One believes a woman’s right to choose should be protected for future generations; one does not. That difference, given the likelihood of Supreme Court vacancies, weighs heavily on my decision.
One recognizes marriage equality as consistent with America’s march of freedom; one does not. I want our president to be on the right side of history."
The people demand vibrators! Perhaps you haven’t been following: Trojan was set to give out a bunch of free vibrators “from hot-dog-style pushcarts” on city streets yesterday, which they did … for a while. Until, Amber Sutherland, Jennifer Bain, and Todd Venezia write, things got out of hand—the crowds were too large, apparently, and the promotion was shut down before its 4 p.m. Flatiron giveaway could ensue.
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By now everyone’s well aware of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s new plan to ban the sale of sodas larger than 16 ounces in New York City. So far the proposal doesn’t seem very pop-ular — it’s just too easy with this story — but the mayor himself is pushing past the criticism like he’s been there before.
That’s probably because he has. As Sarah Kliff pointed out the other day at Wonkblog, Bloomberg’s time as mayor has been filled with the passage of public health initiatives that were at the head of the national curve, and sometimes even set it. While many of these efforts were greeted with skepticism, a great number of cities (not to mention states and even countries) eventually came to embrace similar policies.
Using this history as its guide, Atlantic Cities embarked on an attempt to deduce which major city might be the next to follow in Bloomberg’s cup holder and pursue a ban on large sugary drinks. Read more.
Look at Mayor Michael Bloomberg, standing behind a podium, as he so often does in his job. It’s in that upright posture that he’s spoken about bans on smoking, trans-fats, and now large containers of sweetened liquid. Perhaps it is all an elaborate attempt to distract us from something even less healthy. For elsewhere in New York, countless workers toil at the machine that helped their namesake become a billionaire — the Bloomberg terminal, ubiquitous in finance. And get this: almost all of them are sitting down.
Yes, they are seated.
And “over a lifetime, the unhealthful effects of sitting add up,” The New York Times Magazine reported last April in a story titled, “Is Sitting a Lethal Activity.” […]
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