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dai bread wrote:Sounds as though the kid's not going to get any guidance. I thought we'd got rid of the notion years ago that children don't need or want guidance. I feel rather sorry for poor little Storm. Saddled with that name, too. She'll probably grow up to join Greenpeace.
And why "she? Storm is a girl's name. Boys with that sort of name are more likely to be called "Thunder" or something specific like that.
“This documentary illustrates the plight of the organic farmer, specifically the organic dairy farmer. If a dairy farmer wants to sell raw milk, they will be run out of business and many times imprisoned by the federal bureaucracy. The USDA actively tries to run Raw Milk Producers out of the business. They work closely with agents from state agricultural agencies. The documentary shows film of agents descending on various organic farms and outlets, guns drawn, SWAT teams present. It’s straight out of science fiction and something that you can’t believe happens in America. I can understand a huge police presence when going after a drug lord, but a family farmer? Sure, farmers keep guns but in my experience they aren’t violent people.”
dai bread wrote:Sales of raw milk have been banned here for decades, for health reasons. All manner of things can live in milk unless it's very carefully handled. The big one for us was TB. It's still a problem, requiring regular testing of dairy herds, slaughter of possums, which are carriers, and on-going vigilance.
Though the ban has never been enforced by SWAT teams as far as I know.
[General Services Administration head] Martha Johnson submitted her resignation to the White House on Monday. Public Buildings Service chief Robert A. Peck and Johnson’s top adviser, Stephen Leeds, were forced out Monday, White House officials said. Four GSA employees who organized the four-day conference have been placed on adminstrative leave pending further action.
The resignations come as the agency’s inspector general prepares to release a scathing report on the training conference, held at a luxury hotel outside Las Vegas in October 2010.
Organizers spent $835,000 on the event, which was attended by 300 employees. The expenses included $147,000 in airfare and lodging at the hotel for six planning trips by a team of organizers. Among the other expenses were $3,200 for a mind reader; $6,300 on commemorative coin set displayed in velvet boxes and $75,000 on a training exercise to build a bicycle.
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