Weekly Review — January 6, 2004, 12:00 am

Weekly Review

[Image: All In My Eye, December 1853]

An American cattleman.

In response to the mad-cow crisis, the United States Department of Agriculture banned the human consumption of cow brains, skulls, spinal cords, vertebral columns, eyes, and nerve tissue from cows older than 30 months. Downer cows may no longer be eaten by humans, though they will be boiled down and fed to chickens and pigs, and younger cow brains may still be eaten.Forbes, New York TimesThe American Meat Institutecriticized the new rules, andNew York Timestrade officials were trying to persuade about 30 countries that have banned American beef that there’s nothing to worry about.Associated PressUSDA officials said that there was no need to test all cattle for mad cow disease before they are eaten, andNewsdayWashington’s mad Holstein was determined to have been old enough to have eaten other cows.New York TimesLarge shipments of frozen french fries, which were pre-fried in beef tallow, were in limbo because Japan and other Asian countries were refusing to accept them.Tri-City HeraldState officials in California said they were unable to reveal the ultimate destinations of a large quantity of tainted soup bones, tenderloins, and other cuts of meat included in the voluntary mad-cow recall, because doing so would violate the beef industry’s proprietary interests. Consumers were told simply to ask their grocers if their meat was infected. “I do think that the USDA has erred in its judgment,” said a health officer in Alameda County. “It has sacrificed the public’s health in favor of the beef industry.”San Francisco ChronicleFederal authorities continued to claim that the diseased meat “is a zero-risk product,” and oneSan Francisco Chroniclegovernment expert pointed out that Americans are much more likely to die of E. coli, listeria, or salmonella than from mad cow disease; in fact, since the mad Holstein was discovered in Washington, more than 1 million Americans were poisoned by their food, 6,000 were hospitalized, and 100 died.Seattle TimesIn Murfreesboro, Tennessee, a man was in trouble for keeping 114 dead cats in his freezer.The TennesseanA new study found that CAT scans might permanently damage young children’s brains.GuardianPresident Bush spent the first day of the new year killing small birds in Texas; he reportedly resolved to eat fewer desserts.New York Times

The FBI issued a national alert to watch out for people carrying almanacs, because almanacs, which contain all kinds of useful information, could be used by terrorists.Associated PressAlmost a dozen commercial flights were cancelled because of security concerns,Christian Science Monitorincluding several Air France flights between Paris and Los Angeles that were called off because of mistaken identities: six passengers, including a five-year-old and an elderly Chinese woman, had names similar to terrorism suspects.Associated PressBritain’s transportation minister warned that terrorism-related delays could be expected “for many years to come.”Associated PressMail bombs were sent to Romano Prodi, president of the European Union Commission; to Europol, the European police intelligence agency; and to the president of the European Central Bank.Associated PressA car bomb blew up a restaurant in Baghdad, atNew York Timesleast eleven people were killed and 68 were wounded when a bomb blew up at a basketball game in the Philippines, and gunmenThe Australiankilled Archbishop Michael Aidan Courtney, the papal nuncio in Burundi.New York TimesA small plane fell from the sky and crashed into two houses near Dallas, and aNew York Timescharter flight from Egypt to Paris crashed into the Red Sea, killing 148 people, mostly French tourists.New York TimesAnother U.S. helicopter was shot down in Iraq.New York TimesOsama bin Laden released a new audiotape calling for Muslims to “continue the jihad.”Associated Press

Attorney General John Ashcroft recused himself from the Justice Department investigation of the White House’sexposure of an undercover CIA agent, and a special counsel was named to oversee the inquiry.UPIA new program (called the U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology system, or US-VISIT) was launched to photograph and fingerprint every foreigner who needs a visa to enter the United States. “The system,” said one expert, “seems to presume that most terrorists are fools.”NY Daily NewsPolice in Săo Paolo, Brazil, began fingerprinting and photographing American tourists to comply with a judge’s order that Americans be treated like Brazilians who enter the U.S.GuardianIt was reported that the CIA is planning to set up a new secret police force in Iraq, modeled after the Phoenix program of the Vietnam War, that will ensure the United States retains control over the country after official sovereignty passes to a native government. The secret plan, of which Dick Cheney was the purported secret author, will cost $3 billion and will be funded from the CIA’s secret budget.London TelegraphA French magistrate was thinking about indicting the vice president in a bribery case involving a gas liquefication factory built by Halliburton in Nigeria.NationEight aides to President Roh Moo Hyun of South Korea were indicted for illegal fund-raising.ReutersBush Administration officials were trying to figure out how to cut next year’s budget without offending anyone powerful enough to fight back.New York TimesThe American spacecraft Stardust got very close to the Wild 2 comet and managed to photograph its nucleus and to capture some of its dust.New York TimesNASA’s Spirit rover landed on Mars and began sending photographs back to Earth.Associated PressAfghanistan’s loya jirga approved a new constitution; the country will be known henceforth as the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and no law will be made contrary to Islamic belief. “There is rain coming,” said Sebaghatullah Mojadeddi, the council chairman, “and flowers are coming from my body.”New York TimesBritain’s Office of National Statistics said that the country is worth $8.8 trillion.Agence France-PresseSwitzerland pardoned citizens who were convicted of helping Jews during World War II.New York TimesIsrael announced that the population of Jewish settlers in the Occupied Territories has doubled since the Oslo Accords were signed in 1993.New York TimesReligious “Yahwists,” people who try to follow Old Testament lifestyle rules, sued Arkansas to force the state to permit Yahwist prisoners to eat kosher meals and to grow long hair and beards.New York TimesSix men were indicted for burning a cross in the yard of a Georgia woman who was dating a biracial man.New York TimesGod told Pat Robertson that George W. Bush would be reelected.Associated Press

Share
Single Page

More from Roger D. Hodge:

From the October 2010 issue

Speak, Money

Get access to 167 years of
Harper’s for only $45.99

United States Canada

CATEGORIES

THE CURRENT ISSUE

November 2017

Preaching to The Choir

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Monumental Error

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Star Search

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Pushing the Limit

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Bumpy Ride

Bad Dog

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

view Table Content

FEATURED ON HARPERS.ORG

Article
Monumental Error·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

In 1899, the art critic Layton Crippen complained in the New York Times that private donors and committees had been permitted to run amok, erecting all across the city a large number of “painfully ugly monuments.” The very worst statues had been dumped in Central Park. “The sculptures go as far toward spoiling the Park as it is possible to spoil it,” he wrote. Even worse, he lamented, no organization had “power of removal” to correct the damage that was being done.

Illustration by Steve Brodner
Article
Star Search·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

On December 3, 2016, less than a month after Donald Trump was elected president, Amanda Litman sat alone on the porch of a bungalow in Costa Rica, thinking about the future of the Democratic Party. As Hillary Clinton’s director of email marketing, Litman raised $180 million and recruited 500,000 volunteers over the course of the campaign. She had arrived at the Javits Center on Election Night, arms full of cheap beer for the campaign staff, minutes before the pundits on TV announced that Clinton had lost Wisconsin. Later that night, on her cab ride home to Brooklyn, Litman asked the driver to pull over so she could throw up.

Illustration by Taylor Callery
Article
Pushing the Limit·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

In the early Eighties, Andy King, the coach of the Seawolves, a swim club in Danville, California, instructed Debra Denithorne, aged twelve, to do doubles — to practice in the morning and the afternoon. King told Denithorne’s parents that he saw in her the potential to receive a college scholarship, and even to compete in the Olympics. Tall swimmers have an advantage in the water, and by the time Denithorne turned thirteen, she was five foot eight. She dropped soccer and a religious group to spend more time at the pool.

Illustration by Shonagh Rae
Article
Bumpy Ride·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

One sunny winter afternoon in western Michigan, I took a ride with Leon Slater, a slight sixty-four-year-old man with a neatly trimmed white beard and intense eyes behind his spectacles. He wore a faded blue baseball cap, so formed to his head that it seemed he slept with it on. Brickyard Road, the street in front of Slater’s home, was a mess of soupy dirt and water-filled craters. The muffler of his mud-splattered maroon pickup was loose, and exhaust fumes choked the cab. He gripped the wheel with hands leathery not from age but from decades moving earth with big machines for a living. What followed was a tooth-jarring tour of Muskegon County’s rural roads, which looked as though they’d been carpet-bombed.

Photograph by David Emitt Adams
Article
Bad Dog·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Abby was a breech birth but in the thirty-one years since then most everything has been pretty smooth. Sweet kid, not a lot of trouble. None of them were. Jack and Stevie set a good example, and she followed. Top grades, all the way through. Got on well with others but took her share of meanness here and there, so she stayed thoughtful and kind. There were a few curfew or partying things and some boys before she was ready, and there was one time on a school trip to Chicago that she and some other kids got caught smoking crack cocaine, but that was so weird it almost proved the rule. No big hiccups, master’s in ecology, good state job that lets her do half time but keep benefits while Rose is little.

Illustration by Katherine Streeter

Estimated portion of French citizens with radical-Islamist beliefs who grew up in Muslim families:

1/5

Human hands are more primitive than chimp hands.

Trump declared flashlights obsolete as he handed them out to Puerto Ricans, 90 percent of whom had no electricity in their homes; and tweeted that he wouldn’t keep providing federal hurricane relief “forever” to Puerto Rico, a US territory that the secretary of energy referred to as a “country.”

Subscribe to the Weekly Review newsletter. Don’t worry, we won’t sell your email address!

HARPER’S FINEST

Report — From the June 2013 issue

How to Make Your Own AR-15

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

By

"Gun owners have long been the hypochondriacs of American politics. Over the past twenty years, the gun-rights movement has won just about every battle it has fought; states have passed at least a hundred laws loosening gun restrictions since President Obama took office. Yet the National Rifle Association has continued to insist that government confiscation of privately owned firearms is nigh. The NRA’s alarmism helped maintain an active membership, but the strategy was risky: sooner or later, gun guys might have realized that they’d been had. Then came the shootings at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, and at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, followed swiftly by the nightmare the NRA had been promising for decades: a dedicated push at every level of government for new gun laws. The gun-rights movement was now that most insufferable of species: a hypochondriac taken suddenly, seriously ill."

Subscribe Today