Tatooed Fruit

 

Fruit in Europe may no longer come with sticky labels, now that the European Union has approved the use of iron oxides and hydroxides, hydroxypropyl, methyl cellulose and polysorbates on the skins of fruit.

Using these chemicals creates contrast to allow the laser markings to stand out more clearly, and prevent the laser from penetrating the skin of the fruit.

A Spanish company developed the laser system, which can brand up to 54,000 pieces of fruit in an hour.

 
Fruit gets inked: Spanish company Laser Food has developed a method of branding fruits with a laser to replace the small stickers currently in use
 Spanish company Laser Food has developed a method of branding fruits with a laser to replace the small stickers currently in use

The company, Laser Food, developed the technology in 2009 and has been in talks with the EU to obtain approval ever since.

A significant stumbling block has been removed now that the EU has approved the use of iron oxides and hydroxides and other chemicals on fruits. 

The laser markings will contain information such as logos and place of origin and, according to trade magazine The Grocer, bar codes which could be scanned to access further information about the produce and QR codes that can be scanned with smartphones.

 
Details: The laser system can be used to inscribe brands and other information onto fruit such as melons, citrus and pomegranates
The laser system can be used to inscribe brands and other information onto fruit such as melons, citrus and pomegranates

 

 
Chemical romance: The EU has approved the use of some chemicals in labeling fruit, but so far only fruits that are usually peeled such as citrus
 The EU has approved the use of some chemicals in labeling fruit, but so far only fruits that are usually peeled such as citrus

Producers will know where their produce is being sold, and consumers will know the exact provenance of their fruit.

Jaime Sanfelix, managing director of Laser Food told The Grocer, ‘Consumers will have absolute certainty the product they are buying is fully guaranteed.’

 
Kiwi fruits with a sticker reading
Spanish company Laser Food has created a machine that is able to apply laser logos to fruits. Tattoos in the form of barcodes, logos, or QR codes can be used to mark the fresh produce?and 54,000 fruits can be branded within an hour.
 On the top, kiwifruit with the commonly-used stickers, and below, kiwi branded with lasers by Spanish company Laser Food
 

According to the ruling, the technology will be used on fruits which are usually peeled and the skin discarded:

‘[The chemicals] are to be used in small quantities and only on the external part of fruit and are not expected to migrate significantly into the internal part. For that reason, the treatment of fruit of which the peels are not commonly consumed is not liable to have an effect on human health. It is therefore appropriate only to allow…for marking of citrus fruit, melons and pomegranates…’ says the report.

The report also notes that the new technology will save on environmental costs of paper and glue needed for sticky labels.

The system will open up marketing opportunities for retailers too, who will be able to brand fruit with various motifs and logos.

Attribution: Alex Greig, Mail Online

Amnesty Vote Today!

On Monday at 5:30pm, the United States Senate will vote on the most sweeping immigration reform proposal it has considered in almost 3 decades – and it will do so having only seen the nearly 1200 pages of text for approximately 72 hours.  Americans – including myself, my fellow senators and our staffs – are still trying to figure out exactly what is in the new Schumer-Corker-Hoeven “deal.” 

Sound familiar?  Pass it to find out what’s in it?  Reminiscent of Obamacare, the lengthy amendment to replace the Gang of 8’s original bill was crafted behind closed doors and introduced late on Friday, after many members had left town.  In the 2007 immigration debate, close to 50 amendments were considered.  But this year, we have only debated 9 – with some of us being completely shut out. 

Given only a weekend to review the language, we will now vote on whether to end a debate that never really began.   To be clear – this is not a difficult vote.   On process alone, we should all vote “no.“  This was by design – the President, Harry Reid and the Gang of 8 preferred all along to ram through a “deal,” and not have a real debate – just like Obamacare.  Worse, just like Obamacare, the “deal” involved lots of horse-trading and buying off of votes at the last minute – a display of everything that is wrong with Washington, and one of the things I specifically campaigned against.

But, on substance – the vote is even easier.   There are too many troubling provisions of the bill to list, such as de facto affirmative action hiring for current illegal immigrants due to Obamacare and huge amounts of discretion for the DHS Secretary to waive deportation and inadmissibility.   And for all the talk, the new Schumer-Corker-Hoeven “deal” is nothing new at all.  It’s the same amnesty-before-false-promise-of-security of the Gang of 8 and the bills of debates past. 

That is why we started this petition, so that Americans can speak out and let Senators know that they oppose the legalization-first bill offered by the Gang of 8 and Schumer-Corker-Hoeven.

Here’s what we know that the bill does:

Grants Immediate Amnesty with Empty Promise of Border Security

Although we are told that it fixes border security, the Schumer-Corker-Hoeven amendment maintains the Gang of 8’s flawed framework of guaranteed and immediate legalization, followed by an empty promise of eventual border security.  This structure repeats the mistakes of the 1986 amnesty, which, as noted by former Attorney General Edwin Meese, is precisely the same as this “deal,” and only encourages more illegal immigration.

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Sharia…Coming to a City Near You?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Imagine this scenario. A husband-and-wife are married in the Catholic Church. The wife gets pregnant. They have a falling out and get divorced. The now ex-wife wishes to have an abortion but her ex-husband wishes her to have the baby.

Putting aside our views on murder abortion, the husband decides to challenge her decision. Rather than take her to civil court, he and she go before a Catholic tribunal. The tribunal rules that the woman must carry the baby to term and upon the baby’s birth relinquish he/she to the father who will have full custody.

The woman doesn’t stand for this ruling and takes the matter to her state court, but the state court upholds the Catholic ruling.

Now how many liberal organizations would have a cow over this? Naturally all of them. And might the Obama justice system inject themselves into this case? You bet they would.

Surprise. I would agree with the libs. This case should be decided in state court and a tribunal ruling should have no bearing on its outcome. Why? Because there is no place in this country for a parallel judicial system.

Yet with the infiltration of the Muslim Brotherhood and our overwhelming political correctness, how long will it be before Sharia law becomes that parallel system?

Another surprise. It’s already here, in a manner of speaking. Liberal judges are and have been deferring to Sharia law for years when adjudicating cases.

You may ask how prevalent it is, or more to the point, just how bad it could get?

Well, whenever you wish to predict the future, one merely has to find a similar situation that has already occurred and walk it back. Knowing that liberals and progressives follow the same patterns no matter where or when they reside, you can, with a fair amount of certainty, predict our future.

Political correctness coupled with fear is strangling Europe. As bad as it is here, it’s much worse in European countries. Predictably, France is at the politically correct forefront.

To date there are over 750 “No-Go Zones” in French cities, containing over 5 million Muslims. What’s a No-Go Zone? The PC name for it is “Sensitive Urban Zone”. Ah, that sounds nice, does it not?

What they are is whole swaths of a city where French law enforcement has virtually no presence. It’s a separate country within the city. These areas are controlled by Muslims and the law they follow is Sharia, not French. These neighborhoods erect mosques to further radicalize their population, all financed by governments such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar. In other words, the Muslim brotherhood.

Oops. Not all the financing comes from Middle East. A lot comes from public assistance provided by the liberal French government. Assistance such as welfare benefits, etc., similar to those provided to Tamerlin Tsarnaev in Boston.

And it’s not just France. This is happening all over Europe. Even Germany has a growing number of court cases where judges defer to Islamic Sharia law. Islamic “Shadow Courts” operate in every major German city.

So if we wish to see our future, whether it be our swift march to socialism and all the joy it creates, or the rise of Sharia, we have only to look across the pond.

Obama Closes More Federal Land to Drilling

The Obama administration is calling for cutting the amount of federal lands open for oil shale and tars sands development in the Western states, a plan that industry officials say may force companies to look overseas for opportunities.

A new Bureau of Land Management plan calls for allowing 700,000 acres of land for development, reports Fox News. This is a drastic cut from the Bush administration, which had set aside 1.3 million acres, and the oil industry is outraged by the change.

“What they basically did was make it so that nobody is going to want to spend money going after oil shale on federal government lands,” said Dan Kish, Senior Vice President of Institute for Energy Research.

Oil shale drilling is different from the hydraulic fracking process being used in places like the Bakken shale region in North Dakota or the Niobrara in Colorado. Fracking breaks through lwyers of shale rock and pumps out oil.

But oil shale refers to the rock itself. When companies subject the rock to pressure or high temperatures, either by leaving it in place or removing it, oil develops.

Colorado Wildlife Federation Spokesman Todd Malmsbury said the process raises a great deal of concerns about the impact on the region’s water and land.

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Misguided Colorado

During Colorado’s 2012-2013 General Assembly legislative session, multiple restrictive gun control measures were passed and signed into law. The legislation package, which was backed by the liberal Bloomberg group Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), is set to take effect on July 1 and includes 15 round limits on magazines, expanded background checks, firearm exchange regulation, and other new red tape implementation.

MAIG has taken the lead in the advance of gun control legislation in Colorado and across the nation, while Mayor Bloomberg has personally donated large sums to organizations that defend embattled Colorado State senators, Giron and Morse.

According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, MAIG recently went so far as to claim Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the terrorists involved with the Boston Marathon attack, was a victim of gun violence.

Meanwhile, Colorado now faces a variety of negative economic impacts as a result of the legislation supported by MAIG, passed by the Colorado legislature, and signed into law by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper.

1. Magpul Leaves Colorado

 

 

 

2. Canceled Shooting Sport Competitions 

 

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The Willing Proletariat

 

 by: the Common Constitutionalist

Marx said in 1848 that the world is more and more being divided into two opposing classes: the bourgeoisie (capitalists) and the proletariat (workers); exploiters and the exploited. The proletariat is defined as those without ownership over the means of production, and who therefore have to sell their labor power to capitalists in order to live.

The proletariat is often interchangeably referred to as the “working class,” though having a job does not necessarily make one a proletarian, and not every proletarian has access to a job.

For Marxists, socialism is dressed up as a political system based on the political power of working class people, the proletariat, over the overthrown capitalist ruling classes through the revolutionary use of state power. It is described as a “classless” society.

Of course, the proletariat either don’t realize or are not told that they in fact become the property of the state and thus owe everything to the leaders of the revolutionary movement, like Marx. They trade a perceived master for a real one, as it were. What they also are not told, until it is too late, is at least the capitalist system affords them freedom, if they choose to take advantage of it. The sociacommunist (just made it up, socialist + communist) system strips them of practically every freedom.

Therefore I contend that there not two opposing classes, but two opposing societies, sociacommunist and free.

Sociacommunism  is also far from a society devoid of classes. In a sociacommunist society there are in fact 2 classes; the haves and the have-nots. A truly free society is classless, where one can start out a have-not and become a have, whereas one has little to no chance of the same achievement within the other.

But a capitalist or free society can only exist with a moral people. As citizens begin to lose their morality, their sense of right and wrong, capitalism and freedom become corrupted and in step a Marx, Stalin, Mao, Hitler to lead the workers against the bourgeoisie. They appear to save the day, only to show their true colors later, when it is too late.

And that is the crossroad we find ourselves at now.

Rather than look within ourselves or to our neighbor for what is right or to solve a problem, we look to the state for guidance and security. Hurricane Katrina gave us a great example of this; the poor proletarian, knowing nothing of self-reliance and depending almost entirely on government guidance and assistance. They waited for the authorities to save them. Yet we didn’t hear the horror stories from tornado-ravaged Joplin Missouri.  Why? Freedom loving independent neighbors took care of their own. That’s why.

Rather than socialism and eventual communism being forced on us, we in this country have begun to choose socialism over freedom and the free market.

Citizens voluntarily relinquish freedoms in exchange for security and fairness, not comprehending the danger of this action.

The last several decades have brought us the constant drumbeat of state imposed rules and regulation. And with every new mandate; with every new intrusion, we lose a little more freedom. We are becoming the willing proletariat.

By design I believe, every successive generations freedoms are eroded further. Today’s generation knows nothing of the freedoms of generations past. Thus every subsequent generation know only the “new normal”.

Marx said, “The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains, they have a world to win.” Marx could say that, for he was not of the proletariat. The ruling class can always say that.

Immigration Law…Then and Now

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Who hasn’t heard the new pro-immigration ads? It seems like they’re playing on every news-radio station, all day. The group “Americans for a Conservative Direction” brings the ads to air. It is a lobbying group put together by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who is definitely not a conservative. The southern RINO Haley Barbour is also involved.

The ads posit the notion, put forth by Republicans Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan, that the current immigration system is de facto amnesty. They neglect to mention that the current system bears no resemblance to and follows virtually none of the thousands of immigration laws already on the books.

Rubio and Ryan take turns promoting the new 1000 page “comprehensive” bill, saying: “Let’s secure the border.” But that’s not what is in the bill. It says that DHS shall submit a plan to the secure the border – that’s it.

In the ad both senators claim: “they’ll undergo background checks, start paying taxes, won’t qualify for federal benefits, pay a fine, learn English and no amnesty.” They claim that if illegals do all this they will then go to the end of the immigration line.

All lies or half-truths.

And what if they don’t do all those things? Will we deport them Marco? Will we send them home Paul? Of course not.

So no matter what they say, in actuality, between 11 and 20 million illegals will become legal. Litigation will see to that. Mark my words.

Don’t believe me? Okay, let’s take a ride back to 1986 and examine IRCA, the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

This failed law allowed amnesty for in excess of 2.7 million illegals (a fraction of todays). It greatly contributed to the downfall of California with over 40% of all illegals ending up in California and Texas. Texas as we know, is far more conservative than is California, thus it has been spared the same fate.

But did IRCA accomplish what the liars in 1986 claim it would do? Did they shut down the border and end or greatly decrease illegal immigration? Nope – none of the above – as any thinking person would guess.

According to a study done by the Cato Institute: “IRCA did not achieve its goal of reducing illegal inflows and the size of the undocumented population. Illegal immigration quickly resumed growing and legal immigration increased because the families of legalization beneficiaries immigrated.” (chain migration)

The study added that stricter enforcement has had little actual deterrent effect. But of course, we all know there is no “stricter” border security. There is virtually no border security at all.

They (Cato) warned of the potential burden of legalizing so many unskilled immigrants. Almost half of all adult illegals had not even a high school education and they comprised 22% of all non-high school graduates.

As we conservatives all know today and was expressed after passage of the 1986 law, “the number of immigrants far exceeded expectations”. Big surprise!

Newly legalized women were found to have left the workforce. Why? They suddenly became eligible for far more government giveaway programs.

The study added that the new adult citizens could then sponsor relatives; their parents, children, married children and their spouses, and so on and so on. 11 million immigrants my foot. Try double or triple.

And all those new arrivals will of course be taking advantage of the freebies we so generously offer. How stupid are we?

They concluded that having an amnesty can create the expectation of additional future amnesties which encourage continued illegal inflows. Another shocker.

So what have we learned from the debacle of 1986? Evidently, absolutely nothing. Check that. We’ve learned that politics and elections trump the nation’s security and our ever-dwindling resources. Oh… and common sense. We’ve also learned that whatever the era, politicians lie.

Is it QE or the Titanic?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

We’ve all heard the term QE or Quantitative Easing. This is the third iteration of easing, jokingly coined as QE-Infinity. It is the demented idea of the Federal Reserve and in particular chairman Ben Bernanke.

For those unfamiliar with QE three, it is a program wherein the Fed purchases $85 billion of government debt; $45 billion in bonds and $40 billion in mortgage-backed securities. In a nutshell, unlike the other two QE’s, which were one-time massive influxes of money into the economy, and did no good, QE3 is a scheme that calls for the feds to spend that $85 billion every month. And that’s been happening month in and month out since September 2012.

Wow, the Federal Reserve must have a lot of money. Well, no… No it doesn’t and it doesn’t have to. None of this is real. That’s not quite accurate, but it’s close.

The Fed, in fact has no money. What it does have is a printing press. When it needs another $85 billion, it simply cranks up the press. Just like magic. No, not like magic. More like an illusion.

Actually, the way it works is simply this:

1.     The Fed holds a meeting.

2.     Those in the room decide how many more dollars they think the world needs.

  1. Someone walks over to a computer and adds that many dollars to the banks, with a few clicks of the keyboard.

The Fed spent more newly created money in just 15 months than it had created in its entire history up until 2008.

Have you been wondering why your money doesn’t seem to go as far as it used to? It’s not just your imagination; it doesn’t. The more money that’s out there floating around, the less it is worth.

Here is a scenario that may explain what the Fed is in fact doing to our economy. You are a manufacturer of widgets. Everything is going great until your patent runs out. All the sudden the market is flooded with widgets. Because everyone is now selling widgets it drives the price down due to the glut of product. The market reacts the same no matter what the product, whether it is widgets or dollars. It’s great for the consumer of widgets, but a glut of dollars simply decreases the buying power of the consumer.

You may have noticed there was a Fed meeting on Wednesday of this week. Okay, maybe you didn’t, but you probably noticed the stock market rocketing up 155 points that morning, then suddenly around 2 PM reversing itself and ending the day down some 87 points. That’s a 242-point swing. Why did it happen? The Fed merely hinted that it might consider tapering off it’s quantitative easing at some point. In other words, slowing the flow of easy money.

If I’m not mistaken the same thing happened last year and the stock market temporarily freaked out over it.

Everyone knows that Bernanke can’t keep this up forever. The presses will eventually have to stop, or at least slow. Bernanke is probably doing irreparable damage to our economy, but there’s no way to take that fake cash back. It’s driving down the value of the dollar, but it is propping up the stock market.

The Fed as well as the Wall Street “experts” claim that when they do start to taper off the easy money influx, the geniuses at the Fed will do it so slowly we will hardly notice. Really!

The jittery market swings in triple digits with just a sniff of a possible slowdown at some later date.

So what will really happen when the hose is finally pinched? Look out below!