February 2010 -







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Feb 10

We Are Change


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Feb 10

Man Bulldozes Own Home, Rather Than Bank Seize It


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Feb 10

Mark Dice Mails His Garbage To Glenn Beck


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Feb 10

Is There Sh*t in Your Salad? 39% of Bagged Salads Have Too Much Fecal Bacteria

First the soda fountains at fast food restaurants, and now this–Consumer Reports has just published an investigation revealing that 39% of the packaged salads tested contained “bacteria that are common indicators of poor sanitation and fecal contamination.” And this despite the fact that such bagged salads often display claims of ‘prewashed’ or ‘triple-washed’ and attract customers who consider them cleaner and safer.

Consumer Reports tested 208 different salads from 16 brands, and they note that they didn’t find any seriously dangerous pathogens like salmonella or E. coli–though they do mention in passing that the Dept. of Agriculture typically finds traces of salmonella in 2 out of every 4,000 salads tested.

Instead, CR was looking for “total coliforms and for other bacteria, including enterococcus, that are better indicators of fecal contamination.” The reason for the test was that currently, while there are federal limits on the amount of “indicator” bacteria that can be legally found in water, milk, raw meats, and processed foods, there’s no such standard for produce. And so, CR set out to discover whether there was sh!t in your salad (or at least, bacteria that commonly, though not necessarily, forms in feces). Here’s what they found:

Several industry experts we consulted suggested that for leafy greens, an unacceptable level of total coliforms or enterococcus is 10,000 or more colony forming units per gram (CFU/g) or a comparable estimate. In our tests, 39 percent of samples exceeded that level for total coliforms and 23 percent for enterococcus.

Some samples registered up to 1 million CFU/g. Which is a lot of bacteria per gram of greens.

To clarify, just because a sample contains coliform bacteria, this does not mean there is literally feces in your salad–nor does it mean that this bacteria necessarily grew in crap. But high levels of such indicator bacterias like coliforms and enterococcus mean that there’s a higher chance there was some fecal contamination or poor sanitation practices.

Naomi Starkman over at the Huffpo Green quotes Dr. Michael Hansen, the publisher of CR: “Although these ‘indicator’ bacteria generally do not make healthy people sick, the tests show not enough is being done to assure the safety or cleanliness of leafy greens.”

The last of the bad news is that there’s no one brand that tested particularly highly–all tested pretty much the same in their range levels of coliform bacteria, from high to low.

There is good news to all this, in my mind–it might help dispel the myth that bagged salads are somehow ‘cleaner’ than loose salads. There’s really no reason to be buying salad wrapped in plastic, though I’m sure there are extenuating circumstances I’m not thinking of at the moment. It might be high time to forget about bagged, plastic-wrapped salads.

Source-http://www.alternet.org/story/145526/is_there_sh*t_in_your_salad_39%25_of_bagged_salads_have_too_much_fecal_bacteria


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Feb 10

Nation March On D.C. March 20


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Feb 10

Ron Paul 2010 CPAC SPEECH


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Feb 10

Real List Of Countries On Verge Of Bankruptcy

Let’s talk a bit about these supposedly broke governments that have been reaching insolvency, and in cases like Iceland in 2006 and Argentina in 2001, have declared bankruptcy. It seems to most, as it would to anyone not ideologically retarded, that for all the public “brokeness” going on, there is always enough money for a bailout for some big bosses. Indeed, there’s never a shortage of money (or credit; whatever you want to call it) when it comes to buying up some big boss’ bad debt, or fleecing the public purse to provide him (them) with a fat tax cut so they can “create jobs” (see: off shore, low wage). Continue reading →


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Feb 10

Facing Forcelosure, Man Screws Bank By Bulldozing Home

(ByJoshua Holland)Like many people, Terry Hoskins has had troubles with his bank. But his solution to foreclosure might be unique.

Hoskins said he’s been in a struggle with RiverHills Bank over his Clermont County home for nearly a decade, a struggle that was coming to an end as the bank began foreclosure proceedings on his $350,000 home.

“When I see I owe $160,000 on a home valued at $350,000, and someone decides they want to take it – no, I wasn’t going to stand for that, so I took it down,” Hoskins said.

Hoskins said the Internal Revenue Service placed liens on his carpet store and commercial property on state Route 125 after his brother, a one-time business partner, sued him.

The bank claimed his home as collateral, Hoskins said, and went after both his residential and commercial properties.

Hoskins said he’d gotten a $170,000 offer from someone to pay off the house, but the bank refused, saying they could get more from selling it in foreclosure.

Hoskins told News 5’s Courtis Fuller that he issued the bank an ultimatum. “I’ll tear it down before I let you take it,” Hoskins told them.

And that’s exactly what Hoskins did…

“As far as what the bank is going to get, I plan on giving them back what was on this hill exactly (as) it was,” Hoskins said. “I brought it out of the ground and I plan on putting it back in the ground.”

[Via John Cole]

Hoskins told reporters he was sending a message and wanted to “make banks think twice before they try to take someone’s home.” According to the article, he’s thinking about razing the building housing his business as well.


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Feb 10

America’s Most Miserable Cities 2010

The city of Cleveland has had a colorful history. The Cuyahoga River, which runs through the city, famously caught fire in 1969 thanks to rampant pollution, and it wasn’t the first time. In 1978 it became the first U.S. city to default on its debts since the Great Depression. Cleveland sports fans have had to endure more anguish than those in any other city. The city has been dubbed with a less than endearing nickname: the Mistake by the Lake.

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This year Cleveland takes the top spot in our third annual ranking of America’s Most Miserable Cities. Cleveland secured the position thanks to its high unemployment, high taxes, lousy weather, corruption by public officials and crummy sports teams (Cavaliers of the NBA excepted). Continue reading →


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Feb 10

Poll Finds PBS Most Trused Name in News

(By Marisa Guthrie)A new poll finds PBS among the most trusted institutions in America and the most trusted name in news. According to an annual poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media, 40% of Americans trust PBS’ news and public affairs programs a “great deal.” Fox News was second at 29% and CNN was third at 27%.

Additionally, when asked to chose whether news coverage, investigations and discussions of major issues on PBS programs was “liberal,” “mostly fair” or “conservative,” 40% chose “mostly fair.” NBC and ABC were second with 33% each followed by CNN (31%), NPR (29%), Fox News (25%) and MSNBC (24%). Continue reading →