1:55 PM, Oct 3, 2012 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The Nanny State has decided to make it possible for kids to eat their vegetables. Indeed, to make it hard for them not to eat their vegetables. The kids, unsurprisingly, are saying, ‘We say it's spinach and we say the hell with it.’ So one school proposes to monitor the school cafeteria garbage cans with cameras to record what vegetables the kids are tossing and in what quantity.
So far, just one more story about busy bodies using some borrowed government muscle to run other people's lives. Routinely infuriating. And, one thinks, better get ready for more.
But the way some parents have responded to the latest spreading of the snooper state gives one some hope:
“So we’re going to spend how many more thousands of dollars to put cameras on trash cans to document the thousands of dollars in food the kids are throwing away,” one parent wrote ... “This is a no brainer, kids are not going to eat the stuff served at school. Has anyone really looked at these lunch trays?”
“Why not just remove the kids from their parent’s home at 3 – 5 years-old and put them in mass dormitories where their entire lives can be monitored and properly controlled so that they become properly modeled citizens and serve as they are needed by our enlightened leaders,” another reader wrote.
The official response was predictable. Oh, no, sayeth the bureaucrats. We have no intention of monitoring the kids. None at all. We're just going to make a record of what goes into the garbage cans.
Yes. And if you are happy with your current health care plan, then you can keep it. And there will be no mandate.
5:04 PM, Aug 28, 2012 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Does it not sometimes seems as if the nation – and the media, especially – has become overly in awe of the president and that it might be time for whomever is in the White House to stick to running the government – when he is not running for reelection – and let people run their lives on the assumption that they can handle it ... whatever "it" is? Do we need a president for this?
A sugary slope.11:05 AM, Jun 7, 2012 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The mayor of New York does not believe that a willing buyer in search of a 32-ounce soft drink and a willing seller of the same should be allowed to make the deal. This, in a city that is famous for deals that involve quite a bit more than a few pints of sugar water and do a whole lot more societal damage. But never mind. People may have gone bust when Lehman went toes up, but nobody got obese as a result of its over-indulging in credit default swaps.
12:53 PM, Jun 1, 2012 • By THERESA CIVANTOS
The British government, led by Prime Minister David Cameron, recently introduced a new initiative offering first-time parents relationship counseling, childcare classes, and advice via email and text message – all subsidized by the National Health Service, Department of Health, and Department for Education.
Won't reduce litter, only jobs. 3:01 PM, May 7, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
This month, the Los Angeles city council is expected to ban single-use plastic bags. “[T]he ban is an attempt by the city to reduce litter,” says the Los Angeles Daily News. But it is likely to reduce something else: jobs.
11:02 AM, Oct 17, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll by Rasmussen shows only 44 percent of Americans think cameras at traffic intersections are a good idea, while another 44 percent don't think they are a good idea. But those surveyed are much more supportive of surveillance cameras in police cars and in public spaces:
4:00 PM, May 7, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
Anthony Bourdain, celebrity chef and host of the Travel Channel's very popular "No Reservations" does not mince words about the possibility future overbearing salt regulation.
In this otherwise depressing Time piece that, among other creepy sentiments, asserts that "we can be trained" to get by with less sodium and calls salt a dietary "cocaine," Bourdain's delightfully politically incorrect sentiment is, well, the salt and the light.
Sticking it to taxpayers on behalf of junkies.2:13 PM, Jan 5, 2010 • By RACHEL ABRAMS
If you are a heroin addict in New York, and you want to learn how to shoot up “safely,” there’s a free flier, “Take Charge, Take Care,” produced on the taxpayers’ dime by the health department of the City of New York that will come in handy.
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