Michigan Democrat played Candy Crush during State of the Union

Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Mich., decided a video game deserved more of her attention than President Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday.

The Michigan Democrat was caught by a Getty Images photographer playing Candy Crush on her phone during the speech. The Daily Mail points out the picture was snapped at 9:42 p.m., according to Getty, right as Trump was addressing trade deals. “The era of economic surrender is totally over. From now on, we expect trading relationships to be fair and, very importantly, reciprocal,” he insisted. Those remarks came after he pledged to lower prescription drug prices and before he pledged to “rebuild our crumbling infrastructure.”

Lawrence represents Michigan’s 14th District, which includes portions of Detroit and its suburbs. Presumably, the congresswoman’s constituents would like her to devote some attention to securing favorable trade deals — even if that means working with Trump. But, of course, they aren’t totally unreasonable, and will understand video games always come first.

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Gov’t Tried to Crack Down on Tide Pods For “Looking Like Candy” After Senator Wanted to Eat One


“I don’t know why they make them look so delicious,” said the United States Senator.

In recent months, many people began noticing memes and jokes appearing online about people eating “Tide Pods,” the conveniently prepackaged laundry detergent capsules that you throw in the washing machine. At first, we all thought that this was some kind of joke, that people could not possibly be doing something so obviously dangerous. However, videos began to circulate online showing large numbers of teens taking the “Tide Pod challenge,” by eating the detergent pods on camera.

This is a sad and strange testament to how far our society has fallen, and how young people have a total lack of concern for their health and their lives. There is not much that can be done about this as it is the symptom of a mass psychosis that has left millions of teens feeling like they have nothing to live for, aside from impressing strangers on the internet.

This is obviously not something that can be fixed with laws or regulation, but don’t tell that to Senator Charles Schumer of New York, “The Empire State.” When Tide Pod consumption first became an issue, Schumer gave a press conference demanding that The Consumer Product Safety Commission crackdown on detergent companies who use colorful “pods” for their soap. Schumer said these pods are tempting for children to eat because of how they look. He then admitted that he has wanted to eat tide pods in the past.

“The incidents are skyrocketing, these pods were supposed to make household chores easier, not tempt our children to swallow harmful chemicals. I saw one on my staffer’s desk and I wanted to eat it,” Schumer said, adding that, “I don’t know why they make them look so delicious.”

Schumer said that he is not interested in flat-out banning the pods, but says that further regulation is needed.

“We don’t want to throw out the baby with the detergent water,” he said.

This press conference happened before the trend caught on, back in 2012, and was directed more at children than teens, but these comments are still relevant to the discussion, as politicians are renewing calls for regulation. These comments also seem even more rediculous in light of people eating these pods intentionally.

Dr. Rais Vohra, a medical toxicologist at UCSF Fresno, told CNN that the pods can burn a person’s insides.

“They can cause burns in the mouth, if the liquid bursts open and goes in the back of the throat, they could cause burns in the back of the throat which would necessitate an ER visit or even ICU admission,” Vohra said.

Some companies and stores have taken voluntary measures to increase the safety of the pods. For example, in May, Proctor and Gamble made the lids for the Tide Pod containers more difficult to open, and many grocery stores have taken measures to lock them behind the counter.

Poison control centers last year received 10,570 reports of children 5 or younger being exposed to laundry detergent packets.

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The Real Reason Police Push Debunked ‘Drug-laced Candy’ Myth on Halloween


Law enforcement across the country have taken to social media and to local news outlets to once again to “warn parents of the dangers of drug-laced Halloween candy.”

For decades, every year at this time, police and their irresponsible echo chambers in the media set out to sound the alarm that evil people will attempt to drug your kids. Over the past several years, as marijuana has become more legal throughout the country, these warnings have intensified.

The sheer lack of critical thought in blindly accepting the wholeheartedly asinine idea of people giving away expensive drugs to somehow taint the innocence of children is shocking.

Marijuana-infused candy is not cheap. The idea that a pot user would want to spend their hard earned money on the small chance that their suspiciously wrapped candy may be eaten by a child is laughable. However, the urban myth—in spite of the fact that there has never been a documented case of a child receiving tainted candy from a stranger on Halloween—continues to be rammed down society’s throat year after year.

This is no accident either.

Moral panic of this kind bubbles up every year in mid-October, and the legalization of marijuana across the country – which can take the form of edibles that resemble brownies, cookies, or candy – has added a new flavor to that familiar witches’ brew. However, as MTV News reported, “we’ve been to this dance before. The myth of poisoned or drugged Halloween candy has been going around at this time of year since at least the ‘60s. Before marijuana candies, Americans have been scared of everything from heroin to metal shards in their kids’ sugary loot.”

Despite this annual outbreak of alarm, “there’s never been a proven case of some random madman intentionally poisoning random trick-or-treaters. In fact, children are more likely to be poisoned by a family member than a stranger around Halloween.”

“I have always been skeptical of claims that maniacs try to poison kids’ treats,” observes Joel Best, a professor of sociology and criminology at the University of Delaware. “Why would they do that?”

The implicit answer, as TFTP’s William Grigg writes, from the perspective of those promoting the panic, is that drug fiends are motivated by a sadistic desire to defile childhood innocence. Just as “war on terror” propaganda cultivates a directionless fear of swarthy, savagely bearded foreigners who “hate us for our freedom,” agitprop conducted in the “war on drugs” endlessly recapitulates similar themes put into circulation decades ago by the arch-prohibitionist Harry Anslinger.

In testimony under oath before Congress in 1937, Anslinger insisted: “Marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind.” As head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, Anslinger maintained a “gore file” replete with lurid stories — many of them entirely fictitious — of marijuana-crazed people committing hideous crimes, including rape, murder, and “miscegenation.” Anslinger was endlessly preoccupied with the idea that black people are particularly susceptible to marijuana, and that one particularly acute danger posed by the demon weed was its role in breaking down the barriers against “race-mixing.”

The most important reason to outlaw marijuana, Anslinger insisted, “is its effect on the degenerate races.” Marijuana was nothing less than the drug used to seal the bloody covenants sworn by members of the ancient Order of Assassins, Ansligner tremulously informed a credulous public, and even today it plays a central role in the never-ending plot by dark and devious men who seek to steal the innocence of “Our Children.”

“There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers,” Anslinger reportedly said on one occasion. “Their Satanic music, jazz, and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and any others.”

Following World War II, after it was documented that marijuana did not promote outbursts of violent, aggressive behavior, Anslinger reversed field entirely. By 1948, he insisted that the same drug that turned men into paranoid, predatory criminals and white women into aggressive sluts would somehow turn young people into weak-willed pacifists unwilling and unable to obey the muster call to take up arms against the Communist Menace. Sadly, the public followed in lockstep.

It is important to note that while there has never been a single case of a random child being poisoned by a stranger’s Halloween candy, the ones pushing this ridiculous myth have killed thousands—including innocent children. Police in America kill over 1,000 people a year, many of them are unarmed and innocent. But we are supposed to fear candy.

Parents whose children participate in trick-or-treating should exercise discretion and supervise them carefully, but they shouldn’t fall prey to officially-promoted urban myths. Practicing adults should know better than to be spooked by the ghost of Harry Anslinger.

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Choose trick over treat this Halloween: Thousands of candy brands found to contain lead, according to new study

Image: Choose trick over treat this Halloween: Thousands of candy brands found to contain lead, according to new study

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A new study reveals that 42 percent of food contamination warnings in California is linked to high levels of lead in candy since the state passed a law on testing and monitoring the food item in 2006.

Thousands of candy brands have been reported to contain lead – mostly imported ones from Mexico, China, and India – than for any other contamination. As many as 10,000 children are poisoned by lead in California each year, according to a study by the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

Lead study author Dr Margaret Handley urges consumers and policy-makers alike to make sure that children don’t receive or eat lead-contaminated candies during trick-or-treat this Halloween. The National Retail Federation predicted that a record-breaking $9.1 billion would have been spent on candies this Halloween; majority of which would have been imported to California from Mexico (34 percent), China (24 percent) and India (20 percent).

The UCSF study reports that candy made up the majority of lead warnings issued for imported food products – a total of 96.3 percent between 2001 and 2014. Lead poisoning is also estimated to have affected more than one million American children during the study period.

The findings also suggest that lead contamination was probably under-reported prior to the testing program in 2007. One report, published back in 2002, claimed that about 15 percent of the 1,000 cases of lead poisoning in California were linked to candy imported from Mexico. The report led to legislation passed in 2006 and the Food and Drug Branch (FDB) of the California Department of Public Health to oversee candy testing and warnings, which includes releasing annual lists of tested candies. As of September 13, none of the candies tested this year contained more than .005 parts per million (ppm), the permissible level in California.

The FDB site also includes a list of candies that have been banned for contamination, mostly imported ones from Mexico, India, and Japan. There was also a recall for the popular Red Vines licorice candies in 2012, though it was again allowed to be sold the next year. The list however, appears to only be updated to 2013.

“As more lead sources are identified we must develop prevention approaches for all of them, and not just replace one prevention approach with another,” Dr Handley said in a press release.

“If there is anything we have learned from the lead poisoning disaster in Flint, Michigan, it is not to oversimplify or cut corners when it comes to identifying and removing sources of lead poisoning,” she added, recalling the Flint, Michigan water crisis, where cost-cutting measures led to tainted drinking water that contained lead. (Related: Pharma company cashed in on Flint water crisis, raised lead poisoning drug prices 2,700 percent.)

Lead contamination is a serious health problem that can cause brain and nervous system damage, as well as hearing and speech problems. It can also affect the development, learning, and behavior of growing children. Symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, upset stomach and hyperactivity usually follow lead poisoning. These symptoms however, are so similar to those exhibited by a child who only had too much candy, that they are often overlooked and not diagnosed.

The CDC, or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warned that lead has been detected in candy wrappers, particularly those for imported candies. These sweet treats are prone to lead contamination when their ingredients were not processed and prepared properly, or the ink used on the candy wrappers contains lead that seeps into the candies themselves.

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Photo: Nudibranch and mini-me revel in their candy-colored world

Reader photo of the day, starring psychedelic sea slugs!

From the underwater family of shell-less creatures known as nudibranchs, these sea slugs come in some of the brightest colors known to the animal world, and we sure love them around here. This duo was photographed by John Turnbull in the waters off of Australia’s Lord Howe Island.

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