Health Scares, Celebrity Chefs, and Clown Logic
(May 31st, 2011)
While you were barbecuing, parade-watching, and beachcombing your way through Memorial Day weekend—and, hopefully, taking a moment to honor America’s supreme sacrificers—we were cranking up our communications engine. The long weekend brought us three new opportunities to talk to consumers through their newspaper opinion pages (of both the...
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Office Jobs A Major Contributor to Obesity Problem, Study Finds
(May 26th, 2011)
Everyone knows what a couch potato is, but have you heard of a desk potato? As the American workplace has shifted from farms and factories to cubicles and computer desks, we’re burning fewer calories each day on the job than workers did in the 1960s. That’s according to read more here »

Dr. Oz’s Fat-Headed Food Fear Mongering
(May 25th, 2011)
Sometimes we’re not sure whether Dr. Mehmet Oz’s TV show is a trip to sugary make-believe or animal-rights fantasyland, but yesterday’s segment about childhood obesity was a one-way ticket to Crazytown. Questioning who’s to blame for overweight kids, Oz ominously warned that parents “face a powerful...
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If They Won’t Join You, Beat Them (Over the Head)
(May 24th, 2011)
Business consultants are fond of saying that “a leader without followers is just a guy taking a walk.” We might say the same about a certain quasi-medical animal rights group that enjoys very little approval in the mainstream medical community. If you’re the so-called Physicians Committee for Responsible...
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Fighting the Culinary Fusspots
(May 23rd, 2011)
So you’ve canceled your subscription to the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s newsletter. You’ve figured out that the Humane Society of the United States is a richer version of PETA and the “Physicians Committee” for Responsible Medicine is PETA’s lab-coated evil twin (not...
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Is There a Merit Badge for Unintended Consequences?
(May 20th, 2011)
Pity the Girl Scouts. They had a great thing going with those cookies—the familiar Tagalongs, Samoas, Thin Mints, and let’s not forget the Do-si-dos. But instead of universal goodwill, Girl Scout cookies are quickly crumbling into a symbol of activist appeasement and nutty outcomes. (Warning: these outcomes may...
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Animal Rights and Criminal Wrongs
(May 18th, 2011)
This morning’s Wall Street Journal opinion page features a chilling reminder of why the War on Terror encompasses more than just overseas militants. The FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Terrorists list, it turns out, includes one domestic zealot from the animal rights movement. Oregon scientist Michael Conn and ethicist James...
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The Visual HSUS (First in a Series)
(May 17th, 2011)
Regular readers of our successful HumaneWatch website understand that the wealthy Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has set itself up for plenty of ridicule, mostly through its own outrageous missteps and public gaffes. And this week we’re beginning to put some of those self-inflicted wounds on...
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Introducing the Circular Firing Squad
(May 17th, 2011)
It’s been nearly two centuries since a New York mayor first wrote that politics makes for “strange bedfellows.” Today there’s nothing unusual about sworn enemies working together for a common purpose. This month in Colorado, for instance, animal rights activists and libertarians are teaming up to push...
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Overzealous Lawmakers Overlook Obesity Facts
(May 16th, 2011)
Obesity-obsessed bureaucrats are increasingly finding egg on their faces in the wake of dietary legislation they pushed out of emotion rather than science-based facts. In this month’s City Journal, editor Steven Malanga shares anecdotes about food-cop lawmakers whose shoot-first-aim-later approaches have horribly backfired. First comes the USDA’s 1977 food...
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