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My personal obsession with prion diseases with smidges of music I like and rescue dog advocacy from a disabled Oregonian.


Song in my head: California dreaming....... On such a winter's day..................Mamas and the Papas


This story was linked via The Drudge Report this morning:

Five CJD deaths in north N.J. in 15 months

This was a story I had linked to on March 18. A possible CJD cluster is worth watching to see if the deaths are linked to eating at the NJ racetrack.

Then via FSNet, available daily through subscription:

Mad cow-Racetrack
April 6, 2004
Associated Press
Linda A. Johnson
TRENTON, N.J. -- New Jersey's senators were cited as urging federal scientists Monday to determine if a cluster of deaths among people linked to a defunct racetrack was caused by eating mad cow-tainted meat.
The story says that the letter to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention follows reports of a woman's research into the deaths of nearly 20 people who worked at or frequented the Garden State Racetrack in Cherry Hill between 1988 and 1992. All died of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a brain-destroying disorder -- or neurological problems possibly caused by it.
Sens. Frank R. Lautenberg and Jon S. Corzine, both Democrats, pressed the CDC director Dr. Julie L. Gerberding for an investigation.

What's frightening is the date of the deaths 1988-1992. To have two senators making serious inquiries now is quite interesting.


From Marijuana Policy Project:

Bill Maher, Jesse Ventura, Joycelyn Elders Join Call for Rational Marijuana Policies

Marijuana Policy Project Launches New Celebrity Effort

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA -- Comedian Bill Maher, former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura (I), former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, M.D., former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson (R), and singer/actor Michelle Phillips are helping the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) launch an effort to enlist celebrities and other public figures in the battle for sensible marijuana laws. MPP, America's largest marijuana policy reform organization, has hired a new director of VIP relations, Francis DellaVecchia, to oversee the effort.

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