Another maple syrup fact I recently learned: there's no quality difference between Grade A and Grade B syrup. It's just based on color. I prefer the darker, stronger flavored Grade B.
The early American colonists sought out grade A because it was a more suitable cooking substitute for cane sugar, which for a time was difficult to get. Grade B is more mapley in flavor and might be preferred today for its use on pancakes.
And am I the only one who despises sites that lock the scale so that users can't zoom in on mobile devices?
Please, content creators, setting initial-scale is fine, but for the love of pixels, don't lock the scaling to 1.0; let us mobile readers enjoy the fruits of your labor!
Settings > Accessibility > Force enable zoom
It's a legacy thing really from when people were first starting to experiment with mobile and some people still cut & paste old code.
Also, thanks for noting TheSkimm. It's exciting to see genuine passion for communication be able to carve out a niche on the web.
TheSkimm is solving a really interesting problem and taking a note from the Daily Show. Package the news into bite size segments and leverage comedy + everyday vernacular + cultural references to inform and hopefully educate people.
I don't use them (my girlfriend does). I wonder if they've explored a visual delivery mechanism like this article. Could be an interesting project either way.
The concept of TheSkimm reminds me of my buddy who does amateur political commentary on the US 2016 Presidential Election as WhoWinsIn2016 (YouTube) because he is adamant about not being on any side. He takes the "objective" outlook on the contest as just that - a game. He says the main influence was Hunter S. Thompson, who, when at his best, could be "the most truthful and least factual" guy in the room (quote: George McGovern).
There are a couple avenues using the visual plus verbal construction, and I'd give a hat-tip to the Uproxx contributor who does the NFL summaries with drawings. It's good stuff - funny, commentary, and quick to digest. A close second would be AV Club's "Block and Tackle" feature that uses video clips to great effect.
Long form journalism ain't what it used to be, but I love watching evolution happen!
Regardless, I'd love to see a tv show that was a cross between this story and Breaking Bad. Just imagine Walter White, surrounded by loads and loads of barrels with his trademark blue color.
Completely unconfirmed, but interesting nonetheless.
Article here (in French)
Quebecer here. It isn't 1995. There is no appetite here for separation. Yes, there are still blowhards championing the cause, but a referendum today would be overwhelmingly defeated.
I won't comment on your statement that Quebecers "barely share any common values with the rest of us", as it isn't worth it.
As for the "illegality" of the maple syrup system, I think the system is absurd, but it isn't as if this is Canada's only cartel. Yet you took it as an opportunity to slam Quebec.
Are you against immigrants too, since they dont align with the 3 of those characteristics? Diversity is good, learn to accept it, it's your inevitable future whether you like it or not (as long as you plan to live in Canada)
I'd think so; those differences are why we have different nations in the first place. Otherwise we'd all be living under some global government, no?
> Are you against immigrants too, since they dont align with the 3 of those characteristics?
Only if they started making up their own unconstitutional laws governing their ethnic enclaves. Eg. "Chinese signs must be bigger than English signs or you go to jail!"
Edit: btw there's nothing about supporting Quebecois sovereignty that makes me "against" Quebeckers. I'm not "against" the French or Italians but it wouldn't make any sense for them to be a part of Canada either.
This is trivially false, in that even in the US there are many brands that do not color their butter, but I'd be interested in knowing the truth.
Is there an FDA rule that allows coloring to be added to butter without adding it to the ingredient list? I found a rule saying that FD&C Yellow No. 5 must explicitly be listed, and I did not see any exceptions for carotene.
(They're really green.)
Summarizing, if dyed oranges are sold, there must be a label declaring this at the point of sale.
In practice, only early season Florida oranges are dyed. California has stricter rules, and does not allow it at all: http://littlelocavores.blogspot.com/2011/02/when-orange-isnt...
Edit: doubly so when you consider dairy is an extremely basic good so they're illicitly profiting off of the poorest in society.
Now there are concerns that dairy farmers are being completely screwed by big dairy companies. It hasn't been a good thing! The Carr government is also the government who brought in public-private partnerships and closed the quarantine service in Paramatta.
The TPP will add another ~500 million to that 325 million people so ~800 million versus 35 million people of which 12,000 are family farm dairies.
If the intent is to protect domestic producers from international competition, wouldn't a sufficiently high import tariff on dairy be a better solution?
The parent to my comment implied otherwise by bringing up the U.S. dairy market.
> but rather to create a floor price for agricultural goods
Why would we want that? Poor people need cheap food (well, we all could use cheap food). We don't have a national policy of 'floor prices' on other (non-vice) goods and services, do we?
The logic is that a free market with lean and fat years would result in wild price fluxuations. When yields were really good, prices would drop and some farmers would end up out of business. The cartel brings stability to prices. Each farmer agrees to produce X and in return has confidence they will get Y price.
The system undoubtably results in higher prices than a completely free market.
We have futures contracts that serve this role for other commodities, not cartels.
Oil price being one particularly topical. Over investment in marginal fields that are economical at an artificially inflated ~$100/boe due to speculation. This is particularly evident in the US in hiring booms and busts in the industry and the direct influence at the price at the pump (it is cushioned more in other countries by taxation for example in the UK tax is circa 80% of the pump price for fuel, whereas in the US it is circa 17%).
This wild variability in food prices would be very very bad for not only farmers but the public. Sure, in gluts, $0.50 milk per gallon would be great, but in times of say severe drought, $8/gallon would be devastating to those people for whom food is a large part of their budgets, or most people.
That's the idea behind it anyway. The same is done world wide and cannot be unwound in isolation. The US and EU both have farm subsidies or price smoothing.
I'm sure the system is gamed, like all systems are - but a completely unfettered free market, globally, for staple foods is unlikely to ever happen.
The price of oil is set by a cartel...
> Sure, in gluts, $0.50 milk per gallon would be great, but in times of say severe drought, $8/gallon would be devastating to those people for whom food is a large part of their budgets, or most people.
You can't stockpile milk, this argument makes no sense.
The problem is all those small dairy farms can't compete with giant industrial farms which use steroids, growth hormones, or antibiotics. Milk is actually dumped and farmers are fined if any trace of antibiotics are found in the milk.
Supply management is based on the cost of production at the farm itself which I think is fair since I see too many poor farmers and fisherman who work 20 hour days only to get a pittance of the final cost of the product.
It's a huge culture difference too Canadians tend to know a lot about their dairy products and don't see it as a product like an iPhone I think they do in the US.
I know people in my region will just refuse to buy imported dairy regardless of price due to the use of hormones, antibiotics (still in the milk) and steroids. Most now buy local beef, pork, chicken and seafood.
Eggs and chicken are also have similar controls.
Then ban the steroids, growth hormones, or antibiotics. None of this is a reason to allow the dairy farmers to form a cartel.
What's next, allow the car manufacturers to form a cartel because artisanal hand-made cars can't compete against factory-built cars?
It seems that from the leaked TPP documents, if true, a lot of the food standards countries are using will be lowered under TPP not raised.
I don't think it really makes a difference if the wrongdoers are Nestle or a 'federation of independent dairy farmers'. They're clearly earning part of their (middle class or better) income scamming poor people.