Keeping Lead Out Of Cosmetic Products

As if women didn’t have enough on their plates, now they have to be wary about lead levels in their cosmetic products, particularly their lipsticks, eyeshadows, blush, and body lotions. Recently, the FDA released a draft of new guidelines to help regulate lead levels in cosmetic products, with lipstick being the big one. Wait a


Fear Over Salmonella Contamination Results In Recalls

Over the last couple of weeks, there have been recalls on a wide assortment of food products for fear of salmonella contamination. The source of the contamination? Powdered milk products from Valley Milk Products LLC in Strasburg, VA. So far recalls have been issued for everything from macaroni and cheese and frozen cream puffs, to


Power of People to Protect People

Protecting the People – Safety and Happiness
The Declaration of Independence gave the American people the powers to protect our “safety and happiness”. In this piece, we look at the power of people to protect people.


Milk By Any Other Name

The dairy industry has been having a rough time of late. Milk prices have dropped 40% since 2014, causing a bit of a panic among dairy farmers. Meanwhile, sales of dairy alternatives such as soymilk have been soaring. As a result, there’s a bipartisan effort to address the definition of the word “milk,” as if


Innovation in Banking Could Help or Hurt

There is speculation in the financial technology (fintech) industry that the deregulatory atmosphere embraced by the incoming Trump administration will allow for an upswell of innovative new products. But will innovation in banking be a curse or a boon for the underbanked among us, who both stand to gain from new products and yet have


Uber’s God View is a Threat to Privacy

In recent weeks, whistleblowers revealed that “sharing economy” giant and somehow-not-a-taxi taxi service Uber may have been less than honorable concerning their pledge to stop tracking their customers when there wasn’t a valid business reason to do so. The story begins two years ago, when Uber executives allegedly abused the company’s God View feature, which


Powdered Milk Product Recalls Hit Almost 40 States

Due to a possible salmonella contamination, the FDA and nine food companies issued a series of product recalls this week. The powdered milk product recalls hit almost 40 states. The original recall covered Sweet Cream Buttermilk Powder and High Heat Nonfat Dry Milk Powder, both sold by Valley Milk Products, and was issued after the


A Middle Class Tragedy of the Commons

The classic definition of the tragedy of the commons involves the mismanagement of a shared resource. Individuals are said to act in pure self-interest by grabbing as much of the shared resource as they can, in order to privately profit at the expense of the collective wealth. The tragedy is that this resource, if properly managed


Cuisinart Recalls 8 Million Food Processors over Faulty Blades

It has been the year for recalls. As 2016 comes to a close, there is yet another recall to report. This time Cuisinart recalls 8 million food processors over faulty blades. The big surprise with this recall is its scope. The recall covers 8.3 million units sold in the U.S. and Canada from July 1996 to December 2015. Yes, you read that right; the recall covers food processors sold over the last two decades. The recalled units were sold on several websites, as well as in department stores and gourmet food stores.


Wide, Closed Spaces Begging for Rebirth

The recent tragic fire that engulfed Oakland’s Ghost Ship warehouse / artist space / underground residence, killing at least 36 people, is sparking a conversation about why so many people were living there in the first place. One obvious answer is that young artists that are struggling to get by can’t afford the exorbitant rents