Archive for April 17th, 2015

Don’t Eat The Snapper

Friday, April 17th, 2015

The ultimate bait and switch swindle swims before it scams. The expensive tuna you buy is probably escolar – a white-fleshed fish in the snake mackerel family – and any similarities to real tuna are just the words on the label. Escolar makes some people sick – especially those who’ve paid $9.99/pound for tuna and get a pound of some anonymous fish worth about a buck.

The marine conservation group Oceana took fish DNA samples from restaurants, grocery stores, fish markets, and sushi bars in the New York City area.  Incredibly, close to half of the fish tested were not what they claimed to be. And in sushi bars, your chance of actually getting a piece of real tuna is roughly that of winning a lottery in Japan.

One of Oceana’s chief scientists, blamed some of the discrepancy on translation issues. She said that it was possible some Japanese-speaking sushi chefs may have believed that the proper phrase for the fish in question was “white tuna.” Right.  And the fish Japanese whale trawlers kill are probably just goldfish.

Buying fish: What you need to know: http://seafood.edf.org/buying-fish-what-you-need-know

 

Alcohol Takes A Powder

Friday, April 17th, 2015

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“Last year the federal government’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) gave its approval to the maker of Palcohol, a powdered alcohol product, to market its just-add-water mix.  The agency quickly backtracked, and the approval was “surrendered,” to use TTB parlance.”  Read more: http://reason.com/archives/2015/

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Senator’s ‘Frozen’ Cell Phone Goes Off

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Senator Pat Roberts said it was from his grandchild.  Right. And let’s not forget Senator John McCain caught playing video poker during Senate hearings on Syria:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dh-6YGwTvFI

Damn kids!

‘Star Wars VII – The Force Awakens’ (2015)

Friday, April 17th, 2015