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GOP Congressman Makes Park Ranger Apologize for Shutdown

The day before he was taped harassing a Park Ranger for doing her job, Neugebauer went on The Chad Hasty Show to state that he will keep the government shut down for “as long as it takes” to ensure that Obamacare is not funded, claiming it was the will of the American people.

via GOP Congressman Makes Park Ranger Apologize for Shutdown.

Israel demolishes Palestinian home in the Negev | Maan News Agency

“The owner has eight children who will come back from school to find they don’t have a home anymore, there is great resentment in the village. We did not refuse to negotiate with the Israeli authorities about the future of the village, but they treat us brutally,” Abu Affash added.

Palestinian member of the Knesset Talab Abu Arar said that this is the beginning of the Prawer Plan, even though it wasn’t officially confirmed by the Israeli government.

“If a Jewish man was taken out of his house because he didn’t pay his rent, the Israeli authorities would provide a home for him, but for Arabs their houses are demolished and they’re left out in the streets,” he added.

In August, Israeli forces destroyed three Palestinian homes in the Negev.

The Israeli government in January approved the Prawer-Begin Bill, calling for the relocation of 30,000 – 40,000 Bedouin, the demolition of about 40 villages and the confiscation of more than 700,000 dunams of land in the Negev.

via Israel demolishes Palestinian home in the Negev | Maan News Agency.

Tory immigration bill to curb right of appeal against deportation | UK news | theguardian.com

(Shred EU Human Rights, punish children and rip apart families is the by-word for “compassionate” neo-Fascist Tories!)

Sweeping new curbs on the appeal rights of illegal migrants, foreign prisoners and others facing deportation are to be announced by the home secretary.

Theresa May is to tell the Conservative party conference that the appeals of thousands facing deportation can only be heard after they have been put on a plane home unless they face “a risk of irreversible harm”.

The move is to be part of a sweeping new immigration bill, expected to be published next week, designed to create “a hostile environment” to illegal migrants in Britain. It will detail new measures to ensure private landlords check on the immigration status of tenants and curb access to healthcare for illegal migrants.

The home secretary is also expected to cut the number of grounds on which migrants can lodge an appeal against deportation from the current 17 to just four. A right of appeal is expected to exist only where the decision is said to be “complex and fact-specific”.

She is also to confirm that guidance to the courts to limit their use of the “right to family life” article 8 of the European convention on human rights will be included in primary legislation to ensure it cannot be ignored.

via Tory immigration bill to curb right of appeal against deportation | UK news | theguardian.com.

Former braceros’ march across U.S. for back pay ends in D.C. | Latina Lista

A group of elderly migrant laborers ended a cross-country protest Thursday outside the White House, hoping the U.S. would prod Mexico to pay money owed to them for work they did decades ago.

“We want Washington and the whole world to know that the Mexican government stole our money,” the group of 20 “ex braceros,” or migrant laborers, and activists sang. They ended their 22-day cross-country trip, demanding the U.S. government open the Bracero Program files and aid them in obtaining the 10 percent of their wages in savings accounts they claim the Mexican government never paid them.

The U.S. established the Bracero Program in 1942 to give visas to guest laborers who replaced domestic workers who were fighting in World War II. It employed several thousand Mexican agricultural and railroad workers until the program ended in 1967.

via Former braceros’ march across U.S. for back pay ends in D.C. | Latina Lista.

Slavery in Modern india – Delhi’s missing children forced into farm labor | Globalization | DW.DE | 20.09.2013

Deepak Kumar was on his way back from a playground near the Tughlaqabad railway station in Delhi when he was abducted. It was the evening of March 8, 2011. He was 15 then.

“It was already dark. I was feeling cold and realized I should go back home. Just then I saw four people coming towards my direction on a bike. Before I could understand anything, they forced me on the pillion, sandwiching me between them. They covered my mouth with a thick cloth when I started crying. All I can remember is that I was on the bike. When I woke up, it was morning. The men took me to a Ram Kumar’s house in Khindaria village, Muzaffarnagar district,” Deepak recounted.

Khindaria village lies north-east of Muzaffarnagar district in the sugar belt region of Uttar Pradesh. The region is covered with sugarcane plantations that flourish all year round.

The next morning, Deepak was briefed about his job at Ram Kumar’s place. He was to look after the buffaloes, clean their sheds, and peel and clean sugarcane. Meanwhile, back home in Badarpur, his parents had frantically started looking for him. His father Bhajan Sahu went to the nearest police station in Sarga Khwaja to register the missing person. “They refused to file a case, saying that my son was a drug addict. Finally, after a lot of requests a case was registered but they did nothing,” says Sahu.

via Delhi’s missing children forced into farm labor | Globalization | DW.DE | 20.09.2013.

Eat Drink Better | Cooking, healthy food, and sustainable eating!

Poor people are inconvenient. Fortunately, you can ignore them and nothing will happen.

The House cut Food Stamps by $40 billion yesterday when they passed the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act of 2013 (H.R. 3012). The 109 page bill includes a number of requirements for new projects, reports to be written about those projects, and committees to review those projects, plus the budget necessary to do those things. The cost-cutting mostly occurs in one place – “categorical eligibility”.

via Eat Drink Better | Cooking, healthy food, and sustainable eating!.

Ohio Senator Wants USDA’s Poultry Inspectors Assigned to China; Charges ‘Labeling Gap’ | Food Safety News

??? Export chicken to China, have them “cook” it and send back to US to be sold as Buffalo wings or nuggets???

American consumers need USDA “on station” to inspect chicken processing as it occurs in China, and a “labeling gap” is putting U.S. food safety at risk, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) suggests in a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

Brown also raised numerous questions with Vilsack about Chinese chicken processors being approved to process chicken raised in the U.S., Canada or Chile and then export the cooked chicken back here.

Since the news leaked (just before USDA announced it on Aug. 30) that four Chinese chicken processors are being green-lighted for exporting cooked chicken to the U.S., it’s become one of this nation’s hotter discussion topics.

“Given the well-documented shortcomings of the Chinese food safety system, we shouldn’t allow unmarked meat into our markets that is processed in Chinese facilities that are not subject to food safety inspections,” Brown stated in a press release accompanying his letter to Vilsack. “This action could endanger the health and safety of American consumers and potentially undermines confidence in our nation’s food safety standards.”

Meat and poultry imported to the U.S. is subject to inspection by the foreign country, which must maintain a food-safety inspection system that is equivalent to USDA’s. “Equivalence” was originally established in 2006 for the People’s Republic of China’s food-safety inspection system for processed poultry after a two-year review by a USDA audit team.

via Ohio Senator Wants USDA’s Poultry Inspectors Assigned to China; Charges ‘Labeling Gap’ | Food Safety News.

Raw milk and cheese safe? Not! One Dead, 16 Sickened in B.C. E. coli Outbreak Linked to Raw Cheese | Food Safety News

The outbreak of E. coli linked to Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm in Canada has resulted in one death, as well as 10 confirmed and six suspected illnesses, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.

The victim who died was from British Columbia. Three more B.C. residents fell ill, while the other seven cases are in Alberta. The agency is investigating another six illnesses that appear to be connected.

Health officials have linked the outbreak to unpasteurized cheese products sold by B.C.-based Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm. The Public Health Agency has recalled 14 of the farm’s cheese items, which were sold at the farm in Salmon Arm, B.C., in retail stores in B.C. and Alberta, and over the Internet between May 27 and Sept. 14.

The farm agreed to stop selling its cheese.

via One Dead, 16 Sickened in B.C. E. coli Outbreak Linked to Raw Cheese | Food Safety News.

House to Vote on Cutting Food Stamp Aid

House to Vote on Cutting Food Stamp Aid.

The House is poised to vote on cutting nearly $4 billion a year from food stamp assistance, now used by 1 in 7 Americans.

House Republican leaders were still working for support as they scheduled a vote on the measure for Thursday. Some GOP moderates questioned the 5 percent cut to the almost $80 billion-a-year program as Democrats united strongly against it.