7 Ways Sequestration Will Sock the Middle Class – In These Times

Specifically, it breaks down like this:

Do Republicans want to evict 70,000 low income children from Head Start to ensure that the nation’s largest corporation, GE, which is massively profitable, continues to pay no taxes and instead demands rebates from the American people?

Do Republicans want to furlough 750,000 civilians employed by the Army to ensure that one of the richest men in the world, Warren Buffett, can continue paying a lower tax rate than his secretary, a situation that Buffett has described as unconscionable?

Do Republicans want to slash $550 million from the FBI, hindering response to cyber and terrorist attacks after the equivalent of 7,000 workers are furloughed each day just to ensure that corporations can continue to get tax breaks when they offshore jobs?

Do Republicans want to end treatment for 373,000 seriously mentally ill adults and severely emotionally disturbed children just to ensure that the 1 percent continue to receive tax breaks for their corporate jets, yachts and golf carts?

Do Republicans want to cut back customs agents and Federal Aviation Administration workers, including air traffic controllers, causing airline delays just to accommodate the demand of multi-millionaires like Mitt Romney to pay a 14.1 percent tax rate, a rate lower than many middle-class workers pay?

Do Republicans want to slash $350 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, eliminating, among other crucial health interventions, 540,000 doses of vaccine for flu, hepatitis and measles as well as tens of thousands of cancer screenings for low-income women, just to ensure that 30 highly profitable Fortune 500 companies continue to pay less in taxes than they do for lobbyists?

Do Republicans want to cancel 1,000 National Science Foundation grants for research in areas like cyber security—especially now that it has been revealed that Chinese groups have hacked into the nation’s electrical power grid, gas distribution and waterworks systems—in order to continue massive government subsidies to oil companies, which are among the most profitable corporations in the world?

via 7 Ways Sequestration Will Sock the Middle Class – In These Times.

Recalls and Alerts: February 25, 2013 | eFoodAlert


Food Safety Recall (France): La Corbeille des Saveur recalls La Corbeille des Saveurs and La Marmite des Saveurs brands of Anchoïade, Confiture d’Olive Noire, Olivade à l’Anchois, Pistou Rouge, Tapenade Noire, Tartinad’Pois Chiche, Tian de Pois Chiche, and Tian de Fenouil due to a defect in the pasteurization procedure, which could result in the possible development of Clostridium botulinum and the production of botulinum toxin in the products.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): La Corbeille des Saveur recalls Tapenade noire, Olivade noire, Confiture d’olive noire, Olivade à l’anchois, Anchoïade, Pistou rouge, Tapenad’olive noire, Tian de pois chiche, Tartinad’pois chiche, and Tian de fenouil (Product of France; All lots), due to potential development of Clostridium botulinum.

Food Safety Alert (Switzerland): The Federal Office of Public Health strongly warns the public against using the apparatus known as ‘Pocket Silver‘ which claims to enrich drinking water with silver ions. The consumption of water treated with Pocket Silver can lead to the development of silver deposits in the skin, the mucous membranes and various organs (especially the kidneys and the eyes).

Food Fraud Notification (EU #2013.0231): Adulteration (horse DNA) of frozen beef trimmings from Poland; distributed to Denmark, Germany, Liechtenstein and the United Kingdom.

Food Safety Notification (EU #2013.0232): Excessive Escherichia coli in mussels from Spain; distributed to France.

Food Safety Notification (EU #2013.0233): Salmonella anatum in beef trimming processed in the Netherlands, with raw material from Poland, via Germany; distributed to Sweden.

Allergy Alert Notification (EU #2013.0236): Undeclared lactose in probiotics for babies and children from Bulgaria; distributed to Estonia and Lithuania.

Food Fraud Notification (EU #2013.0238): Adulteration (horse protein) of pasta sauce bolognese from Austria; distributed to Germany.

Food Safety Notification (EU #2013.0239): Aflatoxins in dried figs from Turkey; distributed to Austria and Germany.

Food Safety Notification (EU #2013.0241): Inadequate acidity and potential growth of Clostridium botulinum in tapenade, tian and olivado from France; distributed to Belgium, France and the United Kingdom.

Food Fraud Notification (EU #2013.0242): Adulteration (undeclared horse protein) of frozen lasagne bolognese from Italy; distributed to Italy and the United Kingdom.

Pet Food Safety Notification (EU #2013.0243): Salmonella Senftenberg in frozen snack for dogs from Canada; distributed to Norway.

Food Fraud Notification (EU #2013.0244): Adulteration (horse DNA) of lasagne bolognese from Hungary; distributed to Denmark.

Food Fraud Notification (EU #2013.0245): Adulteration (horse DNA) of frozen meatballs from Sweden; distributed to the Czech Republic.

Food Safety Notification (EU #2013.0247): Salmonella in paan leaves from Bangladesh; distributed to the United Kingdom.

via Recalls and Alerts: February 25, 2013 | eFoodAlert.

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United States

  • Food Safety Recall:Ingles Markets Inc. recalls Laura Lynn Macaroni (16 oz; Item #97987), due to possible infestation.
  • Food Safety Recall:Altiza Inc. (Chula Vista, CA) recalls Malichita brand Cucumbers (44 lbs/box; Lot #MA012304), due…

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IPS – Profits Before Safety in Pakistan’s Factories | Inter Press Service

Having visited Ali Enterprises – the apparel factory in Pakistan’s capital, Karachi, that went up in flames last September, killing 300 workers – he says he cannot fathom how the plant was awarded the prestigious SA8000 certification by Social Accountability International, a New York-based monitoring body tasked with assessing safety standards, just weeks before one of the worst recorded industrial disasters.

Reportedly caused by short-circuiting, the fire tore quickly through the factory, trapping workers behind locked doors.

Though the factory owners blamed the heavy death toll on the chaos that followed the blaze, experts say a lack of basic safety standards – like an absence of exit passages or adequate in-house emergency firefighting capabilities – was the primary factor behind the tragedy.

A good five months down the road, families of several victims are waiting to gain custody of their deceased loved ones: burnt beyond recognition, the bodies have not yet been identified, despite repeated DNA tests.

via IPS – Profits Before Safety in Pakistan’s Factories | Inter Press Service.

Leelouz Café

Fly Bird is an experience not to be missed with the collaboration of Dar Onboz (independent award winning Lebanese publishing house) and Beirut Art Center. Every Saturday between 1 & 2 pm, take your children and yourself and discover the magic of story telling by Nadine Touma, and the art of folding paper by Jad Hallaj, as well as many more activities emphasizing Birds in all its splendor. The exhibition and activities aim to rediscover the beautiful world of the birds, which is practically disappearing in the city of Beirut. Adults and kids will enjoy this outing, which is also for free. The exhibition relies on selling their artifacts, among them the beautifully drawn hand made tiles, the embroidery kits story books, CD’s and the coloring stickers.

Hopefully the pictures will inspire to visit the next coming Saturdays…

for directions to Beirut Art Center, click here.

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