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Thursday, March 24. 2016
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One state with 600,000 people and an anti-GMO streak is about to rewrite U.S. food labels. What just happened?
Leftist Heads Explode Over ‘Anti-Muslim’ Terrorism Thriller
Janet Yellen: Monetary Arsonist——–Armed, Dangerous And Lost
Meddling with Medicare - A wrongheaded proposal could make it harder for sole practitioners and small family practices to stay in business.
Donald Trump, Uber-American:
Donald Trump reveals inner statesman, terrifies naysayers
ANTI-TRUMP PROTESTERS Admit Answering Craigslist Ad and Getting Paid to Protest Trump
Cuba's charming, tragic time warp
Not so charming to live there
President Obama is in Havana because not even the Castro brothers
Migrants From Muslim Countries Big Beneficiaries Of US Green Cards
IS trains 400 fighters to attack Europe in wave of bloodshed
DO TERROR ATTACKS DOOM THE EUROPEAN UNION?
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Sorry, I'm just not inclined to whey in with my opinion on this.
You bleu your chance for a gouda joke there, you muenster.
Re: Vermont Food Labeling Law.
How about labeling with "Not for Sale in Vermont" ?
Tony Blair Blames Terrorism on "Flabby Liberalism"
Keep in mind that Blair supported Bush's misadventure in Iraq that imploded the Middle East.
you people have an unhealthy, endless obsession with bush.
Yeah, it's so unfair too.
No one gives poor old Cheney a mention these days.
Also that - under Blair's watch - Muslim immigration was seriously encouraged in Britain and opponents were demonized. Also, the Rotherham sex scandal was largely while Labour was in power, and Labour-dominated councils and agencies ignored evidence of the Muslim sex gangs, even to virtually muzzling the police because of "anti-racist" policies.
It is fitting that a bunch of socialist/communist misfits want to ban GMO. Thanks to the green revolution critical crops have doubled their production and in some cases quadrupled them. This breakthrough that GMO offers came at the precise time that world population doubled and hunger became a bigger threat. We couldn't feed the world without GMO and other farming practices the looney left objects to. Make no mistake this effort is to ban GMO and labeling laws are simply the first step.
Norman Borlaug (the father of the _REAL green revolution) must be turning over in his grave. What would he think of this nonsense?
Isn't nearly all our food GMO from years of farmers and ranchers selecting for the best example of their crops or animals?
If I were a company, I'd balance the cost of the labeling with the actual sales from 600,000 people. I'm guessing NOT selling my products in that state would be the solution. It is so small of a state that if people really wanted their Cheerios, they could drive to New Hampshire to get them.
Also, it would make consumers angry that they could no longer get their beloved Cheerios at their local store...and then they could blame their state government instead of the company.
I have tried to argue online (I know, a losing proposition, but I can't help it) that once you get the government involved in any kind of labeling, it will be hijacked by big business who will re-write was 'non-GMO' means and make the labeling useless. Such is the case with 'organic' labels. The government has watered down the 'organic' label to really make is meaningless to actual consumers who care about this stuff.
A black market forms for products not labeled for Vermont. Border checkpoints are set up. To pay for the inspectors, a tax is applied to the products that DO label for sale. The black marketers make even more money. Finally, the people who haven't starved or are tired of only having limited choices take back control of their state.
Yesterday a story about Nabisco building an Oreo line in Mexico, one of the laid off workers lamenting that government needs to do MORE! I'd say they already did too much, between threats of a higher minimum wage and NLRB effects coupled with inflating the dollar to worth less. They want to claw back the tax breaks they gave to entice them to stay in the past. Never mind that somebody else probably ended up paying more to cover the difference of what was budgeted to spend based on the breaks being given in the first place.
Just curious. How do you feel about requiring labeling that indicates where the food originates?
I'm for voluntary labeling. Crunchy Frog, anyone? Finest baby frog, dew picked and flown from Iraq, cleansed in finest quality spring water, lightly killed, and then sealed in a succulent Swiss quintuple smooth treble cream milk chocolate envelope and lovingly frosted with glucose.
Where I'm really struggling is to find enough inorganic grass and other unnatural feedstuffs to keep the inorganic cows alive
RE Donald Trump, Uber-American
scott adams' blahg comparing the trumpster to SJW is beyond stupid, its libtard-grade stupid. although not entirely their fault, SJWs are morally adrift and clueless about life; they are powerless so they express rage against the trivial, like the kollege prof who called the police because the ROTC were drilling with fake rifles.
but trump is focused on what he wants, flexible, adaptable, like any apex predator.
moreover, he knows what the imperial brits and romans knew about enemies: its better to be feared than to be loved.
"but trump is focused on what he wants, flexible, adaptable, like any apex predator."
Trump as an "apex predator"?
Oh, that's a keeper.
I think of apex predators as fearsome. How does one fear a squirrel sitting on a pumpkin? Trump isn't the apex of anything except clownery.
The sign that there's an adult inside the brain: the ability to assess known facts at any given time and anticipate what could possibly go wrong before making the decision to proceed. Also known as "Are You Getting Your Spanking's Worth?"
Men between the ages of 16 and 26 are not known for having this ability. But then, men's brains don't mature until the mid-20s. That's why the military likes to draft and recruit them young to take all those stupid risks called for in wartime. Unfortunately, many brains never mature, especially in politicians.
Trump is becoming a hero with the UK and EU civilians because he's the only adult who called the "refugee" problem early on. What could have gone wrong, Merkel? Seriously, you didn't see that coming?
I will disagree slightly about men between the ages of 16-26. I have in fact made similar comments myself but I think there is actually something different going on. I think that as a boy matures and becomes a young man they are endowed with great physical strength (or at least it seems that way) and over confidence. This trumps whatever it is their common sense tells them and they go with their gut. Sometimes that works out incredibly well, sometimes it kinda works and sometimes it is a sad or laughable failure. We as parents and older adults remember all the failures of our teens and that biases our opinions of them and their abilities. But in fact almost everything in our history from killing mammoths for food to discovering new lands or scientific breakthroughs is the result of this strength and confidence. What they need is guidance/direction, a challenge, leadership, encouragement and a beneficial outlet for their energy and confidence. To the extent that it does not happen we adults share some of that blame.
GOP insiders: Nominee won't be limited to winner of 8 states
From the article:
Party officials and knowledgeable sources have confirmed over the past few days that Rule 40(b) doesn’t exist for the purposes of the upcoming convention. That means at this point, the three candidates left in the race, front-runner Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, are all eligible for the nomination, as, possibly, are the Republican contenders who have since suspended their campaigns.
"A wrongheaded proposal could make it harder for sole practitioners and small family practices to stay in business."
Are you under the impression that this is an unintended consequence?