June 11th, 2012

You know; the good ones.

Why Is Big Corn Continuing To Run 'Corn Sugar' Ads Even After FDA Denial?

UPDATE: The Corn Refiners Association has issued a statement to Consumerist. It has been added to the bottom of the post.

It's been more than a week since the FDA issued its ruling against the Corn Refiners Association's petition to have High Fructose Corn Sugar re-named "corn sugar" on food labels. And yet, the CRA continues to flood the basic cable airwaves with ads touting the name and its websites.

(FYI, since the CRA no longer allows embedding of its YouTube ads, here's a link for you to enjoy one of the folksy spots.)

We reached out to the FDA about this, but part of the reason that the CRA was able to run those ads while the petition was pending is because the FDA has no control over ads that are not for specific food products. And since no one is going out and buying HFCS at their local Kroger — though some foods may as well be considered to be pure HFCS — FDA couldn't do anything about it.

Thus it lies in the Federal Trade Commission's lap to decide whether or not these ads are deceptive. Certainly, during the FDA review of the petition, it would have been presumptive for FTC to make such a call. In the wake of the decision, it will have to decide whether or not these ads are making false or misleading claims.

One question it will likely face is whether the CRA's continued use of "corn sugar" is potentially harmful to fructose-sensitive and fructose-intolerant consumers. Currently, "corn sugar" is an acceptable alternative name for dextrose, which these people can eat safely.

In the FDA's denial of the CRA petition, it wrote, "changing the name for HFCS to "corn sugar" could put these individuals at risk and pose a public health concern." What the FTC would need to decide is whether advertising — as opposed to labeling a food product — the "corn sugar" name would also pose this same concern.

We asked the FTC for comment, but the commission says it only issues statements after it has completed an investigation (which doesn't mean there is necessarily an investigation being done on this particular issue).

We twice asked the CRA, which had previously been forthcoming with comments on the issue, to discuss its continued airing of the corn sugar ads and the promotion of cornsugar.com. However, it looks like we are on the CRA's "don't reply to them anymore" list.

The CRA did however, say last week that "the vast majority of American consumers are confused about HCFS," so maybe the association is continuing the company line that these ads are intended to educate the public.

Adam Fox, a sugar industry lawyer involved in the ongoing litigation for the Sugar Association, which has been suing the CRA over corn sugar marketing pretty much since the first ad aired, tells Consumerist that he believes these ads are misinforming the public, "particularly in light of the FDA's statement that calling HFCS sugar 'would not accurately identify or describe the basic nature of the food or its characterizing properties.'"

Fox believes that "calling HFCS 'corn sugar' betrays a willful, deliberate plan to mislead the public."

Only time will tell on which side the courts and/or federal regulators come down.

Statement From CRA President Audrae Erickson:

Our mission is to help consumers understand the simple, indisputable fact that high fructose corn syrup is just another form of sugar. Knowing this information will help them make better decisions about calorie control and consumption. The FDA did not address or question the scientific evidence that HFCS is nutritionally equivalent to table sugar and that the body can't tell the difference between one sugar and another. The continued efforts of the Sugar Association to block our education campaign are nothing more than censorship because they prefer that consumers do not know that HFCS is a sugar.

The Consumerist

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House Homeland Security Chairman Peter King (R-NY) on Sunday refused to confirm the existence of U.S

House Homeland Security Chairman Peter King (R-NY) on Sunday refused to confirm the existence of U.S. drone strikes in other countries, but later insisted that the unmanned flying machines were being used to “carry out the policies of righteousness and goodness.”

During an interview on CNN, host Candy noted that an analysis by the New America Foundation estimated that drone strikes have had an 17 percent civilian casualty rate since 2004.

“Because I’m on the Intelligence Committee, I can’t officially acknowledge that we have a drone program,” King told Crowley. “I’m not concerned [with the casualty rate]. My belief is that when you’re in war — and we are in war — the idea is to kill as many of the enemy as you can with minimal risk of life to your own people. As far as the civilian casualties, every one of those is tragic. But the fact is in every war, there’s a large amount of collateral damage, of civilian casualties — whether it’s World War II, whether it’s the Korean War — and if we were using ordinary explosives, we would also have those type of civilian deaths.”

Crowley pressed King on whether the U.S. would criticize other countries — like Russia — if they began using drones to strike outside their airspace.

“I think we have to assume that the Russians would use drones if they could,” King explained. “Just as we had to assume during the Cold War that they would use nuclear weapons. … I wish we could all live in a world where we could hold hands and love each other. The fact is, that’s not reality. We have an enemy that wants to kill us. I live in New York. I lost over 150 constituents on 9/11, and if we can save the next 150 by killing al Qaeda terrorists with drones then kill them.”

He continued: “We have to assume that there’s always going to be an increase in weapons. This has been the history of mankind. That’s why we have to make sure our defense budget is not weakened and that we stay ahead of the enemy.”

There’s evil people in the world. Drones aren’t evil, people are evil. We are a force of good and we are using those drones to carry out the policy of righteousness and goodness.”

Video at Source

OP: So reminiscent of the 'guns don't kill people, people kill people' argument. *eyeroll* The whole thing is sickening, and so arrogant.

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Brad Sherman’s family portrait, Jewish and goyish editions

If you’re a Jewish voter in the West San Fernando Valley, Rep. Brad Sherman (D - Sherman Oaks) apparently wants you to know just how much he loves his mother.

Two recent mailers sent by the Sherman for Congress campaign to voters in the new 30th district included what might seem, at first glance, to be identical portraits of the candidate’s family. But on closer inspection, one of the photos is missing someone: Sherman’s mother, Lane Sherman.

According to a source close to Rep. Howard Berman’s campaign (because every candidate monitors their opponents’ mailers and advertisements) the mailer with mom went out to Jewish voters.

Here’s how Politico described it:

The mailer on the right is a play for the Jewish vote. Aside from the photo of his mother on the front, there’s a photo of the California congressman with Benjamin Netanyahu on the back, accompanied by the claim that he is a powerful advocate for Israel and a call for tough sanctions on Iran.

The other mailer, the one without mom, that one was for the goyim in the district (who apparently don’t love their mothers as much as Jews do).

According to LAObserved, Grandma Sherman was photoshopped out of the original photo, not in. (Which means she at least got to spend time with the mishpocha in the park.)

Jewish Journal
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Anti-Piracy Patent Aims to Stop Students Sharing Textbooks

Professor's patent strangles textbook sharing on and offline

The realm of academic file-sharing is notorious — is it legal to share these notes, and this is alright because we need it for the course but it’s no longer in print, right? Students sharing textbooks, presentations and notes facilitated by Facebook’s new Group feature came to mind — but now, going beyond the realms of copyright infringement, it may go so far as to lower your grades.

A new patent granted this week aims to stop students from sharing textbooks, both off and online. The patent awarded to economics professor Joseph Henry Vogel hopes to embed the publishing world even further into academia. Under his proposal, students can only participate in courses when they buy an online access code which allows them to use the course book. No access code means a lower grade, all in the best interests of science.

For centuries, students have shared textbooks with each other, but a new patent aims to stop this “infringing” habit.

The patent in question was granted to Professor of Economics Joseph Henry Vogel. He believes that piracy, lending and reselling of books is a threat to the publishing industry.
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David Cameron's daughter Nancy left behind at pub

David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, left their eight-year-old daughter, Nancy, in a pub after having Sunday lunch, Downing Street has confirmed.

She is reported to have spent a quarter of an hour at the Plough Inn at Cadsden, in Buckinghamshire, before Mr Cameron returned to collect her.

Number 10 said the couple had been "distraught" when they realised Nancy was not with them.

It said the incident had happened "a couple of months ago".

The Camerons were at the pub, near the prime minister's country residence, Chequers, with Nancy and their other children Arthur, six, and 22-month-old Florence, as well as two other families.

After leaving, Mr Cameron went home in one car with his bodyguards and thought Nancy was with his wife and their other children in another car.

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Black and White Women Far From Equal Under Title IX

Last week, 20 African-American women with various connections to athletics met in Harlem at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. This was a private event — no stage, no audience — but a gathering of accomplished, like-minded women who had come to tackle the vexing issues of gender and race. The topic was “What’s Not Being Said About the Title IX Anniversary.”

They were diverse. There was an 88-year-old grandmother and a 21-year-old recent college graduate. They were executives of sports foundations and nonprofit groups. A lawyer, a psychologist, coaches, recently retired athletes and grass-roots organizers. They talked about their experiences — and lack of experience — in sports. But the overriding question of the evening was how to widen sports opportunities for black girls when access increasingly hinges on financial resources and a steep time commitment from parents.

This month marks the 40th anniversary of Title IX of the Education Amendments becoming law. On June 23, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon signed into law the statute known as Title IX, which declared, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

This legislation has been monumental in women’s and girls’ sports participation. But the focus of Title IX has been gender equity, not racial equity in women’s sports. The most glaring outcome of the legislation is that white women — as athletes and administrators — have been the overwhelming beneficiaries.

“My idea was to make sure that we tell our own story,” said Tina Sloan Green, the co-founder and president of the Black Women in Sport Foundation, based in Philadelphia. Sloan Green was the first black head coach in women’s college lacrosse, at Temple, from 1973 to 1992. “If we don’t advocate for black women, who will we have to be the first to advocate for ourselves? We have to be the first ones at the table. We have to have some proactive measure for making sure there is increased numbers of African-Americans. We’ve got to take charge of our agenda.”


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It wasn't a gaffe! Romney's comments were just too ~deep~ for you to understand!

Romney Campaign Chair: ‘Taxpayers Really Do Want To Hear There Will Be Fewer Teachers’

Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign isn’t backing off the candidate’s claim that America needs fewer teachers, firefighters, and police officers. Instead, former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu (R), a top Romney campaign surrogate, backed Romney’s call this morning, telling MSNBC that changes in technology and population shifts have made layoffs of teachers and public safety officials necessary.

Romney’s original comments left little room for interpretation. President Obama “says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers,” Romney said Friday. “Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.” But to Sununu, the comments highlighted a “real issue” that showed Romney’s “wisdom,” he told MSNBC’s Chris Jansing today:

SUNUNU: Let me respond as a taxpayer, not as a representative of the Romney campaign. There are municipalities, there are states where there is flight of population. And as the population goes down, you need fewer teachers. As technology contributes to community security and dealing with issues that firefighters have to deal with, you would hope that you can, as a taxpayer, see the benefits of the efficiency and personnel that you get out of that.

JANSING: But even if there’s movement to the suburbs, teachers and policemen are needed somewhere.

SUNUNU: But I’m going to tell you there are places where just pumping money in to add to the public payroll is not what the taxpayers of this country want.

JANSING: Do you think that taxpayers of this country want to hear fewer firefighters, fewer teachers, fewer police officers, from a strategic standpoint?

SUNUNU: If there’s fewer kids in the classrooms, the taxpayers really do want to hear there will be fewer teachers. [...] You have a lot of places where that is happening. You have a very mobile country now where things are changing. You have cities in this country in which the school population peaked ten, 15 years ago. And, yet the number of teachers that may have maintained has not changed. I think this is a real issue. And people ought to stop jumping on it as a gaffe and understand there’s wisdom in the comment.

The facts of many of the layoffs don’t back up Sununu’s claims. Classrooms are busting at the seams because there are fewer teachers, and cities and towns across the country are closing entire public safety departments due to budget cuts. And, as Jansing noted, even if the population shifts were a legitimate argument, teachers and public safety officials are still needed where the population moves.

Federal, state, and local governments have laid off more than 700,000 workers since Obama took office. Had that not happened, the unemployment rate would be a full point lower and the economic recovery would be stronger. To Romney and his campaign surrogates, however, those job losses are a step in “the right direction.”

Source: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/06/11/497293/sununu-romney-public-sector/

I find it funny that while Romney uses the Republicans' win in Wisconsin as 'proof' that the American people want less government, Governor Walker has disagreed, saying that he didn't see teachers, police, and firefighters as 'big government.'

Ottawa girls, 15, face human-trafficking charges; teens lured to prostitution

OTTAWA - Police in Ottawa are calling a case in which two 15-year-old girls are charged with human trafficking "shocking."

They say they have never seen anything like it before, and say neither have their counterparts across the country.

Police allege that on three separate occasions, the girls lured three female victims ranging from 13 to 17 years of age to a city residence for social reasons.

From there, the victims were driven to other locations for the purposes of prostitution.

The accused girls face multiple charges, including human trafficking, robbery, procuring, forcible confinement, sexual assault, assault, uttering threats and abduction.

Police are still looking for a third female suspect they say is age 17.

"Shocking is a great word, because that was our reaction," Staff Sgt. John McGetrick said in an interview.

McGetrick said he could not get into details of the case but said the victims were confined and somehow forced to engage in prostitution.

Police said there was no indication pimps or men played any role.

"We're not aware of anyone else involved," McGetrick said.


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KKK Group Aims To Adopt Highway For Litter Control

ATLANTA — A Ku Klux Klan group is trying to join Georgia's "Adopt-A-Highway" program to clean up litter on a mile-long stretch of road, creating a quandary for state officials hesitant to acknowledge a group with a violent, racist past on a roadside sign.

The International Keystone Knights of the KKK applied last month to adopt part of Route 515 in the Appalachian Mountains. The Georgia Department of Transportation is meeting with lawyers from the state Attorney General's Office on Monday to decide how to proceed.

The program enlists volunteers from groups and companies to pick up trash. Each group that volunteers is named on a sign along the road it adopts.

April Chambers, the KKK group's secretary, said she applied for the program to keep the scenic highway beautiful, not for publicity.

"I live in the mountains and I want to keep them beautiful," Chambers said, adding that tourists frequently litter along the road as they pass through. "We didn't intend on this being big. I don't know why anybody's offended by it."

State Rep. Tyrone Brooks said he welcomes the opportunity to educate Chambers and the group about the Klan's legacy of violence and racism – which he experienced first-hand as a civil rights activist in the fight to end segregation in the South.

"I'd like to sit down with this young lady and say, `Your organization tried to kill me,'" Brooks said Monday, adding that he finds even the notion of a highway sign identifying the Ku Klux Klan as a civic group "insulting and insane."

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