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Sunday, December 29, 2013

MooPig Government Regulations Department :: "What doesn't FDA regulate?

Transparency in the FDA
mashed articles by Pat Darnell |  Dec 29, 2013  |  Bryan TX

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I am doing the right thing this morning. I am sorting through the FDA Gov site, and trying to wrap my mind around it.

Everything today seems like it is a Federal Case. We at MooPig Government Regulations Department are inundated with reports by whistle-blowers from within Government Regulatory Offices. Who to believe? Where do we draw the line to the cynicism that all this mess causes, until the American people just throw their hands up in surrender?

This is a good question. Our FDA does not regulate everything you think it would.

FDA Basics :: What doesn’t FDA regulate? How do I contact the agencies that do?: "What doesn't FDA regulate? How do I contact the agencies that do?

FDA does not regulate:
  • advertising (except for prescription drugs, medical devices, and tobacco products)
  • some consumer products, such as paint, child-resistant packages, baby toys, and household appliances (except for those that give off radiation)
  • illegal drugs of abuse, such as heroin and marijuana
  • health insurance meat and poultry (except for game meats, such as venison, ostrich, and snake) 
  • restaurants and grocery stores 
  • vaccines for infectious animal diseases
FDA shares the responsibility for regulating these products with other government agencies:
  • pesticides (FDA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency regulate these)
  • water (FDA regulates the labeling and safety of bottled water, while the Environmental Protection Agency develops national standards for drinking water from municipal water supplies)"
'via Blog this'

Let's look at one product line, shall we? Advertising in Tobacco. From FDA Transparency files we have this slide show:
Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the U.S.
  • Tobacco dependence is a life-threatening condition There are 45 million smokers in the
  • U.S. and 440,000 people die every year Each day in the United States
  • 3,600 kids under 18 years of age smoke their first cigarette, and over 700 kids become regular smokers (Slide 3)
Are you already bored with bullet presentations? I am. Let's push on:
FDA’s ability to enact science-based regulation has the true potential to reduce the death and disease toll from the most harmful products
  • A main goal is to have a country free of tobacco related disease and death
  • Passage of the Tobacco Control Act means that FDA has many tools to help meet that goal
  • FDA regulates an extremely addictive and toxic product
  • But people smoke for the nicotine while dying from the tar
  • Ongoing debate about how to regulate products based upon where they fit on a “continuum of risk” given their toxicities and how they are used (Slide 12)
[Picture LINK] Narcoti-Cure, Cures the Tobacco Habit - Vintage Drug Pharmaceutical Advertising Art Nouveau Poster

It's a mess. I could spend a whole school term on this FDA web site. What stands out is their commitment to transparency. However, I cannot find any tidbits concerning "in-house whistle-blowers at the FDA." For those we must travel Google source maps, such as Former FDA reviewer speaks out about intimidation, retaliation and marginalizing of safety (By Martha Rosenberg Posted on August 22, 2012).
" ... The agency, [FDA], using so-called spy software designed to help employers monitor workers, captured screen images from the government laptops of the five scientists as they were being used at work or at home. The software tracked their keystrokes, intercepted their personal e-mails, copied the documents on their personal thumb drives and even followed their messages line by line as they were being drafted, the documents show. (ERIC LICHTBLAU and SCOTT SHANE. Published: July 14, 2012. LINK ) ..."
For instnace: looking for guidance on the site is going to be a tough search for anyone trying to figure out how to guard against youth using tobacco products. Smokers' smoke for the nicotine, and die from the tar, that is a fact. But, does transparency refer to this type of searching, or to its internal investigations of its employees and their governmental contacts all over the world?

" ... Government agencies cannot discourage whistle-blowing and reporting of wrongdoing by monitoring employees, echoed a White House memo sent to all government agencies about the FDA spy program. (ibid. Martha Rosenberg. LINK ) ... "

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MooPig Bloated Corporate Bombast Department :: "BLIMEY [expletive deleted]"

"What: Me Worry?"
Forestalled articles by Pat Darnell  |  Dec 28, 2013  |  Bryan TX

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Are Taxpayers Paying for Wall Street Execs' Bloated Bonuses? | Connecting the Dots, What Matters Today | "For the past 40 years, corporate America has spent untold millions convincing lawmakers and the wider public that government intervention in the private sector results in painful unintended consequences that harm us all. At the same time, corporate-backed think tanks and media outlets have advanced the narrative that public benefits create a culture of dependency, and by doing so ultimately do their recipients more harm than good."

'via Blog this'

" ... This week, Alexis Goldstein noticed a similarity between two headline-grabbing numbers. She writes:

Earlier this year, Bloomberg calculated that the top 10 US banks receive $83 billion a year in subsidies from the government, due to their cheap cost of funding and the preferential treatment creditors give them because they assume the government sees them as TBTF.

In November, a NYT analysis of a Johnson Associates survey found that the top eight US banks set aside $91.44 billion for bonuses in 2013. (Goldstein, Alexis. Dec 25, 2013. LINK) ..."

What starts out as a great idea for a business often turns up in the foreclosure books at the loaning institution. It is the norm more than the exception, as most businesses fail in their first year of tribulation as a fully leveraged enterprise. Marginal returns get swept away as the loans are called in.

However, there are businesses that are thought to be "Too Big To Fail, TBTF" ... and these are given preferential treatment by their creditors and by the government. Yes, they are bailed out, so that they won't fail.


MooPig 'Stuff No One Wants to Hear About' Department :: "Fukushima UPDATE"

Now Hear This, Now Hear This, Sweepers Man your Brooms
mashed articles by Pat Darnell  |  Dec 29, 2013  |  Bryan TX

[Picture LINK] "Clean Sweep Down Fore and AFT" ... Crew members scrub contaminated snow off the deck of USS Ronald Reagan in March 2011 during a humanitarian mission off tsunami-stricken Japan. Photo: Getty Images

" ... The fallout of those four days spent off the Fukushima coast has been tragic to many of the 5,000 sailors who were there.

At least 70 have been stricken with some form of radiation sickness, and of those, “at least half . . . are suffering from some form of cancer,” their lawyer, Paul Garner, told The Post Saturday.

“We’re seeing leukemia, testicular cancer and unremitting gynecological bleeding requiring transfusions and other intervention,” said Garner, who is representing 51 crew members suing the Tokyo Electric Power Co., which operates the Fukushima Daiichi energy plant. ... " (Laura Italiano and Kerry Murtha. December 22, 2013. LINK)

MooPig Litigation Department doesn't think the Japanese Earthquake-Tsunami-Nuclear Disaster problem will be solved by law suits. But it is a start.


Saturday, December 28, 2013

MooPig Prophecy Fulfillment Department :: "Debby Does Lucy"

Movies in your Futures
by Pat Darnell and Nostro Damn Us  |  Dec 28, 2013  |  Bryan TX

[Picture LINK] Disney actress Debby Ryan

We at MooPig Internetional asked the "Nostrodamus Quatrain Generator," HERE, if we would see comedic genius Debby Ryan play Lucille Ball in an "I Love Lucy" cinematic extravaganza?

Nostradamus Responds surprisingly in English:
" ... Earth-shaking fire from the center of the Earth
Fire approaches the great new city
Drowsy with peace, war will arise
At Easter in the temple abysses opened ... "
[NOTE: If you are unsure of what the response means, further guidance can be found in the Gideon Bible, available at most finer hotels and motels.]

Translated into French means:
" ... Trembler la terre le feu du centre de la Terre
Feu s'approche de la grande nouvelle ville
Paix assoupie, la guerre se posera
A Pâques dans les abîmes du temple ouverts ..."
Which in Yiddish is:
"... ʻrd - şʼaqyng pyyaʻr pwn dʻm ẕʻntʻr pwn dʻr ʻrd
Pyyaʻr ʼaṗrʼáwtşyz dy grwys nyya ştʼát
Drʼáwwsy myt şlwm, mlẖmh wwʻt ştyy ʼwyp
ʼyn ystʻr ʼyn dy hmqdş ʼabyssʻs gʻʻpnt ..."
We think there is a moderate to conservative chance that this will happen, but now that we published it, most probably it will take on a life of its own, and be a self-fulfilling prophesy, in the near, if not far off, future, +/- 3%.

[Picture LINK] Lucille Ball ... Considering how public her life was, I think she carried a certain mystique you could see in her eyes. Celebrities don’t really have that nowadays because of paparazzi culture and mostly because they like to wear their insecurities out in the open.


MooPig Site Review :: "Who's a Whack Job?"

UPDATE: Pat Darnell  |  Dec 28, 2013  | Bryan TX  

It's a Chicken eat Chicken World
mashed articles by Pat Darnell  |  Nov 17, 2013  |  Bryan TX

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You see, if a moose was taught to eat moose, then it would be a profitable business cycle. If people were taught to eat people, same thing, it would be an efficient, self-perpetuating process. Well, from sources we find out that some chicken farmers feed their chickens by-products of processed chicken, yes, chickens have been taught to eat chicken.

What does that have to do with our site review today? We want to find out why things are not as apparent as they seem to be. So, we look at some sites on the Internet that make sense. We remember the Republican National Convention of 2008, and its presentation of lots of commercials for "lifestyles" ... American style. Eh?

If you try to tell it like it is, and you are accurate in your descriptions, you are called a "whack job." [Whack job (colloquial, pejorative) A crazy, possibly dangerous, person; basket case, loony, nutjob, nutter, screwball, wacko, wingnut. wiktionary]

Everything you wanted to know about mooseburgers: "As psychologists have shown, we respond intuitively and emotionally to stories while numbers and logic leave us cold. This is why stories can sway us like nothing else and why, for someone selling toothpaste or politicians, stories are an essential marketing tool.

"Unfortunately, stories have limitations and the growing importance of candidates' narratives in political marketing leads to problems that were on full display in both conventions. For one thing, the stories tend to be ersatz simply because real life stories are far too complicated and messy to be packaged and advertised."
" ... And so it goes. I watched every night of the Republican convention and I still don't know what John McCain would do about climate change, the deficit, immigration or a dozen other burning issues but I did find out how he and Cindy met and fell in love and I learned that Sarah Palin's dad woke her at 3 a.m. to go hunting.

Oh, and I discovered that Democrats hate ordinary Americans. Good to know. (THE OTTAWA CITIZEN. SEPTEMBER 6, 2008. LINK) ... "
'via Blog this'

Another blogger, Jack Pribek, sees the correlation of  "Bernays" to ersatz, when "marketing" is mentioned. Meanwhile this year from Pribek dot net we read:

" ... Bernays was hired by ALCOA (owned by the Mellon family), in the early ’40s, to do some P.R. around the same time that ALCOA, who was the largest producer of fluoride (basically a by-product of fertilizer manufacturing), was scheming to unload fluoride via the nation’s drinking water supply. Bernays went on to design a P.R. campaign for fluoride based on dental health.

" ... So, if you are a person who assumes that those who speak out about water fluoridation are whack jobs, conspiracy theorists, John Birchers and such because, you believe that fluoride is merely used to prevent cavities, you should be interested to know that the man that wrote that script for you, said this in his own words… (Pribek, Jack. July 12, 2013. LINK) ..."
" ... THE conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.
" ... We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society.
" ...Our invisible governors are, in many cases, unaware of the identity of their fellow members in the inner cabinet.
" ... They govern us by their qualities of natural leadership, their ability to supply needed ideas and by their key position in the social structure. Whatever attitude one chooses to take toward this condition, it remains a fact that in almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons—a trifling fraction of our hundred and twenty million—who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind, who harness old social forces and contrive new ways to bind and guide the world. ... "
That is the opening salvo from Edward Bernays’ 1928 book “Propaganda” (Pribek, ibid.) ... "

Ersatz is with us all in our long-suffering will to do what's right. We cannot drift far from skeptical on almost any "publicized" story, or "professional" research.

It's like this: if you have an automobile manufacturing company, and your first attempts are fire bombs in car crashes, what do you do? You immediately start a "our car is safer than the others" campaign. It is the least expensive solution to the problem.

If you are a dentist, you advertise that your procedures are painless. If you are a nuclear power plant, you propagandize that your plant is engineered and built with redundancy that "insures" no radioactive leaks.

If you are a government gone mad, you rely heavily on "Bernaysian" public relations tactics to keep the public off your back.

Be it ever so humble, every living thing has the right to a life. Today, life for humans is plagued with a general feeling of discomfort or illness, or uneasiness, for which an exact cause is difficult to identify.

Our real life stories are co-opted by slugs of deception, who slime their way into our living rooms. It is deemed by the elite just too difficult to tell the real story, with all its intricacies. For elites, it is even more rift to actually spend time and money to fix what is broken.

"The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation," said Thoreau, and it is not by common man's own hand he lives this way. Evidence is everywhere that mankind has been hoodwinked for all of its 12,000 years of written history. People are being taught to eat people.

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MooPig Parenting Trap Department :: "What I Say..."

In the Beginning there were no Creations called Parents ...
Retrieved articles by Pat Darnell  |  Dec 28, 2013  |  Bryan TX

[Picture LINK] Pelletier was taken to Boston Children’s Hospital when she got the flu in February. Her parents said doctors at the hospital accused them of medical child abuse – something they vehemently oppose.

The 7 Worst Things You Can Say To Your Child: "Parenting can be so damn stressful. Kids push boundaries and buttons, and it’s a parent’s job to stay calm and steady in the face of it all. But most of us don’t perform this job with absolute perfection. We sometimes and say things to our kids we wish we could stuff back inside our mouths. I’m sure most of us have some cringe-worthy moments to mull over and make up for" (REBECCA ODES | June 30th, 2011. LINK) ..."

Kind-patience, long-suffering, friendly-courtesy, calm-serenity, soft-skills, might not be part of a person's vocabulary before he or she becomes a parent.

The conditioning one receives from perilous parenting supplants all previous learned curricula. One cannot escape a child's adolescence, and the parent usually ends up unable to forgive oneself for all the battles that came out of that "special" time. Action speaks louder than words; at least that is what we thought. Our words are remembered, and remembered, and repeated, for generations.

This linked article gives us at least seven examples of things we say as we resort to incivility in our conversations with our children:
  1. "If you don't stop that I'm going to leave you here"
  2. "Why can't you be more like your sister or brother?"
  3. "You're the reason we got divorced."
  4. "Because I said so, that's why."
  5. "Here, let me do that for you."
  6. "You should be ashamed of yourself."
  7. "We never wanted you anyway."
I'm GUILTY of most of these. YIKES!

READ more bits on Parenting and Children in these following References:
"... The Walt Disney Company supports Babble as a platform dedicated to honest, engaged, informed, intelligent and open conversation about parenting."

Sunday Funnies

Some of those old cats are starting to sound pretty good, like they actually knew how it was going down. Today if you can't throw money at something, or can't stick a wand in it, it is useless to the rich bastards.

Unless referenced with a LINK caption, Sunday Funnies is a bunch of pirated MEME's from faecesBook, YouTuber, Tweet'um and Tweet'um dee, Redditt, and other places where sources have been lost and are unknown. Give 'em Hell Henry. If you are offended then ASWC ... ask someone who cares.

Books: Special Friends, by Pat Darnell

Thinking Outside the Hermetically Sealed Jar of Mayonnaise...

Published on
11/22/08 7:00 PM
Central Standard Time

There are several special books I keep with me at all times. If these special volumes are mislaid, I stiffen up and have long nights of sweating through problems of separation. Yes, I wish to be buried with them. They are my closest companions.

The first is of course Geoff Tibball's Dumbology, the Book of Gaffes, Foul-ups and Blunders. In 2002, Magpie Books London, Constable and Robinson Ltd published this vital non-fiction testament to human stupidity, in every field -- "from boardroom to the bedroom." Keywords: bloopers, bungles, dumb moves, errors, faux pas, flubs, flub-ups, fluffs, gaffes, goofs, howlers, indiscretions, lapses, oversights, slip-ups, and solecisms.... illustrated by Duncan Proudfoot.

My next essential work of fiction is The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide: Five Complete Novels and One Story, by Douglas Adams, of course. This warm blanket of wit for a cold wint'ry night reading by firelight cannot be compared to any other friend. I usually open it at random and read from any alliteration of Adams; I am immediately pulled into the author's looking glass.

Sparkling in the flickering light, my special gold edged, 2005 printed and bound in China, anthology of Adam's omnibus editions, is part of Gramercy Books, Random House Enterprises and Affiliates. It fits nicely into my Kolchak man purse with my Instamatic camera, and other special books.

From the late author's own lips, is an introductory forewarning: "So the publication of this omnibus edition seemed like a good opportunity to set the record straight -- or at least firmly crooked. Anything that is put down here is, as far as I am concerned, wrong for good." The series began as a radio show on BBC Radio 4 at 10:30 PM on March 8, 1978, "in a huge blaze of no publicity at all. Bats heard it. The odd dog barked."

The Wall Street Journal describes my next inseparable tote: "It's the kind of book that makes you laugh, makes you angry, makes you question, makes you cringe, makes you think and shout yes! in agreement. It's the kind of book that thoroughly defines its times."

Yes, it is certainly RF Laird's Boomer Bible, Workman Publishing New York. "He captures the conflict of the Boomer era -- growing up with the Ten Commandments, the Four Gospels, and the Golden Rule, and coming of age in the era of sex, drugs, and gimme gimme gimme."

From the opening Book of Kinesis to 649 pages later the end Book of Rationalizations, platitudes to live by a' plenty. My elegant paperback copy has appendices included the Brayers, Catechism, and Hymnal.

As you can see I am partial to anthologies. My last comfort and longest friend in travel companionship is my battered and well fingered "why was He Born so Beautiful, and other Rugby Songs," Prefaced by Michael Green. My weathered 1972 copy has been with me, just like my F2 Nikkormat, all over the world.

"Editorial Note: For more specialized insights into the social psychology of these songs, and to the fans who evidently take pleasure from singing them, a recent article by the eminent psychiatrist Dr. Stafford Clark is recommended."

There you have it: my secret time capsules of unsuppressed credit for where credit is due in my ignoble squinty eye of literary magnificence. Thanks for listening.
Pat Darnell

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Friday, December 27, 2013

MooPig Share the Science Department :: "How to Explain the Unknowable"

Physics, the Next Generation
Mashed articles by Pat Darnell  |  Dec 27, 2013  |  Bryan TX

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I don't want to scare you now, but our greatest minds work in teams. At the top are the Theorists, accompanied by mathematicians, surrounded by interns, funded by corporations, ... and so on.

I would have been a Physicist except I couldn't handle the math.

Physics: What We Do and Don’t Know by Steven Weinberg | The New York Review of Books: EXCERPT  | "... "So far, this anthropic speculation seems to provide the only explanation of the observed value of the dark energy. In the standard model and all other known quantum field theories, the dark energy is just a constant of nature. It could have any value. If we didn't know any better we might expect the density of dark energy to be similar to the energy densities typical of elementary particle physics, such as the energy density in an atomic nucleus. But then the universe would have expanded so rapidly that no galaxies or stars or planets could have formed. For life to evolve, the dark energy could not be much larger than the value we observe, and there is no reason for it to be any smaller.

Such crude anthropic explanations are not what we have hoped for in physics, but they may have to content us. Physical science has historically progressed not only by finding precise explanations of natural phenomena, but also by discovering what sorts of things can be precisely explained. These may be fewer than we had thought. (LINK) ..."

'via Blog this'

MooPig Physical Science Department is a windowless room in our basement, where few seldom go. Think about it; your kid grows up and is stellar in his math and language skills, goes through college like a hot butter knife, then tells you he wants to be a Physicist. eh?

It's like telling your dad who pours concrete for a living that you want to become a cloistered monk. One time I told my Dad I wanted to become a psychiatrist. That went over like Katrina with Dad.

When discussing cosmology and theory of Everything, I read about "teams of Physicists." so we Google, and search Reddit, for "Teams of Physicists," with this result: " of theoretical physicists led by researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University .... "

You know where I'm going with this, don't you? I want to know who is the left tackle and the pulling guard on the team. I want a breakdown on various conferences and bowl games schedules. I want, want, want ... to know who the team members are! Don't you want to know?

The question is how long until football references are used to describe breaking developments in Physics, by teams of Physicists? I want to know how to play Fantasy Physics. If only we could pick and choose our teams and pit them against each other.
Chasing the Higgs Boson: "... At the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, two armies of scientists struggled to close in on physics' most elusive particle. (DENNIS OVERBYE. Published March 5, 2013. LINK) ..."
TWO ARMIES of scientists ... Aha! There's your reference to Armies! That'll work. But the question remains: for Physics, Cosmology, and Anthropic events to be trending at the top of Newsvine's will need more than some sports references in their jargon. Let's all get behind that.

WOW ... I really strayed there. Sorry 'bout that.

The rigors that bring society all its consumable products and tech's is found in the work of teams of physicists. Isn't it about time for John Q Internet to have a good source of what these teams are up to? If Physical Science wants to expand its views to include the improvement of the human condition it might have to loosen up its hard line math models and include some sports references to its viewpoints.


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