Ammonia “flavor” beef new taste treat from USDA

whose “watchdog” are they

DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE . . . It would be helpful before “we” choose to believe these federal “watchdogs” are looking out for “our” interest we demand these watchdogs submit to full, open, timely disclosure and transparency tests. After that it’s merely a simple matter to follow the money then you and I can not say we were fooled…?

Public interest groups on Monday will call for federal antitrust watchdogs to investigate an industry-wide strategy by television service providers that they say will strap users to unnecessarily high monthly subscription fees and stifle competition. …By Cecilia Kang …Washington Post Staff Writer … Monday, January 4, 2010 … EXCERPTED …

Free Press and other public advocacy groups are sending letters Monday to the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission calling for a probe of the “TV Everywhere” plan by cable, satellite and phone companies that brings television shows and movies to computers and devices, but only for those that subscribe to both television and high-speed Internet services.
The result, the groups say, would allow Comcast, Time Warner Cable, AT&T, Verizon and Direct TV to unfairly maintain dominance over the burgeoning online video industry by elbowing out online video competitors such as Apple, Hulu and Vuze. Comcast and Time Warner Cable, the nation’s largest cable service providers, declined to comment. The Justice Department and the FTC did not respond to requests Sunday for comment.
Cable companies are by far the largest providers of paid video services. Comcast, the nation’s biggest cable and Internet service provider, launched its version of TV Everywhere, called XFinity, two weeks ago, allowing subscribers of Internet and television services to access some shows — such as “Mad Men” and “Entourage” — for free over computers and devices. Time Warner Cable and other television service providers are conducting trials of similar services and are expected to follow suit.
The public interest groups allege collusion between video service providers such as Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox, Verizon and Direct TV to keep video content behind a subscription-based pay wall.
Programmers of content — Viacom and NBC Universal, for example — are inclined to keep traditional business arrangements with cable and satellite video companies who have subscription fees and a guaranteed audience that advertisers like, according to the public interest groups. As such, they are “starving” new competitors to cable and satellite firms such as Boxee and Vuze who need access to choice shows and movies to attract viewers.
Kyle McSlarrow, chief executive of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, disagreed with the claims of collusion. He said TV Everywhere strategies give free online content to subscribers.
“The fact that market participants are experimenting with models in addition to fee- or advertiser-supported models is not a sign of anti-competitive conduct,” he said. “It is a sign of a dynamic and rapidly changing market in which no one knows the ultimate outcome.”
Hulu, with 44 million viewers, is a broadcast industry collaborative that puts some television shows online for free. But the online service is struggling to make money.
“The old media giants are working together to kill off innovative online competitors and carve up the market for themselves,” said Marvin Ammori, a law professor at the University of Nebraska and senior adviser to Free Press. Ammori wrote a report submitted to Justice and the FTC on how TV Everywhere could affect video distribution online.
The public interest groups point to reports by the general media and trade publications that say cable, satellite and telecommunications providers met secretly to launch the TV Everywhere initiative. The competitors agreed to divide markets, raise prices, tie products and exclude new competitors, Ammori wrote in his report.
The letters by the public interest groups come at a pivotal time for the television and movie industries. Comcast is seeking regulatory approval of its $30 billion merger with NBC Universal, which would marry the nation’s largest cable and broadband Internet service provider with a media powerhouse. The combined company would control about one in five hours of television content.
At the Consumer Electronics Show later this week, a major theme will be online entertainment and innovations in the distribution of television and movies over devices and computers. On Friday, a federal court will hear oral arguments in Comcast’s appeal of a federal ruling against it for blocking the online file-sharing application BitTorrent on its Internet network. Consumer groups say BitTorrent was in direct competition with Comcast for video services.
“TV Everywhere is designed to eliminate competition at a pivotal moment in the history of television,” Ammori said. “The antitrust authorities should not stand by and let the cable cartel crush Internet TV before it gets off the ground.”
Albert Foer, president of the American Antitrust Institute, said that if regulators investigate, they will explore how the industry plans could be a collaborative effort to restrain trade

These commissions who are reputed to be “watchdogs” for you and me are predominately loaded with members of the cartel … ‘the-military-industrial-congressional-for-profit-corporate-banksters” … the very ones whose foot is on your throat right now.

Believe if you are foolish enough anything short of a “white-wash” will be reported. The truth will never see the light of day if left in these “watch-dogs” hands.

“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear” … Harry S. Truman

“watchdog” for whom

DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE . . . As you peruse this list of heinous health concoctions I invite you to contemplate precisely who those “watchdogs” are reputedly looking out for your health…?

The Fast Food Industry’s 7 Most Heinous Concoctions … By Brad Reed, AlterNet …Posted on August 27, 2009, Printed on January 4, 2010 …http://www.alternet.org/story/142237

Although the organic movement has certainly started to influence how Americans think about their food, it is still no match for the American fast food industry, which continuously finds creative new ways of piling sugar, salt and fat on a plate and charging customers $4.99 for the privilege of eating it.

No. 7 – The Krispy Kreme Doughnut Sundae …Two years ago, the brain trust at Krispy Kreme decided to answer the age-old question of how to make ice cream sundaes even less healthy. The solution, it turns out, is to remove bananas, strawberries or anything that looks remotely like it might contain nutrients, and replace it with a doughnut.

No. 6 – Starbucks’s Mocha Coconut Frappuccino Blended Coffee With Whipped Cream …At first glance, the Starbucks Mocha Coconut Frappuccino Blended Coffee with whipped cream doesn’t seem to belong on this list. After all, its 550 calories and 22 grams of fat pale in comparison to some of the burgers and pizzas we’ll encounter a little bit later. But then you remember that the Frappuccino is supposed to be a breakfast drink. As in, something you drink the first thing in the morning while you eat your cereal. And then you understand that if you’re willing to consume one-fourth of your daily caloric intake before you even arrive to work, there’s nothing to stop you from wolfing down a 1,200-carlorie KFC Double Down (see Item No. 2) for lunch and dinner.

No. 5 — Cheeseburger Fries …These treats were apparently made for people who love eating cheeseburgers and fries but who don’t want to go through the hassle of mashing them together into a fine paste. Cheeseburger fries gained national attention when the New York Times reported that they had become a mini-sensation in the Midwest. The fries, said the Times, were “made of a meat-and-cheese compound” that was “breaded, then deep fried and served with ketchup or barbecue sauce.” The caloric intake for these beasts was 75 calories per fry, meaning that eating 10 of them would account for more than a third of your daily intake.

No. 4 – The KFC Famous Bowl … KFC has a long and proud history of making Americans morbidly obese, but the company reached a new high in 2007 when it unleashed its Famous Bowl upon the world. The Bowl is really a variation on a classic American method of cooking that involves taking a bunch of unhealthy goo from different sources and then slopping them all into a bowl. In this particular example, KFC threw together mashed potatoes, corn, fried chicken, gravy and cheese to create a 720-calorie horror that contains 1 1/2 times your daily fat allowance. The thought of joylessly plowing through the Bowl’s starchy potatoes, greasy gravy and processed cheese sounds about as soulless and monotonous as working in a puppy-slaughtering factory.

No. 3 — Hardee’s Monster Thickburger ..Simply put, the Monster Thickburger is a fat, sloppy middle finger aimed at nutritionists everywhere. Clocking in at an artery-blowing 1,420 calories and 107 grams of fat, the Thickburger premiered in 2004, when McDonald’s and Burger King were starting to sell out and offer their customers salads. In defending his decision to sell such a gaping monstrosity, Hardee’s CEO Andrew Puzder played George W. Bush to McDonald’s and Burger King’s John Kerry, essentially calling them out as wimps who didn’t have the balls to dramatically shorten their customers’ life expectancy with just one meal. Specifically, he said the Thickburger was “not a burger for tree-huggers” but rather “for guys who want a really big, delicious, juicy decadent burger.” Yes, gents, nothing will show the ladies how manly you are quite like a belly made entirely of butter.

No. 2 — The KFC Double Down ..Apparently determined to take the Atkins Diet to its most insane and illogical conclusion, KFC has released a new sandwich that succeeds in eliminating carbohydrate-packed bread by replacing it with two slabs of fried chicken. And oh yeah, in between the chicken they lay down heaping gobs of bacon and Swiss and pepper pack cheese. The KFC Double Down is really the ideological heir to the Thickburger, as it was seemingly designed for the sole purpose of pissing off nutrition advocates

No. 1 — Domino’s Oreo Cookie Pizza …Sure, everybody loves pizza. But what do you do when traditional pizza has lost its magic? How do you retain your love for it when all the fatty toppings — pepperoni, buffalo chicken, Alfredo sauce and so forth — just aren’t satisfying you the way they used to? If you’re Domino’s, you take one of the world’s least-healthy cookies and couple it with large doses of frosting to cover an entire pizza crust. Were Dr. Jack Kevorkian still practicing his trade, he’d surely use consumption of the Oreo pizza as his preferred method of assisted suicide. Truly, the only way this sucker could be any worse would be to put it in blender with a bucket of cheeseburger fries and then pour the resulting mixture into a bowl and then cover it with processed cheese.

MORE DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE … USDA … FDA … APHIS … CNPP … FNS … NIFA … (and a host of others all available for your observation at … http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usdahome

Now contemplate who heads each of these agencies, who staffs, them and where they came from prior to taking these governmental “watchdog” jobs…? I’ll give you three guesses, if you need more than one, I strongly suggest you report to the principal’s office to be fitted for a “dunce-cap”…?

By choice we are permitting … the fox to guard the hen house and we choose to remain oblivious to our individual detriment.

If we want “change” we must bring it about … do not wait for those currently serving in our city, county, state or federal as their allegiance has been bought by others.

“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear” … Harry S. Truman

“big” pharma won’t lie

DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE . . . Allow me to be a bit of assistance, please do not read the following if you believe that “big-pharma” would not lie as I do not want to pop the bubble of ignorance in which you choose to survive.

Note, I did not say, live, merely survive. These types of articles are not meant to scare on the contrary hopefully they will spark doubt. In this case doubt can be the spring-board to bring about questions. And hopefully the questions which well up in you cause you to demand answers. And not just any answer, but answers which are provided to you in a clear, concise, understandable, fully open, timely, fully transparent manner of disclosure.

QUESTIONCan These Household Chemicals Crush Your Son’s Masculinity…?

…Posted by: Dr. Mercola … December 19 2009 …. EXCERPTED …

Elevated levels of two plastic-softening chemicals in pregnant women’s urine are linked to less-masculine play behavior by their sons several years later, according to a study published in the International Journal of Andrology. Phthalates, which are used in everything from vinyl floors to plastic tubing and soaps and lotions, are pervasive in the environment and have increasingly become associated with changes in development of the male brain as well as with genital defects, metabolic abnormalities and reduced testosterone in babies and adults. Phthalates are one of several groups of chemicals that have the power to disrupt the endocrine system, both in animals and humans. Nicknamed “gender-benders,” these chemicals are causing the males in many species to become feminized.

Are Men Becoming an Endangered Species? According to a report issued by ChemTrust last year, HALF of all male fish in British lowland rivers have been found to grow eggs in their testes! And that’s just one eye-opening example of the impact these gender bender chemicals are having on our environment. Their study lists the symptoms found in each of the numerous species tested, which includes testicular cancer, hermaphrodites, genital deformations, low sperm counts, and infertility.

Why Pregnant Women Need to Become More Health Conscious … Two studies published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives in 2003 found that pregnant women who are exposed to phthalates may be at risk of shortened pregnancy. Women who were exposed to the chemicals gave birth more than one week earlier than women who were not exposed to them.

Although it’s not clear exactly how phthalates impact the developing fetus, it’s believed they may play a role in inducing an intrauterine inflammatory process, which is a well-established risk factor for premature birth. In addition, the more a pregnant woman is exposed to high levels of phthalates, the greater the risk her son will have smaller genitals and incomplete testicular descent, leading to impaired reproductive development. The chemical also appears to make the overall genital tracts of boys slightly more feminine.
It is believed that phthalates have these adverse effects because they reduce testosterone synthesis by interfering with an enzyme needed to produce the male hormone. This raises yet another worry: What if they also alter other biological processes dependent on this hormone? Why wouldn’t they? This latest study adds to the growing body of evidence showing the harmful effects these chemicals have on males in particular.

Women who had higher concentrations of two types of phthalates (DEHP, and DBP) also had boys who appeared more feminized in their personality, while playing. The presence of phthalates in the mothers was not associated with any differences in the girls’ play behavior. However, that is NOT an indication that phthalates are “safe” for women.

They also affect women’s endocrine systems and reproductive health although the effects are different between the genders. The glands of your endocrine system and the hormones they release influence almost every cell, organ, and function of your body. It is instrumental in regulating mood, growth and development, tissue function, metabolism, as well as sexual function and reproductive processes. One indication that this is an issue for both male and female is that infertility is on the rise. Girls are also reaching puberty earlier than ever before.

Common Sources of Phthalates … Phthalates, or “plasticizers,” are a group of industrial chemicals used to make plastics like polyvinyl chloride (PVC) more flexible and resilient. They’re one of the most pervasive of the endocrine disrupters.
Phthalates are found in, among other things:
• Processed food packaging
• Hoses
• Raincoats
• Shower curtains
• Vinyl flooring and wall coverings
• Lubricant and adhesives
• Detergents
• Beauty products like nail polish, hair spray, shampoo, deodorants, and fragrances
• Toys

Other Gender-Bender Chemicals to Watch Out For …Endocrine disrupting chemicals are everywhere these days and can be difficult to avoid unless you take decisive steps to limit or eliminate them from your immediate surroundings. This is particularly important if you are pregnant, or planning a pregnancy. Reading labels is a necessity these days. PVC plastics, which contain phthalates, will oftentimes carry the plastic recycling symbol # 3. Some of the other gender-bender agents to look out for include:
• Bisphenol A (BPA) — a common ingredient in many plastics, including those in reusable water bottles and resins lining some food cans and dental sealants, can change the course of fetal development in a way that increases your risk of breast cancer.
Plastic items carrying recycling symbol # 7 is oftentimes indicative of a BPA-containing plastic.
• Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) — found in grease- and water-resistant coatings like Teflon and Gore-Tex, is a likely carcinogen.
• Methoxychlor and Vinclozin– An insecticide and a fungicide respectively, have been found to cause changes to male mice born for as many as four subsequent generations after the initial exposure.
• Nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) — Known to be potent endocrine disrupters, these chemicals affect gene expression by turning on or off certain genes, and interfere with the way your glandular system works. They mimic the female hormone estrogen, and have been implicated as one reason behind some marine species switching from male to female.
• Bovine growth hormones commonly added to commercial dairy have been implicated as a contributor to premature adolescence.
• Soy products, which are loaded with hormone-like substances.

• MSG — A food additive that’s been linked to reduced fertility.
• Fluoride — This chemical in the

U.S. water supply has been linked to lower fertility rates, hormone disruption and low sperm counts.
For more information about the various health hazards inherent with each of these agents, please click on the individual links above.
How to Minimize Your Exposure to Chemicals That Can Harm Your Unborn Baby …In July 2008, the U.S. Congress finally passed legislation banning six types of phthalates from children’s toys and cosmetics. Legislators in Washington, Vermont and California have also restricted phthalate use in children’s goods, and several major retailers, including Wal-Mart, Toys-R-Us, Lego, Evenflo and Gerber claim they will phase out phthalate-laden toys voluntarily.
Yet, so many more products contain endocrine disruptors of varying types, it’s far easier to memorize the healthiest options, rather than compiling a never-ending list of items to avoid.

Here are a number of practical techniques you can use to limit your exposure to endocrine disruptors, and other common toxins:
 As much as possible, buy and eat organic produce and free-range, organic foods to reduce your exposure to pesticides and fertilizers. Rather than eating conventional or farm-raised fish, which are often heavily contaminated with PCBs and mercury, supplement with a high-quality purified fish or krill oil, or eat fish that is wild-caught and lab tested for purity.

 Eat mostly raw, fresh foods, steering clear of processed, prepackaged foods of all kinds. This way you automatically avoid artificial food additives of all kinds, including dangerous artificial sweeteners, food coloring and MSG.

 Store your food and beverages in glass rather than plastic, and avoid using plastic wrap.

 Have your tap water tested and, if contaminants are found, install an appropriate water filter on all your faucets (even those in your shower or bath).

 Only use natural cleaning products in your home.
 Switch over to natural brands of toiletries such as shampoo, toothpaste, antiperspirants and cosmetics. The Environmental Working Group has a great safety guide to help you find personal care products that are free of phthalates and other potentially dangerous chemicals.

 Avoid using artificial air fresheners, dryer sheets, fabric softeners or other synthetic fragrances.

 Replace your Teflon pots and pans with ceramic or glass cookware.

 When redoing your home, look for “green,” toxin-free alternatives in lieu of regular paint and vinyl floor coverings.

 Replace your vinyl shower curtain with one made of fabric.

What I did not say is that you will like receiving the information nor find it easy to digest.

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act…George Orwell

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