Beef companies file petition against lab-grown meat startups

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  • The US Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) has filed a petition to the USDA arguing that lab-grown meat startups should not be able to call their products “meat,” since they do not come from slaughtered animals.
  • Though so-called “cultured meat” products are not available in restaurants or supermarkets yet, a number of startups are attempting to make it more commercially feasible.
  • The debate will likely intensify.

For the first time, a major part of the US beef industry is taking aim at tech startups creating cultured meat — also known as lab-grown meat or clean meat — that’s grown in a lab using animal cells.

The US Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) has filed a 15-page petition to the USDA asking the agency to strictly define “meat” and “beef” as animals raised and slaughtered.

The group, comprised of farmers across the US, argues that lab-grown meat does not meet that definition, and that labeling cultured products as “meat” will confuse consumers.

“[The government] should require that any product labeled as ‘beef’ come from cattle that have been born, raised, and harvested in the traditional manner, rather than coming from alternative sources such as a synthetic product from plant, insects, or other non-animal components and any product grown in labs from animal cells,” the USCA writes.

By filing an official motion, the country’s ranchers are showing cultured meat startups that they are prepared to fight for that definition.

In the petition, the USCA mentions Memphis Meats, Just (formerly called Hampton Creek), and Mosa Meats, — three startups that are racing to bring lab-grown meat to market.

Recent venture capital investments could make that more commercially feasible. In January, Tyson Foods announced that it had invested in Memphis Meats, joining the startup’s list of prominent backers, including Bill Gates, the food giant Cargill, and Richard Branson. In 2016, Tyson also bought a 5% stake in Beyond Meat, a company that makes plant-based burgers, chicken, and sausage.

Just could be the first to get its meat to stores. Last year, the company said it plans to do so by 2018. Memphis Meats and Mosa Meats say they will start offering their products to the public in 2021.

“We have made progress in all areas that needed improvements — creating fat tissue, creating color, moving towards serum-free culturing — but we’re not there yet,” Mosa Meats CEO Peter Verstrate previously told Business Insider.

Proponents of meat-mimicking foods like cultured meat and plant-based “meat” argue that it’s more environmentally friendly than raising traditional livestock. Globally, traditional animal farming accounts for about 18% of greenhouse emissions, uses 47,000 square miles of land annually, and exhausts 70% of the world’s water.

As startups improve their meat alternatives, the debate over what can legally be considered meat will likely continue to intensify.

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NYT Feverishly Pushing Democrat Against Sen. Cruz in Red Texas: ‘A Sense of the Possible’

Operating on two hours’ sleep, Beto O’Rourke was 20 hours into his day and looked it. His white shirt and gray slacks were an accordion of wrinkles. His hair, flecked with gray, drooped on his forehead and small dark rings had formed under his eyes.

But he hadn’t lost his voice. The Democratic congressman from El Paso was speaking to a crowd of several hundred at Suga’s restaurant, 830 miles from home, trying to make an improbable case: that he can defeat Texas’ incumbent Republican senator, Ted Cruz.


He appealed to their sense of virtue. “This smallness, this bigotry, this paranoia, this anxiety,” he said, cadence accelerating, “we’ve got to be for the big, aspirational, ambitious things.”

He appealed to their sense of humor. “There’s a reason that Congress has an approval rating of around nine percent. Nine percent! Communism ten percent. Gonorrhea eight percent. We’re right in the middle.”


The crowd cheered, they hooted, they left saying things like “he was great” and “I’m in.”


But there is power in the giant-killer narrative and signs that his anti-campaign playbook campaign is working. He raised $2.4 million in the last quarter, and gets applause when he notes that was $500,000 more than Mr. Cruz took in.

He has a restless energy that has put him in 217 of Texas 254 counties, driving tens of thousands of miles, fueled by bad coffee and Hostess cupcakes that supporters bring him.

In Lufkin, he was greeted with chants of “Beto, Beto, Beto.” His campaign took in $1,258 in checks and cash dropped into a large jar.

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You are being programmed: Five ways your thoughts are being driven against your own self-interest

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There are plenty of examples in history of mind control being used to influence masses of people to bend to the will of those in control. These days, as the Activist Post points out, mind control has expanded beyond the purely psychological to incorporate a technological aspect as well. The good news is that by being aware of these methods, you can avoid or at least reduce their effects to some degree.

Propaganda and advertising

As media continues to consolidate, the lines are blurring between government and corporate structure. News, television, movies and print can work together to deliver a message that seems to be true simply because so many sources report the same thing. With increasingly busy lives, people don’t have time to make the effort to delve further into what is true and what isn’t among all the information we are constantly bombarded with, and it can be easier to just accept what we’re told about topics like vaccines, the flu, and pesticides. Many times, these messages are even taken one step further and also sent subliminally.

Water, air and food

Another modern method of mental programming is the use of poisonous additives in our foods that change people’s brain chemistry to make them more docile. For example, MSG and aspartame essentially kill off brain cells by overstimulating them, and they are so widely distributed that we’re seeing the population become increasingly unmotivated and distracted. The fluoride that is regularly put in people’s drinking water, meanwhile, has been found to lower IQ. Even those who are more conscious about avoiding processed foods are still vulnerable from the pesticides sprayed on produce.


Many people grumble that today’s youth are far less intelligent in many regards than older generations, and this might not be an accident. After all, dumbing down the people makes it a lot easier to impose your will on them. People who want to homeschool often face a lot of opposition – have you ever asked yourself why that is?


Drugs are a convenient way to control people, and many times, it’s the people themselves who seek them out after being convinced that they somehow have something wrong with them. Psychiatry is considered by some to be one of the biggest facilitators of modern mind control as it tries to define everyone based on their disorders rather than their positive attributes. In fact, it is those who dare to question authority who often find themselves being labeled as having a mental problem and therefore in need of a mind-numbing medication. With more than a quarter of American children now taking psychiatric drugs, it’s becoming a normal way of life for the next generation.

Military testing

It’s an unfortunate fact that service men and women have long been subjected to mind control and medical experiments. When you think about it, people in the military tend to be those who respond well to structure and obedience, and training entails following orders without putting up resistance.

There are plenty of other mind control methods we’re seeing put to good use these days everywhere from religion and politics to sports and computers and even the electromagnetic spectrum. We are even seeing the development of artificial intelligence (AI) that can essentially read your mind by decoding your brain signals, and it’s scary to think of where this could all be headed. It’s time to wake up to what is really going on around you if you want to stand any chance of saving your free will.

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Jim Hoft: It’s time for all truth seekers to rise up against the censorship, bullying and cult-like insanity of the tech giants

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Earlier this week, a number of prominent conservatives and entrepreneurs participated in the Social Media Neutrality Panel at the Newseum in Washington D.C. to discuss everything from the current tech climate to social media bias. Among the people in attendance were Pamela Geller of The Geller Report, Margaret Howell of Rightside Broadcasting, Oleg Atbashian from The People’s Cube, tech entrepreneur Marlene Jaeckel, and Jim Hoft of The Gateway Pundit.

For those that are unaware, Jim Hoft is the founder and Editor of The Gateway Pundit, a conservative website that has grown from two readers a day when it was founded in 2004 to over a million page views each day. It is an enormously successful website, and has played an integral role in exposing the radical left and their agenda.

During the event, Hoft discussed how tech giants like Google and Facebook continue to suppress the site and limit the spread of content, even though Columbia Journalism Review and Harvard ranked The Gateway Pundit as the “fourth most influential” news website throughout the 2016 presidential election.

As an example of this sort of anti-conservative censorship, Hoft talked about how a recent article written by Cassandra Fairbanks about Black Lives Matter targeting the Super Bowl was flagged by Facebook on the grounds that the story was “fake news.” As a result, the report was essentially removed from their platform. However, since then, it has been widely documented that Black Lives Matter did in fact target the Super Bowl and shut down multiple rail lines, meaning that the original report was right on the money. These so-called Facebook “fact checkers” decided to block the report simply because it didn’t fit their liberal agenda. (Related: Facebook censors Natural News from users who want it, but won’t allow you to block Mark Zuckerberg’s feed.)

Hoft went on to stress the need for the American people to “speak truth to power” in a climate where Silicon Valley actively targets conservative voices and seeks to control what type of content the people can and can’t see on the Internet.

Much of this anti-conservative sentiment that exists in Silicon Valley has been brought to light by James Damore, a former Google engineer who is now suing his former employer for allegedly censoring and discriminating against right-of-center employees. Internal messages included in the lawsuit provide proof that Google employees were openly conspiring against Damore in the days and weeks following the release of his memo criticizing the company’s focus on diversity and intolerance towards conservative voices.

“You know, there are just certain ‘alternative views, including different political views’ which I do not want people to feel safe to share here,” wrote one high-ranking Google employee on a company message chain. Another employee chimed in: “If Google management cares enough about diversity and inclusion, they should, and I urge them to, send a clear message by not only terminating Mr. Damore, but also severely disciplining or terminating those who have expressed support.” Of course, Damore was relieved of his duties at Google not long afterward. (Related: Google insiders have warned that outright censorship of the Internet is Google’s top priority… and everyone has been intimidated into silence.)

The irony of all this, of course, is that while Google claims to stand for diversity and inclusion, they work tirelessly to condemn and alienate their conservative employees. Furthermore, Google seeks to suppress and/or censor right-leaning content on the Internet, which begs the question: Do they really care about tolerance and acceptance towards all, or are they just a social justice cult posing as a technology company? Sadly, the answer appears to be the latter.

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Ed Schultz Lets Anti-Israel Guest Call for Military Action Against ‘Racist’ Israel

For anyone wondering how former MSNBC host Ed Schultz has been occupying his time since the far-left host was booted from MSNBC a couple of years ago, the answer to that question would seem to be that he’s going even further off the rails if his current show from this past week is an indication.

Schultz — who currently hosts the Russia Today network’s The News with Ed Schultz — actually gave an unchallenged forum to an anti-Israel activist — Miko Peled — who not only called the Israeli government a “racist” regime that is engaging “genocide” against Arabs, but the guest even called for the U.S. to take military action against the Jewish state by sending the Sixth Fleet to the Gaza Strip and forcing Israel to end its blockade.

Schultz set up the segment by running a report from correspondent Anya Parampil in which she highlighted claims by Palestinian Arabs that a number of Gaza residents have died of cancer because Israel refuses to allow them to cross into Israel for treatment in Jerusalem. No mention was made of why the blockade exists in the first place — to constrict the activities of the terrorist group Hamas — or the fact that Egypt, which also shares a border with the Gaza Strip, takes part in the blockade as well.

The RT host introduced the report by recounting that “Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip continues to have dire consequences for Palestinians living in the region,” before adding that “Residents there live in constant fear of the Israeli army.”

In a pre-recorded piece, Parampil spent nearly three minutes of recalling complaints by Palestinian Arabs about shortages of water and medical supplies, and claims that several dozen residents have died of cancer because Israel would not allow them to cross the border to be treated. After noting that she as a journalist was allowed to get a permit to travel between Israel and Gaza, she concluded: “But for too many Palestinians — even those diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses — there is no such magic pass, only a death sentence handed down by an ever-present occupation.”

Not mentioned is that, according to the Israeli Defense Forces, some medical technology is restricted from importation because it can be used by Hamas for military purposes.

Schultz then brought aboard Peled as a guest, who began by reacting to Parampil’s report by complaining that Israel has made Gaza into a “concentration camp.” Offering no pushback, Schultz followed up: “Why would the Jewish people do this?”

After commenting that it is “only some Jewish people,” Peled aimed vitriol at the Israeli government: “It’s a regime that is racist — it’s a regime that is brutal — it’s a regime that was the state of Israel — a state that was built after a massive campaign of ethnic cleansing. It’s been engaged in what I believe is a genocide.”

Schultz soon fretted that the “mainstream media” have not given more attention to complaints against Israel by Palestinian Arabs as he followed up: “This message — that story that just played by Anya Parampil and how you have described this — we don’t hear in the mainstream media in America. Why not?”

After complaining that “Israel has an incredibly strong lobby” in the U.S. and Europe, Peled called for U.S. military action against Israel as he added: “They should have the Sixth Fleet there forcing the end of the siege of Gaza, forcing Israel to allow medical care, forcing Israel to allow for these children to get clean water and proper nutrition.”

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Mueller indictments: Insane anti-Trumpists call for yet more escalations against nuclear superpower Russia

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US empire loyalists are so close to telling the truth when they babble about “Russian propaganda”. They are openly admitting that it is wrong to use media to manipulate the ways that Americans think and vote. Now all we need is for them to admit that they themselves do this constantly, and we’ll be on the right track.

The word “Russians” is America’s top trend on Twitter at the time of this writing because of a Mueller indictment of thirteen alleged members of a Russian troll farm, those nefarious supervillains who posted pictures of puppies and promoted Bernie Sanders to “sow discord in the U.S. political system, including the 2016 U.S. election.” Predictably, no evidence is added to cohesively tie the establishment Russia narrative together with allegations of Russia hacking the Democratic party and giving their emails to WikiLeaks, meeting with Donald Trump Jr at Trump Tower, any shenanigans with well-hydrated Russian prostitutes, or indeed anything tying the troll farm to Trump or the Russian government at all.

The focus instead is on people disguising their identities to troll Americans on social media, which we have now learned constitutes a “conspiracy to defraud the United States.” As Disobedient Media‘s Elizabeth Lea Vos rightly points out, it is also behavior that the Hillary Clinton campaign is known to have funded and engaged in extensively.

In response to this underwhelming revelation, Democrats and Never-Trumpers are howling for new cold war escalations with Russia. This despite the fact that this administration has already killed Russians in Syria, greatly escalated nuclear tensions with Russia, allowed the sale of arms to Ukraine (a move Obama refused for fear of angering Moscow), establishing a permanent military presence in Syria with the goal of effecting regime change, forced RT and Sputnik to register as foreign agents, expanded NATO with the addition of Montenegro, assigned Russia hawk Kurt Volker as special representative to Ukraine, shut down a Russian consulate in San Francisco and thrown out Russian diplomats as part of continued back-and-forth hostile diplomatic exchanges.

We are already at an extremely dangerous point in the ongoing trend of continuous escalations with a country that is armed with thousands of nuclear warheads. And these deranged lunatics want more.

“Special Counsel Mueller’s indictments are further proof that Vladimir Putin directed a campaign to interfere with our elections, with the goal of tipping the outcome,” tweeted Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. “Given these indictments, @realDonaldTrump should implement the sanctions that Congress passed immediately.”

Steven Schmidt, MSNBC analyst and former strategist for George W Bush and John McCain, said that the word “meddling” is not a sufficiently inflammatory word, because “What Russia did is ATTACK the United States. Trump and the Corrupted GOP majority refuse to defend the sovereignty of the country from this outside THREAT from a hostile state actor.”

Congressmen Ted Lieu and Adam Schiff, Senator Bernie Sanders, popular commentators Preet Bharara and Joe Walsh have all joined in the pile-on, along with many, many others, all demanding that the president do more to escalate tensions with Russia even further than he already has.

This is exactly what renowned US-Russian relations expert Stephen Cohen has been warning of: an extremely dangerous mixture of continually escalating cold war tensions coexisting with hot proxy wars between two nuclear superpowers, with a president facing immense political pressures to keep advancing and never, ever back down. A narcissist in the White House being baited by his political enemies into a game of nuclear “chicken”, without the ability to swerve when necessary.

Meanwhile what are Republicans talking about? Why, they’re all crowing about the fact that these Russia revelations began on Obama’s watch and don’t show collusion, of course.

Do you see what is happening here? There is never, ever going to be any proof of Trump-Russia collusion, because that has never been what this is about. We’ve talked about this before: America’s unelected power establishment doesn’t care about impeaching Trump, it cares about hobbling Russia in order to prevent the rise of a potential rival superpower in its ally China. All this lunacy makes perfect sense when you realize this. The US deep state is using the hysterical cult of anti-Trumpism to manufacture support for increasing escalations with Russia, and the anti-Trumpists are playing right along under the delusion that pushing for moves against Russia will hurt Trump.

Well they will not hurt Trump, because there has never been any Trump-Russia collusion. If there had been it would have been picked up by America’s sprawling surveillance networks and leaked to the Washington Post before the end of 2016, and if Trump were a Putin puppet he wouldn’t be continually escalating toward direct conflict with Russia in ways his predecessor Obama never would have dreamed of doing. They aren’t hurting Trump with these loud cries for increased sanctions and hawkishness, they’re imperiling us all.

Democrats, it is time to stop letting them bait you into calling for even more escalations with a nuclear superpower and start calling for detente instead. Republicans, it is time for you to stop putting partisan politics ahead of the survival of our species and start pushing against these dangerous escalations that your president has been playing right along with. These escalations are extremely dangerous and getting ever more so, and in the name of all that is holy I implore you to stop before the unthinkable happens.

On my knees I beg you all to stop this madness, for the sake of my children and yours. You lunatics on both sides of the political divide are going to get us all killed. In God’s name, stop. Please.

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Fearing Spying, US Intelligence Warns Against Using Chinese Smartphones


US intelligence leaders have publicly warned US citizens not use smartphones made by Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE, as those companies are ”beholden to foreign governments,” and they fear those companies’ products could be used for espionage, information theft or foreign influence.

During much-touted testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee (SIC) on Tuesday, the leaders of the US intelligence agencies warned against the purchase of Huawei and ZTE phones. “We’re deeply concerned about the risks of allowing any company or entity that is beholden to foreign governments that don’t share our values to gain positions of power inside our telecommunications networks,” FBI Director Chris Wray told the SIC.

“That provides the capacity to exert pressure or control over our telecommunications infrastructure. It provides the capacity to maliciously modify or steal information. And it provides the capacity to conduct undetected espionage,” he continued.

Huawei raged against the US government and cell phone market for what it considers unfair practices that excludes Huawei from American markets and deprives consumers of choices. “Huawei is aware of a range of US government activities seemingly aimed at inhibiting Huawei’s business in the US market,” the company wrote in a statement after the testimony.

“Huawei is trusted by governments and customers in 170 countries worldwide and poses no greater cybersecurity risk than any ICT vendor, sharing as we do common global supply chains and production capabilities.”

ZTE’s statement on the charges took a more conciliatory tone. “As a publicly traded company, we are committed to adhering to all applicable laws and regulations of the United States, work with carriers to pass strict testing protocols and adhere to the highest business standards,” a ZTE spokesperson said.

Huawei and ZTE are two of China’s largest smartphone manufacturers, particularly the former, which is the third-largest in the world after Samsung and Apple.

Both companies have made strides to enter US markets recently. Huawei attempted to enter a partnership with AT&T to sell Huawei phones, but the deal fell through in January.

The allegations against ZTE and especially Huawei are nothing new. In 2010, several US congressmen opposed Huawei’s expansion in Western markets on the grounds that their tech might be used for Chinese cyber-espionage.

In 2012, the House Intelligence Committee named Huawei and ZTE threats to national security, much the same story as the recent testimony. Allowing the Chinese companies to freely sell their products in American markets, the HIC claimed, could allow Beijing to interfere with communications and launch cyberattacks against critical infrastructure like dams and the power grid.

Similar allegations have been brought against Huawei by Australia, Canada, India and the UK. ZTE, a smaller company, has flown more under the radar until now.



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Israeli Police Recommend Bribery Charges Against Netanyahu

Israeli Police Recommend Bribery Charges Against Netanyahu

February 13th, 2018

Wake me up when this monster is prosecuted for war crimes.

Via: Reuters:

Israeli police on Tuesday recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for bribery, opening the way for what could be the biggest challenge yet to the right-wing leader’s political survival.

In a detailed statement, police named Arnon Milchan, a Hollywood producer and Israeli citizen, and Australian businessman James Packer, saying that for nearly a decade, from 2007 to 2016, they gave gifts that included champagne, cigars and jewelry to Netanyahu and his family.

In all, the merchandise was worth more than one million shekels ($280,000), the statement said. Any legal proceedings would likely focus on whether political favors were sought or granted.

Netanyahu’s lawyers said the presents were simply tokens of friendship.




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Don’t make yourself ill with E. coli – safety precautions to guard against contamination

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Hundreds of thousands of people fall ill from E. coli contamination each year. Despite local outcry to improve food manufacturing practices, pathogenic E. coli is still a prevalent bacterium that continues to impact the healthcare system. The most common sources of foodborne infection of E. coli are raw fruits and vegetables, unpasteurized dairy products, and improperly cooked meat.

E. coli is mostly spread through fecal contact. Food that comes into contact with either human or animal feces is more likely to have pathogenic E. coli. This should make preventing an infection easier, since the vector of contamination is in how food is prepared. However, complicated logistical practices make it difficult for health and government agencies to pinpoint where and how food is prepared and/or handled.

This guide will serve as a brief introduction to how you can guard against contamination.

  1. Know where your food is coming from — The easiest way to avoid an infection is by sourcing your food from a reputable grocer. We recommend buying from your local farms. Not only does this help the community, but most local small farms don’t use pesticides or herbicides. If you can, try growing your own food — this way, you really know what you’re putting in your mouth. (Related: E. coli contaminates two-thirds of fresh chicken sold in UK supermarkets.)
  2. Practice proper food habits — You can guard yourself well by practicing good food hygiene practices. This includes washing produce thoroughly and cooking meat properly.
  3. Storing food correctly — Do not store fruits and vegetables in the same drawer as raw meat or fish. Doing so increases the risk of contamination.
  4. Wash your hands — Handle food with clean hands. Health groups recommend washing your hands with hot, soapy water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling food. Wash fruits and vegetables under running water.
  5. Use your common sense — If a fruit or vegetable looks abnormal, do not eat it. If it smells sour, tastes bitter, or feels different, do not eat it. It might be considered a waste of food, but if you die, that’s a waste of life too.

Other things you should take note of:

  • There is debate on whether you should rewash pre-washed fruits and vegetables. There are no clear guidelines about this but a general rule of thumb is that it is safe to wash pre-washed fruits and vegetables once before you prepare or eat them. Don’t overwash them.
  • Do not use the same cutting boards for vegetables and raw meat. This will prevent cross-contamination.
  • Wash cutting boards before and after you use them. Depending on what your board is made of, using soap may or may not be useful.

On E. coli

Escherichia coli (E. coli) are bacteria found in food and in the intestines of animals and humans. E. coli refer to a large group of bacteria, with a majority of strains being harmless or beneficial to the gut. However, pathogenic E. coli can cause diarrhea, urinary tract infections, and other illnesses.

An E. coli infection manifests itself differently in people but general symptoms include stomach cramps, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting. Most people need a week to recover; but there are cases where an E. coli infection can be potentially fatal. Patients who experience severe diarrhea for more than three days accompanied by high fever should immediately seek medical attention.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that there are 265,000 E. coli infections in the United States each year. This number is said to be higher as many infected patients do not seek medical help.

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