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  • FDA proposes first e-cigarette rules, including banning sales to minors

    04/24/2014 12:06:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 24, 2014 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON – The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration. While the proposal being issued Thursday won't immediately mean changes for the popular devices, the move is aimed at eventually taming the fast-growing e-cigarette industry.
  • FDA proposes extending its oversight of tobacco

    04/23/2014 10:06:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 24, 2014 12:34 AM EDT | Michael Felberbaum
    The federal government wants to extend its oversight of tobacco to include cigars, hookah, nicotine gels, pipe tobacco and dissolvable tobacco products. The Food and Drug Administration proposal being issued Thursday would ban sales to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels. …
  • Bloomberg to spend $50M on new gun control effort in challenge to NRA

    04/16/2014 3:34:48 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 22 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 4-16-2014 | FoxNews.com
    Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will spend $50 million this year to build a nationwide grassroots network on gun control in a direct challenge to the National Rifle Association, The New York Times reported. The new lobbying group, called Everytown for Gun Safety, will encompass other gun control groups funded by Bloomberg, Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, the report said. Bloomberg told the Times the strategy will focus on expanding the background check system for gun buyers at the state and national levels. He made nearly $14 million in federal campaign...
  • Two incompatible gun ballot measures lead in Washington state

    04/16/2014 2:31:46 AM PDT · by blueplum · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 15, 2014 9:24pm EDT | JONATHAN KAMINSKY
    (Reuters) - Two incompatible ballot measures on background checks for gun buyers in Washington state enjoy majority support in a poll released on Tuesday, but the one advancing stricter gun controls is more popular. The competing measures, both slated to be on the ballot in November in the Pacific Northwest state, are the only firearm background check initiatives up for a vote this year in the United States. :snip: Initiative 594 would require all firearm sales, including those at gun shows and conducted online, to be predicated on a background check of the buyer. Initiative 591, however, would disallow background...
  • EPA ban puts Minnesota's ice rinks in tough position

    04/15/2014 6:23:23 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 53 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-13-14 | Nick Ferraro
    The clock is ticking for Minnesota's indoor ice rinks. By 2020, the refrigerant chemical now used at half the state's 240 arenas to make ice no longer will be manufactured or imported into the U.S. as part of a global effort aimed at ridding the world of greenhouse gases linked to depletion of the ozone layer. The phaseout of the odorless gas R-22 is expected to be costly for arenas -- most of which are publicly owned -- because of an anticipated rise in its cost. After the deadline, arenas still will be able to use the refrigerant gas for...
  • Federal dietary guidelines bring new nanny-state concerns

    04/14/2014 9:24:08 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 11, 2014 | Doug McKelway
    New federal dietary guidelines are due to come out next year, and critics say early drafts suggest they may represent a new nanny-state intrusion – calling for Internet-based "weigh-ins" and government text messages to overweight people meant to help them shed the pounds. Critics also fear the guidelines, which are subject to revision every five years, may go well beyond nutrition to address the planet’s health, too. At a March 14 meeting of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, committee member Miriam Nelson of Tufts University said: "The question that we're spending the most time on right now is really, what...
  • ObamaCare coming to vending machines, next to the chips and nuts

    04/11/2014 11:58:34 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 11, 2014 | Maggie Thurber (watchdog.org)
    Candy, chips and a helping of ObamaCare. It's already disrupted the health-care marketplace. Now, the Affordable Care Act is infiltrating vending machines. Yep, a provision in the Affordable Care Act requires vending machines to display the calorie content of all food items. The FDA finalized the regulations April 3. If you know the calorie content of an item, you might make a more healthy choice. Or so the thinking goes.
  • Makers of rat poison d-Con sue California (Get your d-Con stockpiled by June 30)

    04/09/2014 8:58:35 PM PDT · by Drago · 15 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 04-01-2014 | Heather Somerville
    The manufacturers of one of the most common brands of rat and mice poison, d-Con, have sued state regulators just one week after California banned the pesticide and blamed it for killing wildlife. Reckitt Benckiser, the UK-based consumer products company that makes d-Con, filed a lawsuit Thursday against the California Department of Pesticide Control for halting the sale of the rodenticide commonly used by homeowners to kill rats and mice.
  • Bill would have FDA decide on labeling genetically modified food

    04/10/2014 12:52:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    McClatchyDC.com ^ | April 9, 2014 | Chris Adams
    <p>WASHINGTON — Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo is pushing a bill in Congress that would shift responsibility for any labeling of genetically modified foods to the hands of the federal government, potentially stopping the efforts underway in many states to mandate labels on such foods.</p>
  • Minister's bizarre tip in battle to tackle climate change (cut back on eating baked beans)

    04/09/2014 9:10:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 53 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | April 9, 2014 | Matt Chorley
    People should eat fewer baked beans to reduce flatulence which can contribute to global warming, a minister suggested today. Fears were raised about the impact of ‘smelly emissions’ caused by Brits eating more beans than any other country in the world. Climate change minister Lady Verma said it was an ‘important’ issue and urged the public to ‘moderate our behaviour’. Concerns have previously been raised about the effect of methane emissions from cows on global warming. But in the House of Lords today a Labour peer raised questions about the impact of human diet on emmisions. Viscount Simon, 73, a...
  • Michelle Obama's 'Let's Move!' takes over annual Easter Egg Roll --- again

    04/09/2014 7:50:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 8, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    Exercise, and not colorful marshmallow Peeps, will be the focus of the 136th Annual White House Easter Egg Roll on April 21, the sixth year in a row that first lady Michelle Obama's fitness-first goal for kids has taken over the once sugar-filled event on the South Lawn.“The day's activities will encourage children to lead healthy, active lives in support of the first lady's Let's Move! initiative,” said the White House of their sixth roll, titled “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape.”In the past, administrations have given differing themes for the annual Easter Egg Roll. Former President George W. Bush,...
  • ‘Fat Texts’ and ‘Fart Regulation’ Coming to You from the Nanny State

    04/09/2014 7:40:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 41 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | April 8, 2014 | Common Constitutionalist
    Although it’s been going on for years, it seems lately there is an all-out assault by the nanny government to crack down on our liberties. Nowadays, when the people say no, our rulers just do the old end around, or sleight-of-hand. They cause us to concentrate on one thing while they regulate behind our backs. Lately it seems that even this tactic has changed and the Nanny State has begun to attack us from all sides. Take this global warming nonsense. With every passing year, the people are coming to realize what a hoax it has been. Every poll conducted...
  • Eric Holder: Maybe lawful gun owners should have to wear electronic bracelets to use them

    04/08/2014 7:20:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 83 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/08/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    How old am I? I’m old enough to remember when the only people on whom government wanted to put electronic bracelets were criminals. Attorney General Eric Holder testified yesterday on Capitol Hill about gun-safety programs promoted by the Department of Justice, which wants almost $400 million in the next budget for “common sense” regulations like electronic bracelets for firearms:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO “I think that one of the things that we learned when we were trying to get passed those common sense reforms last year, Vice President Biden and I had a meeting with a group of technology...
  • Marijuana Emerges as Issue That Blurs Conservative, Liberal Lines

    04/07/2014 6:07:55 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 56 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | April 7, 2014 | Joe Battaglia
    The debate over legalizing marijuana for medical and even recreational purposes is blurring conservative and liberal lines. With polls showing a slight majority of Americans now supporting the legalization of the drug, especially younger voters, and billionaire campaign financiers such as George Soros funding the pro-pot movement, a number of candidates are finding themselves at odds with their own party's positions. Ari Fleischer, a White House press secretary for President George W. Bush, called marijuana "a sleeper issue," in the upcoming campaign and noted its trickiness, telling The Wall Street Journal, "All of a sudden the ground is shifting, and...
  • Angry students snap photos of lunches, tell Michelle Obama: ‘You call this a [expletive] lunch?’

    04/07/2014 4:35:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 99 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 7, 2014 | By Cheryl K. Chumley
    Students from around the nation have been taking to Twitter and other social media sites to post snapshot photos of their meager lunches — in some cases, a sad-looking sandwich with a carton of milk — and say to the first lady: Thanks a lot, Michelle Obama, for the rations. One wrote, next to a picture of a hot dog roll that seemed spread with tomato sauce and cheese, on a tray with three small cherry tomatoes and a carton of lower-fat milk: “You call this a [expletive] lunch? @BarackObama @MichelleObama,” The Blaze reported. And others were just as blunt...
  • Potential FDA Move on Recycling Grain Could Spike Beer Prices

    04/04/2014 5:38:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 79 replies
    KVDR ^ | April 4, 2014 | Shaul Turner
    Beer-makers in Colorado are upset about a proposal to keep them from recycling their used grain, and it could affect how much you pay for a beer this summer. The Food and Drug Administration wants to stop beer brewers from selling their leftover grain to ranches so it can be used as food for cattle. It’s not a requirement yet, but beer-makers make money off their used grain and say the new regulation would force them to dump millions of tons of it instead of recycling. The grains are used barley, wheat and other grains that are steeped in hot...
  • Now Big Brother wants to put unit lines on pub glasses to show you EXACTLY how much…(UK)

    04/06/2014 11:05:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 18:48 EST, 5 April 2014 | Sarah Bridge and Stephen Adams
    For many of us, enjoying a glass of wine or pint of beer is the perfect way to unwind after a hard day’s work. But it seems having a drink in a pub or restaurant could be about to get a lot less relaxing. Campaigners are calling for lines to be printed on glasses to show drinkers how many units of alcohol they are really consuming—and potentially to shock them into cutting down. The plans, put forward by the Drinkaware charity, would see unit measure lines added to glasses, based on average-strength drinks—a 4 percent beer, 13 percent wine and...
  • Christie's proposed e-cigarette tax is for public health, state treasurer says

    04/05/2014 2:51:41 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 28 replies
    nj.com ^ | 04/03/14 | Matt Friedman
    TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie’s administration wants to increase taxes on electronic cigarettes for the sake of the public’s health, state Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff said today. “Our goal is to achieve rough parity with the tax burden on conventional cigarettes. Why? Our main concern is public health,” Sidamon-Eristoff said at an Assembly Budget Committee hearing today. “Contrary to the claims of some users, e-cigarettes have not been shown to be a ‘safe’ alternative to regular cigarettes. Nor are they a proven path to smoking cessation.” Christie’s budget anticipates $35 million in revenue by applying the $2.70 per pack regular state...
  • E-cigarette rule coming 'very soon,' U.S. FDA chief says

    04/05/2014 11:32:51 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 131 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 4, 2014 | Reuters
    <p>The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is "pushing very hard" to release a proposed rule that would establish its authority over e-cigarettes, the head of the agency said on Thursday amid concerns the products pose a risk to children.</p> <p>FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg told senators at a Congressional budget hearing that it has taken too long to move the rule forward and that she expects the proposal to be ready for release "very soon."</p>
  • Venezuela Enforces Fingerprint Registry to Buy Groceries:

    04/02/2014 5:56:12 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 99 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 4/2/14 | Daisy Luther
    What if you were forced to “register” in order to buy groceries? And what if, through that registration, the food you bought could be tracked and quantities could be limited? That’s exactly the plan in Venezuela right now. The AP reports that in an effort to crack down on “hoarding” that ID cards will be issued to families. These will have to be presented before foodstuffs can be purchased.
  • What’s the most expensive ingredient in beer? Taxes! (VIDEO)

    04/01/2014 3:38:43 PM PDT · by TheProducer · 2 replies
    The Libertarian Republic ^ | 4/1/2014 | Ian Huyett
    Obama's & His Dark Sayings; The Wrath of God On America http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rrp6wUkTGjY
  • GOP Rep. Hunter slams reported proposal to ban tobacco sales on Navy bases, ships

    03/29/2014 3:21:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 61 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 28, 2014 | FoxNews.com
    Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter is speaking out against a reported proposal being considered by the Navy to ban the sale of tobacco products on all its bases and ships, calling it a “political decision.” The Military Times reported Monday that Navy officials are considering removing tobacco from all retail outlets, including exchange-operated sales venues and Morale, Welfare and Recreation program outlets. Navy commissaries do not sell tobacco products. Hunter, a Marine veteran who served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, said in a letter to Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus he strongly opposes the ban, saying it...
  • Conn. court: Horse owners must prevent injuries (claims horses “naturally vicious”)

    03/29/2014 9:57:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 68 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 26, 2014 4:17 PM EDT | Stephen Singer
    Owners of horses and other domestic animals must try to prevent their animals from causing foreseeable injuries, the state’s highest court ruled Wednesday in a decision that avoided the larger issue of whether horses are inherently vicious while siding with a family whose child was bitten by one. The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled 6-0 to uphold an Appellate Court decision that said a horse belongs to “a species naturally inclined to do mischief or be vicious.” But four of the justices said that the question of whether an animal is naturally dangerous must be considered individually by lower courts. […]...
  • Raw Milk Could Become Available Under Proposed Legislation

    03/28/2014 7:30:51 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    BenSwann.com ^ | March 27, 2014 | Joshua Cook
    Congressman Thomas Massie (Republican–KY), Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (Democrat –ME) and a bipartisan coalition of 18 other lawmakers have introduced legislation to improve consumer food choices, including access to raw milk, and to protect local farmers from federal interference. The two bills – the Milk Freedom of Act of 2014 and the Interstate Milk Freedom Act of 2014 – are the first in Massie’s series of “food freedom” bills he plans to introduce. Massie has a unique perspective: “As a producer of grass-fed beef, I am familiar with some of the difficulties small farmers face when marketing fresh food directly to...
  • California lawmakers reconsider bare-hand food ban

    03/26/2014 6:13:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 25, 2014 | Associated Press
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are beginning to back away from a new law that bans bare-hand contact with food in restaurants and bars, with the Assembly Health Committee voting unanimously Tuesday to repeal and revisit the regulation. The vote follows opposition from chefs and bartenders who say they were taken off guard by the new regulation. Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill last year requiring restaurant workers to wear gloves or use utensils when handling ready-to-eat food, including the rice in a sushi roll and the mint in a mojito.
  • Transit bucks for commuters coming to Bay Area workers by Sept. 30

    03/26/2014 4:09:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | March 26, 2014 | By Denis Cuff
    Thousands of Bay Area workers will become eligible by Sept. 30 for a new commuter benefit that could save them hundreds of dollars a year if they take public transit or van pools to work. Employers of 50 of more full-time workers within the nine Bay Area counties must start offering employees at least one of four kinds of assistance for commute alternatives to driving alone. Companies that already offer a commuter benefit will not be required to expand their program, but they will have to file an annual report.
  • Doctors' Trade Union: 'Ban Smoking For Everyone Born after Year 2000'

    03/25/2014 6:05:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | March 25, 2014 | Breitbart London
    The British Medical Association (BMA), the trade union representing all National Health Service (NHS) doctors, has said that the sale of cigarettes should be banned "to anyone born after the year 2000". In a new policy position of the organisation which claims to lobby Parliament in its members' interest, the BMA has stated that "humanity has never developed anything more deadly than the cigarette". Dr Crocker-Buqué, a "London research assistant in academic public health" reportedly told last week's BMA annual public health medicine conference that eight in 10 smokers started in their teenage years and that someone who started smoking...
  • Liquid nicotine: Just a teaspoon could kill

    03/24/2014 12:12:58 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 379 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 24, 2014 | Kate Seamons
    It can be bought on the Internet in flavors like chocolate and bubble gum—and just a teaspoon could kill a child: The New York Times takes a look at liquid nicotine, the e-liquid used in e-cigarettes, which it describes as a "powerful neurotoxin ... far more dangerous than tobacco." And with good reason: Reports of accidental liquid nicotine poisonings rose 300% from 2012 to 1,351 cases last year, with 2014's figure expected to be double that. The victims, many children under the age of four, can experience vomiting and seizures after being exposed to even a modest amount orally or...
  • Exclusive: Man found guilty of electronic cigarette law that does not exist

    03/24/2014 7:22:29 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 35 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 03-22-2014 | Jeff Sherwood
    Since the court failed to prove that Mr. Dewing was using a cell phone, they went after him for using the electronic cigarette. “The judge asked me if I know what the ‘e’ in e-cigarette means,” said Jason. “I told him it means electronic.” At this point the judge told Mr. Dewing that he was using a portable electronic device which is a violation of New York traffic law 1225-d. Jason, refusing to let the court off that easy, told him that an electronic cigarette was not classified as a portable electronic device under the law. He says, “They were...
  • Get Ready To See Michelle Obama's Face Plastered All Over Your Local Subway Sandwich Shop

    01/23/2014 8:39:41 AM PST · by hattend · 82 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | Jan 23 2014 | IJ Review
    The first lady was expected to announce Thursday that the Subway sandwich chain will spend $41 million over three years to encourage finicky young eaters to eat more food that comes out of the ground or grows on trees. The announcement was being made at a Subway shop near the White House. Subway will only offer a kids’ menu that mirrors federal standards for school lunches. That includes offering apples on the side and low-fat or nonfat plain milk or water as a default beverage.
  • Get Ready To See Michelle Obama's Face Plastered All Over Your Local Subway Sandwich Shop

    01/28/2014 6:59:42 AM PST · by Din Maker · 96 replies
    Tea Party Command Center Blog ^ | January 23, 2014 | Linda Hahn
    If you thought you could simply enjoy your Subway sandwich without partisan politics, you thought wrong. Michelle Obama’s face is about to invade every one of their restaurants. The first lady was expected to announce Thursday that the Subway sandwich chain will spend $41 million over three years to encourage finicky young eaters to eat more food that comes out of the ground or grows on trees. The announcement was being made at a Subway shop near the White House. Subway will only offer a kids’ menu that mirrors federal standards for school lunches. That includes offering apples on the...
  • Restaurants Would Have to Handle Customers with Food Allergies Under Md. Proposal

    03/22/2014 8:39:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 111 replies
    Crofton Patch ^ | March 18, 2014 | Deb Belt
    A new Maryland bill would let counties require each restaurant to have a staff member trained on food allergens, ready to advise customers. Is the measure needed? County governments may soon have authority to make restaurants accommodate customers with food allergies. A new bill would let counties require each restaurant to have a staff member trained on food allergens, ready to advise customers, reports WJLA TV. The bill would also require restaurants statewide to encourage customers to notify servers about their food allergies. The Senate passed the measure 33-14 Monday evening. A similar bill is pending in a House committee....
  • Report: 57% of Cigarettes Sold in New York Are Smuggled

    03/21/2014 7:00:51 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 57 replies
    Time ^ | 03-19-2014 | Denver Nicks
    A majority of the cigarettes for sale in New York are illegally smuggled into the state, according to a report out Wednesday from the conservative research group the Tax Foundation. According to the report, 56.9% of the cigarettes sold in New York—the highest importer of smuggled cigarettes—originated from out of state. Since 2006, cigarette smuggling in the state has risen sharply, by 59%, in tandem with a massive hike in cigarette taxes of 190%. New York state now has the highest cigarette taxes in the country, at $4.35 a pack. Residents of NYC must also pay an extra $1.50 per...
  • Obama Criminalizes Antique Dealers and Endangers Wild Elephants

    03/19/2014 1:07:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | March 19, 2014 | Dave Jolly
    From the mid-1800s on, hundreds of thousands of African elephants were slaughtered for their ivory. Their valuable ivory tusks, some weighing as much as 200 pounds each, were collected and the rest of the elephant was left to rot in the sun or for scavengers to feast on. The ivory was used for many things such as piano keys, to ladies combs to various ornate pieces of carved artwork. In some areas of Africa, elephants were hunted to extinction prompting many countries to pass laws on the import and sale of ivory from elephants. In 1975, the Convention on the...
  • ‘Gun’ Tattoo Mistakenly Brings Heavily Armed Police To Maine Man’s Home

    03/19/2014 11:56:24 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 32 replies
    NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine (AP) — Police armed with assault rifles descended on a Maine man’s home after members of a tree removal crew he’d told to clear off his property reported that he had a gun. Turns out the “gun” the tree crew had seen on Michael Smith of Norridgewock was just a life-sized tattoo of a handgun on his stomach.
  • White House pastry chef resigns: ‘I don’t want to demonize cream, butter, sugar and eggs’

    03/18/2014 11:44:52 AM PDT · by don-o · 104 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 18, 2014 | Patrick Howley
    White House executive pastry chef Bill Yosses is resigning after First Lady Michelle Obama fundamentally changed his job duties to focus on healthier food. Yosses is leaving the White House in June to work on a new project focusing on “food literacy” and The New York Times says Michelle is “partly to blame.” The openly gay chef was hired by Laura Bush in 2007 to make his trademark cookie plates and sugar sculptures. Mrs. Obama took over in 2009 and ordered Yosses to make healthier plates in smaller portions. Yosses began replacing butter with fruit puree and sugar with honey...
  • Michelle Obama’s “Success” In Reducing Childhood Obesity Never Happened

    03/19/2014 9:51:24 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | March 19, 2014 | Mark Horne
    If you were reading me in January, you might remember how shocked I was by a claim (one of many false claims) that President Barack Obama made in his state of the union speech. I wrote, “If The President Can Credit Michelle Obama With Lowering Childhood Obesity, Then He can Get Away With Anything.”
  • Gov't Spending $4.8M to Tell Students to 'Get Fruved'

    03/18/2014 11:57:40 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 20 replies
    Gov't Spending $4.8M to Tell Students to 'Get Fruved' March 17, 2014 - 9:13 AM By Eric Scheiner (CNSNews.com) - If a college student dressed up as a giant bunch of grapes jumped out of the shadows and told you to "get fruved," what could you possibly say? The University of Tennessee-Knoxville is getting more than $4.8 million taxpayer dollars to develop a healthy-eating campaign that has students -- dressed up as fruits and vegetables -- cavorting in the hallways of higher education. Getting "fruved" means you're eating your FRUits and VEgetables. Get it? The USDA’s National Institute of Food...
  • Attorneys general call on top U.S. retailers to drop tobacco products

    03/18/2014 8:00:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 74 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Mar 17, 2014 12:16pm EDT | Phil Wahba
    A group of 28 U.S. attorneys general is urging chief executive officers of five major retailers, including Walmart, to stop selling tobacco products, saying it is contradictory to carry such items in stores that also provide health care services. The companies receiving a letter on Sunday from the group were Wal-Mart Stores Inc, supermarket operators Kroger Co, Safeway Inc, which operate pharmacies, and drugstore chains Walgreen Co and Rite Aid Corp. …
  • Michelle Obama Wants You to Cook at Home

    03/17/2014 5:39:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 81 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | March 14, 2014 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Next up for "Let's Move?" How about "Let's Cook." Michelle Obama said Friday that a new focus of her anti-childhood obesity effort will be to help people cook more of their meals at home because they're healthier. Addressing a health summit in Washington, the first lady said home-cooked meals have less fat, sodium, cholesterol and calories than meals prepared in restaurants — and save money, too.
  • Federal Dietary Guideline Committee Focused on ‘Population Behavior Change’

    03/14/2014 4:59:08 PM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 3/14/2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee on Friday emphasized the need for the group to institute “population behavior change” in order to engineer healthier Americans.DGAC Chair Barbara Millen said the upcoming report would serve as the “foundation for public policy and food nutrition, physical activity, and health-related areas.” The group will release new recommendations for federal food policy in the 2015 report.Millen said the “potential is vast” for their recommendations, which deal with everything from “sustainability” in the food supply to “carbon footprints,” food deserts, alcohol consumption, and obesity “interventions.”“From our food programs, WIC [Women, Infants, and Children], SNAP, and so...
  • Bitter study: Soda taxes don't cut obesity, drive people to other sugars

    03/13/2014 5:13:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 13, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    A new report funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation casts "serious doubt" on efforts by nanny state legislators to curb obesity through tax increases on sweet sodas and energy drinks, finding in some cases that people simply shift to other sweets — and gain weight."Our results cast serious doubt on the assumptions that proponents of large soda taxes make on its likely impacts on population weight," said the report from three health economic experts. "Together with evidence of important substitution patterns in response to soda taxes that offset any caloric reductions in soda consumption, our results suggest that fundamental...
  • Climate Extremists Will Help Write the New Food Nutrition Guidelines

    03/11/2014 8:41:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The Independent Sentinel ^ | March 10, 2014 | Sara Noble
    There is no area of our lives over which the government will not seek control. Take the latest example. Obama is reaching far beyond publishing new food nutrition guidelines or insisting on calorie counts in fast food restaurants, he is intent on allowing global warming alarmists and other extremist groups to co-opt them as well. In an article entitled, “Obama administration pollutes guidelines for healthy eating with unhealthy ideologies,” published Sunday by the Washington Examiner, National Center Senior Fellow and Risk Analysis Division Director Jeff Stier says environmental activists within the U.S. government plan to change the nation’s dietary guidelines...
  • Connecticut May Be First to Lower Movie Volumes

    03/10/2014 8:40:29 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    Newser.com ^ | March 8, 2014 | Newser Editors and Wire Services
    (Newser) – Connecticut could become the first state to curb loud movies. The legislature's Public Safety and Security Committee is considering the bill, which would prevent theaters from showing a film or preview that exceeded 85 decibels. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recommends noise should be kept below 85 decibels for workers for eight hours to minimize hearing loss. For comparison, the American Tinnitus Association says 85 decibels is the sound of average traffic, 80 decibels is the sound of an alarm clock 2 feet away, and 100 decibels is the sound of a blow dryer. "Hopefully...
  • Car coolant rejected by Daimler is safe, say EU scientists

    03/10/2014 12:24:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Mar 7, 2014 12:59pm EST
    EU scientists have found that the new car coolant at the center of a dispute that has pitched regulators against Germany and its luxury car maker Daimler does not pose any serious safety risks, the European Commission said on Friday. The Commission, the EU executive, has launched legal proceedings against Germany over Daimler’s refusal to stop using an old-style coolant that has global warming potential more than 1,000 times greater than that of carbon dioxide. The suggested substitute, which has roughly the same impact as carbon dioxide, is the R1234yf coolant developed by U.S. conglomerate Honeywell in partnership with Dupont....
  • World Health Organisation advises halving sugar intake

    03/06/2014 12:11:41 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | March 5, 2014 | Edward Malnick
    The daily allowance for a person's sugar intake should be halved to six teaspoons, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. Draft guidance published by the international body advises a dramatic reduction in sugar consumption to help avoid mounting health problems including obesity and tooth decay. The WHO is proposing to retain its current formal recommendation that no more than 10 per cent of an individual's calories should come from sugar – the equivalent of 12 "level" teaspoons a day for the average adult. However, its draft guidelines state that a further reduction to 5 per cent "would have additional...
  • Los Angeles OKs Sweeping E-Cigarette Ban

    03/05/2014 3:55:53 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | March 4, 2014 | Thomson/Reuters
    The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to ban the use of electronic cigarettes, popularly known as "vaping," from restaurants, bars, nightclubs and other public spaces within the nation's second-largest city. If signed into law by Mayor Eric Garcetti, the measure would take effect in 30 days, said Tony Arranaga, spokesman for Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, one of the sponsors of the bill. Los Angeles would join a growing list of cities, including New York and Chicago, that restrict the use of e-cigarettes, battery-powered cartridges filled with nicotine liquid that create an inhalable vapor when heated. At stake is...
  • Nanny State Has Become Government’s Default Posture

    03/05/2014 7:05:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 5, 2014 | Bob Barr
    The origins of the term “Nanny State” can be traced back to British Member of Parliament Ian Macleod, who in 1965 penned a column under the name “Quoodle” for The Spectator. “In my occasional appearances as a poor man's Peter Simple I fire salvos in the direction of what I call the Nanny State,” wrote Quoodle, before taking shots at various British ministers -- in particular the Minister of Transport who recently had proposed a 70-mph speed limit on British motorways. Macleod also awarded medals for “resistance to Nanny” to organizations that objected to the creep of government paternalism. I...
  • School forces half-naked, sopping wet student to stand outside, frostbite results

    03/04/2014 7:21:17 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 77 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/03/2014 | Robby Soave
    <p>A Minnesota public high school was so committed to obeying its fire drill policy to the exact letter of the law that it forced a female student–dressed only in a swimsuit, and sopping wet–to stand outside in the freezing cold for ten minutes. As a result, she suffered frostbite.</p>
  • Let’s Move: 1.6M Paying Students Drop School Lunch—‘Challenges With Palatability’

    03/04/2014 10:31:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 4, 2014 - 5:23 PM | Ali Meyer
    Despite an increase in the number of students who receive free meals as a part of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, 1.6 million students have dropped out of the school lunch program, according to a Government Accountability Office Report (GAO), which noted that part of the decline was due to the palatability of the lunch offerings, and “plate waste”—students throwing away some of the food. […] “Further, some SFAs we visited noted that negative student reactions to lunches that complied with the new meat and grain portion size limits directly affected program participation in their districts,” said the GAO. The...