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  • NYC mayor signs bill banning smokeless tobacco in ballparks

    04/06/2016 6:43:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 6, 2016 9:04 PM EDT
    New York Mayor Bill De Blasio has signed a bill that bans the use of smokeless tobacco products at all ticketed baseball stadiums, sports arenas and recreation areas. De Blasio signed the bill Wednesday. He said the legislation was important to the health of baseball players and the people of New York. The City Council approved the legislation last month by a vote of 44-3. It was sponsored by Council Member Corey Johnson. …
  • Portion Size: The Elephant in the Room

    03/26/2015 3:13:49 AM PDT · by Don W · 20 replies
    Victoria Times-Colonist ^ | 25 March, 2015 | Dr. Trevor Hancock
    By now, everybody knows we are in the midst of an epidemic of overweight and obesity in Canada and around the world. There is a horrifying series of maps showing the rate of obesity spreading like a red stain across Canada over the past 30 years. In its latest fact sheet, the World Health Organization reports that “worldwide obesity has nearly doubled since 1980” and that “35 per cent of adults aged 20 and over were overweight in 2008, and 11 per cent were obese.” In Canada, it is much the same. The Public Health Agency of Canada reported in...
  • Love is a four-number word

    09/08/2013 8:36:15 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 25 replies
    Maclean's ^ | SEPTEMBER 7, 2013 | Rebecca Eckler
    “We’re over,” an acquaintance said recently of her boyfriend of four months. “He gave me his password on our third date and then changed it and refused to give me the new one. Passwords and secrets do not belong in loving relationships. Transparency does.” That old question, debated in certain circles, of how soon you go “all the way” has been replaced by a new one: when to share the password to your phone. Handing over those prized digits so your partner can see your texts, emails, photos and recent phone calls—in other words, your entire social existence at a...
  • 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 ^ | August 7, 2013 | Penny Starr
    ( – 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...
  • Federal 'nudge squad' led by 20-something gears up to change Americans' behaviors – for our own good

    07/30/2013 6:42:15 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 65 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | July 30, 2013 | David Martosko
    Mara ShankarYalie20-something The New Boss of Everything Maya Shankar is a senior policy advisor at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy. Her mandate is to supervise the organization of a federal government 'nudge squad' that will subtly change the behaviors of bureaucrats -- and the rest of us. When does a nudge become a shove? Americans may find out, as the federal government is setting up a 'behavioral insights team' to tinker with the way we accomplish everything from saving money and staying in school to losing weight and becoming more energy-efficient. The Obama administration's grand plans...
  • New Yorkers May Continue Drinking Enormous Sodas For Now

    07/30/2013 12:14:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 7/30/2013 | Dan Amira
    Mayor Bloomberg's attempt to prohibit certain large sugary drinks from being sold by certain city purveyors was dealt a blow this morning when an appellate court upheld a previous decision — by a judge named Milton Tingling, you may recall — striking down the ban. Both Bloomberg and Health Commissioner Thomas Farley had said in May they were "confident" that Tingling's ruling would be overturned. The case can still be appealed to the Court of Appeals, the state's highest court. DaIn a unanimous decision, the court declared today that the ban "violated the state principle of separation of powers," Reuters...
  • Bloomberg wants to ban tobacco on display

    03/18/2013 11:08:35 AM PDT · by algernon_garnock · 77 replies
    My Fox NY ^ | 03-18-2013 | The Associated Press
    A new proposal would require New York City retailers to keep tobacco products out of sight under a first-in-the-nation proposal aimed at reducing the youth smoking rate, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday. The legislation would require stores to keep tobacco products in cabinets, drawers, under the counter, behind a curtain or in other concealed spots. They could only be visible when an adult is making a purchase or during restocking. "Such displays suggest that smoking is a normal activity," Bloomberg said. "And they invite young people to experiment with tobacco."
  • Barack Obama a 'dithering, controlling, risk-averse' US president

    03/04/2013 6:46:54 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 03/04/2013 | Peter Foster
    The insider-account of the damaging divisions between the White House and the State Department comes as diplomats around the world wait to see if John Kerry, the new US secretary of state, can persuade Mr Obama to greater engagement on Syria, Egypt and the wider Middle East. Vali Nasr, a university professor who was seconded in 2009 to work with Richard Holbrooke, Mr Obama's special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, records his profound disillusion at how a "Berlin Wall" of domestic-focused advisers was erected to protect Mr Obama. "The president had a truly disturbing habit of funnelling major foreign policy...
  • Bloomberg’s pro-breast-feeding initiative to lock away baby formula at 27 hospitals

    07/29/2012 3:10:08 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 104 replies
    Bloomberg’s pro-breast-feeding initiative to lock away baby formula at 27 hospitals By MARY KAY LINGE Last Updated: 5:52 AM, July 29, 2012 Posted: 11:19 PM, July 28, 2012 The nanny state is going after moms. Mayor Bloomberg is pushing hospitals to hide their baby formula behind locked doors so more new mothers will breast-feed. Starting Sept. 3, the city will keep tabs on the number of bottles that participating hospitals stock and use — the most restrictive pro-breast-milk program in the nation. Under the city Health Department’s voluntary Latch On NYC initiative, 27 of the city’s 40 hospitals have also...
  • $1.1 million-plus Gates grants: ‘Galvanic’ bracelets that measure student engagement

    06/12/2012 6:21:48 AM PDT · by upchuck · 18 replies
    WaPo ^ | June 12, 2012 | Valerie Strauss
    In the ‘you-can’t-make-up-this-stuff’ category, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is spending about $1.1 million to develop a way to physiologically measure how engaged students are by their teachers’ lessons. This involves “galvanic skin response” bracelets that kids would wear so their engagement levels could be measured. If this tells us anything, it is that the obsession with measurement and data in school reform has reached new nutty heights. Here’s the description of the $498,055 grant to Clemson University that was awarded in November (but that just recently became widely known by Susan Ohanian and Diane Ravitch): Purpose: to work...
  • Mad Mitt

    12/01/2011 10:33:01 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | December 1, 2011 | George Neumayr
    Mitt Romney appeared strangely agitated in his interview with Fox News host Bret Baier on Tuesday. Romney had won praise earlier in the campaign for his calmness. But the calmness has given way under campaign pressures to open irritation. He testily brushed off Baier's blameless questions as "unusual." Baier isn't exactly Martin Bashir, yet Romney felt the need to treat him like a particularly hostile questioner. Romney hasn't been this agitated since he grabbed at Rick Perry's shoulder. Behaving like a thin-skinned pol didn't lend any credence to Romney's claim during the interview that he is the refreshing outsider in...
  • George Soros sued by ex-girlfriend for reneging on real estate promise

    08/11/2011 12:53:38 AM PDT · by Justaham · 71 replies ^ | 8-11-11 | Emily Smith
    A beautiful Brazilian soap star has the lead role in her own daytime drama, which casts George Soros, the billionaire financier of lefty causes, as a heavy who not only broke her heart, but also reneged on a promise to give her an Upper East Side apartment worth $1.9 million. The drama will be staged in Manhattan Supreme Court, where 28-year-old Adriana Ferreyr yesterday filed a blockbuster $50 million suit charging, among other things, that the frisky octogenarian slapped her around while they were in bed discussing his real-estate betrayal. The sultry actress and the mogul, who's worth some $14.5...
  • A Liberal nightmare Illustrated - Planned-Opolis

    01/06/2011 10:21:49 AM PST · by GraceG · 13 replies
    Forum for the Future ^ | 01/06/2011 | Forum for the Future
    For the first time in history more than half the world’s population is living in towns and cities. We passed this milestone in 2008 and by 2040 two in three people are expected to live in urban environments. Urbanisation presents us with a wealth of new opportunities and huge challenges. It has the potential to further economic development and innovation, but also threatens to exacerbate key global problems, including resource depletion, climate change, and inequality. Megacities on the move sets out to find solutions to one of the biggest challenges – how billions of city-dwellers can access what they need...
  • The Case against McCain for Senate Re-Election

    03/07/2010 8:13:23 PM PST · by repentant_pundit · 12 replies · 130+ views
    The Arizona Conservative Blog ^ | 3-7-10 | Dennis Durband
    In the fall of 2008, McCain left the campaign trail in a near panic to return to Washington where he voted in favor of a bailout despite significant Republican opposition and concerns expressed at the time. Below is a list of seven of the top 20 (including the top five) donors to John McCain from 2003-2008 as compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. It reads like a who’s who of companies that received bailout cash. In fact, while these companies raised John McCain over $1.7 million, they were bailed out to the tune of some $135 billion.
  • Doctors tell Barack Obama to quit smoking - doctors also recommended "moderation of alcohol intake"

    02/28/2010 6:02:11 PM PST · by Panzerlied · 388 replies · 16,461+ views
    Guardian, UK ^ | Monday 1 March 2010 | Ewen MacAskill
    Barack Obama is still struggling to kick smoking, according to his first medical examination since becoming president. Obama is sensitive about his cigarette habit and tetchy with reporters who raise it. But after his 90-minute medical at the Navy hospital outside Washington yesterday morning, his doctors confirmed he had not yet managed to conquer the habit and suggested he "continue smoking cessation efforts". The doctors also recommended "moderation of alcohol intake".
  • John McCain Cactus Prick of the Week

    02/17/2010 8:03:12 AM PST · by SonoranWeeklyReview · 28 replies · 622+ views
    The Sonoran Weekly Review ^ | 02/15/10 | Sonoran Weekly Review
    The list of veteran’s bills that McCain has voted against is staggering. He has one of the worst anti-veteran voting records in Congress going back to 1994. “No Surrender!” Unless you’re the one surrendering them right Johnny? Read The Entire Article
  • Obama Toughens Rules for Some Lighting

    06/30/2009 12:23:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 134 replies · 4,856+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 30, 2009 | KATE GALBRAITH
    President Obama announced tougher energy efficiency requirements for certain types of fluorescent and incandescent lighting on Monday, the latest step in the administration’s push to cut the country’s energy use. The new rule , scheduled to take effect in 2012, will cut the amount of electricity used by affected lamps by 15 to 25 percent and save $1 billion to $4 billion a year for consumers, the White House said. “Now I know light bulbs may not seem sexy,” Mr. Obama said, “but this simple action holds enormous promise because 7 percent of all the energy consumed in America is...
  • The Charisma Of Courage (Positive article on Rudy)

    11/13/2007 9:10:14 AM PST · by Signalman · 15 replies · 402+ views
    HughHewitt/ ^ | November 12, 2007 | Hugh Hewitt
    Louis Freeh would go on to become director of the FBI in the1990s, but back then he ran the organized crime unit under Giuliani. He said, "Rudy's security was a serious issue. "We would sit down with him and sort of give him a security plan or advise him that he ought to have a bodyguard when he traveled around," said Freeh. "He would listen to us as he always did very carefully and say, 'I don't want that. Our job here is to be U.S. attorneys and prosecutors and if we are walking around with bodyguards we are sending...
  • Hillary suffers Walter 'Cronkitis'

    09/05/2007 3:22:29 AM PDT · by ovrtaxt · 29 replies · 1,206+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | September 5, 2007 | By Jerome R. Corsi
    Does Sen. Hillary Clinton, the leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, endorse efforts to form a world government? Video footage recently has surfaced that could force her to either affirm or distance herself from sentiments she expressed in 1999 during a ceremony in which former CBS News anchorman Walter Cronkite accepted the Norman Cousins Global Governance Award from the World Federalist Association. In his acceptance speech, Cronkite embraced the idea that the U.S. would be subsumed into a regional or world government. His views were seconded by Clinton in a closed-circuit television link-up.
  • 'Helicopter parents' still hover even as grads pound pavement

    07/05/2007 3:20:53 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 35 replies · 1,401+ views
    'Helicopter parents' still hover even as grads pound pavement By Eleanor Yang Su STAFF WRITER July 5, 2007 Rowena Paz's parents did everything they could to help her land a good job after college. They edited her résumé, suggesting experience she should play up or cut out. Her mother called regularly to remind Paz, 21, to get enough sleep before interviews. Her father coached her with interview questions and drove her to three job interviews in Los Angeles, because “driving in Los Angeles is tension-filled.” It came naturally for Paz's parents, who for years shuttled her to music and karate...
  • Rudy Giuliani Hounded by Radicals

    05/29/2007 2:47:40 PM PDT · by SJackson · 104 replies · 2,053+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 5-28-07
    Presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani has been making fund-raising appearances in his home turf, New York City, but he’s been hounded by reporters and protesters questioning him about the 9/11 attacks. A radical group in the Bronx accused him of being one of the "criminals of 9/11,” according to local radio station 1010 WINS. One young woman who claimed she was a relative of a 9/11 victim confronted the Republican candidate outside a Bronx restaurant and asked him why he told [former ABC news anchor] Peter Jennings the towers would fall that day, but allowed the rescue efforts of firefighters and...
  • Spiraling Out of Control(shoot down helicopter parents)

    03/05/2007 5:09:09 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies · 961+ views
    WP ^ | 03/04/07 | Susan Coll
    Spiraling Out of Control By Susan Coll Sunday, March 4, 2007; Page B01 A recent e-mail from made my heart start racing. My order had been shipped, it said, and "Living Abroad in Costa Rica" would arrive any day. I had never heard of this book. Had someone hacked into my computer? I thought of identity theft, credit card fraud -- and then of my 17-year-old son, who was deep into high school senioritis. He confessed to placing the order, defensively reminding me that I allow him to buy books with impunity as part of a mostly unsuccessful campaign...
  • £7million Spent on Consultants Who Advise Civil Servants to Put 'Black Tape on Desks'

    01/07/2007 2:07:36 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 58 replies · 1,426+ views
    This Is London ^ | 1/4/2007 | This Is London
    Black tape has been put on the desks of civil servants to show them where to put their pens as part of a £7m Government 'efficiency' drive. It is the latest idea from consultants being paid to come up with so-called innovative ideas to improve the working environment of public sector staff. The tape is also used to mark out exactly where the computer keyboard should be placed, as well telephones. Previous novel thinking by the consultants included a desk ban on family photographs - along with any 'inactive fruit'. Staff representatives described the idea, which is being piloted by...
  • How Lucy's email became an inbox hit

    09/02/2006 7:38:01 AM PDT · by aculeus · 153 replies · 5,008+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | September 1, 2006 | by James Button
    The story of Lucy Gao - like that of London lawyer Claire Swire and New York finance analyst Mary B Callahan - is a cautionary tale for hi-tech times. Two weeks ago Ms Gao, an Oxford University engineering graduate and an intern at Citigroup bank in London, emailed instructions to about 40 friends who were due to attend her 21st birthday party at the Ritz Hotel that Friday night. One guest sent the message to a colleague. It raced around Citigroup in hours. Within days it had circled the globe. "I can't contain myself," said one forwarder. "I've just been...
  • DFU SONG: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (for Kyra - tinkle, tinkle little star)

    08/31/2006 10:24:29 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 4 replies · 622+ views
    DFU - news of the day in song ^ | 8-2006 | Lyrics, Doug from Upland
    Writing the history of our time in song. MIDI - TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR (click on Margie Harrell, then the song) Tinkle, tinkle, little star...viewers wonder where you are Maybe in stall number one...this is really getting fun Tinkle, tinkle, little star...viewers wonder where you are Kyra was there to hear our leader speak Her sister-in-law we learn's a real controlling freak Then there was a television moment quite profound I hope everybody got to hear the zipper sound Come on, put it on your website, CNN We are waiting anxiously to hear the clip again Tinkle, tinkle, little...
  • CNN `Live From...' the ladies room

    08/30/2006 9:25:37 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 89 replies · 2,778+ views
    yahoo! ^ | 30-Aug-2006 | FRAZIER MOORE
    NEW YORK - Kyra Phillips, anchor of CNN's "Live From...," unwittingly upstaged President Bush's speech in New Orleans with on-the-air analysis of her husband and the marriage of her brother — all live from a CNN ladies room. Unaware that her wireless microphone was "live" during her break, Phillips could be heard overriding Bush's prepared address Tuesday as he was seen marking the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The Atlanta-based Phillips, in conversation with an unidentified woman in an echoey room, dismissed most men with a vulgar term, but called herself "very lucky in that regard. My husband is handsome...
  • CNN was just now over heard.......(vanity)

    08/29/2006 9:51:54 AM PDT · by JFC · 83 replies · 4,406+ views
    08/29/06 | JFC
    Cnn was covering Bush speech and their hosts was on the air. Did anyone else hear them.
  • Sicko "Marriage Contract" One For The Ages

    02/20/2006 6:54:40 AM PST · by edpc · 167 replies · 6,390+ views
    The Smoking Gun ^ | Feb 17, 2006 | Unknown
    Repulsive "Wifely Expectations" pact emerges in Iowa kidnap case FEBRUARY 17--This country, as you know, is filled with the deranged. And then there's Travis Frey, a 33-year-old Iowa man who is facing charges that he tried to kidnap his own wife (not to mention a separate child pornography rap). Frey, prosecutors contend, apparently is a rather demanding guy. In fact, he actually drew up a bizarre four-page marriage document--a "Contract of Wifely Expectations"--that sought to establish guidelines for his spouse in terms of hygiene, clothing, and sexual activities. In return for fulfilling certain requirements, Frey (pictured right) offered "Good Behavior...
  • Is Cruise putting Holmes on mommy track?

    02/08/2006 2:28:47 PM PST · by katieanna · 6 replies · 302+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Feb. 8, 2006 | Jeanette Walls
    Will Katie Holmes be a stay-at-home mom? The buzz is that Tom Cruise wants his wife-to-be to focus on being a wife and a mother — not on her career. He also reportedly wants her to avoid the spotlight for a while. “I’ve got Katie tucked away, so no one will get to us until my child is born — and until I want them to,” Cruise recently told “a friend” according to the new issue of Life & Style Weekly.
  • Rudy Heads South

    02/01/2006 5:23:40 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 281 replies · 2,602+ views
    Time ^ | 1=2.1.06
    Political pundits have long discounted former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's presidential prospects, claiming that his particular brand of tough-talking, socially moderate conservatism would never play south of the Mason-Dixon Line. But Rudy has never been one to listen to conventional wisdom, and lately at least, he has been turning up the heat in southern conservative political circles. In just the last week, he endorsed Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry for re-election and met with Evangelicals in Florida. Most impressively, he actually outpaced U.S. Senator John McCain in a just-released Georgia poll, garnering the support of 28 percent of...
  • Jealous Lover Program Creator Is Indicted (Spyware/Keystroke Logger)

    08/27/2005 1:34:44 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 1 replies · 236+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | Sat Aug 27, 9:13 AM ET
    Jealous Lover Program Creator Is Indicted Sat Aug 27, 9:13 AM ET SAN DIEGO - The creator and several buyers of a computer program designed to allow jealous lovers to snoop on their sweethearts' online activities have been indicted for allegedly violating federal computer privacy laws. Carlos Enrique Perez-Melara, 25, was indicted Friday on 35 counts of manufacturing, sending and advertising a surreptitious interception device and unauthorized access to protected computers. The Loverspy program, disguised as an electronic greeting card showing images of puppies and flowers, was sent as an e-mail. When it was executed, it would begin recording victims'...
  • In the Fight Against Terrorism, Some Rights Must Be Repealed - (Hunh? Disarm us to fight terror?)

    03/08/2005 8:05:19 PM PST · by freeholland · 149 replies · 2,785+ views
    The newly appointed CIA Director Porter Goss, believes that terrorists may bring urban warfare techniques learned in Iraq to our homeland. If he is right, we could have a whole new war on our hands. The prospect is indeed scary. The idea of terrorist cells operating clandestinely in the United States, quietly amassing handguns and assault rifles, and planning suicide shooting rampages in our malls, is right out of Tom Clancy’s most recent novel. If not for the fact that the 9/11 attacks were also foreshadowed in a Clancy novel, I would have given the idea no further thought. However,...
  • Man Impersonating Cop Pulls Over Real Police Officer

    01/06/2005 6:38:40 AM PST · by martin_fierro · 65 replies · 2,475+ views
    KTVU ^ | January 5, 2005
    Man Impersonating Cop Pulls Over Real Police Officer Police Find Stolen Radio, Other Police Paraphernalia CLEVELAND -- A Parma, Ohio, man is facing charges after he impersonated a police officer, and was caught by a real police officer he tried to pull over. Micahel Gustafson, 50, faces a five-count grand jury indictment stemming from the Dec. 17 incident. According to police, Gustafson put a blinking blue police light on his dashboard at around 2:30 a.m. He then shined a high-beam flashlight at a woman in a car at the intersection of East 110th Street and St. Clair, in Cleveland. Gustafson...
  • GOPUSA Declines to Endorse McCain's Re-election

    08/11/2004 3:15:08 PM PDT · by repentant_pundit · 31 replies · 2,558+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | August 9, 2004 | Dennis Durband
    2004 GOP Primary EndorsementsU.S. Senate - John McCain sure has a lot of sympathies for liberal and Democrat causes and office holders. He has opposed almost everything conservatives hold dear. This summer alone, he has defended Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry and has sided with homosexual activists over those who would defend traditional marriage. Recommendation: NONE
  • Man Allegedly Uses GPS To Stalk Ex-Girlfriend

    12/30/2002 9:56:57 AM PST · by new cruelty · 73 replies · 355+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | December 30, 2002
    KENOSHA, Wis. -- A Kenosha man has been arrested for allegedly stalking his former girlfriend with help from a tracking device attached under the hood of her car. The man was arrested Friday on a recommended felony charge of burglary and four misdemeanor charges, including stalking. He is expected to be formally charged Monday. The woman told the Kenosha Police Department her ex-boyfriend would just show up no matter where she was. He often found her in random places like at bars or on the highway. Police say the man was always able to find her because of what they...
  • Conditions for Arming Pilots

    09/06/2002 9:12:22 AM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 19 replies · 230+ views ^ | September 5, 2002 | By The Associated Press
    Some stipulations the Bush administration attached to its support for arming commercial pilots: * A test program must be undertaken to establish the viability of arming all 85,000 commercial pilots. * Only pilots who volunteer to carry guns would do so, and they must undergo firearms training and safety instruction.... * Protocols should be established to coordinate pilot responsibilities.... * Pilots should be issued individual lock boxes ....