“i grew up working on a farm, and then worked for a produce farm where we grew most things (corn and tomatoes were our specialty), farm market and a grocery store in produce here's what I learned over the years - like a watermelon a cantaloupe will also sound hollow when thumped with the palm of your hand (like a perfectly inflated basketball), you can also smell it at the stem end. for corn, yes a green husk, that is not at all dry (corn is best gotten in the morning or within an hour of picking) - but rather than ripping back the husk, simply run your hand over the ear and you can tell if it is filled out. if you must peel back the husk - peel just a little, poke a fingernail into just one kernel - if it squirts "milk" it is very fresh (also look for smaller filled out kernels - these are the most tender. tomatoes don't need to be squeezed, simply run your hand gently over the fruit, you can tell by the feel (it should give a little, and not be hard - like running your hand over your knee) and smell if it is ripe - never squeeze - that will bruise it and ruin it (this technique also works for peaches, nectarines, plums, etc. hope this helps.”
“perhaps the President said that because he knows only too well how big oil reacts to everything by raising prices - warranted or not.”
JJackFlash on Jun 4, 2014 at 13:03:34
“This doesn't have anything to do with oil, where did you get that? You can't just mandate a reduction in CO2 from coal plants, the only way you achieve that is to reduce the number of plants or reduce their output. There's no replacement. This will cause energy costs to skyrocket and will squash our economy.”
“the real reason for denial is that the fossil fuel industry knows that the day is coming -soon - that they will no longer control the markets (aka their record profits will dry up). the only way to continue their greedy run is to control the small but unthinking masses via money - and that is where the gop and their spin machine come into play.”
“the point was - look how it is now on huffingtonpost. if other media outlets picked up the story - what do you get - wait for it wait for it . . . . publicity.
I never commented on whether it offended people, however I did start my comment with unfortunately (I personally found it offensive). my comment was about the publicity the story received.
lastly, just because the owner apologized does NOT mean that the person didn't know - just that they felt the need to apologize. please tell me you honestly don't believe that businesses never intend to offend for the publicity. often they do it to get a rise out of people. and the end result is those who didn't' know who they were now do.”
“unfortunately, the sign did exactly what it was supposed to do. it brought publicity to the bar i.e., it is a marketing tool.”
thedanemom on May 28, 2014 at 19:57:07
“The sign was inside the bar, not outside. You would have already been in the establishment in order to see it. Furthermore a marketing ploy does not offend the very people you are trying to cultivate as customers. Lastly, no matter why it was written it was still completely offensive and unnecessary, two things that marketing your business is not supposed to be.The fact that it was also done without the owners knowledge or permission makes the marketing ploy theory a little hard to swallow, owners are usually the ones to make those decisions, not the staff.”
May 27, 2014 at 14:59:23
“Chevy chase has/had talent. he was physically gifted the pratfall being one of his best moves. but sandler, yeah . . .never saw him do anything even remotely funny. most of the time i just cringed until his snl skit was over. never saw his movies - the promos told me everything i needed to know - save my money.”
“i'm not arguing just posing the question, that perhaps, it could be a source problem.
That said, maybe before "trusting" a store that says they are organic, we should all, know what the standards are for organic certification, and when buying organic foods look for that symbol. As for other food types - i tend to do my own cooking and grow my own produce and avoid most pre-packaged foods when possible.”
“granted. but other groceries have organic also - and I haven't seen as frequent recalls as Trader Joes. perhaps their is more to this than just it being organic.”
catboycolo on May 23, 2014 at 11:33:06
“I don't have the numbers, but I would not be surprised if much of the "Organic" produce in regular stores is actually not. Also, since TJ is often the exclusive carriers of many products, then no other store is mentioned. We have had a lot of recalls that sourced back to one farm or factory, but the products were shipped to multiple grocery chains and restaurants, therefore it does not appear that one particular store is at the center.”