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Not cutting it

Circumcision has endured because of tradition, not because of rationale nor medical benefit. Nor has it ever been successful as an anti-masturbatory measure, which is why it gained prominence in the West 150 years ago. When a custom remains after its original intent has vanished, it has morphed into a ritual. And ritual is one […]

Not cutting it
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SIGN THE PETITION: No Mandatory Vaccination for Covid-19

I signed the petition, and you should, too. Let’s show the controlling powers that we are not going to go down without a fight. Please take the time to read and sign the petition at the link below to prevent a mandatory vaccine for Covid-19. Thanks for your support! Dr. Reizer https://lifepetitions.com/petition/no-mandatory-vaccine-for-covid-19 Listen to some […]

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The hatred for ‘Karens’ is out of control – spiked

Yes, I’m pissed, and you should be too. Enough is Enough!

My wife’s name is Karen… why – do you have a problem with that?

K-L-M!


It’s 2020 and one of the most popular trends on the internet is the ritualistic humiliation of women. Specifically of white, usually middle-aged women. They’re called ‘Karens’. And the hatred for them is off the scale. It has become a bloodsport. Mobs of the supposedly virtuous love nothing more than to hunt these women down, film them, post the content online, and then sit back and watch as the women’s lives are destroyed by armies of Karen-haters. Women have lost their jobs, gone into hiding, issued desperate, Salem-like denunciations of themselves in a bid to save some shred of their reputation. Let’s call it what it is: modern-day witch-hunting.

The latest witch to be ritualistically humiliated by the Karenfinder Generals is known only as Leah. Her public shaming has actually caused controversy, suggesting that the wheels might finally be coming off the Karen-hating juggernaut. The shaming ritual took place in Seattle this time, when a black man called Karlos Dillard followed the woman to her home after they allegedly got into an argument while driving their cars. Dillard says Leah stuck her middle finger up at him and called him a nigger. Leah says this didn’t happen. It later transpired that Dillard has something of a history of hunting down ‘Karens’ and accusing them of saying things they didn’t say.

The video makes for deeply disturbing viewing. The woman is incredibly distressed. She shakes and weeps as Dillard films her and humiliates her. What makes it even more chilling to watch is that this woman – unlike some of the Karens previously caught on camera – knows exactly what is happening. She knows that she has found herself at the metaphorical stake; she knows she is being named and shamed as a witch and that her life could completely fall apart. ‘He wants to say I’m a Karen’, she weeps as she covers the license plate of her car in a desperate effort to remain anonymous and protect herself from the mass harassment, threats of violence and potential job loss that always follow the exposure of a witch to the baying virtue-signallers of social media. We are witnessing a woman fighting for her life.

For the rest of the article click below

https://www.spiked-online.com/2020/06/25/the-hatred-for-karens-is-out-of-control/

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STOP the Biotech “food” takeover video (otw)

The “food” we eat is not real, and hardly fit for human (or any) consumption.

We Are What We Eat – and we are not “living” because of it.

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Society

Why Women Don’t Report Sexual Assault

When Christine Blasey Ford came forward to report that President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, sexually assaulted her in 1982, you could cue the response: Why didn’t she speak out then? Why didn’t she go to the police?

There’s a long, long list of reasons why a woman wouldn’t speak out even now, and no doubt it was even more difficult in the pre-Anita Hill world of 1982.

I can’t speak for everyone who has faced sexual assault, but I can speak for myself.

1. At first, I didn’t know that what happened to me was a crime. My first assault occurred in college, 18 years ago. He lived in my dorm. I knew what rape was and didn’t think I’d experienced that. But I didn’t know that sexual violations without consent that aren’t sexual intercourse are also a crime.

2. I couldn’t talk about it. Even now, I can’t describe what happened to my therapist in any detail. What happened involved body parts that are too private to discuss with those closest to me — let alone the police, a judge, or a newspaper. Talking about a past trauma can be re-traumatizing. Some of us cope by staying silent.

3. I blamed myself. I physically resisted for a while and then I froze and it happened. At the time, I told myself that if I really didn’t want it, I would’ve kept fighting. I didn’t know that freezing is a normal human response in a traumatic situation.

4. Afterward, I wanted him to be my boyfriend. My therapist said this was my way of trying to improve the situation. If he was my boyfriend, then what happened could be reinterpreted as meaningful. It’s a perverse response, but it’s apparently not uncommon.

5. I know someone who reported a rape to the police and had a traumatic experience of testifying in court and getting cross-examined by her rapist’s lawyer in front of her rapist. And then the rapist was found innocent. I don’t want that to happen to me.

6. Now, 18 years later, the man who assaulted me is an instructor of neurology at a prominent children’s hospital. He did a terrible thing to me, once, nearly two decades ago. Should I attempt to ruin his career because of it?

The answer to that is: I don’t know. If I thought he was still assaulting women and my speaking out would contribute to making him stop, I would in a heartbeat.

What he did to me 18 years ago still hurts so much that I would only revisit that assault and expose him publicly if there was a very clear purpose to doing so.

I expect if I did attempt to expose him, I’d be attacked. People would say that it wasn’t an assault because I wanted him to be my boyfriend afterward. They would say I wanted it because I froze and stopped fighting. There are good odds I wouldn’t be believed.

I’ll tell you this: Like Christine Blasey Ford, if the man who assaulted me was nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court, I’d speak up. I don’t think a man who violates a woman that way is qualified to rule on cases of violence against women, or any other aspect of their well-being. I don’t think he could be impartial.

When a victim of sexual crimes comes forward, even if it’s decades after the crime took place, we shouldn’t use her past silence against her as “evidence” to discredit her. That urge to discredit is exactly why it takes so long for some to come forward in the first place.

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Defying Gag Order, Woman Who Drove Arizona Girl- Raped and Burned in Foster Care- to Supervised Visits with Parents, Speaks Out on Arizona Corruption – Prepare For Change

Beth Breen, the driver contracted by Arizona DCS to drive young Devani from the foster home where it was later learned she was repeatedly raped by her foster parent who was arrested for running a child pornographic and child sex trafficking ring out of his state-approved foster home, to her parents home 90 miles away each week for a 2-hour supervised visitation, was recently interviewed by Jim White at Northwest Liberty News.

Breen states that she is under a gag order and not supposed to speak about the case, but she “doesn’t care” because the gag order is unconstitutional.

This is one of the most horrific cases Health Impact News has ever covered. See our previous coverage:

Beth Breen explains how she thought it was strange that they would place this little girl in a foster home so far away from the parents, 90 miles away, and that due to the fact that she drove her once a week 180 miles total, that she actually spent more time with Devani than her parents did.

***more at the link below***

https://prepareforchange.net/2019/09/06/defying-gag-order-woman-who-drove-arizona-girl-raped-and-burned-in-foster-care-to-supervised-visits-with-parents-speaks-out-on-arizona-corruption/

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America Finally Admits Recycling Doesn’t Work

As Discover magazine pointed out a decade ago, recycling is tricky business. A 2010 Columbia University study found that just 16.5 percent of the plastic collected by the New York Department of Sanitation was “recyclable.”

“This results in nearly half of the plastics collected being landfilled,” researchers concluded.

…more…

Read all about it below:

https://fee.org/articles/america-finally-admits-recycling-doesn-t-work/

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If You’re Sweating the Small Stuff, Read Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman

Bailey Jean Matheson recently died of cancer at age 35, touching people all over the world by writing her own obituary. Matheson expressed gratitude for her loving family and friends and for her beautiful, but short, life. She closed her obituary with this advice: “Don’t take the small stuff so seriously and live a little.”

Some will be transformed by Bailey’s story. But what about the rest of us? Our resolve to approach the world with a lighter touch may carry us for a few days. Then the gravity of old entrenched mindsets takes hold, and we go right back to sweating the small stuff. Inspiration seems to have a short half-life.

Fortunately, there is a better way. Greater awareness of our mindset allows us to make permanent changes. The work of Nobel laureate in economics, Daniel Kahneman, along with others helps us see how sweating the small stuff leads us to make poor decisions that undermine our well-being.

…more…

Check out the complete article below:

https://fee.org/articles/if-you-re-sweating-the-small-stuff-read-nobel-laureate-daniel-kahneman/

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Society

How Often do you Touch Your Smartphone in One Day?

By Dr. John Reizer

According to a 2017 study, the average person has a difficult time going more than ten minutes without checking their phones. Many people check their phones up to 80 times a day. Some people are so addicted to electronic devices they cannot go longer than four minutes without checking them.

Another study performed by comScore reported that American Smartphone users regularly log 73.8 hours a month on their devices. It’s absolute insanity. Regardless, facts are facts and people are hopelessly addicted to these electronic gadgets.

ELECTRONIC ADDICTION

We’ve all heard horror stories about a particular person getting addicted to Cocaine or Heroin. These chemicals as well as many others are, undoubtedly, very dangerous substances.

Although most users begin taking addictive drugs voluntarily, it doesn’t take long before they have become full blown addicts. Chemical drug dependency is a serious problem worldwide that takes many months, and in some cases many years to successfully conquer. Most people are unable to kick a chemical drug habit without the help of a fully trained medical staff.

The human nervous system is wired in such a way that when we take part in pleasurable activities, certain chemicals are released inside the brain that cause us to want to continue the pleasurable experiences. One of those chemicals is called Dopamine.

The neurotransmitter Dopamine allows us to feel very happy and the more the chemical is released inside the brain, the happier we will feel. Pleasurable experiences cause Dopamine to be released. The taking of certain drugs like Heroin and Cocaine causes a lot of Dopamine to be dumped in the brain and this in turn causes a very euphoric state that drug users often report experiencing.

With continued drug use, the brain eventually reduces the amount of Dopamine it receives and because of this fact it becomes more difficult to experience the same level of pleasure that was initially felt by the drug user. In order to reach the same state of euphoria, more of the drug is required each time and the cycle goes on and on.

It’s easy for most people to understand how a chemical modality, like Heroin, could cause a person to become hopelessly addicted. But it’s not so easy for people to understand how the same mechanisms that are causing people to become drug addicts are also capable of causing people to become addicted to computers and Smartphones.

Electronic addiction is a real thing and millions of people are becoming electronic addicts. And if you believe this is all taking place because of some unfortunate accident – think again!

The telecommunication corporations are well aware of the fact that their products are habit forming. They know that when you first start off, your data package will be small. But just like a nicotine junkie increases the number of cigarettes they smoke a day each year, the Smartphone user will also increase the amount of data they require over time.

Smartphone users repeatedly stimulate neural-pathways inside the human brain that cause the release of Dopamine which rewards the user with a pleasurable experience. This scenario recurs over and over again and eventually more electronic stimulation is required to reach the same level of pleasure that was present initially.

In this situation the modality used to trigger the Dopamine release is electronic in nature and not a chemical product. Chemical modality or electronic modality, it doesn’t matter; the same addictive result is accomplished.

Smartphone users become so addicted that they cannot go more than a few minutes at a time without checking text messages, emails, Facebook, Instagram and other social media applications. When a Smartphone user picks up his or her device, it’s like a nicotine addict picking up a cigarette and taking a puff.

How often do you touch your Smartphone in a day?

Check out the complete article here:

https://nofakenews.net/2019/01/19/how-often-do-you-touch-your-smartphone-in-one-day/

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Thanksgiving in the US of A

Yes it’s true!

Not only is Franklin sitting in a lawn chair on the other side of the table (alone no less),

but Woodstock (a fellow bird) also eats turkey.

If that’s what you take from this cartoon…

YOU have a bigger problem!

… It’s been 45 years after-all.

Get on with your lives people!

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Society

Words!

When I was growing up it was all about, “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”.

Sticks and stones havent changed at all. Oh, but “words”, they are able to cut us like knives, sometimes to the point of no return.

Oh, how times have changed.

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8 Comics Showing How Much Today’s Childhood Differs From Ours

When I was a child, there was no shortage of getting told by our parents and other adults about how much better we had things than they did when they were children. Stories of having to walk for miles to go to school, sleeping in the same bed until they became an adult, having the same food all the time, and having only a few simple toys to last them several years were not uncommon at all. There was a definite sense that as society modernized, things were getting better for children.

And as children we certainly didn’t disagree — hearing our parents’ stories did indeed make us feel that we were better off than they were. We certainly would not be inclined to exchange our childhood for their more rugged, austere version. And yes, to some extent these stories gave us a bit more ‘appreciation’ for what we had, despite not showing enough of it to satisfy our parents.

How About Today?

Here are 8 pictures comparing childhoods then and now, where technology has become ubiquitous in the lives of our children. Do you think our children have it better than we did?

Shared via 8 Comics Showing How Much Today’s Childhood Differs From Ours

*** I will say (from experience) that turning the wifi off, did not work when I tried it.

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Telling Time…

… the British way is easy, just look at a “digital” timepiece.

Gone are the days when one looked at an analog clock and could tell the time ***well, as far as British students are concerned.

What is next, no more pen and paper?

— And cursive writing; it has become the secret code of many adults, because well… its not being taught.

I have no words ~smh

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Trashy (anti-gun) protest

*** left-wing or right-wing, doesn’t really matter, it takes two wings for a bird to fly *** gaaah

Weekend anti-gun protests in D.C., like previous Left-wing demonstrations, generate tons of trash for others to clean up

Left-leaning Americans like to lecture everyone about how environmentally aware they are, but sometimes other things are more important than clean and green.
Like guns or, more specifically, protesting guns.As you may have heard, tens of thousands of people showed up in Washington, D.C., on Saturday to demand that something is done about firearms — not the people who misuse them for deadly purposes.In the wake of those protests, demonstrators left mountains of trash and garbage — signs, water bottles, food containers, and various other things — behind for local trash collectors paid for local taxpayers to clean up.“Thousands of protestors at March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C., Saturday packed the streets holding signs promoting an anti-gun agenda, but many of them left those signs out in the cold after the march,” Breitbart Newsdocumented in a report the following day accompanied by lots of photos.“The signs that the self-described socially conscious protestors held up high during the march, along with countless other items of trash, were littered on the streets of D.C. like old rags,” the site noted further.Indeed, the accompanying photos showed mountains of trash piled up by city workers after the protestors had all gone home. Many of the protest signs were hand-made, but scores of others were obviously pre-printed and came from any number of Democratic National Committee-aligned groups.“Cardboard signs bearing messages such as “My dress code is stricter than your gun laws,” and signs demanding that no money be sent to the pro-gun National Rifle Association were tossed aside like yesterday’s news,” Breitbart reported.In addition to tossing their signs on the ground, many ‘environmentalist’ protestors also discarded food and beverages, along with food containers.But by a long shot, this wasn’t the first time the ‘environmentally conscious’ Left created havoc — and a massive mess — during protests. (Related: Exposed: Anti-gun teachers, along with Pravda media, exploiting students of Parkland, Florida shooting.)In January 2017, the post-Trump inauguration Women’s March was marred by mountains of trash as well. “Photo from Breitbart’s Raheem Kassam below. These folks aren’t the ‘picking up after yourselves’ types like the Tea Party members who famously left the Mall in DC cleaner than they found it in 2010 during the Restoring Honor Rally,” the site noted in a separate report filed on Inauguration Day.In a video posted to YouTube, the late, great conservative media guru Andrew Breitbart, in a speech to Tea Party supporters, compliments the crowd for “picking up after yourselves” following the demonstration. Yes, that’s right: Conservative Tea Party demonstrators left the grounds as clean or cleaner following their event.There are other examples of Leftists trashing their environs during protests. About 400,000 global warming hoaxers descended on New York City in September 2013 “not to celebrate the wonderful news that the planet hasn’t warmed in 18 years,” Breitbart noted in a third report, but rather to become “litterbugs.”“You would think that the one thing environmental fanatics and those of us who are not fascists could agree on is that only arrogant scumbags are litterbugs. Unfortunately, as the pictures below show (gathered mostly by Twitchy), we can’t even enjoy some common ground on that one point. Climate fanatics are indeed arrogant litterbugs,” the site noted.Similar trashing of the land also took place during protests against the Keystone and Dakota Access pipeline projects.And so on.It’s hard being a true believer in the agenda of the American Marxist Left, isn’t it? It’s so difficult to know which of your core principles is more important on a given day and which ones you have to lay aside for, you know, the ‘greater good.’Because you can’t be a Leftie protestor andenvironmentally conscientious at the same time. That’s just asking too much.J.D. Heyes is also editor-in-chief of The National Sentinel.Sources include:Breitbart.comTheNationalSentinel.com
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Health and Healing Society

The Unknown Effects Of Spanking That Will Creep Up To You

good golly, imagine how my life would have turned out… if I hadn’t been disciplined the way I was.

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Spanking has been passed down through the years as an effective way to stop children from misbehaving and keeping them in check. Unknown to most, its effect might be noticeable in an instant, but recent research results have shown that spanking does not only violate the rights of the child, but results in academic, health and relationship problems as those children turn into adults.

Has spanking really been effective in keeping children away from trouble?

Many of the advocates for spanking and those who think it is effective cannot really point out direct ways that it has helped them stop behaving excessively during their childhood, they just believe it was administered for their own good and wrongly believe it made them stop the bad behavior. If that was the point it ended, there would have been no wrong done except to them as individuals, but this lot pass spanking on as appropriate for enforcing right behavior in a child. Following the 2007 UN convention and the call for banning of all forms of physical and mental violence on children, many people are finally starting to heed the warnings of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

What does spanking do to your child?

The article How Spanking Affects Later Relationships by James Hablin samples the findings of many researches on the effects of spanking. All of the researchers pointed at spanking as a horrible thing that does not just stop at failing to correct childhood excesses, but leads to several academic, health and relationship problems along the line. Most times leading to cancer, heart diseases, and respiratory illnesses at a young age. Child spanking is also linked to aggressive behavior, dating violence and other forms of violence as the child turns into an adult.

What are the alternatives to spanking?

The article does so much to discredit spanking and provided results from research to back up the claims however; it is not enough to paint is as bad without leaving an alternative in place for people to fall back on. Hablin gathered several alternatives that includes communication and connecting to the child. The truth lies in the fact that these alternatives may not prove to be effective instantly because we live in a fast-paced world with stressors piling up before everybody however, they are sure to yield results for the now and the future when effectively administered. It is also important that this discourse on spanking starts on a national scale and then spread to the very roots of society.

We cannot control the present and as a result, risk losing the future completely. Spanking is outdated, ineffective and creates even more trouble going forward. Instead, teaching healthy relationships and healthy social habits proves positive down the years. The effects of spanking are numerous and devastating.

read the complete article:

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/12/the-fourth-r/547583/?utm-source=feed

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Sorry, I do not agree.

To each their own

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National Walkout

Tomorrow is supposed to be this (school shootings) “national walkout”, but what gets me most is, just weeks ago these children (American school-age kids) were eating Tide Pods… for daring fun.
Yeah, I don’t think they know what they want, or what’s safe, or what’s sane.

Pushing an agenda that’s all this is.

Push, push, push.

I don’t want any school shootings either. Honestly, if children could change policy, they would be allowed to vote. Now the parents,, they are another story.

But still… change won’t be easy or happen overnight.

This walkout is not the way for change.

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I can just taste the boxed cheese now

Trump pitches plan to replace food stamps with food boxes

By HELENA BOTTEMILLER EVICH
02/12/2018 09:32 PM EST

The Trump administration is proposing to save billions in the coming years by giving low-income families a box of government-picked, nonperishable foods every month instead of food stamps.

White House OMB Director Mick Mulvaney on Monday hailed the idea as one that kept up with the modern era, calling it a “Blue Apron-type program” — a nod to the high-end meal kit delivery company that had one of the worst stock debuts in 2017 and has struggled to hold onto customers. Mulvaney said the administration’s plan would not only save the government money, but also provide people with more nutritious food than they have now.

The proposal, buried in the White House’s fiscal 2019 budget, would replace about half of the money most families receive via the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, with what the Department of Agriculture is calling “America’s Harvest Box.” That package would be made up of “100 percent U.S. grown and produced food” and would include items like shelf-stable milk, peanut butter, canned fruits and meats, and cereal.

But America’s Harvest Box, which USDA contends would save over $129 billion over 10 years, is not very comparable to startup meal-delivery companies like Blue Apron. For one, the Trump administration’s proposal doesn’t include fresh items, like produce or meat, which are the core of Blue Apron and its competitors. Such products perish quickly and are incredibly expensive to ship.

Asked about how delivery would work, USDA spokesman Tim Murtaugh clarified that states would “have flexibility” in how they choose to distribute the food to SNAP recipients. In other words, the federal government almost certainly would not be picking up the tab for any type of Amazon-style delivery system. “The projected savings does not include shipping door-to-door for all recipients,” Murtaugh said.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue praised the harvest box plan as “a bold, innovative approach” that would give SNAP participants the same “level of food value” as the current system while saving taxpayers money.

The idea that USDA would provide millions of low-income people packages of food on a national scale has not been floated by conservative think tanks, promoted by industry, or sought by previous administrations. Murtaugh said the concept was developed internally at USDA. Mulvaney on Monday credited Perdue for it during a briefing at the White House.

“Secretary Perdue wanted to give it a chance,” he said. “We thought it was a tremendous idea.”

Numerous questions remain, such as how these boxes would be customized for, say, a family that has a child with nut allergies — or for those who don’t eat certain types of meat out of religious or personal reasons. The proposal was so out of left field that some anti-hunger advocates initially thought it was a joke.

Kevin Concannon, who oversaw SNAP during the Obama administration, was aghast when he saw the proposal.

“Holy mackerel,” said Concannon, who said it reminded him of when poor people had to line up and wait for local officials to dole out food and other welfare benefits. “I don’t know where this came from, but I suspect that the folks when they were drawing it up were also watching silent movies.”

Other anti-hunger advocates said the concept was reminiscent of wartime rations or soup lines during the Great Depression. The Food Research and Action Center, a prominent nonprofit group, called the harvest box idea “a Rube-Goldberg designed system” that would be “costly, inefficient, stigmatizing, and prone to failure.”

In budget materials, USDA said it would be able to deliver this food at “approximately half the retail cost,” a claim advocates found hard to believe. Food-stamp recipients would get their remaining monthly allotment on debit cards that they can use in grocery stores, as they do now. The proposal applies to households receiving at least $90 a month in benefits, which covers more than 80 percent of SNAP recipients. That’s more than 16 million households.

“This proposal focuses on ensuring that all SNAP recipients receive the nutritious food they need at substantial savings by harnessing USDA’s purchasing power and America’s agricultural abundance,” Murtaugh told POLITICO.

Grocery retailers also balked at the proposal, including the Food Marketing Institute — which represents major retailers like Walmart, Kroger and Albertsons, where tens of billions of dollars in SNAP benefits are spent each year. The industry argues that government-packed food boxes would simply be inefficient.

Jennifer Hatcher, the trade group’s chief public policy officer, said grocery retailers had worked with USDA and Congress over many years to “achieve a national system, utilizing existing commercial infrastructure and technology to achieve the greatest efficiency, availability and lowest cost.”

“As we understand the proposal in the president’s budget to create a USDA commodity foods box of staples, each of these achievements would be lost,” Hatcher said. “Perhaps this proposal would save money in one account, but based on our decades of experience in the program, it would increase costs in other areas that would negate any savings.”

Administration officials pointed out that USDA already distributes commodities. Currently, such food items are largely shipped to schools, food banks and other organizations — which in turn distribute the food to those who need it. The Commodity Supplemental Food Program, for example, sends boxes of food to some 600,000 low-income elderly with the help of food banks and other nonprofits. The fiscal 2019 budget seeks to eliminate that program and combine it with the harvest box program.

However, a plan for SNAP recipients would be an exponentially larger undertaking, covering more than 16 million households. While grocery and meal-delivery companies are growing more common, their scale is still relatively small and largely confined to urban areas. Blue Apron, for example, has around 1 million customers.

There are also questions about how the government would get harvest boxes to rural and remote households and whether cutting SNAP benefits spent in stores would hurt mom-and-pop stores in small communities.

“This action would not only destabilize attempts to bring more healthy, fresh foods into the homes of America’s food insecure, but would keep dollars out of local grocery stores and farmers markets, which are critical assets to all communities,” said Jordan Rasmussen, a policy associate at the Center for Rural Affairs, a progressive rural advocacy group.

Concannon, who retired from USDA at the end of the Obama administration, noted that it would ultimately be up to Congress on whether to fund such a proposal — something he said that lawmakers on Capitol Hill weren’t likely to be even remotely interested in creating.

“Even the people who put this forward have to know that the chances of this happening is the same chance of me captaining the next spaceship launching from Florida,” he said.

Catherine Boudreau and Sarah Ferris contributed to this report.

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Do live lobsters feel pain when you boil them? – The Washington Post

Personally, I prefer all my food “dead” before I cook/eat it, after all, I’m not Klingon.

Lobsters may be one of the most popular crustaceans in the culinary arts. But when it comes to killing them, there’s a long and unresolved debate about how to do it humanely, and whether that extra consideration is even necessary.

The Swiss Federal Council issued an order this week banning cooks in Switzerland from placing live lobsters into pots of boiling water — joining a few other jurisdictions that have protections for the decapod crustaceans. Switzerland’s new measure stipulates that beginning March 1, lobsters must be knocked out — either by electric shock or “mechanical destruction” of the brain — before boiling them, according to Swiss public broadcaster RTS.

The announcement reignited a long-running debate: Can lobsters even feel pain?

Read all about it here:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/food/wp/2018/01/13/another-country-has-banned-boiling-live-lobsters-some-scientists-wonder-why/?utm_term=.b7fc045713d7

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Big Brother Society

Netflix pulls Maya the Bee episode for drawing AND navy pilots get whacked for drawing too

This program was pulled (in Europe) this past September, but here in good ol’ USA, it was only a few weeks ago. The episode; King Willy***

(the whole series, not just the one episode, was actually “jerked off” the network here)

Maya the Bee is an animated children’s show about a talking bee named Maya and her adventures with various other anthropomorphic insects, mostly bees. It’s also, according to some very concerned parents, a filthy, filthy peddler of smut.

Although the series has been out since 2012, Variety reports that one mother named Chey Robinson spotted something recently in season one, episode 35. And that something is a very faint line drawing of a penis on a log … in the background … for about half a second.

https://www.thecut.com/2017/09/netflix-pulls-maya-the-bee-episode-for-penis-drawing.html

MEANWHILE:

https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2017/12/01/navy-disciplines-aviators-who-drew-penis-in-the-sky/

Two Navy aviators who used their EA-18G Growler to draw a giant sky penis over Washington State have been disciplined, according to Navy officials.

The unidentified lieutenants went before a Field Naval Aviator Evaluation Board, but the Navy declined to disclose the details, citing the administrative nature of the actions.

“The board is convened to evaluate the performance and potential for continued service as an aviator,” Naval Air Forces spokesman Cmdr. Ronald Flanders said Friday. “The Air Boss or any other senior aviator can apply disciplinary measures.”

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To solve problems caused by sitting, learn to squat

Our failure to squat has biomechanical and physiological implications, but it also points to something bigger. In a world where we spend so much time in our heads, in the cloud, on our phones, the absence of squatting leaves us bereft of the grounding force that the posture has provided since our hominid ancestors first got up off the floor. In other words: If what we want is to be well, it might be time for us to get low.

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https://quartzy.qz.com/1121077/to-solve-problems-caused-by-sitting-learn-to-squat/

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Cryptocurrency as the lure, an ISO as the attachment – why not open it? – Naked Security

My  money sits in a bank, and is (for what it’s worth) federally insured. Bitcoin (and others) sits where, and is insured by what? ***

https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2018/01/12/cryptocurrency-as-the-lure-an-iso-as-the-attachment-why-not-open-it/