samzenpus writes: You may not be Satoshi Nakamoto, but thanks to Virginia-based eco-products company Eruditium, you can now smell like him, her, or them. They claim Bitcologne is "made for peer-to-peer interaction” adding, "It's an aromatic blend of spicy, floral, oak and citrus notes your 'partner' may find it hard to resist initiating a more private transaction.’” A bottle costs about $26 or 0.0608 Bitcoin.
PolygamousRanchKid writes: A U.S. national security panel will vet Smithfield Foods Inc.’s purchase by a Chinese buyer for its effects on the food supply and proximity to military bases, though the review is unlikely to derail the deal, lawyers familiar with the process said. The review by the inter-agency Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., or CFIUS, will include scrutiny of Smithfield Foods facilities near military bases and other sensitive locations, said Stephen Mahinka, an attorney with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, who according to his firm profile has won clearance from CFIUS for almost 40 deals.
In probing Smithfield’s acquisition by Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd., the panel will also look at the importance to the U.S. food supply of the Virginia-based company, the world’s biggest hog and pork producer, said Farhad Jalinous, a lawyer at Kaye Scholer LLP in Washington who represents companies in CFIUS cases.
Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa, saying a sustainable food supply is critical to national security, urged CFIUS to consider issues such as the role the Chinese government plays in the Hong Kong-based acquirer.
“To have a Chinese food company controlling a major U.S. meat supplier is a bit concerning,” he said in a statement.
PolygamousRanchKid writes: Oregon authorities know only two things for sure about the death of 70-year-old farmer Terry Vance Garner: He died Wednesday and his hogs ate most of him, according to news reports. A relative found Garner's dentures and pieces of his body in the hog enclosure after Garner didn't return from feeding his 700-pound animals that morning on his farm in Riverton, near the coast, the Associated Press says.
The Coos County district attorney's office said today that one hog had either bitten or been aggressive with Garner in the past. But investigators aren't yet ruling out criminality by humans.
PolygamousRanchKid writes: The economics of the current drought are likely to nose up prices for bacon and other pork products next year, by as much as 10 percent. But U.S. agricultural economists are dismissing reports of a global bacon shortage that lent sizzle to headlines and Twitter feeds last week. Simply put, the talk of scarcity is hogwash.
"Use of the word 'shortage' caused visions of (1970s-style) gasoline lines in a lot of people's heads, and that's not the case," said Steve Meyer, president of Iowa-based Paragon Economics and a consultant to the National Pork Producers Council and National Pork Board.
"If the definition of shortage is that you can't find it on the shelves, then no, the concern is not valid. If the concern is higher cost for it, then yes."