Banzhaf Gets A Big Fat ‘F’
(January 31st, 2005)
John "Sue the Bastards" Banzhaf gets a big fat "F" for his misleading statements about a recent appeals court decision reinstating a lawsuit that blamed McDonald's for making people fat. Although the decision was based on a technicality, Banzhaf -- who teaches law at George...
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Turning The Tables On PETA
(January 28th, 2005)
Cable news watchers saw a real "man-bites-dog" story last night, as Fox News Channel correspondent Douglas Kennedy reported on the Center for Consumer Freedom's effort to turn the tables on People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). When we protested last week outside a...
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PCRM’s ‘Public Service’ Steals Meat Off Your Table
(January 27th, 2005)
While the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) works hard to disguise its animal-rights agenda -- it's the group that the New York Times reported "has a PETA link" because it shares resources with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) --...
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Legal Shark Alert: They’re Back!
(January 26th, 2005)
Not so long ago, self-described "legal terrorist" John Banzhaf proclaimed of lawsuits blaming restaurants for individuals' food choices: "Somewhere there is going to be a judge and a jury that will buy this, and once we get the first verdict, as we did with tobacco,...
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Obesity Legislation: The Whole Enchilada
(January 25th, 2005)
Every year around this time, state legislators return to work armed with a laundry list of proposals to replace last year's failed bills. For the bevy of big brother bureaucrats out to tax and regulate certain foods, this year is no different. They've come to the table with...
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Animal Rights Lunatic Is A Dog’s ‘Best’ Friend
(January 24th, 2005)
Last week, students at the University of Iowa participated in their school's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Week. Despite the event's emphasis on human rights, Steven Best -- philosophy chair at the University of Texas El Paso and co-founder of the Animal...
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CDC Officially Corrects Flawed Obesity Study
(January 19th, 2005)
It's official. Yesterday afternoon, a team of researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including the agency's director, was forced to officially correct their deeply flawed study that wrongly blamed obesity for 400,000 U.S. deaths every year. Their statement read in part: "We...
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Back To The (Labeled) Trough
(January 18th, 2005)
State legislators in Maine and Connecticut have introduced new bills -- inspired by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) -- that would require restaurants to stick nutritional information on their menus and menu boards. We've seen this kind...
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Musings On A Food Cop Future
(January 17th, 2005)
With a host of proposed food regulations on the table, sometimes there's no telling what the next absurd idea will be. A somewhat tongue-in-cheek editorial in Saturday's Los Angeles Times describes what a few of these regulations might look like if "Twinkie tax" inventor Kelly Brownell...
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CA Anti-Biotech Activist Sowing False Fears
(January 14th, 2005)
In the neo-Luddites' county-by-county campaign to ban genetically engineered (GE) crops in California, one activist has stumbled over his own rhetoric. According to GE-Free Sonoma County campaign coordinator Daniel Solnit -- a former state Green Party lead organizer -- proponents of GE crops are read more here »