Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Kardashian & Kibosh

So if you live in New York, you have probably noticed that subway fairs are going up (again). Apparently MTA ridership hit a 62 year high last year, despite superstorm Sandy which shut down the system. The MTA estimated that it lost about 49.7 million trips because of Sandy, and 43.8 million of those were directly lost from the subway. I'm shocked that despite rats, loonatics, and increasing construction that there has been 13.7 million more rides from 2011-2012.

 It's a good business strategy to increase prices while trips are thriving, but is it good for students? Personally attending a private school, I think that the school should be responsible for monthly metro cards. A year of subways equates to $1,368, and for those who commute by other sources (such as a train or bus) their monthly fees are even higher.

With just one day left of the "big soda ban" a judge puts kibosh on plan. A state Supreme Court justice struck down the mayor's plan yesterday (a day before the department of health was set to put it into action).

The judge wrote in his 37 page decision that "The rule would not only violate the separation of powers doctrine, it would eviscerate it". The plaintiffs called the decision a "win for city businesses" who claim that they would have lost millions of dollars from the plan. "The court ruling provides a sigh of relief to New Yorkers and thousands of small businesses in New York City that would have been harmed by this arbitrary and unpopular ban" said a spokesman for the American Beverage Association.
Kim Kardashian

The mayor was adamant that the decision would be overturned in state appellate court, but as of now it is unclear when the city will file its appeal.

Mayor Bloomberg said the case will be made that the regulation needed to be imposed, as soon as possible to save lives, also pointing out that over 5,000 New Yorkers die each year from obesity.

 Mayor Bloomberg Stated: "We believe is reasonable to draw a line and it's responsible to draw a line right now".

Under the law (which excluded milk, alcohol and diet soda) any Establishment that has a letter grade from the health department would be fined $200 for violation. Dr Lisa Young who is an adjunct professor of nutrition and public health at NYU, testified in favor of the Ban during a health department public hearing in July, pointing out that soda has no health benefits whatsoever.

“We’re not picking Doritos over potato chips. They're doing things that have no nutrients. So it's not capricious at all" she said. She also reiterated that this is not the "first time" a judge ruled against a health intuitive that ultimately passed. "The businesses, they always try to sue. They sued the first time around with the calorie postings, and the judge struck that down and then the city fought back" she says. Both sides weigh in on the matter, and have a valuated opinion.

 Is it all about willpower? Or are sugary drinks really a leading cause of the obesity epidemic?

Ok so enough about the soda ban, and let’s talk beauty regimens. How far is too far? Kim Kardashians latest beautification ritual is bloody OTT (over the top). On Sunday’s episode of "Kourteny and Kim Take Miami" the reality star got a vampire facial. A "vampire facial" is where blood is taken from the clients arm and injected into the face with tiny needles. It is supposed to give a more "youthful" appearance. Kim was quick to cry out in pain during the process, and with drops of blood covering her face said that she "will never get a face lift if it feels like that".

Since when did facials become vexatious?!

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