The FDA (effectively) bans trans fat and mimolette cheese:
The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed measures that would all but eliminate artificial trans fats, the artery clogging substance that is a major contributor to heart disease in the United States, from the food supply.
Under the proposal, which is open for public comment for 60 days, the agency would declare that partially hydrogenated oils, the source of trans fats, were no longer “generally recognized as safe,” a legal category that permits the use of salt and caffeine, for example.\
… early this year, the Food and Drug Administration began holding shipments of Mimolette because of tiny mites on the rind. They deemed the mites an allergen and health hazard and demanded that importers destroy the wheels.
Cheese mites aren’t unique to Mimolette. They thrive on the surface of aging cheeses, creating pockmarks and little piles of rind dust.
Most cheese makers consider them a nuisance and try to control them by brushing the wheels frequently or washing with brine. But Mimolette producers actually encourage these microscopic mites, considering them essential partners in ripening the cheese and producing its distinctive sweet, earthy flavor.
At Hardly Strictly Bluegrass this weekend, my friend remarked that it looked like a refugee camp for privileged white people.
I replied that the right wing nutjobs holding the government hostage are missing a real opportunity: we’re already rounded up.
Here’s Ian MacKaye layin’ it down for us middle-aged punk rockers:
The media are generally too frightened of the right wing smear machine to call things as they actually are, but this article is pretty good.
The current budget brinkmanship is just the latest development in a well-financed, broad-based assault on the health law, Mr. Obama’s signature legislative initiative. Groups like Tea Party Patriots, Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks are all immersed in the fight, as is Club for Growth, a business-backed nonprofit organization. Some, like Generation Opportunity and Young Americans for Liberty, both aimed at young adults, are upstarts. Heritage Action is new, too, founded in 2010 to advance the policy prescriptions of its sister group, the Heritage Foundation.
The billionaire Koch brothers, Charles and David, have been deeply involved with financing the overall effort. A group linked to the Kochs, Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, disbursed more than $200 million last year to nonprofit organizations involved in the fight. Included was $5 million to Generation Opportunity, which created a buzz last month with an Internet advertisement showing a menacing Uncle Sam figure popping up between a woman’s legs during a gynecological exam.
Good things to know: A bunch of front groups for plutocrats bent on securing their hegemony. So far so good.
On Capitol Hill, the advocates found willing partners in Tea Party conservatives, who have repeatedly threatened to shut down the government if they do not get their way on spending issues. This time they said they were so alarmed by the health law that they were willing to risk a shutdown over it. (“This is exactly what the public wants,” Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, founder of the House Tea Party Caucus, said on the eve of the shutdown.)
Who is this Michele Bachmann? Oh yes, the Congresswoman who just said this:
This happened and as of today the United States is willingly, knowingly, intentionally sending arms to terrorists, now what this says to me, I’m a believer in Jesus Christ, as I look at the End Times scripture, this says to me that the leaf is on the fig tree and we are to understand the signs of the times, which is your ministry, we are to understand where we are in God’s end times history.This happened and as of today the United States is willingly, knowingly, intentionally sending arms to terrorists, now what this says to me, I’m a believer in Jesus Christ, as I look at the End Times scripture, this says to me that the leaf is on the fig tree and we are to understand the signs of the times, which is your ministry, we are to understand where we are in God’s end times history.
“Rather than seeing this as a negative, we need to rejoice, Maranatha Come Lord Jesus, His day is at hand,” Bachmann said. “When we see up is down and right is called wrong, when this is happening, we were told this; these days would be as the days of Noah.”
It would have been a discursive but nevertheless informative aside if they’d have referenced the source of that comment as an end-times nutcase.