Monday, December 31, 2007
Well, surprise! People with health problems actually migrated to the program as the 'private' insurance companies cherry picked the healthy to insure (cutting them off if the insured got sick, of course).
The state program is in debt while the 'private' insurance scammers are poster boys for how greed works in this country.
Now Republican legislators are arguing for the abandonment of the program and, of course, for turning over more business to 'private' insurance.
At one time insurance was about getting as large a group as possible to contribute to a fund that would cover everyone with the understanding that not everyone would need to draw from the fund. That's called benefiting society, which many people understand (not including a surprising number of Republicans) to be of ultimate benefit to us all whether we ever need the help or not.
Now insurance is about pretending to insure people only to cut them off when they actually need help. That's called a scam.
The only way to solve this problem is to insure everyone and we actually have a system that the Bush Administration has not managed to destroy so far and it's called Medicare.
There is absolutely not reason for the continued transfer of our money to satisfy the greed of insurance companies. No reason other than the complicity, cowardice and greed of politicians.
Source: Arizona health program in peril by Amanda J. Crawford
Friday, December 28, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
|In spite of all the attempts to ruin Xmas through commercial hype and religious pettiness, if you were raised as a child believing that Xmas was a special time of year (and possibly even if you weren't) there is still wonder and memories that come to the surface when viewing beautiful Christmas Lights.|
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and all the best no matter what seasons, beliefs, thoughts, philosophy, science or just plain style you prefer to follow.
At an employer's request, the FBI will also retain the fingerprints of employees who have undergone criminal background checks, the paper said.Your employer, or potential employer can tell the FBI to retain YOUR fingerprints just because they did a background check?
If the people don't fight this, between an increasingly authoritarian government (including Democrats) and the corporate lust for absolute power over employees, individual citizens of this country will have no rights at all.
Of course, it's too much to expect that this is the first step in changing the WAR approach to our self made national drug problem and substituting a sane approach instead? Yep, too much to expect.
Friday, December 21, 2007
The above thoughts were triggered by Science Magazine (AAAS, subscription required) reporting that "[w]hen bacteria colonize vertebrate intestines, the tissue produces an enzyme that appears to defuse a dangerous toxin the microbes wield."
Having laws that increase the risk in court for honest attempts at showing regret for mistakes is bad for everyone. I wonder how this law is working out?
Source: Tucson hardly 'judicial hellhole' for suits vs. docs by Anne T. Denogean
For about three years following the Sept. 11 attacks, the watchword was Mexico. For a little while, 2003 to 2005, it became Canada but that proved to be boring.
Then things picked up again in 2004 when a South African woman, Farida Ahmed, with pages missing from her passport, was popped crossing the Rio Grande.
That story was reluctantly let go by most congressmen and newspapers after she was held on immigration violations and deported home. Now the word coming down from Washington is that the terrorists walk among us.
Frankly, Secretary Chertoff, I wish you and the terrorists would make up your damned minds.
... Harry Reid ... took our money and support last year to become majority leader apparently so he could advance the Bush agenda as well or better than Mitch McConnell could. Harry Reid --not a poor puppy but-- a wolf in Democratic clothing?
... an international research team has discovered that during the warm period following the next-to-last ice age, when global temperatures reached at least 2°C above the current average, the seas rose by as much as 6 meters over just a few hundred years.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
TASER Seeks to Zap Safety Concerns --TASER International develops new technology, touts safety in wake of Canadian deaths possibly linked to police use by Larry GreenemeierThe article gives considerable space to the 'medical' opinion of a Taser trainer who, in addition to assuring us that the Taser's effects are temporary and mostly any damage will depend on where and how hard the victim falls, has apparently not followed the news concerning repeated Tasering of victims who are already on the ground writhing in pain.
As far as I know no one claims being Tasered isn't painful, yet the article reports:
"The TASER is the only weapon the police have that doesn't rely on pain compliance," Ashley says.Evidently, 'pain compliance' and torturing with a Taser to inflict pain are two different things?
Does this mean what I think it means?
Another new weapon under development is the Shockwave, which Tuttle refers to as "an area-denial system" that simultaneously fires six TASER cartridges up to 25 feet. Scheduled for availability late next year, the Shockwave is designed to be used by military and Homeland Security personnel at airports, checkpoints and other open spaces.Sounds like if someone runs away at an airport they will just Taser everyone. Hope I'm reading this wrong.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Pima County Sheriff Clarence W. Dupnik is advising us to watch our neighbors in case they may be terrorists. Those who require special watching are eco-friendly, abortion-rights and animal-rights activists.
Notice its abortion-rights advocates and not their keep em barefoot n pregnant counterparts who shoot doctors in the name of life who bear watching.
Source: Sheriff says terrorists abound in our midst by Ernesto Portillo Jr.
Honestly, I wasn't looking for quotes about Bank of America ...
I just cancelled my BOA card and we are refinancing through a local loan shark. His rates are MUCH BETTER THAN BOA. ... Check out B of A's special 1 hour offer to increase their debt and interest rate while pretending to help them! If B of A performed as stated in this complaint then they can no longer be considered a 'bank' but must be considered another scam artist, albeit one with considerable power and political connections.
Bank of America in this state said the only way they could help us was if we opened new accounts.
So we did.
At another bank.
Conservatism, like liberalism, is not a dogmatic philosophy, but rather a style of thought, an approach to politics or life in general. It stresses the status quo and traditional values, and is typified by a resistance to change. ...
The "conservative movement," however, is a decidedly dogmatic political movement that demands obeisance to its main tenets (and exiles those who dissent) and a distinctly defined agenda. Movement followers proudly announce their membership. ... their raison d'etre has transformed from the extenuation of their "conservative" impulses into the Machiavellian acquisition of power, usually through any means necessary.
At Guantanamo Bay there is no law. ... COMING SOON to all 50 states.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
They report that federal prosecutors "are targeting a rising number of law enforcement officers for alleged brutality, Justice Department statistics show."
So do Justice Dept stats show that law enforcement officers are being targeted or that the brutality of law enforcement is rising? And who would trust the Bush US Justice Dept to care or any stats coming out of this administration?
After the Bush Federal Government led the way in demonstrating how brutality is really done they now 'are worried' about an increase in police brutality? Don't think so.
Federal records showed the vast majority of police brutality cases referred by investigators are not prosecuted.
[...] The increasing Justice numbers generally correspond to a USA TODAY analysis of federal law enforcement prosecutions using data compiled by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.
Those data show 42 law enforcement prosecutions during the first 10 months of fiscal 2007, up 66 percent from all of fiscal 2002 and a 61 percent increase from a decade ago.
'Til now I've only been looking at who I didn't want running for President (Senator Obama).
I quite like John Edwards but he doesn't seem to quite take hold or he backed off 'taking hold' or I don't know quite what.
I think Hilary Clinton is qualified and will vote for her if she is nominated.
BUT, you Senator Dodd are the ONLY one who has acted on principle.
The other presidental hopefuls are not much removed from Senator Reid. They support the Constitution and the law and do nothing to stop legislation that subverts the Constitution and invalidates the law for specific people and organizations (namely the Bush mafia and the corporate mafia). After all Senator Reid 'agreed' with you, Senator Dodd, that passing a law granting the communications companies immunity was a bad idea. Senator Reid 'agreed' with you as he insisted that that very version of the bill MUST be the version to be voted on. Senator Reid 'agreed' with you as he ignored your hold on the bill while honoring the holds of Republicans. Senator Reid 'agreed' with you but somehow cannot help himself? After all he's just the elected leader of the Senate, that's all! Poor little puppy, Senator Reid.
For months now we've had Democrats, who are in the majority, by the way, tell us how much they don't like the bills that are being passed, the approval of the war they keep giving to Bush, the lack of accountability, the state of the administration and its disregard for all law ... and yet, they continue to pass those bills, they never filibuster, they continue to approve Bush's nominees when anyone who pays attention knows that Bush will NOT nominate anyone who will not agree to his bidding in advance. What is the Senate smoking?
You, Senator Dodd, are the only one who has done anything. And the other presidential hopefuls did nothing, nada, zilch.
UPDATE: Thanks also to
- Barbara Boxer
- Sherrod Brown
- Russ Feingold
- Ted Kennedy
- Bill Nelson
- Ron Wyden
Monday, December 17, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Bush and 189 House Republicans apparently think our nation’s previous abhorrence of torture is quaint. They appear to yearn for the good old days...of the Spanish Inquisition.
Reading Darwin's notes I see it again plainly: An understanding that twines comprehension of an individuals "forgettableness" with its unique worth is the source of a naturalist's paradoxical reverence. --Quote from The Importance of Everything and Other Lessons from Darwin's Lost Notebooks
This title says it all ... Democrats Call For Investigation of Torture Tapes: I Attempt to Care by Hunter --Like bad TV, the same story over and over again week after week after week. Which are better? Democrats who stamp their feet and do nothing or Republicans who do nothing (other than steal from the public coffers)? Democrats have made a step in the right direction. As soon as they actually do something beyond stamping their feet we will be able to give them some credit ...
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Evolution has accelerated in 1800 human genes, which encompass about 7% of the human genome, Harpending's team reports online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Most of the mutations resulted from dramatic population booms, suggests lead author John Hawks of the University of Wisconsin in Madison. As populations expand, the number of mutations increases, boosting the chances for a beneficial genetic variant that can improve survival and sweep through a population (in the same way that a large population of insects develops a gene for resistance to a pesticide faster than a small population).Interesting. What kind of qualities will these be? Intelligence? Or more fundamentalism set to finalize the end of the US experiment in democracy much like fundamentalist Islam destroyed the budding eastern civilizations.
The article identifies changes in resistance to disease and adjustment to the changes in food stuff.
Also read: John Hawks Weblog
Beyond Crashing The Gates by TurkanaI'm not a patient person, so don't expect me to stop criticising Democrats for what they lack. At least the whole crowd of elected Democrats are not moron-lead and corporate-controlled thieves and lackeys like the elected (and their non-elected hanger-on) Republicans.
Update II: I've heard a rumor that there will be an all Senate briefing with Director of National Intelligence Admiral McConnell, and Attorney General Mukasey tomorrow afternoon on FISA. This sounds like an all out offensive by the administration on protecting the telecoms.
Call your Senators and urge them to 1) lobby Reid to bring the Judiciary Committee's bill to the floor, and 2) tell them to oppose any bill that includes telecom anmnesty.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Sunday, December 9, 2007
The purpose of government is to promote the general welfare of the people. There is no other reason to have a government except to promote the general welfare of the people. Therefore health care is a civil right. -- Randi Rhodes
... that would be $3,500,000,000,000. Mostly for an immoral, illegal, unjustified war of aggression that has wrought hell on an innocent people, and is now expected to accomplish nothing. ... Except for making certain individuals and corporations very very rich.
Saturday, December 8, 2007
John McCain is still not as crazy as the rest of the Republican line up, but he has shown his willingness to prostitute himself before the Bush mafia. He celebrated with Bush as New Orleans drowned. And that photo of his submissive hug of Bush is really really creepy.
Why would anyone trust McCain after his submissive, pandering performance over the last few years?
He (Obama) does not support unions.
Now lest anyone think this back-handed anti-union behavior is confined to Clinton associates like Lehane and Mark Penn, Obama and Oprah are appearing at a non-union venue (apparently blessed by the locals) and Oprah herself runs a non-union shop:He (Obama) attacked Social Security with Republican lies.
He (Obama) lies about his position on a universal health plan:
Now for the bad news. Although Mr. Obama says he has a plan for universal health care, he actually doesn’t — a point Mr. Edwards made in last night’s debate. The Obama plan doesn’t mandate insurance for adults. So some people would take their chances — and then end up receiving treatment at other people’s expense when they ended up in emergency rooms. In that regard it’s actually weaker than the Schwarzenegger plan.And lies:
And now, having been caught out on the facts, the Obama people respond with a personal attack, lifting quotes out of context to pretend that I never had problems with the plan. Something is very wrong here.What Krugman says. There's something wrong here. Obama started out sounding fresh and honest. THEN he saw that he might even have a chance to run for President. He's no longer fresh (just a vicious DC insider after all) and he's certainly NOT honest. He lies like a Republican.
Obama talks about working with Republicans as one without any apparent understanding that, in today's environment, the only way the Republicans work with Democrats is when
1. A Democrat behaves and votes like a Republican (Lieberman)
2. When a Democrat gives into the Republican position completely (Reid, Pelosi) thus betraying the people they claim to represent.
There is no other way of working with the current Republican Party. Obama becomes more Liebermanesque ever day.
We need Democrats who stand for something. Obama does not appears to be one of them.
Friday, December 7, 2007
Worried retailers put faith in price cuts, promotionsThese 'worried' retailers probably helped and continue to help keep the Bush mafia in power. It's the Bush mafia approach to enriching their friends at the expense of the rest of us that has ruined the US economy.
Senate votes to block tax increase for millions by Jim Abrams, The Associated Press.The Star just copied it from the AP. Perhaps the writer grew up writing about ping-pong tournaments.
House Democratic leaders throughout the day Thursday reaffirmed their commitment to PayGo.Oh, gee, a play by play. So interesting. Who cares about issues. Just tell me the Democrats (and then quote one or two) said this and the Republicans said that and then repeat, repeat.
Jim Abrams, listed as the writer of this piece, is another one who doesn't understand the difference between a majority vote and the 60 votes needed to stop a filibuster.
Earlier Thursday, Senate Republicans united in stopping the Senate from moving to the House-passed bill. The vote was 48-46 against beginning debate on the House bill, 14 short of the 60 needed.
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, who signed an agreement with Napolitano on Thursday, said the effort to stiffen identification standards is essential to making the country safer in the wake of the 2001 attacks.If the old passports and driver's licences were really weapons when used by the wrong people, then the new super Real ID documents will be super weapons when used by the wrong people? And don't tell me they can't be faked or subverted in some way. The real purpose of Real ID is to control US Citizens, not secure the country. This is obvious from the fact that real security issues, like port security, is ignored by this administration while they pursue such things as wiretapping the nation and consolidating personal information on all Americans.
"In the hands of terrorists and criminals, fraudulent documentation, phony identification are really weapons that enable people to carry out acts of violence and destruction," Chertoff said.
And the Democrats go along quite willingly most of the time ...
Thursday, December 6, 2007
According to the HMHB Web site, the National Fisheries Institute, an industry trade association, provided honoraria of $1,000 each to the 14 members of the panel who came up with this new advice, and also covered travel, hotel bills and food for a meeting attended by the panelists. In addition, the four-person Executive Committee received an additional $500 each for the time spent in planning the meeting. Both the New York Times and the Washington Post reported that the NFI also gave the Coalition $60,000 for its education campaign on seafood consumption.The board of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition decided pregnant women can, and apparently should “eat a minimum of 12 ounces per week of fish like salmon, tuna, sardines and mackerel, and can do so safely,” lead be damned.
Is this just another group organized for the purpose of pushing the corporate mafia's message? They pick a socially responsible message: healthy mothers, healthy babies. The next step is the betrayal of that message? And they get paid to do this? Republican and corporations repeat this scenario over and over:
Disclaimer Related to Partner OrganizationsBut individuals and groups keep going along ... a disclaimer isn't enough!
Recommendations and position statements issued by the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB) are voted on by its Board of Directors. Any statement that is supported by the HMHB Board in no way implies that it has been endorsed by our member organizations. Questions regarding any member organizations' position on such matters should be directed to the leadership of those member organizations.
Scare tactics on the border --Most Americans back citizenship for illegal migrants, but are eclipsed by a fevered minorityOnly a few of the 'fevered' sorts have found the site yet but give them time. For now there's a reasonably polite and rational debated going on.
COMMENT POSTED BY amities
December 3, 2007 12:08 PM
My parents emigrated illegally to the United States back in the '80s and took up some of those jobs that WASP America seems not very keen on. I understand the argument that if they are legalized, it's saying it's OK to break the law (I don't hear opponents of the move to legalize illegals moaning and groaning about all the numerous times the current administration has violated our sacrosanct Constitution). However, I suspect that this is a superficial and vacuous rationalization; the true reason is xenophobia, pure and unadulterated racism.COMMENT POSTED BY Ishouldapologise
I currently live in the UK (legally :P) and find myself constantly reading and hearing about the Polish blitzkrieg. They are flooding the country, driving wages down, sending their Polish-speaking children to already overcrowded schools, causing house prices to go up (how someone who is working for peanuts can afford the ludicrously expensive homes is beyond my comprehension!) and living off the dole, etc. Of course they are here legally yet these are the same things that are said about the illegals, i.e., Hispanics, in the United States.
Human beings are historically a species on the move. People have always emigrated in order to improve their lot. The Europeans that went to the Americas were doing just this. Can you imagine what America would be like had the Natives had stringent border control! ;)
December 3, 2007 11:34 AM
Isn't it strange that in an epoch where international corporations stroll around the world seting up branches of their companies at will. In an age where money flows electronically in waves from country to country unimpeded. In a time when for every gap year student the world is their oyster. In a time when Americans retire to Baja and British to Spain and France and Italy. In a time when everything is opening up."Talk about double standards." I think more manipulation than standards are involved. All 'standards' tend to dissolved in front of the neo-con (at one time called by the now almost outlawed word neo-fascist) wave that is transforming our country.
Some people are blocked from bravely crossing one single frontier to fill an empty job vacancy, to find badly paid work and to geerously send money home to their needy family.
Talk about double standards.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
They [right wing PR strategists] look down on the press with contempt as people who can be manipulated with ease. And they are right. The beltway journalists in their arrogance don't see themselves as being manipulated. And if they do see it they actually have a sick admiration for it (see Rove, Karl).
So these people, like most working Americans, are genuinely threatened, over a long period of time, by economic forces that are making a lot of people rich — but not them. They are, however, inexplicably quite content with that state of affairs, but are upset by an extremely small population of foreigners who are doing dirty work for low wages.
Aristocracy is, by definition, un-American. The question is how many Americans will be "messaged" into believing they are doing the patriotic thing by behaving like subjects and hunting down the foreign invader on behalf of their betters.
So [Mark] Steyn is mostly wrong. And to the extent that he is right, he is right by accident; liberalizing forces offend fundamentalists simply because fundamentalists have so much of their selves invested in their closed-minded views of the world. The differences between the fundamentalists of the west and those of Khartoum is a matter of degree, not of kind.
No, it is simply wrong to expect a typical panel of Republican Presidential Candidates to answer hard questions. They are practicing for the august position of President.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Tropics on the Move by Phil Berardelli
Scientists have detected signs that the planet's tropics may have expanded much farther north in the past 3 decades than climate models had predicted for the next century. If the findings are confirmed and the trend continues, it could place major strains on subtropical ecosystems, hasten the spread of tropical diseases, and generally make life less pleasant for populations living with the zones of change.
Ah, someone else thinks the Arizona Daily Star was a real newspaper once upon a time long long ago ...
Monday, December 3, 2007
Voting Counts --Democrats' accusations of security breaches by the Pima County Elections Division go to trial next week by Dave DevineGood interview with Bill Risner here.
At a trial beginning Tuesday, Dec. 4, attorney Bill Risner is expected to paint an extremely unflattering portrait of internal security within Pima County's Elections Division.
Risner--representing the local Democratic Party--hopes to secure outside oversight of vote-counting procedures, and is asking Judge Michael Miller to order the county to provide copies of its election databases to all major political parties.
Citing a prohibition on pretrial publicity, Pima County attorneys declined to discuss the case in detail. But Chris Straub, of the County Attorney's Office, did say: "We believe the (databases) are confidential."
Risner counters: "The election computer is fraught with security problems and can easily be rigged or manipulated by insiders."
. . .
... [The Republicans] greatest fear is that if the Democrats do win,
It would probably also mean a national health-insurance program that would irrevocably expand government involvement in the economy and American life, and itself make voters less likely to turn toward conservatism in the future.I think that sentence contains a grim truth for progressives: the right will fight any health reform tooth and nail. They believe — and so do I — that the implications of universal coverage would extend far beyond health care, that it would revitalize the New Deal idea. And so they’ll do anything to stop it. ... will the Democrats and the people of the United States let the Republicans destroy the American peoples' future to further line the pockets of the greedy and the corrupt?
The Plot to Seize the White House" by Jules Archer It's an incredible 1974 book, re-released earlier this year (2007, about the conspiracy of US financial barons to stage a military coup to overthrow FDR in 1934. The connections to current corporate ambitions make it very pertinent to US politics today. And it's a very good read, very detailed and well researched by historian Archer.
... Under the Republican faux-libertarianism that finds its current crown princes in figures like Grover Norquist and Ron Paul, government can indeed be ably used as an enforcing tool of bigotry, but not of tolerance; government can indeed be used as a valid tool of industry against citizenry, but not the reverse; government, most of all, is a failure by its mere existence -- unless it serves their own thinly drawn purposes, of course. It is the shallowest and most crass interpretation possible of societal good and, indeed, of civilization, which goes to explain why it is so popular among certain groups.
Calling Bush stupid is certainly satisfying. It is, in a number of respects true; for Bush’s ideas are original in approximately the way tape recorders play back sounds never heard before. And originality is a sign of genius. Furthermore, it is a habit of the educated middle class meritocracy to equate stupidity with failure. So by calling Bush stupid we call him a failure. There certainly are ways in which the Bush administration failed. But we do ourselves a great disservice in dwelling on this idea; for it is not the ways in which Bush has failed but the ways he has succeeded that will define the most dangerous legacy of the administration. [...] I have long argued that the Iraq war is nothing but a distraction. It is what we talk about because we understand it. But the Iraq war is not the central thrust of the Dubya administration. It is the Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act, and the remarkably blatant attempts to undermine or subvert every part of the federal government that have been the main business of the administration. The remarkable level of success came, in part, because we have for the duration of his term seen Dubya as an idiot, an underachiever, a spoilt golden-boy.
It’s time we behave more intelligently.
... being less crazy than the Republicans is not a policy. ... nor a recommendation. If only Democratic politicians would allow this concept through their skulls.
Sunday, December 2, 2007
So why choose a derogatory term for a decision or choice being made by a female bird when so many other non-derogatory, and more scientific, terms are available?
What corporations don't like, the Arizona legislature outlaws.
Consequently since 1997 the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is prohibited by law from suggesting anything at all unless
the information is "competent and reliable and based on a test, analysis, research, study or other evidence that yields accurate and reliable results"Arizonans are strong and resouceful and independent and don't need no stinking environment anyway. Arizonans just love using the more expensive and caustic heavily marketed products instead of cheaper and less caustic products.
"Because there is no industry to test whether a little soapy water helps with aphids or whether boric acid will help with cockroaches … and because these products are not 'registered' as pesticides, they cannot recommend most of this in lieu of some nasty chemical that we know kills stuff, but is bad for people or the environment," said Sandy Bahr, a Sierra Club lobbyist in Phoenix.Anything the corporate mafia desires ... just let our legislatures know your latest wish.
From Wikipedia: Inulin
Inulin is used increasingly in foods because it has unusual nutritional characteristics. It ranges from completely bland to subtly sweet and can be used to replace sugar, fat, and flour. This is particularly advantageous because inulin contains a third to a quarter of the food energy of sugar or other carbohydrates and a sixth to a ninth of the food energy of fat. It also increases calcium absorption and possibly magnesium absorption, while promoting intestinal bacteria. Nutritionally, it is considered a form of soluble fiber, and it is important to note that consuming large quantities (particularly for sensitive and/or unaccustomed individuals) can lead to gas and bloating. Inulin has a minimal impact on blood sugar, making it generally considered suitable for diabetics and potentially helpful in managing blood sugar-related illnesses.
The entire list of ingredient of this additive enhanced soy milk is as follows: Trader Joe's SOY Essential Soy Beverage
- Organic Soymilk (filtered water, whole organic soybeans)
- Filtered Water
- Calcium Carbonate
- Organic Flaxseed Oil
- Natural Flavors (ed. we get to guess what this might be)
- Sea Salt
- Vitamin A Palmitate
- Vitamin D2
- Riboflavin (B2)
- Vitamin B6
- Folic Acid
- Vitamin B12
That's all well and good. I will try this product since I keep looking for a usable unsweetened soy drink [added 12/3/07: ... that is one that doesn't need refrigeration until opened. Trader Joe's has a perfectly good unsweetened Organic soy milk in the refrigeration section].
In google-ing 'inulin' I encountered the following article which I think should raise concerns about the mind set of those who see themselves in the business of 'designing' our food.
Thoroughly Modern Milk by Cindy HazenAnd more about inulin:
One of the leading inulin makers, Orafti has been influential in building the science behind this ingredient, backing the research on inulin's interaction with calcium.Last December the Guardian Unlimited produced a Special Report called What's Wrong with our food: Just add milk ... among other things
Vitamins were first added to breakfast cereals in the early 1930s, first the "sunshine vitamin" D, and later fragile, heat-sensitive B vitamins, and vitamin C and iron. A new wave of fortification is coming. Inulin, known to the food industry until recently as a bulking agent, is now added as a "prebiotic", and companies are looking at adding omega-3 fatty acids such as DHA. There are technical difficulties - the long chain molecules in DHA can be damaged by high temperatures and pressure processes. Firms have worked out how to take a dairy protein and carbohydrate to form a slurry with tuna oil, which is spray dried to encapsulate DHA.Enjoy!
Saturday, December 1, 2007
... as Ms. Gargulinski pointed out, with Tucson becoming a major drop-off point for Mexican drug cartels, many of which are now allied with Colombian drug runners, law-abiding citizens who have lived in the same neighborhood for decades may face a danger they aren't ready to handle.How many in the U.S. understand that we created this mess our very selves? AND we keep it going. For this war, we sacrifice lives and expend countless dollars and destroy futures and destabilize countries.
You can study for your concealed-carry permit and train to use your .45 automatic Colt pistol, but if the drug dealers wrongly hit your front door instead of the correct one - out of the 85 identical floor plans in your subdivision - they may be armed with the same guns and grenades as the Israeli army. What is worse, they are prepared to pull the trigger.
You aren't. Neither am I. I have guns enough to withstand a rampaging herd of buffalo, maybe even fight off a gang of cattle rustlers, but if a carload of Colombians - their heads full of meth and their AR-15s full of armor-piercing ammo - kicks in my front door because their computer software got my address mixed up with the house next door, which is six miles away, I'm toast.