Family from hell

Failed father: Chad Chritten, 42, was found guilty of starving and neglecting his daughter for a number of years until she escaped wearing only pajamas

Failed father: Chad Chritten, 42, was found guilty of starving and neglecting his daughter for a number of years until she escaped wearing only pajamas

Father found guilty of starving daughter, 16, down to 68lbs ‘while stepmother beat her and brother sexually assaulted her during six years she was imprisoned in the basement’

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SEE IT: Swiss ‘Jetman’ Yves Rossy flies above Wisconsin alongside B-17 bomber (VIDEO)

Adventurer Yves Rossy took a jet pack flight on Monday as a demonstration ahead of a weeklong air show in Oshkosh.

Swiss adventurer Yves Rossy, known as 'Jetman', has made his first public flight in the United States and will be taking part in a week of air shows in Wisconsin.

Swiss adventurer Yves Rossy, known as ‘Jetman’, has made his first public flight in the United States and will be taking part in a week of air shows in Wisconsin.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 8:45 AM

The Swiss adventurer known as Jetman took flight above Wisconsin in his custom-built jet suit alongside a hulking B-17 bomber.

Yves Rossy shot through the sky Monday in his black-and-yellow rig at around 190 mph, as part of a demonstration for reporters ahead of a weeklong air show in Oshkosh.

WATCH VIDEO BELOW OF YVES FLYING WITH JETS OVER THE GRAND CANYON

On Monday, the adventurer took flight alongside a B-17 bomber.

On Monday, the adventurer took flight alongside a B-17 bomber.  BBC

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Farmer heads to trial for … selling milk

Food rights activists schedule rally in support of Hershberger

Farmer sent to trial for selling milk

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The long-delayed trial for a Wisconsin farmer accused of selling milk is scheduled to begin soon amid the protests of supporters who believe authorities are stepping over the line.

The Wisconsin Department of Agricultural Trade and Consumer Protection has charged Vernon Hershberger with selling milk without a retail license.

His argument? He was only providing food products to paid members in a private buying club that should not fall under the state’s commercial retail regulations.

The trial originally was scheduled for last year.

Now, activists plan to meet May 20 in Baraboo, Wis., to support Hershberger, who is to face the beginning of a trial that day on four criminal misdemeanors that carry the  penalty of up to 30 months in jail with fines of more than $10,000.

State officials allege he was running a retail food establishment without a license.

“There is more at stake here than just a farmer and his few customers,” said Hershberger, “This is about the fundamental right of farmers and consumers to engage in peaceful, private, mutually consenting agreements for food, without additional oversight.”

Last year, food-rights activists from around the country stood in support of Hershberger at a pre-trial hearing. They read and signed a “Declaration of Food Independence” that asserts inherent rights in food choice.

After court proceedings each day during the trial, activists and others will gather at the Al Ringling Theater across the street from the courthouse and hear presentations by leaders in the food-rights movement. Notable speakers include Virginia farmer Joel Salatin, Mountain Man show star Eustace Conway and Maine food-rights organizer Deborah Evans.

Hershberger, like several others around the country, is facing charges for providing fresh foods to customers. In recent months the Food and Drug Administration  has conducted several undercover sting operations and raids against farmers and buying clubs that have resulted in farms shutting down and consumers without access to the food they depend on.

WND has reported on the dispute that has swept across the country.

The Farm to Consumers Legal Defense Fund said the case already has created ripples across the industry.

In Wisconsin, while the state Department of Agriculture “once supported farmers who offered raw dairy through direct-to-consumer sales,” the state agency has reversed its position under pressure from the FDA.

When the state legislature tried to block the newly developing crackdown on farmers who provide their products directly to consumers, the governor vetoed the proposal.

In the case, the state of Wisconsin is arguing it can regulate when consumers gain access to such products through private deals.

Pete Kennedy in a Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund commentary on the case wrote that the evidence will show that Hershberger had private contractual arrangements with the purchasers to provide the food.

“If Hershberger is convicted of the charges against him, it could have a chilling effect on consumer access to raw milk for those who don’t own and board their own cows. The farmer currently is leasing his cows to the Right to Choose Healthy Food Buyers Club,” he said earlier as the case was beginning to develop.

Kennedy noted that in a similar argument, a Dane County Circuit Court judge ruled that “owners of cows boarded at the Zinniker farm in Elkhorn could not legally obtain raw milk produced by their own cows at the farm.”

WND previously reported when the Weston A. Price Foundation criticized a federal study about outbreaks of illness blamed on raw milk. The Centers for Disease Control report said outbreaks because of raw milk were 150 times greater than outbreaks attributed to pasteurized milk, citing statistics from a 13-year period ending in 2006.

But the Price Foundation said the results were skewed because of the way federal report authors “cherry picked” data.

Sally Fallon Morell, president of the Weston A. Price Foundation, said the study listed an average of 315 illnesses a year “from all dairy products for which the pasteurization status was known.”

“Of those, there was an average of 112 illnesses each year attributed to all raw dairy products and 203 associated with pasteurized dairy products,” she said of the study period ending in 2006.

“The CDC’s data shows that there were significant outbreaks of foodborne illness linked to pasteurized dairy products the very next year, in 2007: 135 people became ill from pasteurized cheese contaminated with e.coli, and three people died from pasteurized milk contaminated with listeria,” the Price Foundation report said.

And shortly before the time frame for the study, there were 16,000 confirmed cases of Salmonella traced to pasteurized milk from a single dairy, the foundation reported.

The foundation suggested that the time frame was picked by government reporters to portray raw milk in a negative light.

It was in another case that the judge ruled that Americans simply do not have a right to choose their food, not even when they own the cows and the milk.

The judge decided in a fight over families’ access to milk from cows they own that Americans “do not have a fundamental right to consume the milk from their own cow.”

Circuit Court Judge Patrick J. Fiedler said the families who reported they were boarding their cows for a fee and then getting the milk instead were running a “dairy farm.”

“It’s always a surprise when a judge says you don’t have the fundamental right to consume the foods of your choice,” said Kennedy.

The judge wrote:

The court denied plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment, which means the following:

(1) no, plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to own and use a dairy cow or a diary (sic) herd;
(2) no, plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to consume the milk from their own cow;
(3) no, plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to board their cow at the farm of a farmer;
(4) no, the Zinniker plaintiffs’ private contract does not fall outside the scope of the state’s police power;
(5) no, plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to produce and consume the foods of their choice; and
“(6) no, the DATCP did not act in an ultra vires manner because it had jurisdiction to regulate the Zinniker plaintiffs’ conduct.

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Severe Storms Target East Coast Friday

A cold front will head through the East Coast on Friday with a threat of scattered severe storms.

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Published: Apr 19, 2013, 8:38 AM EDT weather.com

Friday’s Forecast

Localized damaging wind gusts are the main concern from the southern Mid-Atlantic to the central/eastern Carolinas, however we cannot rule out an isolated tornado. The cold front responsible for the storms will then push off the East Coast Friday night, allowing the weekend ahead to be mostly free of severe weather.

In addition to severe thunderstorms, heavy rain from this same storm system has caused significant flooding in the Midwest. The Chicago metro area was hit hard by major flash flooding on Thursday morning.

Major flooding is either ongoing or is forecast to occur at many river gauge locations along the Mississippi River in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri. Several river gauge locations in northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin and Lower Michigan are also forecast to see major flooding.

Altogether, 46 river/stream gauge locations were in major flooding as of early Friday morning in parts of Missouri, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan.

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