We’re not taking away anybody’s right to do things, we’re simply forcing you to understand that you have to make the conscious decision to go from one cup to another cup.NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg • Speaking on MSNBC about his proposed ban on soft-drink containers bigger than 16 ounces. “The idea here is, you tend to eat all the food in the container in front of you,” he continued. “If it’s a bigger container, you eat more. If somebody put it in a smaller glass or plate or bowl in front of you, you would eat less.” For what it’s worth, many large food companies, such as Coke and McDonald’s, are on the attack in the wake of the proposed ban.
» That brings the grand total to $600 million: Michael Bloomberg’s spent hundreds of millions to fight smoking globally through his charitable foundation. The NYC mayor, who calls tobacco ”a scourge all over the world,” plans to use the money to fund legal challenges against smoking in low-and-moderate-income countries where smoking is widespread, including Russia, China and India. Bloomberg’s anti-smoking efforts in NYC (which included increasing cigarette taxes and encouraging directors not to film actors smoking in films) have met with success; the smoking rate has dropped in the city. Bloomberg might face trouble in China, however: Smoking is a very common part of socializing in the region and cigarettes cost less than a dollar a pack, and China relies heavily on tax revenues raised through packs of cigarettes.
powlsy said: “was” a US citizen..?
» SFB said: Don’t read anything into the word “was” (regarding Jose Pimentel’s status as a U.S. citizen) other than us emphasizing that he isn’t strictly a citizen of the Dominican Republican despite being born there. We were just keeping up with a live stream. — Ernie @ SFB
New York City is the city where you can come and express yourself. What was happening in Zuccotti Park was not that.Mayor Michael Bloomberg • Offering a tough take on Occupy Wall Street this morning, after a long night in which police randomly showed up at the encampment’s door and gave protesters 20 minutes to vacate. The mayor seemed to imply with his statement that safety concerns trumped First Amendment concerns, which is perhaps a dangerous take on the law. source (via • follow)