July 21st, 2008

Green

Will it help?

I'm intrigued by the idea that Ontario has outlawed cigarette retailers displaying the tobacco products in the store, and I'm curious whether it will have the desired effect. The theory is that visible products are more attractive to those who wouldn't otherwise necessarily buy them, such as children and ex-smokers, so hiding the cigarettes behind grey panels could help reduce smoking.

Having to ask a clerk for the cigarettes, instead of being able to pluck the pack or carton off the shelf yourself, is probably already a deterrent for some. Suddenly, I have memories of buying cigarettes for my grandmother (True Blue, a carton at a time) and can't help but wonder how old I was at the time. (Thanks to Sunny for the link.)
Politics

Outstanding!

Thanks to randycassingham for the excellent news.

You all remember the Janet Jackson 2004 Super Bowl "Wardrobe Malfunction", I'm sure. The Federal Communications Commission slapped CBS television with a $550,000 fine over that, but today a federal appeals court threw out the forfeiture, ruling the FCC "acted arbitrarily and capriciously" in fining the network.

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