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2013-03-16 08:39:55 AM
Hey, weren't all these regulations and laws and taxes just WONDERFUL when they were only targeting the nasty old smokers?

You farkers asked for it. Enjoy!
 
2013-03-16 08:43:29 AM
You know, that's not a bad idea.

I'm guessing that Wendy's Baconator will trigger a red light, but I'll have one on occasion anyway.
 
2013-03-16 08:45:41 AM
Homeland Security's version:

sadhillnews.com
 
2013-03-16 09:31:28 AM
Too complicated and confusing.

We need one graphic of a weeping hyperobese pig getting his feet amputated 'cause the 'beetus and one graphic of a smiling Jack LaLanne getting a handy from a leotard-clad Body By Jake.
 
2013-03-16 09:49:00 AM

FirstNationalBastard: Hey, weren't all these regulations and laws and taxes just WONDERFUL when they were only targeting the nasty old smokers?

You farkers asked for it. Enjoy!


But it's for the good of the stat...er...society.
 
2013-03-16 10:28:46 AM
It would certainly save the guesswork in finding the worst one


FirstNationalBastard: Hey, weren't all these regulations and laws and taxes just WONDERFUL when they were only targeting the nasty old smokers?

You farkers asked for it. Enjoy!


Second hand frenchfry grease is a killer... KILLER I say!
 
2013-03-16 11:24:49 AM
Have we as Americans really become so .... I can't even think of the word(s) to describe it ... stupid? that we have to color code EVERYTHING?

If it has 4 patties, 3 layers of cheese, and 40,000 fries, IT'S PROBABLY NOT GOOD FOR YOU.
 
2013-03-16 11:26:30 AM
How about putting a scale of 1 to 4 Hoverounds next to each menu item, like they do with chili peppers for spicy dishes?
 
2013-03-16 11:27:29 AM
Huh. There must be some hidden language in the article talking about the government passing new regulations, similar to those hidden messages on road signs that are designed to help the UN invade America. To my eyes, this article was talking about some scientists suggesting that since caloric numbers are already required on labels, it might be a good idea to also include some sort of summarizing graphic that summarizes the information at a glance.  Like lot of labels already do, actually. It terrifies me that there are sinister entities communicating secretly to each other through seemingly innocuous web articles. Guess it's time to buy another gun.
 
2013-03-16 11:28:51 AM

Majick Thise: It would certainly save the guesswork in finding the worst one


FirstNationalBastard: Hey, weren't all these regulations and laws and taxes just WONDERFUL when they were only targeting the nasty old smokers?

You farkers asked for it. Enjoy!

Second hand frenchfry grease is a killer... KILLER I say!


I love the secondhand smoke argument.  Thank God we also banned automotive and industrial pollutants, as well as potentially carcinogenic food preservatives and insecticides.  Now no one will ever get cancer from environmental toxins.
 
2013-03-16 11:29:50 AM

Snarfangel: Homeland Security's version:

[sadhillnews.com image 256x332]


I've waited over five years to need this again...

i199.photobucket.com

\God that was a fun postseason....
 
2013-03-16 11:30:43 AM
Considering how many Farkers whine about missing 'NSFW" tags because "not safe for work" is too complicated for them, I can understand the reasoning for this idea.
 
2013-03-16 11:31:44 AM

Alphax: You know, that's not a bad idea.

I'm guessing that Wendy's Baconator will trigger a red light, but I'll have one on occasion anyway.


Exactly this.

I love that the picture from the article was of a couple of double doubles from In-N-Out. The logo was carefully hidden, but anyone that eats there can easily recognize their presentation.
 
2013-03-16 11:33:15 AM

Pocket Ninja: Huh. There must be some hidden language in the article talking about the government passing new regulations, similar to those hidden messages on road signs that are designed to help the UN invade America. To my eyes, this article was talking about some scientists suggesting that since caloric numbers are already required on labels, it might be a good idea to also include some sort of summarizing graphic that summarizes the information at a glance.  Like lot of labels already do, actually. It terrifies me that there are sinister entities communicating secretly to each other through seemingly innocuous web articles. Guess it's time to buy another gun.


Good choice. Guns are low in fat, and contain almost no cholesterol.
 
2013-03-16 11:36:05 AM
Wait, so fast food is "bad" for you now?!

I can't keep up with all scientific mumbo-jumbo. Please help us Federal Government, you're our only hope.
 
2013-03-16 11:36:23 AM
Good lord.  Requiring calorie information is fine.  I look at it when I'm at restaurants, sometimes I'm surprised by the amount of calories in a dish and it occasionally affects my order.

This is just insulting, though.  There's a big difference between being expected to provide consumers with information and providing them with a cartoonish value judgment.
 
2013-03-16 11:36:44 AM

FirstNationalBastard: Hey, weren't all these regulations and laws and taxes just WONDERFUL when they were only targeting the nasty old smokers?

You farkers asked for it. Enjoy!


how many people die from second hand eating?

I fully support your right to smoke on private property but your right to do so on public property ends where someone else's right to not die from second hand smoke begins
The only regulation on private businesses should be a requirement to post a big sign on the front door to let customers know that the business allows people to smoke inside it  so customers can make an informed choice
cue
 
2013-03-16 11:36:53 AM

Pocket Ninja:  Guess it's time to buy another gun cheeseburger.

 
2013-03-16 11:37:35 AM
I have no problem with this. Obesity is an issue, if this helps with that what's the big deal? You're still free to eat that triple burger with eight slices of bacon, six types of cheese and a plate full of gravy fries if you wish.
 
2013-03-16 11:37:59 AM

FirstNationalBastard: Hey, weren't all these regulations and laws and taxes just WONDERFUL when they were only targeting the nasty old smokers?

You farkers asked for it. Enjoy!


I will. Thank you. 

I don't mind indulging every now and then, but if I glance at the menu and notice 'holy shiat...this quesadilla that I expected to have 800 calories actually somehow has 1700...wtf, did they infuse it with lard or something?', I will likely back off. And my waistline will thank me later.

And a picture would make that process even quicker.
 
2013-03-16 11:40:16 AM
Restaurant grading has been around since the 60s.

Antiregulators will only be happy when not even the prices appear on the menu.

www.nypost.com
 
2013-03-16 11:40:56 AM

lesliessexxy: Have we as Americans really become so .... I can't even think of the word(s) to describe it ... stupid? that we have to color code EVERYTHING?
If it has 4 patties, 3 layers of cheese, and 40,000 fries, IT'S PROBABLY NOT GOOD FOR YOU.


What a lot of people don't understand is just how bad for you seemingly typical restaurant meals are.

After California started requiring calorie counts on menus, I was surprised to see Friday's Jack Daniels burgers...a typical 1 patty burger with a sweet Jack Daniels "barbecue-style" sauce...come in at 1500 calories. With fries and a couple of refills of coke, you're going to be closer to 2500 calories than 2000. That's more calories than most Farkers need in a day. I realized they weren't great for you, what I didn't realize was just how bad they were for you.
 
2013-03-16 11:41:52 AM
All this will do is encourage gaming of the ingredients to fit whatever bullshiat metric determines what a 'yellow' light would be.  It will mean more salt or sugar et al in things that don't need it.
 
2013-03-16 11:42:14 AM
So if your meal is a 'Yellow Light', do you speed up or slow down?

What if the fatty at the table next to you runs a 'Red Light' meal?
 
2013-03-16 11:42:27 AM
t1.gstatic.com

Have you done your excersise for today, citizen? Jumping jacks all together now 1 2 3 4...
For the greater good, right farklibs?
 
2013-03-16 11:42:48 AM

Pocket Ninja: Huh. There must be some hidden language in the article talking about the government passing new regulations, similar to those hidden messages on road signs that are designed to help the UN invade America. To my eyes, this article was talking about some scientists suggesting that since caloric numbers are already required on labels, it might be a good idea to also include some sort of summarizing graphic that summarizes the information at a glance.  Like lot of labels already do, actually. It terrifies me that there are sinister entities communicating secretly to each other through seemingly innocuous web articles. Guess it's time to buy another gun.


You have to read between the lines like subby. He knows what this article is really saying; It's a call to arms! See, first there are graphics summarizing the nutritional content of foods, next Obummer is telling you what you can and can't eat, next they're stealing your babies in the middle of the night to be raised in food awareness indoctrination camps where they eat only tofu and bulger wheat and recite nutritional labels.

You are right to purchase a firearm.
 
2013-03-16 11:43:24 AM
I'm OK with the law requiring nutritional content, although that is counter to my Libertarian roots. It helps me make the right eating decisions when eating out, therefore I will eat out a LOT more rather than buy and grow my own food. Restaurants win.

But that's enough information, no traffic signals and so forth!
 
2013-03-16 11:43:56 AM
I can dig this idea. It doesn't seem too pushy yet it's letting you know exactly what you are getting into.
 
2013-03-16 11:44:14 AM

BitwiseShift: Restaurant grading has been around since the 60s.

Antiregulators will only be happy when not even the prices appear on the menu.

[www.nypost.com image 300x200]


sadly not around here 8-(
Here it's the luck of the draw - every man for himself.
Subby, you do realize the US isn't #1 in literacy anymore right?
we've devolved into pict-o-grams - again *sigh*
 
2013-03-16 11:44:47 AM
...but they'd probably just eat that too.
 
2013-03-16 11:45:58 AM
I love knowing how many calories are in things. It keeps me from getting fat. I haven't had McDonalds french fries in years (a guilty pleasure) because I know the calorie count. Whatever will help me from gaining too much weight is wonderful.
 
2013-03-16 11:48:25 AM
Good intentions, but I predict this food warning system is going to be precisely as effective as this has been in preventing smoking:

upload.wikimedia.org

Let's face it, we're human beings and we want to do things we like and who gives a crap about the consequences?  Drink, smoke, eat, gamble, fark around, YOLO, amirite?  It's human nature, and all the finger-wagging in the world isn't going to fix it.
 
2013-03-16 11:48:53 AM

Alphax: You know, that's not a bad idea.

I'm guessing that Wendy's Baconator will trigger a red light, but I'll have one on occasion anyway.




i.imgur.com

I'd go to the red light food district to get face deep in her baconator anytime.
 
2013-03-16 11:49:06 AM
Military chow halls already do this.  I have been eating nothing but "green" foods for several months (with a few exceptions now and then) and have lost 20 pounds.
 
2013-03-16 11:50:53 AM

lesliessexxy: Have we as Americans really become so .... I can't even think of the word(s) to describe it ... stupid? that we have to color code EVERYTHING?

If it has 4 patties, 3 layers of cheese, and 40,000 fries, IT'S PROBABLY NOT GOOD FOR YOU.


Not stupid, just busybody do-gooders that treat everyone else as children, who would do what they're told if you just tell them it's a "no-no" food.
 
2013-03-16 11:51:06 AM
The thing about free markets is that they operate best with complete information.  That's microeconomics 101.  I fail to see why people biatch about calorie counts in food.

That said, the whole red/green light etc. thing is farking stupid.
 
2013-03-16 11:52:12 AM

insano: You have to read between the lines like subby. He knows what this article is really saying; It's a call to arms! See, first there are graphics summarizing the nutritional content of foods, next Obummer is telling you what you can and can't eat, next they're stealing your babies in the middle of the night to be raised in food awareness indoctrination camps where they eat only tofu and bulger wheat and recite nutritional labels.

You are right to purchase a firearm.


The reason us "loonies" on the right get upset over this type of thing is that we're not idiots and we can see what it will eventually become.  You're incredibly ignorant if you don't understand what the "affordable care act" will allow the government to do and what it implies.  It will eventually be the left's argument that the ironically named "affordable care act" gives them license to tell you what you can eat, how much you must exercise, if you're allowed to participate in "extreme" sports, if you're allowed toride a motorcycle and if so, how much you're allowed to drive it.  It will never end.  You're naive if you don't see it coming.
Furthermore, if there is a Government entity that runs efficiently I dont know of it.  You put the same people in charge of the DMV in charge of your health.  By the time you're elderly you will be filling out a 27B-stroke-6 if you want to take an aspirin.
 
2013-03-16 11:52:23 AM

Badafuco: So if your meal is a 'Yellow Light', do you speed up or slow down?

What if the fatty at the table next to you runs a 'Red Light' meal?


Red light cameras. Pictures posted publicly to shame fattys.
 
2013-03-16 11:55:05 AM

BarkingUnicorn: Considering how many Farkers whine about missing 'NSFW" tags because "not safe for work" is too complicated for them, I can understand the reasoning for this idea.


I think it's cute when the headline refers to tranny rim jobs, and some schmuck thinks the thread is sfw to begin with.
 
2013-03-16 11:56:17 AM
I'm glad I live in a red state! I can have all of the guns, cheeseburgers, sugary drinks, steaks, peanuts, strippers and prime rib I want.

/ dietary restrictions for some; steak and exercise for others
 
2013-03-16 11:56:42 AM
I learned everything about nutrition fron Garfield (the cat, not the president). Diet is "die" with a "t" on the end.

Oh, that Garfield. What a cat!
 
2013-03-16 11:57:06 AM

ExpressPork: insano: You have to read between the lines like subby. He knows what this article is really saying; It's a call to arms! See, first there are graphics summarizing the nutritional content of foods, next Obummer is telling you what you can and can't eat, next they're stealing your babies in the middle of the night to be raised in food awareness indoctrination camps where they eat only tofu and bulger wheat and recite nutritional labels.

You are right to purchase a firearm.

The reason us "loonies" on the right get upset over this type of thing is that we're not idiots and we can see what it will eventually become.  You're incredibly ignorant if you don't understand what the "affordable care act" will allow the government to do and what it implies.  It will eventually be the left's argument that the ironically named "affordable care act" gives them license to tell you what you can eat, how much you must exercise, if you're allowed to participate in "extreme" sports, if you're allowed toride a motorcycle and if so, how much you're allowed to drive it.  It will never end.  You're naive if you don't see it coming.
Furthermore, if there is a Government entity that runs efficiently I dont know of it.  You put the same people in charge of the DMV in charge of your health.  By the time you're elderly you will be filling out a 27B-stroke-6 if you want to take an aspirin.


Dude, next time preface your post with a "not safe for brains", or something.  I read it unknowingly, and now I have a nosebleed.
 
2013-03-16 11:57:17 AM
And most of these juke jive dumbass busybodies could really benefit from about fifty cracks across the bare ass with a stiff leather belt.

I am sick to death of these self--appointed asshats who want to dictate what kind of light bulbs I may use in my home, hot much soda pop I may have in my cup, what kind of toilet I may install in my bathroom, what kind of appliances I may have in my kitchen, how big a car I may drive, how much salt I may put on my burger, ad infinitum ad nauseam.

I wish they would all go away and shut up, or at least get a life.
 
2013-03-16 11:57:19 AM

FirstNationalBastard: Hey, weren't all these regulations and laws and taxes just WONDERFUL when they were only targeting the nasty old smokers?


Yes.

Much in the way that I'm okay with men and women having sex with men or women, but not children or llamas, laws and regulations are not part of an all-or-nothing arena.  Smokers can stay the hell out of the bar, thank you, and I had better see detailed nutritional information when I'm at the supermarket.  Plastic bag bans and caloric information right on the menu?  Not really a big fan of those.  In the case of menus, I'd rather have that information available by request or (in the case of fast food places) posted on the wall by the condiments, like they're starting to do now.  It's a balancing act between what's good, what's sensible, and how much it affects the autonomy of people/businesses.

That said, I'd like to see more rational serving sizes on nutritional information.  If I buy a single-serving bag of chips, why the hell would the nutritional information be for 2/5ths of a bag?

Well, to mislead consumers who are bad with numbers, which sort-of leads back into the premise of the article.
 
2013-03-16 11:58:24 AM

Fano: BarkingUnicorn: Considering how many Farkers whine about missing 'NSFW" tags because "not safe for work" is too complicated for them, I can understand the reasoning for this idea.

I think it's cute when the headline refers to tranny rim jobs, and some schmuck thinks the thread is sfw to begin with.


I really wonder about such people.  Do they rely on some script that scans for "nsfw" to click on links for them?
 
2013-03-16 12:00:25 PM
Totally fine with calorie counts on chain restaurant menus. That's just good information.
 
2013-03-16 12:02:38 PM

ExpressPork: insano: You have to read between the lines like subby. He knows what this article is really saying; It's a call to arms! See, first there are graphics summarizing the nutritional content of foods, next Obummer is telling you what you can and can't eat, next they're stealing your babies in the middle of the night to be raised in food awareness indoctrination camps where they eat only tofu and bulger wheat and recite nutritional labels.

You are right to purchase a firearm.

The reason us "loonies" on the right get upset over this type of thing is that we're not idiots and we can see what it will eventually become.  You're incredibly ignorant if you don't understand what the "affordable care act" will allow the government to do and what it implies.  It will eventually be the left's argument that the ironically named "affordable care act" gives them license to tell you what you can eat, how much you must exercise, if you're allowed to participate in "extreme" sports, if you're allowed toride a motorcycle and if so, how much you're allowed to drive it.  It will never end.  You're naive if you don't see it coming.
Furthermore, if there is a Government entity that runs efficiently I dont know of it.  You put the same people in charge of the DMV in charge of your health.  By the time you're elderly you will be filling out a 27B-stroke-6 if you want to take an aspirin.


So we're headed toward a totalitarian government that effectively controls every aspect of our daily lives, but isn't very efficient and ultimately fails because they can't do anything right. Got it.

/make up your farking mind
 
2013-03-16 12:04:36 PM

ExpressPork: insano: You have to read between the lines like subby. He knows what this article is really saying; It's a call to arms! See, first there are graphics summarizing the nutritional content of foods, next Obummer is telling you what you can and can't eat, next they're stealing your babies in the middle of the night to be raised in food awareness indoctrination camps where they eat only tofu and bulger wheat and recite nutritional labels.

You are right to purchase a firearm.

The reason us "loonies" on the right get upset over this type of thing is that we're not idiots and we can see what it will eventually become.  You're incredibly ignorant if you don't understand what the "affordable care act" will allow the government to do and what it implies.  It will eventually be the left's argument that the ironically named "affordable care act" gives them license to tell you what you can eat, how much you must exercise, if you're allowed to participate in "extreme" sports, if you're allowed toride a motorcycle and if so, how much you're allowed to drive it.  It will never end.  You're naive if you don't see it coming.
Furthermore, if there is a Government entity that runs efficiently I dont know of it.  You put the same people in charge of the DMV in charge of your health.  By the time you're elderly you will be filling out a 27B-stroke-6 if you want to take an aspirin.


It's not the gov't that is going to be dictating all of that it's your insurance company.

Passport offices have always been surprisingly efficient when I have used them.
 
2013-03-16 12:04:40 PM
This won't help. Heck, they changed crosswalk signals from the words "Walk" and "Don't Walk" to universal symbols for walk and don't walk and people have trouble understanding that.

What they need is a Sam Kinison impersonator in every restaurant to loudly berate anyone ordering a Super Duper Nacho Cheese and acon covered Blooming Onion
 
2013-03-16 12:05:12 PM
What a red light may look like:

What a red light may look like: a bacon cheeseburger with two patties, four strips of bacon and four glazed donuts for buns.
 
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