Archive for May, 2013


Rat Meat as Lamb or Pork or Beef or Anything Goes in China

posted by Frank Butterman Food Inspector @ 22:21 PM
May 6, 2013

CHINA-ECONOMY-INFLATION        Apparently the high use of internet social media to express Chinese consumer outrage has forced the government there to ‘come clean’ about that nation’s current food scandal:  selling rat, mink or other suspect meat as lamb.

Chinese officials claim to have arrested 904 people for “selling rat and fox meet as beef and mutton,” and confiscated 20,000 tons of water-injected meat, fake mutton and beef, diseased meat, toxic and harmful meat products.”

AFP News writes:  “The crimes ranged from sellers in eastern Jiangsu province making fake mutton from fox, rat and chemicals, and . . . mixing hydrogen peroxide solution with chicken claws.”

One release from China’s official news outlet says:  “Pork adulterated with clenbuterol, cooking oil recycled from leftovers in restaurant kitchens, pork from diseased pigs and toxic gelatin for medicine capsule production have all been found by police in recent years, with the latest case involving making fake mutton and beef from rat, fox and mink by adding chemicals.”

Bloomberg business adds:  “. . . rat meat, when properly disclosed, is not necessarily verboten for all Chinese. For some it’s a delicacy, . . . in the province of Guangdong, adjacent to Hong Kong, there’s a town famed for its rat restaurants.

“The rat dishes are so popular that diners sometimes have to book in advance for a meal in some restaurants during peak hours,” China Daily reported in 2010 from the town of Zhongcun. “Rat meat can be roasted, braised in soy sauce, stewed or cooked in soup.”

In ‘A Rat Race For Restaurants Despite Risks,’ Caixiong of China Daily adds:  “A staff member from the Jijiao street restaurant said rat dishes have been a major attraction at his restaurant for decades, selling 40 kilograms of rat meat––roasted, braised in soy sauce, stewed or in soup––dishes a day for $ 7.30 each.”

Caixiong continues, “A Zhongcun resident . . . said local people have eaten rat meat dishes for decades and that many rat & cleaverfind them to be both delicious and nutritious.  Many local residents believe in an old saying: ‘A rat equals three chickens in term of nutrition’ he said.” Others say sewer rats are preferred types.

So for the first time, “China’s top court on Friday announced its first ever detailed guidelines for the punishment of food-safety related crimes, including supplying meat from animals which died of illness, selling food with excessive amounts of chemical additives, and falsely advertising food products.”

This is disgusting to write.  And it must be disgusting to read.  So, can someone please tell me why the United States is buying food from such a country as this?  Is the health of our own people worth so little as to legitimize this trade?

And we wonder where this new H7N9 Bird Flu is coming from?  Are food agreements with China from the U.S. State Department or other Agencies of such value as to further endanger the lives of American people?  Truly, as Christian messages avow:  “For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed (Isaiah 9: 16).”

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Bangladesh, et al, & the U.S.A.: The Insanity Continues

posted by Ida B. Wells IV @ 9:52 AM
May 3, 2013

bangladesh-building-collapse_66687_600x450    How much did you pay for that blouse you’re wearing?  $ 15.00, $ 45.00; and for that skirt hanging in the closet––$ 95.00, $ 125?  And for that cute Disney doll you purchased for your niece?

How about this, those ‘on sale’ items may have cost hmmm 100 lives, 300 lives or even 1,000 lives?  Do you think that is too expensive?  Or do you feel that it is not your fault, or your problem? If so, think again!

An ill-constructed manufacturing plant near Dhaka, Bangladesh collapsed on clothing-factory workers.  Some 377 people were killed.  Bangladesh––after China and India–– is the world’s third largest clothing manufacturer.  Yet it has no paid disaster workers, and relied solely on volunteers to ‘dig’ victims out of the rubble.

This insanity must stop.  With some 40% of Americans either out of work, or working beneath their qualifications for low minimum wage, American corporate heads prefer to go overseas to a poor nation to have extremely low-income scale workers make your clothes at slave-level wages.

Meanwhile, most U.S. workers barely make enough at minimum wage to purchase the items––unless they go to a store such as Wal-Mart––which by the way––apparently stopped investigations about worker-safety in Bangladesh.

Since 2005, collapses of shoddy building construction in Bangladesh have killed over a 1,000 people. David Bacon at counter currents.org writes in ‘Shameful Complicity In The Fatal Factories of Bangladesh:’

“. . . factory owners refused to evacuate . . . after huge cracks appeared in the walls, even after safety engineers told Picture-girl-Bangladesh-building-collapsethem not to let workers inside.  Plant staff told union representatives they’d be docked three days pay for each day of an absence, and so [workers] went inside despite . . . worries.” Thankfully, the factory owner, Mohammed Sohel Rana, was arrested as a fugitive when he tried to cross the border into India.

Associated Press reporter, Khurshed Rinku, claimed last December in ‘Documents Indicate Walmart Blocked Safety Push in Bangladesh:’  “[Papers] found at the Tazreen apparel factory in Bangladesh, where 112 workers died in a fire . . . indicate that three American garment companies were using the factory during the past year to supply goods to Walmart and its Sam’s Club subsidiary.”

Local government officials told Rinku that in 2011 “ the Walmart official there played the lead role in blocking an effort to have global retailers pay more for apparel to help Bangladesh factories improve their electrical and fire safety.”

Such materialistic idolatry must change.  Americans must take responsibility for murderous sacrifices made to bring cheaply made goods to these shores.  To continue purchasing these items is material idolatry.  As wholesale Christian t-shirts attest: “But what saith . . .God . . . I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to [the image of] Baal (Romans 11: 4)”.

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Backwards March! Descending on Short Road to Hellish Chaos

posted by Jael Ever @ 23:53 PM
May 1, 2013

Marching-Toward-Hell        As Wikipedia explains, ‘Crossing the Rubicon’ “means to pass a point of no return . . .” At this point, unless The God of Grace steps in and pours out The Holy Spirit of Repentance upon us, the United States, and the Western World as well, may have crossed that line.  Or to use another metaphor: “no deposit––no return.”

With entanglements into politics; the utter lovelessness separating Christians by denominations, race, and wealth; and the many psuedo-Christian pastors, priest and religious ‘leaders’ flooding the world stage––Christians have scant deposits of strong prayers, fastings and repentance before God’s throne.  Thus, there is little hope for His return of forgiveness, blessing and forestalling of judgment.

As Robert Mock writes in ‘Arrest Warrant for “Crimes against Humanity” Force Pope Benedict XVI’s Resignation; Vatican Property Now Threatened with Liens’ in discussing worlds unraveling at this end time:

“This will be a day when righteousness will be seen as evil and the depravity of mankind will rise up as the accepted morality of the modern culture of self adulation.”   Indeed we are now in that day when weak, spineless excuses for Christianity are mocked in newspapers, the internet and across radio and television airways––most especially in this ‘Christian nation,’ the United States of America.

In his April 12th issue of ‘The Hal Lindsey Report,’ this minister quotes the famous Christian author, C.S. Lewis who wrote:  “There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, in the end, ‘Thy will be done.’”

Lindsey then continues: “When I look around at our world today and I see the utter collapse of moral and spiritual values and principles, I’m terrified to think of what this world will be like when God finally says to us, ‘Okay, if this is what you want, then your will be done.’”

This famed author of ‘The Late Great Planet Earth,’ and other Christian books, believes that this chaos of ‘man’s will being done’ occurs only after The Body of Christ has been raptured.

But Mock insists that in Jewish historical culture, it is understood that such judgment happens over long spans of time, and that post-modern man is in the midst of such judgment now––not after true-Christians are called away from this earth.

Curses for disobedience in Leviticus 26:14-46 in wholesale Christian Bibles sides with Mock, illustrating increases of disobediencecatastrophes wherein––with a series of ‘if-then’––clauses God tells man to repent:  “And if ye will not be reformed by Me by these things, but will walk contrary unto Me; Then will I also walk contrary unto you, and will punish you yet seven times for your sins (23-24).”

If the U.S. maintains its love for domestic gun-violence, anti-God covenants of sexual activity, insatiable love of materialism, smug political corruption, and other denials of Christian faith––it only continues descent into chaos, and then hell.

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