Friday, November 18, 2011

Canada goes to plastic money, House declares pizza a vegetable, and Backers win right to fight for Prop. 8

I wonder how long it will take counterfeiters to duplicate these?

     Good Morning Humboldt County!

I think a cup of coffee on a rainy day is a Zen-like thing when its coupled with reading. C’mon in and grab a cup of brew. Pull up a chair, and see what I’ve culled from the headlines to start your day:

Watch out counterfeiters: Canada is planning to abandon paper money

This week, our friend to the north introduced the first in its new line of all-plastic notes -- a cool $100 bill made out of a single sheet of plastic polymer and tricked out with all kinds of high-tech security features.


The House of Representatives dealt a blow to childhood obesity warriors on Thursday by passing a bill that abandons proposals that threatened to end the reign of pizza and French fries on federally funded school lunch menus.
The scuttled changes, which would have stripped pizza's status as a vegetable and limited how often French fries could be served, stemmed from a 2010 child nutrition law calling on schools to improve the nutritional quality of lunches served to almost 32 million U.S. school children. The action is a win for the makers of frozen French fries and pizza and comes just weeks after the deep-pocketed food, beverage and restaurant industries successfully weakened government proposals for voluntary food marketing guidelines to children.



         Backers win right to fight for Prop. 8

The California Supreme Court ruled that the sponsors of Proposition 8 have the right to defend the measure, clearing the way for federal courts to decide the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans.
Thursday's unanimous decision, written by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, strongly affirmed that ballot sponsors may represent California in defending initiatives when elected officials fail to do so. Gov. Jerry Brown and Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris have refused to challenge last year's federal ruling against Proposition 8.

Robin Tyler, left, and Diane Olson, who were among the original plaintiffs in the 2004 lawsuit that led to same-sex marriages in California, said that the California Supreme Court’s decision Thursday was not a loss for them, merely a hurdle. (Michael Robinson Chavez, Los Angeles Times)

Time to walk on down the road…

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