Processed Food Industry Shows USDA Who’s Boss in the Cafeteria

From Common Dreams:  http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/11/18-9

by Ed Bruske
Published on Friday, November 18, 2011 by CommonDreams.org

First it was potatoes. Now it’s pizza. The processed food industry is reaching out to its friends in Congress to scuttle new USDA guidelines that were supposed to make school meals healthier.

Politico reports that House and Senate negotiators are likely to approve agriculture appropriations language that would allow the tomato paste on pizza to be counted as a vegetable serving under the USDA’s new school meal guidelines. Count this as the result of lobbying efforts by processed food giants ConAgra and Schwan Food. Schwan is one of the world’s largest purveyors of frozen pizza and pitching for its sauce is Sen. Amy Knobluchar, Democrat of Minnesota, where Schwan is based.

The new pizza rule comes quick on the heels of a Senate amendment prohibiting the USDA from limiting the amount of potatoes served in school meals. That was pushed by senators from potato producing states Maine and Colorado.

These latest broadsides against the USDA rule-making process–inserting Congress as micro-manager and protector of economic interests over kids’ health–point up the pitfalls of trying to use meal standards written in Washington as a way to dictate what kids eat. It also provides a vivid illustration of what happens when you go after the foods kids most love in the lunch line.

Pizza is the all-time favorite school lunch food, followed by potatoes in all their guises. Essentially, the proposed new guidelines would sharply cut back on foods kids really like, and replace them with things they hate: vegetables, beans and whole grains. Turns out there are huge amounts of money at stake behind the foods beloved by the 32 million children who participate in the national school lunch program. Frozen food companies are protecting their share the best way they know how: using their clout with their local congressman.

Continue reading at:  http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/11/18-9

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Revolution: Egypt army-backed govt quits after 3-day bloodbath

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Former AIG CEO Sues Claiming Taxpayers Need To Pony Up $25 Billion More

Chutzpah (play /ˈhʊtspə/) is the quality of audacity, for good or for bad, but it is generally used negatively. The Yiddish word derives from the Hebrew word ḥuṣpâ (חֻצְפָּה), meaning “insolence”, “audacity”. The modern English usage of the word has taken on a broader meaning, having been popularized through vernacular use in film, literature, and television. The word has also been able to be interpreted as meaning the amount of spunk or ability that an individual has. In more traditional usage, chutzpah is invariably negative.

From Think Progress:  http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2011/11/22/374472/former-aig-ceo-sues-claiming-taxpayers-need-to-pony-up-25-billion-more/

By Ian Millhiser
Nov 22, 2011

For many years, insurance behemoth AIG was so poorly managed that the American taxpayer eventually had to invest nearly $70 billion in the incompetently run company to prevent its collapse from taking the entire U.S. economy along with it (much of this money has since been repaid). Former AIG CEO Maurice Greenberg, however, thinks that the American people haven’t done enough to protect his massive fortune, so his company filed a lawsuit demanding even more taxpayer money:

Starr International, the company run by the former head of insurance giant American International Group (AIG), has filed a $25 billion lawsuit against the federal government, arguing that the takeover of the insurance company at the height of the financial crisis was unconstitutional.

When the government took an 80 percent interest in AIG during the financial crisis, it did so without “due process or just compensation,” in violation of the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution, according to the suit filed Monday in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

The unbridled arrogance of this lawsuit is astonishing. While the wealthy insurance baron is correct that the Constitution does not allow private property to be taken “without just compensation” — a requirement that generally requires the government to pay a property owner the fair market value for their property — his legal complaint can be rebutted with just one chart:

Complete article at:  http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2011/11/22/374472/former-aig-ceo-sues-claiming-taxpayers-need-to-pony-up-25-billion-more/

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Word of the Day: Multinational Corporation (MNC)

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Cosmetic Procedure Botched; Trans Woman Arrested

I consider this person to be one of the worst enemies of TS/TG people around.

What she did and what so few are willing to strongly speak out against is a thousand times worse than the thought crimes of the transsexual sepaaratists.

This monster is mutilating people and with that mutilation she is murdering them.  Perhaps not quickly then slowly.

That the people who had her do this are poor, desperate and ignorant only compounds the vileness of what she did.

Two articles from the Advocate:  http://www.advocate.com/Crime/Cosmetic_Procedure_Botched;_Trans_Woman_Arrested/

By Trudy Ring
November 21, 2011

A Florida transgender woman is accused of injecting another woman with a near-deadly mix of cement, mineral oil, tire sealant, and Super Glue in an attempted buttocks augmentation procedure.

Oneal Ron Morris (pictured), arrested Friday in Miami Gardens, is charged with practicing medicine without a license and causing great bodily injury, a second-degree felony, The Miami Herald reports. Police say the victim, whose name is being kept confidential because of medical privacy laws, was injected with the toxic concoction in May 2010. She began feeling ill soon afterward, and as the mixture spread throughout her body, she developed pneumonia-like symptoms and large red welts on her derriere. She was hospitalized and nearly died.

“In a world where body image is in the forefront of our media, this woman, for whatever reason, thought that this was the answer and she almost lost her life,” Miami Gardens detective Michael Dillon told the paper. The woman still has health problems and is undergoing treatment.

Complete article at:  http://www.advocate.com/Crime/Cosmetic_Procedure_Botched;_Trans_Woman_Arrested/

Also from the Advocate:  http://www.advocate.com/Crime/More_Claim_They_Received_Fix_a_Flat_Injections/

More Claim They Received Fix-a-Flat Injections

November 22, 2011

Several additional people have come forward claiming to have had ostensibly cosmetic but actually toxic injections that included tire sealant performed by a Florida transgender woman accused of posing as a doctor.

Oneal Ron Morris was arrested Friday and charged with practicing medicine without a license and causing great bodily harm to a Miami Gardens woman who in 2010 received buttocks-enhancement injections with a mix of “household and automotive products” that included “superglue, mineral oil and ‘Fix-a-Flat,’” according to a statement released by the Florida Department of Health. The woman developed pneumonia-like symptoms and other health complications and nearly died. Her name is being kept confidential.

Complete article at:  http://www.advocate.com/Crime/More_Claim_They_Received_Fix_a_Flat_Injections/

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Freedom of the press under attack at OWS movements?

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Merck fined $950 million over painkiller marketing

From Raw Story: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/11/22/merck-fined-950-mn-over-painkiller-marketing/

By Agence France-Presse
Tuesday, November 22, 2011

WASHINGTON — Pharmaceutical giant Merck will pay nearly $1 billion to resolve criminal and civil charges for wrongfully marketing its former hit painkiller Vioxx, the US Department of Justice said.

Merck agreed to plead guilty to breaking the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act after it promoted Vioxx for rheumatoid arthritis when the drug had not been approved for that disease, the department statement said in a statement.

The criminal fine amounts to $321.6 million.

It also agreed to pay $628.4 million to settle civil charges related to the marketing of Vioxx and making false statements about its safety.

Merck began marketing the drug, known by its generic name of rofecoxib, in 1999, promoting it not just for its approved use as a painkiller but also as a way to fight arthritis.

The Justice Department said it ignored warnings to stop doing so and continued to do so until 2004, when Vioxx was pulled from the market after it was linked to a higher risk of heart attacks and stroke.

Complete article at:  http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/11/22/merck-fined-950-mn-over-painkiller-marketing/

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