“Nationwide, the FDA said that last year it rejected nearly 16,000 food-related shipments out of more than 10 million that arrived in more than 320 ports.” FDA

This quote seems harmless enough. This means that about 2 one-thousandths of what is shipped in is bad, but it’s misleading. Only 2% of what comes in is checked.

This means of the 200,000 that are checked, 16,000 are sent back! This is 8%, a huge number.

The most frequent violators? Australia and Bangladesh.

This one stunned me. For the first 9 months of 2016, Australia and Bangladesh had multiple cargoes rejected for everything from mislabeling of drugs, to dangerous dyes and colorings to poison. Why we would import food from Bangladesh, a country where only half the toilets are hooked up to sewers is beyond me. Bangladesh issued a glowing report that 99% of their water has “better standards of cleanliness,


Americans are FAT. One of the primary reasons is the explosion of processed and take out foods delivered by the massive trading cartels. Our trading partners should be responsible for paying for our food inspections. Period.





Kyle Bruggeman

FDA consumer safety officers Travell Sawyer, left, and Anthony Guzman conduct a field exam at an FDA import inspection site in Los Angeles on July 19, 2011.

By Brad Racino


updated 10/3/2011 7:57:10 AM ET


EAST LOS ANGELES, Calif. — At a sprawling warehouse here, two investigators from the U. S. Food and Drug Administration watched intently as 50 boxes of preserved bean curd from China were emptied into a grinding machine.

The monstrously loud apparatus worked its way through 1,800 glass bottles, grinding the glass and spewing out a stream of chunky yellow ooze that would be collected, treated and disposed of in the sewer system.

FDA investigators had decided that the bottles of bean curds were improperly heat-sealed and, as a result, were susceptible to harmful bacteria like botulism, which can be fatal.

The case of the destroyed bean curds was relatively straightforward: They had been flagged as suspect as soon as they arrived in port due to a defective heat seal and were sent directly to an FDA warehouse for testing.

That’s not always how it happens.

The FDA’s Los Angeles district is one of the busiest in the U. S., overseeing the inspection of more than half a million food shipments arriving through 24 ports of entry in the L.A. area. Through the port stream products like Cambodian rice by the ton, tapioca pearls from the Philippines, tea biscuits from China, sugar cane and fish from around the world.

In 2010, about 3,500 shipments here were refused entry because they were contaminated with filth, pesticides, drug residue or traces of salmonella, according to a News21 analysis of the FDA’s database of import refusals. Some of the imports contained unsafe color additives or were mislabeled. And some were even poisonous.

Nationwide, the FDA said that last year it rejected nearly 16,000 food-related shipments out of more than 10 million that arrived in more than 320 ports.

“If it comes in here and it’s bad,” said Denise Williams, a supervisor in the FDA’s Division of Import Operations in Southern California, “we’re gonna get ‘em.”

Except when they don’t.


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41BC, after the assassination of Julius Caesar, the Roman empire went through explosive growth. Why?

Caesar’s hand-picked successor was his nephew, Octavian. As most school children learn, Octavian attacked the renegade general Marc Antony, main squeeze of Cleopatra, took control of northern Africa and expanded his empire. But why was Egypt so important?

Octavian was named Augustus in 37BC,

but in that year, Rome had already sent 100 ships to the Red Sea. The Red Sea lanes gave the Romans a shortcut to the Arabian sea, Indian ocean and the Silk Road.

Silk wasn’t the only thing Rome imported from Asia,

though it was probably the most important. They also imported chemicals, (fragrances, embalming fluids, etc.) spices, ivory but most critical to Rome’s armies, steel.

For something to be important as an import, it must be either not available or expensive in the importer’s country, and this was especially true of silk and steel. To be sure, the Romans had silk, but to the Chinese, silk was the basis of much of their economy. After 2,000 years of minute advancements, they had refined the manufacturing process to the point where hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of Chinese laborers were cranking out thousands of tons per year of extremely high-quality fabric that no one else in the world could replicate.

In steel, the process was even more acute. 

Roman steel was largely wrought iron, which is a low carbon form, molded into shape by heating and beating. Its low carbon content made it weak, heavy and brittle. Chinese steel could be cast into forms that were flexible, lighter and did not as easily break.

For the Romans, though, what was most important was not steel or silk, but something hardly mentioned in the texts. Branch banking.

To an empire, what you want is not important; what’s important is what you can buy. Rome could never have conquered China and taken its silk and steel. They had to buy it and to do that; they had to not only have money but move it.

Regardless of how powerful a country is, shipping gold across the seas is dangerous and expensive. The Romans, like the Greeks and Jews, solved this by using their temples as banks. Banks took in deposits and issued notes, promises written on paper in lieu of gold. If a person wanted or needed gold, they could have it, just as one who needs cash can get it from a bank, but if they don’t need it, it stays in the bank in their account. This meant the Romans did not need to continually ship gold to finance trade or construction, two things that require large amounts of money.

The Romans protected their temples with armies,

which was why locals kept their money there, but the real beauty of the steel and silk trade was Rome’s ability to tax it. The import taxes on steel and silk were as high as 25%, and the cost of these in the empire was staggering. It’s been estimated that a single bolt of Chinese silk may have cost the equivalent of 8 years of Roman wages. This gave the Romans the ability to create something that didn’t exist in 37BC. A standing army financed by wages and not plunder. Plunder may be a cheap way to finance a war, but you must keep finding new plunder.

In many ways, Bill Clinton, unwittingly, became the Octavian of his time…

though Octavian was a general and Clinton a draft dodger. Clinton’s claim to fame, (or infamy, as it may turn out) was to set the banks free. By eliminating Glass-Steagall and changing banking regulations, he set in motion a chain of events that led us to where we are today. A nation with a mammoth military financed through taxing and borrowing against trade.

Is this good or bad for America?

Like the weather, this is impossible to predict. On the one hand, the US has borrowed rivers of money. On the other, that river has bought us quite a lot. Aside from too many houses too many bars and too many malls, America has something else no one seems to notice. A gargantuan university system.
In Roman times, all roads led to Rome. The same is true here. 9 of the top 10 universities in the world and 35 of the top 50 are in the USA. Of course, you can get an education from a book, but that’s hardly the point.

A few years back, I lived inside the triangle engulfed by three universities, Harvard, MIT, and Tufts.

If you think of these institutions as places you get an education, you’re missing half the story. Harvard college is small, but its graduate school is enormous. The same is true of MIT and Tufts. The level of research going on in this triangle is staggering, and if you think it’s because of “American exceptionalism,” think again. The top students in these universities, as well as many of the professors, are from nearly every country on earth. As my daughter aptly put it when I asked her how many of her classmates in chemistry class at Wellesley were American, she said, “Just me and Eileen.”
To put this in its true perspective, America has 1,400 colleges and universities. The amount of money flowing through is probably higher than the GDP of 80% of the world’s nations. The amount of research being produced is hard to fathom, much less control.

Our Universities may be on the cusp of replacing what for 20,000 years has defined nations. Resources.

They are close to making oil obsolete. The effect on the USA is hard to fathom. Even though the price of computing has fallen by a factor of 3,000 in the last 20 years, the prices of oil and coal, on inflation-adjusted terms, have barely budged in the last 80 years. As Bill Gates once said, if the cost of transportation fell as fast as the cost of computing, you’d be able to buy a jet for what it used to cost for a neck-tie.

This has led to a one to one relationship between energy use and GDP growth. Imagine if this ratio changed by a factor of not 3,000, but just two. Imagine going from using 100 million barrels per day of oil to 50 million? It’s almost impossible to fathom. An electric car uses one-fifth the fossil fuel a gas or diesel powered auto uses. The US has 250 million vehicles!

The same is true of farmland, copper, and steel. We may be within a couple of decades of a family being able to produce almost everything they need to eat in their basements using as much energy as is created by a couple of hours on an exercise bike. In just the last two years, seed technology has raised some crop yields by 20% using the same soil and less fertilizer. Vegetables can already be grown in warehouses and can compete on a price basis with those shipped in from Mexico and sold in Walmart.

We’re close to being able to diagnose illnesses with a cell phone and where you can make love with your spouse that is 3,000 miles away in a hotel bed. We’re a decade away from being able to sit in a room and have a conversation with Einstein and your long-deceased grandmother.

Why is this important? For all of our history, the world has been ruled by empires, from the Romans to the Ottomans, the Han to the Ming, the British Empire to the USA. Imagine a world where everything you need is at your fingertips. Imagine a world where Empires no longer matter.

Is the USA declining, or, as in the case of Dinosaurs, are we becoming smaller and more sustainable?


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Are processed foods actual foods or are they neurological stimulants? Research has shown a correlation between refined carbohydrates and an inability to control emotions. I think there’s a strong relationship between diet, lack of “skin in the game”, television and Americans becoming non-people, (consumers, tax payers, voters) and what can only be described as broad-based stupidity in society.

One can’t help wondering how people became so illogical, emotional and unable to engage in class two thinking.


A diet high in refined carbs like white bread,

snack foods and sugary soda isn’t just bad for your waistline. New research suggests it could also lead to depression in post-menopausal women. (end of my comments)

There’s an old adage, things that can be understood quickly aren’t worth knowing. 

Dr. James Gangwisch and colleagues in the department of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center reviewed the dietary glycemic index, glycemic load, types of carbohydrates consumed, and depression data of more than 70,000 post-menopausal women from the National Institutes of Health’s Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study between 1994 and 1998. The dietary glycemic index, or GI, measures the amount of sugar found in the blood after eating.

Researchers found that high dietary GI scores and consumption of added sugars and refined grains were associated with an increased risk of new-onset depression in post-menopausal women. Women who consumed more dairy, dietary fiber, whole grains, vegetables and fruits (not fruit juices) had a decreased risk of depression.

Carbohydrates increase blood sugar levels. The more highly refined the carbohydrate, the higher its score on the glycemic index scale.


10 Bad Habits That Can Cause Depression

The researchers said that refined foods such as white bread, white rice and soda trigger a hormonal response in the body to reduce blood sugar levels. They suggest this response may also cause or worsen mood changes, fatigue and other symptoms of depression.

High consumption of refined starches and sugars is also a risk factor for inflammation and cardiovascular disease, conditions that have been implicated in depression.

But the study does not prove cause and effect. “It’s hard to tell which comes first,” Alicia Romano, a registered dietitian at Tufts Medical Center, told CBS Boston’s Dr. Mallika Marshall. “Some people may already have an unhealthy diet, choose unhealthy foods, and over the long run develop a depressed mood for whatever reason that may be. Their food choices may be one of them,” she said.

“On the flip side, people who may have a depressed mood…

at baseline may be more apt to choose unhealthy foods, to either cope with their mood or for another strategy.”

Although the research is only observational, it opens the possibility for dietary interventions to treat or prevent depression. The authors say further research is needed to see if similar results can be replicated in a larger population.

“Although our study only included post-menopausal women,

the theorized mechanisms by which a diet high in refined carbohydrates could lead to depression would apply to other populations as well,” Gangwisch told CBS News in an email. “The hope is that the results from our research will spur future research that includes younger women and men.

Ioskeha and Tawiscara are complex figures in native American myth. They are first and foremost, brother’s. They are also polar opposites, Ioskeha the creator, representing life and growth and his brother Tawiscara, representing death, night and winter. Finally, like many Gods they are forces of nature and are depicted as good and evil.


In native American myth, these two forces are in a state of constant flux, battling each other to a sort of detente. In both western and eastern mythology, from Cain and Abel, to Vishnu, to the devil on one shoulder and the angel on the other, they are universal.


In a recent study, over half of Harvard’s graduates have admitted to cheating. Harvard also grade inflates. If you hire someone from the words most prestigious colleges, you have a 50% chance of getting a cheater with bogus grades. It’s not intelligence that rules the world, or hard work. It’s deception but the key is to not get caught. The devil on one shoulder and the angel on the other, battling your psyche for control of your actions.


The Celts had a goddess of plague, disease and sorcery called Cailleach. She is the Goddess of winter and death and brings snow until Brigit, the goddess of fire arrives to turn her into stone. To the the Celts (or Druids) winter was death. Trees and plants would “come to life” with the fires of Brigit in the spring.


The early Celts intertwined Jesus with their myth and created Camelot, the perfect kingdom, destroyed by sin, Guinevere’s lust for Lancelot. In the end, Arthur killed his own son to rid his kingdom of evil and good, the Grail, was lost forever.


My second novel in the Trifthauser series is named after the Greek goddess of evil, Eris, or as I name it in Latin, Discordia, or discord. Her Greek opposite is Harmonia, or Concordia in the Latin. It’s not men or enemies that Trifthauser fights. It’s evil. A battle he can never win but can only contain. Evil never dies, it just changes names.


It been recognized since the dawn of time that good and evil exist together in men. The battle between the gods was a battle of forces within a person. The desire to create discord (or Discordia) is always and will always be with us. These forces manifest in wars, economic battles and political upheavals. Like in the atom, the world is dying and being reborn every nanosecond.


It’s a story as old as man.