New York City and the Bloomberg administration plan to enact a ban on the sale large sodas and other sugary drinks at movie theaters, restaurants, and even street vendors in an effort to fight obesity.Read more »
"If they can force you to engage in commercial transactions, they can force you to do almost anything," Stated Paul Clement who represented the several states and private companies that filed a lawsuit over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This act is also known as Obamacare to the majority of people. The lawsuit is challenges the federal government’s position to mandate the purchase of healthcare insurance on all citizens in the United States. The Supreme Court heard this case in March of 2012 and we will find out their decision in the summer of 2012.Read more »
New Jersey will defy a federal ban and let people bet on the outcomes of football, basketball and other games this fall, Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday.
Interesting case of non-compliance. BTW, I'm not sure how gambling constitutes "interstate commerce" when it's illegal to make bets across state lines.Read more »
Opt Out of School Lunch
Should schools force kids to eat USDA-approved food, or should families take back control of what their kids are eating?Read more »
Steve Cooksey never thought he'd wind up in hot water with the North Carolina Board of Dietetics for merely running a blog documenting his personal successes in combating diabetes with a paleo diet, but now he's facing fines, loss of his domain name, and 120 days in jail. Why? Because he passed out business cards with his URL at a talk which advocated the diet that previously kept Cooksey dependent upon drugs—a talk given someone who had been licensed by the state.Read more »
Birth Control 101 For Idiots
This is hormonal birth control.Read more »
Tennessee's lawmakers have been on a roll with vital pieces of legislation, necessary to the well-being of their residents. There's the bill to protect teachers who tell students that scientific ideas like evolution and climate change aren't necessarily true. There's the bill to ensure public buildings can display the Ten Commandments (and other "historically significant documents") if they choose. But now, they've really hit the meat of important issues with a bill to outlaw saggy pants.Read more »
Unpaid parking tickets? That’s a strip search. And no leash on your doggie? That’s a strip search too. It might sound weird, and a wee bit terrifying, but that’s the verdict out of the United States Supreme Court this week.Read more »
Rethink: Where Do Your Healthcare Dollars Go?
Whether you’re part of the 50 percent of insured Americans who receive health coverage through their employer, or part of a smaller group that purchases insurance directly from the insurer, you’re probably concerned about the rising cost of health care.
Premiums are up across the board. Americans are wondering why healthcare costs are rising, and where their health insurance dollars being spent. As it turns out, the answer to rising healthcare costs is more complex than politicians make it out to be.Read more »
Law enforcement tracking of cellphones, once the province mainly of federal agents, has become a powerful and widely used surveillance tool for local police officials, with hundreds of departments, large and small, often using it aggressively with little or no court oversight, documents show.Read more »
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