• Josh Flint

    The Clock Is Ticking on Meat Label Laws

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     by Josh Flint
     on December 31, 2010

    Nutrition labels, to be required on packages of meat by 2012, have grabbed quite a few headlines in the past few days.  After reading an article in USA Today, I realized this requirement is going to push me toward purchasing healthier cuts. The newspaper showed the differences between 73% lean ground beef and 96% lean ground beef. For a 4-ounce serving, that’s 350 calories (270 from fat) for 73% and 130 calories (25 from fat) for 96%. A ground beef lover, I’ve always been…

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    A Fake Power Outage at a Blues Game Really Got My Attention

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     by Josh Flint
     on December 20, 2010

    A few months ago, I met a friend at St. Louis’ Scottrade Center for what was my second Blues’ hockey game. The game was terrific. The Blues scored two goals in the third period to take the match to a shootout, which they also won. Great hockey. However, months later, one part of the evening continues to jump out in my memory. And it had nothing to do with the puck. After the first period came to an end, the fans sat, waiting for the inter-period entertainment to begin. Typical…

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    What's in a "Mexican" Coke?

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     by Josh Flint
     on December 14, 2010

      Perusing the aisles for a bottle of taco sauce at the local Schnucks, I came across this. It’s a bottle of “Mexican” Coke. While researching the articles on high fructose corn syrup, one source told me a lot of folks are drawn to Coke imported from Mexico because they are under the impression that it contains “real sugar.” Thus, it’s "the Coke they grew up with." Funny thing about that Mexican Coke. Can you see the little white label pasted onto…

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    A Walk Down Memory Lane With My Old Friend, MS-DOS

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     by Josh Flint
     on December 8, 2010

      Earlier in the week, I took a walk down memory lane as a farmer and I discussed our first experiences with computers. He purchased his first pc in the late 1970s. Even then, he realized it would make a great tool in keeping track of farm data. He began with basic spreadsheet programs and hasn’t looked back. As we were talking, he mentioned the operating system in the early days was MS-DOS (MicroSoft Disk Operating System). I surprised him when I mentioned that MS-DOS was…

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