A hormone used to raise beef cattle may be staying in the environment longer than previously believed and changing the sex of fish, among other effects.
A team of American researchers says the information regulators are using to govern the use of the chemicals in livestock farming is faulty, and the way in which all chemical substances are regulated needs an update. The team published its results in the journal Nature Communications last week.
“It is an example where we don’t know as much as we thought, and that means there are consequences we didn’t expect,” said lead author Adam Ward of Indiana University.
Chase Adams, a spokesman for the National Cattleman’s Beef Association, said he was unable to immediately locate anyone able to respond to the findings.
Trenbolone acetate (TBA) is a potent hormone—many times stronger than testosterone. It is an “androgen”—a steroidal hormone that’s sometimes used as a performance-enhancing drug by athletes. Though human use of trenbolone is illegal, discussions about it can be found on places such as online bodybuilding forums. It can also be found in the bodies of cows across America.
Steroids for cattle causing sex changes in fish
Dawn Golden and Rosy Cross Make Small Changes, Big Differences on Counting Crows Cover
Counting Crows‘ 1999 cut “Colorblind” demonstrates everything lead singer Adam Duritz can do when he’s at his best: beautiful and depressing minor key melodies worthy of Elliott Smith, and the lyricism of Bob Dylan (not to say Smith was a slouch when it came to lyrics). Chicago producer Dexter Tortoriello, who works under the pseudonym Dawn Golden and Rosy Cross, just released a cover of the Crows song.
As the song begins, you might wonder if it’s a remix rather than a cover. The piano part is identical, the phrasing and tempo identical, even the trumpet accompaniment comes in at the same moment. It sounds like Tortoriello is singing from a stairwell down the hall, but otherwise, no change from the original. Then, right around the 3:30 mark, an ear-searing guitar tears through the serenity (I hope you weren’t wearing headphones at that point) as if Trent Reznor just walked into the studio. And just like that, the Dawn Golden cover makes sense. The noise lasts only a minute, but a song that initially came off as pure tribute is now one you will revisit in anticipation of that car crash guitar. Download below, but turn it up at your own risk.
MP3: Dawn Golden and Rosy Cross – Colorblind (Counting Crows cover)
Check out more from Dawn Golden and Rosy Cross at his website and Myspace
There have been a number of news accounts of Tamerlan’s “mentor,” a major influence on his path to jihad: the Uncle, Ruslan, has said his name is “Misha,” and that he is an Armenian convert to Islam living in the Boston area, balding, with reddish hair, middle-aged looking. So far, he hasn’t been turned up. But that may be coming to an end….
Laura Rozen, a crack reporter on the intelligence beat, recently tweeted a video off an Islamic web site about Armenian converts to Islam: here it is. The guy in the video, who is clearly instructing new recruits, fits the description: balding, with surviving follicles reddish, and older. She also tweeted this: a series of posts about the Islamic Society of Boston University, which she got by googling “Misha Islamic Society of Boston University” – but found they had been deleted. Hmmm… what to do?
Well, I tried googling “Islamic Society of Boston University” in quotes plus “Misha” all by itself– and came up with the deleted posts and this one from the Google group soc.culture.soviet: Misha’s email address is listed in the header of the last entry on the first page of the Google list. Click on the entry and you come up with an announcement of a lecture from the Islamic Society of Boston University and below that a post from someone named Mikhail whose Armenian-sounding last name I will not publish, and whose web address matches Misha’s (click on his profile, and the web address comes up): the post consists of a single link to an old column by Bill Safire attacking the Soviet advance in Chechnya’s war.
Who is “Misha”? – Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s Rasputin