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  • Exclusive: Bloomberg tapped to be U.N. cities, climate change envoy - sources

    01/30/2014 6:15:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Yahoo! News / Reuters ^ | January 30, 2014 | Michelle Nichols
    Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been tapped to be U.N. special envoy for cities and climate change, sources familiar with the situation said on Thursday. Barring any last minute changes, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon - who is seeking to re-energize the global climate change debate and boost the United Nations' role - could make the announcement as early as Friday, the sources said on the condition of anonymity. Bloomberg, a billionaire philanthropist who left office last month, made combating climate change a key focus during his 12 years leading the United States most populous city. He also...
  • Protest Planned Against Last-Minute Bloomberg Push for Mandatory Flu Vaccines

    12/10/2013 12:05:48 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    Politicker.com ^ | December 9, 2013 | Colin Campbell and Jill Colvin
    Autism advocates are set to protest tomorrow against a quiet effort by Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration to require annual flu vaccinations for all New York City schoolchildren.On Wednesday, with just three weeks to go until he leaves office, Mr. Bloomberg’s controversial Board of Health is set to vote on new rules that would force children as young as six months old to be immunized each year before December 31 if they attend licensed day care or pre-school programs.“Young children have a high risk of developing severe complications from influenza. One-third of children under five in New York City do not...
  • NYC City Council debates ban on plastic-foam takeout containers

    11/25/2013 4:09:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | November 25, 2013 | Melissa Quinn
    New York City Major Michael Bloomberg is claiming one more casualty before he officially ends his reign as overreaching Nanny, with the City Council debating a ban on plastic-foam takeout containers. The City Councils sanitation committee is gearing up for a hearing on the future of the takeout containers set to take place Monday, The Associated Press reported. Members of the board are contemplating proposals to either ban the containers outright or explore options to recycle them.
  • Mayor launching crusade against tanning salons

    10/12/2013 7:44:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The New York Post ^ | October 11, 2013 | Carl Campanile
    <p>The city is launching a new offensive to monitor tanning salons and warn customers of the dangers of skin cancer from overexposure to UV radiation, The Post has learned.</p> <p>In what could be the Bloombergs Administrations final health crusade, the anti-tanorexic plan will be submitted to the Board of Health on Tuesday,. The board all appointees of Mayor Bloomberg is expected to adopt the new rules, which would take effect in the spring following public hearings.</p>
  • Bloomberg sued over guns, soda ban, 'meatless Mondays'

    10/11/2013 8:36:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | October 10, 2013 | Paul Bedard
    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been hit with two suits this week, one demanding information on his anti-gun campaign, and the other targeting his soda and fat bans. Both are Freedom of Information lawsuits from Washington groups that charge the mayor's office with delaying release of critical information about his efforts to start a national campaign to limit guns and boost the health value of food sold in cities. The public watchdog group Judicial Watch on Thursday filed their suit demanding emails between Bloomberg's office, his group Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Vice President Biden. The group charges that...
  • Does New York City Mayor Bloomberg want to ban e-cigarettes too?

    08/11/2013 8:05:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    FOX News ^ | August 9, 2013 | FOX News
    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg doesnt just want to limit the use of cigarettes but electronic cigarettes as well. In a newly leaked draft of three tobacco-related bills soon to be voted on by the NYC City Council, the new definition of tobacco products under city law would be changed to include e-cigarettes and related components, parts and accessories. If the ordinances pass, the display of e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco would be banned in retail stores. Also, while tobacco and menthol flavored e-cigarettes would still be available in retail stores, all other flavored e-cigarettes could only be sold...
  • New 'Health' Plan: Deliberately 'Slow' Elevators Make People Climb Stairs (Bloomberg)

    08/07/2013 1:09:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 45 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | August 7, 2013 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) As part of his ongoing campaign to transform New York City into what he calls Fit City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is promoting active design for low-income housing developments being built there, including plans to prompt residents to use the stairs and rooftop gardens for growing healthy foods. In 2010, the Bloomberg Administration and other public and private sector groups issued the Active Design Guidelines, which promotes car-free neighborhoods, encourages physical movement inside buildings and improves access to nutritious food.The Center for Action Design was launched next as a resource for architects and developers who sign on to the...
  • Bloomberg to urge Cuomo to veto bill to allow sparkler sales outside of NYC over terror target fears

    06/29/2013 9:53:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The New York Post ^ | June 26, 2013 | CARL CAMPANILE
    It could spark terrorism! Mayor Bloomberg will urge Gov. Cuomo to veto legislation that would legalize the sale of sparklers outside New York City, arguing that terrorists could resort to using even kiddie fireworks to ignite a bomb. And thats a risk not worth taking, City Hall officials said. The mayor opposes the measure, which the Legislature passed last week, even though it wouldnt apply to the five boroughs, where a ban on sparklers and all other fireworks would remain in effect. The bill would allow the sale of sparklers and other small novelty fireworks only in counties...
  • Bloomberg Plan Aims To Require Food Composting

    06/17/2013 4:44:26 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 57 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 17, 2013 | Mireya Navarro
    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who has tried to curb soda consumption, ban smoking in parks and encourage bike riding, is taking on a new cause: requiring New Yorkers to separate their food scraps for composting.
  • Bloombergs next targets: Sweet tea, energy drinks, fruit juices

    06/06/2013 4:07:40 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 49 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 4, 2013 | Jessica Chasmar
    Michael Bloomberg and his battle against bulging waistlines are targeting new villains: sweet tea, energy drinks and fruit juices. New York Citys health department launched a series of TV and bus ads on Monday that warn people about the high sugar content in drinks that are seemingly healthy. The ads cost about $1.4 million and are part of a pouring on the pounds campaign that dates back to 2009, The Daily Mail reports. One of the television ads shows a young boy happily slurping on a juice box. The scene takes a dramatic turn when it flashes to what appears...
  • Bloomberg Refused Second Slice of Pizza at Local Restaurant [Satire]

    05/02/2013 11:58:21 AM PDT · by LUV W · 30 replies
    Daily Currant ^ | May 2, 2013 | Daily Currant
    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was denied a second slice of pizza today at an Italian eatery in Brooklyn. The owners of Collegno's Pizzeria say they refused to serve him more than one piece to protest Bloomberg's proposed soda ban,which would limit the portions of soda sold in the city.....
  • Tobacco For Eighteen-Year-Olds? What Are Bloombergs Priorities?

    04/23/2013 12:46:19 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    Last Resistance ^ | April 23, 2013 | Mark Home
    For the record, I tend to think that a cigarette ban for minors may be appropriate. While I oppose prohibition for adults, I think it makes sense to say that adults shouldnt be permitted to entice children into certain unhealthy choices. Of course, if such a prohibition is put in place, it needs to be justified by banning a substance that is clearly dangerous, not just unhealthy by some statistic that we know doesnt apply to all people. If the evidence qualifies tobacco as such a substance, then I can see restricting it from children.But recent news about a new...
  • NYC appeals ruling striking down soda size limit

    03/30/2013 12:04:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 29, 2013 | Associated Press
    New York City is asking appeals judges to reinstate a ban on supersized sodas and other sugary drinks, which was struck down by a Manhattan judge the day before it was to go into effect. The city had vowed an appeal and said Thursday that lawyers had filed it late Monday. In his decision on March 11, State Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling said the 16-ounce limit on sodas and other sweet drinks arbitrarily applies to only some sugary beverages and some places that sell them.
  • Michael Bloomberg On Big Brother. 'Get Used To It' (Video)

    03/26/2013 4:12:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    Patriot Action Network ^ | March 26, 2013 | Michael Childs
    Mayor Bloomberg admits soon NYPD surveillance cameras will be on nearly every corner and in the air. 'You wait, in five years, the technology is getting better, they'll be cameras everyplace . . . whether you like it or not,' Bloomberg said Friday. 'The argument against using automation is just this craziness that 'Oh, it's Big Brother.' Get used to it!' Big Brother is watching. Now get used to it! Envisioning a future where privacy is a thing of the past, Mayor Bloomberg said Friday it will soon be impossible to escape the watchful eyes of surveillance cameras and even...
  • NRA chief says Bloomberg can't 'buy America' amid $12M gun control ad blitz

    03/24/2013 9:15:57 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | Mar. 24, 2013 | news staff
    NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre on Sunday challenged New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to spend $12 million on ads meant to pressure senators into backing strict new gun control measures, saying Bloomberg "can't buy America." Bloomberg confirmed Sunday that he plans to spend $12 million to run ads in at least 10 states, suggesting there could be a political price to pay for opposing the measures. Making clear he intends to be a counterweight to the NRA, Bloomberg said he wants to make sure the powerful gun lobby is not "the only voice" in this debate. If he can...
  • Piers Morgan: People Need Dictators and Slave Masters Occasionally

    03/13/2013 10:56:56 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | March 13, 2013 | Gary DeMar
    Piers Morgan and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s want to be dictators and slave masters. Regulating a person’s diet is the regulation of a person’s life. Here was Morgan’s response to a guest who disagreed with him on sugary drink control:“I think people need [these types of laws] occasionally, particularly on issues like smoking, drinking, guzzling sodas too big for them, you know, eating 16 Big Macs a day, whatever it may be, the reality is we all need a bit of nannying about that. That’s why so many people are on diets. That’s a form of nanny state.”When governments...
  • Hey, NYC! The mayor has his fingers on your volume control

    03/07/2013 9:10:45 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | March 7, 2013 | The New York Post
    <p>Mayor Bloomberg - who has already cracked down on smoking, trans fats, salt and super-sized drinks - is embarking on a new crusade: preventing New Yorkers from going deaf.</p> <p>Hizzoner's health officials are planning a social-media campaign to warn young people about the risk of losing their hearing from listening to music at high volume on personal MP3 players, The Post has learned.</p>
  • Mayor Bloomberg says to lose weight you have to eat less

    03/02/2013 4:55:22 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 55 replies
    The New York Post ^ | March 1, 2013 | David Seifman
    <p>Only you're probably not going to like his advice for losing weight -- just eat less.</p> <p>"If you eat less than 2,000 calories you'll lose weight," the mayor said on his weekly WOR radio show today. "If you eat more than 2,000 calories, you'll gain weight. Now some things metabolize more quickly than others. And everyone says I should go on this kind of diet or that kind of diet. Don't eat and you'll lose weight."</p>
  • NYC Mayor Bloomberg: 'Coal is a dead man walking'

    02/28/2013 9:33:39 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 27, 2013 | Zack Colman
    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Wednesday that the United States coal industrys days are numbered. Even though the coal industry doesnt totally know it yet or is ready to admit it, its day is done. Here in the U.S., Im happy to say, the king is dead. Coal is a dead man walking, Bloomberg said at the Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy (ARPA-E) Energy Innovation Summit near Washington, D.C. Bloomberg has been a vocal advocate for killing coal-fired power. He said health problems from pollution and climate change-exacerbated events like Hurricane Sandy have fomented growing recognition...
  • NYC schools hand out 12,721 morning-after pills (2011-2012)

    02/04/2013 7:03:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 02/04/2013 | By Jessica Chasmar
    New York City schools are offering young girls a full menu of birth control options, free of parental counsel, thanks to an unpublicized project by Mayor Michael Bloombergs administration. School nurses handed out 12,721 doses of the Plan B One-Step morning-after pill in 2011-12, up from 10,720 in 2010-11 and 5,039 in 2009-10, the New York Post reports. Mona Davids, president of the NYC Parents Union, was stunned by the report. Im in shock, she said. What gives the mayor the right to decide, without adequate notice, to give our children drugs that will impact their bodies and their psyches?...
  • NYC Mayor: Chick-fil-A Flap Over Gay Marriage Is None of Governments Business

    07/27/2012 11:21:37 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Friday, July 27
    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says a fast food chains opposition to gay marriage is none of the governments business. Bloomberg said Friday that he strongly disagrees with the mayors of Boston, Chicago and San Francisco in that regard. SNIP The billionaire businessman-turned-politician called the three good mayors but disagrees with them in this case. He says cities should not ask about political beliefs before issuing a permit. SNIP
  • Lileks: The Bleat

    06/05/2012 6:40:10 AM PDT · by iceskater · 3 replies
    Lileks: The Bleat ^ | 6/5/12 | James Lileks
    I am not fat and I don't drink sugared soda. If the Mayor of New York decided to regulate portion sizes for sugared drinks tomorrow it wouldn't affect my life in the least -the idea is typical of the Mandatory Betterment class, and I expect nothing less. It's all the people who are so gosh-darned impressed with the Bold Initiative who rankle up the humours. Let's get one thing clear: when the TV talk-show people lavish praise on the idea, it has nothing to do with some abstract notion of the costs of obesity. They just dont like fat people....
  • NY mayor conducts gun-sale sting in Arizona, says not much has changed after tragedy in Tucson

    01/31/2011 5:13:35 PM PST · by freespirited · 58 replies
    Minneapolis Star Trib ^ | 1/31/11 | Samantha Gross
    Weeks after the shooting in Tucson, sellers at an Arizona gun show allowed undercover investigators hired by New York City to buy semiautomatic pistols even after they said they probably couldn't pass a background check, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday. "After Tucson, you would think that people, particularly at a gun show in Arizona, would have been much more careful in enforcing the law," he said. "That unfortunately in some cases wasn't the case." Bloomberg has authorized similar sting operations around the country as part of a push for tougher federal laws to help keep guns off the streets of...
  • Blumenthal Lies; Vets Honored

    05/18/2010 4:32:58 PM PDT · by scottfactor · 4 replies · 196+ views
    scottfactor.com ^ | 05/18/2010 | Scott Factor
    To all of our veterans, I say Thank You for your service. For our Viet Nam vets who didnt receive a heros welcome when you came home, Id like to extend a hand of thanks for the service you gave to your country. This story, as Im sure you may have heard, is about Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal lying about his service record. Specifically, he states that he served in Viet Nam when he really didnt. Many people are making a specific point to expose this lying politician for what he really isa service dodger. I agree that he...
  • VIDEO: Bloomberg: NYC Bomb Suspect Someone With A "Political Agenda" Against Health Care Bill

    05/03/2010 3:47:23 PM PDT · by ianschwartz · 31 replies · 1,200+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | May 3, 2010 | RealClearPolitics
    NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg tells CBS' Katie Couric that the Times Square car bomber was someone who is "mentally deranged" with a "political agenda" that didn't like the health care bill.
  • Daniel Weintraub: Is Bloomberg the man to drain Washington swamp?

    06/21/2007 10:27:16 AM PDT · by SmithL · 48 replies · 793+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/21/7 | Daniel Weintraub
    LOS ANGELES -- It took Mike Bloomberg only two days in California to catch the Arnold Schwarzenegger bug. And then, just like the New Yorker that he is, the mayor had to go and one-up the governor, showing Schwarzenegger what real post-partisanship looks like. Bloomberg, after bouncing from San Francisco to Silicon Valley to West Los Angeles delivering speeches on the need for centrist leadership to solve the nation's problems, announced from here late Tuesday that he was leaving the Republican Party to become an independent. That immediately fueled speculation that he intends to run for president in 2008. Bloomberg...
  • Sheryl Crow: On deception, spin and losing our way

    05/06/2007 11:50:41 AM PDT · by television is just wrong · 23 replies · 656+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | May 4, 2007 | Sheryl Crow
    It's been well over a week since our little run in with the adviser to our president. I am just now processing all that took place during the last few days of the Stop Global Warming College tour and a few concerns still hang heavy on my mind and heart. First, I am deeply concerned over where we are as a nation. We are so blessed to live in a country where we enjoy so many rights that other countries cannot even begin to imagine. However, what terrifies me is not what we are ignoring about the state of our...
  • The Bloomberg Diet - The nanny state reaches into the kitchen.

    12/08/2006 10:06:22 PM PST · by neverdem · 58 replies · 1,060+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 9, 2006 | Masthead Editorial
    You might think that officials in New York City, which has more people than all but 11 states, had enough to do providing basic city services. But Mayor Michael Bloomberg believes that what New Yorkers really need is a better diet, and he's just the man to order it. A politician's work is never done. At the mayor's urging this week, New York's Board of Health voted to ban restaurant use of artificial trans fats, those liquid oils made solid through hydrogenation and found in all manner of fried, baked and processed foods. Many of these products aren't particularly healthy,...
  • Wont Someone Stop This Tragedy?

    04/18/2006 1:01:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 61 replies · 2,021+ views
    City Journal ^ | 18 April 2006 | Sol Stern
    City JournalWont Someone Stop This Tragedy?Bloombergs education campaign is driving Gothams Catholic schools out of business.Sol Stern 18 April 2006 Something precious in the lives of many deserving New Yorkers is slowly dying in Mayor Mike Bloombergs glittering city. The New York Catholic Archdiocese recently announced that it would close 14 schools, following on last years announcement by the Archdiocese of Brooklyn that it would shutter 22 of its schools in Brooklyn and Queens. Located in some of Gothams neediest neighborhoods, these schools have served for over a century as a haven for low-income but striving families. Many of...
  • For the City's Democrats, a Grim Future Could Last Long Beyond Tuesday (NYC)

    11/06/2005 2:12:05 PM PST · by neverdem · 51 replies · 1,537+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 6, 2005 | PATRICK D. HEALY
    As Democrats pursue an uphill battle to recapture City Hall on Tuesday, this year's mayoral campaign has already exposed the long-term fracturing of Democratic power in the city, from splinters in the black and Hispanic vote to defections in liberal bastions like the West Side. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's popularity and his $66 million in campaign spending are two pressure points as the campaign winds into its final phase this weekend. Yet it is the permanent structural changes in New York politics - such as term limits, campaign finance reforms and evolving demographics - that are really shaking the once-dominant...
  • Ognibene's Quest for GOP Primary Denied

    09/13/2005 11:23:42 AM PDT · by firebrand · 15 replies · 413+ views
    Newsday ^ | September 13, 2005 | William Murphy
    It's official. There will not be a Republican primary for mayor today. A federal court has refused to hear an expedited appeal from Thomas Ognibene to restore him to the ballot. The Board of Elections threw him off last month after Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Ognibene did not have enough valid signatures on his nominating petitions.
  • Mayor says undocumented immigrants should be allowed to stay (Bloomberg)

    06/22/2005 12:27:30 PM PDT · by 4.1O dana super trac pak · 24 replies · 1,257+ views
    New York Newsday ^ | 6/21/2005 | Bryan Virasami
    Forget about temporary status for undocumented immigrants, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said - let them stay here permanently and legally.While it isn't the first time Bloomberg has urged leniency for about 12 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, he issued his strongest call yet recently."Give them some kind of permanent green card," he said at a meeting at the Carib News, a Manhattan weekly newspaper serving the Caribbean-American community.In an article in the paper's June 21 edition, Bloomberg told the gathering of community leaders he wouldn't go as far as granting citizenship, but called for illegal immigrants to be granted...
  • Teacher Sex Scandals A Problem At NYC Schools

    04/21/2005 9:32:49 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 25 replies · 1,213+ views
    NEW YORK (CBS) It seems city classrooms aren't just for learning anymore. On several occasions over the past week, teachers have been charged with kissing, touching, even having sex with their students. Now some lawmakers are trying to come up with ways to prevent it. It was the fifth such incident in a week. This time, it was a female math teacher charged with kissing a 15-year-old student at I.S. 55 in Brownsville. And on Thursday, the mayor said enough's enough. It is not acceptable behavior to have our teachers having personal, sexual relationships with the students that we entrust...