By Michael Moss for New York Times Sunday Magazine, Feb. 20/24, 2012
On the evening of April 8, 1999, a long line of Town Cars and taxis pulled up to the Minneapolis headquarters of Pillsbury and discharged 11 men who controlled America’s largest food companies. Nestlé was in attendance, as were Kraft and Nabisco, General Mills and Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola and Mars. Rivals any other day, the C.E.O.’s and company presidents had come together for a rare, private meeting. On the agenda was one item: the emerging obesity epidemic and how to deal with it. While the atmosphere was cordial, the men assembled were hardly friends. Their stature was defined by their skill in fighting one another for what they called “stomach share” — the amount of digestive space that any one company’s brand can grab from the competition.
James Behnke, a 55-year-old executive at Pillsbury, greeted the men as they arrived. He was anxious but also hopeful about the plan that he and a few other food-company executives had devised to engage the C.E.O.’s on America’s growing weight problem. [....]
In any case, this really is a milestone. For a long time, one of the rocks of political analysis in America has been the simple fact that conservatives outnumber liberals. That's been true since at least the 60s, and probably for the entire postwar period—and it's been a perpetual millstone around Democratic necks. They couldn't win national elections just by getting the liberal vote and a little bit of the center-right vote. They had to get a lot of the center-right vote.
Let's hope we hear more about utilizing the post office for small savers. This is very doable and should be part of 2016 campaign. This would earn revenue to keep the post office solvent. They do this in other countries.
The Pentagon said on Thursday the United States would deliver 2,000 AT-4 anti-tank rockets to Iraq as early as next week, 1,000 more than announced on Wednesday, to help Baghdad combat suicide car bombings by Islamic State. Since the Iraqi Army routinely abandons, sells or loses track of weapons why do I think ISIS is applauding this move?
Target sees a new trend in shopping where less process foods are being bought.
"This is a very noticeable sign of the shift away from packaged goods, since other grocers haven't shifted quite so dramatically," said Amy Koo, a senior analyst with market research firm Kantar Retail. "Fundamentally, food suppliers are going to have to grapple with this new landscape."
They don't want to compete with the Dollar Stores in cheap canned and processed foods. That is OK because I don't shop there. I have a Dollar Store budget.
Other stores could follow the trend to stock less packaged foods.
I have listen to several speeches and panels the last couple of weeks that have talked about a Robin Hood tax on Wall Street Stock trades. Bernie Sanders has introduced a bill this week call College Act for All.
The proposal calls for imposing a 50-cent tax on every $100 of “stock trades on stock sales, and lesser amounts on transactions involving bonds, derivatives, and other financial instruments” to cover the cost of funding tuition at four-year colleges and universities.
It will raise 47 billion to cut education costs in half. This is an expansion of a bill that was introduced in the last congress.