We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We are pleased with the killing of Bin Ladin, the murderer of so many of our neighbors and neighbors' family members here in the Northeast. It had to be done. Whether it makes a difference or not, only time will tell. Let's hope so.
While I do find it hard to get overly concerned about pasteurization, this is yet another example of government regulation that isn't responsive. The argument can be made that when pasteurization was imposed that the benefits overall may have outweighed the damage due to the growing urban population with insufficient refrigeration. However, modern dairy practices ensure clean milk to start and modern handling standards ensure the milk isn't exposed to adverse conditions. The one singular advantage of pasteurization, and the ever increasing temperature exposures above that needed to kill any bad bacteria, is long shelf life and the facilitation of consolidated dairies with national distribution.
It is far past time to revisit the regulations and to permit raw milk under tightly regulated conditions easily obtained on the tightly regulated dairy farms. One hope is there are increasing numbers of small dairies producing milk with just legal level pasteurization and no other processing or adulteration. They are producing a superior small distribution region product for discerning customers.