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Monday, January 30, 2012, 11:45 AM
  • Greece plans orderly exit of the Eurozone
  • Anxiety Mounts Over Maturing Real Estate Loans
  • With Focus on Income Inequality, Albany Bill Will Seek $8.50 Minimum Wage
  • U.S. Banks Tally Their Exposure to Europe’s Debt Maelstrom
  • Greece - Between Iran and a Hard Place
  • Transmission Line Under the Mediterranean to Supply Italy with Clean Power
  • Texas's Electrical Power Predicament - Part 1
  • Monsanto & Cancer Milk: Fox News Kills Story And Fires Reporters

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Economy

Greece plans orderly exit of the Eurozone (kelvinator)

Greece plans an orderly exit out of the Eurozone according to two sources close to Mr. Papademos, Greek Prime Minister, who spoke on condition of anonymity earlier today. The sources confirmed that plans are ready to return to a legacy currency given the current circumstances and that such exit would be dealt with, quote “in as orderly a fashion as possible” unquote.

Anxiety Mounts Over Maturing Real Estate Loans (June C.)

While the number of loans maturing is expected to spike this year — $40.7 billion worth of securitized commercial mortgage loans matured last year and $49.5 billion worth is expected to mature in 2013 — the universe of lenders has shrunk. European banks, reeling from the debt crisis, have mostly stopped underwriting loans in the United States, while the market for commercial mortgage-backed securities remains relatively small, at roughly $30 billion in new issuance expected this year. And while insurance companies have increased their appetite for commercial mortgage loans, they are very conservative in their lending standards and selective in their deals.

With Focus on Income Inequality, Albany Bill Will Seek $8.50 Minimum Wage (jdargis)

The New York proposal, which Mr. Silver said would be his top legislative priority this year, will be subject to close scrutiny from Senate Republicans and business leaders, who say the measure could hurt job growth. But Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, a political independent with strong ties to the business community, has supported Mr. Silver’s call for an increase in the minimum wage.

“It is impossible to live in this city on $15,000 a year,” said Micah C. Lasher, Mr. Bloomberg’s director of state legislative affairs.

U.S. Banks Tally Their Exposure to Europe’s Debt Maelstrom (jdargis)

But these banks have made extensive use of a type of financial insurance, called credit-default swaps, to help them offset any losses that might occur if defaults swamped the five troubled nations. Using these swaps, along with other measures, the five banks have cut their theoretical exposure to the troubled countries by $30 billion, to $50 billion. The analysis also shows that Citigroup has the greatest percentage of its exposure potentially protected at 47 percent, while Bank of America has bought the least protection at 12 percent.

Energy

Greece - Between Iran and a Hard Place (James S.)

British Foreign Secretary William Hague was in a similarly smug mood, telling reporters that the measures were part of "an unprecedented set of sanctions. I think this shows the resolve of the European Union on this issue and of the international community. It is absolutely right to do this in view of Iran's continued breach of UN Security Council resolutions and its refusal to come to meaningful negotiations on the nuclear program."

Transmission Line Under the Mediterranean to Supply Italy with Clean Power (James S.)

Many Solar enthusiasts dislike CSP due to the high costs, especially now that the prices of photovoltaics (PVs) have plummeted. Even Google has moved the focus of its energy fund from CSP to PV. Another criticism of CSP is the large useage of water it requires for cleaning the mirrors. Water, which in desert areas (the sort of places CSP plants are built), is a very scarce resource. However New technologies are being developed that use alternative cleaning methods. “The project has been designed to reduce water requirements to a bare minimum by using a dry, air-based cooling system (for cleaning).”

Texas's Electrical Power Predicament - Part 1 (Crash_Watcher)

The title of this article might seem strange given the recent nation-wide 50% drop in electricity prices, apparently due to the glut of natural gas being produced. However, I think that there is good evidence to suggest that a combination of growing electricity demand and decreasing ability to produce electricity will put Texas in a very tight position in 2012 and beyond. It is not just that Texas could face rolling brownouts as intimated by Hofmeister—with as hot as a summer as last year, it is highly likely that Texas will have several days of rolling brown-outs. The increased risk for brown-outs in the coming years is because of the combination of increased demand because of Texas’s growing populations and economy, and decreased production, because Texas will lose several coal-fired power generation plants.

Environment

Monsanto & Cancer Milk: Fox News Kills Story And Fires Reporters (Chris M.)

[Ed. Note: Excerpt from the movie The Corporation, made in 2003] Reporters uncover that most of the Milk in the USA and across some parts of the world is unfit to drink due to Monsanto Corporation's POSILAC®, which has been proven to be a cancer-causing growth hormone.(known in short as "BGH" "BST" or "rBGH" ), but they were fired for attempting to inform people of the truth.

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Good piece on Milk

Nice video and article on milk.  I wonder if some of the powdered milk substitues are safe.

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Monsanto has a long history of messing with food

 See the movie "The Future of Food" for free on imdb.com. A citizen has to stay on their toes to safeguard what is simply available to feed their children and grandchildren.

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Wonder where the missing

Wonder where the missing money went???

http://www.cnbc.com/id/46160875

The Pentagon doesn’t know what happened to more than $100 million in cash held at Saddam Hussein’s palace in Baghdad during the Iraq war, according to a new report by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.

What’s more, the Pentagon can’t find documents to explain what it spent as much as $1.7 billion on from funds held on behalf of the Iraqi government by the New York Federal Reserve, the report says.

The missing records raise new questions about how the US government handled billions of dollars in Iraqi funds during the war.

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Bob1 - powdered milk substitues .
Bob1 wrote:

Nice video and article on milk.  I wonder if some of the powdered milk substitues are safe.

the majority of soybean seeds sold are monsanto GMO (roundup ready)

Currently, residents of the United States and Canada consume genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in around 70% of the foods they buy in grocery stores.

http://ecosalon.com/soy-powerful-how-monsanto-pushes-genetically-modified-soybeans-on-unwilling-consumers/

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Raw Amish Milk

  Makes me more thankful every day to have  grass fed Raw Organic Milk available . And  at $2 a gallon ..Bonus !    They laugh at me for not milking my own cow  but ,as long as I can afford gas to go the 20 miles and get 15 gallons to last 2 weeks   I am doing it . You can not beat the butter ,yogurt , and cheese  that I make from it .

  Vs,  1/2 hour milking morning and night  .   Plus hay expense.  I still think I have the better deal .    I might have to make cheese to pay for the gas someday .

   If you are looking for a bug out place I would research these areas .

  FM 

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Raw Organic Milk es muy bien.
Full Moon wrote:

  Makes me more thankful every day to have  grass fed Raw Organic Milk available . And  at $2 a gallon ..Bonus !    They laugh at me for not milking my own cow  but ,as long as I can afford gas to go the 20 miles and get 15 gallons to last 2 weeks   I am doing it . You can not beat the butter ,yogurt , and cheese  that I make from it .

  Vs,  1/2 hour milking morning and night  .   Plus hay expense.  I still think I have the better deal .    I might have to make cheese to pay for the gas someday .

   If you are looking for a bug out place I would research these areas .

  FM 

 

From what I've read in Jordan Rubin's "The Raw Truth", it is preferable to consume milk that is unpasteurized, as well as, the yogurt, kefir, cheese, and creams to be made from it. This is due to the process of heating destroying enzymes, proteins, and fat molecules, making raw milk products more nutritious and beneficial in many ways. Read the book and see for yourself, daily doses of kefir and yogurt alone are amazing for immune and digestive health.

The local sources of food is key as well, I myself have invested into a herd sharing program for the reasons just listed. Also goat milk or sheep milk can be easier to digest. 

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more Kunstler

Jive Talkin

     Well, he had to get up there and say something. In this particular winter of our discontent, the wispiest nostrums and baldest lies will do. America is not interested in reality. America is a nine-hundred pound man imprisoned in a fetid trailer bedroom begging for one more case of Little Debbie Cocoa Cremes before the front-end-loader bashes through the wall to haul him to intensive care. America just wants to hear another story about its own wonderfulness before that happens. America's soul is so lost that it has disappeared into the same cosmic wilderness that MF Global's client accounts were last seen entering.
     Mr. Obama keeps telling nationwide audiences that "we have a supply of natural gas that can last America nearly 100 years." That is just not true. If he believes it then he is either 1) getting treasonously bad advice from dishonest advisors or 2) not reading reports issued by his own agencies or 3) just making shit up. This was the same week, by the way, when the US Department of Energy dropped its estimate for the Marcellus shale gas play by 66 percent, while the estimate for all US shale basins went down 42 percent. The shale gas industry is another Ponzi bubble that is about to founder on a scarcity of investment capital. Just watch.
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Milk? How about the courts ruling?

Am I the only one that thinks that the real story behind the Milk is the ruling by the Florida appeals court? 

Falsify news is not breaking the law 

Does this precedent not setup a perfect storm for a misinformed public? Many people take the news at it word and believe it as truth, but in reality they are spoon feed whatever the media corporation wants them to think. I know other nations have laws against falsifying news. 

I linked this story on facebook and had it reshared quite a bit. I made it clear the concern about the legality of falsifying news. All the people would comment on is the milk. This type of behavior reminds me of a satire Onion News video where pundits are rated live and they find one word that gets them a high rating, the word was post office box.  *sigh*

If you have seen the onion video it is a pretty good laugh.

New Live Poll Lets Pundits Pander To Viewers In Real Time

 

 

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heffe wrote: Full Moon
heffe wrote:
Full Moon wrote:

  Makes me more thankful every day to have  grass fed Raw Organic Milk available . And  at $2 a gallon ..Bonus !    They laugh at me for not milking my own cow  but ,as long as I can afford gas to go the 20 miles and get 15 gallons to last 2 weeks   I am doing it . You can not beat the butter ,yogurt , and cheese  that I make from it .

  Vs,  1/2 hour milking morning and night  .   Plus hay expense.  I still think I have the better deal .    I might have to make cheese to pay for the gas someday .

   If you are looking for a bug out place I would research these areas .

  FM 

 

From what I've read in Jordan Rubin's "The Raw Truth", it is preferable to consume milk that is unpasteurized, as well as, the yogurt, kefir, cheese, and creams to be made from it. This is due to the process of heating destroying enzymes, proteins, and fat molecules, making raw milk products more nutritious and beneficial in many ways. Read the book and see for yourself, daily doses of kefir and yogurt alone are amazing for immune and digestive health.

The local sources of food is key as well, I myself have invested into a herd sharing program for the reasons just listed. Also goat milk or sheep milk can be easier to digest. 

Actually, you're better off not drinking any milk at all.  Animal milk is best for baby animals, not adult humans.  Drink pasteurized and experience the problems with de-natured proteins and enzymes.  Drink raw and risk disease.  Milk is mucogenic and casein is a common allergen and a primary constituent of glue. Plus, herd sharing usually means paying more than you should.  By the way, the countries with the highest rate of dairy product consumption also have the highest rate of osteoporosis. 

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ao wrote:
heffe wrote:
Full Moon wrote:

  Makes me more thankful every day to have  grass fed Raw Organic Milk available . And  at $2 a gallon ..Bonus !    They laugh at me for not milking my own cow  but ,as long as I can afford gas to go the 20 miles and get 15 gallons to last 2 weeks   I am doing it . You can not beat the butter ,yogurt , and cheese  that I make from it .

  Vs,  1/2 hour milking morning and night  .   Plus hay expense.  I still think I have the better deal .    I might have to make cheese to pay for the gas someday .

   If you are looking for a bug out place I would research these areas .

  FM 

 

From what I've read in Jordan Rubin's "The Raw Truth", it is preferable to consume milk that is unpasteurized, as well as, the yogurt, kefir, cheese, and creams to be made from it. This is due to the process of heating destroying enzymes, proteins, and fat molecules, making raw milk products more nutritious and beneficial in many ways. Read the book and see for yourself, daily doses of kefir and yogurt alone are amazing for immune and digestive health.

The local sources of food is key as well, I myself have invested into a herd sharing program for the reasons just listed. Also goat milk or sheep milk can be easier to digest. 

Actually, you're better off not drinking any milk at all.  Animal milk is best for baby animals, not adult humans.  Drink pasteurized and experience the problems with de-natured proteins and enzymes.  Drink raw and risk disease.  Milk is mucogenic and casein is a common allergen and a primary constituent of glue. Plus, herd sharing usually means paying more than you should.  By the way, the countries with the highest rate of dairy product consumption also have the highest rate of osteoporosis. 

  Thank you ao,  for the  info and  Yes I have read all that .   It is too convient,  I do not think it took man kind very long to learn to make cheese and yogurt.. Heffe  fermentation is a good thing   I even make kabucha  fermented tea  .  Anyway  I am really taking a guess that my ancestors have drank milk for thousands of years .  I know you will understand where this comes from ...  Desire the sincere milk of the Word .   I am not looking for a spitting contest  and am not a great debator ... everyone must eat and drink as their own conscience leads . I also eat meat because my eyes are in the front of my head and am a preditor .. 

 

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Milk is for cows?

I was a dairy person 'till I hit about 27.  Then I just stopped.  Now just a tad of kefir once in a blue moon.  Oh yeah, and some Hagen Daz once a month, or more if I remember.  We all gotta die of something...but I'm hoping the kambucha will delay the event.    Aloha, Steve.

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Gross out.

I am trying to get off milk because of the Mastitis issue. How much cow's puss have I drunk in the past?

The trouble is powdered milk is so convenient. Most of milk is water and if I don't have to transport water on my bicycle I don't.

Idealy I would like to buy powdered soy milk.

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I'd suggest you try rice

I'd suggest you try rice milk, Arthur.  I went to it from soy milk- still only rarely- for the taste and to try to avoid any GMO, and other, soy  issues.  Pretty tasty in my granola....Aloha Steve.

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Good god ao get a grip
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Actually, you're better off not drinking any milk at all.  Animal milk is best for baby animals, not adult humans.  Drink pasteurized and experience the problems with de-natured proteins and enzymes.  Drink raw and risk disease.  Milk is mucogenic and casein is a common allergen and a primary constituent of glue. Plus, herd sharing usually means paying more than you should.  By the way, the countries with the highest rate of dairy product consumption also have the highest rate of osteoporosis. 

Based on past experiences, I know you engage in useless bickering over stupid shit like this. Since you have a grudge, agenda, insecurities against me, you felt like arguing.

1) Read the book, see the evidence for yourself.  The author overcame Crohn's disease via consuming of a raw diet, specifically it was the probiotics and cultures within the raw kefir that helped him overcome the disease that doctors were unable to.  Milk may not work for everyone, but yogurt and kefir can, as they do not contain lactose, and have more protein, minerals, and vitamins than meat. Goats milk is the easiest for humans to digest.

2) The dairy farm I work with has had no cases of disease in over two decades of producing raw milk for my area. It has to be local, and organic. Your claims of paying more for herd sharing are again demonstrative of your argumentative, insecure character. You have no idea how much I pay. In Oregon, it is illegal to purchase raw milk, so I have to own herd shares to aqcuire it.

3) Your last sentence saddens me, you have a graduate degree? How is it you got so far in college without the ability to critically analyze information?  Ever consider alternative causes for the osteoporosis you referenced?  Ever consider that correlation does not equate to causation? 

These countries you talk about also have;

- low physical exercise for majority of population, which is major contributor of bone decalcification.

- Diets of mostly processed, cooked, pastuerized foods, of which our bodies are unable to extract nutrients as effectively as raw foods. Again, read the book; our 1.5 million years of evolution in Africa never had cooked, processed foods, so our bodies best derive the minerals, vitamins, fats, carbs, and proteins we need from raw, unprocessed foods.

- low amounts of daily sunlight, as majority of people work inside, and spend free time inside as well.  The Surgeon General of the Bush Commission was the 1st ever to predict that a majority of Americans will have osteoporosis by 2020, his reasons for this increase?  Diets of bad food, low physical exercise, and low sunlight exposure.

 

 

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hold the hate heffe
heffe wrote:
ao wrote:

 

Actually, you're better off not drinking any milk at all.  Animal milk is best for baby animals, not adult humans.  Drink pasteurized and experience the problems with de-natured proteins and enzymes.  Drink raw and risk disease.  Milk is mucogenic and casein is a common allergen and a primary constituent of glue. Plus, herd sharing usually means paying more than you should.  By the way, the countries with the highest rate of dairy product consumption also have the highest rate of osteoporosis. 

Based on past experiences, I know you engage in useless bickering over stupid shit like this. Since you have a grudge, agenda, insecurities against me, you felt like arguing.

1) Read the book, see the evidence for yourself.  The author overcame Crohn's disease via consuming of a raw diet, specifically it was the probiotics and cultures within the raw kefir that helped him overcome the disease that doctors were unable to.  Milk may not work for everyone, but yogurt and kefir can, as they do not contain lactose, and have more protein, minerals, and vitamins than meat. Goats milk is the easiest for humans to digest.

2) The dairy farm I work with has had no cases of disease in over two decades of producing raw milk for my area. It has to be local, and organic. Your claims of paying more for herd sharing are again demonstrative of your argumentative, insecure character. You have no idea how much I pay. In Oregon, it is illegal to purchase raw milk, so I have to own herd shares to aqcuire it.

3) Your last sentence saddens me, you have a graduate degree? How is it you got so far in college without the ability to critically analyze information?  Ever consider alternative causes for the osteoporosis you referenced?  Ever consider that correlation does not equate to causation? 

These countries you talk about also have;

- low physical exercise for majority of population, which is major contributor of bone decalcification.

- Diets of mostly processed, cooked, pastuerized foods, of which our bodies are unable to extract nutrients as effectively as raw foods. Again, read the book; our 1.5 million years of evolution in Africa never had cooked, processed foods, so our bodies best derive the minerals, vitamins, fats, carbs, and proteins we need from raw, unprocessed foods.

- low amounts of daily sunlight, as majority of people work inside, and spend free time inside as well.  The Surgeon General of the Bush Commission was the 1st ever to predict that a majority of Americans will have osteoporosis by 2020, his reasons for this increase?  Diets of bad food, low physical exercise, and low sunlight exposure.

 

heffe,

Hold the hate.  I think it's you that needs to get a grip.  You're overreacting as usual and projecting your behavior and insecurities onto another as is par for you.  Also, most of what you are stating is frought with incomplete knowledge, misconceptions, omissions, inaccuracies, and a very superficial understanding.  I kept things simple so as not to make the issue confusing but you obviously don't understand basic biochemistry related to decalcification vs. demineralization, phosphorus calcium interactions, sulfur containing amino acids, metabolic types, racial variabilities related to enzymes and isozymes, etc.  But given your attitude, it's just not worth my time explaining it to you.  You're the one with the medical problems, not me.  Good luck but I think you're going down the wrong path.   

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