Saturday, 4 June 2011

La Cucumumber.

Back from Smoky-Drinky. We had a Japanese film on, called 'Love exposure', which wasn't porn or violence (by the standards of the genre) but was really a pretty complex and intricate plot. Unfortunately we called it a night before it ended. The damn thing was nearly five hours long. Maybe next time we'll take up where we left off.

The tobacco plants were well received and now lie in greenhouses and cold-frames until their new owners sober up. I still have more than I have room for but there are plants in my garden that don't need to be there, and since the weeds grow in the gravel it is reasonable to assume... but we'll see.

So on to some real life stuff.

This killer cucumber business. To a microbiologist, it sounds wrong.

Okay. It's identified as a strain of Escherichia coli. Identifying that particular bacterium is what is technically known as a 'piece of piss'. It is bacterial taxonomy lesson one. If you can't spot E. coli you are not a microbiologist. Spotting the variant is much more difficult.

If you look in any culture collection catalogue you will find page after page of variants of this bacterium. It's a remarkably versatile little beastie. It not only makes use of internal variation, it can also transfer many plasmid-borne genes through tubes called pili. Technical, I know. In layman's terms, it's the bacterial equivalent of a flaming tart.

Every case in the UK comes from someone who has visited Germany. Containment should be, again in technical terms, a piece of piss. This infection should not go anywhere.

My bet is that it will. Why?

Because those in charge of our hospitals are not doctors or matrons, but imbeciles. You want to eradicate all hospital infections? No problem. I can do it in a month. I don't need any power over any pharmaceuticals and I don't need to be involved in medicine at all. Just give me absolute power over cleaning and hygeine with real sacking powers and there will be no more cases ever again. You can designate my job as Ubermatron or just as 'that bastard'.

It won't happen in this country run by a forehead and a backhand swipe. They will bleat but do nothing. They will be suckered into paying for research into something I can cure now. The research will be inconclusive because as a retiring boss of mine once said -

"We used to research to chase knowledge. Now we only chase money."

There is no profit in cure, only in treatment. That's why the cures never work but the lifetime treatments do.

I am taking a daily dose of the Stuff which I have proved (but not in human trials) hammers E. coli. The rest of you? I can't give you any. It has not passed human trials on this new bug nobody knows about so it cannot be sold. For health and safety reasons, I can make no claims and sell nothing. The Forehead and the EU have said so.

Don't you feel really safe now? I do.

E. coli is easily transmissible but this one is claimed not to be. Containment of an infection in a specific area should be easy but seems not to be. There should be no cause for concern in the UK but the MSM are trying to scare everyone.

Why? Tinfoil hats at the ready please.

A EU-wide food standardisation system?

Nah. Never happen.


Anonymous said...

Enjoy your vinegar!

Mark Wadsworth said...

I was waiting for you to say something about these cukes, that being your line of work, but I'm not really any the wiser.

Is it a cuke-borne infection or transmitted person to person, which I assume to be the case from what you say about cleaning up hospitals properly?

An EU-wide Food Regulator is just a bonus I think, the main prize is lots or people dying and the MSM having an excuse for a good old fashioned scare story.

subrosa said...

Glad you wrote about this. Would have been strange if you hadn't. :)

I can't remember where I read the suggestion that this could a lab 'leak'.

Fortunately there are still some alive who believe in clean meaning clean, not wiping surfaces with expensive chemicals which do little. It's like hand gel. Sure it kills some germs but it doesn't kill the likes of clostridum difficile. Only soap and hot water does that.

Yet we can't have the masses having to bother washing hands so give them a wee dod of something which smells of 'clean' and the problem's solved. Not the real problem, only the one that people now don't like to wash their hands. The gel has to get more and more concentrated to do its job. Soon it will be lifting the skin off hands, but hey, it's quicker than washing.

In hospitals it's far more important to have shiny ward floors than clean ones. During my essential residencies the polisher was used every day. Disinfectant (I was told they're not permitted to use straight bleach these days), hot water and a mop appeared a couple of times a week.

But the floors were shiny - all the time and the illusion was acquired. Blood spots were still on the floor but unnoticed by most eyes.

It's all about creating an illusion. Cleanliness doesn't come into it.

sixtypoundsaweekcleaner said...

I asked my line manager for bleach to soak the mop overnight (after cleaning loos) and was told no, on the grounds that I might drink it. It wasn't his fault, just 'the rules'.

Meanwhile, Head Office have brought in a brand of cleaning agents which are five times the price of a standard bottle of bleach, all nicely colour coded, just in case I'm short of a bit mentally or don't have English as my first language.

I've been instructed to use the pink one for cleaning surfaces, the blue one for glass and mirrors, the green one for...the pharmaceutical firm who make these agents must be laughing all the way to the bank.

The blue one (if I get it on my skin) brings me out in a rash and makes my eyes itch.

But hey, I can't have bleach because you know, I might drink it!

Anthony said...

I cannot help but remember my basic training in the Army. A hundred blokes, 90% of the time sweaty, covered in shite and living in barracks with 10 to a room.

Floor wax, cleaning, scrubbing, room inspections. And bleach. Lots and lots of bleach.

None of us got sick. Injured, yes, but sick? No.

Odin's Raven said...

Here's a suggestion that it is the release or test of a bio-weapon contrived from the dna of various species. Who would have the capacity and intention to do that?

Pat Nurse MA said...

Hey LI - are you going to the HoC thingy on June 29 and if so, any chance you could bring me one of those surplus tobacco plants you've got spare?

Even if you're not going to the event, are you free to meet up for a cuppa and a smoke - or something stronger:>)

Anonymous said...

Ive got first hand experience of hospital cleaning, ok, second hand cos its the wife, but I tend to believe her about most things , ok except the time I found her in bed with the window cleaner and rent collector but it did pep up our sex life lol.
An inspection is due in the next couple of weeks at the hospital where my wife works (oh yes they are told), and the most important thing is that the paperwork etc is up to date. (Overtime) So it dosnae matter whether you use bleach or acid or keep the hospital napalm clean the important thing is to keep the forms filled in.
Can you imagine how my wife feels when money is no object when it comes to filling in forms, and yet trying to keep a hospital clean is like trying to extract teeth week after week for the rest of the year.
I don't usually sign as anonymong but this time I'll make an exception , just in case.

hangemall said...

Subrosa, I've seen blood on the ward floors in my local hospital too.

L-I, I've waiting for an opportunity to ask your opinion of this article . Basically it says that copper kills just about all bacteria without causing potentially troublesome mutations. Any thoughts?

Span Ows said...

There is no profit in cure, only in treatment. That's why the cures never work but the lifetime treatments do.


Re previous comments: vinegar yes, hot soapy water yes, and other things, garlic for instance (along with other spices/herbs and essentail oils)

Anonymous said...

I've been a landlord for 15 years and the only filthy tenant that I have had was a nurse in a children's hospital in London.

All the young Mums that I know have sickly children when they use all manner of 'lotions and potions' to clean the house. I prefer the one that kills 99% of germs. Its that one little bugger that gets away that worries me.

Amusing Bunni said...

I hope you stay well out there, LI, and all your readers too (except the trolls).

I think this is some purposeful thing, by the NWO to screw us more. I've read a few places it could actually be bio terrorism. Wouldn't surprise me.

There are 4 cases in USA, all had been in frankfurt recently. YIKES, you can't eat anything anymore.

I avoid hospitals like the plague, which is what one would probably catch, with all the foreigners working there who are filthier than dirt, YUCK.
Bleach is the best disinfectant.

Leg-iron said...

Anon - I drink vinegar. It's nice. Naturally I only drink malt vinegar.

Mark - this one, so far, hasn't been documented as person-to-person but the bug can do it. Proper hospital cleaning could prevent it.

The EU-wide regulation is like the Green agenda that's wiping out nuclear power in Germany now. I don't think the infection is in anyway contrived but the opportunity will not be missed.

Now that I think of it, didn't Germany loudly object to the Euro bailouts? They are getting all the crap these days. Coincidence, surely.

Leg-iron said...

SR - I'm working on something more detailed for the Orphans of Liberty site.

Lab leak - well, gene transfer in E. coli is an undergraduate practical class. It's something any microbiologist could do in their shed. It's so easy, E. coli can do it all on its own with nobody watching.

So I don't see a conspiracy at all. No need to invoke GM crops or bioweapons or NWO or anything. Bacteria can do this, no problem, and would do it even if humans didn't exist.

It's just a nasty accident of nature. There are many who will jump on the opportunity for control though, as with everything else.

And you're right. Simple hygeine would have prevented it. Washing is seen as almost criminal now.

My granny taught me to cook chicken until the skin shattered when carved and she knew nothing of Campylobacter, which gets from the gut into the meat. A little bit pink in the middle is not okay.

These days, unfortunately, most grannies are younger than me.

Leg-iron said...

£60aweek - I buy standard supermnarket bleach for lab disinfectant. Pennies per litre.

The lab next door pays through the nose for special disinfectants. They have never had a lab-caught infection.

Neither have I. And I drink coffee in mine (when nobody's watching).

Leg-iron said...

Anthony - sounds like logical training, which is what I'd expect from a decent sergeant or even corporal.

I've never been in the army (class z for active service)but I've seen the documentaries and films, and while it seems harsh it is sensible from my point of view.

You have men concentrated in barracks and they will spend a lot of time lying around in dirt and shit. The first thing they need to know is to be certain of avoiding infection so you hammer cleanliness into them. An infection in a barracks would be a disaster.

The mirror-finish boots are not just for show. They are a symbol. The real message is stay discplined and most of all, clean.

My own real-life experience is in piggeries. Which are, like barracks, full of closely confined grunts. One pig gets sick, they all get sick.

So it's important to make sure none of them get sick. The only difference is that you can't persuade pigs to deal with that themselves.

Leg-iron said...

Odin's Raven - I have the capability to make this thing in my kitchen. It has the capability to make itself. It's astoundingly easy.

This bacterium swaps genes like Liz Taylor swapped husbands. Shiga toxin comes from Shigella, a closely realted species that is nasty but doesn't have E. coli's tenacity. Shigella is responsible for a lot of school-based bum-blasters of the past.

Antibiotic resistance, no problem. That's the subject of an undergraduate practical class that doesn't even take three hours to complete.

This litle bugger will pick up DNA and if it's useful, it will use it. It will also pass it to its pals. The genetics bods love this bacterium, it grows fast, it's easy to grow and it'll snag DNA faster than Elliot Morley steals money.

As a bioweapon, I would not choose this bug. It's far too easy to find and identify and far too easy to kill. I would go for something more subtle.

Bioweapon? My verdict is no.

Balls-up that can be exploited, more like.

Leg-iron said...

Pat - I am running on reserves so won't be going anywhere non-essential for a while.

I'd love to meet up for something stronger, you could test my whisky tolerance to the limit if you want. Call it an experiment and if you claim it might kill me, you'd probably get EU funding for it.

Plants... can they be sent by post? The dust has become triffids now and they're still growing!

If anyone knows how this can be done, there are triffids on offer.

Leg-iron said...

Anon -paperwork trumps life these days.

hangemall - copper is old news, ir's in pig feeds to control infection and in other animal feeds too.

The downside is that excess copper is toxic to everything. And being an element, it can't degrade. So all that slurry builds up copper levels in soil until nothing can grow. That's why metal inclusions in animal feeds were controlled. Not just copper.

Copper is also a lousy metal for handrails and so on. It's too soft.

In the old days, many handrails and door handles were made of brass. The copper content was enough but not too much.

Then came the trendies who scrapped all the brass and put in chrome and stainless steel because all those oldies who built on experience were not Science.

Now there is talk of filling hospitals with copper again, nut the new dim don't know what brass is.

If there is a Heaven, it is full of grannies chanting 'Oh, for fuck's sake'.

Leg-iron said...

Bunni - case in point. All the cases had caught the bug in Germany.

So far, the rest is scaremongering.

hangemall said...

Thanks for that about the copper, L-I.

And the rest, of course.

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty certain this E.coli business is being used to attack organic produce, so allowing GM to gain more traction.

It hits so many globalist targets, it's hard to know where to start.

Poo as fertiliser - now we can blame animal farming and vegetarianise the world.

Get the mindless plebs to cook everything, or avoid salads, so depriving them of nutrients. As if the advent of Codex Alimentarius weren't enough.

In any case, E.coli can be killed just by dunking vegetables in ozonated water. Funny that not a single mainstream news article has noted this.

Anonymous said...

RE banning nukes in Germany: this is NOT a Green agenda as such, and the Japanese nuke incident is merely a coincidence. No, this is plain old simple power politics as per normal.

Angela Merkel is currently in control of a coalition in Germany. As the last more or less solvent nation in the EU, Germany is picking up the tab for keeping the Euro going and the Greeks from defaulting. Picking up the tab costs money, spending money on keeping feckless Greeks in clover costs political support, and all of a sudden Merkel is feeling politically exposed.

Who's left who'll give her lot political support at a price? Step forward the bunny-hugger Greens, whose price is abandoning nukes. Do note that all Merkel has done is _say_ that nukes will be abandoned; I would suspect that when the German populace gets a taste of paying inflated costs for French nuclear power or having rolling brown-outs, they'll do a rapid cost-benefit analysis and boot out the Greens.

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