Monthly Archives: July 2009

Sausage, Legislation, and HR 2749.

The German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck – not known as a great democrat in his day – is reputed to have said – “There are two things you will never wish to watch: the making of sausage and the making … Continue reading

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Democracy Denied

Steph Larsen, writing in the blog for the Center for Rural Affairs, in Lyons, Nebraska, has some interesting thoughts about HR 2749 in her post of July 29, 2009, Democracy Denied. Excerpt: For those of you who were reading the … Continue reading

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An Analysis of Congressman Dingell’s “Dear Colleague” Letter on HR 2749.

An Analysis of Congressman Dingell’s “Dear Colleague” Letter in Support of HR 2749, the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 prepared by Bob Waldrop, president, Oklahoma Food Cooperative PDF Version After the unexpected defeat of HR 2749 on Wednesday, July … Continue reading

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God help me, I read the whole thing.

God help me, I read the whole thing, all 159 pages of HR 2749 as amended by the House Rules Committee this afternoon.  Someone remind me to drink bourbon before I do something like this again.  As it was, I … Continue reading

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Dodged one bullet — but there’s another one in the chamber, loaded, locked, and aimed

I just received word that HR 2749 — the so-called “Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009″ – failed to receive the 2/3 vote that it needed for passage under the special rules — but it failed by only SIX VOTES.  … Continue reading

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Major threat to local food in Congress TODAY

HR 2749, a so-called “food safety” act, will likely be voted on by the US House of Representatives today. This bill will cause serious problems for local food systems.  Among other things – + It includes a new $500/site fee … Continue reading

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Big banks making out like phat rat.

Day after day this week the news has been headlined about this or that Wall Street financial institution turning in GIGANTIC HUMONGOUS INCREDIBLE profits.  Well, duh.  First you winnow the field a bit by selectively letting some institutions go bankrupty … Continue reading

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The Afghan Genocide

One of the things that happens with wars is that the cost to the civilian population in the war zone is always marginalized to the point of invisibility.  This is why one of the important works of justice and peace … Continue reading

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Yee-haw, Parasites at the Fed Reserve Running Scared

The crooks, thieves, fools, and parasites at the Federal Reserve are running scared and that is good news.  Congressman Ron Paul’s proposal to force transparency upon the actions of the Fed via auditing by the General Accounting Office of the … Continue reading

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Did European vaccine manufacturers conspire to start a swine flu epidemic?

I met Catherine Austin Fitts at the Financial Permaculture Summit I spoke at last year in Hohenwald, Tennessee.  I have been reading her Solari blog since then.  Today she reports a startling allegation that European vaccine makers conspired to start … Continue reading

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