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Food For The Homeless, Free Beer, A Risky Plan And A Telling Sign

April 30, 2010 by  

*Don’t feed this to the homeless. When a small church delivered a load of fried chicken that its members had spent hours making to the Bowery Mission in New York City, the folks running the feed-the-homeless program said “thank you very much”—then promptly threw it all away. Why? Because of a law the city passed back in 2008 banning everyone with a Health Department license from having trans fats in their food. That includes emergency food providers such as the Mission. More and more it seems the world is going crazy—and the inmates are running the show.

*These guys want their free beer. From Copenhagen, Denmark, comes news that workers at the local Carlsberg brewery have walked off their jobs to protest a new company policy restricting how much free beer they get. There used to be coolers stocked with beer throughout the plant; a worker could grab a brewski anytime he wanted. Now, free beer is available only during lunch hours in the company cafeteria. Some 800 workers walked off their jobs in protest.

*Sounds a little risky to me. A brokerage firm is running ads in The Wall Street Journal with the following pitch: Borrow from us at only 1.3 percent interest and buy stocks paying 5 percent in dividends. Not only that, you can borrow $5.6 for every $1 you have in your account (assuming you have at least $100,000 invested with them). The ads do warn that doing this “is only for sophisticated investors with high risk tolerance.” Thanks for the warning, guys.

*The sign of the week. This one was seen at a tax day protest in Manhattan on April 15: There were two columns of numbers; the one on the left was headed “Govt Takes” and had six different taxes listed below, totaling 69.825 percent. The one on the right was headed “U Keep” and had only one number underneath: 30.175 percent. Talk about a picture worth a thousand words.

—Chip Wood

Chip Wood

is the geopolitical editor of PersonalLiberty.com. He is the founder of Soundview Publications, in Atlanta, where he was also the host of an award-winning radio talk show for many years. He was the publisher of several bestselling books, including Crisis Investing by Doug Casey, None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen and Larry Abraham and The War on Gold by Anthony Sutton. Chip is well known on the investment conference circuit where he has served as Master of Ceremonies for FreedomFest, The New Orleans Investment Conference, Sovereign Society, and The Atlanta Investment Conference.

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  • s c

    What are the odds that if the church had donated fried chicken that was made with a fat other than a trans fat, would the mission still have found a reason to throw away a ‘new’ batch? Also, I find it hard to sympathize with the ‘me first’ mentality of the bitchers at the Carlberg brewery.
    In this screwed-up world, the NYC mission will go on a health kick, and ‘acceptable’ food will be so hard to find that people who rely on the mission will go elsewhere. As for Carlberg whizzers and moaners, let them drink Heineken.

  • libertytrain

    If I was at a mission and hungry, I’d be thrilled to eat that chicken with or without trans fat, however, the government is there to step in and keep me hungry.

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