News on the food front gets worse by the day. In December we were deep in the mad cow issue. Just one mad cow, its pieces sold over 6 states plus Hawaii and Guam, and next thing you know several countries put a ban on importing beef from the USA. That mad cow (poor cow, she wasn’t angry or crazy, she was just sick, and look how we treat her!) was known as a “downer.” Nice name. It’s employed to indicate cows that are so weak they fall down and can’t walk to the slaughterhouse. No matter, they get killed anyway and and then are sold to us as edible food, I bet ground up as hamburger meat, or hidden in hot dogs, when you really can’t tell what you’re eating.