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Do you know where your seafood comes from?

Do you only buy seafood that you know the origin of? If not, you will be stunned to find out what you’re eating. Reports made to Bloomberg claims that the seafood we consume is not exactly fed on what it should be… Once again, be reminded to ‘give your vote with your fork’ for the kind of food you expect to eat! –

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 Cortesía de:  Luciano Garibaldi


(Bloomberg) -At Ngoc Sinh Seafoods Trading & Processing Export Enterprise, a seafood exporter on Vietnam’s southern coast, workers stand on a dirty floor sorting shrimp one hot September day. There’s trash on the floor, and flies crawl over baskets of processed shrimp stacked in an unchilled room in Ca Mau.

Elsewhere in Ca Mau, Nguyen Van Hoang packs shrimp headed for the U.S. in dirty plastic tubs. He covers them in ice made with tap water that the Vietnamese Health Ministry says should be boiled before drinking because of the risk of contamination with bacteria. Vietnam ships 100 million pounds of shrimp a year to the U.S. That’s almost 8 percent of the shrimp Americans eat.

Using ice made from tap water in Vietnam is dangerous because it can spread bacteria to the shrimp, microbiologist Mansour Samadpour says, Bloomberg Markets magazine reports in its November issue.

“Those conditions — ice made from dirty water, animals near the farms, pigs — are unacceptable,” says Samadpour, whose company, IEH Laboratories & Consulting Group, specializes in testing water for shellfish farming.

pig-in-shit-3Ngoc Sinh has been certified as safe by Geneva-based food auditor SGS SA, says Nguyen Trung Thanh, the company’s general director.



At Chen Qiang’s tilapia farm in Yangjiang city in China’s Guangdong province, which borders Hong Kong, Chen feeds fish partly with feces from hundreds of pigs and geese. That practice is dangerous for American consumers, says Michael Doyle, director of the University of Georgia’s Center for Food Safety.

“The manure the Chinese use to feed fish is frequently contaminated with microbes like salmonella,” says Doyle, who has studied foodborne diseases in China. On a sweltering, overcast day in August, the smell of excrement is overpowering. After seeing dead fish on the surface, Chen, 45, wades barefoot into his murky pond to open a pipe that adds fresh water from a nearby canal. Exporters buy his fish to sell to U.S. companies.

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Political Science Scholars rank Obama among worst presidents

brookings_institute-300x180He’s smart, articulate and by all appearances a loyal husband and father. Yet, President Barack Obama may rank among history’s worst presidents.

That’s not our opinion. Rather, it is the finding of a survey by the Brookings Institution — a liberal-centrist organization ranked by the University of Pennsylvania as «the most influential think tank in the world.»

In advance of Presidents Day, Brookings sponsored a survey of presidential scholars who belong to the American Political Science Association. As Brookings explained, scholars who view Obama among «the worst American presidents outnumber those who view him as one of the best by nearly a 3-1 margin.» The survey found «nearly twice as many respondents view Obama as overrated than do those who consider him underrated.»

Long before this survey, Gazette editorials criticized President Obama as «The Great Divider.» We did so because he came on the scene with the promise of unifying Americans from all races, religions and socioeconomic backgrounds. Politics aside, we initially expected him to reach across the aisle and show Americans how to get things done by working together. But he quickly began pitting the poor against the rich, Democrats against Republicans, liberals against conservatives. Class envy became his modus operandi. He governed with rigid loyalty to left-of-center ideology and the Democratic Party. He celebrated passing health care reform without a single Republican vote.

It appears some of the country’s top presidential scholars concur with our concerns about the president’s divisive leadership style. In an article explaining the survey, Brookings reported the social scientists rated Obama poorly mostly because they find him «polarizing.»

«One area where there is significant expert consensus about the president, however, concerns how polarizing he is viewed as being — only George W. Bush was viewed as more a more polarizing president.»

Presidents were scored by the scientists on a scale of 0-100. Topping the list, as the best president in history, was Abraham Lincoln with a score of 95. George Washington came in second with a score in the low 90s. Bill Clinton finished eighth, with a score just under 70, and Ronald Reagan finished 11th with a score in the high 60s. President Obama scored just below George H.W. Bush with a score in the high 50s.

Asked which president should be added to Mount Rushmore, two-thirds of the scholars chose Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Dwight Eisenhower and Reagan tied for second place. President Obama tied James Madison in seventh place for getting a place on the mountain.

«Scholars seem to hold Barack Obama in high regard personally, but view his skills and performance as mediocre to poor,» the Brookings summary explained. «Few think of Obama as an excellent president, while many more rate his presidency quite low, with the bulk of experts appearing to give him a passing grade but not one that would get him on the Dean’s list.»

Unable to seek re-election, legacy is Obama’s greatest political liability. The Dean’s list can still be attained. We hope President Obama spends the next two years trying to shed his reputation as divisive and polarizing. He has the intellect and oratorical skills to unify this country, making it that indivisible nation — a place of justice for all — described in the Pledge of Allegiance.


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Cuba builds first new church in 55 years

Sandino, Pinar del Río  –

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba has allowed construction of the country’s first new Catholic church in 55 years, the church said Monday. Experts said it’s a sign of improving relations between the Vatican and Cuba’s communist government.
The church, funded by donations from Catholics in Tampa, Florida, will be built in Sandino, a citrus and coffee-growing town in the far-western province of Pinar del Rio.
The church publication «Christian Life» said it will have space for 200 people.
«The construction of a church is a clear demonstration of a new phase, of an improvement, in relations between the church and the state,» said Enrique Lopez Oliva, a professor the history of religions at the University of Havana.
The Catholic Church had tense relations with what was long an officially atheist government for many years after the 1959 revolution, but they began to improve ahead of Pope John Paul II’s visit in 1998.
The government revived observance of a Christmas holiday and began allowing masses or homilies to be broadcast on official media. It also dropped a ban on church membership for Communist Party members that had been adopted in the years after the 1959 revolution.
Andrea Rodriguez- Yahoo News
Courtesy of: Mario Espinoza y Reinaldo Barceló
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Lack of courtesy and respect

Obama in the 70th anniversary of the D-Day, With Máxima of Holland

Obama in the 70th anniversary of the D-Day, With Máxima of Holland

On the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the President of the United States and Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. military was expressing his full respect for the tremendous sacrifices of thousands of soldiers who bravely fought and gave their lives liberating Europe from the Nazis during WWII.

By chewing gum  and fooling around.

The French rightfully didn’t take too kindly to President Obama’s lack of courtesy and respect for the solemn occasion.

Remember the selfie? article-2524039-1A02B5D400000578-511_634x454

Obama in Mandela’s funeral with the Prime-Minister of Denmark
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Biden ‘Confident’ In His Heart That He Would Make A Good President

Caroline Schaeffer | On 29, Jan 2014

         IJ Review  

Vice President Joe Biden told the Today Show this morning that he hasn’t yet ruled out a 2016 Presidential run. When reporter Savannah Guthrie asked him if, in his heart, he wanted to be President, Biden responded:

In my heart, I’m confident that I could make a good President. It’s a very different decision to decide whether or not to run for President. And there’s plenty of time for that – I’ve not made a decision to run, I’ve not made a decision not to run.

Let’s all contemplate what a Biden presidency would look like. The SOTU (State of the Union),gave us a good idea.

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Lie of the Year 2013

PolitiFact has named «If you like your health care plan, you can keep it,» the Lie of the Year for 2013. Readers in a separate online poll overwhelmingly agreed with the choice.

PolitiFact first announced its selection on CNN’s The Lead with Jake

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