Friday, July 1, 2011

Untreated manure as fertilizer; Obama refuses to meet with McConnell; Obama class warfare that of a third world leader; Right to work states score high on workforce; The 4th of July and Republicans; Maryland citizens against in-state tuition for illegals; Insanity at the UN - again

New Scientist writes: One area where organic production systems might pose a higher health risk is through the use of untreated manure as fertiliser. Studies carried out on organic and conventional produce by Minnesota farmers in 2004 found that E. coli contamination was 19 times greater on organic farms which used manure or compost less than 12 months old than on farms which used older materials.
Another extra risk factor in organic production is the avoidance of fungicides, which can lead to the growth of moulds and increased risk of mycotoxins such as aflatoxin and ergot in crops.
The real tragedy of the E. coli incident in Germany is that the outbreak could have been prevented if the organic industry had been willing to irradiate their produce. The bean sprout crop that was the source of the outbreak requires a warm and humid environment to grow, which increases the risk of contamination by E. coli and other disease-causing bacteria. The only certain means of reducing this risk is to irradiate the bean sprout seeds, which effectively kills 99.999 per cent of E. coli. There is no evidence that food irradiation is harmful to consumers, and also no evidence that it affects the nutritional quality of food.
Reuters - The White House effectively turned down an invitation by Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell for President Barack Obama to visit his members on Capitol Hill on Thursday to discuss raising the debt limit.
White House press secretary Jay Carney, while not directly saying the invitation had been rejected, said Obama did not need to hear Republicans tell him what they would not support.
That, Carney said, was "not a conversation worth having."
[Regarding Barack Obama's recent speech, about which MSNBC's Mark Halperin called our President a terrible name and was then suspended comes news of just how the President's divide the Americans scheme is working.]  RedState reports: But another problem is shaping up on the floor of the United States Senate. Marco Rubio, who is rapidly becoming one of the most impassioned champions for opposing the debt ceiling increase, said that Barack Obama’s class warfare soliloquy was not the rhetoric of the President of the United States, but of a third world leader.
RedState writes: This may just be a coincidence but, out of the 50 states, there are 22 states that do not force people to pay union dues as a condition of employment. Workers in these states are often viewed derisively by union extremists as being somehow inferior to their union counterparts. However, a new study published by CNBC may blow that myth out of the water.
When it comes to America’s Top States for Business 2011, when it comes to a quality workforce, 18 out of the top 20 states are Right-to-Work states. Moreover, all 22 Right-to-Work states are in the top 25 states for having the best workforces
RedState writes: I suspect that the Democratic party probably doesn’t want to ever see this sentence from a Harvard statistical survey appear in a news story:
“Taken together, the results indicate that Fourth of July celebrations in the United States shape the nation’s political landscape by forming beliefs and increasing participation, primarily in favor of the Republican party.”
The Washington Post reports: Opponents of Maryland legislation to allow in-state tuition for certain illegal immigrants said Thursday night they are confident they have gathered enough signatures to put the measure on the 2012 ballot for a referendum.

The NY Post reveals: The United Nations this week tabbed North Korea to head its Conference on Disarmament.
That would be the North Korea that:
* Was building a nuclear site in Syria before Israeli warplanes put an end to it.
* Was caught by the US Navy smuggling missile parts to Burma's junta.
* Is in constant violation of UN mandates regarding its own nuke program -- and was accused by the UN in May of trading missile know-how with Iran.
So, Pyongyang is fueling a nuclear arms race from the Persian Gulf to the China Sea -- but is now tasked by the United Nations to run a body dedicated to the "cessation of the nuclear arms race and . . . prevention of nuclear war."

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