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Japanese Company Makes Low-Calorie Noodles Out of Wood 131

AmiMoJo writes: Omikenshi Co, an Osaka based cloth manufacturer best known for rayon, a fibre made from tree pulp, is expanding into the health food business. Using a similar process, Omikenshi is turning the indigestible cellulose into a pulp that's mixed with konjac, a yam-like plant grown in Japan. The resulting fibre-rich flour, which the company calls "cell-eat," contains no gluten, no fat and almost no carbohydrate. It has just 60 calories a kilogram, compared with 3,680 for wheat.

Comment Re:Why would Disney do this? (Score 1) 260

Well the most commonly cited one is Wickard v. Filburn where the government ruled that because crops grown on your own property for your own use are subject to their regulation because it has an effect on the interstate market for those crops. Additionally there is the case of Heart of Atlanta Motel, Inc. v. United States case which is less cited but still an important one in how to interpret where the line is in what can be regulated under the guise of interstate commerce.

While there is the understanding of how things SHOULD work there is also the way things actually work. Although there does appear to be limits on the commerce clause in that it can't be used to force you to buy something but that ruling found that a tax is both a tax (so it was constitutional) and not a tax (ruled first so that there was standing) so take that a what it is.

Comment Re:Why would Disney do this? (Score 1) 260

Most? It is all workers as the feds concern themselves if it "has an effect on interstate commerce" so if I dug up my own iron ore, made my own hardwood charcoal quarried my own limestone and then produced my own steel from them (my state has all of those resources so nothing in this process is interstate) they could regulate me, even if I did it all by hand. All because my production of steel affects the interstate commerce market because if I didn't produce my own I would have to instead purchase it on the open interstate market.

Personally I like this example instead of the drug one as all of these things existed in the are that is my state before the US even existed.

Comment Re:I live in Chicago, and you HAVE IT WRONG... (Score 1) 200

I would "reasonably" expect children to be present in a school zone an hour before school starts and maybe a couple of hours after school ended.

I wouldn't consider it reasonable to expect children to be present while school was in session -- I mean, they're inside being taught, right?

Exactly my complaint with these zones.

If a playground area is directly adjacent to a road, then there is an argument for enforcing the lower limit through the whole school day on that road.

Otherwise the limit should only be in place during the start and end of the school day.

Comment Re:much more effective to go after the money (Score 1) 275

Well bombing their tanker trucks is probably one of the more efficient methods of disrupting their money flow since if they have a few hundred it is a couple of million a day that they are transporting. Then there is the money they make from transporting antiquities out onto the black market which again can be dealt with by bombing transport trucks. The hard part would be cutting off the flow of money they get from "taxing" people or just outright stealing from people. The only solution I am aware of would be something like the US and other countries used during WWII called invasion currencies. Each city/region would need it's own currency that normally trades just like the old currency did but when a city is captured the currency from that city is declared void and not recognized by anyone. When someone enters a city or region they can exchange their other currency for the local one at some government office which destroys the currency brought in and issues new local currency.

Comment Re:The Most Shocking Thing About the France Attack (Score 1) 259

Well these terrorists don't initially seem like the run of the mill, the I'm surprised they haven't choked on their own tongues stupid, terrorists. It seems the simplest way to not get caught before hand is simply to shut your fucking pie hole about your plans. When you do have to discuss your plans don't do them in public view but instead over secure channels, with only those who need to know the plan and not Hadji the clerk at the local halal market.

Comment Re:The hilarity it keeps growing. (Score 0) 259

Well I seem to remember a month or two ago where the CIA director was bitching about how it would take a large attack for them to push through legislation getting backdoors or forcing weak encryption onto the population. At the moment I can't seem to find an article on that since now the noise is all about the douche nozzle CIA director following through saying that we need to ban/weaken/backdoor encryption in the wake of the Paris attacks. It sure passes the "don't let a crisis go to waste" smell test to me.

"What people have been reduced to are mere 3-D representations of their own data." -- Arthur Miller