Framework Convention on Cake Control

H/T Dick Puddlecote, latest WHO madness:

The health arm of the United Nations does not want companies advertising cake, ice cream, or ice pops to children.

It’s voluntary, for now. It goes on:

Banned without exception are pastries, croissants, cookies, sponge cakes, wafers, fruit pies, sweet buns, chocolate covered biscuits, cake mixes, and batters.

The list goes on: “Chocolate and other products containing cocoa; white chocolate; jelly, sweets and boiled sweets; chewing gum and bubble gum; caramels; liquorice sweets; spreadable chocolate and other sweet sandwich toppings; nut spreads, including peanut butter; cereal, granola and muesli bars; marzipan.”

Advertising for ice cream, frozen yogurt, ice pops, sorbets, and energy drinks would also be banned.

The relevant WHO document reports:

In July 2013 the ministers of health of the WHO European Member States adopted the Vienna Declaration on Nutrition and Non-communicable Diseases in the Context of Health 2020. This Declaration acknowledged the high burden of disease caused by unhealthy diets in many countries of the Region and expressed particular concern about the rise of overweight and obesity among children.

You have to wonder what’s left that manufacturers will be allowed to advertise. And since tobacco advertising bans preceded smoking bans, you have to expect cake and ice cream bans to follow, all for the sake of the chiiiildren, of course.

But there may be some light at the end of the tunnel:

Pressure mounts on WHO chief over Ebola

World Health Organization (WHO) chief Margaret Chan must resign over the group’s inefficient response to the recent Ebola crisis, the largest global AIDS organization said.

In a scathing statement released this week, Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) called for sweeping reforms to the WHO to better prevent and manage dangerous epidemics.

“In light of WHO’s lack of leadership, decisive action and resolve to embrace responsibility for the protection of global public health in the Ebola crisis, the current Head of WHO should step down so that a proactive, reform-minded individual might take the lead and transform WHO into an efficient global instrument for rapidly addressing global health threats,” AHF said.

What really needs to happen is for the whole lifestyle medicine paradigm that was introduced into the WHO in the 1990s by, among others, Gro Harlem Brundtland, to be dispensed with, and the WHO returned to its core purpose of dealing with real infectious diseases (like Ebola) rather than imaginary diseases like smoking and obesity. It needs root and branch reform.

Meanwhile, in Africa:

Efforts to beat Ebola in Sierra Leone have been dealt a setback after 31 new cases were recorded in one village.

The community of 500 just outside the town of Makeni has now been put in lockdown by the army amid fears that more could be infected.

The World Health Organisation said cases had been linked to one man who escaped quarantine in Freetown to go to his village for treatment from a traditional faith healer.

The quarantine area is a fishing community, yards from the hotel where many workers from humanitarian agencies have stayed.

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15 Responses to Framework Convention on Cake Control

  1. Angry Squaddie says:

    Don’t forget that WHO don’t want you to listen to music because it causes deafness! Cut music to ‘an hour a day’ – WHO –

  2. waltc says:

    Thanks for posting the Farage speech. Saved me the trouble of tracking it down. . To A your Q, the 3 arrests were 3 guys –I think from Brooklyn –who were on their way–some literally, some aspirationally — to Syria, had been in touch with ISIS, had asked to join a training camp over there, and further, in communications with ISIS, had volunteered to set off bombs in Coney Island and assassinate Obama. At least that’s the gist of it. (Well, either that or they were caught smoking on a subway platform.)

  3. Furor Teutonicus says:

    See what they did there?

    “She noted that the whole house smelled repugnant and there was a smell of animal faeces and cigarettes.”

  4. News channel 5 in Nashville just showed ZMAPP being used in Human trials now and they said the HOLY TABOO OF ALL its made in the tobacco plant and the piece lasted for 3 minutes. Then they followed that with the leonard Nimoy death of COPD but never once said anything about smoking or tobacco use as the Nazis ran with yesterday on internet stories……..Whens the last time we saw the propagandists not abuse a moment to nail smokers………..I was amazed.

  5. Bill Gibson 5:55am Feb 28

    How odd is this …. Air Filtration copes easily with Aircraft pollution at Airports but in the opinion of Tobacco Control and the political legislators cannot cope with burning tobacco leaves ??

    Click to access Airports_segment_brochure_EN-GB%5B1%5D.pdf

  6. Net Neutrality Passed. Congratulations, Idiots

    By Dave Hitt on Feb 26, 2015 in Featured, Politics

    Congratulations to those who clamored for Net Neutrality. You’ve helped hand control of the internet to a federal agency that, just a few years ago, went absolutely batshit over TV showing less than a second of a forty-five-year-old nipple. Gee, if you only had the foresight to do that in 1995, today we’d have a much smaller, cleaner internet that we’d be accessing with 100k baud dial-up modems.

    And it’s all because one multi-billion dollar company we love had a spat with a different multi-billion dollar company we despise. Netflix was sucking down 34% of Comcast’s bandwidth during prime time. Comcast demanded payment, Netflix flipped them off, so Comcast started throttling their signal. The two companies battled and bartered and came to an agreement, which is what companies do, but that provided the impetus to espouse Net Neutrality, a nice sounding phrase that let the government get their nose into the internet tent.

    Rather than create a regulation that simply forbid throttling, the FCC used this as an opportunity to expand their tentacles deep into the net. Their regulations are in a 332 page book that, as of this writing, has not been made available to the public. I bet it’s just full of freedom.

    About a hundred years ago, radio became available to the public. The first stations were licensed by the Department of Commerce. Civilian use of radio was shut down during WWI, ostensibly so the government could use it for the military.

    In 1917 Lee De Forest set up a station in New York that broadcast music and news, only to be shut down by the government which declared “there is no place on the ether for entertainment.” Lee moved to San Francisco and started a new radio station in 1918.

    Theradio number of stations exploded, and the spectrum was gloriously chaotic. Pretty much anyone could get a license and broadcast whatever they wanted to. Radio became so popular that broadcasters were stepping on each other’s frequencies, so in 1927 the Federal Radio Commission was formed. Instead of just dealing with the problem of interfering frequencies, they declared all stations had to act in the public interest. The name was changed to the Federal Communications Commission in 1934. They weren’t just going to control radio; they were going to control all communications.

    As stations proliferated, some became more successful than others. Some banded together into networks, to syndicate content. The FCC broke up some networks, and allowed others to remain intact, essentially picking the winners and losers. Throughout this time, they also regulated content.

    When TV came along, they started licensing that, also regulating content. It was essentially illegal to even show a double bed in a married couple’s bedroom. Breaking any of their rules resulted in huge fines and the threat that the station would lose their license.

    The Fairness Doctrine required stations to offer equal time to opposing views. Rather than time every opinion or political piece with a stopwatch and carefully doling out equal air time to opposing views, for free, radio simply avoided any controversy. As a result, talk radio consisted of dull shows about gardening and cooking. This changed in 1969, with the Red Lion case, when the Supremes recognized that the first amendment (the one amendment they seem to like and understand) should apply to radio (but not too much). Conservatives, who had been ignored by the mainstream media of the day, seized the opportunity and created talk radio that expressed right, and often far-right, viewpoints. The left is still pissed about this, and some lefties still advocate for a return to the fairness doctrine. They’ve never been fond of free speech.

    The FCC continued, and still continues, to regulate content on broadcast radio and TV. Fortunately, their attempts to regulate cable content were defeated. Imagine if they had succeeded. We’d have never seen The Sopranos, Sex and the City, Breaking Bad, or any of the other groundbreaking shows that have flourished on cable, out of their reach.

    In a free country, anyone could start a radio station as long as it didn’t interfere with someone else’s station, or nearby electronics. But in the US, licensing and regulations make starting a station prohibitively expensive, creating a huge barrier to entry that guarantees existing stations are spared the trouble of actual competition. When you lament how lame radio has become, be sure to thank the FCC.

    NN supporters brush aside the immutable Law of Unintended Consequences while endlessly spewig unlikely scenarios that haven’t happened as the reason we need Big Brother to step in. The idea that we shouldn’t fix things that aren’t broken has never appealed to them – their statist mindset and nanny nature compels them to clamor for government to run in and protect them from every imaginary danger. And now they’re getting their way.

    Having a hugely powerful, unelected government agency slapping down regulations is going be a disaster. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of our lives. Given their history of censorship and stalling innovation, we can only guess what horrors are in store for us.

    But not for that multi-billion dollar company you like. They’ll do just fine.

    • waltc says:

      I accidentally saw part of the FCC “hearings” on c-span. The irony was, they had all these small entrepreneurs testifying in favor of NN, telling stories of how (in the past) they’d had huge successes thru the net and so they were oh so grateful that the gov’t was stepping in. Huh?? Their successes had happened under the status quo. Making them. Idiots to want 332 pages of unknown regs to cure a single hypothetical non-problem. And so it goes in the land of the once-free.

  7. Report: Boris Nemtsov, outspoken critic of Putin, shot dead in Moscow –

    Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was shot four times and killed by an unknown assailant in central Moscow on Friday evening, Russian media reported.

  8. The World Health Organisation said cases had been linked to one man who escaped quarantine in Freetown to go to his village for treatment from a traditional faith healer

    Strange but Ebola can be found in the soil in west Africa too! I thinks they just looking for a scape goat.

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