The 10 Greediest Americans of 2011

The 10 Greediest Americans of 2011

10. Michael T. Duke, Wal-Mart CEO
9. Paul Hoolahan, Sugar Bowl CEO
8. Robert Iger, Disney CEO
7. Doug Oberhelman, Caterpillar CEO
6. William Weldon, Johnson & Johnson CEO
5. Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs CEO
4. Alan Mulally, Ford Motor CEO
3. Larry Ellison, Oracle CEO
2. Don Blankenship, Former Massey Energy CEO
1. Mark Pincus, Zynga CEO

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Made in China (a.k.a “seriously, you WANT to buy local”)

These are the people we’re sending jobs to, selling our debt to, and buying cheap goods from with which to undercut our own domestic market. This is the value they put on human life, health, and safety. Enjoy!

Chinese melamine scandal widens

The toxic chemical melamine is probably being routinely added to Chinese animal feed, state media has reported.

China On Alert For Milk Tainted With Leather Protein

BEIJING — China has warned dairy producers that inspectors are on alert for fresh milk tainted with the industrial chemical melamine and another toxic substance extracted from leather scraps, state media said Friday.

Both of the substances – melamine and leather-hydrolyzed protein – are used in watered-down milk to make it appear to have normal amounts of protein.

Severe Penalties in China Clenbuterol Pork Scandal

A Chinese court doled out lengthy prison sentences this week, including a suspended death penalty, to five people involved in a clenbuterol-tainted pork scandal, the latest in a series of food safety scares in China.

Recycled cooking oil surfaces at tables

Collecting waste oil has become a lucrative industry in China since prices of edible oil surged between 2007 and 2008, according to a report by the Xinhua News Agency on Saturday.

Glow in the Dark Pork for Dinner

According to Shanghai Daily, last year in February, a number of Changsha residents discovered that the pork they had purchased from supermarkets began to emit a blue glow at night.

After the media caught wind of things, the Changsha Food Safety Commission invited experts to weigh in on the investigation whom said that the “blue glow pork” was caused by secondary bacterial contamination.

New Food Scare: Some Cadmium With Your Rice?

In a recent study, researchers from the Nanjing Agricultural University found 10 to 60 percent of the rice sold in markets in six regions contained cadmium, a heavy metal associated with high blood pressure, fluid accumulation in the lungs and a potentially fatal softening of the bones.

In some samples, the cadmium level was found to be equal to five times of the legal maximum, the researchers said.

It’s a rare day when it takes another depressing report to somewhat counter a string of initial depressing reports, but check this one out…

World wastes 1 billion tons of food a year

Odds are good that a lot of that wasted food comes from China. Saving lives through wasteful living ftw!

“We Are At War! I Believe America Is Part Of The Battlefield! I Hope You Believe It Too!”

Not only is this just disgusting, but they’re misrepresenting what the bill actually does when they say it’s designed solely to address the issue of Al-Qaeda from other countries coming into America. They’re blinding the audience to the reality of what this bill is by only using the trigger words Al-Qaeda and war, to externalize the matter and make anyone listening automatically bias into the speakers’ favor. That’s a sick, twisted psychological spin-job to use.

The DOJ’s escalating criminalization of speech

The DOJ’s escalating criminalization of speech

Let’s be very clear about the key point: the Constitution — specifically the Free Speech clause of the First Amendment — prohibits the U.S. Government from punishing someone for the political views they express, even if those views include the advocacy of violence against the U.S. and its leaders. One can dislike this legal fact. One can wish it were different. But it is the clear and unambiguous law, and has been since the Supreme Court’s unanimous 1969 decision in Brandenburg v. Ohio, which overturned the criminal conviction of a Ku Klux Klan leader who had publicly threatened violence against political officials in a speech.

Throw another log on the fire… the whole article’s a good read.

Judging from the description of Ahmad’s video in the FBI Affidavit (Ahmad’s YouTube account has been removed), the video in question does not go nearly as far as the clearly protected views referenced in the prior paragraph, as it does not explicitly advocate violence at all; indeed, it appears not to advocate that anyone do anything. Rather, the FBI believes it is evocative of such advocacy (“designed as propaganda to develop support for LeT”), which makes this prosecution even more troubling. Apparently, if you string together video and photographs (or words) in a certain way as to make the DOJ think that you’re implicitly trying to “develop support” for a Terrorist group — based on the political ideas you’re expressing — you risk decades of imprisonment.

You might be a terrorist if…

FBI Handout: Communities Against Terrorism: Potential Indicators of Terrorist Activities Related to Military Surplus Stores

Includes such warning signs as “demands privacy”, “pays cash”, “shaves beard or changes hair color”, and “makes bulk purchases of MREs”. The best part:

Some of the activities, taken individually, could be innocent and must be examined by law enforcement individuals in a larger context to determine whether there is a basis to investigate.

could be innocent. Oh no way, there is never a time when a close shave and a cash payment could be innocent. Let’s not get soft on terror here.

Following is the The Cell video on how to spot a terrorist, created in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security:

This one encourages every citizen to report any sign of suspicious terrorist activity, and details a list of activities that should be considered suspect. It’s been quoted widely in the media and always sounds a little bit hysterical, so here’s the source and here’s some of their choicest warning signs straight from the filmhorse’s mouth.

-use of binoculars, multi-use watches, or cameras
-taking notes
-watching police and rescue units arrive to a scene
-asking questions about schools, sports stadiums, or malls (finally a legitimate excuse to never stop to ask directions!)
-applying for a job at a school, sports stadium, or mall
-forgetting your bag in a bus, train, or other public place
-making large purchases with cash, seeking out street trade and “for sale by owner” transactions
-making charitable donations
-leaving your car in an out-of-the-way place
-buying one-time-use cellphones
-exchanging electrical equipment with someone else
-anything which causes any onlooker to have a “gut feeling that something is just not right”

So think carefully the next time you hand your cellphone to someone before writing down a shopping list, then checking to be sure you have enough cash to cover the bill, especially if you intend to buy more than seven days’ worth of food. Because there might be someone across the street who thinks you’ve changed your hair color lately and has a gut feeling that something’s just not right, especially if you’ve cut anyone off in traffic lately who might work for the government and hold a grudge. Because you could be about to vanish for a really long time.

WASHINGTON — In Florida, Sen. Marco Rubio has been attacked as a “traitor.” In Arizona, tea party members protested against Sen. John McCain. In Utah, Occupy demonstrators donned black hoods to stand against “radical and uncalled for constraints on our constitutional rights.”

The uprising is directed at provisions of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, approved by the Senate last week, that would require the military to arrest terrorist suspects in the United States and detain them indefinitely without trial.

Rick Perry’s Viral Video Fail

Rick Perry’s Viral Video Fail

Let’s play a game… see if you can spot how many times in these ads this man is divisive, bigoted, pushing fear of artificially-inflated ‘unAmerican’ threats, or displaying bold assumptions designed to dismiss anyone who isn’t a part of the conservative right. The fact that anyone would run a presidential campaign based on this “if you’re not with us, you’re against us” intolerance, and be considered a legitimate contender by any part of the population, practically skywrites that we’re in trouble here.