Most Inane Dumb Decisions
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?
2011 The Year Of School Lunch Discussions
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?
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.
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.
- If you missed it, the government had to rescind a ATF ruling that declared a shoestring to be a machinegun.
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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.
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