In Uncategorized on June 27, 2012 at 6:00 am
today’s news and information gleanings from here and there!
Quote for today… “faux pas.” – Dictionary.com
- Dress Code Absurdity: “An idea floated by a Susquehanna Township School Board committee Monday night — and met with mixed reviews — would require that high school and middle school dress-code violators to wear a lab coat over their clothes all day if their parents can’t bring acceptable clothing to school. – Harrisburg Patriot-News
- Good news – bad news. How long will you live? Here’s (above) an interesting “Lifespan Calculator.” Just fill in the blanks, click your response and the Northwestern Mutual app will “calculate your life expectancy.”
- At the Monday evening “meeting of the whole” the mayor identified an area in the grassy thoroughfare known as Avenue J between Second Street and Bank Avenue as a problem area where “drug dealers” are and “drug transactions” occur. He stated that there is a faction that wants to have that part of Avenue J designated as a “pedestrian-only walkway.”
- At the same meeting, the Council president said, “Boy, are we going to take a beating on this one.” He was referencing the decision to remove four parking meters from Fourth Street and to re-designate the four spaces as parking for the projected medical facility. A councilor asked the borough manager for some “wordsmithing” on the signage. [NOTE: Here’s one idea of what the sign Read the rest of this entry »
In Lists, Opinions on June 27, 2012 at 5:03 am
“Each year, 24/7 Wall St. identifies 10 important American brands that we predict will disappear within a year. This year’s list reflects the brutally competitive nature of certain industries and the reason why companies cannot afford to fall behind in efficiency, innovation or financing.
“American Airlines will disappear in 2013 because of its inefficiency. It was the premier carrier in the United States for almost 30 years — even surviving through periods when most other carriers went bankrupt. However, it lost its critical advantage of scale when Northwest merged with Delta (NYSE: DAL) and Continental merged with United (NYSE: UAL). Within two years, American became a medium-sized carrier.
“This year we continue to take a methodical approach in deciding which brands to include on our list of brands that will disappear. The major criteria are: Read the rest of this entry »
In Everyday Living, Government, Opinions, Opportunities on June 27, 2012 at 5:01 am
The mayor of New York wants to restrict the serving size of sugar-sweetened drinks in the city. Aidan/Flickr
“New York City’s mayor has taken issue with “super-sized” serves of sugar-sweetened drinks and is proposing a limit on their serving size to a maximum 16 fluid oz (500 millilitres) at fast food outlets, restaurants, cinemas and street-side vendors.
“Michael Bloomberg sees this as essential to improving the chance for healthy lifestyles in the obesogenic environment of the United States. Soft drinks and fruit juices will feel the impact of the measure most, as diet soft drinks and dairy-based beverages are exempt.
“But is this yet another example of a ‘nanny state’ trying to remove individual freedom to choose and will it do anything to address the obesity epidemic?
“The main purpose of beverages is to hydrate us, that is, keep individuals in fluid balance. The average woman needs an intake of around two litres of fluid daily with an additional 700 mL normally ingested from foods (so adequate intake is 2.8 litres). Men require a little more, with an adequate daily intake of 2.6 litres from fluids and 800 mL from food.
“What Bloomberg proposes as a maximum serving equates to a quarter of a woman’s and a fifth of a man’s daily fluid allowance. Given that the average person drinks six or more times in a day, this appears to be a very reasonable, if not high, proportion of daily intake. Some might argue that people who exercise vigorously or are experiencing extreme heat may need more hydration but this is not the case for people sitting in an air-conditioned cinema.
“Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock drew attention to the problems of America’s ‘supersizing’ culture almost ten years ago. So the reduction in the individual serving size of a soft drink is a sane move for a society bent on over-consumption. Read the rest of this entry »