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2016-05-01 12:09 by Karl Denninger
in Corruption , 267 references
 

This sort of article infuriates me.

Fructose alters hundreds of brain genes, which can lead to a wide range of diseases.

A range of diseases, from diabetes to cardiovascular disease, and from Alzheimer’s disease to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, are linked to changes to genes in the brain. A new study by UCLA life scientists has found that hundreds of those genes can be damaged by fructose, a sugar that’s common in the Western diet, in a way that could lead to those diseases.

The essence of the claim is that fructose, in elevated amounts, is a poison.

Now some fructose is inherently in anything that is both natural and sweet.  But then again there is a natural amount of all sorts of things present in various foods that are dangerous when concentrated.

This claim, if true, would instantly implicate any food producer who intentionally concentrated fructose into something they sold as a food -- in other words, anything with "high fructose corn syrup" in it.

It is a pretty-clean argument, in fact, that selling such a "food" is actually selling a poison.

What this article then goes on to claim, however, is that Omega-3 fatty acids, specifically DHA (one of them), can reverse that damage.

The upshot?  That we should effort to obtain more DHA in our diet.

Huh?  That's like arguing that if your house is on fire instead of putting it out you should wear a Nomex suit and slather on Silvadene for the burns you receive!

The real question studies like this raise is why we're not seeing indictments alleging that these so-called "food companies" are in fact selling metabolic poisons, much like you'd charge someone with selling rat poison as a "food."

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2016-04-14 13:59 by Karl Denninger
in Corruption , 354 references
 

Nothing like a little palm-greasing that fails to materialize for folks who were apparently being paid off to show up...

Footwear giant New Balance reportedly was promised a shot at landing a huge military contract in exchange for dropping its public opposition to an Obama-touted trade deal -- but now the Boston-based company is lashing out, claiming the Pentagon has reneged on the deal.

“We swallowed the poison pill that is TPP so we could have a chance to bid on these contracts,” Matt LeBretton, a New Balance VP, told the Boston Globe. 

Wait a minute.... what?

Is that legal?  Bribery from the executive branch?

I thought bribery was illegal....... I guess in certain cases, if your name is Obama, it's not eh?

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Here it is again....

THE RESTAURANT’S CHALKBOARD makes claims as you enter from the valet parking lot. At the hostess stand, a cheery board reads, “Welcome to local, farm-fresh Boca.”

Brown butcher paper tops tables and lettuces grow along a wooden wall. In a small market case, I see canned goods from here and produce from somewhere. Check the small print: blackberries from Mexico and blueberries from California.

Local, farm-fresh eh?

Yeah.

Read the article.  This is endemic, and it's all part of the business of business these days.  Fraud.

See, there's next to zero enforcement, perhaps a few small fines here and there.  But nothing more.  Serving someone alleged veal when it's actually pork doesn't get you thrown in prison.  Maybe it gets you hit with a few hundred dollar fine -- if you get caught.

With fish this has been a problem forever, especially with premium species.  I've sent more than one plate of "grouper" back over the years since coming to Florida.  See, I catch grouper when I fish on my own and I know what it tastes like.  If you serve me tilapia I might not be able to identify it as tilapia, but I sure as hell will know it's not grouper, assuming it's not drowned in some sauce.

Have I been "quietly" had from time to time?  Probably.  But I tend to eschew, for the most part, the so-called "kitchy" so-called "farm-to-table" places.  There's one mentioned in the referenced article I actually have eaten at more than once, and it was good.  But was it really "farm to table"?  I don't know and neither does anyone else, most of the time.

This much I can tell you for certain though -- I paid more than I would have for an equivalent plate of food from somewhere else that didn't make those claims.  And I went for the ambiance and the company of the person I was with as much as the food..... however, lies are lies.

Why does anyone put up with this?  Why do you put up with it, to not put too fine a point on it?

After all, without you whipping out your wallet and fawning over these kitchy places they wouldn't be around making these claims.  But they are, and they do.

Maybe you should think twice before you spend money in one of these places again, given the odds you're not getting what you were sold, and nobody, and I do mean nobody, goes to jail for ripping you off like this.

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