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Got (raw) milk? — disconnect grows between government and the people

From Fredericksburg.com:

Morgan the cow on Capitol hill in Washington D.C. during recent protest. Photo via Overoll.com

“AMERICA, sleep well. After a year of surveillance, an undercover operation, and a pre-dawn raid by gun-toting U.S. marshals, the country is safe from an Amish farmer. Dan Allgyer’s crime? Selling unpasteurized milk to a food co-op in the Washington area.

But raw-milk advocates, the feds are learning, do not go down easily. About 400 people protesting Mr. Allgyer’s arrest arrived on Capitol Hill earlier this month with a cow named Morgan, a milking stool, plastic cups, and plenty of passion. Toasting their favorite drink, they pointed out that the signers of the Constitution also drank raw milk and proclaimed “the right to choose what to eat and drink” without government interference. Continue reading

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Australian suppliers of raw milk as “bath milk” recently fined $53,000

From Sify.com:

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“Australian food authorities are determined to stamp out the sale of raw milk and raw-milk products, claiming it is a highly dangerous and illegal practice.

Though selling unpasteurised milk and cheese for human consumption is illegal, it is still available to buy under names like “bath milk” in certain health-food shops and markets. Continue reading

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Seven year old child’s lemonade stand latest target of crackdown in Oregon

Here’s an excerpt from the story dated Wed. Aug. 4th, from the OregonLive.com news website:

Julie Murphy of Oregon City still smiles about her enterprise despite running afoul of county inspectors for an unlicensed lemonade stand at Last Thursday. Photo: Torsten Kjellstrand / The Oregonian

“It’s hardly unusual to hear small-business owners gripe about licensing requirements or complain that heavy-handed regulations are driving them into the red. Continue reading

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Reasons to ignore the political sideshow

This latest analysis from David E. Gumpert, of The Complete Patient blog:

“This tidbit just a couple days ago from an investment adviser I follow, Richard Russell, who’s been writing a very popular newsletter for upwards of fifty years:

“Do your friends a favor. Tell them to ‘batten down the hatches’ because there’s a HARD RAIN coming. Tell them to get out of debt and sell anything they can sell (and don’t need) in order to get liquid. Tell them that Richard Russell says that by the end of this year they won’t recognize the country. They’ll retort, ‘How the dickens does Russell know — who told him?’ Tell them the stock market told him.” Continue reading

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Is this really local homegrown astroturf?

Is somebody feeling a little defensive?

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Big Food going the way of Big Tobacco

Here’s a significant story from syndicated columnist Ellen Goodman, writing from Boston, but published in the Seattle Times under the title “Tables are turning on Big Food”. 

Will Big Food soon be riding off into the sunset the way Big Tobacco has?

Will "Big Food" soon be riding off into the sunset the way "Big Tobacco" has?

The Times’ preamble: “Now that two-thirds of Americans are overweight, the lethal effects of fat are catching up to those of smoke, writes columnist Ellen Goodman. We are beginning to see that Overweight America is not some collective collapse of national willpower, but a business plan”

Excerpts from the story: “BOSTON — What caught my eye was not just the ashtray sitting forlornly on the yard-sale table. It was the sign that marked it “vintage,” as if we needed to label this relic of midcentury America.

Ashtrays that once graced every airline armrest, coffee table and office have gone the way of spittoons. Today the car’s cigarette lighter is used to juice up the cellphone. Ask any restaurant for the smoking section, and you’ll be shown the doorway.

If I had to pick the year attitudes changed, it would 1994, when seven CEOs of Big Tobacco came before Congress and swore that nicotine wasn’t addictive. A lobby too big to fail and too powerful to oppose began to lose clout. Smokers are no longer seen as sexy and glamorous but as the addicted dupes. Continue reading

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