Random Political Thoughts

I tend to agree not to ban things, BUT – A BIG BUT and I cannot lie – people need to be told the facts and the risks.
Most people assume the gov’t tests every product before it can be sold to the public.
And while they do test a lot of things, lawsuits tell us otherwise.
That is why cars are tested for safety. The main reason is that so each and every consumer doesn’t have to. Economies of scale (and intelligence).

Yeah, I’m fine with a reasonable label. Not the “do not consume” that someone proposed a dozen or two posts back, but something along the lines of “Warning: this raw milk product has NOT been Pasteurized to reduce the risk of food-borne bacteria. The CDC recommends consuming only Pasteurized milk and milk products.”

Food safety seems important, but I think this thread has shown that the term “raw” can be very confusing and misleading. Like I said, I don’t care to ban raw milk, so I mostly agree with you. But also, people assume things they buy at the store are safe. It does not seem like a good idea to have raw milk in the cooler next to the pasteurized milk.

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In the UK, it can only be sold by registered producers, ie farms, directly to customers. Removes the accidentally buying it at the store issue.

In the US, it looks like the FDA prohibits sales across state lines, but most state laws allow it in some way with permits or other restrictions.

The complicating factor now is the stupidity introduced by social media and the internet. Those personal anecdotes of survival are easy to validate once you find others, and this becomes more important than actual risk rates. That’s a general observation covering vaccines, risky behaviors to earn clicks and likes, etc. Misinformation is unlimited.

The decision will obviously be overturned, but a judge ruled against qualified immunity as a defense in a police misconduct case.

Party of local government. Headline is somewhat misleading: it isn’t necessarily aimed at rainbow colors, but rather a general curtailing of local authority.

The decision was announced as the DeSantis administration also touted a sales tax holiday and free access to state parks on Memorial Day weekend. So despite the governor’s abysmal record on LGBTQ+ rights, the decision didn’t seem to outwardly be motivated by a chance to pre-empt Pride.

But it did come after some Republican officials in the state objected to decisions in recent years to light up state bridges for certain causes. Manatee County Commissioner Mike Rahn, for example, emails the state Transportation Department objecting to lighting the Sunshine Skyway in St. Petersburg in rainbow colors for Pride Month and in orange for Gun Violence Awareness Day, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Can someone less lazy than me post David French’s op-ed about being canceled by his old church for not being sufficiently pro-Trump?


At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. military launched a secret campaign to counter what it perceived as China’s growing influence in the Philippines, a nation hit especially hard by the deadly virus.

The clandestine operation has not been previously reported. It aimed to sow doubt about the safety and efficacy of vaccines and other life-saving aid that was being supplied by China, a Reuters investigation found. Through phony internet accounts meant to impersonate Filipinos, the military’s propaganda efforts morphed into an anti-vax campaign. Social media posts decried the quality of face masks, test kits and the first vaccine that would become available in the Philippines – China’s Sinovac inoculation.

The U.S. military’s anti-vax effort began in the spring of 2020 and expanded beyond Southeast Asia before it was terminated in mid-2021, Reuters determined. Tailoring the propaganda campaign to local audiences across Central Asia and the Middle East, the Pentagon used a combination of fake social media accounts on multiple platforms to spread fear of China’s vaccines among Muslims at a time when the virus was killing tens of thousands of people each day. A key part of the strategy: amplify the disputed contention that, because vaccines sometimes contain pork gelatin, China’s shots could be considered forbidden under Islamic law.

Not terribly surprised. Inferring that the US wanted to be seen as the global savior from COVID, and from a nationalistically pragmatic viewpoint that makes sense. We’ve never been a stranger to collateral damage for our national benefit.

Looks like it was an expansion of a disinformation campaign approved by Trump specifically, and under the Biden White House it was shut down. Not seeing direct involvement by Biden to stop it, but it’s not necessary that he be involved when the National Security Council already shut down all anti-vax messaging.

I’m not at all surprised that the US did this, but I would expect this sort of disinformation campaign would be driven by the CIA rather than the military.