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Sunday, October 09, 2016

Too busy stopping the scourge of eggless mayonnaise to protect our borders

Via the Hartford Courant, the story of how the federal government protected America not from a horde of Muslim terrorists, but rather from a San Francisco company that makes eggless mayonnaise.

From the story:
A government-supervised group representing the egg industry overstepped its authority by waging a two-year “crisis” campaign to halt the growth of a San Francisco vegan mayonnaise startup, joking about putting “a hit” on its CEO and deleting emails in an apparent attempt to cover its tracks, a federal investigation has found.
The investigation, sparked by documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act by an Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher and his Washington attorney, reveals how the American Egg Board and the $7-billion egg industry perceived Just Mayo, an egg-less mayonnaise, to be a threat — and the measures it took to try to crush its manufacturer, now called Hampton Creek. 
The American Egg Board, an industry-funded promotion group overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s marketing branch, spent at least $59,500 to counter the product’s publicity advances, including hiring a top-tier Chicago public relations firm to plant “USDA approved” pro-egg messaging with bloggers the firm considered “influential,” according to investigation documents.
Other board efforts included pop-up ads promoting eggs — usually the board’s “Incredible Edible Egg” logo — that would outrank other content when Internet users searched such terms as “Beyond Eggs,” the initial name for Hampton Creek, or its founder, Josh Tetrick, according to the internal investigation by the Agriculture Department.
Republicans tell us that government regulations are killing business.

Wrong.

Big business loves big government. Big government doles out subsidies and protects big business from competition.

I don't know if Trump can stop this.

I do know that Missus Jebbio McCruzney Clinton will continue it -- provided the industry puts enough eggs in her basket at the Clinton Foundation.

Oh, and the story on how the government targeted a company ended, "Penalties for the behavior were mostly confined to additional training in ethics and procedures. No criminal charges were made."

Ethics in government doesn't exist.


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7 comments:

  1. Privilege is special treatment from government. A theory of political equality or equal treatment under the law or equitable rule of law is not necessary for privilege to exist or to do harm to a political system. It has always existed to some extent at all times and in all places. Beginning in the eighteenth century it was the basis for revolutionary activity in America and France and it has been the rationale for every revolution since. Maintaining harmony within a society requires keeping it to a minimum. However, gaining power within a society often involves being able to establish it and distribute it. Unless people are able to recognize when it is being created and stopping it, or recognizing it for what it is and setting about to destroy it, it will continue to be disseminated throughout the society and ultimately destroy the society.
    This is one of the few electoral opportunities we will have to do something about this in our lifetimes. For some of us the only one. What we saw this week is proof that the back and forth between the Bushes and Clintons and Obama is intramural games engaged in by a corrupt ruling class. They don't want us to have this opportunity and tried to take it away.
    I'm angry about this, and I can't wait to fill out a ballot. The only means I have to let them know how I feel.

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  2. It has always been my observation that nothing makes Hillary Clinton choke more than a big lead.

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  3. Eh, 98% agree. Most Repubs and all Dems are onboard with crony capitalism for big business. Rubio is owned by sugar subsidies. Etc. Cruz was the only one to take a stand at Iowa on ethanol, I'm sure its not popular sentiment around here but he is willing to take some of that stuff on. Mike Lee is mostly too, and Rand Paul is. Not too many more, but there are a couple out there ...

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  4. Gummint is not killing big business since big business now owns and runs the gummint. It is, however, killing small businesses which are the bedrock of our economy and where most jobs are created. That's why real unemployment (not the gummint's phony numbers) is so bad.

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  5. I'm an engineer and I can tell you first hand that I am adding millions to projects just to cover gov regs. All the employees these regs are suppose to protect have a 1,000,000 plus better chance of being killed or injured by our corrupt government. Just step outside and get shot by a gang member or an illegal and the gov just shrugs it's shoulders and call you a racist. Who will ever be able to hold these people liable.

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  6. I'm an engineer and I can tell you first hand that I am adding millions to projects just to cover gov regs. All the employees these regs are suppose to protect have a 1,000,000 plus better chance of being killed or injured by our corrupt government. Just step outside and get shot by a gang member or an illegal and the gov just shrugs it's shoulders and call you a racist. Who will ever be able to hold these people liable.

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  7. It's not just the fact that Government officials can be bought, but that they can be bought so cheaply.

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