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103. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 29, 2013, 09:16 Beamer
RollinThundr wrote on Mar 29, 2013, 08:13:
Beamer wrote on Mar 28, 2013, 20:02:
RollinThundr wrote on Mar 28, 2013, 18:21:
Beamer wrote on Mar 28, 2013, 16:33:
PHJF wrote on Mar 28, 2013, 16:18:
Oh and this kind of stuff, like the slow fall of tobacco, isn't going to happen overnight. You can't flip a switch and suddenly everyone is on the path to good clean living. The best thing you can do is educate and condition kids and hope it sticks. This was just on CNBC:

U.S. soda consumption fell in 2012 for the eighth-straight year, this time by 1.2 percent to levels not seen since the Clinton administration, according to new beverage statistics.

Then again those putrescent "energy drinks" saw another meteoric gain.

You can't flip a switch, but you can lead people to it. Part of the reason smoking is so low is the taxation. The government didn't flip that switch, it's gradually increased.

Of course, doing that on unhealthy food is difficult. As you mention, it's socioeconomical, and food is a necessity. Feeding a family of 5 is a whole lot easier on a McDonald's Dollar Menu than on salad. And the bread that is sold in stores may be kind of gross with partially hydrogenated soybean oil, tons of salt and tons of sugar, but all that stuff makes it last longer, meaning less goes bad, it's easier to transport, etc., which lowers costs.

It's a bad situation.
I do think, though, that attacking the liquid calories isn't a bad idea. Coke just launched FruitWater, which they market as a healthy alternative to soda. It has no fruit. None. Not a drop. Hell, most "juices" in the supermarket are no more than 10% juice.
Maybe getting more strict on the crap companies produce and how they market it would be a step in the right direction.

And by leading people, you mean run their lives for them. Coax them to do what you think is right.

If consuming less complete shit ruins lives, well, let's ruin them.
Also, you're a drama queen.

It's more so calling it what it is, democrats have this whole control issue. Not sure why, maybe one of the key components to leaning to the left is have a touch of narcissism.

Oh, wait, I read "run their lives" as "ruin their lives."

I spent way too much time yesterday staring at monitors.
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