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  • Congress to Consider Raising Tobacco-Buying Age to 21

    04/19/2019 4:58:45 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 71 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 18, 2019 | Jennifer Maloney
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to introduce legislation raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21 from 18, a move that public-health advocates and tobacco companies hope would curb the use of e-cigarettes among youths. More than a dozen states have passed or enacted laws raising the minimum age to 21 and others are considering doing so. Sen. McConnell’s announcement Thursday follows the introduction earlier this month of similar bills in the House. Altria Group Inc. and British American Tobacco PLC, the two biggest U.S. cigarette manufacturers, both support an increase of the minimum age to 21,...
  • What we aren't eating is killing us, global study finds

    04/05/2019 3:21:39 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 89 replies
    CNN ^ | April 5, 2019 | Sandee LaMotte
    Which risk factor is responsible for more deaths around the world than any other? Not smoking. Not even high blood pressure. It's a poor diet. "In many countries, poor diet now causes more deaths than tobacco smoking and high blood pressure," said Ashkan Afshin, an assistant professor at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. Drinking two or more diet beverages a day linked to high risk of stroke, heart attacks Drinking two or more diet beverages a day linked to high risk of stroke, heart attacks And it's not just that people are choosing...
  • New York State Budget: Congestion Pricing Coming To Manhattan, Sources Tell CBS2

    03/31/2019 11:34:01 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 34 replies
    CBS New York ^ | 3/31/2019
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo and leaders of the New York State Legislature say they’ve reached a $175.5 billion state budget agreement. The deal includes congestion pricing, a controversial plan to charge drivers below 60th Street in Manhattan. A panel of experts will set the surcharges by the end of 2020, but sources tell CBS2 drivers in cars will pay around $11.50 and truck drivers will pay about $25. Possible discounts for some are still being worked out. Lawmakers say the money will be spent to fix the MTA. A statewide ban on most single-use plastic bags is...
  • California Parents Outraged After Children in Middle School Attend LGBT Fair

    03/18/2019 1:23:46 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 73 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | March 18, 2019 | Tony Perkins
    “You did what?!” Parents across Santa Ana couldn’t believe it. In one house after another, the answer to “How was school today?” was nothing like they expected. Moms and dads listened in disbelief as their middle schoolers talked about going to an “LGBT Fair” that no one bothered to ask their permission for. There were even people in drag, their 11-year-olds said, giving makeup lessons—right there in school. Townhall’s Kira Davis listened as one mom fumed about not knowing about the fair until after it happened. There wasn’t even an opportunity to opt out, she complained at last Tuesday’s school...
  • De Blasio tells New Yorkers what they can flush down the toilet

    03/13/2019 11:05:20 AM PDT · by EinNYC · 58 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 12, 2019 | Julia Marsh
    Mayor Bill de Blasio has taken the concept of a Nanny State to a whole new level — instructing New Yorkers about what they can and cannot flush down their toilets. “New York City: There are only FOUR things that should go in your toilet,” the mayor’s office tweeted from its official account Tuesday. NYC Mayor's Office ‏ Verified account @NYCMayorsOffice Follow Follow @NYCMayorsOffice More New York City: There are only FOUR things that should go in your toilet 🚽 💩 poop 💦 pee 🤢 puke 👋 toilet paper Everything else causes FATBERGS! What are Fatbergs? Well, you gotta click...
  • Unvaccinated 6-year-old boy spent 57 days in hospital after tetanus diagnosis: CDC

    03/09/2019 6:20:13 AM PST · by Ennis85 · 122 replies
    NBC News ^ | Mar 8th 2019 | Brendan Rand
    An unvaccinated 6-year-old boy in Oregon spent 57 days in a hospital, including 47 days in the intensive care unit, and racked up almost $1 million in medical costs after being diagnosed with tetanus, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control. The boy was Oregon's first case of tetanus in almost 30 years, according to the CDC, citing the Oregon Health Authority. Tetanus is caused by bacteria found in dirt that can enter the body through breaks in the skin, and vaccines are the best way to prevent it, per the CDC. The child was cut...
  • Court: Parents can't stop girl, 14, from taking trans hormones(canaDUH)

    03/03/2019 8:16:28 AM PST · by rktman · 59 replies ^ | 3/1/2019 | Jeremiah Keenan
    On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Canada ordered that a 14-year-old girl receive testosterone injections without parental consent. The court also declared that if either of her parents referred to her using female pronouns or addressed her by her birth name, they would be considered guilty of family violence. As previously reported, Maxine* was encouraged by her school counselor in BC’s Delta School District to identify as a boy while in seventh grade. When Maxine was 13 years old, Dr. Brenden Hursh and his colleagues at BC Children’s Hospital decided that Maxine should begin taking testosterone injections in...
  • Dem lawmaker announces plans to propose bill requiring breathalyzers in new vehicles

    01/14/2019 11:08:57 AM PST · by Lazamataz · 88 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/11/2019 | by Owen Daugherty
    Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) is planning to introduce a bill next week that would require all new vehicles sold in the U.S. to come equipped with an interlocking breathalyzer device. The breathalyzer device would force drivers to test their blood-alcohol content (BAC) levels before being able to start the car. The devices are typically attached to a car's ignition. If a driver's BAC is above the legal limit, the car will not start. The legislation was prompted by the deaths of Northville, Mich., residents, Issam Abbas and Rima Abbas and their three children, who were killed by a drunken driver...
  • Bloomberg ready to spend at least $100M if he runs for White House in 2020

    12/27/2018 4:29:24 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 58 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/27/18 01:31 PM EST | MAX GREENWOOD
    Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is prepared to spent upwards of $100 million should he mount a 2020 bid for the White House, according to CNBC. Howard Wolfson, the billionaire business magnate's top political advisor, told the news outlet that Bloomberg spent more than $100 million in his last campaign for New York City mayor in 2009. "Last time I looked, NYC is a fraction of the size of the country as a whole," Wolfson said in an email to the outlet. ADVERTISEMENT Wolfson added that Bloomberg would spend "whatever is required" on his own campaign if he...
  • Cafes, bars, police say Utah’s toughest-in-nation DUI law taking effect Dec. 30

    12/15/2018 12:17:50 AM PST · by 5150 FREEPER · 44 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 2/12/18 | Lee Davidson
    Restaurants, bars and tourism officials say Utahns should not shy away from partying or eating out because of the state’s new toughest-in-the-nation drunken driving law when it takes effect in just over two weeks on Dec. 30. They stress two reasons: The Utah Highway Patrol and police say the new law won’t change how they enforce DUI laws, with their focus on impairment rather than blood-alcohol levels; and Utah has plenty of ride-sharing and public transportation options to get people home safely if they drink too much.
  • Historic 1920s Delta Queen riverboat can cruise the Mississippi again

    12/05/2018 6:21:48 PM PST · by logician2u · 32 replies
    KSTP-TV ^ | December 05, 2018 | saff
    <p>After a decade in dock, the historic 1920s-era Delta Queen riverboat will cruise again.</p> <p>President Donald Trump signed legislation on Tuesday authorizing the 285-foot-long riverboat immortalized in poems and songs to cruise again along the Mississippi and several other rivers.</p>
  • Magic mushrooms may soon be legal in Oregon

    12/05/2018 2:57:13 AM PST · by a little elbow grease · 202 replies ^ | 12/4/18 | Natalie O'Neill
    “Magic mushrooms” may soon become legal in Oregon, where even powerful politicians seem high — on the idea, according to a report. The state’s attorney general green-lit language allowing the bill to hit the ballots in 2020, assuming advocates get enough signatures, according to If it passes, the initiative would decriminalize hallucinogenic mushrooms and allow them to be manufactured with a license. Oregon would become the first US state to legalize the drug. The bill will need 140,000 signatures in order to appear on the ballots in the 2020 general election, the paper reported. Nationwide, possession of psychedelic mushrooms...
  • Junk food ads banned from London transport network to reduce child obesity

    11/24/2018 8:17:22 AM PST · by RightGeek · 28 replies
    Sky News (UK) ^ | 11/23/2018 | Uncredited
    Adverts for junk food are to be banned on the entire Transport for London (TfL) network to help tackle childhood obesity, Sadiq Khan has announced. From February, promotions for unhealthy food and soft drinks will be stripped from trains, buses, boats and trams across the capital. The decision covers the likes of fizzy drinks, chocolate bars, and cheeseburgers, meaning big brands like McDonald's and Cadbury will only be able to feature healthier products on any adverts they want to run. Mr Khan, London's mayor, said a public consultation launched in May had found "overwhelming support" for a ban, which will...
  • DC to Crack Down on "Play Dates" [semi-satire]

    11/14/2018 7:59:45 AM PST · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 11 Nov 2018 | John Semmens
    The practice of parents with similarly aged children meeting up for play dates is in the cross hairs of the DC bureaucracy. State Superintendent of Education Hanseul Kang has charged that these informal arrangements "are an illegal intrusion on turf reserved for my department. There are public institutions targeting young children and their development. Every hour wasted at some play group run by unqualified parents is an hour that could have been spent in a program run by professionals. It doesn't matter that the play dates are voluntary or that participation seemingly hurts no one. We will levy fines or...
  • D.C. Bureaucrats Are Trying to Make Parents Get a License to Let Children Play Together

    11/07/2018 6:03:13 AM PST · by deandg99 · 9 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | 11/07/2018 | Kerry McDonald
    Let’s say you and some of your friends decide to gather your young children together a couple of days a week for a few hours of free play. Maybe you switch off who leads the gaggle of kids each week, allowing for some shared free time and flexibility. Sounds like a great arrangement for all, right? Your kids get to play freely with their friends, and you get some occasional free babysitting. According to government officials in Washington, DC, arrangements like this are violations of the law. They are cracking down on what they call an illegal “child development facility”...
  • Single-use plastics ban approved by European Parliament

    10/24/2018 7:03:30 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    BBC "News" ^ | October 24, 2018
    The European Parliament has voted for a complete ban on a range of single-use plastics across the union in a bid to stop pollution of the oceans. MEPs backed a ban on plastic cutlery and plates, cotton buds, straws, drink-stirrers and balloon sticks. The proposal also calls for a reduction in single-use plastic for food and drink containers like plastic cups. One MEP said, if no action was taken, "by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans". The UK will have to incorporate the rules into national law if the ban becomes a fully-fledged directive before...
  • UK Government Eyeing Pizza Regulations [semi-satire]

    10/17/2018 10:12:05 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 14 Oct 2018 | John Semmens
    In a move to combat what it calls an “obesity epidemic,” Public Health England (PHE) is crafting rules to limit the size and number of toppings on pizzas. Dr Alison Tedstone, PHE chief nutritionist, promised that “our efforts will go beyond merely requiring restaurants to add healthier options to their menus. The real problem in our view is that customers could still choose unwisely. If we strictly control what can be offered we can eliminate unhealthy choices so that the consumer cannot make an unwise choice.” Public Health Minister Steve Brine said the Government was “willing to do whatever it...
  • Zero tolerance: no safe level of alcohol, study says

    08/23/2018 8:04:46 PM PDT · by Mariner · 162 replies
    AFP ^ | August 24th, 2018 | Unattributed
    Even an occasional glass of wine or beer increases the risk of health problems and dying, according to a major study on drinking in 195 nations that attributes 2.8 million premature deaths worldwide each year to booze. "There is no safe level of alcohol," said Max Griswold, a researcher at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle, Washington and lead author for a consortium of more than 500 experts. Despite recent research showing that light-to-moderate drinking reduces heart disease, the new study found that alcohol use is more likely than not to do harm. "The protective effect of...
  • Trump’s Rollback of CAFE Mandates Is a Big Win for Car Buyers, Consumer Choice

    08/22/2018 10:25:29 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | August 16, 2018 | Nicolas Loris
    The Trump administration recently proposed the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule. The proposed rule offers modifications to Obama-era Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards with a “preferred alternative” for model years 2021 through 2026. Without a doubt, the Trump administration’s proposed revision is a welcome victory for consumers’ wallets and for consumer choice. The Obama administration implemented fuel-efficiency mandates that would force auto manufacturers to have a fleetwide fuel-economy average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. The new rule’s “preferred” change would maintain the existing fuel-economy mandate through 2020 (increasing to 37 mpg) and keep the level at...
  • State shuts down boy's lemonade stand

    07/31/2018 7:51:23 AM PDT · by Kudsman · 50 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 30, 2018 | Nolan Hicks
    The state Health Department shut down an upstate lemonade stand run by a 7-year-old after vendors at a nearby county fair complained he was undercutting their price. Brendan Mulvaney was selling lemonade, water and Sno-cones from the porch of his family’s home, which happens to be right outside the Saratoga County Fair, when a woman wearing a Health Department T-shirt turned up Friday and ordered it closed because the family had no permit.