3 arrested on raw-milk charges/Cargill recalls 36 million pounds of ground turkey

Contrast the level of action taken towards those tree hugging hippies with their raw foods collective vs Cargill.

Corporate Fascism means too big to be arrested.

From LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-milk-raid-20110804,0,7791693.story

L.A. County prosecutors allege that unpasteurized dairy products were sold illegally and did not meet health standards.

By Stuart Pfeifer and P.J. Huffstutter, Los Angeles Times
August 4, 2011

The owner of a Venice health food market and two other people were arrested on charges related to the allegedly unlawful production and sale of unpasteurized dairy products, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said.

The arrests of James Cecil Stewart, Sharon Ann Palmer and Eugenie Bloch on Wednesday marked the latest effort in a government crackdown on the sale of so-called raw dairy products.

Prosecutors in Los Angeles alleged that Stewart, 64, operates a Venice market called Rawesome Foods through which he illegally sold dairy products that did not meet health standards because they were unpasteurized or were produced at unlicensed facilities.

Palmer, 51, has operated Healthy Family Farms in Santa Paula since 2007 without the required licensing for milk production, prosecutors allege. She and her company face nine charges related to the production of unpasteurized milk products.

Bloch, a Healthy Family Farms employee, is charged with three counts of conspiracy.

The arrests followed a one-year investigation during which undercover agents purchased unpasteurized dairy products from Healthy Family Farms stands in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, said Matthew Krasnowski, a district attorney spokesman. The products included unpasteurized goat milk, cheese and yogurt.

Continue reading at:  http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-milk-raid-20110804,0,7791693.story

Government war on raw milk?

Cargill recalls 36 million pounds of ground turkey

From MSNBC: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43988256/ns/health-food_safety/

Patties, ground meat sold in grocery stores linked to salmonella death, illnesses

By JoNel Aleccia Health writer

Meat giant Cargill Inc. is recalling nearly 36 million pounds of ground turkey linked to a California death and at least 78 other salmonella illnesses nationwide, company officials said.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the Class I recall, with the highest health risk, late Wednesday. All of the recalled products were produced at the company’s Springdale, Ark., plant.

Products include “chubs” of fresh and frozen ground turkey meat, retail trays of ground turkey and ground turkey patties sold at grocery stores including Kroger, Safeway and Giant Eagle, according to company’s recall list.

The massive recall follows the death of a Sacramento, Calif., resident tied to an outbreak of salmonella food poisoning that has sickened people in 26 states since March. At the family’s request, no details about the death have been released.

In a statement, Cargill officials said the firm was suspending production of ground turkey at the Sprindale plant until it could identify the source of contamination and fix it.

Continue reading at:  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43988256/ns/health-food_safety/

The Recovery Is Dead, Long Live the Recovery

From Truth Dig:  http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_recovery_is_dead_long_live_the_recovery_20110803/

By Robert Scheer
August 3, 2011

The die has been cast. Obama’s “nearly complete capitulation to the hostage-taking demands of Republican extremists,” as an editorial in the normally sedate New York Times described the deal to raise the debt ceiling, is a disaster in the making. It rules out a vigorous government response to the persistent economic stagnation in which joblessness, housing foreclosures and an ever-widening gap between the top 2 percent and the rest of Americans have become the norm.

But to use the word “capitulation” is too kind, since this president, as was Bill Clinton before him, is clearly one of those “New Democrats” who welcomes the opportunity to jettison the legacy of Franklin Delano Roosevelt as outmoded political baggage. Otherwise, why would Obama have reached for a “grand bargain” in which he even put Social Security and Medicare cuts on the table before the Republicans rolled him?

That same opportunistic reasoning got us into the Great Recession, thanks to President Clinton joining with congressional Republicans to destroy the sensible controls on Wall Street greed that FDR had put in place in order to prevent a repeat of the Depression. That was also the rationale of the Clinton alums that Obama appointed to clean up the mess they themselves had created. Instead of worrying about jobless workers and swindled homeowners, they bailed out the swindlers, following the example set by George W. Bush.

Those policies caused the 50 percent run-up of the national debt between 2007 and this week, when the debt ceiling had to be raised. While the trillions wasted made the bankers whole, it did nothing for the 50 million Americans losing their homes or the 20 percent of the workforce that can’t find the full-time employment for which they are qualified. The economy has zeroed out in the past six months, relative to population growth, and in June consumer spending had its biggest drop in two years. The fundamentals are rotten, as reflected in the steep descent of the stock market despite the raising of the debt ceiling.

Continue reading at:  http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_recovery_is_dead_long_live_the_recovery_20110803/

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IRS to Gay Newlyweds: Not So Fast

I have listened to people in Transgender Inc., some of whom are in marriages that are heterosexual marriages based on being entered into prior to coming out as transsexual or transgender as well as heterosexual post-transsexual folks say that gay and lesbian people are too focused on marriage equality and should be focused instead on passing a “Trans-inclusive ENDA”.

Never mind that in the hire and fire at will world many of the people in the US live in such a measure is meaningless.

But there is a certain level of chutzpa in expecting gay and lesbian people to drop something they have been working on for years, especially from people who have in the past or currently are enjoying the heterosexual privilege of a federally recognized marriage that is recognized from sea to shining sea.

Marriage equality is a prime LGBT/T issue.

From Business Week: http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/irs-to-gay-newlyweds-not-so-fast-08042011.html

Federal tax benefits of marriage don’t extend to same-sex couples

August 4, 2011

For all those same-sex newlyweds in New York, Lawrence S. Jacobs has a message: Enjoy the Champagne and the honeymoon, but expect no gifts from the IRS. Jacobs, a lawyer in Washington, specializes in estate planning for same-sex couples—and in delivering the bad news that their unions aren’t legal in the eyes of the IRS, a policy that will cost them time and money during tax season.

Same-sex couples in Washington, which last year legalized gay marriage, must fill out a federal return to make calculations required for their D.C. joint return. But then they must set that work aside and fill out separate federal returns because the IRS doesn’t regard their union as legal, Jacobs says. “You just spent decades getting your marriage recognized, and now the feds say, ‘No, you’re not,’” says Jacobs, who as a partner in a same-sex marriage has firsthand experience of the problem.

This cumbersome process applies to all married same-sex couples in the U.S. It comes courtesy of the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, which defines marriage as “a legal union between a man and a woman as husband and wife.” The Obama Administration, saying DOMA is unconstitutional, has instructed federal agencies to do what they can under existing law to extend benefits to same-sex partnerships. Such rule-stretching doesn’t go far with the IRS, says Brian Moulton, an attorney with the Human Rights Campaign, a Washington gay rights advocacy group. “There’s a relatively small space before you bump up against DOMA,” he says. “I don’t think there’s much they can do.” The IRS declined to comment.

Filling out a “dummy” federal return can add $300 to $400 to a same-sex married couple’s tax preparation bill, according to Larry Rubin, a partner at accounting firm Aronson in Rockville, Md. As a result of DOMA, gay couples must also pay income tax on a portion of employer-provided health insurance, which isn’t taxable for heterosexual married couples.

Continue reading at:  http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/irs-to-gay-newlyweds-not-so-fast-08042011.html

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Right Wing Misogynist, Hannity blasts free birth control, defends free erection pills

From Raw Story: http://www.rawstory.com/rawreplay/2011/08/hannity-blasts-free-birth-control-defends-free-erection-pills/

By Stephen C. Webster
August 5, 2011

In a bizarre Fox News segment Thursday night, right-wing talk show host Sean Hannity insisted that providing free birth control pills to women through their insurance is helping to build a “nanny state,” but giving men free pills to give them erections is just addressing a “medical problem.”

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