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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Mar 09, 2014 After Big Bet, Hedge Fund Pulls the Levers of Power: Staking $1 Billion That Herbalife Will Fail, Then Lobbying to Bring It Down
QUOTE: a small hint of Mr. Ackman’s extraordinary attempt to leverage the corridors of power — in Washington, state capitols and city halls — for his hedge fund’s profit after taking a $1 billion financial position called a short, a bet that will pay off only if Herbalife’s stock drops. Corporate money is forever finding new ways to influence government. But Mr. Ackman’s campaign to take this fight “to the end of the earth,” using every weapon in the arsenal that Washington offers in an attempt to bring ruin to one company, is a novel one, fusing the financial markets with the political system.
New York Times Oct 21, 2013 Not Just a Hot Cup Anymore
QUOTE: The jury awarded her $2.9 million. Her story became a media sensation and fodder for talk-show hosts, late-night comedians, sitcom writers and even political pundits....Back in February 1992, when Stella Liebeck ordered the 8-ounce cup of McDonald’s coffee that would famously spill and turn her, briefly, into a court-made millionaire — until the amount, the video reports, was lowered to about $500,000...
New York Times Sep 03, 2013 Leaving a Tip: A Custom in Need of Changing?
QUOTE: I could go on against tipping, but let’s leave it at this: it is irrational, outdated, ineffective, confusing, prone to abuse and sometimes discriminatory. The people who take care of us in restaurants deserve a better system, and so do we.
New York Times Jun 22, 2013 Halving the Portion, but Not the Price (The Haggler)
QUOTE: You’re at a grocery store and pick up your favorite jar of peanut butter — or box of pasta, or can of soup — and realize that something is a little off. Like, 20 percent off....A lot of shrinkage is so subtle that it’s hard to escape the sense — and please forgive the Haggler’s cynicism here — that manufacturers may be trying to sweeten their profits on the sly. Because rarely do these reductions in container size come with proportional reductions in price.
New York Times Jul 20, 2011 One in 5 restaurant calorie listings is off
QUOTE: A new study by Tufts University nutrition researchers shows nearly one out of five restaurant dishes has at least 100 more calories than what a restaurant states on its website. The underestimated foods came from several restaurant chains...
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 13, 2011 As Immigration Audits Increase, Some Employers Pay a High Price
QUOTE: While the administration of George W. Bush focused on headline-making raids that resulted in arrests of immigrant workers, the Obama administration has gone after employers with ICE’s I-9 audits on the theory that employers who hire unauthorized workers create the demand that drives most illegal immigration....The upshot of the more aggressive enforcement is that even employers who have followed the rules can be devastated by an audit that compels them to fire valuable, long-time employees.
New York Times Jun 30, 2011 Local Laws Fighting Fat Under Siege
QUOTE: Several state legislatures are passing laws that prohibit municipalities and other local governments from adopting regulations aimed at curbing rising obesity and improving public health, such as requiring restaurants to provide nutritional information on menus or to eliminate trans fats from the foods they serve.
New York Times Jun 30, 2011 Wall St. and Food: An Unhealthy Business Model: PepsiCo's CEO is under fire for pushing healthier products—and the drama says a lot about how the industry works
QUOTE: Hailed as a strategic visionary since taking PepsiCo's reins nearly five years ago, Mrs. Nooyi is facing doubts from investors and industry insiders concerned that her push into healthier brands has distracted the company from some core products....Products that PepsiCo calls "good for you" still make up only about 20% of revenue. The bulk still comes from drinks and snacks the company dubs "fun for you," including Lay's potato chips, Doritos corn chips and Pepsi-Cola...
Atlantic Online, The (Atlantic Monthly) Jun 20, 2011 Support Is Mutual for Senator and Utah Industry
QUOTE: [Sen. Hatch] was the chief author of a federal law enacted 17 years ago that allows companies to make general health claims about their products, but exempts them from federal reviews of their safety or effectiveness before they go to market.... Mr. Hatch has been rewarded with hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions, political loyalty and corporate sponsorship of his favorite causes back home. His family and friends have benefited, too...
New York Times Apr 29, 2011 Soft Drink Industry Fights Proposed Food Stamp Ban
QUOTE: They also fear that restrictions on soft drinks would set a precedent for the government to distinguish between good and bad foods and to ban the use of food stamps for other products… The plan is unfair to food stamp recipients because it treats them differently from other customers.
New York Times Apr 20, 2011 Colt 45's fruit flavored Blast drink comes under fire
QUOTE: “Colt 45 makers are raising the alcohol level from the already high 6% to the even higher 12%, and enticing young people with hip hop themes and lollipop flavors…" Porter said the company is "expanding its market with our children."
CNN (Cable News Network) Apr 20, 2011 Even in an era of budget cuts, these government programs won’t die
QUOTE: But they have survived, again and again, thanks to powerful lobbies or high-placed patrons in Congress… “If lawmakers can’t cut programs that cost a few million, how are they going to cut deficits that are going to be in the trillions?”
Washington Post Apr 20, 2011 In Online Games, a Path to Young Consumers
QUOTE: companies, often selling sugar cereals and junk food, are using multimedia games, online quizzes and cellphone apps to build deep ties with young consumers...When these tactics revolve around food, and blur the line between advertising and entertainment, they are a source of intensifying concern for nutrition experts and children’s advocates — and are attracting scrutiny from regulators.
New York Times Apr 03, 2011 Wholesale Robbery in Liquor Sales
QUOTE: The law would protect not small stores and liquor producers, but the wholesale liquor lobby... This proposal would allow discrimination against out-of-state producers and retailers if lawmakers can prove that such laws advance “a legitimate local purpose that cannot be adequately served by reasonable nondiscriminatory alternatives.”
New York Times Dec 21, 2010 House Passes Overhaul of Food Laws
QUOTE: food manufacturers will be required to examine their processing systems to identify possible ways that food products can become contaminated and to develop detailed plans to keep that from happening. Companies must share those plans with the F.D.A., and provide the agency with records, including product test results, showing how effectively they carry them out. The agency, which has sometimes been criticized for its failure to check up on risky food producers, will be required to conduct more frequent inspections in the United States and abroad.
New York Times May 09, 2010 Lebanon claims latest title in 'Hummus War'
QUOTE: Yet, in spite of their shared appreciation, the origin of [hummus] is a source of heated debate with the Lebanese claiming ownership and Israelis denying that they have exclusive rights to the name.
CNN (Cable News Network) Apr 14, 2010 U.S. Leads New Bid to Phase Out Whale Hunting
QUOTE: The compromise deal, which has generated intense controversy within the 88-nation International Whaling Commission and among antiwhaling activists, would allow the three whaling countries to continue hunting whales for the next 10 years, although in reduced numbers.
New York Times Oct 23, 2009 Sweet Spot: How Sugary Cereal Makers Target Kids
QUOTE: Obesity researchers for the first time have hard data proving that the least healthy cereals are the ones marketed most aggressively to children.
Time Magazine Oct 03, 2009 The Burger That Shattered Her Life
QUOTE: Ms. [Stephanie] Smith’s reaction to the virulent strain of E. coli was extreme, but tracing the story of her burger, through interviews and government and corporate records obtained by The New York Times, shows why eating ground beef is still a gamble. Neither the system meant to make the meat safe, nor the meat itself, is what consumers have been led to believe.
New York Times Sep 04, 2009 For Your Health, Froot Loops
QUOTE: He [nutritionist Walter C. Willett] said the criteria used by the Smart Choices Program were seriously flawed, allowing less healthy products, like sweet cereals and heavily salted packaged meals, to win its seal of approval.
New York Times Aug 18, 2009 When Parents Scream Against Ice Cream
QUOTE: Across message boards and playgrounds, soccer fields and day camp exits, parents have been raging. In a greener, more health-conscious, unsafe world, the ice cream man has lost some of his mojo.
New York Times Aug 06, 2009 No More Perks: Coffee Shops Pull the Plug on Laptop Users: They Sit for Hours and Don't Spend Much; Getting the Bum's Rush in the Big Apple
QUOTE: a decade-old love affair between coffee shops and laptop-wielding customers is fading.
Wall Street Journal, The (WSJ) Jul 17, 2009 China reins in more rights activists by seizing computers
QUOTE: In another sign of the Chinese authorities clamping down on civil rights activists, on Friday officials confiscated the computers of lawyers working on last year's tainted milk scandal.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 08, 2009 Quality of Bottled Water Questioned in Congress
QUOTE: members of Congress were briefed on two new studies that question whether bottled water is safer than water directly from the faucet.
New York Times Nov 29, 2008 Trace Levels of Melamine in Formula Called Safe
QUOTE: Last month, the Food and Drug Administration said it was "currently unable to establish any level of melamine and melamine-related compounds in infant formula that does not raise public health concerns." FDA officials updated their interim risk assessment yesterday after finding what they described as "extremely low amounts" of melamine and cyanuric acid, a related chemical, in samples of two popular brands of domestically made infant formula.
Washington Post Nov 18, 2008 As children starve, world struggles for solution
QUOTE: Some mothers choose what their children will eat. Others choose which children will eat and which will die...Haitians are so desperate for food that many mothers wait to name their newborns because so many infants die of malnourishment. Other Haitian mothers keep their children alive by parceling out food to them, but some make an excruciating choice when their food rationing fails...
CNN (Cable News Network) Sep 02, 2008 City Room: Solidarity for Korean Grocers
QUOTE: ...Korean produce merchants in New York City have often found themselves in conflict with white wholesale distributors, black customers and labor unions representing Hispanic employees, according to a new book by a Queens College sociologist....Among the most interesting insights in the book are Dr. Min’s explanation for why “Korean-black conflicts, which peaked in the later 1980s and early 1990s, have almost disappeared since the mid-1990s,” and his descriptions of how Korean grocers organized themselves to gain more leverage in their dealings with white wholesalers at the Hunts Point Market in the Bronx.
New York Times Aug 22, 2008 Fish Tale Has DNA Hook: Students Find Bad Labels
QUOTE: a freelance science project in which they checked 60 samples of seafood using a simplified genetic fingerprinting technique to see whether the fish New Yorkers buy is what they think they are getting. They found that one-fourth of the fish samples with identifiable DNA were mislabeled.
New York Times Jul 02, 2008 When You’re All Dressed Up, You Need Somewhere to Go (Diners Journal)
QUOTE: And I have a huge problem with restaurants that enforce their dress codes inconsistently, as I’ve observed on this blog. Fairness lies not in abandoning dress codes and other rules. Fairness lies in making sure everybody plays by the rules that have been established. And too often I’ve sat in a jackets-required dining room and noticed a male diner nearby without a jacket. That steams me.
New York Times May 18, 2008 The World: One Country's Table Scraps, Another Country's Meal
QUOTE: You’d never know it if you saw what was ending up in your landfill. As it turns out, Americans waste an astounding amount of food — an estimated 27 percent of the food available for consumption, according to a government study — and it happens at the supermarket, in restaurants and cafeterias and in your very own kitchen. It works out to about a pound of food every day for every American.
New York Times May 14, 2008 Los Angeles in a stew over taco trucks: A new law could levy fines and jail time for taco-truck proprietors who idle.
QUOTE: Bricks-and-mortar restaurants charged that taco trucks were too often parking directly in front of their establishments and siphoning off customers. Growing pressures within the Los Angeles economy...have exacerbated the tension between stationary merchants who have leases to pay, employ many more workers than the mobile vendors – and who dearly need their patrons and parking.
Christian Science Monitor May 14, 2008 Lawmaker: Nation's food system is collapsing
QUOTE: As nearly 12 million cattle nationwide are being readied for slaughter this year to satisfy America's passion for beef, new questions have arisen about the safety of the nation's meat supply and the agency that oversees it.
CNN (Cable News Network) May 13, 2008 Hundreds Are Arrested in U.S. Sweep of Meat Plant
QUOTE: The former supervisor, the affidavit said, estimated that 80 percent of the employees were in the United States illegally.
New York Times Feb 05, 2008 A Corporate View of Mafia Tactics: Protesting, Lobbying and Citing Upton Sinclair
QUOTE: [Smithfield Foods] has filed a racketeering lawsuit against the union, on the theory that speaking out about labor, environmental and safety issues in order to pressure the company to unionize amounts to extortion like that used by organized crime...But what [Smithfield's lawyer] calls extortion sounds quite a bit like free speech.
New York Times Feb 01, 2008 Relief and Defiance At Smoking's Last Gasp: Health Saved? Rights Curtailed? Split Views, and Some Shrugs, Over Md. Ban
QUOTE: The [Maryland state smoking] ban has been lauded by health advocates as an important protection against the dangers of secondhand smoke, but [a critic] views it as an attack on the rights of business owners and smokers.
Washington Post Jan 11, 2008 5 things airlines won't tell you about their food
QUOTE: 1. 'There's no food on this flight.' 2. 'Hope you're not on a diet.' 3. 'Our in-flight cuisine is awful.' 4. 'Exact change only, please.' 5. 'There's a secret menu -- and it's better.'
CNN (Cable News Network) Jan 10, 2008 Food Allergies Stir a Mother to Action
QUOTE: [Robyn O'Brien] wonders if it’s only a matter of time before Big Food tries to stop her from exposing what she sees as a profit-driven global conspiracy whose collateral damage is an alarming increase in childhood food allergies.
New York Times Dec 20, 2007 India Overturns Law Banning Women Bartenders
QUOTE: In overturning a 1914 law that prohibited women from tending bar here in the capital, the Supreme Court of India this month not only raised a glass to changing social mores in this country, but also gave Indian women access to one of the most lucrative jobs in the new economy.
New York Times Oct 23, 2007 Many Red Flags Preceded a Beef Recall
QUOTE: Consumer groups and other critics say it is startling that the agency does not have a better handle on the problems, which they see as emblematic of a cozy relationship between the Agriculture Department and the meat industry.
New York Times Oct 12, 2007 Minnesota Limit on Gifts to Doctors May Catch On
QUOTE: The interest in legislation to register or limit the food, gifts and money that drug and device makers lavish on doctors stems from growing concerns that these benefits lead doctors to prescribe more, and more expensive, drugs and devices, raising the costs of health care and changing care to patients.
New York Times Sep 18, 2007 Must menus in California count calories, carbs, fats? A bill is on the governor's desk, and 4 of 5 state residents back it. But restaurant chains say mandatory measures are lawsuits waiting to happen.
QUOTE: Whether to require detailed nutritional information on restaurant menus or brochures is under scrutiny as never before. Some see it as a way to help curb high obesity rates by encouraging healthier eating, while restaurant representatives claim that mandatory measures would be burdensome and wouldn't stem obesity. To other lawmakers, labeling is the latest example of excessive government interference.
Christian Science Monitor Sep 13, 2007 Diet-conscious Los Angeles eyes moratorium on fast-food outlets: Diet-conscious Los Angeles eyes moratorium on fast-food outlets
QUOTE: Others say [a moratorium on new fast-food outlets] is a well-meaning but misguided attempt by government to control social behavior, doomed to failure, like prohibition in the 1920s. "You can't regulate the supply side of a behavioral problem and expect results," says Dennis Lombardi, executive vice president of Foodservice Strategies, a consulting firm for the restaurant industry.
Christian Science Monitor Sep 11, 2007 Judge Throws Out Rule Requiring Restaurants to Post Calories
QUOTE: The regulation, formally known as New York City Health Code 81:50, would have forced restaurants that already voluntarily make public the nutritional information of their dishes on things like Web sites, posters or tray liners to post that information either on their menus or menu boards.
New York Times Aug 25, 2007 30 Immigrants On Bikes Deliver A Labor Revolt: N.Y. Workers Gain Allies in Protest of Wages, Conditions
QUOTE: a growing assertiveness in some pockets of the country's illegal immigrant community of 12 million people is beginning to answer at least one of the hot questions in the immigration debate: What would happen if the exploited undocumented workers decide one day that enough is enough?
Washington Post Aug 04, 2007 Two Very Different Paths From Farm to Table: Bifurcated Safety System Means Some Foods Get Less Scrutiny
QUOTE: the Government Accountability Office called federal oversight of the food safety system "fragmented" and put it on a list of "high-risk" programs.
Washington Post Jul 22, 2007 Where does your food come from? Food labels don't tell the whole inside story
QUOTE: Recent reports of tainted imports from China have focused new attention on a little-known trend: In today's global economy, more food items are being produced in this country with some ingredients from other lands. But the FDA inspects less than 1 percent of all food imports - and that means consumers must trust food makers to guarantee the safety of their products.
San Jose Mercury News Jul 18, 2007 FDA Faulted In Safety Lapses: White House Orders Study of Imports
QUOTE: The Food and Drug Administration came under withering criticism by a House panel yesterday for its handling of recent food-safety violations, and the Bush administration later disclosed plans to establish a working group to review the safety of food and other imports.
Washington Post Jul 06, 2007 Lying in the Name of Truth: When Is It Justified for Journalists?
QUOTE: It's one of the age-old debates in journalism circles. Can a journalist tell a lie to reveal the bad behavior of others? Or, put another way, when might a journalist obscure the truth of his identity in pursuit of the truth on a story?
Poynter Online Jun 17, 2007 City Moves to Ban Restaurant Smoking
QUOTE: the Alexandria City Council voted unanimously yesterday to use its zoning powers to ban smoking in restaurants, an unusual tactic opponents said would lead to costly lawsuits.
Washington Post May 17, 2007 Is Online Marketing Making Kids Obese? A new study highlights ways companies use the Web to promote unhealthy foods to youngsters and asks regulators to step in
QUOTE: The report's authors suggest that a rise in such marketing on sites where kids are spending larger chunks of time is contributing to childhood obesity and diet-related health problems by encouraging kids to make poor food choices.
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