In what his attorney called “a huge victory for food freedom,” a Minnesota farmer was acquitted by a jury of the “crime” of distributing unpasteurized milk to members of a food cooperative.
On September 20, “after a three-day trial and more than four hours of deliberation,” reported the Minneapolis Star Tribune, “a Hennepin County jury found Alvin Schlangen not guilty of three misdemeanor counts of selling unpasteurized milk, operating without a food license and handling adulterated or misbranded food.” Each count carried a maximum sentence of three months’ imprisonment.
Moody’s, one of the big three credit rating agencies, has announced new rules to be effective on September 1 that bring an additional dose of reality to the size of the funding gaps that currently exist with public pension plans.
Selling lemonade, raw milk, or any other comestible is not a crime. That is the message of the second annual Lemonade Freedom Day. The event, to be held at the U.S. Capitol’s reflecting pool at noon Saturday, is being organized by the groups Lemonade Freedom Day and the Raw Milk Freedom Riders, both of which want the government to stop interfering in voluntary exchanges between food producers and food consumers.
Ten months after stitching together the pieces of the MF Global collapse and bankruptcy in October, 2011, the New York Times reported that criminal investigators aren’t likely to file criminal charges against the prime suspect: CEO Jon Corzine.
At a recent campaign appearance President Barack Obama touted the alleged success of the federal government’s bailout of the automobile industry, saying it saved “more than one million jobs.” But while the auto bailout may have kept certain workers on the job, it has taken taxpayers for a ride — and the toll keeps mounting.
American lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are expressing serious concerns about a bid by the communist dictatorship ruling mainland China to purchase Canadian energy firm Nexen and its vast U.S. oil and natural gas holdings. The deal by the Chinese regime, acting through its state-owned front company China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), also represents a potential national security risk, warned Republican and Democrat members of Congress.
If approved by authorities in the United States and Canada, the Nexen takeover would mark the first time that the communist Chinese dictatorship would be operating U.S. leases in the Gulf of Mexico.
The latest report from the U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) not only confirmed the explosive growth in the country’s proven reserves of oil and natural gas, it also shattered popular myths about America’s decline.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is trying to force Buckyballs desk toys off the market over safety concerns, but the manufacturer is fighting back.
Compelled under the despotic power of a local government in Virginia, one business owner is losing his property under the government’s alleged authority of eminent domain. And it’s not because officials in Norfolk plan to build a new road or a public park; it’s so they can clear the area for new “retail space.”
Another pressing eminent domain debacle has sprouted in San Bernardino County, California, where the local government is seeking to seize and restructure “underwater” residential mortgages — those whose owners owe more than their mortgages' worth — by forcibly purchasing them from mortgage-backed securities (MBS) investors at low rates and reselling them with lower balances to other investors.
Farmers are celebrating the defeat of a proposed federal law that would have barred children from operating power equipment on private land, which would have barred kids from helping with milking cows and feeding animals, amongst other restrictions.
“The largest transfer of wealth from the public to private sector is about to begin. The federal government will be bulk-selling the massive portfolio of foreclosed homes now owned by HUD, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to private investors — vulture funds.”
So warned Roger Arnold, chief economist for ALM Advisors of Pasadena, California, in a column for RealMoney on August 11, 2011, that first lifted the lid on this latest colossal scandal to come out of the 2008-2009 financial crisis.