Goldline finally under investigation

Well, it’s about time. Today, ABC News reports that the city attorney of Santa Monica, Ca., in conjunction with the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office, has launched an investigation into Goldline International, the gold company that sponsors and is heavily promoted on Glenn Beck’s TV and radio shows. Apparently, California authorities discovered what Mother Jones readers likely already knew, which is that Goldline misleads customers into buying overpriced gold coins that they weren’t necessarily in the market for…

Radinsky says that the investigation is in the preliminary stages but that it involves more than 100 consumer complaints about Goldline and the Superior Gold Group, which are both based in Santa Monica.

Goldline defended its practices to ABC by citing its superior rating from the Better Business Bureau. But as we reported here a few months ago, pretty much any Joe with a credit card can get such a rating. Goldline also claimed the investigation was politically motivated by people who don’t like Beck, a charge Radinsky denied. He told ABC, “Glenn Beck has nothing to do with our investigation. Our investigation is about transactions with individual customers and the complaints that they’ve raised. And politics really has nothing to do with it. It’s all about consumer protection for us,” he said. Radinsky also said that people with Goldline complaints can now file them at a special website set up by his office, www.gold.smconsumer.org. If Beck seriously cared about his audience, he should plug that site on his show sometime.

Move on down the page to see Mother Jones’ earlier investigation on Goldline

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TV chef Worrall Thompson recommends deadly weed as salad ingredient

The celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson has apologised after mistakenly recommending a potentially fatal weed as part of a healthy living regime.

In an interview in the latest issue of Healthy and Organic Living magazine, the TV cook suggested that the weed, called henbane, would make a tasty addition to salads.

Speaking from Spain, where he is on holiday, Worrall Thompson said he had confused it with the fat hen weed, which has edible leaves that can be used in salads or cooked like spinach. His mistake went unnoticed until after the magazine had gone on sale.

The magazine’s editor, Kate Collyns, sent subscribers an urgent warning saying that henbane “is a very toxic plant and should never be eaten”.

Worrall Thompson said: “I was thinking of a wild plant with a similar name, not this herb. Experts said anyone who had followed his advice and created a salad with henbane should seek medical help and may have their stomach pumped.

Phew! I do a wee bit of experimenting with wild food and drive myself up a tree before cooking with something untried.

The last example was Santolina – found here in New Mexico in decorative borders and in the wild and I don’t know where it originated – but, I searched extensively before I began occasional use as an herb for pork roasts.