Hillbuzz is back in action after a bit of a hiatus, and they’ve been looking into dirty dealings of the Chicago suburb the Village of Orland Park after hearing about the Village’s local library’s attempts to hide child porn use on their public computers.
Orland Park is an interesting case study for government watchdogs because of how aggressively the Village and public employees lash out and push back against efforts at transparency. In many ways, dealing with Orland Park is like going up against the mob. They fight by “Chicago Rules” to defend their racket in this Village You’ve Never Heard Of.
Next up, studies in Italy reporting on the outcome of feeding genetically modified organism crops to animals turned out to be probably falsified.
“The case is very important also because these papers have been used politically in the debate on GM crops,” says Italian senator Elena Cattaneo, a neuroscientist at the University of Milan whose concerns about the work triggered the investigation.
Following the Senate hearing, Cattaneo took a closer look at three papers 1–3, which all emerged from a research lab at the University of Naples, headed by veterinary scientist Federico Infascelli. They describe experiments on goat kids born to mothers fed on GM soya-bean meal and conclude that fragments of the foreign gene in the soya bean can be transported across the gut and secreted in the milk, influencing the biology of the suckling kids.
The down low is that these are some of the only tests indicating any negative outcomes related to GMO vegetables, and of course, because they confirm what a lot of people believe, they are popular to report.
Finally, and I’ll preface this bit by noting it is not illegal or even immoral to order ones finances in a way that, within the law, minimizes ones tax liability.
But, if you go about arguing that doing so is unethical and immoral, then turn about is fair play, with the added charge of blatant hypocrisy, and you’ll get what you’ve got coming, just because we’re nice like that.
With Bernie Sanders surging, (Hillary Clinton) took new aim at the rich — including their use of tax dodges.
She told MSNBC: “We can go after some of these schemes … the kind of misclassifying of income, trying to make it look like it’s a capital gain, when it’s really ordinary income, going ahead and routing income through the Bahamas or the Cayman Islands or wherever.”
Huh. Bloomberg News reported in 2014 on the Clintons’ use of a prime tax dodge: They put their Chappaqua home into a “residence trust” in 2010. Such trusts can save hundreds of thousands of dollars in estate taxes.
Meanwhile, the Clintons’ family wealth has grown big-time thanks to firms with significant holdings in places like . . . the Caymans.
As The Daily Caller notes, Bill Clinton spent years as a partner in his (now-ex-) buddy Ron Burkle’s investment fund Yucaipa Global — registered in the Cayman Islands. In five years, Bill pocketed at least $10 million.
Oh, and the closer?
And don’t get us started on the whole clan’s use of the Clinton Foundation.
And let’s end with some good advice: You’re better off ignoring Uncle Sam’s ever-changing diet advice.
I’d make some quip about diet advice being valued in inverse proportion to the weight of the person giving it, but that would be unkind. Suffice to say, Uncle Sam is the heaviest person on the block, and he’s also the one with the strongest opinion on diets, the most force of law to “advise” and the most money to “encourage”.
And he’s wrong, dead wrong.
Well, he’s not dead, yet, but it is arguable that his advice has caused damage, real damage, and lives have been shortened and health worsened by it.
The troubling part isn’t the banality of the guidance, it’s the mistakes the committee has made in its decades of existence, which for years have misled people into eating precisely the wrong things or missing out on things they love — like eggs, meat, certain fats and coffee (all of which were on Saint Nutritionist’s bad list for many years).
It gets worse:
…these guidelines aren’t ignored by other federal agencies.
In fact, the Dietary Guidelines determine how billions of dollars of food stamps are allocated to millions of American citizens who live at or under the poverty line. (Of note: These are the very people who have the highest rates of obesity and might actually benefit from good and reliable health information.)
The guidelines also regulate how school feeding programs (don’t forget, that’s breakfast, lunch and dinner now!) are managed and how our military men and women eat at home and abroad.
Let’s ask that body we elect (Congress, that is) to defund any and all nutritional advice by the federal government, and stick to taking said suggestions from our trusted medical professionals, doctors, and others who can’t sway industry with the stroke of a pen, or destroy lives with the press of a button.
And I’ll leave you with an example of Ted Cruz dealing with a tense situation, a distraught mother, and still having the balls to get to the heart of the matter: