The USDA's Beef with Processed Foods and Censorship

In the realm of public health, a speaker recently voiced concerns about the influence of processed food lobbies on the USDA, suggesting that the promotion of processed foods could be detrimental to public health. The speaker contrasted the USDA’s stance with Brazil’s dietary guidelines, which advocate for home cooking and avoidance of processed foods. The speaker also expressed frustration over the beef industry’s disinterest in funding research into the potential benefits of an all-meat diet for diabetes patients.

Meanwhile, in the sphere of free speech and censorship, a congressional address highlighted the suppression of scientific opinions, citing the case of Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, who faced backlash for challenging the WHO’s Covid-19 infection fatality rates. The speaker criticized the paternalistic approach of “anti-disinformation” programs and warned against the dangers of digital censorship. Similarly, another author discussed the emergence of a censorship industrial complex during the Covid-19 pandemic, with private industries influencing government agencies. The author also raised concerns about the silencing of vaccine-injured individuals and the negative impact of lockdowns on children’s mental health.

In international news, Hans-Georg Maaßen, Germany’s former top domestic spy chief, warned of a crisis in Europe due to mass immigration. Maaßen suggested that Germany and Austria have the means to address the crisis but are choosing not to. He also expressed concern about the rapid growth of Europe’s Muslim population and predicted a Muslim majority in certain EU countries by 2200.

On the cybersecurity front, U.S. federal agencies have issued a warning about an Iran-linked hacking group, CyberAv3ngers, targeting Israeli-made devices used in various industries. The group has been compromising programmable-logic controllers (PLC) made by Israeli firm Unitronics since at least November 22. One notable attack targeted a water authority near Pittsburgh, prompting lawmakers to demand an investigation. The agencies have shared indicators of compromise and tactics associated with the Iran-linked cyber group’s operations. The extent of the hacking group’s activities and the vulnerability of other facilities using Unitronics equipment remain unclear.

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