Stop Buying ‘Fake’ Beef

Story at-a-glance

  • In a lawsuit filed against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), ranch groups and cattle producers allege that millions of pounds of imported beef are being labeled as “Products of the USA”
  • The USDA has argued that imported beef can be labeled as U.S. beef if it comes from a country with food safety standards that are equivalent to those in the U.S.
  • In 2013, the country-of-origin-label (COOL) rule was improved and meat packages were supposed to be required to label where the animal that provided your meat was born, raised and slaughtered
  • In 2015, the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled U.S. law requiring COOL labels on meat was illegal, as it discriminated against Canadian and Mexican meat companies and gave an advantage to U.S. meat producers
  • Look for the American Grassfed Association (AGA) logo on your meat and dairy, which ensures the highest quality, U.S.-born and raised, grass fed products



All Homeopathic Products Now Illegal?

Story at-a-glance

  • In a draft guidance document released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency takes aim at homeopathic remedies
  • In a reversal of a long-standing decision to treat homeopathic remedies differently from other drugs, the FDA has now labeled virtually all of these products as “new drugs” that are “subject to FDA enforcement action at any time”
  • Homeopathic products are now a close to $3 billion industry and such remedies have been shown effective for a variety of ailments, from the flu and allergies to vitiligo


It’s Tax Identity Theft Season

Fighting tax identity theft is a team effort. The IRS has successfully partnered with state tax agencies, tax preparers, and others to reduce tax fraud and identity theft.

But that doesn’t mean consumers can let their guard down. As tax season begins, there are steps you can take to lower your risk of tax fraud and identity theft.

Tax season in the United States begins Monday, January 29, which also marks the beginning of Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week. Tax identity theft occurs when someone else uses your Social Security number to file a fraudulent return to get a tax refund, or your personal information is used to secure employment, which can make it appear you earned more income than you actually did.

Contact me and I will send you the “White Paper.”


Giving Through The Church

“Giving Through The Church”
by Buff Scott

Contemporary church leaders or the “powers that be” would like to convince us, and indeed are always trying, that the only way to glorify God in our giving is to drop our greenbacks and checks into the church’s collection plate when it makes its rounds. And why do they strive so desperately hard to indoctrinate us with that bit of ecclesiastical hogwash? There are two chief reasons:

Without our dollars in the collection plate, those behind the pulpit would be forced to find another job.

Upkeep of the edifice idol or “House of God.”

Of special interest is that the early believers contributed of their income for two primary reasons. a] To alleviate the needs of the destitute; and b] To support evangelists or workers in the field who labored to spread the Good News to the unsaved.

A third or non-primary reason that may be considered includes Elders or Shepherds whose time is consumed by leading the sheep and teaching the word. Paul told Timothy, “Let the elders who rule [preside] well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor [toil] in the word and teaching (I Tim. 5:17].

“Rule” in this passage is best rendered “preside,” for our Lord taught that no one in the grace era is to rule over another. Too, some versions say, “…who labor in preaching and teaching.” However, “preaching” is not a desirable translation unless the Shepherd [Elder] is also evangelizing while caring for his sheep.

If he is not preaching to the unsaved as part of his function, he certainly cannot “preach” to saints, for “preach” or “preaching” is always aligned with or related to evangelism. Saints can be taught, encouraged, led, built up, and edified, but not preached to. They were preached to when they were first exposed to the Good News and believed it and acceded to its message.

But getting back to the collection plate, there were no material structures to build and maintain, and no ecclesiastical elitists to support. Money was collected only when a need arose. In today’s pattern, a collection plate is passed around about every time we cross our legs.

Believers are free to support any good cause at any time, in or out of the corporate assembly. I contribute to needy causes that are not even related to “church activities.” And the causes I support are far more relevant than the institutional church’s materialistic and ecclesiastical budget.


“The five stages – denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance – are a part of the framework that makes up our learning to live with the one we lost. They are tools to help us frame and identify what we may be feeling. But they are not stops on some linear timeline in grief.” ― Elisabeth Kubler-Ross