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NYC Big Soda Ban Just Crazy

NYC Big Soda Ban Just Crazy

On March 12, 2013 I was a guest on the Mark Carbonaro Show, talking about the Court ruling striking down Bloomberg’s Big Soda ban.

The decision is available at our earlier post, Sometimes I feel like a soda-less child.


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The Liberal Anthem
sung to the tune of It’s the Real Thing

(with apologies to the Coca-Cola Corporation)

I’d like to force the world to starve,
to make it more healthy!
Ban sugary Cokes, tobacco smokes,
and trans-fats that are savor-eee!

I’d like to mandate people’s lives,
change them transformationally.
March in lockstep, to Bloomy’s schlep,
at the risk of penalties!

It’s the real thing,
it’s not something you ate.
It’s in New York, DC and LA,
the totalitarian state!

I’m willing to trade the gas tax for a tax on sugar any day. The pushers of high fructose corn syrup are so successful that the additive is in most everything on our grocery shelves. The saturation of sugar in our food supply has rendered alarmingly adverse effects on our insulin and leptin functions. Stop assuming that the overwhelming and ongoing increase in the population’s body weight is due to sloth and gluttony. Search out Dr. Robert Lustig on youtube.

I don’t have a problem with ridiculing the NYC nanny state — but in the interest of improving personal responsibility, BRING SOME CONDEMNATION DOWN ON THE SUGAR PUSHERS TOO.

    BannedbytheGuardian in reply to Mark30339. | March 17, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Yes- it sneaks up on you . Taste buds get acclimatised & the sweetness becomes the usual.

    Regarding the NY ban – are non sugar drinks available ? Diet coke is horrible but low sugar fizzles & spritzer s are fine. I never drink coke but I do like the Zero version.

    I like to do 10 day hikes where all food is minimal weight . When I return I love to eat normally but I find it hard to digest fats & oils for some time.

    So your addiction theory ihas merit.

    The big talk in the med industry is that people are just too big for paramedics , imaging machines & routine health practices.

    In the UK some hospitals are having to take patients to The London Zoo so as to fit them into large animal sized CAT & MRI machines.

    David Yotham in reply to Mark30339. | March 17, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Tender succulent Kabobs, skewered along with fresh mushrooms, onions and peppers. Then, served along with the drink of your choice.

    I think we should start eating the effeminate elite Liberals. Tender because they usually haven’t worked at hard labor one day of their lives. They’re a lot of health ‘nuts’ in that crowd, so we know they’re not contaminated with tobacco toxins or other harmful chemicals. Exercise, a healthy diet and laziness….let me grab my fork – Kobe beef couldn’t be more tender! That’s a tax America could afford, just as long as we don’t become to accustomed to it since I think the Liberal Progressive herd would thin out pretty quick. The number of conservatives would skyrocket!

Mark and other anti-sugar folk, this is the parent’s job not the states.

Your parents should teach you how to eat and what is healthy. Period.

The state shouldn’t regulate sugar or soda. Of course this is just my opinion. I say let the free markets and capitalism provide sugar to their educated customers.

Or else we get a police state – aptly described over at the People’s Cube:

“Inspired by the dramatic improvements in New Yorkers’ health and well-being after he banned smoking and junk food, as well as large sodas, salt, trans fats, Styrofoam food containers, and loud earbuds, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced that the NYPD is organizing a Food Felonies Unit (FFU) to further combat the proliferation of food crimes.

Nicknamed “Double-F-U,” the newly-formed unit is expected to be involved largely with restaurant menu supervision in its crime-prevention function, while also conducting sting operations on food service providers who break local ordinances.”

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    BannedbytheGuardian in reply to LisaGinNZ. | March 17, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Lisa . The point that Mark is making is the hidden corn syrup fructose in many American foods.

    Locally produced NZ food does not have this hyper sweetness . I know this because I shop NZ foods . Even NZ lollies are nowhere near American mass lines .In fact I specifically buy NZ confectionary . Cadbury not Hershels.

    You an definitely find quality non fructosed products in the US equal to NZ but it is not cheap & Americans ( non LI readers ) demand cheap.

    The parallel for you is the Pacific Island community & their woeful tinned diet. Don ‘t tell me they are not a huge drag on the NZ health system. Indeed it was Tongan PRincess who could not fit into any CatScan machine that started the alarm back in the 90s.

    I am not saying there ought be laws but alternatives to sugar drinks – just alternatives . A buddy coke – 600 ml – has 14 tea spoons of sugar. Parents don’t seem to care anywhere for their kids to consume these. It is a huge problem everywhere.


stevewhitemd | March 17, 2013 at 9:21 pm

If I were the kind of guy who would do a ‘Glee’ style tossing of a slurpy at someone, this cartoon video would give me ideas…

Guardian, does my opinion count more since I grew up in Chicago area, born in Wilmette Illinois, moved to NZ in 2007?!

SUGAR isn’t the problem – and I notice you actually agree with me when you said “parents don’t seem to care…”

Now THAT is the point. I do NOT want the STATE to be my or anyone’s PARENT. Don’t excuse the parents and allow yourself to be controlled by the nanny state – in USA or anywhere. NZ can be very sheep like…

I will never comply. Freedom is in my USA genes.