TSA vs Cupcakes

Folks may know how I like to pick on the cupcake craze because I see it as just one of many boom-bust absurdities that were born during the years of excess spawned by government monetary policy that encouraged and triggered credit addiction and high time preferences. During the boom years, we saw the rise of the cupcake craze, just…

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The FDA Weighs in on Sperm Safety?

The FDA has asked a sperm donor to cease-and-desist in the case of his community service, er, um, sperm donation. Trent Arsenault, a minister’s son from the San Francisco Bay area, just wants to help women who cannot afford governmentized sperm donor banks. Trent has fathered 14 children in five years and has four more bunnies on the way.

The case of Trent Arsenault of Fremont has drawn attention to the practice of informal sperm donation, which physicians and bioethicists call unsafe but some people say is a civil liberties issue.

…The U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent Arsenault a cease-and-desist letter late last year telling him he must stop because he does not follow the agency’s requirements for getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases within seven days before giving sperm.

Violators of FDA regulations on human cells and tissues face up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine, according to guidelines published on the agency’s website.

I can’t help but note how the article makes a point that the FDA’s rules and regulations will make it impossible for Trent ”to keep offering his sperm for free.” That leads me to post this quote from the article:

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No Freedom of ‘Farm to Fork’

Here’s another farm raid that hasn’t made the news. Quail Hollow Farm CSA is a farm in Nevada, about 50 miles north of Las Vegas, that grows and sells fresh food to its CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) members. The philosophy of the owners and the purpose for the CSA is reflected as such:

The purpose for Quail Hollow Farm CSA is fourfold. Number one, it is our desire to be good stewards over our land. Nothing seems more beneficial than to plant a garden and orchard in which we may share the abundance of our harvest with friends and family. The second reason is that we believe that fresh locally-grown fruits and vegetables are indispensable for optimal nutrition and health. The third is a strong desire for self-sufficiency. And lastly, is simply the joy of the whole gardening process: working the soil (literally being grounded,) patiently watching the growing process, the taste of the first ripe tomato, and the harmony of the seasons.  In addition, it is our desire to share this experience with others, offering enjoyable hands-on opportunities to learn the science and skill of gardening and preserving the harvest, and to pass on this knowledge for future generations.

That all sounds evil and barbaric, doesn’t it? On October 21, 2011 farm owners Monte and Laura Bledsoe were holding their first annual Farm to Fork dinner for folks who desired to check out the farm. The dinner is described this way:

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Flu Paranoia Season is Here

The flu paranoia season is upon us, and, as usual, the government-medical complex is ramping up its fear mongering over … the flu. Coughing, sneezing, sore throat, diarrhea, fever, and other simple stuff has been elevated to life-and-death status. When I was a child, no one thought much about the flu – no one wanted to be sick, but if you got the flu you did your best to plow through it and get over it. Sure, the flu can kill some folks whose immune systems are not prepared for the onslaught, as can many other minor seemingly minor events, but healthy people also die falling off of porches and ladders in an unexpected manner.

I wrote about this issue at great length during the 2009-2010 scare campaign, pointing out that the whole crusade – first the swine flu, and then the seasonal flu – was driven by special interests (Big Pharma rent-seeking) and government control (growing federal power/bureaucracy and promoting collective health as superseding the individual). Additionally, the whole campaign was undergirded by scientific misinformation (studies promoted and funded by the beneficiaries of flu shots) and media acceptance of the falsehoods and folly.

Back in August, when the flu shot fear mongers began to flaunt the propaganda, USA Today produced this article: “CDC: Don’t Skip This Year’s Flu Shot.” “Don’t skip” points to the fact that after the swine flu hysteria fail of the 2009-2010 season, a declared pandemic that was nothing more than a spit in the wind, the general public caught on to the dog-and-pony show. Overall, in spite of those folks who still live their lives on sounds bites from the government-media propaganda machine, many people began to reject the nonsense, and therefore they spurned the flu shot. The government did not expect that after all of its purposeful misinformation and spin, people would “skip” the all-important flu shot because they began to question the hype. The perfidious pandemic and its propaganda promotion quickly became a bust, a flop, a non-pandemic.

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The Atlantic on Food Freedom and Food Safety

The Atlantic does a good job of covering the Rawesome food club raid. Rawesome was a private, voluntary cooperative of consenting members who take responsibility for any potential risks. (“Private” and “voluntary” being key words.)

Rawesome members even signed waivers before becoming a food club member. With all of the agencies involved (USDA, FDA, LA County Sheriff, CDC) over a period of a year, this had to cost a whole lot of taxpayer dough. The LA Weekly described it this way:

The official word from the DA’s office is that Stewart, Palmer & Bloch were arrested on criminal conspiracy charges stemming from the alleged illegal production and sale of unpasteurized goat milk, goat cheese, yogurt and kefir. The arrests are the result of a year-long sting. The 13-count complaint alleges that an undercover agent received goat milk, stored in a cooler in the back of Healthy Family Farms van, in the parking lot of a grocery store. While it’s legal to manufacture and sell unpasteurized dairy products in California, licenses and permits are required. Rawesome may have violated regulations by selling raw dairy products to non-members.

Here is a link to the 21-page complaint. Among the many charges against owner James Stewart is one that immediately stands out: entering into private leasing arrangements with consumers. This charge is still fuzzy, and I am sure the feds can produce a whole book of crimes.

The Atlantic writer, Ari LeVaux, compares the Rawesome raid (by Federal and local agencies) to the Cargill contamination of 36 million pounds of ground turkey (77 known ill people, 1 dead). Rawesome was raided, trashed, and shut down, and meanwhile, Cargill was looking at its analysis of costs vs the potential for negative publicity from the contamination situation so they could voluntarily decide whether or not to recall the product.

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Gang of Armored Government Criminals Raid Raw Milk Seller. Again.

Infowars and the Huffington Post are reporting that a combined army from the LA County Sheriff’s Office, the FDA, the Dept. of Agriculture, and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) raided Rawesome Foods – again – and three people have been arrested and “are being charged with conspiracy to sell unpasteurized raw milk products.” One of the detainees…

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