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Salt, Sugar, Fat

Since the 1950s convenience foods have ignited the processed food industry. In his new book Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, Michael Moss says that the government has been the industry’s best friend and partner in encouraging Americans to become more dependent on processed foods. According to Moss, processed foods are engineered using addictive recipes and manipulated ingredients whose structures have been chemically-altered. He says processed foods are manipulated using weaponized salt sugar and fat ingredients including 40 varieties of restructured salt and with tobacco-industry like marketing campaigns aimed at various ethnic groups and children, products are poised to addict or as the industry prefers to say, appeal and allure.

This is the second in a three-part Big Food series for Letters & Politics, a syndicated public affairs radio show out of Pacifica’s west coast station, KPFA 94.1 FM. This series investigates how the processed food industry came to dominate the American plate to become a top industry earning over one trillion in annual sales. The series digs into America’s food labs, food habits and food policy to detail how America became hooked on processed food.


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US policy alters deportation priorities

In a letter to Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and other senators who had requested that DHS consider deferring the removal of all DREAM Act eligible students, DHS announced that they would not categorically defer removal, but persons who were not high priority targets can request prosecutorial discretion on a case by case basis.

US Policy Alters Deportation Priorities

letters2wash Immigration amnesty, deportation, immigration, law The Department of Homeland Security’s Janet Napolitano announced that the Obama administration would make rules whereby 300,000 in deportation proceedings would be reviewed and where those without criminal records could stay. Mary Giovagnoli, Director of the Immigration Policy Council discusses the department’s new deportation priority changes.
Obama’s New, More Lenient Deportation Policy Could Cut Both Ways Politically #Hispanic #Latino #immigration
August 18, 2011
Obama Administration puts Band-Aid on immigration

It’s been a big week for immigration news. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Thursday released a letter stating the Obama Administration would review the files of 300,000 undocumented immigrants and reevaluate the pending deportations of “low priority” cases or people who have not committed violent crimes.
U.S. Eases Policy On Deportations

The Obama administration decided it will, on a case-by-case basis, allow many illegal immigrants who face deportation to remain in the U.S., a move aimed at focusing enforcement efforts. Federal authorities will review individually the cases of some 300,000 illegal immigrants in deportation proceedings, a senior administration official said Thursday.
I applaud Obama’s bold decision to make #immigration enforcement more in line w/our nat’l security priorities #DREAMAct
August 18, 2011
National Day Laborer Organizing Network Response to President’s Speech
July 2, 2010
Regardless of Obama”s new immigration policy, I will continue to enforce all Federal and Arizona immigration laws. Nothing Changes!
August 19, 2011
National Community Advisory Report on ICE”s Failed “Secure Communities” Program via @ndlon
August 19, 2011
Judge orders #SComm docs to be turned over to migrant rights groups. Congrats to @ndlon & @newman_chris you guys rock!
August 19, 2011
Deportation Halted for Younger Immigrants

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration announced on Thursday that it would generally not deport or expel illegal immigrants who had come to the United States as young children and graduated from high school or served in the armed forces.
Relief for DreamActivists ->Fewer Youths to Be Deported in New Policy: #latism #cir #immigration
August 19, 2011
RT @changeLGBT: RT @chrisgeidner: #Immigration enforcement changes could stop deportations for same-sex partners:
August 19, 2011
RT @P4HR: Check out @DetentionWatch today which features PHR’s blog on #SComm #DWN #immigration
August 19, 2011
Immigration reform in August: why now? – CNN International #greencard #immigration
August 19, 2011
RT @SunitaPatel_ccr: RT: Court just ordered ICE ordered to produce #SComm FOIA docs by Sept. 13th and release of "Oct. 2 Mandatory Memo" by Tues. @theCCR @ndlon
August 18, 2011

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The Kitchen of Champions cooks it up

Harley DeCent preps beef patties for the grill.

Over the last three years the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul in Oakland has developed a program, part academy and part job placement workshop, where standout individuals dealing with various levels of distress such as prison re-entry and homelessness metamorph into lean mean cooking machines.

In twelve weeks this program covers 400 instruction hours and carries out 30 tests. On average 76 percent of Kitchen of Champions graduates find work after the program.

Lonnie, a recent grad, Chef Michael Stamm, and Brett Forman talk about the Kitchen of Champions in this segment.