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Archive for July 4th, 2007

Tainted Chinese food ok for US consumers, per Bushco

Posted by Charles II on July 4, 2007

I feel bad for the Chinese people, who bear the brunt of the downward pressure of globalization on safety standards. But we’ve just seen a wave of pet deaths in this country due to Bushco’s dismantling of effective oversight of food and drug standards. 

 Jonathan Watts, The Guardian:

China is facing a global crisis of consumer confidence as the country’s food safety watchdog acknowledged this week that almost a fifth of the domestic products it inspects fail to reach minimum standards. Following a number of contamination scandals in the US, the world’s biggest exporter is struggling to prove that it can match quality with quantity.

In the first half of 2007, 19.1% of products made for domestic consumption were found to be substandard, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said in a statement on Tuesday. Among products made by small firms, the failure rate was nearly 30%.

…Underlining his concerns, officials said hundreds of bottles of fake human blood protein were found in hospitals and excessive amounts of additives and preservatives were detected in children’s snacks.

….Last year Peter Mandelson, the EU trade commissioner, said that European customs officers had seized fake birth control pills and HIV drugs from China. According to Mr Mandelson, half the counterfeit goods found in the EU originate in China.

… China fills the shelves of Wal-Mart, Tesco and Sainsbury’s with low-price products.

Low prices– and safety to match– all the time.

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Keith Olbermann Speaks

Posted by MEC on July 4, 2007

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You listen.

Video and transcript of Keith Olbermann’s special comment on Bush’s commutation of I. Lewis Libby’s sentence.

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Who Cares What We Think?

Posted by MEC on July 4, 2007

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So Dubya commuted Scooter’s sentence, saying he thought the sentence was “excessive”. Asked about that, Tony Snow said the president thinks any sentence would have been excessive. Message to us: Bush and his cronies are not accountable for the consequences of their actions.

The people who are surprised by George W. Bush’s consistent disregard for the rule of law, ethics, and public opinion haven’t been paying attention. They thought he was joking when he said on CNN, on December 19, 2000:

If this were a dictatorship, it’d be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I’m the dictator.

And they probably think Bill Hangley’s account of his encounter with George W. Bush is just an urban legend:

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I Was Wondering Why City Pages Sucked So Much Lately

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 4, 2007

Meet New Times chain head honcho Mike Lacey, the man who seems to be out to destroy alternative weeklies in America by zapping good reporters and civic-minded editors and replacing them with useless middle-management toads.

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