"Based on claims made on your product's label," the FDA said in a letter to manufacturer General Mills, "we have determined (Cheerios) is promoted for conditions that cause it to be a drug because the product is intended for use in the prevention, mitigation and treatment of disease."
If the government's enforcement action against Cheerios were to hold up, the cereal would be pulled from grocery shelves and consumers would need a prescription to buy a box of those little oats.
That's unlikely, but experts say the message is clear: There is a new sheriff in town and when it comes to false, misleading and exaggerated labeling, you had better clean up your act.
This is simply silly. Congress just gave the FDA authority over tobacco, and their first target is Cheerios? I can understand an effort to get General Mills to disclose that they funded the studies that reached the conclusions they advertise, but threatening to categorize Cheerios as a drug is about as good a parody of overreaching regulation as anything we could gin up in the blogosphere.
Barack Obama liked to remind us that we're in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, although he's ixnayed the Epression-day talk lately, since his policies seem to be making things worse. Maybe we can focus our attention and our resources on helping companies expand and employ people other than defense lawyers.
What we are seeing is a bitter harvest of public school education. Brainwashed; as it is well known ,you must parrot what is taught in order to graduate. Modern day slavery to conformity. Common sense and real word knowledge are missing the very things necessary to correct this morass of impotence.
It is the winter that refuses to go away in northern Manitoba and most of the eastern Arctic.
Prolonged cold snowy conditions in the Hudson Bay area are expected to obliterate the breeding season for migratory birds and most other species of wildlife this year.
According to Environment Canada, the spring of 2009 is record-late in the eastern Arctic with virtually 100 per cent snow cover from James Bay north as of June 11.
May temperatures in northern Manitoba were almost four degrees C below the long-term average of -0.7, and in early June, temperatures averaged three degrees below normal.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration images confirm snow and ice blanket all of northern Manitoba, part of northern Ontario and almost all of the eastern Arctic as of June 12. U.S. arieal flight surveys confirm the eastern Arctic has no sign of spring so far.
"I have lived in Churchill since the 1950s, and this the latest spring I have ever seen here," said local resident Pat Penwarden. "The spring of 1962 was almost this bad."
Six-foot snowdrifts blocked Churchill-area roads. A thick blanket of snow, in places three- and four-feet deep, coated 90 per cent of the local taiga in northern Manitoba. Ecotourists, who normally flock to northern Manitoba every June to see birds and other wildlife, cancelled their plans this June "in droves," according to local ecotourist specialists. Snowy conditions are largely to blame.
"It is like a winter landscape," said Ruth Baker, a Michigan tourist who spent June 9 to 12 at Churchill. "I couldn't believe the snowdrifts, like mountains of snow".
Researchers confirm that the lateness of the spring of 2009 dooms local birds to a virtually complete reproductive failure.
Right now the eastern seaboard is experiencing a winter-type northeast blow. This variety of storm is exceedingly rare after April 1, and almost unheard of after May 1.
It's the third week of June.
Posted by: no mo uro ||
06/21/2009 5:57 Comments ||
Rember that the buzz words are no longer -- "Global Warming"; but they are "Climate Change". Therefore any deviation from the mean temperature requires massive Government programs, regulation, and intervention. Oh, and making sunscreen a prescription drug.
Major oscillations? What a shithead. Try a major cooling trend here for nearly a decade -- a cooling that has also been noticed on other planets.
Man-made warming? Bull. Try looking at the big orange-yellow ball of fusion plasma up in the sky that provides all the energy hitting this planet in massive amounts daily. It might actually be the thing at hand, not "man made". What an idiot this "expert" is.
Alabama has been running 95-98 degrees aout a week now, not really out of range, but a bit earlier than "Normal".
Posted by: Redneck Jim ||
06/21/2009 20:28 Comments ||
these "experts" conveniently never take into account the trajectory of the earth as it orbits the sun. The minute variances of the earth's orbital movement as it travels closer and farther from the sun impacts the heat factor on the planet & has done so since our planet was formed.
[Mail and Globe] Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai called on Zimbabweans living in Britain to "come home" and help in the country's redevelopment, the Daily Telegraph said on Saturday.
Does he mean the white Zimbabweans? The ones who were stripped of their property by the "government" of "President" Robert Mugabe? Why on earth would they want to do such a thing?
Most of the white farmers stripped of their land in Zimbabwe ended up either in Zambia or Mozambique. The governments there recognized that having smart, hard-working farmers was a plus, not a minus, so they gave the farmers land grants and citizenship/residency. Plus their new citizens are teaching other farmers how to improve their operations.
Most of the black Zimbabweans who fled went either to South Africa or to Britain, depending on their passports. They'll eventually come back when the government isn't of a mind to kill them and theirs anymore, but it's all tribal, so good luck with that one.
Tsvangirai, who is in Britain on a tour of Europe and the United States to woo financial support, said the country had achieved a lot since his Movement for Democratic Change entered a unity government with long-ruling President Robert Mugabe four months ago.
Prime Minister Tsvangirai is the one who lost a wife and a child in separate, but equally suspicious, car accidents in recent months, right?
He urged the estimated one million Zimbabweans living in Britain to help rebuild his country. "The government needs these professionals," he was quoted in the paper as saying.
"And we also need whatever savings they made to help economic development.
It is time to come home."
The conclusion does not follow from the previous two true statements.
Tsvangirai also called on the international community to support Zimbabwe through financial aid. "We need support if we are to avoid sliding back to where we were," he said. "I am telling these leaders that I need to re-establish Zimbabwe's relations with the outside world -- we must be part of the community of nations again and not a pariah state."
He pointed to inflation having been brought down
Really? By how much? If orders of magnitude are not part of the answer, it really isn't meaningful for the purpose of this discussion.
and the re-opening of schools and hospitals.
Have the reopened schools and hospitals been properly staffed and equipped, the staff and bills paid regularly at no more than monthly intervals?
n appeals court in Yemen sentenced to death Sunday a man who shot dead a Jewish compatriot. In March a court ruled the man, Abdul-Aziz al-Abdi, was mentally unstable and sent him to an psychiatric institution, but the victim's father appealed the verdict.
Yehiya bin Yaeesh said his son Mashaa was in the company of four Muslim men when he was shot in the town of Raida in December and had clearly been targeted.
Al-Abdi's lawyers said they would take the case to the Supreme Court, the country's highest judicial body.
Will the country allow the loss of the lucrative resource of its Jews just because the peasants believe what[edit: what's said in] the weekly Friday sermons?
[Bangla Daily Star] Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday blasted senior officials at government offices, saying their negligence in overseeing the activities of subordinates has led to widespread corruption.
[Bangla Daily Star] After trashing a $139 million gas compressors project under the Gas Transmission Company Ltd (GTCL), the Petrobangla chief has recently made a suggestion to the energy ministry that Chevron should install one compressor as a substitute.
Two sisters sustained serious burn injuries with acid thrown by a rejected suitor of one of them Friday night. The culprit, Akash of Bogra Sadar upazila, threw acid when the two sisters were sleeping at their Ranachandi Dakkhinpara village home in Kishoreganj upazila of the district, said family members and locals.
The victims -- Mahmuda Aktar Shimu, 16, and Masuda Aktar Shanto, 22, -- are daughters of Abdul Mannan, a primary school teacher.
Akash became furious as Shimu, a student of Hazipara Hafizia Madrasa in Rangpur district, rejected his 'offer for love and marriage'.
The cad did not offer to the girl's father, or have his father offer for him? Of course a proper young woman would spurn his suit, were she ever so interested. The cad should be horsewhipped through the streets for his presumption, never mind the acid attack.
Shimu came to her village home on Friday and slept with her elder sister Shanto at night when Akash threw acid through the window and fled away before family members and neighbours rushed there hearing scream. Following Shimu, Akash had come to the village that day, sources said.
With serious injuries on the face and other parts of body, the two sisters were rushed to Rangpur Medical College Hospital. They were transferred to the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday noon.
Charge the cad's father for the costs of the girls' medical treatment. We simply cannot allow such behaviour in the very proper Ranachandi Dakkhinpara village in Kishoreganj upazila, wherever that is.
The officer-in-charge of Kishoreganj Police Station said preparation was on to file a case in this connection.
PRAGUE -- The international community's envoy in Bosnia moved Friday to invoke extraordinary legal powers over the country after Bosnian Serb leaders passed legislation that he said undermined the Dayton peace accords, which ended Bosnia's brutal war in 1995.
Aides to the envoy, Valentin Inzko, said the decision to assert special legal authority was necessary to hold the fragile multiethnic country together. Mr. Inzko invoked the special authority, which will take effect on Saturday, to rescind the legislation approved by the Bosnian Serbs' National Assembly, the aides said.
The European Union and the United States are determined to maintain the Dayton agreement, which divided Bosnia and Herzegovina into the Muslim-Croat Federation and the Serbian Republic, with a decentralized political system that appears to have reinforced rather than healed ethnic divisions.
No kidding. Give each group their own fiefdom and then expect them to play nice together. Who would ever have thought that it would work?
Of course, keeping them under one government had already not worked quite spectacularly. This particular Gorgon's knot requires a King Solomon, I fear.
Gorgon's knot: (noun) A hairstyle used by insane women with snakes for hair- the snakes are knotted together and are considered impossible to untangle except by the future ruler of all Asia (Alexander) who must trick the gorgon by disguising himself as a king of the united monarchy of Israel.
[Geo News] TANDO ALHA YAR: With the confirmation of yet another polio case, the total toll of reported polio victims across Sindh province has reached 6 in the current year, Geo news reported. The Director project of IPI Sindh Dr. Mazhar Khamisani told Geo news the fresh case was confirmed in Tando Alha Yar. The case is an eighteen-months-old child Dileep who had received three doses of anti-polio while four cases had been confirmed in Karachi, one in Kunbhar district earlier, taking the total number of confirmed polio cases to 6 in Sindh, sources said.
Posted by: Fred ||
06/21/2009 00:00 ||
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HARTFORD, Conn. A New Jersey blogger is due in a Connecticut courtroom to face a charge of inciting violence against state lawmakers.
Harold "Hal" Turner of North Bergen, N.J., is set to appear in Hartford Superior Court on Monday.
The 47-year-old former radio talk show host, who now broadcasts commentary on his Web site, urged his blog readers earlier this month to "take up arms" against Connecticut lawmakers and suggested government officials should "obey the Constitution or die."
TW, go hit this nut in the head with your cluebat! Might want to ban this guy before he blogs on RB.. LOL
Posted by: 49 Pan ||
06/21/2009 20:13 Comments ||
God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. ... What country before ever existed a century and half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.
Posted by: Thomas Jefferson ||
06/21/2009 23:23 Comments ||
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants."
Rings true today as it did when Jefferson said it...our politicians have ignored the people for way to long and when confronted with the ideals of our founding republic they fall back on abusive powers of govt. The genie that was let loose on this continent 200 years ago will only be put back in the bottle if - we the people - let it. We the people, never more powerfull words yet so fleeting if we do not stand up.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.