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January 5, 2009 at 4:35 am 3 comments


From Chas Clifton over at NatureBlog this link to a story on honey laundering. Sadly, instead of a how-to piece on extracting honey from the comb it’s an expose of [sigh] yet another scheme by Chinese businesses to sneak cheap, contaminated goods into foreign food supplies. We suggest you read the Telegraph story at the link — and make sure you’re buying local  honey.

One of my google alerts provided this interesting report on a possible link between canine aggression and an omega-3 fatty acid deficiency.  A word of caution; the Italian researcher team made a point of noting that they found a correlation between omega-3 fatty acid deficiency but that they had found no evidence that the deficiency caused  increased aggression.  That said, omega-3’s are a pretty innocuous group of compounds, so if your dog’s “got issues” adding them to his diet shouldn’t be a problem. As usual, if you’ve got concerns – talk to your vet.

ChienDogBlog does a bangup job bashing AKC breed standards. Apparently kids who fail high school English now have two career choices.  They can go on to write really bad corporate memos, or get hired by AKC to invent breed standards.

Last, but certainly not least, from GunDogDoc this excellent video on The Tailgate Exam.  The file takes a while to load, but it’s well worth the wait.  Dr. Joe Spoo demonstrates how to give your dog a field examination that will help you detect — and prevent injuries.  Folks, this isn’t just for hunting dogs.  The owner of any dog that spends time outdoors needs to know these skills.  Go. Watch.

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A Mechanism for Culture and Morals in Dogs? Dogs in the News

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  • 1. Christopher  |  January 5, 2009 at 7:40 am

    There’s an oft used phrase “correlation does not imply causation.” BUT BUT BUT, this is MATH speak, not human speak. In math speak, IMPLY means guarantee.

    A implies B, means “if A is true, then so is B, guaranteed”

    I’ve had many debate opponents who shrug off evidence of correlation with an improper understanding of the phrase. Correlation analysis is one of the strongest tools we have to investigate causation.

  • 2. YesBiscuit!  |  January 5, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Tainted honey is another reason to apply COOL to all foods. Or we could just let some people get sick/die and then hold a Congressional hearing resulting in zero action. Seems to be working so far…

  • 3. Jill  |  January 5, 2009 at 4:26 pm


    For the record, I spent three long years — years I will never get back — as the designated grammarian on the committee that reviewed and rewrote my AKC breed standard. I can tell you exactly who writes those paragraphs and how; I can also say something about the goals and aspirations of those who appoint themselves the grammatical Miss Grundys of the internet, including the AKC website.

    The experience of serving on the Breed Standard Review Committee is itself worthy of a chapter when Lauren Slater updates ‘Opening Skinner’s Box’, in terms of how many ways..how many different ways…otherwise-well-meaning human beings can violate the social contract.

    Words on a page/screen are entirely disembodied. It’s not until they’re read/interpreted that they rise up and have life: social life. Entirely embodied social life.

    As to which breed standard? Like I’d tell you THAT.

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