Rome is burning, Athens is burning, The Middle East is in Flames, The US and UK are facing growing civil unrest and our governmental institutions are failing us worldwide. The largest unregulated transfer of wealth has fallen into the hands of the ¼% Elite and our governments seem powerless to stop it.
We talk about how the elite have basically bought and paid for our politicians, but I believe that is nothing new. What is new is how pathetic the people we have elected globally to serve us have abandoned their pride of country, of service to all, and basically focused on enriching themselves in the shortest period of time.
In the US, congress is faced with the greatest economic decline probably in the history of the country and yet not ONE piece of legislation has come forward to address the problem, not one in over 24 months! Instead they passed a law to make “In God We Trust” the national motto, even though it ALREADY was the national motto. In Greece, facing disaster, even the end of Greece completely, and yet nothing gets done.
When one looks at the situation, one would expect a weak government here and there, but not globally and simultaneously, but that is exactly what is happening. The question is how absurd and incompetent do governments have to get before we say NO MORE! This article below has got to be, without a doubt, that point.
EU bans claim that water can prevent dehydration by Victoria Ward and Nick Collins
Brussels bureaucrats were ridiculed yesterday after banning drink manufacturers from claiming that water can prevent dehydration. NHS health guidelines state clearly that drinking water helps avoid dehydration, and that Britons should drink at least 1.2 litres per day.
EU officials concluded that, following a three-year investigation, there was no evidence to prove the previously undisputed fact. Producers of bottled water are now forbidden by law from making the claim and will face a two-year jail sentence if they defy the edict, which comes into force in the UK next month.
Last night, critics claimed the EU was at odds with both science and common sense. Conservative MEP Roger Helmer said: “This is stupidity writ large. “The euro is burning, the EU is falling apart and yet here they are: highly-paid, highly-pensioned officials worrying about the obvious qualities of water and trying to deny us the right to say what is patently true. “If ever there were an episode which demonstrates the folly of the great European project then this is it.”
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16 May 2010
NHS health guidelines state clearly that drinking water helps avoid dehydration, and that Britons should drink at least 1.2 litres per day. The Department for Health disputed the wisdom of the new law. A spokesman said: “Of course water hydrates. While we support the EU in preventing false claims about products, we need to exercise common sense as far as possible.”
German professors Dr Andreas Hahn and Dr Moritz Hagenmeyer, who advise food manufacturers on how to advertise their products, asked the European Commission if the claim could be made on labels. They compiled what they assumed was an uncontroversial statement in order to test new laws which allow products to claim they can reduce the risk of disease, subject to EU approval. They applied for the right to state that “regular consumption of significant amounts of water can reduce the risk of development of dehydration” as well as preventing a decrease in performance.
However, last February, the European Food Standards Authority (EFSA) refused to approve the statement. A meeting of 21 scientists in Parma, Italy, concluded that reduced water content in the body was a symptom of dehydration and not something that drinking water could subsequently control.
Now the EFSA verdict has been turned into an EU directive which was issued on Wednesday. Ukip MEP Paul Nuttall said the ruling made the “bendy banana law” look “positively sane”. He said: “I had to read this four or five times before I believed it. It is a perfect example of what Brussels does best. Spend three years, with 20 separate pieces of correspondence before summoning 21 professors to Parma where they decide with great solemnity that drinking water cannot be sold as a way to combat dehydration.
“Then they make this judgment law and make it clear that if anybody dares sell water claiming that it is effective against dehydration they could get into serious legal bother. EU regulations, which aim to uphold food standards across member states, are frequently criticized.
Rules banning bent bananas and curved cucumbers were scrapped in 2008 after causing international ridicule. Prof Hahn, from the Institute for Food Science and Human Nutrition at Hanover Leibniz University, said the European Commission had made another mistake with its latest ruling.
“What is our reaction to the outcome? Let us put it this way: We are neither surprised nor delighted. “The European Commission is wrong; it should have authorized the claim. That should be more than clear to anyone who has consumed water in the past, and who has not? We fear there is something wrong in the state of Europe.”
Prof Brian Ratcliffe, spokesman for the Nutrition Society, said dehydration was usually caused by a clinical condition and that one could remain adequately hydrated without drinking water. He said: “The EU is saying that this does not reduce the risk of dehydration and that is correct. “This claim is trying to imply that there is something special about bottled water which is not a reasonable claim.”
Is this not enough for us? I mean how long are we as individuals just going to sit back and do nothing. I do not think we can any longer say “politics” are meaningless. I do not think we can still be comfortable that the decisions made at governmental levels don’t affect us personally. Have you looked at your retirement funds lately? Or how about the last time you got a raise, if you are lucky enough to still be employed.
Protests are all well and good, but they all seem to lack a vision of what has to happen next, just we are pissed off and……. And what exactly? I think it is time we start at the very local level, say like the block or street you live on, and start talking with your neighbors and see if we can’t really organize political efforts to encourage competent, dedicated, principled people to run for offices. Just a thought.