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Most Inane Dumb Decisions

Updated on January 10, 2012
It is unlawful to say that water can hydrate.
It is unlawful to say that water can hydrate.

Humor or Reality Check?

If it weren't true, I would be laughing. Actually, I'm ROTF Rolling on the floor because of the types of decisions governmental regulations agencies make in this day and age.

My Top Inane Dumb Decisions:

Telegraph | Water does not prevent hydration

It took the European Union a whole 3 years to determine that manufacturers of bottled water cannot put a label on their product that says water prevents dehydration. What else would prevent dehydration, soda pop?

  • When a person is thirsty in the desert what do they ask for first?
  • Foods that are dehydrated are reconstituted by adding . . . guess what?
  • Even frogs can dehydrate and you better put them into that pond of fill in the blank?
  • Humans must have water to live, to moisturize and lubricate, and to dilute the salt tissues in our body.

Conclusion | As a result of this 3-year study the water bottlers will go to jail for a 2-year term if they continue to print the claim of hydration on their bottles.


Do you think it will take politicians 3 years to make a ruling that says liquor manufacturers cannot print on their bottles, "Alcohol Dehydrates?"

Perhaps they can say that water is not a desiccant since it will not dry out? In fact, a desiccant attracts and holds water. Actually, the problem for government agencies by making these rulings seems to tell us they have nothing better to do. It seems items of higher priority should be keeping them busy throughout the year. Let's clean up the crime, waste, pollution and put the ingredients on labels so people really know what they are eating and drinking!

Congress Did Not Really Declare That Pizza Is A Vegetable

Pizza Is On The Mainstay of School Lunch Menus

Another statement has been spreading across the internet. Pizza a vegetable makes the United States Congress look unintelligent. The media and comedians have had a hay-day with this news that two tablespoons of tomato paste used in pizza sauce could now be considered a vegetable serving. These comedic takes on the news blur the facts and the back room political favoritism and shenanigans.

Sarah Kliff provides an explanation about the tomato paste congressional debate and decision. By the way, most people use 'water' to reconstitute the paste to a tomato-like consistency used to flavor sauces, soups and the like.

[See the first dumb decision]

When detailing how to improve school lunches, tomato paste goes into the preparation of pizza, which consists mostly of bread dough, cheese, spices and tomato paste/sauce. Congress gave tomato paste 3 times more weight than the average vegetable in the rating chart.

[P.S. tomatoes are a fruit]

The Decision Was Weighted

Humorists pointed out that when children eat pizza they will end up with more calories from fats and carbohydrates that may be high in salts [see sodium in the chart below] which lead to obesity. Thus, the congressional decision to count tomato paste with far more points as fulfilling the lunch menu with a vegetable source was inane.

Cheese is high in fat and salt.

I would also like to consider just exactly how much tomato paste or sauce a student receives on a slice of pizza? If you look at the image below, it seems like the cheese covers the majority of calories, while you hardly see the tomato. What does a slice of pizza look like in your school cafeteria?

What else do they put on the pizza?
What else do they put on the pizza?
Comparison nutritional breakdown of tomato paste to a fruit
Comparison nutritional breakdown of tomato paste to a fruit

2011 The Year Of School Lunch Discussions

School Lunches and the Farm Bill

All the hub-bub about what type of food constitutes a 'vegetable' came about with the changes to subsidized school lunch programs. Over the years, the food pyramid has changed, the health of children has declined as waist lines have increased. Along with the obesity epidemic, rates of diabetes and other diseases have increased in young people.

Revamping the outdated National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provided an opportunity for public comment in 2011. We now wait for the evaluation of all recommendations to the foods lunch list, which will provide approximately 31 million students lunch each year.

Unfortunately, there is trouble in River City. Our congressional leaders waver back and forth over the increase in cost to feed our children a more nutritious, healthier and better tasting product. The suggestion to partner with local hospitals to purchase bulk foods kind of makes you sick. Has anyone ever had good food from a hospital?

Congress to Block School Lunch Changes

These types of decisions comes down to the bottom line of money, rather than the outcome of creating better minds from better foods for the future of this nation.

Congress determined that pizza and french fries count as vegetables in school lunches and that 2 tablespoons would count as a vegetable, whereas the USDA says there must be 1/2 cup to count as one vegetable.

In order to reduce student waistlines, the bill states that carbohydrates or starches should be served only twice per week. Those foods include potatoes and peas, while we know that French Fries are a popular lunch menu item for kids. If they eat them with tomato ketchup that may count as another vegetable, except that the sodium count on ketchup is very high.

Have your say!

Would you put a limit on the number of servings of starches like potatoes, peas and corn?

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What Is The Definition Of A Whole Grain?

Carbohydrates Held Responsible For Obesity

First, a definition of water, then what is a vegetable and now what is a grain? This is inane. When a person or group cannot make a decision, they fall back upon the waiting game and respond with, "Let's do more studies and investigate with further research."

Who Is Accountable?

What would you say to a limited number of carbohydrates and starches of up to 2 servings per week? That would mean three days of the week the lunch meal would not be able to have potatoes, peas or corn. What happens to a slice of bread or a sandwich? Who's going to count the servings for each child? Who will be accountable? What's preventing the child from sharing or switching with a friend or eating these foods when not at school? Does this include the students who bring their lunch from home every day?

The Food War Begins

When a student voluntarily enters a food program or study, then I can accept certain limitations. And, I do believe we must provide healthy choices. In fact, I keep my cupboard bare of most carbohydrates, crackers, cookies, cakes, and limited breads [try Ezekial whole sprouted grains].

I don't think cost should be the limiting factor. By eating whole grain healthy foods, the children will have a nourishing, fulfilling and satisfying meal that will make them less hungry over the course of the day.

Below are some of the new guidelines for school lunches:

  • Lower salt in processed foods and prepared meals
  • Fewer starch choices per week
  • Reduced sodium value from 1600 mg to 740 mg for high school lunches, 710 mg for middle school and 640 mg for K-5 grades.
  • A selection of at least two fruits per meal
  • A choice of at least two vegetable servings
  • Increase the number of whole grained products
  • Remove the trans fat products

The next inane decision we're still in the kitchen . . . but cleaning up.

These types of debates push my buttons
These types of debates push my buttons

EXAMINER | ATF classifies Chore Boy pot scrubber pads NFA firearms

How many ladies have this product in their homes and in plain sight of the children? If you like your copper pans shiny and bright you may have purchased these cleaning products in your local grocery of department store.

However, Gun Rights Examiner news media found that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Firearms Technology Branch resolved that, “Chore Boy copper cleaning pads, along with fiberglass insulation,” is a firearm, subject to registration and a $200 transfer tax.


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This hubpages plays on the outrageous and absurd decisions made by people in powerful positions. Instead of spending time repairing major defects in society they quibble over minutia and details like defining a type of food product instead of providing truth in labeling. They quarrel among themselves instead of making sane and decisive decisions without worrying about cost or loss of revenue from lobbying companies and industry.

We have no choice but to laugh at the absurdity of it all, otherwise we would cry.

About the Author

Debby Bruck, CHOM loves writing on Hubpages, sharing and helping other Hubpages members. Giving to others is one super way to make friends and gain supporters of your work.

Debby is the founder of Homeopathy World Community a social network of professional homeopaths enlightening the world to the healing powers of energy medicines. Debby hosts many radio shows each week on a variety of health topics. Follow Debby on Twitter.

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    • tom hellert profile image

      tom hellert 6 years ago from home


      Big bacthick scles rolls right off,its cool.

      big green scaly back


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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Tom, my friendly dinosaur, I hope you didn't mind me talking behind your back? We have a bit of fun together about world events and crisis that we would like to prevent through our family discussions around our own round table here on Hubpages. Deb

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      tom hellert 6 years ago from home


      Yea, I am a near self proclaimed expert on the inane, silly yet serious discussions.


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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Hello Cleaner ~ Although this may be a serious topic, the way to 'comic relief' when things look poorly, is through laughter. Thus, we can make some fun while also gaining knowledge and discussing a truly serious topic, as in the comments with our dear friend, Tom who is always concerned about major world disasters. No offenses were taken. Blessings, Debby

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      cleaner3 6 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Debbie, my apologies if we got off on the wrong foot.

      I Obviously gave you the wrong impressions with my comments on your hub. this was just my way of making something humorous out of a serious discussion. If I offended you ,I am very sorry. You are a very intelligent woman. but wasn't your hub intended to be humor? As you can see I can write without rhyme. Thank You for your fan mail.

      Debbie Bruck , what a woman

      she is smart and really cares

      her abilities are endless

      and her great idea's she shares

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Dear Tom ~ Are you seriously concerned about the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) with its capability to break atomic bonds as its underlying theory, the government has invested an enormous amount in the potential to create tons of energy for world consumption.

      With the world's largest and highest-energy particle accelerator, do you think mankind can wisely use this information without exploding into mass chaos? Maybe we can package the energy and run our automobiles and other devices once they figure out more of the deepest laws of nature. Hey, maybe they will over turn the physics that is assumed to rule the universe with this research? Ka-boom! as you like to say.

      We have seen the mushroom clouds, and yes, the lovely shitake bloom forth in a quick earthly explosion each spring for us to harvest. However, scientists must spring forth and discover more about the wonders of the world through their investigations. To tell you the truth, they constantly learn more about water, the abundant, thirst quenching, life saving liquid that covers our earth. I vote for learning more about water.

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      tom hellert 6 years ago from home


      I dunno- Id be more worried about the Hadron collider- the atom can be a rough thing- breaking to many bonds and Kaboom...mushroom clouds and I dont mean shitakis


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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Technology is wonderful! We must embrace it, but with care. I just saw the movie, "Rise of the Apes" and you can see what will happen in the future.

      Actually, technology may be the hope of energy sustainability, if we use it properly.

      My worst saying is, "Better living through chemistry," because the chemists are playing with fire. When they start transmuting everything under that Bunsen burner who knows what they will concoct to mess up the natural order of the universe and humanity?

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      cleaner3 6 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      You all are scaring me with all this information.

      What a dangerous world we live in.

      Where would we be without technology?

      Never mind, I'm afraid of the

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      tom hellert 6 years ago from home



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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Dear Tom ~ You know that you are 100% correct. How could they have overlooked this dangerous liquid. It can even crack rocks in this state, and cause floods and tsunami when out of control! Eek! When dropped from the sky can smash cars, when heated can melt the skin off your body. This formula H2O must be controlled and regulated.

      In fact, I think it may already be under government control. What!? You say they put in a dangerous component of fluoride and this can crumble the bones and teeth? I am really frightened now. Tom, we better do something quick!

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      tom hellert 6 years ago from home

      DEB ,

      i know of another dangerous compoud- it can be mixed with any chemica its a week acid when combined with pure sodium a vioent explosion/reaction occurs this compound is a liquid at room temp can evaporate at temps over 200f when it freezes it expands which can destroy containers it is held in!!!1if it is on fire do not add water the fire will only spread if a human is placed in it he could easily die in fact 10000's of people die from this compound someday they hope to run cars on this by now you know what this stuff is right????


      great tale Deb-


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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Dear Phoebe, Hold on to your lunch please. Best, Debby

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      Phoebe Pike 6 years ago

      This hub is really funny. I found myself almost choking from laughing so hard. HILARIOUS hub!

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Glad you liked it Will ~ Maybe you also have a suggestion?

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      ChilliWilly 6 years ago from Kaunas, Lithuania

      Sweet hub. Thanks for sharing!

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      I'm dreaming.

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      cleaner3 6 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Debby, I don't want to sound like I don't know that all this is necessary, but you are living in a fantasy world.

      You sure use the term "we" alot Who is this fantasy we.

      You and Michelle Obama. I really hope I didn't wake you up from your dream.

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Well, dear Cleaner "World" ~ I just said what came to mind about important issues. Can we accomplish all of this overnight? Most likely..... no! But, that doesn't mean we should not even attempt to tackle these problems.

      If we see an obesity epidemic and Michelle Obama has begun a nutrition and exercise program for schools, then let's send her a message and comment on how this can be executed.

      School lunches need to provide variety of items the children will eat and enjoy, plus be healthy. Fresh fruits, like an apple a day keeps the doctor away, a hot vegetable that isn't swimming in oil (who do you know doesn't like Chinese stir fry?), broccoli, peas, beans and make it colorful. For satisfaction, most people do like a carbohydrate, but let's make it that whole grain bread, roll or bran muffin (no hydrogenated oils, please) with some cottage cheese or plain yogurt, or a selection of cold vegetables cut up on a platter. A protein can be served and a selection of nuts and seeds. That's just a sampling idea.

      Some how we have to reach the parents and educate them regarding food selection, rather than filling cabinets with sweet breakfast foods, chips, candy, cakes, cookies and ice-cream. How do we get people to read the labels and be discerning about their food choices?

      In terms of self sufficiency for American energy, our government needs to provide incentives and mandatory regulations for builders and home owners. We've had the knowledge and technology to put solar powered and passive solar equipment on homes. What are we waiting for to do this?

      Finally, some cars have solar, electric and gas dual energy source, but we need to make them affordable. If we built these cars in America, we would have to build many new plants, train and hire people and get people to work. More services related to keeping these vehicles on the roads would increase employment and production.

      College tuition is astronomical in most states, especially for private colleges. The pressure for fewer professors to teach larger and larger classes without assistants makes these jobs untenable. Many young people have no direction and simply flounder searching for their calling for years. Many colleges end up graduating students in 5 or 6 years as they can't provide the needed courses for curriculum or students bounce from one major to the next.

      That's about all I have to say about that.



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      cleaner3 6 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Debbie, You have said a mouthful.

      Do you think that we really can do all this and still make it home for dinner, I have a hot date tonight and a long weekend planned.Maybe Monday we can start working on the small stuff. O.K

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Well, I do hope and pray that some representatives have their heads on straight and will focus on important issues of immediate need, plus move us into the direction of improving our community and states situations. We don't have much time to waste while natural resources are drained and costs increase. We must implement the knowledge we have toward environmental sustainability, cleaning up the pollution, making homes affordable, lower the cost of living, put an emphasis on educating the next generation, providing higher education at reasonable cost and directing studies into areas of need. Fooling around with semantics will get us no where.

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      cleaner3 6 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Isn't that what the politicians and THE MEDIA are best at.We are in for a reality shock when one day the electricity goes off. It is a scary thought. but don't be suprised, it could happen.Then we will all come back to reality and what is important in life, the priorities that we should have.

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      So, you think it is all a diversion and to take us away from thinking about the important issues?

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      cleaner3 6 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      We know , they are just trying to confuse us. They think that we are STUPID!!!!!

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Hello Audrey ~ Exactly my thoughts! Getting bogged down with inane questions that don't have any fundamental substance takes us no where. In contemporary times, we have such large issues to concern ourselves, why get stuck in the mud and come to stupid conclusions, instead of standing on solid ground with fundamental truths? What is a vegetable? What is a fruit? What is a firearm? What is a pot scrubber? What is a whole grain? What is water? I guess no one knows anymore. Blessings to you, Debby

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Oh, this is so great! I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry at these very dumb decisions.( Well after re-reading this, first I laughed out loud at the dis-belief, then I cried) and now I'm really worried! Yikes...these geniuses are our leaders? Thanks Debby.


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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Hello Cardisa ~ I will have to check out Jenubooka's hub. Seems like we could have a higher level conversation and not go to the lowest common denominator. Practicality, rather than which lobbyist you have to appease.

      I also like the little tomato, kind of a statement unto itself, right!? Hugs, Debby

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      Debby, I love the separators!

      What dumb decisions. I always wonder about politicians and their portfolios. In Jamaica, I have a concern that people with a business degree is posted as Health Minister and someone with a law degree does finance. It's amazing that these people have no inkling what they are doing. Where are the nutritionists, and I am talking about tomato paste on pizza.

      Jenubouka did a hub about the pizza as vegetable.

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Hello my dear Hubpages friends Cleaner and Mar ~ When will the world wake up? How do we vote these people into power? The system is really broken. Finding ethical, wise, intellectual people today who can get down to business and focus on priorities will be the responsibility on the next generation if we don't do it now! Love, Debby

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      Maria Jordan 6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Debby,

      I have just taken a 'big swig' of water and I am now doing to DIGG your fabulously UP and across the board HUB of wackily inane dumb decisions, because I really 'dug it'! Great job, girlfriend!

      Please keep happy and hydrated, mar.

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      cleaner3 6 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Sometimes I just want

      to scream

      I want to wake up from

      this dream

      They blow our money

      waste our funds, claim

      they work for the people

      They really think we

      are dumb.

      They waste our time

      take the perks

      Dammit, quit it

      get to work

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Strangely diogenes your avatar has disappeared. Is it all white? Sometimes we are all screaming into the dark night. I tried to create an incredible quiz, but I simply could not get the darn thing to work. Blessings, Debby

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      diogenes 6 years ago

      The whole outcry from commerce and humans in general drives me bat shit (dehydrates bats). I just shut my ears to this cacophony of sound emitted - in general - by idiots. And close my eyes to the bull in the press. I trust no politician or CEO of any company, especially drug manufacturers.

      Good article to point out another idiotic claim...Bob

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Hello Kris ~ Sometimes when we think we are hungry, we are really thirsty. The problem with getting bogged down with dumb questions is the time, energy and funds that go into these committees, when other more important work must be accomplished in our world. Glad you had fun reading. Blessings, Debby

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      freecampingaussie 6 years ago from Southern Spain

      I enjoyed your hub ! So many people don't drink enough water & need to be told to drink it .There are so many crazy stories around the world !

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Ain't it the truth! Life is strange. Hugs, Debby

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      shea duane 6 years ago from new jersey

      The more water I drink, the more dehydrated I feel.


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