” A much-hailed law that restricted the opening of new stand-alone fast-food restaurants in one of the poorest sections of Los Angeles did not curb obesity or improve diets, a new study found.
City lawmakers passed the zoning ordinance in 2008 that limited the opening or expansion of fast-food outlets in a 32-square-mile area south of Interstate 10 that struggles with high obesity rates and other health problems.
The law, believed to be the first effort of its kind by a major city to improve public health, did not ban new eateries in strip malls.
The research by the Rand Corp. think tank found that obesity rates in South Los Angeles continued to rise after passage of the law.
” It had no meaningful effect,” Rand senior economist Roland Sturm said. “There’s no evidence that diets have improved more in South LA. Obesity and overweight rates have not fallen.” “
The money quote:
” Before the fast-food ordinance, 63 percent of South Los Angeles residents reported being overweight or obese compared to 57 percent in other parts of the county. Three years after the ordinance went into effect, 75 percent of South Los Angeles residents reported being overweight or obese compared to 58 percent in other parts of the county.”
Yet another piece of feel-good legislation impinging on the people’s right to choose proves a failure , read the rest
This map highlights in yellow the nation’s Super Zips — those ranking highest on income and college education.
The largest collection of Super Zips is around Washington, D.C.
It should come as no surprise that the bulk of the nation’s income resides in the DC to Boston corridor but the fact that DC is ground zero for riches , even beyond Manhattan should be appalling to every average American .
” A Washington Post analysis of the latest census data shows that more than a third of Zip codes in the D.C. metro area rank in the top 5 percent nationally for income and education. But what makes the region truly unusual is that so many of the high-end Zip codes are contiguous. They form a vast land mass that bounds across 717 square miles. It stretches 60 miles from its northern tip in Woodstock, Md., to the southern end in Fairfax Station, and runs 30 miles wide from Haymarket in Prince William County to the heart of the District up to Rock Creek Parkway.
One in four households in the region are in a Super Zip, according to the Post analysis. Since the 2000 Census on which Murray based his analysis, Washington’s Super Zips have grown to encompass 100,000 more residents. Only the New York City area has more Super Zips, but they are a much smaller share of the total of that region’s Zip codes and are more scattered.
Zip codes are large swaths of territory, and people from many different walks of life live in them. But many Washington neighborhoods are becoming more economically homogenous as longtime homeowners move out and increasing housing prices prevent the less affluent from moving in. The eventual result, in many cases, is a Super Zip. And because the contiguous Super Zips are surrounded by areas that are almost as well-off, it’s possible to live in a Super Zip and rarely encounter others without college degrees or professional jobs.”
Largest clusters of elite zips
” Here are the nation’s largest contiguous Super Zip collections, and their nearest major city or area, ranked by number of households.
Who controls these moneyed areas you ask ? Well , who do you think ? The party of the “common man” … LOL , Democrats all .
* Long Island is harder to quantify given that it is a geographic area and not a municipality , but it is comprised of four different counties and we hereby provide the links to those which are also predominantly democratic in composition . The four counties/boroughs are Queens , Brooklyn aka Kings County , Nassau and Suffolk . Queens and Brooklyn being boroughs of the City of New York .
Nassau and Suffolk counties once Republican strongholds, these days see-saw back and forth between Republican and Democratic control but as the money from NYC spreads east once loyal republican districts are seeing their political make-up changed to be more in keeping with the statist agenda most commonly held in the city of NY .
It is certainly ironic that the majority of support for the “little people” resides in the gated communities that are actually the bastions of wealth in this country .
” The world renowned hacker activist group “Anonymous” issued one of their civic-minded warnings yesterday on behalf of the people of Los Angeles. Anonymous has indicated that they have information which leads them to believe that a false flag event similar to the twin tower attacks in New York is in the works for the Citi Bank building. The chief tenant of that building at this time is Freddie Mac.
They are specific in their information, with the attack expected on Friday, November 15th. They indicated that their information alerted them to SWAT drills being conducted in the downtown area in a manner different from other drills which have been recently carried out. They did not specify in what way they were different.
They also stated that the insurance coverage for the building has been dropped with the exception of those portions of coverage which provide for special conditions, physical damage, and coverages related to terrorism. Those coverages remain in effect, according to Anonymous’ sources. They identify the certificate holder for the insurance Hines Vaf.”
Conspiracy theory or truth ? Who knows , but if we lived in LA we would certainly avoid that area for the next couple of days , just to be on the safe side .
” Anonymous does not claim to have concrete proof of plans to destroy the building(s), but they found enough similarities between this possible event and the suspicious circumstances surrounding the attacks of September 11th that they chose to err on the side of caution by coming forward with the information at this time.”
We are Anonymous.
We are legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
” Many people think it’s no coincidence that a “glitch” with the computers managing “Electronic Benefit Transfer” cards (i.e., “EBT cards” or “Food Stamps”) occurred during the shutdown. They believe, instead, that the Obama administration was reminding the one-sixth of Americans that is dependent on government handouts for food that they better cast their votes for the political party that believes you should give a man fish forever, rather than teaching him out to fish and giving him the opportunity to do so. (That would be the Democrat party, of course.)
We here are not prone to believe in co-incidences . While we are not so sure of the writer’s theory that the EBT glitches are a reminder to the people to support those who butter their bread we actually have to wonder if the purpose could be even more nefarious than that .
Could the alleged “glitches” have been a test on the part of the Obama government to see what kind of civil unrest they could generate with an innocent computer error ? Could they have been a trial run for generating an upcoming “crisis” that would “require” the State to step in and institute draconian laws in the interest of “protecting” the people ? If so it would be very much in keeping with the tenets of Brother Saul and his Alinskyites .
Homeless people rest on a public sidewalk in Skid Row on Feb. 28, 2013.