Payday Loans Cost Borrowers Less, Study Finds
(April 30th, 2008)
This week, researchers at East Carolina University’s Department of Economics published an analysis on the most common interest rates of payday loans compared to charges by bank overdraft services. The study was able to directly compare the two by viewing overdraft protection as a form of a short-term...
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Report Rejects Personal Responsibility
(April 29th, 2008)
Radical obesity crusader Harold Goldstein believes that Americans simply can’t be trusted with the complex task of feeding themselves. Today, he drove home that point in a study released by his group, the California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA). The report tapped government control as...
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Blacklisted Bacon
(April 28th, 2008)
Los Angeles food cops have blacklisted bacon. As a result, the city’s law enforcement is on the lookout for the most notorious ring of pork pushers: food cart vendors who serve bacon-wrapped hot dogs. (The infraction is taken so seriously that one merchant even found herself behind...
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TV Talking Heads Rarely Major In Math. Or Science.
(April 25th, 2008)
Bostonians who watch WBZ-TV News saw something last night that’s all too common in our national discussion about trace levels of mercury in tuna: a television reporter who can’t grasp the concept of multiplying  by 10. WBZ’s Paula Ebben whipped up pointless fear about “troubling levels...
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Patronizing Activists Hit Food, Fuel, Funds
(April 25th, 2008)
With soaring gas prices and food shortages approaching “global crisis” level, more and more Americans are tightening their belts. While anti-fat fanatics fight to ban “unhealthy” foods (or make us feel as guilty as possible about eating them) and organic activists whine that food is too...
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Animal Rights Group Endorses Fresh Eggs. Just Kidding.
(April 24th, 2008)
We’ve been saying for years that the misnamed Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is really a “humane society” in name only. The group doesn’t run any pet shelters, but it raises countless millions of dollars from Americans who don’t know any better. In reality, HSUS...
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Saving The Planet, One Empty Stunt At A Time
(April 22nd, 2008)
As plenty of cynics and even some environmentalists are pointing out, Earth Day bears little resemblance to the annual call to action that first emerged in 1970. What was once a national effort to raise awareness about long-term environmental issues is now a watered-down marketing ploy for everything...
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An Inconvenient Petri Dish
(April 21st, 2008)
With the help of today’s New York Times, the anti-everything fanatics at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are announcing a $1 million prize for anyone who can create an in vitro (lab-created) replacement for meat -- provided it’s commercially marketable in just four years. While...
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NYC Menu Labeling Misses The Point
(April 21st, 2008)
A New York Times editorial today suggests that restaurants opposed to mandatory menu labeling “must have missed the news that New Yorkers gained 10 million pounds over the last two years.” But if the Times’ own editorial board had followed that story a little closer themselves, they would...
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New York City Puts Guilt On The Menu
(April 17th, 2008)
There has been plenty of big news in the Big Apple this month. Yesterday, a federal judge in the Southern District of New York upheld the city’s decision to plaster restaurant menus with in-your-face calorie counts. That story is disturbing on its own, but it becomes even more...
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