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Food Politics » Today’s food politics of Ebola
"The FDA has stepped in and issued warning letters to three manufacturers marketing their products as possible treatments or cures. The FDA letters, which make interesting reading, went to:" . . . "A simple Google search of “supplements Ebola” turned up this kind of information this morning:
The Ebola virus can be destroyed naturally – despite what you’ve been told To date, not a single virus has been tested that is not inactivated (killed) by a large enough dose of vitamin C (ascorbic acid). "

"The ability of supplement manufacturers to claim health benefits for their products, and mostly get away with it, is a result of congressional action in passing the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), which essentially deregulated these products."

robj wrote:

We kind of bungled the 1812 invasion (excuse me, "liberation") of Canaduh, didn't we?

Surely you can't mean the British burning down the White House was the result of US bungling, can you? Not just an early manifestation of a desire to encourage the US housing industry?

Outsider wrote:

I don't know how New Yorkers can cut across 7 lanes (it seems) of congested traffic when their exit approaches.

They share that characteristic w/Oregonians, Californians & Washingtonians (in my experience). Best were the people in MA, who would miss a turnoff and back up on the road (yes, everyone was expected to drive round that driver or wait) to the turnoff. I'd never seen anyone do that in NY.

tg wrote:

merging on the parkways with their short acceleration lanes

yep, remember that. Come to OR, where 101 is "freeway", mainstreet and the street some people back or drive out onto from their driveway/home--even though the speed limit's 55 mph. Merge? Wait for a gap? Accelerate to highway speed? Why should I do that?

tg wrote:

we used to call the LIE the longest parking lot in da world

15 miles in 45 minutes.

edit to add: Recently took about 50 minutes to get from mother's house on north shore (Nassau county) to JFK, lving house at around 7pm.

Always take the train if I can when I visit. Not that parts of 101 on the coast of OR were that much different this summer. Complete idiots in RVs, McPickups, any kind of vehicle. At least in NY people know where they're going and generally appear to know how to drive when they feel like it . . . .

robj wrote:

that means you can drink unmilked coffee at age 12 or 13.

Dunkin Donuts strength coffee or espresso strength?

tg wrote: Commuter Pain Index

If NYC commute included LI, it wouldn't be 23 minutes. Friend's corporate employer moved from midtown to NJ, now her commute is close to 90 minutes each way instead of about an hour (and the hour included walking from midtown to Penn station to catch the LIRR). Fortunately she can work from home at least one day/week, although she prefers the office (except for the commute).

josap wrote:

Wonder which company buys him out.

Or bankrupts him by suing for patent infringements.

Outsider wrote:

We might go from smart phones to smart watches. Gotta admit, they're easier to carry around.

Dick Tracy’s Watch: The Most Indestructible Meme in Tech Journalism |

robj wrote:

If you have a phone, why do you need a smart watch?

Because it's NEW. Geez.

Comrade Kristina wrote:

that is popular with lots of working class people they could lose it.

What's the estimated percentage of "working class people" registered to vote? (and how easy is it to register in FL?). It's not as if FL is a stranger to de-registration/creating difficulties in registering to vote, or voting.

US may appeal release of Guantanamo tape - Americas - Al Jazeera English

Wouldn't want the US to get any unfavorable publicity re: Gitmo so classify anything "embarrassing'.

Comrade Kristina wrote:

Florida has some of the largest job gains in the country, but much of that growth has come from the tourism and retail industries, which rely heavily on low-wage and part-time workers. The median household income is lower than it was in 2007, and the number of Floridians receiving food stamps has swelled.

"We find that, averaged across all occupations, real median hourly wages declined by 3.4 percent from 2009 to 2013. Lower- and mid-wage occupations experienced greater declines in their real wages than did higher-wage occupations (see Figure 1, below)." National Employment Law Project | Unbalanced-Recovery 

"housekeeping" jobs, food service jobs, saw decrease in real wages. Guess it's ok as long as the service business owners do ok.

Outsider wrote:

If Oklahoma seceded, would anyone notice?

Cherokee nation is located in 14 of the northeastern counties of OK, they might notice. Maps

bearly wrote:

at least in Bush's case he probably did let the experts, such as they were, drive decisions.

Oh yeah, so much better: Bush's Interior Department Interfered With Scientific Work To Limit Endangered Species Protections

Former Interior Secretary Gale Norton is focus of corruption probe - Los Angeles Times

Would that be expertise in corruption?

Or maybe it would be the "expertise" that led to the decision to invade Iraq? To call all the prisoners in Gitmo major terrorists when Rumsfield knew that was in no way accurate? Or maybe it was Bush's appointment of "experts" to FEMA? To the AG's office? FDA? Treasury? Bush administration cronyism and incompetence - SourceWatch

Rob Dawg wrote:

GMO in the deepest part of the industry is not what you imagine. It is a tiny fraction of the genome modification effort.

So you think it's not true that Dow's pushed for and gotten approval of Enlist? (cross-licensed w/Monsanto) Or that Dow's done it for fun rather then in expectation of making substantial profit?

If you're saying that Monsanto, Dow, et al, would like to patent the genes for every important crop in the US, i.e,. all of the food supply, including variants, I'd agree with you. India Sues Monsanto Over Genetically-Modified Eggplant - Yahoo News

Supreme Court Denies Family Farmers the Right to Self-Defense from Monsanto Abuse | Food Democracy Now

Public Patent Foundation Files for Revocation of Four Widely Asserted Monsanto GMO Patents | General | Times Higher Education

back to work for me.

Cinco-X wrote:

Seriously...they wanted to be called liberals because they didn't like the label they don't like that either.

The two of you sound so much like people I used to listen to talking about black people and women in the late 1960's and 1970's when I was a child/adolescent: what do those people want now? It was always THOSE people.

Those people who are not like us.

Rob Dawg wrote:

It isn't a label.

it's become a meaningless label because the definition shifts according to user.

bearly wrote:

Actually working to pay for your family's food, transportation, health care, cell phone and shelter is too much to ask.

Provide data to show that all or even most of the people receiving foodstamps (that aren't 65 or older) aren't working. And transportation--really, who's paying all of their own transportation costs? Aviation is heavily subsidized, unless you live on a private road and never go further, and never have anything delivered to your house by a road-using vehicle, you're not paying the total costs of all the roads you travel on . . .

Rob Dawg wrote:

Will liberals never cease?

Will some posters on HCN ever cease to use labels to criticise opinions they don't like/disagree with?

It's a mistake to lump together people who are anti-GMO w/people who oppose vaccination of their children.

Also, some of the people I've spoken to (although I don't live anywhere near Marin county,CA) don't question the efficacy or usefulness of vaccinations, but how many are required to be given in a short time to children, i.e,. individuals w/as yet poorly developed immune systems. It's easier/cheaper for the health care providers to give multiple vaccinations/visit but not necessarily best for a child's health.

Again, don't know what it's like in Marin county, but from what I've seen/read there is no monolithic "progressive" stance on GMOs or childhood vaccinations, and opposition is far more nuanced then is asserted in the linked post. Seems like an effort to demonize what the person perceives as any progressive movement in the US.

bearly wrote:

SNAP & Welfare programs ~1/8 of the TOTAL national budget. That doesn't include medicare & medicaid, which are another 1/4. That's 3/8 of the total spend - More than 1/2 of tax receipts.

Just about all of that money goes right into the economy--paying for health care (including insurer & hospital chain owner skim), buying food, paying rent, for clothing, etc. Maybe all of the food isn't grown in the US, and most of the clothing isn't made here, but the people are more likely then the wealthy to "buy local" i.e., shop at local businesses.

Charity care at hospitals has decreased since the ACA ("obamacare"), although hospital chains haven't necessarily reduced their charges in recognition of the decrease. As Medicaid expands, hospitals see declines in charity care, self pay | Healthcare Finance News
Health Co-Op Leads Market in Low Rates, but Hospitals Appear to Be Pocketing Savings | The Lund Report

Cinco-X wrote:

You're a chick?

Domesticated birds have internet connections and post on CR?

ResistanceIsFeudal wrote:

ordering stuff online all day to the greater glory of capitalism in gratitude for my participation.

ordering stuff online all day using other people's money/credit cards to the greater glory of capitalism in gratitude for my participation . . . Fixed It For Ya

Oman wrote:

Ebola scare at Pentagon after woman vomits in parking lot

Turns out it was nothing. Apparently, she had just found out what they were paying for toilet seats down there....

It will only get worse once the flu season gets going, since vomiting, fever, can be symptoms of the flu as well as Ebola.

Given how the corporate media seems to function these days, I wonder what else is happening (is the TPP coming up for vote?) that fostering hysteria re: Ebola in the US/focusing on the possible inadequacy of a for-profit medical treatment system in screening for a new (to the US) & serious illness, avoids coverage of..

Like EPA approval of Dow's Enlist (cross-licensed w/Monsanto), or rolling out of 2,4-D (component of Agent Orange) "Ready" GMO soy & corn. Or the TPP. Or maybe a new invasion?

dilbert dogbert wrote:

are they covered by wealthy elite.

Mostly, maybe a few of the H of R people aren't. So, all members of Congress too. No need for the bloviators to travel.

Antipodes wrote:

Restrict travel of all Americans until the US has proven to be free from new cases of ebola for 42 days after the last known infection.

Include all members of the military, CIA/NSA/contractors & wealthy elite & I agree.

Comrade Scott wrote:

I don't see anybodying PAYING street sweepers.

In the "good old days" they did it for tips, Crossing sweeper - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"In the mid-nineteenth century, New York was struck by an epidemic of children working and living on the streets. According to the Matsell Report and accounts from middle-class observers, there were thousands of children working as peddlers, baggage handlers, crossing sweepers, or petty criminals.

Many of these children were the offspring of immigrants, mostly from Ireland and Germany, who flooded into New York in the 1840s and 1850s. These parents, struggling to survive in the city, sent children out to work or worked such long hours themselves that their children went unsupervised. Some children lived on the street, sleeping in boxes or occasionally in cheap lodging houses, having no homes or families to return to. Others spent all day working on the streets before returning to their families." Page not found | History of Poverty & Homelessness in NYC

bearly wrote:

This makes a lot of sense. Do travelers from West Africa, regardless of their route, carry passports and/or visas ?

Have you never talked to/met someone who talked their way across a border w/out a visa? I have. Friend w/an Argentinian passport, no visa for the nation we were entering, she talked her way through. Talked her way back out too. I wonder too if medical personnel traveling w/a group have to go through the same process that other travelers do.

1 currency now -yogi wrote:

No, the regulator can't redefine fraud or immunize an agency or bank that it regulates.

regulators sometimes seem to do what it would seem they can't. For instance, SSA is placing restrictions on the Privacy Act (when it will and will not provide documents/records concerning an individual) that aren't in the statute. They can do it until/unless they're sued--and lose in federal court--because the court decides it's too blatant a statutory violation to defer to agency "interpretations" of regulations.

Rickkk wrote:

The group, which has seized swathes of land in Syria and Iraq, has been flying the planes over the captured al-Jarrah military airport east of Aleppo, said Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Another reminder that it was a major mistake the disband the Iraq military after the "roses thrown in our path" US invasion. Even Garner was against it (or so he said later).

"The problem you have there is, with that order, you suddenly tell somewhere between 300,000 and 400,000 soldiers that they're out of jobs, and they're all still armed. Now, whether they became terrorists, we don't know. But to me, that's just not a good beginning. Sun Tzu says you don't want to go to bed at night with more enemies than you woke up with that morning. Well, we went to bed with a whole lot more enemies that night than we had begun the day with.

But again, I don't fault Ambassador Bremer for that. I think that was another decree that he brought over in his briefcase; I think he was told to do that. Now, that idea may have germinated with Walt Slocombe or somebody on his staff, but it had to get approved [in Washington] somewhere. That's another incredible decision of magnitude that I just don't think that would have been invested in [Bremer]. It had to be made over here. ... Interviews - Lt. Gen. Jay Garner (ret.) | The Lost Year In Iraq | FRONTLINE | PBS

Maybe that's what happens when you're a member of an elite--you come to believe that all others are dupes, trash, "primitives" and you can do as you wish w/them. Nothing learned from Vietnam

Does that mean that the ability to sue/regulate on basis of "fraud" is pre-empted or narrowed? Or, if the lender doesn't engage in any of the listed practices, but does engage (or know that others are) in other fraudulent practices, they're home free? Taxpayer once again pays for pieces to be picked up and put back together or just pays for the broken pieces?

Why is it considered to be good for people to put down only 3%? I thought Fannie & Freddie were still being reviled for being so careless, what happened to that meme?

Blackhalo wrote:

How about class-warfare or wealth redistribution?

Marxist terminology that IDs you as a commie.

Disillusionment w/the "Arab Spring" has set in.

Tunisian Confidence in Democracy Wanes | Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project although it's based on only 1000 face-to-face interviews.

ResistanceIsFeudal wrote:

Facepalm && brilliant!

Friend in her 70's told me that when she was a child & suffered from earaches, MD recommended insertion of small amounts of radium in her ears--and yes, her parents went along with it (they trusted the MD).

Friend can hear well, hasn't developed cancer (yet), so . . . she's never said how long the radium was in place.

Some ideas don't go away.

ResistanceIsFeudal wrote:

How about repurposing some desert rez land in AZ and NM? Radiation doesn't care what your handicap is!

I like it! You can market it as the healthier way to golf! Does low-level radiation have health benefits? Some say yes |

ResistanceIsFeudal wrote:

Some Florida and South Carolina courses have real live alligators, unless my cousin was lying for all those years Rant Talk about a water hazard.

just think how exciting playing a game in sinkhole territory could be.

fudge_hend wrote:

Golf courses should not be allowed to use potable water and should be required to use recycled water only.

Or people could revise their ideas about what a golf course should look like. If you're in a desert, tumbleweeds could make nice "traps" and blowing sand, snakes, etc. just add some interest to the game as well as making creating sand traps unnecessary.

bearly wrote:

You can stretch those gallons by urinating off the balcony.

no,no, you want to save the urine to use to bleach your laundry.

Outsider wrote:

That person deserves a trophy wife. Hope they got one. Evil

Complete w/lawyer to negotiate that all important pre-marital agreement.

Outsider wrote:

Have you ever been stuck with a teacher who stinks?


yep. Cut the class.

Outsider wrote:

Private tutoring is really the be-all end-all as far as quality learning goes, if you ask me.

For some, and probably w/maybe the first year or two of a foreign language (if the tutor speaks the language well). I think, if it's a reasonably good class, then you get some brain stimulation, etc., from hearing what others have to say about a book or event or issue in history, etc. When I was taking math in highschool, there were a few other people I'd talk to re: some of the homework problems, etc. Sometimes we could help each other better then the instructor could and were easier to reach/meet with. When I was in elementary school, I co-wrote stories w/a few friends & we'd read each other's stories/poems, got ideas for sketches, learned how to play poker, etc (outside of school).

Outsider wrote:

And yes, I wouldn't think twice about paying $7.50 for my classroom. If you don't think it's worth it, then do something else.

That's not my point, it's that either the school district or parents should be able to pay. I'm not blaming the parents, but an economic system that makes it so difficult for so many people to have children & also be able to pay for stuff like school supplies--even if they're working full time-- and school districts that somehow can't manage to provide teachers w/supplies for teaching (not notebooks, pens, but other stuff, construction paper, materials for projects, etc.).

I don't think being a "dedicated" or good teacher should have to include paying for some school supplies out of your salary or providing an additional private education subsidy--because otherwise you feel you can't do a good job. Going by those articles, which you say are exaggerating, some teachers spend far more then $7.50/semester.

Outsider wrote:

Creativity, gift for teaching, respect for every student goes a lot further than shiny sparkly colorful wall decorations.

Based on what I've seen (and experienced) small class sizes help too. Something else underfunded school systems usually fail to provide.

Outsider wrote:

But even notebooks, say you have 5 kids in your class that come to school unprepared, you can pick up a notebook for $1.50, that's $7.50. Pencils are cheap.

So it's ok for teachers to have to pay for that themselves? It's part of their job? It's ok that some kids are in families that can't pay those small amounts?

Rickkk wrote:

"A quiet revolution happened to your job-based health benefits and you may not have noticed. It's happened gradually, but insurance looks a lot different than it did just 15 years ago: Americans are paying more and getting less.

That trend is only getting worse.

Guess monetizing health care isn't working well for more & more people. HCN?

Outsider wrote:

But taking out a $1,000 1.99% personal loan? Who would do that?

lower rate then a credit card? I don't know, but whoever decided to run the ad thought there might be some takers.