Saturday, March 11, 2006

"It can't have more than two walls or a roof" - SUV exhaust fumes must be allowed to enter!

The warning labels are affixed with powerful adhesive to the helmets of the citizens in this culture of vampires.

Helmets cut head injuries in skiers, snowboarders, study shows

It’s a bit of a no-brainer that speeding down a slope on skis or zooming into the air on a snowboard puts winter sports aficionados potentially in harm’s way. But a new study shows that donning a helmet can significantly reduce the risk of the most common slope-related injury - head trauma.

A study by Norwegian researchers found that alpine skiers and snowboarders who wore a proper helmet while participating in their respective sports had a 60 per cent lower risk of sustaining a head injury than those who wore no helmet.

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Internationally, skiers and snowboarders are required to wear a helmet to compete in World Cup and Olympic events. But Bahr said he knows of no country in the world where helmets are mandatory for recreational pursuers of the adrenalin-rush snow sports.

The lack of regulation is concerning to Bahr and others involved with the sports, especially when it comes to the gravity-defying flips and turns beloved of snowboarders, whose risk of head injury is 50 per cent higher than that of alpine skiers.
The purges rage onward:

Fat police target pop for U.S. sin tax
One of every five calories in the American diet is liquid, making pop the country's single biggest calorie source. In response, nutrition experts are stepping up their long-standing fight against sugary soft drinks.

In reports to be published in science journals this week, two groups of researchers hope to add evidence to the theory that pop and other sugar-sweetened drinks don't just go hand-in-hand with obesity, but could actually be a leading cause of it.

Proving this could help make the case for higher taxes on pop, restrictions on how and where it is sold -- maybe even a U.S. surgeon general's warning on labels.

"We've done it with cigarettes," said one scientist advocating this, Barry Popkin at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

[..] Beverage companies seem worried. Some are making pop "healthier" by adding calcium and vitamins, and pushing fortified but sugary sports drinks in schools that ban pop. This could help them duck any regulations aimed at "empty calorie" drinks, said Jennifer Follett, a USDA nutritionist at the University of California in Davis.

Proving that something causes disease is not easy. It took decades with tobacco, asbestos and other substances now known to cause cancer, and it would be especially tough for a disease as complex as obesity.
Obesity is now a "disease", just like smoking cigarettes is an "addiction." And nobody wants to be sick, so we won't mind when the state intervenes.

No-smoking law will make no exceptions
Ontario bar and restaurant owners who spent tens of thousands of dollars building specially ventilated smoking rooms will not be compensated when a provincewide smoking ban kicks in June 1.

"The short answer is no, there will be no compensation," Health Promotion Minister Jim Watson said yesterday after the Liberal cabinet approved new regulations to implement the smoking ban.

"We were very clear in the lead-up to the (2003) election that we would bring in a smoking ban that would be 100 per cent and that there would not be exemptions to it."

Watson said that some outdoor patios that were hastily constructed to get around local anti-smoking bylaws will also be outlawed under the new regulations.

"It can't have more than two walls or a roof," he said.

"You can cover an area, but there has to be a way for the smoke to get out on the side, and it can't go up and get trapped in the roof."
The mob gathers in the public square to watch the smokers burn, and the representatives of the anonymous collective invade your home while you are away.

1 Comment:

Anonymous said...

Yeah I hate seatbelts too.