Tuesday, May 29, 2007

He did it again!

Steve Janke, that is. The man I consider the go-to guy on the Communists' poisoned exports has the latest outrage: toxic puffer fish "mislabeled" as harmless monkfish. Two Chicagoans have fallen ill; thankfully, no one has died, yet.

Janke also slaps up a harrowing description of how the poison in puffer fish (tetrodoxin) can kill:
The first symptom of intoxication is a slight numbness of the lips and tongue, appearing between 20 minutes to three hours after eating poisonous pufferfish. The next symptom is increasing paresthesia in the face and extremities, which may be followed by sensations of lightness or floating. Headache, epigastric pain, nausea, diarrhea, and/or vomiting may occur. Occasionally, some reeling or difficulty in walking may occur. The second stage of the intoxication is increasing paralysis. Many victims are unable to move; even sitting may be difficult. There is increasing respiratory distress. Speech is affected, and the victim usually exhibits dyspnea, cyanosis, and hypotension. Paralysis increases and convulsions, mental impairment, and cardiac arrhythmia may occur. The victim, although completely paralyzed, may be conscious and in some cases completely lucid until shortly before death. Death usually occurs within 4 to 6 hours, with a known range of about 20 minutes to 8 hours.
Janke also excoriates the "engagement" crowd for turning their heads and pretending they don't see (such as our trade officials when Communist Vice Premier Wu Yi paid a visit for trade talks): "I bet these apologists and other useful idiots won't be ordering Chinese monkfish anytime soon" (emphasis added).

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