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  • Feds To Regulate Fake Fireplaces To Stop Global Warming

    01/31/2015 11:14:52 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 62 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 30, 2015 | Michael Bastasch
    Better go out and buy a gas fireplace and stove soon before federal regulations make them more expensive. Federal officials are looking to regulate the energy usage of fake fireplaces as part of the Obama administration’s effort to fight global warming.The Energy Department has proposed new regulations that would mandate that “gas-fired hearth products” like decorative fireplaces and stoves be more energy efficient and produce fewer carbon dioxide emissions. DOE says its rule would save $165 over the lifespan of the average hearth and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 11.1 million metric tons through 2030.The major change DOE demands is...
  • State Legislators Renew Battle Against Same-sex Marriage Decrees

    01/30/2015 12:08:11 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    The New American ^ | January 30, 2015 | Jack Kenny
    In what has been described as a new front in the battle over same-sex marriage, legislators in several states under judicial orders to confer marital status on same-sex couples have introduced bills to forbid state or local officials from issuing marriage licenses to couples of the same gender. The bills would also strip the salaries of employees who issued the licenses, the New York Times reported Thursday.The bills have been introduced in the legislatures of Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas, with South Carolina also considering a bill that would allow officials to opt out of issuing such licenses if it...
  • Pennsylvania officials stop rare bourbon sale, saying it's illegal

    01/30/2015 8:45:18 AM PST · by RBW in PA · 39 replies
    Pocono Record ^ | January 30, 2015 | N/A
    <p>PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pennsylvania liquor regulators say they've stopped the illegal sale of a bottle of rare bourbon at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.</p>
  • New W.H. campus sexual assault guidelines: Still pretty terrible, but a step in the right direction

    01/29/2015 2:04:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 28, 2015 | Ashe Schow
    President Obama’s sexual assault task force marked its one-year anniversary last week, and released new guidelines for colleges to develop with law enforcement.Just asking colleges and universities to work with local law enforcement when dealing with claims of sexual assault is a step in the right direction, as the American justice system is far more qualified to handle accusations than schools. Still, as I’ve written before, there is a role for colleges to play when it comes to handling sexual assault — namely as a support service for accusers as they go through the legal system.But the new guidelines, called...
  • Obama: We’ll Work on ‘Issue of Obesity’ in India (Where 30.7% of Children Under 5 Are Underweight)

    01/29/2015 12:12:04 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - In a joint radio appearance with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday, President Barack Obama said there is a “worldwide epidemic of obesity” and that he looks forward to working with the government of India and non-governmental organizations on the “issue of obesity” in India.In 2013-2014, according to a survey conducted by UNICEF and India's Ministry of Women and Child Development, 30.7 percent of Indian children under five were underweight.That was a significant improvement for India, where 43.5 percent of the children under five had been underweight at the time of the last survey in 2005-2006. "India no...
  • Bill de Blasio on Blizzard Bust: ‘Better Safe Than Sorry’

    01/27/2015 6:58:11 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 84 replies
    NY Observer ^ | 1-27-2014 | Jillian Jorgensen
    Bill de Blasio on Blizzard Bust: ‘Better Safe Than Sorry’ By Jillian Jorgensen | 01/27/15 8:29am After a much-hyped blizzard-that-wasn’t, Mayor Bill de Blasio said this morning that he was glad the city had prepared for a worse storm and that New York would be getting back to normal quickly. “We thought we were going to get something much bigger,” Mr. de Blasio told CNN “New Day” anchor Chris Cuomo (who happens to be the brother of Gov. Andrew Cuomo). Forecasts of two or even three feet of snow led Mr. de Blasio and Mr. Cuomo to essentially shut the...
  • California Declares Electronic Cigarettes a Health Threat

    01/28/2015 12:10:26 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 113 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 28, 2015 | By FENIT NIRAPPIL
    California health officials on Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in pushing back against the fast-growing device. The California Department of Public Health report says e-cigarettes emit cancer-causing chemicals and get users hooked on nicotine, although there is still more research to be done on the immediate and long-term health effects. "Without action, it is likely that California's more than two decades of progress to prevent and reduce traditional tobacco use will erode as e-cigarettes re-normalize smoking behavior," the report says.
  • Seattle to Fine Residents for Throwing Food in the Garbage

    01/28/2015 10:12:24 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 111 replies
    CNS.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | Curtis kalin
    Seattle to Fine Residents for Throwing Food in the Garbage In an attempt to shame residents of their city, a new Seattle law will levy a fine on homes that do not properly sort food out of their garbage. Emblazoned with a red citation tag, violators will start to be fined anywhere from $1-$50 in July. For now, Seattle residents will be publicly shamed by the ‘Scarlet Letter’-like tags. US Food Waste Food waste is a big, and still growing, problem. (Charles Krupa/AP Photo) "I'm sure neighbors are going to see these on their other neighbors' cans," says Rodney Watkins,...
  • Welcome to TotCare: Obama's Preschool Takeover

    12/10/2014 7:12:50 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 20 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 12/10/2014 | Michelle Malkin
    The wheels on the bus go 'round and 'round, just like the endless cycles of big, bad government programs to federalize preschool and daycare. On Wednesday, the White House Summit on Early Education will unveil nearly $1 billion in new "investments" to "expand access to high-quality early childhood education to every child in America" from "birth and continuing to age 5." It's a retread of President Obama's 2013 State of the Union school-spending plan, which was a repackaging of his 2011 Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge program. Those Obama initiatives are knockoffs of moldy-old Democratic policy chestnuts, such...
  • Tossing Out Food In The Trash? In Seattle, You'll Be Fined For That [first though, red tag shaming]

    01/28/2015 4:05:22 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 61 replies
    NPR ^ | January 25, 2015
    In Seattle, wasting food will now earn you a scarlet letter — well, a scarlet tag, to be more accurate. The bright red tag, posted on a garbage bin, tells everyone who sees it that you've violated a new city law that makes it illegal to put food into trash cans. "I'm sure neighbors are going to see these on their other neighbors' cans," says Rodney Watkins, a lead driver for Recology CleanScapes, a waste contractor for the city. He's on the front lines of enforcing these rules. Seattle is the first city in the nation to fine homeowners for...
  • Pediatricians appeal to DEA to allow research on medical marijuana treatment for children

    01/27/2015 8:10:18 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | January 26, 2015 | Maria Santos
    Critics of marijuana legalization love to argue about its repercussions for “the children”—paging Nancy Grace—but the American Academy of Pediatrics seems to disagree. The group has now appealed to the Drug Enforcement Agency to reclassify marijuana and allow them to research its medical benefits for children, the Wall Street Journal reports. They have also asked the federal government to permit marijuana use by children with serious conditions. Marijuana is currently listed as a Schedule 1 drug by the federal government, classifying it with drugs like heroin. This scheduling prohibits research by ranking marijuana as having no acceptable medical use. “A...
  • Justice Department Reportedly Spies on Millions of Cars to Build National Database

    01/26/2015 9:29:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 44 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 1/26/15 | Andrew Desiderio
    The U.S. Department of Justice secretly spies on millions of cars by gathering and storing information about motorists in order to build a national database to track movements, according to a new report in the Wall Street Journal. The database was originally used by the Drug Enforcement Administration to hunt vehicles involved in drug crimes by tracking license plates, but according to the WSJ, the program expanded to hunt for criminals sought for crimes that were non-drug related. DEA officials have been on record saying they track vehicles near the U.S.-Mexico border to help fight drug cartels, but the new...
  • Doctor Dad SLAPS DOWN Busybody Teacher Over Daughter’s Sack Lunch

    01/25/2015 4:04:53 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 66 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 24, 2015 | Eric Owens
    A Kirksville, Mo. doctor righteously and very satisfyingly slapped down a substitute teacher after she sent a note home condemning the lunch his second-grade daughter had brought to school. The doctor and mad dad is Justin Puckett, reports ABC News. As Puckett — who is certified in obesity medicine — later observed to the principal at the school, the teacher and a cafeteria worker didn’t see the whole lunch. Sure, they saw a pickle, a bag of marshmallows, some Ritz crackers and four tiny chocolate bars. Importantly, what the sub and the lunch lady missed were four pieces of ham...
  • Governor: Legalizing pot was bad idea

    01/23/2015 7:13:21 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 292 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 23, 2015 | Kevin Cirilli
    Colorado’s decision to legalize marijuana was a bad idea, the state’s governor said Friday. Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat who opposed the 2012 decision by voters to make pot legal, said the state still doesn’t fully know what the unintended consequences of the move will be. If I could've waved a wand the day after the election, I would've reversed the election and said, 'This was a bad idea,’” Hickenlooper said Friday on CNBC's “Squawk Box.” “You don't want to be the first person to do something like this,” he said. He said that he tells other governors to “wait...
  • How the CIA made Google

    01/24/2015 7:58:44 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 71 replies
    Medium ^ | Nafeez Ahmed
    The United States intelligence community funded, nurtured and incubated Google as part of a drive to dominate the world through control of information. Seed-funded by the NSA and CIA,Google was merely the first among a plethora of private sector start-ups co-opted by US intelligence to retain ‘information superiority.’ The origins of this ingenious strategy trace back to a secret Pentagon-sponsored group, that for the last two decades has functioned as a bridge between the US government and elites across the business, industry, finance, corporate, and media sectors. The group has allowed some of the most powerful special interests in corporate...
  • Bill would require doctor at NYC youth tackle football games

    01/23/2015 12:30:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 23, 2015 3:04 PM EST | Jonathan Lemire
    All youth football games would be required to have a doctor present to monitor possible concussions as part of legislation considered Friday by the New York City Council. The hearing focused on the safety of young players who are even more vulnerable to brain injuries than their counterparts in high school, college and professional leagues. “It’s too common that kids are taught that getting your bell rung is OK and you need to play through it,” said Councilman Corey Johnson, a Democrat from Manhattan. “Repeated concussions can cause lifelong health injuries especially when the brain does not have time to...
  • Obama: States more likely to legalize pot

    01/23/2015 11:33:34 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 53 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 22, 2015 | Justin Sink
    President Obama believes more states are likely to legalize marijuana following efforts in Colorado and Washington state. "My suspicion is that you're going to see other states look at this," the president told YouTube blogger Hank Green. Obama said that the federal government was "not going to spend a lot of resources" enforcing federal marijuana laws in states that had decided to legalize the drug. He also noted that the Department of Justice was examining how to shift policies for nonviolent drug offenders. In an interview with The New Yorker last year, Obama appeared to tacitly endorse a Colorado referendum...
  • State Persecuting 88-year-old Doctor Who Treats Poor From His Car

    01/22/2015 8:34:41 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    The New American ^ | January 21, 2015 | Selwyn Duke
    Doctors’ house calls are considered a thing of the past, but not in the appointment book of Dr. Carrol Frazier Landrum, an 88-year-old physician from Edwards, Mississippi. The good doctor will see you no matter who you are, where you are, or how much money you have — as long his 2007 Toyota Camry can deliver him to your location. But now his state’s medical board wants to see him gone. Dr. Landrum, a WWII veteran, was forced to make a change after crime drove him from his Edwards, Mississippi, office two years ago, and he couldn’t find another space...
  • GOP abuzz over Mitt Romney’s liberal lexicon on poverty, foreign policy

    01/21/2015 11:45:22 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 20, 2015 | Ralph. Z. Hallow
    Mitt Romney’s opening pitch for a third shot at the White House left many Republicans scratching their heads, in part because his plans to fight poverty and tyranny seemed to borrow the lexicon of liberals like FDR, LBJ and Woodrow Wilson. With a full house of Republican National Committee members listening aboard the USS Midway in San Diego, Mr. Romney implored his party last week “to lift people out of poverty” and “to make the world safe.” The first phrase is a favorite of liberals who gush over Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal and Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society programs...
  • Feds Spend $499,880 to Teach Doctors How to Talk to Fat Kids

    01/17/2015 12:12:36 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 16, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    A new project from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is using computer simulated training sessions to teach doctors in Minnesota how to talk to fat kids.The nearly $500,000 study using “virtual role play” to coach doctors is the latest attempt by the federal government to combat obesity.“Obesity in the United States is at historically high levels and is an important health problem,” the grant for the project states. “Interventions targeting children are a high priority because children bear the greatest lifetime health risk from overweight and obesity.”“Health professionals in primary care settings are influential in the lives of families,”...
  • New York’s Anti-Manspreading Campaign Cost $76,707

    01/16/2015 4:06:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 16, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The advertising campaign in New York telling men to stop “manspreading” has cost the city’s taxpayers more than $76,000.“Dude…Stop the Spread, Please” was the biggest takeaway from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) new campaign announced last month, instructing riders on proper subway etiquette. “Manspreading” is when a man keeps his legs apart while sitting.Invoices obtained by the Washington Free Beacon from the MTA through a Freedom of Information Law request reveal that the campaign has cost $76,707.70.The MTA hired Edison Lithograph and Printing Corp. to print thousands of posters and placards, which will appear in 2,600 subway cars. The company...
  • Free-range parenting: Maryland parents under fire for letting kids walk home alone

    01/16/2015 9:49:52 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 63 replies
    WTTG, Fox 5, DC ^ | Jan 16, 2015 9:48 AM EST | Laureen DeMarco/AP
    A Montgomery County couple says they’re being investigated for neglect for allowing their two children to walk home from a park by themselves. Danielle and Alexander Meitiv say the county’s Child Protective Services began investigating them after police stopped their 10-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter about half-way through a mile-walk home on Dec. 20 in Silver Spring. Police say they stopped the children and drove them home after someone reported seeing them. …
  • Feds target fried food, juice at day cares

    01/15/2015 5:27:23 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 14, 2015 | Tim Devaney
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is proposing strict new dietary guidelines for day cares that would prohibit them from frying food that is served to children.Child care providers would also be formally required to provide children with water upon request, though they would face restrictions on how much apple juice and orange juice they serve.The proposed nutrition standards are intended to promote the "health and wellness of children" at day cares that participate in government-funded meal programs, the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service said Wednesday.One of the more notable provisions would restrict day cares from frying food on site...
  • Maryland couple want ‘free-range’ kids, but not all do

    01/15/2015 5:02:57 AM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 114 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | January 14, 2015 | Donna St. George
    It was a one-mile walk home from a Silver Spring park on Georgia Avenue on a Saturday afternoon. But what the parents saw as a moment of independence for their 10-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter, they say authorities viewed much differently. Danielle and Alexander Meitiv say they are being investigated for neglect for the Dec. 20 trek — in a case they say reflects a clash of ideas about how safe the world is and whether parents are free to make their own choices about raising their children. “We wouldn’t have let them do it if we didn’t think they...
  • New York City to Ban Styrofoam [satire]

    01/12/2015 8:27:48 AM PST · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 11 Jan 2015 | John Semmens
    New York Mayor Bill deBlasio brushed off recent troubles between the police and the community in order to focus on what he considers “a much bigger existential threat to our way of life.” That threat: the use of Styrofoam containers by restaurants to keep takeout orders hot or cold. “Styrofoam is one of the top two or three threats to the planet,” de Blasio argued. “I realize that it doesn’t grab headlines like cops killing minorities or being killed in return do, but it has a bigger footprint in the scheme of things over the long run.” The Mayor insisted...
  • Chris Christie should let Americans in on his weight loss journey

    01/11/2015 11:57:08 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 63 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 11, 2015 | Beverly Hallberg
    If two out of three adults are considered to be overweight in America, it is no surprise that losing weight tops New Year’s resolutions every year. Regardless of age, race, or gender, the battle of the bulge unites many of us. Heck, I even hired a personal trainer since I can’t get it together on my own. And while most of us will abandon our nutrition and exercise routines before January is over, there is a man whose dedication to health in 2015 could make all the difference in the 2016 elections. His name is Chris Christie, governor of New...
  • WH picks new director for healthy eating campaign

    01/09/2015 9:02:12 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 8, 2015 | Brian Huges
    The White House on Thursday announced first lady Michelle Obama’s pick to lead her campaign for kids to eat healthier, saying Debra Eschmeyer would take over a post that has increasingly come under fire in Republican circles. “For more than a decade, Deb has been leading the way in teaching kids about the importance of healthy eating,” the first lady said. “From classrooms and gardens to kitchens and farms, Deb has made learning about nutrition fun and accessible for kids across the country.” Eschmeyer will take over the position of executive director of the Let’s Move campaign, as well as...
  • New York City to ban Styrofoam takeout, delivery food containers, packing peanuts, plastic cups.

    01/09/2015 5:35:17 AM PST · by dennisw · 70 replies
    nydailynews ^ | January 8, 2015, | Jennifer Fermino , Ginger Adams Otis
    City to ban foam takeout, delivery food containers in environmentally friendly push The ban, which will start July 1, covers foam take-out containers, packing peanuts and plastic cups. New Yorkers’ beloved foam takeout and delivery food containers will soon be products of a bygone era. Mayor de Blasio — finishing off an initiative begun by his predecessor — will announce a ban on the environmentally unfriendly material Thursday, according to The New York Times. The ban will start July 1 and cover foam packing peanuts as well as plastic foam cups and takeout containers. City Hall declined to comment when...
  • Feds Creating Smartphone App to Make Sure Kids Don’t Skip Class

    01/08/2015 3:29:48 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 7, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The federal government is financing the development of a smartphone app that will use facial recognition technology to check attendance in college classrooms.The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded $50,000 to Missouri University on Jan. 2 for the project that will record videos to create “face tracklets” of students.The project is necessary, the grant argues, because checking attendance the old fashioned way is too hard.“Checking attendance in scenarios such as classrooms commonly needs an instructor to recognize each student one by one by reading the names on a roster or ask students to sign up the attendance sheet,” the grant explains....
  • Federal court rejects challenge to public school vaccination rule

    01/08/2015 3:22:14 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 8, 2015 | Kelly Cohen
    A New York requirement that all children attending public school be vaccinated has been upheld by a federal court. On Wednesday, a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a regulation by New York City health and education officials. The rule was being challenged on grounds that the law was discriminatory and that its local applications violated freedom of religion. The court also upheld a regulation that allows school officials to prevent non-immunized children from going to school during an outbreak of vaccine-preventable diseases. The state statute was being challenged by three New York City plaintiffs,...
  • Pentagon’s War on Tobacco Fails

    01/07/2015 12:12:54 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 6, 2015 | Bill McMorris
    George S. Patton once came upon a dying man at the 15th Evacuation Hospital at Sant’ Agata during the Sicilian invasion. He sparked a cigarette and placed it in the young soldier’s mouth. He smacked a shell-shocked trooper for cowardice moments later.The slap surely would have ended Patton’s career were he serving in today’s Army. The act of comfort to the dying man probably would as well.The Department of Defense is trying to extinguish the cigarettes of our nation’s servicemen. The War on Terror reversed some of the gains in the fight against tobacco as smoking rates jumped 13 percent...
  • Cassandra Fortin: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

    01/07/2015 6:22:02 AM PST · by justlittleoleme · 29 replies
    Heavy ^ | January 6, 2015 | Paul Farrell
    A 17-year-old girl is fighting the state of Connecticut over her right to refuse life-saving health treatment. Cassandra Fortin suffers from Hodgkins Lymphoma, a relatively treatable form of cancer. She was diagnosed in September 2014. She has resisted the chemotherapy to treat the condition and is now in the custody of the state. Her case is now going before the Connecticut Supreme Court. Under state law, Cassandra is not allowed to make decisions about medical care until she is 18. Here’s what you should know about Cassandra and this controversial medical case:
  • Liability concerns prompt some cities to limit sledding (!)

    01/06/2015 8:07:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 4, 2015 3:53 PM EST | Scott McFetridge
    As anyone who has grown up around snow knows, part of the fun of sledding is the risk of soaring off a jump or careening around a tree. But faced with the potential bill from sledding injuries, some cities have opted to close hills rather than risk large liability claims. No one tracks how many cities have banned or limited sledding, but the list grows every year. One of the latest is in Dubuque, Iowa, where the City Council is moving ahead with a plan to ban sledding in all but two of its 50 parks. […] A study by...
  • DC Mayor Says City "Exploring" Suing Congress Over Marijuana Legalization

    01/05/2015 12:56:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2015 | Christine Rousselle
    This morning on Meet the Press, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said that the city will "explore every option" in regards to getting Initiative 71 enforced in the city. Initiative 71, which would have permitted the legal use of marijuana for recreational purposes, was passed with overwhelming support on Election Day, yet was blocked by Congress. Bowser had previously been against legalized marijuana, but has since changed her position to align with the will of the voters of the District of Columbia. Bowser also said that she intends on "forging a path" for increased autonomy in the District of Columbia. Mayor...
  • Oklahoma bill would bar those with DUI conviction from buying alcohol

    01/05/2015 7:45:39 AM PST · by redreno · 73 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | 01/05/2014 | unknown
    A new proposal in Oklahoma would bar drunk drivers from buying or consuming alcohol -- and already is raising concerns over how it would be enforced. Fox 25 in Oklahoma City reports that state Sen. Patrick Anderson is proposing a bill that would allow a judge to enforce the alcohol restrictions on anyone with a DUI charge for a set period of time.
  • New York City Requiring Flu Shots for Preschoolers

    01/04/2015 7:06:35 PM PST · by opentalk · 27 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 2, 2015 | SHARON OTTERMAN
    New York City preschoolers will be heading back to class next week with memories of new holiday toys, vacation adventures, and, health officials hope, a flu shot.In fact, because of a new city requirement, young children can, for the first time in the city’s history, be excluded from class if they have not received a flu vaccination.The new rule, which applies to some 150,000 children in city-licensed day care centers and preschools, was quietly adopted by the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in the waning days of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s administration. 
  • New diet guidelines might reflect environment cost (Meat=Globalwarming)

    01/02/2015 5:28:21 PM PST · by PROCON · 20 replies
    apnews.myway ^ | Jan. 2, 2015 | MARY CLARE JALONICK
    WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, the government has been issuing guidelines about healthy eating choices. Now, a panel that advises the Agriculture Department is ready to recommend that you be told not only what foods are better for your own health, but for the environment as well. That means that when the latest version of the government's dietary guidelines comes out, it may push even harder than it has in recent years for people to choose more fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and other plant-based foods — at the expense of meat.
  • New diet guidelines might reflect environment cost

    01/02/2015 3:13:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | January 2, 2015 | Mary Clare Jalonick
    For years, the government has been issuing guidelines about healthy eating choices. Now, a panel that advises the Agriculture Department is ready to recommend that you be told not only what foods are better for your own health, but for the environment as well. That means that when the latest version of the government's dietary guidelines comes out, it may push even harder than it has in recent years for people to choose more fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and other plant-based foods — at the expense of meat....
  • Trashing electronics becomes illegal in New York

    12/31/2014 9:21:43 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 84 replies
    deseretnews.com ^ | Mary Esch
    Starting Jan. 1, the final phase of New York's 2010 electronics recycling law takes effect, making it illegal for consumers to throw so-called "e-waste" in the garbage. "Now you have to recycle it," said John Shegerian, CEO of Fresno, Calif.-based Electronic Recyclers International, which provides e-waste recycling services for New York City, Los Angeles and 150 other municipalities across the country. "You need to find a legitimate recycler and get your material to them." Violators can be fined $100.
  • AR school leaders rip Michelle O rules

    12/31/2014 6:16:35 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    EAGnews.org ^ | December 30, 2014 | Kyle Olson
    ROGERS, Ark. – The garbage cans are becoming morbidly obese at Rogers High School.“We’re feeding trash cans a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables,” Robin Kinder, president of the Arkansas School Nutrition Association and assistant child nutrition director for Springdale Public Schools, tells NWAonline.com.In addition to changing the lunch menu to make it “healthier,” the school sends students back into the line if they fail to take the required fruits and vegetables mandated by the overhaul of the National School Lunch Program.“It would just go straight to the trash sometimes,” Estefany Corleto, a junior at Rogers High School, says of...
  • Marijuana Use Has Increased in Colorado: Study

    12/27/2014 4:02:32 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 91 replies
    NBC Snooze ^ | DEC. 27, 2014
    Colorado emerged as the state with the second-highest percentage of regular marijuana users as it began legalizing the drug, according to a new national study. The Denver Post reports the study by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found about 1 out of 8 Colorado residents older than 12 had used marijuana in the past month. Only Rhode Island topped Colorado in the percentage of residents who reported using pot as often, according to the study. The study averaged state-specific data over two-year periods. It found that, for the 2011-2012 period, 10.4 percent of Colorado residents 12 and...
  • Nanny State: Sprinkles To Be Banned By FDA

    12/30/2014 9:51:02 AM PST · by raptor22 · 75 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 30, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Regulation: Cures for cancer and Ebola having been found, the federal ubernannies have decreed that sprinkles should no longer adorn kids' ice cream because they contain the trans fat that liberal groups once pushed for. Come the New Year, the Food and Drug Administration, ignoring the principle that in most cases it's the dose that defines the poison, will issue new regulations designed to remove even trace amounts of hydrogenate oils, commonly known as trans fats, from our diets. Trans fats have been in our foods since the 1950s to increase shelf life and improve taste. A small amount appears...
  • FDA to Announce Ban on Sprinkles [satire]

    12/29/2014 8:50:50 AM PST · by John Semmens · 14 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 Dec 2014 | John Semmens
    Though the amount of trans fats in the sprinkles that are used to adorn donuts and ice cream cones is extremely low, the Food and Drug Administration is determined to eliminate these items from the food chain. “There is no good reason why anyone should consume these non-nutritional pollutants in our food supply,” said FDA nutrition expert Harley Sain. “The donuts and ice cream cones where sprinkles are usually found are bad enough on their own without this worthless addition.” Sain admitted that “if it were totally up to me, we’d be banning the donuts and ice cream, too. No...
  • McCaughey: Hillary's Healthcare Rx May Be Worse Than Obamacare

    12/28/2014 6:57:15 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | December 26, 2014 | Newsmax
    The Affordable Care Act may become even more of a nightmare with Hillary Clinton in the White House, says Betsy McCaughey, chairwoman of the Committee to Reduce Infectious Deaths and former lieutenant-governor of New York. "Hillary could make it worse," McCaughey said Friday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV, referencing Clinton's attempt to launch a heathcare plan when her husband, Bill Clinton, was president. "Hillarycare back in November 1993, all 1,362 pages of it . . . was far more coercive than Obamacare." For example, said McCaughey, a medical doctor, Clinton's plan was far more rigid than President...
  • Bill aims to get inspectors out of home kitchens

    12/26/2014 12:05:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 55 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | December 26, 2014 | Kenric Ward
    BLAND, Va. — Virginians who try to sell homemade food from their kitchens are feeling the heat from state and local inspectors.“I have to turn down my neighbors when they ask if they can buy pesto I make from my own basil plants,” says Bernadette Barber, a farmer in Lancaster, Va.And this isn’t just a rural phenomenon.In Arlington, government inspectors shut down a home-based soup maker, even though no customer complaints had been registered. Others have encountered similar fates, stripping them of needed income.Legislation served up for the 2015 General Assembly would turn the tables.HB 1290, sponsored by Delegate Rob...
  • Government tells Americans to stop eating cookie dough

    12/24/2014 8:17:50 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 93 replies
    The Blaze ^ | December 8, 2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued an order that millions of Americans will likely find impossible to carry out: stop eating raw cookie dough. “Avoid raw or partially cooked eggs or foods containing raw eggs, such as cookie dough,” USDA advised in an email over the weekend. cookie1 Carrying out that simple 15-word recommendation would radically change millions of lives, from families who routinely bake cookies and invite the kids to scoop batter out of the bowl, to people who scarf down pre-packaged cookie dough, to everyone who eats cookie dough found in ice cream. Simply put, it’s not...
  • EPA: Get Merry With a Smoke-Free Fire This Christmas

    12/24/2014 5:36:36 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | December 23, 2014 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire..." But WAIT! Stop the music -- What is the moisture content of those logs? Before burning the logs, did you knock them together to see if they sounded hollow? You really should go dashing through the snow to your local hardware store in search of a "moisture meter," the perfect gift for that environmentally paranoid person on your Christmas list. Those people are so hard to please, aren't they? And be sure to check your local air quality forecast on airnow.gov before lighting a fire. Alas, the Environmental Protection Agency recognizes that,...
  • Feds Spend $33,341 to Find Out if Same-Sex Couples Live Close to Tobacco Shops

    12/23/2014 3:25:44 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 22, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The federal government is spending over $33,000 to figure out whether same-sex couples live closer to tobacco retailers, theoretically making them more likely to smoke.A National Institutes of Health (NIH) project, entitled, “Relationship Between Tobacco Retailer Density and Sexual Minority Couples,” reasons that since many gay and lesbian couples live in cities, they may be close to stores that sell cigarettes, such as 7 Elevens.“Tobacco use is substantially higher among sexual minorities than among heterosexuals,” the grant states. “The reasons for this persistent disparity remain unclear, but the high toll of death and disability from tobacco use creates substantial health...
  • Lawsuit shows resistance to legalization of pot

    12/20/2014 10:37:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 19, 2014 6:36 PM EST | Nicholas Riccardi
    Despite growing public support for legalizing marijuana, a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma shows that at least two segments of American society are prepared to fight the idea before the nation’s highest court—social conservatives and law enforcement. The lawsuit seeks to overturn Colorado’s experiment in legalized recreational pot, alleging that the two conservative states are being overrun with Colorado marijuana that is making it harder for them to enforce their own drug laws. …
  • Coming Egg Shortage Will Tax Family Budgets

    12/20/2014 6:50:39 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 110 replies
    The New American ^ | December 19, 2014 | William F. Jasper
    If eggs are a staple in your family’s diet and you’d like to keep it that way, now would be a good time to get a few laying hens. Next month, beginning January 1, 2015, the chicken-and-egg production in the United States is in for a big shock. That’s when California’s new regulations on egg-laying hens goes into effect. And the effects of those regs on eggs will be felt nationally, even globally. The incredible, edible, prolate spheroid-shaped poultry product, which has long been one of the most affordable sources of high-quality protein, is certain to become significantly more expensive.In...