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Monday, February 7, 2011

The EPA Classifies Milk As Oil?

Absolute madness!

You can't make up such surreal and ludicrous bureaucratic policies.

From this essay by Thomas Sowell:
...We all understand why the EPA was given the power to issue regulations to guard against oil spills, such as that of the Exxon Valdez in Alaska or the more recent BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. But not everyone understands that any power given to any bureaucracy for any purpose can be stretched far beyond that purpose.

In a classic example of this process, the EPA has decided that, since milk contains oil, it has the authority to force farmers to comply with new regulations to file "emergency management" plans to show how they will cope with spilled milk, how farmers will train "first responders" and build "containment facilities" if there is a flood of spilled milk.

Since there is no free lunch, all of this is going to cost the farmers both money and time that could be going into farming-- and is likely to end up costing consumers higher prices for farm products.

It is going to cost the taxpayers money as well, since the EPA is going to have to hire people to inspect farms, inspect farmers' reports and prosecute farmers who don't jump through all the right hoops in the right order. All of this will be "creating jobs," even if the tax money removed from the private sector correspondingly reduces the jobs that can be created there.

Does anyone seriously believe that any farmer is going to spill enough milk to compare with the Exxon Valdez oil spill or the BP oil spill?

Do you envision people fleeing their homes, as a flood of milk comes pouring down the mountainside, threatening to wipe out the village below?

It doesn't matter. Once the words are in the law, it makes no difference what the realities are. The bureaucracy has every incentive to stretch the meaning of those words, in order to expand its empire....
I'm at a loss for a printable comment on this one.

24 comments:

  1. I'm at a loss for a printable comment on this one.

    There isn't one.

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  2. You can't make this stuff up. Democrats take over the white house and it's like on long, very bad SNL skit or an incredibly twisted south park episode...

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  3. the EPA has decided that, since milk contains oil, it has the authority to force farmers to comply with new regulations to file "emergency management" plans to show how they will cope with spilled milk, how farmers will train "first responders" and build "containment facilities" if there is a flood of spilled milk.. I certainly hope urine is oil-free. Whoever said we deserve the government we elect could not have been more right …

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  4. Yet another sign
    that the apocalypse is upon us.

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  5. It's just another revenue stream! These people will try to squeeze blood from a stone, no matter how ridiculous it appears!

    So, if one of my children knocks over a glass of milk, will I have to call the EPA, 911, and 'contain the spill?'

    Ugh.

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  6. Ayurvedic physician traditionally have been testing urine by dropping a drop of oil on the surface of the urine. It is very useful in testing the density of the urine. We can easily come to know by following this method that the presence of bile in urine (as the surface tension decreases), the abnormalities in vata, pitta and kapha conditions and also many other types of abnormalities. It is also mentioned that when powdered gandhak (sulphur) is sprinkled on the surface of urine, sinks if the urine contains bile salts.

    Teachah !

    My question is:-

    What do you do with da sample after test ?

    Your best pupil,

    Alejandro.
    .

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  7. Momma use to say, not use in crying over spilled milk. It seems now it will be not only crying but weeping , wailing and gnashing of teeth when the milk is spilled.

    Aw, but the government knows best.

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  8. If it hadn't been written by Thomas Sowell, I would've thought it was a piece from The Onion.

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  9. Cube,
    If it hadn't been written by Thomas Sowell, I would've thought it was a piece from The Onion.

    Yep.

    I had that same thought.

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  10. Alejandro,
    I guess that the EPA would have to oversee those tests. ;P

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  11. Yes, that HEINOUS SPILLED MILK!

    We're going to EPA HELL!!

    We'll never be able to RECOVER ALL the SPILLED MILK!!

    AAAAAAAAHH!!

    WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO??

    WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE!!

    Not.

    Your federal taxpayer dollars at work.

    BZ

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  12. and recently the head of the EPA said they can write any rule they want and regulate pretty much anything.....

    Environmentalism...the new religion and the new form of control....

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  13. I wanted to get a dig in but the thread where it would best fit is getting some age and I wonder how many are going back to look.

    Tucson was a tragedy a tragedy Obama and liberals tried to feed off of like the parasites they are. Tucson was to be the turning point, that moment where the Obama was to turn things around. Americans recognize he is as a hollow suit with no passion for the event and it fizzed.

    Next up, Egypt. The real test of Obama. The one place no candidate can reach him because no candidate can practice foreign policy.

    And the survey says...he sucks at foreign policy too.

    Maybe Obama can land a job as a game show host after this gig in the WH

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  14. Another good reason to defund the EPA

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  15. The more government bureaucracies grows, the more and more they will "find" that is a crisis that needs them to fix. Most of these people never lived and worked in the real world. They got their skulls filled with idealistic mush in college, then went to straight to work for the government. This latest silliness is just proof of all that.

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  16. 'This is blasphemy! This is madness!!'

    'Madness?'

    'THIS IS THE EPA!!!!!!!!!!!'

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  17. and we are paying big tax $$$ to these un-elected 'mobsters' to control us!!

    BTW-I was introduced to Ayn Rand by a friend while in University--and have read all of her books-
    many Christians do not care for her takes-I DO!!
    She knew what communist - socialism was all about..
    Thank you for the video of her -below-
    Carol-CS

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  18. Blogginator,
    I don't mind tangents in comments threads -- especially mid week when I'm working and unavailable to interact as much as I'd like to.

    Feel free to expand upon your above comment.

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  19. AOW

    Actually, instead of expanding lets relate this all back together.

    The theory is Obama and his minions have no real world experience they are adapt at community organizing and bureacratic situations where they can dictate from on high to the lowly masses.

    The EPA clearly fits into that as we see dictate after dictate coming from this part of the Obama Regime.

    The Regime sees a Tragedy and grabs at it spinning their newspaper and TV wing into high gear. I mean really who cares what the facts are. Next up a fundraiser and campaign rally on the bones of the victims. Never realizing that eventually the truth catches up and the history books will never spend much time on such an event.

    Meanwhile, intel briefs are coming in advising something is wrong in Egypt. The number of social media users spikes. Keep in mind this is just the stuff us lowly subjects know now...just imagine the stuff available to the leaders at the top.

    But Egypt is tricky. Its not a simple slap a coat of hate mongering on the right and call it a day. No this is complicated because we have sent money to Egypt for decades and we have supported the guy the citizens want gone. We fell into the classic trap of supporting people instead ideas.

    If we supported Democracy the answers would be easier and the expectations of quasi dictators like Hosni Mobama would be lower for them would know America will not back them.

    Instead of living in fear of what kind of dictator will replace Hosni how about we ask what kind of Democracy can be formed there.

    Most Americans have been deeducated in government schools and some of this would fall on deaf ears but deep down they know these sleezy back room deals are wrong and Obama's poll numbers are reflectig that mode.

    So here again Obama and crew misses the boat. They have a lock on foreign policy and could have really turned the tide in their favor but instead they printed some T-shirts up and held a pep rally in Tucson......

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  20. "Do you envision people fleeing their homes, as a flood of milk comes pouring down the mountainside, threatening to wipe out the village below?"

    Unbelievable isn't it and what's worse is trying to get a politician somewhere to get off their ass and tear up the laws that led to the above mentioned crap.

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  21. See this essay over at Big Government. First paragraph:

    Cap-and-tax may be dead in Congress but the Kyoto agenda of stealth energy taxes marches on at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    From the last paragraph:

    ...Who shall determine the content and direction of national policy — elected representatives accountable to the people at the ballot box, or non-elected bureaucrats?...

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  22. But AOW its for own good. You see we are just too stupid to understand...The good news is its probably not our fault we are stupid after all most of us were educated in government schools...

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  23. Milk has a very high BOD (biochemical oxygen demand). If it is spilled into waterways, microorganisms will quickly eat it up and consume all of the dissolved oxygen in the water, leaving none for fish and other higher-level organisms.

    Anything in excess is harmful, even something as seemingly harmless as milk. Understand that petroleum is a natural product, but in the wrong place and wrong amounts it is harmful. The same can be said for carbon dioxide, and even water.

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  24. RankineCycle,
    Anything in excess is harmful, even something as seemingly harmless as milk.

    Certainly. But to classify milk as dangerous as petroleum is ridiculous.

    For millenia, milk has been spilled, but not to the point doing serious damage to the environment. Petroleum -- well, that kind of spillage is a different story.

    The point of this post is to highlight just how burdensome governmental regulation is -- to the point of silliness.

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