In Uncategorized on April 14, 2012 at 6:00 am
today’s news and information gleanings from here and there!
Quote for today… “Income tax filing and payment day should be moved from April 15th to November 1st so it can be close to election day. People ought to have their tax bills fresh in mind as they go to vote.” – Steven G. Calabresi
- ““Presbyterian Women of the Donegal Presbytery will host a Springtime Tea and Tour on Sunday, April 22. Tours of Donegal Presbyterian Church, 1891 Donegal Springs Road, Mount Joy, will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. There will be music by Stone Soup from 1:30 to 2:30. Tours of Cameron Estate Inn, 1855 Mansion Lane, Mount Joy, will run from 2 to 3 with high tea from 3 to 5 in the carriage house. Cost is $25. Tickets are available by calling Sandy at 653-1943 or 653-5481. Paid reservations must be received at the church by Tuesday. All proceeds will go to Mount Joy Helping Services and Columbia’s Hands Across the Street.” – Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era
- “A group of Lancaster County residents is planning to call attention to the amount of money local taxpayers are contributing every year to the nation’s military action, an estimated $2 billion. The tax day protest, being held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Penn Square in downtown Lancaster city, is meant to coincide with the upcoming income tax filing deadline.” – Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era
- For history buffs and geneologists: Kim Komando guided us to this video from the Census Bureau. It’s a video entitled “The 1940 Census” and it is an excellent road map if you are interested in history or tracing your family history.
In History and Heritage on April 14, 2012 at 5:47 am
Director James Cameron at the launch of the 3D version of Titanic. EPA/Franck Robichon
“Trending on Twitter this week has been Gen Y shock and awe that Titanic isn’t just the name of a film. Apparently someone has accidentally stumbled onto the fact that the Titanic story was a tad more than just a bad Celine Dion song and some King of the World-ing on the prow of a ship. OMG why didn’t someone tell me this sooner?
“There’s an easy story here about dumb kids. A tale of stupidity, naiveté and the downside of education gleaned largely from the screen. A more interesting story however, is the question of why Titanic should be considered more important than any other historic event.
“Like many disasters – think the Hindenberg crash or the Challenger explosion – for reasons of sympathy and curiosity and quite possibly even a little schadenfreude – we remain fascinated decades and decades post-fact. Bad news sells and the worse the news, the higher the death toll and the more preoccupied we are.
“Only the explanation for why Titanic has been prioritised as a historic event has much less to do with the high death toll and far more to do with James Cameron Inc’s interest in keeping us fascinated.
“The RMS Titanic hit the iceberg in 1912. 1500 people were killed, Leonardo DiCaprio was not one of them, nor even was his character Jack Dawson who – like much of the film – was thorough fabrication. A whopping loss of life, to be sure, but lots of equally horrible stuff has happened since, thousands and thousands of other people have died tragically, and rarely have any of them been treated to the loquacious prominence as the Titanic story.
To continue reading this article from The Conversation, click here.
In Everyday Living, Government, Opinions on April 14, 2012 at 4:26 am
“Lean finely textured beef,” aka “pink slime,” sparked an uproar when the USDA bought 7 million pounds of the stuff for school lunches. The agency maintains it’s safe and healthy; critics say it’s not fit to eat. But the burger filler isn’t new, nor is it the only way that meat packers maximize production. Here’s how it stacks up against two other mechanical processes.
Lean Finely Textured Beef - What does it look like?
What else is it called? “Pink slime,” coined by former USDA microbiologist Gerald Zirnstein in 2002.
What is it? Processed beef trimmings and recovered materials from meat carcasses, like fat and connective tissue.
How is it made? Trimmings are heated to 100°F and spun inside a centrifuge to separate the meat from the fat. After the fat is removed, the remaining beef bits are treated with ammonia hydroxide to kill bacteria such as E. coli or salmonella. They are then ground up, frozen into blocks and added to other beef products.
How is it labeled? Some companies may soon include “lean finely textured beef” on their product labels, and Congress recently introduced a bill to require labeling. Right now the USDA does not require any disclosure, because the product is considered the same as beef.
Health concerns? Trimmings are typically collected from more bacteria-prone parts of the cow, but treatment with ammonia is supposed to kill pathogens. In 2009 some beef products have tested positive for E. coli and salmonella, but the USDA says it has modified inspection processes since then to address safety concerns. The USDA continues to “affirm the safety of Lean Finely Textured Beef product for all consumers.”
Read the rest of the ProPublica report and learn about “mechanically separated meat” and “advanced meat recovery” here.