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Sat Nov 17, 2012, 03:42 PM

The Death of the Twinkie?

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Reply The Death of the Twinkie? (Original post)
rdubwiley Nov 2012 OP
eyewall Nov 2012 #1
ErikJ Nov 2012 #4
eyewall Nov 2012 #6
Loudly Nov 2012 #2
eyewall Nov 2012 #7
ancianita Nov 2012 #3
LongTomH Nov 2012 #5
drynberg Nov 2012 #8
lin_e65 Nov 2012 #9

Response to rdubwiley (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 03:57 PM

1. No more "Twinkie Defense" for the Dan Whites of the world.

It will become the "Little Debbie's Defense".

I actually use the little chocolate donuts to put something in my stomach when I have to take medication in the middle of the night or when I can't do it after a meal. I'm a bit overweight too. This may be a very good thing for me, force me to find a healthier alternative.

(I think of them as medicinal donuts)

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Response to eyewall (Reply #1)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 05:08 PM

4. Dried cherries/ bananas?

Should you let yourself have that midnight snack if you're having trouble sleeping and you think hunger might be part of the problem? Here are five foods that can actually help you drift off:

1. Cherries. Fresh and dried cherries are one of the only natural food sources of melatonin, the chemical that controls the body's internal clock to regulate sleep. Researchers who tested tart cherries and found high levels of melatonin recommend eating them an hour before bedtime or before a trip when you want to sleep on the plane.

2. Bananas. Potassium and magnesium are natural muscle relaxants, and bananas are a good source of both. They also contain the amino acid L-tryptophan, which gets converted to 5-HTP in the brain. The 5-HTP in turn is converted to serotonin (a relaxing neurotransmitter) and melatonin.

3. Toast. Carbohydrate-rich foods trigger insulin production, which induces sleep by speeding up the release of tryptophan and serotonin, two brain chemicals that relax you and send you to sleep.

4. Oatmeal. Like toast, a bowl of oatmeal triggers a rise in blood sugar, which in turn triggers insulin production and the release of sleep-inducing brain chemicals. Oats are also rich in melatonin, which many people take as a sleep aid.

5. Warm milk. Like bananas, milk contains the amino acid L-tryptophan, which turns to 5-HTP and releases relaxing serotonin. It's also high in calcium, which promotes sleep.

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Response to ErikJ (Reply #4)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 06:33 PM

6. Thanks for the suggestions but

I don't have trouble sleeping. I often need to take some medication at odd hours. It's pretty hard on my stomach so I need to "put something in there" when I take the meds. I'm not into preparing anything and I eat enough bananas and fruit during the day. I've always felt that bread is the best for what I need so having a bag of little chocolate donuts on my desk near the meds is a great solution. I just need to eat a few and it saves me having to go to the kitchen and risk waking myself up enough I will have trouble going back to sleep. I have plenty of alternative brands, in fact I've already switched from Hostess. Just making a case for their usefulness

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Response to rdubwiley (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 03:58 PM

2. Twinkie is as much of an Americon icon as Chevrolet is.

 

Time to nationalize Hostess Brands and put its employees back to work.

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Response to Loudly (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 06:34 PM

7. Hah! absolutely.

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Response to rdubwiley (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 04:02 PM

3. There can't be death for waht never was alive. Even mold doesn't want to eat it.

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Response to rdubwiley (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 05:36 PM

5. Junk Food Junkies of the world..... I feel for you

Yeah, I know the serious side of this, is that a lot of people will lose their jobs; but, there's always a lighter side......

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Response to rdubwiley (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 08:08 PM

8. What really happened to Hostess?

Here's a clue:
Hostess Twinkies CEO tripled salary to $2.5m while preparing to file bankruptcy

11/17/2012 3:00pm by Chris in Paris 17 Comments Print
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Hostess Twinkies’ CEO tripled his salary to $2.55 million while the company was preparing to go into bankruptcy.

And nine top executives saw massive pay raises, some nearly doubling their salary.

Ah, another greedy CEO who courageously blamed the union for his failure, while omitting the part about tripling his own pay while preparing to go under. Damn unions, indeed.

Is this what they teach in business school these days? As popular as “peer group compensation benchmarking” is in the corporate world, there’s a distinct lack of evidence that higher compensation delivers results. (Case in point: Hostess. Second case in point: Wall Street.)

There’s an odd myth in the corporate world that paying more for a CEO and executive team will mean Steve Jobs-like earnings results. In reality, that’s not the case. Just ask the US airline industry how that worked out for them as they went through bankruptcy after bankruptcy. The rate of executive pay keeps going up, and according to one study, it’s even higher than many of us realize.



These horror stories are striking a nerve with many Americans these days because they’re so much more common than they were in the past. The media loves to idolize these CEOs (think about CNBC and their regular slobbering over the loony Jack Welch), yet more and more of us have been on the losing end of these deals.

I’ve mentioned before that I had the opportunity to work with a Tea Party crazy who sold the company, just in case his taxes would increase after Obama was elected. Many of us lost our jobs almost immediately so that he might save a few percentage points on taxes, which of course, never happened.

I don’t expect the government to get involved much in these obscene salary cases, but I still hope that public opinion might build enough to start making this less acceptable. The high pay is still acceptable enough to investors who are asking for more voting rights, though still go along with the game.


Mitt Romney with someone’s cash

Something needs to give, and hopefully it will happen soon. We’re all tired of the 1% living by one set of rules. and then blaming the rest of us for their problems, when we keep giving and they keep taking. Whether it’s Fox News’ O’Reilly accusing non-white voters of “wanting things,” or the failed Hostess CEO blaming his own failings on “the unions,” I’m tired of it, and I know that I’m not alone.

Is the guy who tripled his pay seriously suggesting the collapse is the fault of union workers?


Over the past eight years since the first Hostess bankruptcy, BCTGM members have watched as money from previous concessions that was supposed to go towards capital investment, product development, plant improvement and new equipment, was squandered in executive bonuses, payouts to Wall Street investors and payments to high-priced attorneys and consultants.

BCTGM members are well aware that as the company was preparing to file for bankruptcy earlier this year, the then CEO of Hostess was awarded a 300 percent raise (from approximately $750,000 to $2,550,000) and at least nine other top executives of the company received massive pay raises. One such executive received a pay increase from $500,000 to $900,000 and another received one taking his salary from $375,000 to $656,256.

Over the past 15 months, Hostess workers have seen the company unilaterally end contractually-obligated payments to their pension plan. Despite saving more than $160 million with this action, the company continues to fall deeper and deeper into debt. A mountain of debt and gross mismanagement by a string of failed CEO’s with no true experience in the wholesale baking business have left this company unable to compete or survive.

So remember, in his bizarre world, the people who produce the products that the management team created are all to blame. Forget about failed market research, or high executive pay, or poorly financing the company — it’s completely the fault of the union workers. Got it?

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Response to rdubwiley (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 09:55 AM

9. Unfortunately....

hostess is a Chicago company and will probably do a "Fanny May" meaning they will shut down for a year and then re-open minus the union workers. Fanny May Candy did the same thing.

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