The Great Artisanal Cheese Panic of 2014: A Postmortem | Cornucopia Institute

This is a good punch thrown in the battle. However,

One such critic, Food & Water Watch, used the incident to argue, somewhat incongruously, that the FDA is spending its time hassling small-businesspeople when it should be going after Big Food. “Any rule that promotes processed, industrial food like Velveeta over handcrafted foods is not something we should support,” the group’s statement declared, while also making sure to mention that a former Monsanto executive, Michael Taylor, heads the FDA.

And really the confusion is over why the enforcement over something that on-one has gotten sick over:

Which, by all accounts, is nonsense. It’s true that wood, being porous, provides a friendlier environment for bacteria. But there is nothing to indicate that wood shouldn’t be used to store aging cheese, as long as it is properly sanitized. What few studies have been done have tended to conclude that the practice is essentially safe. Nobody, including the FDA, can think of a single incidence of listeriosis caused by wood-aged cheese, much less an outbreak.

via The Great Artisanal Cheese Panic of 2014: A Postmortem | Cornucopia Institute.

Why Bikes Make Smart People Say Dumb Things — Medium

This so telling about our society:

We’ve been conditioned since infancy to ignore most of these fatalities, along with the behaviors that cause them. If you’re a typical American, your first experience of speeding was while strapped into a car seat, and you rode past half a dozen fatal accident scenes before speaking your first complete sentence.

https://medium.com/p/9316abbd5735

Thoughts on my GSII

Having a mobile phone is kind of like holding an open beer and not sipping. However, if I wanted to take a sip out of this phone, it would repeatedly place the pull tab over the mouth of the can, the brew would slosh up when the can was not being held, the beer would mysteriously pause after the first tip, then it would run backwards back up into the can and fall forward again. Repeatedly.

The screen on this phone seems always to think some of the lower buttons are getting tapped. This might be due to the case I put on the phone, but I did my best to carve a bunch off. Google voice jumps up most annoyingly as soon as I start to do something.

And battery life is atrocious. I it seems like the actual phone life is closer to 100 minutes judging from how quickly I see the battery tick down from 100% even if I have wifi and mobile data off. Checking email on it is frustrating and it brings to mind how much I have to refine my gmail filters because I do not want to see donation requests on my phone, that seems like a complete waste of my battery, data and attention.

Having a flip-phone was actually more relaxing.

Give childhood back to children: if we want our offspring to have happy, productive and moral lives, we must allow more time for play, not less – Comment – Voices – The Independent

I think many teachers and parents would agree.

“…a common Chinese term used to refer to the products of their schools is gaofen dineng, which essentially means good at tests but bad at everything else.”

via Give childhood back to children: if we want our offspring to have happy, productive and moral lives, we must allow more time for play, not less – Comment – Voices – The Independent.