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March 11, 2010

Whale Meat Sushi?

Posted: 12:18 PM ET

Los Angeles, California (CNN) - Federal authorities have charged a trendy Santa Monica sushi restaurant with serving whale meat - an investigation that was spurred by the team behind the Oscar-winning documentary, "The Cove."

Prosecutors charged Typhoon Restaurant Inc., the parent company of The Hump, and one of its chefs - Kiyoshiro Yamamoto, 45 - with the illegal sale of a marine mammal product for an unauthorized purpose.

While it is considered a delicacy in Japan and some other countries, meat from whale - an endangered species - is illegal to consume in the United States.

The misdemeanor charge carries a federal prison sentence of up to a year and a fine of up to $200,000 for the company, said Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Lawyers for Typhoon could not be reached for comment. But the restaurant told the Los Angeles Times it accepts responsibility and will pay a fine.

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Ted   March 11th, 2010 1:30 pm ET

All these blogs are about unimportant Hollywood creatures! Who cares?

You may missed the following:

VP Joe Biden visited Israel a few days ago and in his speach he criticized the building policy in East-Jerusalem, where thousands of appartments are built for israelis only, We must know that that part of the city is claimed by the palestinians as the capital for their country, once they have one!!

As a response to his speach the goverment authorized ON THE SAME DAY additional 1,600 unit to be built there.
This arrogance is a slap in the face of VP Biden and our nation. European newspapers are full of this story, you can read it in the internet.

Israel cannot exist three months without our political, financial and military support, yet they dance on our heads! They ignore us, they ignored all UN resolutions during the past 60 years, and just keep building a country on occupied land against all international laws.
The problems in the Middle-east are caused primarily by the behavior of Israel and we are paying the consequences.
The question is, how long are we going to take this insult and when will start acting as a superpower telling Israel what to do?
The world is laughing at our stupidity.


A. Smith, Oregon   March 11th, 2010 3:09 pm ET

As long as people are willing to pay money to eat Dolphins, Whales, Shark Fins, Alligators, Panda Bears, Dogs and Cats there is going to be people that are willing to risk fines and jail terms to serve those dishes in their restaurants.

The only way to curb this is thru consumer awareness on the impact their choice makes in the world.

One important consumer awareness point is that many of the world's oceans are heavily contaminated by industrial toxic waste chemicals dumped by American corporations which have entered into the world's ocean's food-chains and from there into the very fish and above mentioned sea creatures.

Normally America relys on the FDA inspectors to test food meant for America's consumers for toxic minerals, toxic chemicals, radiation and bacterial hazards. However after the Republican led administration of Bush-Cheney who gutted the number of FDA inspectors, very little of the fish and meat products are being fully tested. Toxic chemicals such as PCB's and toxic minerals such as Mercury and Cadmium are building up in fishery's and there is a strong possibility those same contaminated fish could end up being served to the American public.

Until the Democratic led administration of President Obama is eventually able to return adequate numbers of FDA food inspectors, the buyers should beware consuming fish products which might be laced with hazardous toxic chemicals and minerals.


still me just a new name   March 11th, 2010 3:50 pm ET

Ted

All these blogs are about unimportant Hollywood creatures! Who cares?

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These blogs are for "unimportant Hollywood creatures"

Maybe just maybe you are just on the wrong blogs....go to the top of the page and click on "Anchors and Reporters" and find a blog more to what you are looking for...and yes I do know about VP Biden and Israel...this just happens to be about whale meat...


Jim Carroll   March 11th, 2010 6:47 pm ET

Internetfreepress.com says, Give Californiaa some money.
GOV. OF CALF. IS RIGHT MORE MONEY FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
Since the states gave up their right to create money, the Federal Government has the
responsibility to create the money the states need to balance their budgets. Article 1,
Section 8, of the Constitution gave the Federal Government power to create money.
Money must be created first before equal value can be created. The Federal Government
needs to create enough new money now to give each state five hundred million dollars for
each member of congress, which would be equal distribution. Goods and services is what
has real value–not money, which is mostly numbers on a computer chip. Over 5% growth
in GDP proves that money must be created before equal value can be created. The stimulas
and the bail-outs of banks and auto makers increased the GDP.

SOLUTIONS TO CALIFORNIA'S MONEY PROBLEMS
California could create its own money by making it good only in the state of
California and exchangeable with the dollar in California. Since the Federal Government
has a stupid money policy, there is no need for California to be broke when money is only
a medium of exchange for goods and services. California could withdraw from the United States
and become a new country. It could then create its own money supply like 191 other countries– which
would be good anywhere in the world. This would get the USA of the off of a gold standard mentality.
Article 1, Section 8, Constitution gives the Federal Government the power to keep a balanced money supply. New money
should be made available to all the states without any matching funds required for creating jobs and funding new
businesses which produces new jobs. Goods and services have real value. Money is only numbers on a computer chip
which exchanges goods and services. Get educated at the internetfrepress.com


Cajazz76:24:8   March 11th, 2010 8:55 pm ET

Jim Carroll

Seek help..then find your own creative self..cut and paste your 3 year old can do...


Donald L Allen   March 11th, 2010 11:42 pm ET

Donald L Allen it like this it just that you got the right to have right and they wood like you to give up what you got less to give don,t you get it I tooth polish was A good woman but I say I,M having to think so hard I thought I new every thing but I don,t no maybe I do not you see it sued not be that there will or herd over yours or mind if they say jump they wood like you to do it but if I say jump it just funny joke you no what I mean and now what you gonna do about it see you be well Donald L Allen J I,M the Acting what about it do you believe it Love you to my young Quin


Donald L Allen   March 11th, 2010 11:50 pm ET

what about the right to still lie and cheat what do you believe it is right to lie cheat lie and on the top stile what I say we sued go to a move and wash it and see the show do you believe it well it more than you can get in washington don't you believe it well I think it is true well and I well say one more thing I watch a move and I four got the star name but I well tell you what he said he said it better to walk away from deaf and live it a long and I think he is right tocas we can not bring them back you see so we must show the respect and walk away and live on regret can just host as four every I can say I,Mary and I mean it but I,M saying PS be good Larry the King see you


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   March 12th, 2010 12:05 am ET

Shameful behaviour.


Mike P   March 12th, 2010 1:07 am ET

yeah, i agree, but what do you think donald?


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