Bloomberg to restrict Pain Killers at Hospitals

While laying fallow these many days with who knows what illness, I looked forward to my returning debut as a blogger, healthy enough to be able to find some news that may have gone under the radar. So here we go. A story that sums up all that we are fighting for. The government loses its senses, and morphs into a dictatorship. Here is a prime example why we must not allow, cannot allow any form of restriction on our guns, and Ammo. Yes Ammo. Let me get to the point. If a non-physician can dictate the amount of pain medication one can receive, just think what we have in store for gun control, Obamacare, any of our freedoms. So I give you Mr. Bloomberg, who heralded the banished Big Gulp, now moving on to pain medication.

“The city hospitals we control,” he said Friday in
response to critics, “so … we’re going to do it and we’re urging all of
the other hospitals to do it, voluntary guidelines. Somebody
said, oh, somebody wrote, ‘Oh then maybe there won’t be enough
painkillers for the poor who use the emergency rooms as their primary
care doctor.’

According to Bloomberg, the over prescribing of
painkillers has led to a rise in violent crimes as well, as no-goods
have been hanging around pharmacies to ambush patients.

“You see there’s a lot more hold-ups of pharmacies, people getting held up as
they walk out of pharmacies. What are they all about? They’re not trying
to steal your shaving cream or toothpaste at the point of a gun. They
want these drugs.”

Of course, the city could allow people to carry
guns to defend themselves, but that would be too easy and would allow
people to be responsible for themselves.

Much better to ban medicine. Besides, where’s the fun of electing a liberal mayor if you
can’t leave sick people writhing in agony? Soda Head

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is a total control freak. NYT reports:

Some of the most common and most powerful prescription painkillers on the market will be restricted sharply in the emergency rooms at New York City’s 11 public hospitals, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said Thursday in an effort to crack down on what he called a citywide and national epidemic of prescription drug abuse.

Bunkerville: God, Guns, Guts Comrades

Coke’s Ultimate Vending Machine

Now we have some real beauties! 104 flavors– hmmm…

Yes, public health advocates are getting increasingly vocal about the negative effects of soda on the body, but Coke isn’t giving up its 70 percent market share to tap water without a fight. The Atlanta-based company is rolling out the big guns with the Freestyle, a super-sleek, touch-screen soda fountain that lets users create up to 104 different flavors of fizzy refreshment.

This high-tech beverage machine shoots out a wide range of traditional sodas, flavored waters, and energy drinks in every conceivable combination. Raspberry Coke? Check. Grape Sprite? Why not. Peach Fanta? No problem. The fountain is a study in excess, totally over the top. And yet … admit it: You want to try it.

“Consumers are telling us they want choice,” says Helen Tarleton, senior communications manager for Coca-Cola. She points out that the while the Freestyle might get some flack for offering so many options, more than half of them are low- and no-calorie. “When you’ve only got six or eight valves to work with, maybe only one is diet,” she says.

Soda fountains have remained pretty much the same since they were popularized in the 1950s — a basic ratio of syrup to carbonated water is combined in a container, then released out of the spigot. The Freestyle completely changes the game with a touch screen that instructs the machine to mix flavors on the spot, using technology originally developed for dialysis and cancer treatments. It’s only got one nozzle, and works by releasing the flavorings into a stream of carbonated water. The new technology ensures that one soda doesn’t taste like the flavor poured before it.
The Freestyle has been in development for five years but, according to the Wall Street Journal, Coke has been ramping up distribution in the last six months, testing 69 of the machines in 53 outlets. It’s a gamble for restaurant owners, since the Freestyles cost 30 percent more than traditional machines, but there’s a potential payoff, since the whiz-bang factor may entice customers to spend more on beverages.

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For company execs, it’s an information goldmine. The Freestyle is basically a wireless computer, and has the ability to send Coke specifics on what people are creating and how much they’re spending. It’s consumer data in real-time — a marketing windfall. And Coke can talk back, telling the fountain to, say, discontinue a slow seller. But Tarleton says thus far, there aren’t many. “We’ve found that customers are trying almost all the products almost every day,” she says.

So what’s not to like? Well, have you ever watched your grandfather navigate an ATM? Segments of the population might not be comfortable with the touch-screen technology, causing long waits at the machines. Also, it’s estimated that the Freestyle sodas may cost consumers an extra 10 cents a cup. But a dime seems like a fair price for total flavor control.

Hat tip : Jacob Grier

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