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First, in case you missed the news, Obama's statement on ABC news.

[Poll #1839440]

Edit To Add: If you guys feel like spreading this link around, I'd be interested to see how a wider pool votes.
jennythereader: (Default)
First, in case you missed the news, Obama's statement on ABC news.

[Poll #1839440]

Edit To Add: If you guys feel like spreading this link around, I'd be interested to see how a wider pool votes.
jennythereader: (* Kitten: OMG)
I'll be checking when I get home tonight, and getting rid of anything we have from Purina.

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] boosette at WARNING: Purina pet food has started making pets ill
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] issendai at WARNING: Purina pet food has started making pets ill

My coworker John told me that his cat was seriously ill--throwing up, lethargic, refusing food, dropping weight. The previously healthy 6-year-old, 15-pound cat had lost a third of her body weight over the last few months. The vet couldn't find anything wrong with her. Blood tests were clean, and she didn't have any known illnesses. Yet she was a few days from organ failure.

That was a week ago. She's fine now. The solution was... to stop feeding her Purina cat food.

When John told me that, and said that friends of his had the same problem with their cats and Purina cat food, I looked into it. Holy shit. Take a look at the consumer complaints about Purina cat and dog food. This exact same problem has been an issue with Purina pet foods since 2007, but since this summer, the rate of complaints has picked up drastically. People who previously had to problems with Purina are reporting issues. Comment after comment sounds the same:

I've been feeding my three cats Fancy Feast canned food Chopped Grill Feast for many years. They have always devoured their meal and licked the plates clean. Last week, I noticed they did not want to eat much and went from plate to plate, ate a little. Next day, none of them would eat it. I kept trying new cans. What they did eat made them vomit and one cat was lethargic for days. I refuse to buy any more of this food. It's very scary. I don't know what is wrong with the food, but I fear it has toxins in it. I switched to another brand and the cats are fine now. Did anyone else experience this?

-----

My dogs have been eating Purina Dog Chow (green bag) for about four years. They used to eat only Iams, but due to financial issues, we had to go with a cheaper brand. The last bag I purchased was about a week and a half ago. My 14 years old Labrador has vomited about 5-6 times and my German Shepherd has vomited about 4 times. Something is wrong with this food! The food has a kind of metallic smell to it. It just does not smell right. I'm taking it back to the pet store. I am changing my dogs' food, it's just not worth taking the chance to save a few dollars.

-----

We purchased a large bag of Purina One Salmon dry cat food to give to a needy pet owner. She emailed us a couple of days later ,to say that there were maggots, lots of them with what looked to be like strands or webs with more dead gnats or flies, pieces of web in the food and "shells" of gnats or flies in the bag. Cats would not eat much of the food and, fortunately, they did not get sick. The store had noticed this problem in other bags and was willing to swap out.

-----

I purchased a 34 lb bag of Purina One Smartblend dog food every three to four weeks for my two Labradors. The last bag I purchased seemed fine until I noticed a new infestation of little black bugs. Upon further inspection through the contents of the bag, I noticed clusters of white "eggs" adhered to quite a bit of the food. Some of these clusters contained larvae in the process of hatching. I immediately threw out the remaining contents of the bag but did save samples for my vet.

We went out of town last weekend and had friends dog sit for us. We originally attributed their lethargy and random vomiting to separation anxiety. Although they are doing better, I am still concerned and will be watching them closely. As stated, I saved samples of the infested dog food for our vet in the event that anything results from this issue.

-----

I recently switched to the Friskies Poultry Variety pack (32 cans) that says it must be used by August 2013 (12281789 09:31 lo61237) sku (050000454242). I have 5 cats and feeding them this food, I noticed some of them throwing up. There's nothing in it but liquids, no hair ball, no food, nothing. My cats range from 8 weeks to 13 years old.


I switched my own cats to Purina a couple of months ago, and their coats look so much better than they did on the old brand of cat food... but Buffy has started vomiting stomach liquids. Purina and Fancy Feast are off the menu. Permanently.

I have no idea why this isn't news. But if you're feeding your pets any Purina brand, please don't wait for media confirmation that something is going on. Stop feeding your pets Purina immediately.

jennythereader: (* Kitten: OMG)
I'll be checking when I get home tonight, and getting rid of anything we have from Purina.

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] boosette at WARNING: Purina pet food has started making pets ill
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] issendai at WARNING: Purina pet food has started making pets ill

My coworker John told me that his cat was seriously ill--throwing up, lethargic, refusing food, dropping weight. The previously healthy 6-year-old, 15-pound cat had lost a third of her body weight over the last few months. The vet couldn't find anything wrong with her. Blood tests were clean, and she didn't have any known illnesses. Yet she was a few days from organ failure.

That was a week ago. She's fine now. The solution was... to stop feeding her Purina cat food.

When John told me that, and said that friends of his had the same problem with their cats and Purina cat food, I looked into it. Holy shit. Take a look at the consumer complaints about Purina cat and dog food. This exact same problem has been an issue with Purina pet foods since 2007, but since this summer, the rate of complaints has picked up drastically. People who previously had to problems with Purina are reporting issues. Comment after comment sounds the same:

I've been feeding my three cats Fancy Feast canned food Chopped Grill Feast for many years. They have always devoured their meal and licked the plates clean. Last week, I noticed they did not want to eat much and went from plate to plate, ate a little. Next day, none of them would eat it. I kept trying new cans. What they did eat made them vomit and one cat was lethargic for days. I refuse to buy any more of this food. It's very scary. I don't know what is wrong with the food, but I fear it has toxins in it. I switched to another brand and the cats are fine now. Did anyone else experience this?

-----

My dogs have been eating Purina Dog Chow (green bag) for about four years. They used to eat only Iams, but due to financial issues, we had to go with a cheaper brand. The last bag I purchased was about a week and a half ago. My 14 years old Labrador has vomited about 5-6 times and my German Shepherd has vomited about 4 times. Something is wrong with this food! The food has a kind of metallic smell to it. It just does not smell right. I'm taking it back to the pet store. I am changing my dogs' food, it's just not worth taking the chance to save a few dollars.

-----

We purchased a large bag of Purina One Salmon dry cat food to give to a needy pet owner. She emailed us a couple of days later ,to say that there were maggots, lots of them with what looked to be like strands or webs with more dead gnats or flies, pieces of web in the food and "shells" of gnats or flies in the bag. Cats would not eat much of the food and, fortunately, they did not get sick. The store had noticed this problem in other bags and was willing to swap out.

-----

I purchased a 34 lb bag of Purina One Smartblend dog food every three to four weeks for my two Labradors. The last bag I purchased seemed fine until I noticed a new infestation of little black bugs. Upon further inspection through the contents of the bag, I noticed clusters of white "eggs" adhered to quite a bit of the food. Some of these clusters contained larvae in the process of hatching. I immediately threw out the remaining contents of the bag but did save samples for my vet.

We went out of town last weekend and had friends dog sit for us. We originally attributed their lethargy and random vomiting to separation anxiety. Although they are doing better, I am still concerned and will be watching them closely. As stated, I saved samples of the infested dog food for our vet in the event that anything results from this issue.

-----

I recently switched to the Friskies Poultry Variety pack (32 cans) that says it must be used by August 2013 (12281789 09:31 lo61237) sku (050000454242). I have 5 cats and feeding them this food, I noticed some of them throwing up. There's nothing in it but liquids, no hair ball, no food, nothing. My cats range from 8 weeks to 13 years old.


I switched my own cats to Purina a couple of months ago, and their coats look so much better than they did on the old brand of cat food... but Buffy has started vomiting stomach liquids. Purina and Fancy Feast are off the menu. Permanently.

I have no idea why this isn't news. But if you're feeding your pets any Purina brand, please don't wait for media confirmation that something is going on. Stop feeding your pets Purina immediately.

jennythereader: (Albany 001 *)
It's a little spendy, but for a good cause. Anybody up for Japanese next Monday (April 18th)?

Koto hosting fundraiser for Japan
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It's a little spendy, but for a good cause. Anybody up for Japanese next Monday (April 18th)?

Koto hosting fundraiser for Japan
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I've been waiting to post about this until I saw a "just the facts" news story, but that doesn't seem to be happening. Rather than linking to a news story with any particular slant, I decided to just link directly to the bill.

This bill, under consideration in the Georgia General Assembly, would re-define abortion as "prenatal murder" and therefore make it illegal in the state of Georgia. I think it's a bad idea, but that's not actually what has me outraged.

What has me outraged is that section 2.14 seems to say that all miscarriages should be assumed to be induced (and therefore murder) until an investigation proves otherwise. I can't imagine what this would do to a family already dealing with the trauma of the loss of a desperately wanted baby.

NOTE: I do not want to get into an argument about abortion. I know what I believe, and you aren't going to change my mind. You know what you believe, and I doubt anyone is going to change your mind. I will freeze any and all threads that turn into arguments. I will ban commenters who continue to argue.
jennythereader: (Default)
I've been waiting to post about this until I saw a "just the facts" news story, but that doesn't seem to be happening. Rather than linking to a news story with any particular slant, I decided to just link directly to the bill.

This bill, under consideration in the Georgia General Assembly, would re-define abortion as "prenatal murder" and therefore make it illegal in the state of Georgia. I think it's a bad idea, but that's not actually what has me outraged.

What has me outraged is that section 2.14 seems to say that all miscarriages should be assumed to be induced (and therefore murder) until an investigation proves otherwise. I can't imagine what this would do to a family already dealing with the trauma of the loss of a desperately wanted baby.

NOTE: I do not want to get into an argument about abortion. I know what I believe, and you aren't going to change my mind. You know what you believe, and I doubt anyone is going to change your mind. I will freeze any and all threads that turn into arguments. I will ban commenters who continue to argue.
jennythereader: (Albany 001 *)
Did anyone else (localish) feel the whole world shaking a few minutes ago?

Added: Here's a news story about the quake.
jennythereader: (Albany 001 *)
Did anyone else (localish) feel the whole world shaking a few minutes ago?

Added: Here's a news story about the quake.
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FiveThirtyEight: Politics Done Right: Not All Socialist Countries are Alike

A wonderfully snarky article by Nate Silver explaining the differences between a "single payer" system (like they have in Canada) and National Health Care (like they have in Great Britain.)
jennythereader: (Default)

FiveThirtyEight: Politics Done Right: Not All Socialist Countries are Alike

A wonderfully snarky article by Nate Silver explaining the differences between a "single payer" system (like they have in Canada) and National Health Care (like they have in Great Britain.)
jennythereader: (* Jesus Was A Liberal 001)
The words of God do not justify cruelty to women | The Elders

Carter talks how the Southern Baptist Convention's treatment of women led to his decision to leave the denomination, and also how many modern religious groups abuse women and ignore their human rights.

Carter may not have been the greatest president this country ever had, but he has become a wonderful leader and statesman.
jennythereader: (* Jesus Was A Liberal 001)
The words of God do not justify cruelty to women | The Elders

Carter talks how the Southern Baptist Convention's treatment of women led to his decision to leave the denomination, and also how many modern religious groups abuse women and ignore their human rights.

Carter may not have been the greatest president this country ever had, but he has become a wonderful leader and statesman.
jennythereader: (Bunny: Ugh!)
They're putting politics ahead of governance to an unheard of degree.

As a citizen of the State of New York, I have decided to never vote for any of these men and women again, for any office.

The official list of senators on the state government website.

The Senator currently failing to represent me is Neil Breslin, from District 46. I voted for him the last time he ran, but will not do so again.
jennythereader: (Bunny: Ugh!)
They're putting politics ahead of governance to an unheard of degree.

As a citizen of the State of New York, I have decided to never vote for any of these men and women again, for any office.

The official list of senators on the state government website.

The Senator currently failing to represent me is Neil Breslin, from District 46. I voted for him the last time he ran, but will not do so again.
jennythereader: (* Beginning Of Knowledge)
There have been some "horror" stories floating around the internet about how "those scary Muslims are out-breeding us white folks, and pretty soon Europe won't be European any more."

The World's New Numbers

This article explains how people came to that incorrect conclusion, and makes other predictions based on newer and better demographic information.
jennythereader: (* Beginning Of Knowledge)
There have been some "horror" stories floating around the internet about how "those scary Muslims are out-breeding us white folks, and pretty soon Europe won't be European any more."

The World's New Numbers

This article explains how people came to that incorrect conclusion, and makes other predictions based on newer and better demographic information.

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