, filed a class-action consumer fraud lawsuit to require hot dog manufacturers to place warning labels on hot dog packages sold in New Jersey. The labels would read, “Warning: Consuming hot dogs and other processed meats increases the risk of cancer.”
According to PCRM’s press release, the lawsuit was filed on behalf of three New Jersey residents who purchased hot dogs without knowing that processed meats contribute to colorectal cancer.
Studies show that there is conclusive link between meat consumption and colorectal cancer.
The American Cancer Society even warns, “A diet that is high in red meats (beef, lamb, or liver) and processed meats such as hot dogs, bologna, and lunch meat can increase your colorectal cancer risk.”