Collateral Damage From The Great Mercury Scare
(September 27th, 2007)
Many Americans senselessly fear harmless traces of mercury in the fish they eat, but the flip side of the Great Mercury Scare has been the presence of thimerosal (a preservative that contains mercury) in some children’s vaccines. In landmark research appearing in today’s New England Journal...
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Deceptive TV Ads From PETA’s “Physician” Buddies
(September 26th, 2007)
Today, the animal rights loonies at the misnamed Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) unveiled a new television advertisement lampooning the Senator Larry Craig bathroom scandal. Unsurprisingly, this latest PR stunt looks a lot like something PCRM’s close friends at People for the Ethical Treatment of...
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Study: Americans Don’t Like Being Told What To Do
(September 25th, 2007)
Question: What do you get when you combine a $500 million grant, nutrition zealots, and carte blanche to editorialize in a medical journal? Answer: 163 pages of food cop propaganda. The neo-prohibitionist Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is once again applying its anti-alcohol model to burgers, fries, and...
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Let Them Eat Doughnuts
(September 24th, 2007)
When officials in Putnam County, New York recently banned donations of free doughnuts, pies, and other goodies to senior centers, it drew the ire of an unconventional group of protesters. Adorned in sandwich boards, demonstrators (all over 65) gathered outside a local senior center to get the message...
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Quote of the Week
(September 21st, 2007)
The Los Angeles Times ran this snark-o-rific op-ed today mocking the L.A. city council’s plan to institute a two-year ban on new fast food restaurants. Ostensibly aimed at combating obesity rates in low-income neighborhoods, the proposed fast food “moratorium” is a classic case of food-cop overreach. Overeager...
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Kelly Brownell’s Obesity Hysterics Foiled By His Foil
(September 20th, 2007)
Fat-tax evangelist Kelly Brownell and law professor Paul Campos just wrapped up a three-day-long face-off on the pages of the Los Angeles Times. The topic of debate: What, if anything, should the United States government do about obesity? As expected, Brownell unloaded a host of well-worn but...
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Lone Star Vegan Vigilante Behind Bars
(September 19th, 2007)
Strange things happen when a restaurant dares to serve foie gras in a hotbed of animal-liberation lunatics. And sometimes those strange things are felonies. Last weekend police in Austin, Texas arrested Josh Rosenberg, the self-styled “V-Gangstar” who allegedly vandalized a series of...
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CCF Response Leaves Food Cops Seeing Red
(September 18th, 2007)
Many food police groups believe labels speak louder than words. And they want to raise the volume on obesity hype by slapping warning labels on everything under the bun. From restaurant menus to local co-ops, most food-cop legislation takes aim at foods we enjoy while out on...
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Regulation By Speculation
(September 17th, 2007)
Author Gary Taubes posed a very intriguing question in today's New York Times: "Do we really know what makes us healthy?" A more important question hiding behind Taubes's query is this: Do health officials really know what makes us healthy? The short answer is not really....
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It’s A Mad, Mad Menu
(September 14th, 2007)
The definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over expecting different results. In keeping with previously attempted (and failed) obesity policies like food bans and restaurant zoning, ridiculous menu-labeling proposals operate under the same "You're Too Stupid" principle that falls short of...
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