Punchline Press Conference
(February 27th, 2007)
You may catch more flies with honey than vinegar, but it takes a box full of cookies to attract the press. Never one to come to a party empty-handed, representatives from the Center for Consumer Freeedom attended a press conference held by the Center for Science in the...
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Mercury-In-Fish Activists Flailing In Wake of Scientific Bombshell
(February 26th, 2007)
It's been a little over a week since the prestigious medical journal The Lancet published a groundbreaking study in which researchers found that the government's hyper-precautionary mercury-in-fish warnings are groundless and possibly counterproductive -- even where pregnant women are concerned. Unsurprisingly, the hordes of activists who've...
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Animal-Rights Scaremongering Runs A-Monk
(February 23rd, 2007)
Talk about chutzpah. No, seriously, talk about the chutzpah of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), because the victims of its latest smear campaign aren't inclined to speak up for themselves very much. That's because PETA has attacked a South Carolina monastery...
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Eating: It’s Not Your Fault
(February 21st, 2007)
Giving a column to a think tank is a lot like giving car keys to a 14-year-old boy: You know it's going to end badly. Nevertheless, yesterday WashingtonPost.com handed over a goodly amount of column space to RAND Corporation scholar Deborah Cohen, who wrote on the topic...
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Illinois Lawmaker Is Ill-Annoying
(February 20th, 2007)
Chicago's recent flurry of anti-consumer-choice regulations -- including a ban on the French delicacy foie gras -- has inspired at least one overzealous Illinois state legislator. Just last month, Rep. Mary Flowers introduced the Menu Education and Labeling Act, which would require restaurants and grocery stores to...
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Thin Mints Get Chewed Out
(February 19th, 2007)
Americans can sleep well tonight, secure in the knowledge that food activists have outted another dangerous criminal front group: Girl Scouts. In a press release today, National Action Against Obesity (NAAO) charges the girls with endangering public health by trafficking sweet, sweet cookie contraband.The Feds needed tax fraud...
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Mercury Scare Campaigns Smell Fishy (Again)
(February 16th, 2007)
Today the mainstream medical community weighed in on the mercury-in-fish debate, and -- yet again -- the activist case for "toxic tuna" looks to be in troubled waters. In a scientific study appearing in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet, Dr. Joseph Hibbeln and his team...
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PETA Animal Cruelty Trial: The Fallout Continues
(February 14th, 2007)
PETA's successes with a North Carolina jury haven't translated well into the court of public opinion. As we wrote in yesterday's Norfolk (VA) Virginian-Pilot, the fact that PETA unapologetically kills healthy cats and dogs has done irrevocable damage to the group's reputation:
easonable people can agree that if...
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Food Police Pickup Line: “Giggidy, Giggidy, Sue”
(February 13th, 2007)
As the playboy of the activist community, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has a problem with commitment. Since the group's tumultuous relationship with the food industry began in 1971, CSPI has made judicial passes at almost everyone in the room, filing lawsuits against Quaker...
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Fahrenheit 2%: Cheese Bans Not Far From Science Fiction
(February 12th, 2007)
If he had known the threat dairy products would face in the 21st century, Ray Bradbury may have written his cautionary novel on a different subject. In a February 8 press release the misnamed Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine urges the Federal Trade Commission for censorship -...
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