From Pine View Farm

September, 2016 archive

And Now for Something Completely Different 0

Warning: Taste.

Via Media Matters.


Sugar-Coating 0

David Singerman looks at the recent JAMA article revealing the sugar industry’s machinations to manipulate the nation’s masticators. A snippet:

Looking back at the industry’s transformation of sugar (an edible substance derived from a plant) into sucrose (a molecule), we also see the roots of “nutritionism” in United States policy. That’s the idea that what matters to human health is not food per se but rather a handful of isolable biochemical factors. As food critics like Michael Pollan and Marion Nestle have argued, nutritionism is better at helping processed-food companies market their products as healthy (“with Omega-3 added!”) than it is at promoting our well-being.

Do read the rest.


Bus Stop 0

Just read it.


Facebook Frolics 0

Municipal frolics.


Tarheel Transparency 0

North Carolina Pol saying,

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If It Walks Like a Duck . . . . . 0

Glenn Rose.


Still Rising Again after All These Years 0

Or,”If you want them to have a work ethic, don’t spare the whip.”

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.

Words fail me.


Just Compensation 0

Wells-Fargo CEO standing beside two huge carts of mail to mailroom worker:  One holds pink slips for our conniving customer service workers.  The other carries fat performance bonus for our high-achieving senior management team.  Don't mix them up.

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The Candidates Debate 0

Walter Cronkite would turn over in his grave at our broken punditocracy.

Via Balloon Juice.



Margaret Mead:

Once any group in society stands in a relatively deprived position in relation to other groups, it is genuinely deprived.


It’s Catching 0


Trumpling the Discourse 0

Jennifer Lin shares her misty water-colored memories of dealing with the Donald when she was young reporter for the Inky.

Nearly 30 years ago, the Republican presidential candidate, incensed over an Inquirer story about his casinos, called her in her New York office, said she had “s- for brains” and said she worked for “a s- newspaper,” Lin said.

Then he called her editor and referred to Lin as “that c-,” Lin said.

Details at the link.


Special Snowflakes 0

More stuff you can’t make up.

Via Kos.


Giving America the Business 0


At a Glance 0


I have nothing to add.


Nothing To Do, Nowhere To Go 0

Not bad.

Jobless claims rose by 3,000 to 254,000 in the week ended Sept. 24 from a five-month low in the previous period, a Labor Department report showed Thursday.


The less-volatile four-week average of claims dropped to 256,000, the lowest since April, from 258,250 in the prior week.

The number of people continuing to receive jobless benefits declined by 46,000 to 2.06 million in the week ended Sept. 17, the fewest since July 2000.

If you follow the link, you will see that Bloomberg’s headline falls upon its fainting couch clutching its pearls that Bloomberg’s “experts” were wrong.


Honestly, I don’t know why they bother.


Right To Work (for Less) 0

Man shows petition to woman and says,

Via Job’s Anger.


“Two Different Worlds . . . .” 0

Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton debate depicted as a mobius square.  Hillary Clinton's location is labeled,

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Anne Sullivan:

It’s queer how ready people always are with advice in any real or imaginary emergency, and no matter how many times experience has shown them to be wrong, they continue to set forth their opinions, as if they had received them from the Almighty!


The American Duterte? 0


Glorious promises . . . delivered with supreme confidence will always be attractive to huge numbers of people . . . .