You guys I stopped drinking soda like 6 months ago. Its NOT THE FUCKING POINT. The fucking point is we all are adults and shouldn’t have to live in a fucking fascist fucking nanny state.
Lol no. The point is results. Human beings are weak, impressionable creatures who are powerless in the face of relentless, psychologically researched campaigns to profit off our propensity for addiction. Especially children. It’s criminal how we market to children and sell them poison like sugary drinks, sweets and other treats. If children were a different ethnicity than grownups, it would be genocide. Their only defense is a Nanny State - fuck yeah! - stepping in and saying our naive, pathetic faith (and faith itself is the most pathetic thing ever devised) in the juvenile concept of “free choice” doesn’t matter. What matters are results, statistics, and saving the next generation from this obesity plagued rained down on them by the profiteers of Madison Avenue, agribusiness and the beverage industry.
Michael Bloomberg - and I hate his imperiousness as much as the next person - is the most brilliant mayor of NYC in my lifetime by several light years. This law — which is thankfully completely not subject to any review by the City Council or other legislative bodies, and will take effect next March no matter how much the libertarians gnash their teeth — completely puts to bed anyone who objected to his third term. Because I guarantee you Bill Thompson would never have the fucking balls to do what Mike Bloomberg has done in the past decade on smoking, trans fat, high fructose corn syrup and other poisons threatening New Yorkers’ public health.
“There is something vaguely dystopian about oppressed peoples in Syria or Iran seeking dignity and liberation inside a corporate sovereign that is, for its part, creating great wealth for its founders and asserting control over its users.”—Steve Coll for The New Yorker: Why I’m Leaving Facebook
“THREE and a half years ago, on my 62nd birthday, doctors discovered a mass on my pancreas. It turned out to be Stage 3 pancreatic cancer. I was told I would be dead in four to six months. Today I am in that rare coterie of people who have survived this long with the disease. But I did not foresee that after having dedicated myself for 40 years to a life of the law, including more than two decades as a New York State judge, my quest for ameliorative and palliative care would lead me to marijuana. […]
This is not a law-and-order issue; it is a medical and a human rights issue. Being treated at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, I am receiving the absolute gold standard of medical care. But doctors cannot be expected to do what the law prohibits, even when they know it is in the best interests of their patients. When palliative care is understood as a fundamental human and medical right, marijuana for medical use should be beyond controversy. […]
Because criminalizing an effective medical technique affects the fair administration of justice, I feel obliged to speak out as both a judge and a cancer patient suffering with a fatal disease. I implore the governor and the Legislature of New York, always considered a leader among states, to join the forward and humane thinking of 16 other states and pass the medical marijuana bill this year. Medical science has not yet found a cure, but it is barbaric to deny us access to one substance that has proved to ameliorate our suffering.”
“You’re a group of incredibly well-educated dumb people. I was there. We all were there. You’re barely functional. There are some screw-ups headed your way. I wish I could tell you that there was a trick to avoiding the screw-ups, but the screw-ups, they’re a-coming for ya. It’s a combination of life being unpredictable, and you being super dumb.”—Aaron Sorkin’s commencement speech to Syracuse grads
"After years of speculation, estimates and projections, the Census Bureau has made it official: White births are no longer a majority in the United States.
Non-Hispanic whites accounted for 49.6 percent of all births in the 12-month period that ended last July, according to Census Bureau data made public on Thursday, while minorities — including Hispanics, blacks, Asians and those of mixed race — reached 50.4 percent, representing a majority for the first time in the country’s history.
Such a turn has been long expected, but no one was certain when the moment would arrive — signaling a milestone for a nation whose government was founded by white Europeans and has wrestled mightily with issues of race, from the days of slavery, through a civil war, bitter civil rights battles and, most recently, highly charged debates over efforts to restrict immigration.
While over all, whites will remain a majority for some time, the fact that a younger generation is being born in which minorities are the majority has broad implications for the country’s economy, its political life and its identity. “This is an important tipping point,” said William H. Frey, the senior demographer at the Brookings Institution, describing the shift as a “transformation from a mostly white baby boomer culture to the more globalized multiethnic country that we are becoming.”
Signs that the country is evolving this way start with the Oval Office, and have swept hundreds of counties in recent years, with 348 in which whites are no longer in the majority. That number doubles when it comes to the toddler population, Mr. Frey said. Whites are no longer the majority in four states and the District of Columbia, and have slipped below half in many major metro areas, including New York, Las Vegas and Memphis.
The contrast raises important policy questions. The United States has a spotty record educating minority youth; will older Americans balk at paying to educate a younger generation that looks less like themselves? And while the increasingly diverse young population is a potential engine of growth, will it become a burden if it is not properly educated?”
“One day in Berlin … Eno came running in and said, “I have heard the sound of the future.” … he puts on “I Feel Love”, by Donna Summer … He said, “This is it, look no further. This single is going to change the sound of club music for the next fifteen years.” Which was more or less right.”—David Bowie, talking about Brian Eno’s reaction to “I Feel Love” in 1977. (via jedsundwall)