Very, very easy-to-make dishes

The general population here in the USA, supposedly the richest, greatest country on the planet has serious health problems like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, diminishing life expectancy, etc. - it doesn't seem right, does it? We could fix all these problems just by eliminating our dependency on processed "convenience" foods. This is something we really need to do. We better somehow put an end to this bullshit of having all our foods under the control of a handful of greedy corporations that only care about their bottom line and do not even consider our health and well-being. Everybody gets toilet-trained

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About the bestfoodfacts.org "GMO 101" video

This past November, esteemed and notably pro-GMO scientist David Tribe regaled us with this Google+ post: https://plus.google.com/u/0/107650585863836196372/posts/Y2ygQN1TQui. Please browse to the post and watch the video - it is only 5 minutes long.

For the last couple of years, I have had a dream that there is no reason to be leery of GMOs or the science behind them.

I decided to do some investigation. Here is what has transpired so far.

I submitted some questions to Dr. Denneal Jamison McClung through the bestfoodfacts.org site's "Ask an Expert" page; she graciously responded and subsequently, we communicated directly by email (If you wish to see my verbatim conversation with Dr. Jamison McClung, dates included, please look at this file). The results follow (I am CC and the doctor is DJM):

CC: How, exactly, does the FDA review and approve a new GM crop/food?

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Open letter to AquaBounty Technologies

Dear AquaBounty Technologies:

This is regarding what appears to be the imminent FDA approval of your proposed abomination, the frankenfish you call "AquAdvantage salmon".

If you want to go into the farmed fish business to save your financially shaky operation, just get some big tanks or other appropriate enclosures and start raising trout, tilapia, whatever unfit-for-human-consumption farmed "fish" you want, but leave our Atlantic salmon alone; you could even just concentrate on raising ocean pout and Chinook salmon, instead of introducing their genes into our Atlantic salmon.

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Don't pitch the wrong prospect

I heard the following years ago, as an intro to a  pep talk by the Sales Manager of a pet food company (SM) to the Audience (A), all members of the sales force:

SM: Who has the best promotional program?
A: We do!

SM: Who has the best advertising?
A: We do!

SM: Who gets the best incentives?
A; We do!

SM: Who has the best packaging?
A: We dooo!

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This picture is worth a trillion $$

Oh oh!!

This picture is worth a trillion $$

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Message to CBS News about Rawesome raid by FDA

Here is the message i sent to CBS News (Twitter handle: @CBS8), on August 8, 2011.

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On 3 August 2011, Rawesome Foods, a private food buyers club in Venice, CA was subjected to a SWAT-style armed raid conducted by the FDA assisted by 2 or 3 other government agencies. Although the reason for the raid was conspiracy to sell raw milk and cheese, authorities confiscated not just dairy, but also mangoes, watermelons, computers and cash - in fact, they completely cleaned out the whole place. The news about this has been widely disseminated through Twitter and various other news sources.

I watch CBS News every evening at 6 and 11 o'clock, thinking of CBS as a reliable and unbiased source. So, it has been a big surprise to me to not have heard a single word on CBS about this raid since it took place. I have, however, seen CBS stories about a missing dog and other relatively minor events.

So, a couple of questions come to mind, like:

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Social Security is an "Entitlement?"

Someone sent me this in an email. I am reproducing it here - verbatim - because it's relevant to the present situation in our country.

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An "Entitlement???"

What the hell is wrong here?

Remember, not only did you contribute to Social Security but your employer did too. It totaled 15% of your income before taxes. If you averaged only 30K over your working life, that's close to $220,500. If you calculate the future value of $4,500 per year (yours & your employer's contribution) at a simple 5% (less than what the govt. pays on the money that it borrows), after 49 years of working (me) you'd have $892,919.98. If you took out only 3% per year, you receive $26,787.60 per year and it would last better than 30 years, and that's with no interest paid on that final amount on deposit! If you bought an annuity and it paid 4% per year, you'd have a lifetime income of $2,976.40 per month. The folks in Washington have pulled off a bigger Ponzi scheme than Bernie Madoff ever had.

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Our Federal Government

Barack Obama met with the Queen of England.  He asked her, "Your Majesty, how do you run such an efficient government?  Are there any tips you can give me?"

"Well," said the Queen, "the most important thing is to surround yourself with intelligent people."

Obama frowned, and then asked, "But how do I know the people around me are really intelligent?"

The Queen took a sip of tea. "Oh, that's easy; you just ask them to answer an intelligent riddle.."

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Our state-of-the-art airline security

SnifferA man had just settled into his seat next to the window on the plane when
another man sat down in the aisle seat and put his black Labrador Retriever
in the middle seat next to the man. 

The first man looked very quizzically at the dog and asked why the dog was
allowed on the plane. 

The second man explained that he was a DEA agent and that the dog was a
'sniffing dog'. 

'His name is Sniffer and he's the best there is. 
I'll show you once we get airborne, when I put him to work.' 

The plane took off, and once it had leveled out, the agent said, 'Watch
this.'

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Maybe Monsanto can patent its new transgenic English

Recently, while researching material for the new No-GMOs section of the Timos site, I have learned a lot about Monsatan. One of the things I have noticed is their unique interpretation of certains words, acronyms and phrases in the English language. Following are a few of the definitions I have picked up.

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