Grazing the Net
Greg Henderson and Friends
Our editors spend some time roaming the web looking for stuff cattle people and others in agriculture might find useful or entertaining.
Stupid (HSUS) Pet Tricks
Aug 12, 2014
David Letterman held auditions for his "Stupid Pet Tricks" segment on CBS’ Late Show earlier this summer.
We’re wondering if Wayne Pacelle submitted an entry from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), because their latest stunt is worthy of national recognition. Back in May it was revealed HSUS agreed to pay $15.75 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the feds under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.
That was the result of a suit filed against the owners of Ringling Bros. circus who were accused of mistreating elephants. The suit fell apart when the feds uncovered a scheme where the plaintiffs (HSUS) were paying a witness and the witness lied in court. But apparently HSUS still has plenty of cash. Now we learn HSUS has been stashing money in the Cayman Islands, calling them "investments." Shady? That’s what Charity Navigator, one of the most trust-worthy charity evaluators, thinks.
They downgraded HSUS from a 4-star to a 3-star rating earlier, but this week they removed the rating altogether, stamping the organization with a "Donor Advisory" warning.
Baxter Black on the "ANTIs"
Baxter Black thinks most reporters are responsible people who "eat bacon and hamburgers." But he laments the fact that RFDtv – which carries U.S. Farm Report – is being dropped from some media networks that are intent on merging. That’s because "a network about agriculture is not relevant to the modern urban viewer." HSUS and other radical groups will be thrilled.
Bottled Water from Drought Zones
Much of the water Americans drink falls as snow in the Rockies, runs down the Colorado River into municipal water supplies in California, is bottled up and shipped to stores. That’s right, as much as 45% of bottled water is simply tap water, and much of that comes from companies in drought-parched California.
Sound crazy? Not any more so than the fact that Coca-Cola bottling plants, which produce Dasani, use 1.63 liters of water for every liter of beverage produced in California.
Questions for Pollan?
We’ve long held a laundry list of questions for Michael Pollan, the author of "The Omnivore’s Dilemma" described by The New York Times as a "liberal foodie intellectual." More accurately, Pollan has been a leading critic of modern agriculture and a participant in a vocal, if misguided, movement to transition food production back to the horse-and-buggy days. This week we may get a chance to question Pollan. Grist.org will conduct a live video interview with Pollan on Thursday (Aug. 14) at 7 p.m. and readers can sign up to submit a question. We’d like to ask Grist to give equal time to Jon Entine, a respected author and journalist who accuses Pollan of using his considerable influence to promote anti-GMO junk science.
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