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Words to live by...

"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and to rest afterward."

[Spanish Proverb]

Ius luxuriae publice datum est

(The right to looseness has been officially given)

"Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders," wrote Ludwig von Mises, "no one is relieved of his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interest, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle."

Apparently, the crossword puzzle that disappeared from the blog, came back.


Saturday, June 27, 2009

Pssst! Wanna buy some oatmeal?


I should have written about this yesterday (actually, I did, I'm just posting today). My excuse is that I had already posted what I didn't have to write about yesterday before I saw this in a Rasmussen Reports update email...

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/lifestyle/general_lifestyle/june_2009/cheerios_87_fda_4


Here's the important snippet...

A letter from the FDA to General Mills, the makers of Cheerios, said the company's advertising makes "unauthorized health claims" which means the cereal should be regulated as a drug. As a result, the FDA declared that Cheerios "may not be legally marketed with the above claims in the United States without an approved new drug application." The government agency added that "enforcement action may include seizure of violative products and/or injunction against the manufacturers and distributors of violative products."

Obviously, we must be careful about these cereals. the next thing you know, your ten year old will be snorting Kix... (wait a minute, I think I did do that when I was ten). I can see them now, passing little baggies full of contraband Capn Crunch in exchange for $20 bills.

This could just a be a marketing ploy. I mean, General Mills (sounds a bit militaristic, if you ask me) could have bribed someone at the FDA to send that letter so people would think eating Cheerios would be an act of defiance against an autocratic and oppressive government. They're not stupid, they saw how the AK-47 sales leaped when the Assault Weapons Ban went into effect in the 90's.

I think I am hungry...

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5 comments:

Ann's Rants said...

I think the bureau of firearms and tobacco may also have to get involved, as Cheerios are known toddler weapons...

Steven said...

We're in the midst of the Great Ammo Drought of 2009. Had to drive 40 miles to find crappy ammo at ~100% markup.

Big AR-15 drought, too. Couldn't find the parts to build one, pre-assembled were mostly rare, lacking in features, and expensive. Dunno about AK-47s, don't keep up or ever see them in stores.

On topic, stupid FDA and new oversight of tobacco. So much boneheadedness... Already talking about reducing nicotine as if that'll make people quit smoking (instead of smoking more and harder).

Douglas said...

Ann - Don't you find it just a little odd that we even have a "Department of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms"? Why are those three together?

Steven - When they couldn't get around that pesky 2nd Amendment, they decided to go after ammunition.

Douglas said...

Ann - Don't you find it just a little odd that we even have a "Department of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms"? Why are those three together?

Steven - When they couldn't get around that pesky 2nd Amendment, they decided to go after ammunition.

Ann's Rants said...

I think the bureau of firearms and tobacco may also have to get involved, as Cheerios are known toddler weapons...