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  • Federal Agents Threaten Pet Owners With a War on Cats

    12/05/2016 11:14:40 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 313 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | November 30, 2016 | David Rosenthal
    An overzealous federal agency is targeting Florida cats in a pest removal operation and it’s becoming a huge problem for pet owners.Throughout the ages, cats have held a high place in society. Scholars commonly hold that felines were first domesticated in Egypt 4,000 years ago due to their ability to police dirty, disease-carrying rodents that plagued the land. This heroic role made cats so revered in ancient Egypt that some worshiped the animals as deities.If a person were to kill a cat, even accidentally, the act was punishable by death. Upon their death, cats were often mummified and left to...
  • Feds offer Thanksgiving tips to fight climate change

    11/21/2016 4:02:54 PM PST · by PROCON · 43 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | Nov. 21, 2016 | PAUL BEDARD
    The federal government is worried that America is too stressed out to deal with Thanksgiving dinner safely so at least two departments have entered to help everybody live through the uniquely American holiday while also curbing global warming. "This week millions of Americans will gather family and friends around the dinner table to give thanks. But for those preparing the meal, it can be a stressful time. Not to mention, for many it is the largest meal they have cooked all year, leaving plenty of room for mistakes that could cause foodborne illness," warned the Agriculture Department. As a result,...
  • Improper Recycling Could Land You in Jail: How Overcriminalization Threatens Everyone

    10/12/2016 11:32:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | October 11, 2016 | Jacob Weaver | John-Michael Seibler
    Criminal laws and regulations in the United States have increased to absurd proportions in the past few decades, posing a growing threat to our constitutional liberties. There are nearly 5,000 criminal laws and an estimated 300,000 or more criminal regulations at the federal level alone. In fact, there are so many possible criminal offenses that Harvey Silverglate, a civil liberties attorney, contends the average American probably commits at least three felonies a day, most without knowing it. In April, the perils of overcriminalization were on full display when Brian Everidge traveled to Michigan with more than 10,000 bottles and cans,...
  • Sen. Schumer wants cameras in all New York City-area trains

    10/09/2016 8:13:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 9, 2016 8:38 AM EDT
    U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says inward-facing cameras should be installed on all New York City metropolitan area railroad systems to avoid accidents such as the recent New Jersey Transit crash. The New York Democrat says cameras will help deter bad behavior, improve safety and help investigators determine crash causes. Ö
  • Ag Secretary to America: Stop Wasting Food, Cut Back Portions

    10/04/2016 12:31:42 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 181 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 10/4/16 | Bridget Johnson
    WASHINGTON -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said America needs to stop wasting food, even if that means teaching people to cut back on the amount of food on their plates. Speaking at the National Press Club on Monday, the former Iowa governor said long-term food insecurity "is a challenge, because we're going to have to increase food production -- I've seen anywhere from 50 to 70 percent in the next 35 years -- to meet a growing world population." "But the first step, and the one way the USDA can provide help and assistance to meet this need, is to...
  • Feds Steal 100 Million Acres of Alaska During Summer of 2016

    09/27/2016 10:23:19 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    MRC TV ^ | September 26, 2016 | P. Gardner Goldsmith
    Every US state has a motto. Some are interesting, like ‚ÄúLive Free of Die,‚ÄĚ in New Hampshire, and some are sadly truthful, like, ‚ÄúOur Government is Vampiric‚ÄĚ in Massachusetts. Just kidding. It‚Äôs more along the lines of ‚ÄúWe‚Äôll Tax You to Death,‚ÄĚ or something like that. Anyway, some, like the motto for the 49th state, Alaska, are very upbeat and offer a sense of adventure. In Alaska, politicians tell us to look, ‚ÄúNorth, to The Future.‚ÄĚ But, a shocking move by the federal government might inspire Alaskans to change their motto to, ‚ÄúOur Land Is Being Stolen By The Feds!‚ÄĚ...
  • Baltimore councilman introduces replica gun ban

    09/21/2016 12:45:23 PM PDT · by PROCON · 26 replies
    guns.com ^ | Sep. 20, 2016 | Christen Smith
    A Baltimore City Council member introduced a replica gun ban Monday criminalizing the possession of any toy or imitation weapon ďthat can reasonably be perceived to be a real firearm.Ē Councilman James Kraft told The Baltimore Sun he sponsored the legislation ďto protect the cityís youth.Ē In April, city police officers shot 14-year-old Dedric Colvin in the shoulder and leg on a street in East Baltimore. Colvin was carrying a BB gun officers said resembled a semiautomatic pistol. Similar incidents have unfolded across the country. Last week police officers in Columbus, Ohio, shot and killed 13-year-old Tyree King after...
  • Barack Obama doesnít want you smoking in public housing (weed?)

    08/27/2016 9:08:23 PM PDT · by rktman · 51 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 8/27/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    Homeless advocates and public health officials are squaring off over a controversial Obama administration proposal to ban smoking in government-assisted housing projects. The smoking ban has drawn praise from health officials who say it would spare non-smokers from the dangerous effects of secondhand smoke. But homeless advocates are enraged by the proposal, which they fear could force low-income residents who canít kick the habit out of their homes.
  • New Sharia Police Patrol Forming In Hamburg

    08/12/2016 5:13:18 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | August 12, 2016 | Chris Tomlinson
    Islamic State and ďSharia PoliceĒ stickers have been seen on vehicles in Hamburg, and some fear that extremists may try and harass residents. However, police and security services have denied these reports. At least one witness has came forward claiming that she has seen Islamic State logos and sharia police slogans on a car in Hamburg. According to the woman, she saw a car at a traffic light populated by three women wearing the Islamic full-face veil, the hood of the car was described as having a large logo on it with a blue border which read: ďSharia PoliceĒ. Now...
  • Smoke-free public housing helps Minnesota cut secondhand smoke exposure by nearly half

    08/11/2016 6:38:15 AM PDT · by Drango · 33 replies
    Smoke-free policies have the potential to provide healthier environments at multifamily, public housing while also motivating residents to quit or smoke less, according to a new study by the Minnesota Department of Healthís Office of Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives. The eight public housing properties in this study implemented smoke-free policy changes after working with local public health agencies through the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP). After the smoke-free policies were implemented, the study found a 46 percent drop in frequent indoor secondhand smoke exposure among non-smokers. In addition, 77 percent of smokers reported reducing the amount they smoke and 5...
  • Baltimore officials, Justice Department promise sweeping overhaul of city police

    08/10/2016 7:12:13 PM PDT · by Mariner · 45 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 10th, 2016 | By Lynh Bui and Peter Hermann
    Baltimoreís top law enforcement and political leaders on Wednesday vowed a sweeping overhaul of the city Police Department after a searing rebuke of the agencyís practices, which the Justice Department said regularly discriminated against black residents in poor communities. Officials promised improved community relations, a purge of race-based policing and a modernized department that better trains officers and holds them accountable. But they warned that reforming an agency entrenched in a culture of unconstitutional policing would be a slow process and could cost millions of dollars. ďPolice reform wonít happen overnight or by chance,Ē Vanita Gupta, principal deputy assistant attorney...
  • Donít Ground ďUber in the SkyĒ

    07/28/2016 7:24:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    Cato At Liberty (Cato Institute Blog) ^ | July 25, 2016 | Ilya Shapiro and Randal John Meyer
    Last year, a company called Flytenow was poised to revolutionize air travel by allowing private pilots already going to a destination to share their costs with would-be travelersókind of like a college rideshare bulletin board, but on the Internet. The service would pair pilots with potential passengers, for a small fee no greater than the cost of fuel. Itís been called ďUber in the sky.Ē But in December, Flytenow shut down after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld the Federal Aviation Administrationís determination that the service must obtain the highest levels of licensing, akin to what...
  • As much as 90 percent of ground water in Mass. may be corrosive [fear mongering]

    07/25/2016 5:26:46 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 58 replies
    The Boston Globe‎ ^ | The Boston Globe‎
    ...the dangers are mainly for 534,000 Massachusetts residents who draw their water from private wells, the report found. Unlike public water systems, wells are not subject to state and federal testing and treatment requirements... Environmental advocates said they worry whether the department is up to the job of regulating the water supply....ďThe DEP really needs to beef up its ground water monitoring.Ē
  • We need to eat less meat. Should the government step in?

    07/21/2016 9:15:55 AM PDT · by PROCON · 97 replies
    WAPO ^ | July 21, 2016 | Laura Wellesley
    Meat consumption in the United States ó and across much of the Western world ó has reached a level that is unsustainable, both for our planet and for our health. We owe it to ourselves to make a change. Our politicians owe it to us to enable that change. The average American eats three times as much meat as experts deem healthy, the average European around twice as much. And the emerging economies are quickly catching up: by 2050, global consumption is expected to rise a further 76 percent. Excessive meat-eating is partly responsible for an epidemic of obesity ó...
  • The Fire Sprinkler War

    07/13/2016 11:56:44 PM PDT · by Don W · 50 replies
    propublica.org ^ | June 22, 2016 | Robert Faturechi
    FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS, states have quickly adopted most building safety features blessed by the Washington-based nonprofit that recommends minimum codes for the nation. But thatís not what happened after the International Code Council decided in 2008 that every new American home should have fire sprinklers. Fire Fight Far outside DC, thereís a campaign finance fight taking place over fire safety. And itís putting families at risk. Instead, a review by ProPublica shows, U.S. homebuilders and realtors unleashed an unprecedented campaign to fend off the change, which they argued would not improve safety enough to justify the added cost....
  • Federal Government Says a Farmer Broke the Law by Plowing His Land

    07/03/2016 7:36:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 68 replies
    Freedomworks ^ | June 29, 2016 | Kenny Stein
    Earlier this month a federal court in California ruled that a farmer plowing his land without a permit from the federal government is breaking the law. In 2013, the Army Corps of Engineers, without any notice or due process, ordered the owners of Duarte Nursery to cease use of their land for allegedly violating the Clean Water Act (CWA). The violation: plowing. The California court agreed with the federal governmentís action, despite the fact the CWA specifically exempts normal agricultural activities like plowing from regulation. This overreaching assertion of federal power is not an isolated incident. For decades, the EPA...
  • Ashamed to be an American? Towns crack down on American pride

    07/01/2016 8:15:06 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/01/16 | Todd Starnes
    The Star-Spangled Banner survived the rocketís red glare and bombs bursting in air Ė only to face a modern-day threat Ė silly town ordinances and petty bureaucrats. Iím not sure if itís an epidemic of anti-American nincompoopery sweeping across the fruited plain or if itís a general lack of common sense. Maybe itís both. Iíll let you be the judge of that.
  • Obama Scolds Drivers of ĎGas-Guzzlersí During Remarks on Clean Energy

    06/29/2016 6:02:13 PM PDT · by PROCON · 89 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | June 29, 2016 | David Rutz
    President Obama scolded ďthose of you who are buying gas-guzzlersĒ during remarks about clean energy at the North American leadersí summit in Canada on Wednesday. Obama said he viewed the clean energy sector as an ďenormous opportunity.Ē The United States, Canada, and Mexico made a pledge to use clean energy sources to generate half of their electric power by 2025. Chuckling, Obama warned that oil was a ďfinite resource.Ē ďOil is cheap right now, but itís not going to be cheap,Ē Obama said. ďIíve said this before. Those of you who are buying gas-guzzlers, Iím telling you, because it is...
  • Samaritan Billed for Aiding Injured Family [semi-satire]

    06/28/2016 10:17:58 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 26 June 2016 | John Semmens
    When Derrick DeAnda helped a family escape from their rolled-over car he was just trying to be a good Samaritan. He didn't expect to be billed $143 by the late-arriving EMTs for "medical care." "I didn't need any 'medical care,'" DeAnda said. "I had one small cut on one of my hands. The EMT gave me a band aid. I can't see how that could possibly cost so much." The bill from Cosumnes Community Services District was described as "standard practice" by Cosumnes Deputy Chief Mike McLaughlin. "If you're at the scene of an accident that we attend you're going...
  • Governor to Obama in Food Stamp Fight: ĎWake Up and Smell the Energy Drinksí

    06/27/2016 11:36:08 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 106 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | June 24, 2016 | Melissa Quinn
    Maine Gov. Paul LePage may have considered a proposal to prohibit food stamp recipients from using their benefits to buy candy and sodas to be a sweet one, but the Obama administration disagrees. The friction between the Republican governor and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has reignited a debate after the Obama administration denied LePageís request to put restrictions on what can be purchased with food stamps. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, LePage said: ďItís time for the federal government to wake up and smell the energy drinks.Ē In an interview with The Daily Signal, LePageís health...
  • Judge says the FBI can hack your computer without a warrant

    06/25/2016 9:30:05 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 58 replies
    Endgadget ^ | June 24, 2016 | By Jessica Conditt
    'Computers accessing the internet can -- and eventually will -- be hacked,' says Judge Henry Coke Morgan, Jr. The FBI did not need a warrant to hack a US citizen's computer, according to a ruling handed down on Tuesday by Senior US District Court Judge Henry Coke Morgan, Jr. If the decision is upheld, it may have ripple effects that essentially allow government agencies to remotely search and seize information from any computer in the US without a warrant, probable cause or suspicion, the EFF argues.The ruling relates to a worldwide FBI sting dubbed Operation Pacifier that targeted child pornography...
  • Italy wants new law to protect the art of pizza-making

    06/22/2016 1:10:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 139 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 22 Jun 2016 11:36 GMT+02:00
    An Italian senator presented a ďpizza makersí billĒ Tuesday, which aims to create a professional registry of all Italian pizza chefs. If successful, the bill will establish a nationally regulated pizza-making qualification, which will be recognized in all European countries. The proposals would force aspiring pizzaioli to complete a 120-hour course made up of 20 hours of food science, 20 hours of pizza-making workshops, 30 hours of food hygiene and 40 hours of foreign languages. [Ö] According to the Forza Italia senator who presented the bill, Bartolomeo Amidei, the registry will protect the countryís culinary traditions and stop consumers from...
  • France could hike taxes on soda and chocolate bars

    06/22/2016 12:54:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 22 Jun 2016 11:48 GMT+02:00
    A new report has urged the French government to up taxes on fizzy drinks or soda as well as chocolate bars. A can of coke and a Mars bar could soon become a much pricier snack in France. The shock report was presented to the French parliament on Monday and it includes a proposal was made to significantly increase the tax on sugary drinks. The current tax stands at Ä7.53 per hectoliter, or 2.51 centimes for each can of soda. These amounts would rise to Ä21.47 per hectoliter or 4.6 centimes per 33-centiliter can of soda if the proposal were...
  • Color Me Shocked: "Liberals" Are the True Authoritarians

    06/16/2016 4:34:28 PM PDT · by Benny Huang · 15 replies
    Freedom Daily ^ | June 16, 2016 | Benny Huang
    In what is being called ďthe mother of all corrections,Ē the American Journal of Political Science has admitted that the results of a study it published were unintentionally misrepresented. The study, ďCorrelation not Causation: The Relationship between Personality Traits and Political Ideologies,Ē purported to show that conservatives are marked by an authoritarian streak. After the study had garnered much scholarly attention, Steven Ludeke and Stig H. R. Rasmussen of the University of Southern Denmark noticed that the data did not support the published results. The correct conclusion is that liberals, particularly economic liberals, lean toward authoritarianism. This study, which was...
  • THIS IS HOW ALL BUREAUCRATS SHOULD BE ANSWERED [Well worth your time!]

    06/15/2016 2:19:59 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 48 replies
    Powerline ^ | 6/13/16 | Steven Hayward
    Making the rounds right now is an exchange that I certainly hope is authentic, between the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife and ranchers Larry and Amanda Anderson. It seems the Oregon bureaucrats want permission to survey the Andersons’ ranch land for purposes of tracking species decline.... ....here is the Andersons’ splendid reply... Thank you for your inquiry regarding accessing our property to survey for the yellow-legged frog. We may be able to help you out with this matter. We have divided our 2.26 acres into 75 equal survey units with a draw tag for each unit. Application fees are...
  • Congress backs bill to put chemicals under federal scrutiny

    06/07/2016 8:34:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 7, 2016 7:10 PM EDT
    Toxic chemicals used in everyday products such as household cleaners, clothing and furniture have been linked to serious illnesses, including cancer, infertility, diabetes and Parkinsonís disease. Under current law, only a small fraction of chemicals used in these products have been reviewed for safety. A bill that Congress sent President Barack Obama on Tuesday would set new safety standards for asbestos and other dangerous chemicals, including formaldehyde, styrene and BPA, that have gone unregulated for decades. The bill would update the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act to require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate new and existing chemicals against...
  • ĎAlco-Gatesí Trial Will Force Drivers to Take Breath Test Before Leaving Car Parks in Victoria

    06/02/2016 9:22:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    A new Victorian State Government trial will force drivers to pass a breathalyser test before leaving licensed venues. The 'alco-gates' will see breath tests linked to the boom gates at car parks via sensors, and were announced as part of the State Governmentís Towards Zero 2016-2020 road strategy. If drivers fail the breath test, the boom gate will prevent them from leaving and they will be made to wait until they are sober or take a taxi home. The trial will begin at a small number of pubs and clubs initially, before being rolled out further if successful. Those affected...
  • The government wants restaurants to cut down on salt

    06/01/2016 9:07:58 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 57 replies
    The proposed guidelines, released today, recommend sodium goals by restaurant product or menu item, 150 categories in total, designed with a salt intake goal for Americans in mind. ďMany Americans want to reduce sodium in their diets, but thatís hard to do when much of it is in everyday products we buy in stores and restaurants,Ē Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said. ďTodayís announcement is about putting power back in the hands of consumers, so that they can better control how much salt is in the food they eat and improve their health.Ē The Center for Science in...
  • FDA issues new guidelines on salt, pressuring food industry

    06/01/2016 6:43:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 1, 2016 9:15 AM EDT | Mary Clare Jalonick
    The Obama administration is pressuring the food industry to make foods from breads to sliced turkey less salty, proposing long-awaited sodium guidelines in an effort to prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke. The proposed guidelines released Wednesday are voluntary, so food companies wonít be required to comply. But the idea is to persuade companies and restaurants ó many of which have already lowered sodium levels in their products ó to take a more consistent approach. [Ö] Some companies have worried that though the limits will be voluntary, the FDA is at heart a regulatory agency,...
  • New York City can enforce rule on salt warnings in restaurants: court

    05/27/2016 11:37:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu May 26, 2016 4:52pm EDT | Karen Freifeld
    New York City can enforce a rule requiring chain restaurants to post warnings on menu items high in sodium, a New York appeals court ruled on Thursday. In February, a New York state judge upheld the rule, knocking down a challenge by the National Restaurant Association. But the Appellate Division, First Department, temporarily stopped New York City from enforcing it. The court lifted has now lifted that interim order. The rule, believed to be the first of its kind in the United States, requires city restaurants with 15 or more locations nationwide to post a salt shaker encased in a...
  • TSA PreCheck the answer to airport woes? Think again

    05/25/2016 4:05:40 PM PDT · by metmom · 26 replies
    FosNews.com ^ | May 25, 2016 | Matt Finn
    woes? Think again By Matt Finn Published May 25, 2016 FoxNews.com Facebook5 Twitter137 livefyre16 Email Print Now Playing Travelers experiencing problems with TSA pre-check With the Transportation Security Administration warning passengers that long lines at major airports are not going away, it seems the only immediate relief in sight is the TSAís PreCheck option -- designed to get passengers through security faster. But critics arenít so sure. They say the pass is just a moneymaker for the TSA thatís facing its own application backlog and doesnít always work at certain airports, anyway. ďI was at LaGuardia airport just yesterday and...
  • Debate on Pot Legalization Heats up in California [semi-satire]

    05/16/2016 10:30:54 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 15 May 2016 | John Semmens
    The debate over a California initiative to legalize recreational marijuana sparked heated rejoinders from both sides this week. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R) suggested that legalization "will better deploy law enforcement resources. Energy that is now put into harassing inoffensive users of marijuana can be redirected toward suppressing more serious crimes like rape and murder." Leading opponent of legalization, Ventura Police Chief Ken Corney, president of the California Police Chiefs Association, challenged the Congressman "to name one so-called rape or murder victim who might otherwise have been spared if police officers weren't occupied enforcing our drug laws." "Potheads like to portray...
  • Time for California school kids to get breakfast after the bell

    05/09/2016 11:03:41 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 35 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | MAY 8, 2016
    School breakfasts go uneaten because of simple logistical issues Districts lose millions in federal funds because of cafeteria hours and stigma Serving breakfast during school hours helps dramatically, but adults resist
  • FDA Neo-Prohibitionists Donít Care About Your Health

    05/07/2016 5:21:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 7, 2016 | Kevin Glass
    The Food and Drug Administration this week came out with regulations that will force e-cigarette and vaping manufacturers to go through the same onerous process to qualify what they sell as "tobacco products" - despite not having one iota of tobacco involved.There's only one conclusion to draw here: the FDA doesn't care about public health."Vaping" is seen by government health nannies as yet another sinful behavior that irresponsible Americans are participating in when they could be eating kale salads instead. But that takes a fundamentally misguided point of view on the subject. What vaping really constitutes is a tobacco alternative...
  • Jesse Kaplan: Boy with Asperger's Syndrom commits suicide after being forcibly sterilized

    05/05/2016 6:03:15 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 39 replies
    Mainestategop ^ | Brian Ball & Rita Kaplan
    The following is the testimony of Rita Kaplan, mother of the deceased Jesse Kaplan who took his own life in 2000 after he was forcibly neutered and sterilized by the state of California after being classified as a social undesirable with severe Asperger's syndrome. His mother spoke with Me several months ago by an Email correspondence about Jesse and what happened to him. The Kaplans live in San Jose. Rita still lives there. Jesse is survived by An older brother who lives in Las Vegas and Younger sister who lives in Visalia. My Name is Rita Kaplan. I want to share with...
  • Mexico Slapped a Big Tax on Sodas. Whatís Happened Will Discourage Nanny Staters.

    05/04/2016 7:46:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | May 3, 2016 | Katrina Trinko
    Just a few months ago, Mexico looked like the poster country for soda tax advocates.¬ďOne of the world¬ís highest soda taxes appears to be working. After just one year, purchases of sugary drinks in Mexico are down 12 percent, a new study shows,¬Ē crowed the Bloomberg editorial board in January. ¬ďPublic health authorities hailed the findings as the first hard evidence that a nationwide tax could spur behavioral changes that might help to chip away at high obesity rates,¬Ē reported The New York Times.But now new data shows a different outcome.While Mexico¬ís roughly 10 percent tax (or 1 peso per...
  • Judge tosses Seattle ordinance requiring garbage-can searches for food waste [SANITY!]

    04/29/2016 12:17:00 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 40 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 04/28/2016 | Valerie Richardson
    A state judge threw out a portion of a Seattle ordinance requiring garbage collectors to snoop through residentsí trash in search of food waste, calling the provision unconstitutional. King County Superior Court Judge Beth M. Andrus issued an injunction against the garbage inspections but not Seattleís residential food-waste ban, which forbids throwing away food scraps and compostable paper.
  • Penn-Trafford students, administrators oust National School Lunch Program

    04/12/2016 1:52:12 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    WTAE Pittsburgh ^ | April 12, 2016 | By Ashlie Hardway
    At Monday night's school board meeting, members voted to opt-out of the National School Lunch Program. The federally-funded program gives money to school districts who follow strict guidelines on what foods have to be served and the portion sizes of those foods. "I don't buy lunch because I prefer the choices I can have from home, and the choices here don't look very appetizing to me," senior Emily Graziano said. "I see the food, too, and it's not high quality. That's one of the reasons why I pack my lunch," sophomore Evan Portman said. The high school will lose the...
  • New Jersey ĎDistracted Walking Billí to Criminalize Walking and Texting

    03/28/2016 12:33:51 PM PDT · by bkopto · 40 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/28/2016 | Ben Kew
    A proposed ďdistracted walkingĒ bill in New Jersey would ban pedestrians from walking and texting simultaneously, with the possibility of a $50 fine or even a short jail sentence. The measure, which has been proposed by New Jersey Assembly Congresswoman Pamela Lampitt, is to try and reduce pedestrian deaths as a result of distraction from mobile devices. The law would ban people from walking while texting on any form of electronic communication device unless it is totally hands free. Those caught could face fines of up to $50, 15 days imprisonment, or both, which is the same penalty as jaywalking.
  • Rep. Yarmuth: GOP Wants ĎTo Emasculate Govít At Every Possible Turní

    03/17/2016 4:55:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 57 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 16, 2016 | 4:03 PM EDT | Eric Scheiner
    Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) was critical of budget battles within the GOP saying, Republicans ďwant to emasculate government at every possible turnĒ and ďwant to starve the beast.Ē Yarmuth made the statements at a press conference Tuesday while discussing the lack of the Republican conferences to produce a budget. Ö
  • 'Healthy Vending Act' Would Set Fines, Rules For Snacks in Md.

    03/13/2016 4:55:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 9, 2016 | 1:52 PM EST | Eric Scheiner
    The Maryland state senate begins hearings Wednesday on the ďMaryland Healthy Vending Act.Ē The bill requires 75% of the items in vending machines on property owned or managed by the state to meet healthy standards. [Ö] The legislation not only mandates the carrying of healthy snack choices, but also mandates the stocking of the vending machine in a manner where healthy options are ďin a position with the highest selling potential.Ē Ö
  • New Bill Would Require NYC Restaurants to Post Carb Warnings

    03/10/2016 5:12:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Grub Street ^ | March 9, 2016 10:25 a.m. | Clint Rainey
    Looks like the city is spoiling for a new fight with restaurateurs: A bill being introduced today by Brooklyn city council member Inez Barron would force them to warn customers that foods with too much sugar and carbs are dangerous to people with diabetes. If itís passed, restaurants would be required to hang a poster created by the Department of Health that spells out the ďrisks of excessive sugar and other carbohydrate intake for diabetic and pre-diabetic individuals.Ē Barron says the city has ďan obligationĒ to provide consumers with this information just like it has with calorie counts. Ö
  • Opting out of school lunch program appeals as a palatable option

    03/06/2016 5:59:37 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Tribune-Review ^ | March 5, 2016 | By Mary Pickels
    Students at Penn-Trafford High School aren't buying that lunches prepared under federal guidelines that restrict calories, sodium and portions are their best option. So they literally are not buying them. "I would say, on average, we've lost about $20,000 a year each of the last five years," Penn-Trafford business manager Brett Lago said. "We are not in the food service industry to make money, but we don't want to lose it." School lunch participation nationally dropped from 31.6 million students in 2012 to 30.4 million in 2014, according to the federal Department of Agriculture. Pennsylvania statistics show school lunch participation...
  • Australian Ad Pulled After Bureaucracy Claims It Vilifies Women

    02/24/2016 11:50:52 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    MRC TV ^ | February 23, 2016 | Ashley Rae Goldenberg
    The Australian Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) has bullied a car service company into discontinuing its¬†advertisement because the¬†‚Äúsexist‚ÄĚ portrayal of women allegedly results in the ‚Äúvilification of women.‚ÄĚ ABC Australia reports Ultra Tune‚Äôs ‚ÄúUnexpected Situation‚ÄĚ advertisement has been pulled after the ASB¬†determined¬†the ad violates a ‚Äúcode of ethics‚ÄĚ pertaining to ‚Äúdiscrimination against women.‚ÄĚ The 15-second advertisement in question features two women caught on train tracks and then panicking as a train approaches them. In order to ‚Äúavoid unexpected situations‚ÄĚ like getting caught on train tracks, the ad suggests people should ‚Äúget your car serviced at Ultra Tune.‚ÄĚ Although the advertisement ends...
  • Democrat Wants New Restrictions on Viagra [semi-satire]

    02/22/2016 9:54:34 AM PST · by John Semmens · 9 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 21 Feb 2016 | John Semmens
    Kentucky State Representative Mary Lou Marzian (D-Louisville) has introduced legislation (HB396) that would impose tighter restrictions on the availability of Viagra. If passed, the law would limit Viagra availability to married men who have their spouse's written permission. "Right now erectile dysfunction is a woman's first line of defense against rape," Marzian declared. "We should not tear down this barrier willy-nilly by allowing any man who can get a doctor to write him a prescription have this drug. Ideally, we should put something in the water that negates every man's capability to get an erection. This would practically eliminate the...
  • Apple iPhone ban? New York looks to outlaw sale of encrypted smartphones[$2,500 Fine]

    01/15/2016 10:38:03 AM PST · by Theoria · 78 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 14 Jan 2016 | Liam Tung
    A proposed bill in New York seeks to require that all smartphones sold in the state can be decrypted or unlocked and proposes hefty fines for vendors failing to comply.The proposed law marks the latest effort by lawmakers to make it easier for law enforcement to access and read encrypted data stored on smartphones. Should the proposed bill successfully pass through New York's state assembly and senate, Apple and Google could face fines of $2,500 per device sold in the state after January 1, 2016, if a retailer knowingly sold a smartphone that could not be unlocked or decrypted by...
  • In New York, Fine $250K for Failing to Use a Transgender Person‚Äôs ‚ÄėPreferred‚Äô Pronoun

    01/07/2016 1:49:08 PM PST · by detective · 69 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 06, 2016 | Kelsey Harkness
    Raising the bar for other cities throughout the country, New York City announced "strong" and "bold" protections for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. The new legal guidance, issued Dec. 21 by the New York City Commission on Human Rights, came as part of an expansion of the city's 2002 Human Rights Law, which protects against discrimination in a range of categories. The updated policy specifically protects transgender and gender non-conforming individuals from discrimination in areas of employment, public accommodation, and housing.
  • New Obama guidelines: Lean meat has role in healthy diet

    01/07/2016 6:15:04 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 68 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 7, 2016 | Lydia Wheeler
    New federal dietary guidelines, which were released early Thursday morning, tell Americans to follow a healthy eating pattern that includes a variety of vegetables, fruit, grains, fat-free dairy, oils and a variety of proteins, including lean meats. The recommendations for what Americans should and shouldn't be eating, which the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) update together every five years, created unprecedented controversy in 2015 when the federally appointed panel of nutritionists that helps draft them considered environmental concerns in recommending that people should eat less meat. The USDA and HHS relented...
  • Sowell: The Busybody Left

    12/21/2015 10:53:06 AM PST · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 22, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    The political left has been trying to run other people's lives for centuries. So we should not be surprised to see the Obama administration now trying to force neighborhoods across America to have the mix of people the government wants them to have. There are not enough poor people living in middle class neighborhoods to suit the political left. Not enough blacks in white neighborhoods. Not enough Hispanics here, not enough Asians there. Nowhere in the Constitution does it grant the federal government the power to dictate such things. But places that do not mix and match people the way...
  • Legislator's highway plan includes toll road interstates

    12/21/2015 12:53:47 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Lebanon Reporter ^ | Decembe 19, 2015 | Maureen Hayden
    INDIANAPOLIS ‚ÄĒ Maintaining the state‚Äôs roads and bridges is work fraught with obstacles and hazards. It doesn‚Äôt daunt Ed Soliday, a retired pilot and safety expert who loves telling stories and spinning metaphors. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm evangelist, and may 1,000 angels sing when somebody comes to see the light,‚ÄĚ said Soliday, Republican chairman of the House Roads and Transportation Committee, who aims to convince fellow lawmakers to set aside politics in search of sustainable road funding. Don‚Äôt queue the music just yet. Soliday‚Äôs ideas for raising cash for deteriorating roads and bridges include some politically unpalatable proposals, such as tax hikes and...