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[You are invited… Raw Milk Freedom Riders ride again on…](http://www.foodclubsandcoops.com/you-are-invited-raw-milk-freedom-riders-ride-again-on/314/)

December 8th.

Here is the latest video of Max Kane chatting with our friends at the FDA for your enjoyment.


Here is the general announcement.

Raw Milk Freedom Riders to Ride Again

December 8th 2011 IN CHICAGO!

more info at RawMilkFreedomRiders.com

 You are invited to join the Raw Milk Freedom Riders, Food Freedom Advocates from around the country, local and national press and Maybe the FDA and law enforcement* at our next Freedom Ride coming to Chicago IL.

Who:      Raw Milk Freedom Riders and Speakers from around the U.S.

What:     100 gallons of Raw Milk and Cookies to be distributed in support of Food Freedom

Where:  From Wisconsin to Chicago.  Rally at Independence Park, 3850 West Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL. 60618

When:   Thursday, December 8, 2011   (11:30am-2:00pm)

Why:     After the first freedom Ride on November 1st in Maryland, the FDA issued a statement saying, in part, they did not “intend” to target individuals transporting raw milk across state lines for their own, individual use.  Implicit in this, FDA is admitting their intent to criminally target agents, buying clubs, coops and farmers in their pursuit of raw milk prohibition.

Join us as we call for an end to the prohibition and criminalization …
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[How to avoid sending emails with links to Viagra and smut to family and friends…](http://www.foodclubsandcoops.com/how-to-avoid-sending-emails-with-links-to-viagra-and-smut-to-family-and-friends/296/)

It’s embarrassing, isn’t it?

The phone rings. Or your email pings. “Did you mean to send this out?”

Links to various exceptionally cheap pharmaceuticals. Files containing more viruses than a kindergarten class during flu season.[](http://www.flickr.com/photos/lamenta3/4444873286/)

Websites that could land you on the FBI’s most wanted list.

Your email account has been HACKED.
Your personal information compromised.
Your friends the victim of malicious, possibly virus containing spam.

Worst part, you can easily help spot it from happening, both to yourself and others.

Here’s how.

How to write easy to remember yet exceptionally secure passwords

You know you are guilty.

If you are like the average American, you have multiple internet addresses, websites, online stores, and accounts… all protected by a handful (at most) of rather weak and wimpy passwords.

Some of you are guilty of the ultimate no-no’s… [passwords like the word…password.](http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2113976,00.asp)

This isn’t just mental laziness, but dangerous. A compromised email account can quickly turn into identity theft, credit card fraud, or worse.

The embarrassment of hundreds of your friends thinking you have overnight become a Viagra sales rep is also pretty tough to deal with.

I receive spam email all the time from folks who know better, but are unsure exactly how …
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[Weekly Reads 11/21/2011](http://www.foodclubsandcoops.com/weekly-reads-11212011/289/)

Pharmaceuticals gone rogue and wild…


But don’t worry, drug companies would never approve and market a drug that was later shown to not actually work or prolong people’s lives…


And of course, the government has all the money in the world to stop this misuse of expensive, dangerous, and untested drugs, since they are not wasting taxpayer money persecuting small farmers, producers, and people who want to buy a pork chop from their neighbor,


This is the best line in the article,

As FDA noted in its rejection letters, the process of withdrawing certain medically important antibiotics from approval would likely be extremely resource intensive.

“The agency’s experience with contested, formal withdrawal proceedings is that the process can consume extensive periods of time and agency resources,” said FDA in the denial letter. The agency cited the withdrawal of diethylstilbestrol (DES) in 1979, which took a full seven years to complete, and the withdrawal of enrofloxacin in poultry, which took almost five years and cost FDA approximately $3.3 million.

Resource intensive? [Dozens of agents performing undercover raids and sting operations on small farms, buying clubs, and raw milk producers across the nation… that can’t cost a dime!](http://www.naturalnews.com/033428_FDA_secret_war.html)

No wonder they don’t have …
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[How to brine a turkey](http://www.foodclubsandcoops.com/how-to-brine-a-turkey/274/)

If you have never brined a turkey or other poultry, you do not know what you are missing!

Moist meat, full of flavor all the way through, with a shorter cooking time.
Would you like meat with your salt water?
Many store bought poultry and meat items  are industrially brined or otherwise enhanced… but this is not for the purchaser’s benefit.

A brine is just another name for a salt-water mixture. Store bought birds are injected with salt water to make them moister and to add weight so that people pay… for salt water.

How much of the bird is salt-water? A recent USDA study found around forty percent!

That almost doubles the price per pound of what the almost meat actually costs.

Good deal for industrial poultry producers and processors – salt and water is cheap.

Bad deal for the buyers, you are getting low quality salt and water instead of the almost meat they paid for at checkout.

Real poultry from local farmers is never industrially injected with icky stuff, so not only are you getting a nutritional deal (pastured birds are far healthier and more nutritious than industrial birds), you are also getting a clear, fair price.
Why brine?
Brining has three main benefits.

First, it helps ensure your …
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[More Ways Our Family Saves Money So We Can Afford Real Food](http://www.foodclubsandcoops.com/more-ways-our-family-saves-money-so-we-can-afford-real-food/234/)

It seems from the comments [ in my last post on this topic,](http://www.foodclubsandcoops.com/how-our-family-saves-money-so-we-can-afford-real-food/172/) that this is an important and popular topic.

So, here is another set of tools we use to live affordably and well.
Craigslist, State Classifieds, and Freecycle
Just another source in my state for finding things we need that we don’t need brand new. Reuse is the ultimate green action – especially since many items available are still perfectly usable and often rather unused!

Like many cost saving strategies, this one requires patience, planning, and persistence. Hence why so many Americans are so deeply in debt and why we as a nation have spent more than we earned for many, many years, nationally and individually. Our current little global economic crisis has done little to deter this foolish habit.

I don’t personally Freecycle, but have friends who do and enjoy it so on occasion I pass requests along to them for fulfillment and barter something in return.
Media minimization
The average American family, between cable/satellite TV, cell phones, Internet, and the like, [spends over $2,000-3,000 per year,](http://moneyland.time.com/2010/02/09/do-you-spend-less-than-2000-annually-on-internet-tv-cell-phone-service-and-video-games/) not including the cost of the television, furniture, cables, cords, speakers, and all the rest.

This has risen substantially since 1980, both …
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