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  • Radiation Traces Found in U.S. Milk

    03/30/2011 8:00:32 PM PDT · by Scythian · 38 replies
    The U.S. government said Wednesday that traces of radiation have been found in milk in Washington state, but said the amounts are far too low to trigger any public-health concern. The Environmental Protection Agency said a March 25 sample of milk produced in the Spokane, Wash., area contained a 0.8 pico curies per literlevel of iodine-131, which it said was less than one five-thousandth of the safety safety guideline set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The EPA said it increased monitoring after radiation leaked from Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. It expects more such findings in coming days,...
  • Scientists predict strong thirst for 'human milk' (genetically modified dairy products)

    03/22/2011 2:12:57 AM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    People Daily ^ | 3/22/11
    Scientists predict strong thirst for 'human milk'08:31, March 22, 2011 Genetically modified (GM) dairy products that are similar to human milk will appear on the Chinese market in two years, an expert in biotechnology has predicted. Li Ning, a scientist from the Chinese Academy of Engineering and director of the State Key Laboratories for AgroBiotechnology at China Agricultural University, said progress in the field is well under way. Li said Chinese scientists have successfully created a herd of more than 200 cows that is capable of producing milk that contains the characteristics of human milk. He said the technology is...
  • North Dakota mom offers breast milk online

    02/21/2011 8:06:45 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 22 replies
    upi ^ | Feb. 20, 2011
    BISMARCK, N.D., A North Dakota woman says she produces so much breast milk she's offering it for sale on Craigslist. Breanna Clemons, 26, of Bismarck told The Grand Forks Herald, "As we speak, I have over 200 bags." She is asking $2 per ounce but says she is mainly trying to help mothers who cannot nurse and whose babies cannot drink formula. "If someone were to inquire, I would pump it and store it, so it would be as fresh as possible for them," she said. So far, Clemons, who is married and has two young children, has had no...
  • Thomas Sowell : Spilled Milk (Regulations often cost more than they’re worth)

    02/02/2011 8:12:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/02/2011 | Thomas Sowell
    Despite the old saying, “Don’t cry over spilled milk,” the Environmental Protection Agency is doing just that. We all understand why the EPA was given the power to issue regulations to guard against oil spills, such as that of the Exxon Valdez in Alaska or the more recent BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. But not everyone understands that any power given to any bureaucracy for any purpose can be stretched far beyond that purpose. In a classic example of this process, the EPA has decided that, since milk contains oil, it has the authority to force farmers...
  • EPA To Regulate Milk Spills

    01/27/2011 5:48:01 PM PST · by Biggirl · 49 replies ^ | January 27, 2011 | SoundOffSister
    Yes, you read that headline correctly. The federal government has decided that spilled milk creates a serious enough danger that it needs to be regulated, and, the EPA is just the agency to do so. Follow the bouncing ball, here. It seems that the EPA has discovered that milk contains, a percentage of animal fat, which is a non-petroleum oil.
  • Land of Milk and Regulation

    01/27/2011 6:28:12 AM PST · by Daveinyork · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 1-27-11 | Editorial staff
    President Obama says he wants to purge regulations that are "just plain dumb," like his humorous State of the Union bit about salmon. So perhaps he should review a new rule that is supposed to prevent oil spills akin to the Gulf Coast disaster—at the nation's dairy farms. Two weeks ago, the Environmental Protection Agency finalized a rule that subjects dairy producers to the Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure program, which was created in 1970 to prevent oil discharges in navigable waters or near shorelines. Naturally, it usually applies to oil and natural gas outfits. But the EPA has discovered...
  • Why I’m Soured on the Idea of Praying to a Jug of Milk

    12/22/2010 1:37:27 PM PST · by · 13 replies · 1+ views ^ | 12/22/2010 | David Shedlock
    Chris Redford, former Assembly of God youth group member turned atheist (Evid3nc3 on Youtube) began a direct assault on God with a series of 13 videos on YouTube he calls Deconversion. As in the original video recounting his own falling away, which I critiqued earlier, Redford begins with the assumption that he was once a Christian. In this second video, Redford directly attacks Jesus when he challenges the Lord and His call to prayer, and describes his evolving definition of prayer. One noticeable problem from the very beginning is when he confuses the term “intercessory prayer” with the term...
  • Breast Feeding Benefits Boys' Brains [Australia]

    12/20/2010 9:21:15 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 22 replies · 2+ views
    MedPage Today ^ | December 20, 2010 | MedPage Today
    Breast feeding for at least six months has been associated with enhanced immunity and other benefits for children -- but a prospective study from Australia suggests breast feeding may also yield academic benefits later in a child's life, at least for boys. The study, which followed almost 3,000 children from birth onward, found those who were predominantly breast fed for six months or longer had significantly higher scores on standardized tests of reading, math, and spelling at age 10 compared with kids breast fed for shorter periods, according to Wendy Oddy, PhD, of Telethon Institute for Child Health Research in...
  • Farm Produces Non-Violent Milk

    11/25/2010 7:25:23 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Wednesday, November 24, 2010
    An Australian farm is laying claim to producing the country's only non-violent milk, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported. Workers on New Govardhana farm in Queensland do not use dogs to round up cattle, machines for milking or send cows to slaughter. One of the 80 Hare Krishna devotees who live on the farm, Vrindavana Sevika Devi Dasi said milk from the cows, known as ahimsa milk, was much creamier and sweeter than normal milk because of the treatment of the herd. She said the cows were hand milked and the faith's followers wanted to show the dairy industry a positive...
  • US researchers explain how cats lap liquids with elegance

    11/11/2010 9:52:36 PM PST · by Jaded · 25 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/13/10 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – US researchers on Thursday unveiled the secret of how cats lap water or milk with such elegance, a phenomenon that happens so fast it cannot be followed by human eyes. Cats are among the many species that, unlike humans, cannot close their mouths and create suction. With help from from high-speed video taken of a felines lapping liquid, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Princeton University found that household cats and larger felines like tigers balance gravity and inertia as they imbibe liquids. The research will appear in the November 12 issue of the...
  • Man strips nude, pours milk on self at Revere store

    11/01/2010 9:29:05 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 54 replies
    WHDH-TV ^ | 11/1/10 | WHDH-TV
    REVERE, Mass. -- A man walked into a Revere convenience store Thursday night, stripped naked, and then poured milk all over himself, according to investigators. The store owner said he's never seen anything like it. “It's very scary. Very scary. Especially, I did not witness or heard anything like this for a long time,” said Shaheedul Islam, the store owner. The store owner said he doesn't plan to file charges. Police said the intruder was having a bad reaction to his medication. He was taken to a hospital for a mental evaluation.
  • I'm Eating What?! Cultured Horse and Camel Milk Drinks

    10/19/2010 10:35:20 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Broward & Palm Beach New Times ^ | 10/15/2010 | Riki Altman
    This is a first, and it's not something to be proud of, but I have to be honest: I didn't actually ingest this week's "I'm Eating What?!?" products. Yes, the whole aim of this column is to chomp down on unusual things, swallow, research and report. But when something smells so gawd-awful that it makes me want to wretch -- no gig is worth that. (My friend and fellow taster, a particularly vociferous bacon-lover, even pulled the Jew card as an excuse for not trying the products, claiming they weren't kosher. Girl, puuuuhhhlleeease.) However, we are pleased to report that...
  • How Middle Eastern Milk Drinkers Conquered Europe

    10/15/2010 7:56:47 AM PDT · by Palter · 30 replies
    Spiegel ^ | 15 Oct 2010 | Matthias Schulz
    New research has revealed that agriculture came to Europe amid a wave of immigration from the Middle East during the Neolithic period. The newcomers won out over the locals because of their sophisticated culture, mastery of agriculture -- and their miracle food, milk. Wedged in between dump trucks and excavators, archeologist Birgit Srock is drawing the outline of a 7,200-year-old posthole. A concrete mixing plant is visible on the horizon. She is here because, during the construction of a high-speed rail line between the German cities of Nuremberg and Berlin, workers happened upon a large Neolithic settlement in the Upper...
  • Could Camel Milk Come to Europe?

    08/17/2010 5:27:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    The United Arab Emirates has been pushing hard for the European Union to accept imports from its camel dairy farms. Until now the EU has not considered the camel to be a dairy animal, but in the last few weeks the legal process has moved along. Could camel milk soon arrive on a supermarket shelf near you?
  • Pasteurized Milk Mustache

    08/05/2010 7:54:43 AM PDT · by Sopater · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund ^ | August 2, 2010 | Pete Kennedy
    Most people have heard of the "Got Milk?" and milk mustache advertising campaigns that are designed to promote the sale and consumption of milk and milk products in the United States.  The advertising and promotion of dairy products is overseen by the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (National Dairy Board - NDB), an organization that is a part of the Agricultural Marketing Services (AMS); AMS is a division of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administers programs that help market U.S. agricultural products.  According to AMS's website, "The Dairy Production Stabilization Act of 1983" (Dairy Act) authorized...
  • Gun-toting investigators raid Venice raw foods grocery

    07/28/2010 1:10:18 AM PDT · by Chet 99 · 35 replies · 2+ views
    Investigators recently entered an organic grocery with a search warrant and ordered the hemp-clad workers to put down their buckets of mashed coconut cream and to step away from the nuts. Then, guns drawn, four officers fanned out across Rawesome Foods in Venice. Skirting past the arugula and peering under crates of zucchini, they found the raid's target inside a walk-in refrigerator: unmarked jugs of raw milk. "I still can't believe they took our yogurt," said Rawesome volunteer Sea J. Jones, a few days after the raid. "There's a medical marijuana shop a couple miles away, and they're raiding us...
  • Cows moo-ve over: camel milk coming to Europe

    07/05/2010 6:32:46 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 5, 2010 | Erika Solomon
    DUBAI (Reuters) – Hard on the hooves of cow's and goat's milk, European grocery shelves may soon be invaded by milk from that proverbial ship of the desert, the camel. An animal famous for bad breath and ill humour might seem an unlikely source of liquid to lubricate a bowl of breakfast cereal or froth up a latte, but promoters from the United Arab Emirates say it is healthy -- and almost like mother's own. "People with lactose intolerance can drink it with no problem, unlike cow's milk, it doesn't cause protein allergies, and it's high in insulin," said Ulrich...
  • Why We Need More Government

    06/28/2010 3:58:19 PM PDT · by scottfactor · 4 replies ^ | 06/28/2010 | Kevin Crosby
    I read this on Stossel’s blog this morning and thought it was a good idea to pass this on to all of you good folks. "Now here is another example of why the government is so adept at helping us all live better lives. 'New Environmental Protection Agency regulations treat spilled milk like oil, requiring farmers to build extra storage tanks and form emergency spill plans. …'" I was worried that you might miss it and I was just sure that you would want to be informed of such important new rules as this surly is. I get such a...
  • EPA classifies milk as oil, forcing costly rules on farmers

    06/15/2010 1:38:49 PM PDT · by ironwill · 64 replies · 1,089+ views
    The Grand Rapids Press ^ | June 14, 2010 | Monica Scott
    GRAND RAPIDS -- Having watched the oil gushing in the Gulf of Mexico, dairy farmer Frank Konkel has a hard time seeing how spilled milk can be labeled the same kind of environmental hazard. But the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is classifying milk as oil because it contains a percentage of animal fat, which is a non-petroleum oil. The Hesperia farmer and others would be required to develop and implement spill prevention plans for milk storage tanks. The rules are set to take effect in November, though that date might be pushed back. "That could get expensive quickly," Konkel said....
  • Study backs heart-healthy effect of dairy fat

    06/09/2010 9:23:31 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 45+ views
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Eating dairy foods could help protect your heart, new research from Sweden suggests. Dairy foods are a major source of saturated fat in the diet, which has been associated with heart disease. However, there's some evidence that dairy foods could actually benefit heart health, for example by lowering blood pressure or reducing cholesterol levels, Dr. Eva Warensjo of Uppsala University and her colleagues note in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. To get a clearer sense of people's intake of fat from dairy and heart disease risk, Warensjo and her team measured blood levels of...
  • Department Of Justice Files Charges Over Tragic Spill

    06/03/2010 9:27:30 PM PDT · by gura · 5 replies · 419+ views ^ | 6/3/2010 | Comrade Scott
    Department Of Justice Files Charges Over Tragic Spill On Thursday Attorney General Eric Holder announced that criminal charges will be filed over the tragic spill that occurred 42 days ago in McKinney Texas. Holder and his crack team were lucky enough to be on the scene at Spoon’s Diner when James Friday, age 11, carelessly knocked over a large glass of milk his mother had ordered for him. Quickly sensing the gravity of the situation Holder and his team sealed off the diner and informed all of the patrons that they would be detained indefinitely as witnesses. “Whether this was...
  • Milk: 2 glasses a day tones muscles, keeps the fat away in women, study shows (after weight-lifting)

    05/26/2010 11:44:20 AM PDT · by decimon · 58 replies · 988+ views
    McMaster University ^ | May 26, 2010 | Unknown
    HAMILTON, CANADA – Women who drink two large glasses of milk a day after their weight-lifting routine gained more muscle and lost more fat compared to women who drank sugar-based energy drinks, a McMaster study has found. The study appears in the June issue of Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise. "Resistance training is not a typical choice of exercise for women," says Stu Phillips, professor in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University. "But the health benefits of resistance training are enormous: It boosts strength, bone, muscular and metabolic health in a way that other types of exercise...
  • Saudi Scholar's Fatwa Wades Into Controversy (Men Should Drink Breast Milk Before Contact w/ Women)

    05/23/2010 1:48:28 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 41 replies · 1,077+ views ^ | May 22, 2010 | Habib Toumi, Bahrain Bureau Chief
    Saudi scholar's fatwa wades into controversy Saudi scholar gets into trouble for saying that women could give their milk to men for maternal relations Manama: A Saudi scholar has waded into controversy after he said that women could give their milk to men to establish a degree of maternal relations and get around a strict religious ban on mixing between unrelated men and women. According to Shaikh Abdul Mohsin Al Abaican, a consultant at Saudi Arabia's royal court, a man who often entered a house and came in contact with the womenfolk there should be made symbolically related to the...
  • Feds Tell Court They Can Decide What You Eat

    05/14/2010 9:30:54 AM PDT · by Rytwyng · 84 replies · 2,024+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | May 14, 2010 | Bob Unruh
    Feds tell court they can decide what you eat 'Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to obtain any food they wish' Attorneys for the federal government have argued in a lawsuit pending in federal court in Iowa that individuals have no "fundamental right" to obtain what food they choose. The brief was filed April 26 in support of a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund over the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's ban on the interstate sale of raw milk....
  • Ro, she didn't! "Good Day" anchor's J-bomb stuns

    04/30/2010 12:26:16 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 42 replies · 2,436+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | April 29, 2010 | Lindsay Goldwert
    The milk debate sparked some salty language on "Good Day New York" this morning. The anchors were debating the National Milk Producers Federation's assertion that products should only be categorized as “milk” when it comes from a “lactating animal.”
  • Woman Charged for Squirting Breast Milk at Deputy....

    03/08/2010 11:42:24 AM PST · by TaraP · 87 replies · 630+ views
    Fox News ^ | March 8th, 2010
    A Kentucky woman was charged with assault after she allegedly squirted breast milk into the face of a deputy, sparking online debate Sunday in the local media. Toni Tramel, 31, was arrested Thursday for public intoxication in Owensboro, WYMT-TV reported, but it is what she did next which has attracted headlines. As Tramel changed into an inmate uniform, she squirted a stream of breast milk into the face of the female deputy watching over her. A press release from the Daviess County, Kentucky, Detention Center, said that after the deputy decontaminated herself from the "bio-hazard", Tramel was charged with third...
  • CA: Filming of state milk ads is heading abroad to save moola

    11/13/2009 11:27:13 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 599+ views
    LA Times ^ | 11/13/09 | Richard Verrier
    The California Milk Advisory Board may have shot itself in the hoof. The board, which promotes the state's dairy farmers and is overseen by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, is again preparing to film commercials touting California milk from California cows -- in New Zealand. In January, it plans to shoot part of its new series of 10 California "Happy Cows" TV commercials in Auckland, taking advantage of that country's low production costs. It comes just after California began offering film tax incentives this summer to reverse so-called runaway production that has caused the loss of thousands of...
  • Dairy farmers getting milked out of the market

    10/04/2009 4:43:10 PM PDT · by 10Ring · 36 replies · 1,376+ views
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | October 4, 2009 | Rick Barrett
    Dairy farmers are pressing federal antitrust regulators to investigate why large food companies are making hefty profits while farmers are going broke. The average dairy farm in the state lost about $100 per cow per month this summer, according to the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation. With more than 1.25 million cows in the state, it means the industry is losing roughly $4 million a day. ~~ Snip ~~ Feingold said he wants the Justice Department to reconsider the 2001 Dean Foods merger with Suiza Foods that helped make Dean the nation's largest milk processor and distributor. He also wants antitrust...
  • Nestle stops buying Mugabe farm milk

    10/02/2009 9:20:30 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 395+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/2/09 | AP
    JOHANNESBURG – Nestle says it will stop buying milk from Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's wife's farm after facing worldwide boycott threats. ... Internet boycott calls had followed reports in Britain's Telegraph that Nestle was buying Mugabe's milk. The Telegraph reported that the farm's former owner, who is white, sold the farm after a campaign of violence.
  • 6 Colorado dairies file for bankruptcy this year

    09/22/2009 7:08:29 AM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies · 967+ views
    ap ^ | September 22, 2009
    Six Colorado dairies have filed for bankruptcy protection this year amid banking problems and low milk prices. Four of the banks had loans from Greeley-based New Frontier Bank, which collapsed in April... Bob Winter, a member of the Colorado Farm Bureau, says he believes more Colorado dairies are preparing to file for bankruptcy protection
  • Pelosi's Pretense

    09/22/2009 2:46:29 AM PDT · by Scanian · 9 replies · 758+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | September 22, 2009 | Jan LaRue
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held an "emotional" press conference to caution the rest of us "about the language" we use. "We all have to take responsibility for our actions and our words" and "any incitement they may cause." Some people aren't as "balanced" as we may think, Pelosi pontificated. It's hard to decide which is more repugnant, her acting ability or her double standard. Madam Speaker, perhaps you're the one who isn't "balanced." Consider: Would a balanced person equate the Tea Party rallies and town hall meetings you've maligned with the "violence of the ‘70s" to which you referred?
  • Belgian farmers dump milk in massive protest

    09/19/2009 12:09:58 AM PDT · by lainie · 16 replies · 677+ views
    CBC ^ | 9-16-2009
    ...Milk dumped on roads and farmland to protest drastically lower prices... European milk farmers have dumped three million litres of fresh milk onto pastures and roads in a massive, organized protest against lowered dairy prices. In Belgium, farmers spread milk across roads near the southern town of Ciney. Elsewhere, about 300 tractors dragged milk containers through plowed fields in southern Belgium, dumping a day's worth of milk production in that region. "It is a scandal to dump this, but we have to realize what the situation is," said Belgian farm leader Erwin Schoepges. "We need a farm revolt." Milk farmers...
  • The implications of a 'Harvey Milk Day' observance

    09/08/2009 5:43:57 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 17 replies · 999+ views
    One News Now ^ | 9/8/2009 | Charlie Butts
    American citizens are being asked to weigh in on California's Harvey Milk Day bill. The California Assembly has passed a bill establishing an annual day to honor openly homosexual San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, who was assassinated November 27, 1978. president Randy Thomasson is calling on conservative Christians to contact the governor's office. "The bill -- which will honor a sexual predator, a polygamous relationship advocate, and a public liar -- and extend a homosexual, bisexual, transsexual agenda as a role model to children to aspire to is going to the governor after a short stop on the...
  • Obama To Award Presidential Medal of Freedom To S.F. Politico Who Supported A Mass Murderer

    07/31/2009 5:36:31 AM PDT · by stratman1969 · 2 replies · 400+ views
    Marooned in Marin webblog ^ | July 30, 2009 | Marooned in Marin
    The White House announced today the names of 16 people chosen by the Administration of Hope-n-Change to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor. "...These outstanding men and women represent an incredible diversity of backgrounds," Obama said in a statement. "Their tremendous accomplishments span fields from science to sports, from fine arts to foreign affairs," he said. "Yet they share one overarching trait: Each has been an agent of change. Each saw an imperfect world and set about improving it, often overcoming great obstacles along the way." U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, praised Obama for selecting...
  • Harvey Milk awarded presidential medal

    07/30/2009 12:56:25 PM PDT · by SmithL · 26 replies · 1,824+ views
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 7/30/9 | Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau
    The late San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk received the presidential Medal of Freedom award today with 15 other recipients ranging across the professional and ideological spectrum, from the late supply sider Jack Kemp to tennis star Billy Jean King to Sen. Edward Kennedy, whose absence from the health care debate due to brain cancer treatments has weighed heavily on the White House. The medal is the country's highest civilian honor. President Obama said all the recipients "share one overarching trait: Each has been an agent of change. Each saw an imperfect world and set about improving it, often overcoming great...
  • New Program to Enhance Dairy Production

    06/25/2009 6:59:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 371+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Mary Phillips, USA
    An Iraqi woman shows off the butter that was made on her family's farm near Mahmudiyah, June 23. Photo by Sgt. Mary Phillips, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team. MAHMUDIYAH — Soldiers with the 120th Combined Arms Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, and a family of Iraqi dairy farmers are spearheading a program to increase milk and cheese production in this community, the first dairy initiative the North Carolina Army National Guard Soldiers have started with the Iraqis. Capt. Sara Woods, Civil Affairs Team 31, said the intent is to revitalize the area's dairy industry.Using microgrants, the pilot farm will...
  • Dairy farmers suffering through worldwide milk glut

    06/14/2009 4:08:34 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 91 replies · 1,956+ views
    The Times-Tribune (Scranton PA) ^ | 6/14/2009 | James Haggerty
    WAYMART - Joe Davitt's tone curdled as he discussed the trough in milk prices. "We're the only self-employed business that has no say in what we get paid," Mr. Davitt, 39, said Wednesday as he gazed at a cluster of Holstein cows feeding in the barn at his 145-acre farm. "I can't afford to quit because what the cows would bring wouldn't be enough to cover my debt." A slump in milk prices is taking dairy farmers to the woodshed. Expenses exceed milk payments at many dairy operations. "There were times before when the prices were low, but the costs...
  • Mixed reviews for pink cloud idea in the Castro(San Francisco)

    06/04/2009 7:27:39 AM PDT · by laotzu · 10 replies · 444+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/4/09 | Merideth May
    An artist's proposal to create a pink cloud over the intersection of Market and Castro streets is creating a stir in one of San Francisco's most whimsical neighborhoods. The idea is recycled from 2000, when artist Christian Werthmann's "pink cloud" was one of two winning proposals for a city art piece to commemorate the late Harvey Milk, a supervisor and gay rights advocate. There was no money at the time to fund the project, so it was shelved. Now it's back - revived by Supervisor Bevan Dufty and the San Francisco Arts Commission to add some flair to the temporary...
  • Indy mystery: Why do Indianapolis 500 winners drink milk?

    05/23/2009 2:38:11 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 1,082+ views
    Yahoo Sports ^ | 5/23/09 | Chris Chase
    After crossing the bricked finish line on Sunday, the winner of the Indianapolis 500 will drive into the winner’s circle, be presented with a celebratory wreath and take a swig from a cold bottle of milk. The latter is one of the grandest traditions in sports, but also one of the most confusing. Why milk? Why is it in a bottle? And (this one was actually asked by a girl I knew in college) has it been sitting in the sun all day? After solving mysteries in Beijing, Boston and Augusta, GA, the old Y! Sports investigative unit is here...
  • ACLU says school censored student's Milk report

    05/21/2009 9:12:19 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies · 827+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | May 21, 2009 | By LISA LEFF
    SAN FRANCISCO -- The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday threatened to sue a San Diego County school that refused to let a student present a report on slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk until her classmates got their parents' permission to hear it. David Blair-Loy, legal director of the ACLU of San Diego County, said the principal of Mt. Woodson Elementary School in Ramona violated the free speech rights of 6th-grader Natalie Jones, who was the only student in her class prevented from giving an in-class presentation. Principal Theresa Grace concluded last month that the subject of the girl's...
  • Chinese Brand Sanlu, Tainted by Milk scandal, Brings 7.3 Mln Yuan at Auction

    05/12/2009 3:28:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies · 369+ views
    Xinhua ^ | May 12, 2000
    The brand of Sanlu Group, the dairy company embroiled in China's tainted-milk scandal, was sold at an auction Tuesday for 7.3 million yuan (1.07 million U.S. dollars), court officials said. An unidentified individual entrepreneur from south China won the bid at an auction in the Shijiazhuang Intermediate People's Court in northern Hebei Province. No further information about the bidder was released. The auction started at 7 million yuan and drew three bids from only two bidders. The "Sanlu" brand was worth 14.9 billion yuan in 2006, according to the China Brand Asset Evaluation Center. Sanlu Group, which was based in...
  • Calif. Panel OKs Honors for Gay Leader Harvey Milk

    05/07/2009 3:25:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies · 749+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Wednesday, May 6, 2009 | STEVE LAWRENCE
    With encouragement from an Oscar-winning screenwriter, a state Senate committee approved legislation Wednesday that would designate a day honoring slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk. The Senate Education Committee voted 7-2 to send the bill by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, to the full Senate. It would designate each May 22 — Milk's birthday — as Harvey Milk Day. The "day of special significance" would recognize Milk's life and contributions to the state but would not be an official holiday, meaning there would be no cost to state government. It also would encourage public schools to conduct "suitable commemorative exercises"...
  • Three Held After Milk Found to be Tainted (Chinese Milk With Leather Waste Product)

    04/27/2009 12:09:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies · 1,049+ views
    Shanghai Daily ^ | 2009-4-27 | Li Xinran
    A CANCER-CAUSING protein has been found in milk produced in an eastern China city. Three people from the dairy producer, including its legal representative, have been detained. Authorities tested 14 batches of milk products from Morning Garden Dairy Co Ltd in Jinhua City, Zhejiang Province, and found 11 of them were contaminated with protein hydrolyzed from leather waste, a substance which could have been used to increase the apparent protein content in milk products, Shanghai Evening Post reported yesterday. The case, which follows the fatal Sanlu milk powder scandal, has been referred to police, according to local authorities. Mao Jianhua,...
  • The unofficial FR Spring 2009 Plain People and non-alchoholic Beverage Thread

    03/27/2009 8:50:55 PM PDT · by pissant · 534 replies · 14,630+ views
    PA TImes | 3/27/09 | Pissant
    Since we've all worked hard all week, It's time to kick back, relax, forget about politics and enjoy a nice full glass of iced tea or Soda. Enjoy
  • Enthusiasts say camel milk may be a cure-all

    03/23/2009 1:34:45 PM PDT · by BGHater · 12 replies · 1,510+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 21 Mar 2009 | Sarah Avery
    Evidence for health claims is thin, but a Pittsboro woman is pushing for testing. There is nothing smooth about a cool glass of camel's milk. The animals aren't cooperative, milk production is less than stellar and it's illegal to sell across state lines. Still, proponents, led by Millie Hinkle of Pittsboro, say camel's milk may be an elixir, curing maladies from allergies to autism to diabetes – although the science behind such claims is thin. The prospect of a cure-all is what inspires Hinkle, a naturopathic physician who read about the health benefits in a magazine three years ago and...
  • Hollywood + MSM Attacks On Pro-Family Values, Oh So Effective

    03/11/2009 7:11:58 PM PDT · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 10 replies · 559+ views
    Illinois Family Institute ^ | March 11, 2009 | Daniel T. Zanoza
    ... The contrast between the media's portrayal of homosexuality and the reality of that lifestyle is striking. But, if the real behavior were shown, we would hear the truth about the medical problems associated with this behavior, the high rates of suicide and other issues that reflect reality--not the rosy picture that has been sold to the American public. Only God knows what we will be seeing 20 years from now. Will the media and Hollywood continue to demonize Christians and conservative Jews to the point it will be illegal to quote Scripture that offends those who practice ungodly behavior?...
  • Penn: You Commie Homo Loving Sons of Guns

    02/26/2009 6:07:31 AM PST · by DBCJR · 12 replies · 745+ views ^ | updated 10:46 p.m. CT, Wed., Feb. 25, 2009 | By Sajid Farooq
    The Bay Area took center stage at the Oscars when Sean Penn was honored for his performance in "Milk." Not only did the story of the former San Francisco supervisor put the Bay Area in the middle of the show but Bay Area resident, Penn, used his acceptance speech as an opportunity to dig into California politics and a hotbed Bay Area issue. In case you missed it, check out his speech below. Or for more on Penn's speech, check out Penn Pleas for Gay Rights, Rourke at Oscars.
  • Joy in the Castro as Penn wins Oscar for 'Milk'

    02/23/2009 7:48:39 AM PST · by SmithL · 68 replies · 3,933+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/23/9 | Tyche Hendricks, Chronicle Staff Writer
    San Francisco -- Hundreds of people who watched the Academy Awards from San Francisco's Castro Theatre on Sunday night gave polite applause to "Slumdog Millionaire" - which won best picture and seven other awards - but roared with foot-stomping standing ovations for "Milk" when it took the prizes for best original screenplay and best actor. "You commie, homo-loving sons of guns," Sean Penn told the academy upon accepting the best actor award for his portrayal of the slain San Francisco Supervisor and gay rights leader Harvey Milk. "I did not expect this, and I want it to be very clear...
  • Sean Penn's Best Actor Award: A Real High Point [Yeah, high on amyl nitrate poppers]

    02/22/2009 10:37:28 PM PST · by Yaelle · 43 replies · 2,222+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 02/22/09 | David Zurawik
    Sean Penn's best actor award: a real high point It might not have been enough to redeem what came before for some viewers, but Sean Penn's award as best actor brought a moment of real emotion to the Oscars telecast last night. He won for his portrayal of gay rights activist Harvey Milk, and he used the platform to speak out for equality. Penn started his remarks with humor, addressing the Hollywood audience as "Commie, homo loving sons of guns." But by the end of his speech, he was castigating those who oppose gay marriage and telling them they will...
  • Sean Penn's 'Milk' suit up for bid

    02/21/2009 7:41:41 AM PST · by melt · 10 replies · 612+ views ^ | 2/20/09 | Michael Esposito
    Got "Milk"? If not, here's a chance to get one of the suits (including shirt and tie) worn by Sean Penn in his Oscar-nominated role as Harvey Milk. The suit was designed for a scene in the film "Milk" to replicate that worn by the real Milk on election night Nov. 7, 1978, when a referendum to bar gays from teaching in California public schools was defeated. Milk was the first openly gay man to be elected to a major public office (the San Francisco Board of Supervisors). The film is nominated for a total of eight Academy Awards, including...