Smoking Trans-fat Salt Is Healthier Than Fascism

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg fires the opening salvos of his next campaign to run your life:

The city’s plan is to get food manufacturers in the United States to agree to gradually start reducing salt content until it reaches a 50 percent cut in 10 years.

“Salt, when its high in the diet, increases the blood pressure and high blood pressure is a major factor for heart disease and stroke,” said Dr. Sonia Angell of NYC’s Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program.

This is just Mayor Bloomberg’s latest health initiative, following on the heels of a smoking ban, a ban on trans fats and forcing restaurants to post the calorie contents.


Thomas Frieden, the city’s health commissioner, said he wants manufacturers and restaurants to join the war on salt voluntarily. If they don’t, the city could pass legislation making it the law.

That’s the roadmap they used for smoking and trans-fats.

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34 Responses to “Smoking Trans-fat Salt Is Healthier Than Fascism”

  1. #1 |  C. Ashbaugh | 

    Let’s just cut to the chase and make Weight Watchers a government agency, eh?

  2. #2 |  djm | 

    Two words: Demolition Man

  3. #3 |  parse | 

    Thomas Frieden, the city’s health commissioner, said he wants manufacturers and restaurants to join the war on salt voluntarily. If they don’t, the city could pass legislation making it the law.

    I’m really tired of seeing “do this or else” described as “voluntary.”

  4. #4 |  TomMil | 

    You know Mayor Bloomberg doesn’t look like a freakin personal trainer? I want to follow him around casting judgement on every choice he makes. Damn, what has happened to NYC in the last 15 years? During Juliani, a comedian (Dennis Leary?) said, “NYC is like your old drinking buddy who got married and settled down.” Under Bloomberg, it’s like that friend found religion, won’t stop proselytizing and is on the schoolboard ruling on what your kids will read. You know, a dick.

  5. #5 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Yep. That sounds like the typical government concept of voluntary compliance.

    “Do what we say voluntarily or will force you to do it.”

  6. #6 |  Marty | 

    ‘war on salt’- that’s scary funny stuff!

    next, we’ll hear about the dangers ‘second hand salt’ poses to fellatio enthusiasists, how kosher salt undermines peace in the mid-east, and there’ll be govt-funded treatment centers for those who are too weak to give up their addictions!

    we could dump the high-tax salt in the ocean, but that’d contribute to global warming…

  7. #7 |  Mattocracy | 


    Right-fucking-on! That movie forshadows the current fascist climate just as well as animal farm and 1984.

  8. #8 |  Michael | 

    Salt shakers will be taken off of the restaurant tables, unavailable to buy in stores. They would be, now, classified as paraphernalia! We need a new division in LE that would be “worth their salt”!? Would they would be putting salt on the tail of their perps, to catch them?! HOW ARROGANT!!!

  9. #9 |  Zeb | 

    Though all of these bans are bad ideas, the salt one really takes the cake. Tobacco and trans-fat are at least things that are bad for you and you would do well avoiding them entirely if you were so inclined. Salt, on the other hand, is essential to life and must be consumed daily. There is no longer any attempt to even pretend that the government is protecting us from unsafe or defective products, just pure paternalism and nannying.

  10. #10 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    It ain’t voluntary (reduce salt) if there is a threat (passing law). Not surprised a state gunman doesn’t see this.

  11. #11 |  Nando | 

    These studies have to be wrong. I read an article (in Playboy, I believe) where they stated that Japanese eat twice the amount of sodium in their diets as Americans, on average, yet they have significantly less heart disease, high blood pressure, and other diseases commonly associated with high sodium diets in the USA.

    So, maybe it’s not that we eat too much salt, it’s that we don’t drink enough water to cleanse our bodies. It’s a well-known medical fact that the more water you drink, the more sodium your body gets rid of.

    Mr. Mayor, why don’t you take that into consideration and start mandating everyone to drink more water? Actually, that’s probably next!

  12. #12 |  TomMil | 



    Mayor Bloomberg raises my blood pressure. Can I ban him?

  13. #13 |  Tom G | 

    I said long ago that Bloomberg would do the state and his city a service if he LEFT PUBLIC SERVICE and just returned to his old private sector job.
    He isn’t “looking out for our health”, he’s forcing us to do what he wants. Under threat of prison.

  14. #14 |  Dave Krueger | 

    If the technology existed, government would put us all in pods like in The Matrix, so they could harvest our output without having to listen to our ungrateful bitchin’ or be frustrated by our insubordinate response to their edicts about what’s good for us.

  15. #15 |  Andrew | 

    Two words: Demolition Man

    But how am I going to learn how to use the 3 shells?

  16. #16 |  j.d. | 

    screw you guys, i got second-hand heart disease b/c of all of the salt used at restaurants….people putting thier salty paws on the door handles everywhere…there’s no escape! this tyranny of salty foods must end!


  17. #17 |  GaCracker | 

    I’m all for anything that’ll stop the constant assault on my eyes by the ever increasing size and number of fatties walking the streets.

    Commence the thumbs downs and troll comments in 5, 4, 3, 2, …

  18. #18 |  Ben | 

    Truth be told, I don’t like salty foods. I don’t use salt when I cook, nor do I use it in resturants.

    That being said, I can avoid it if I want. I prefer being able to make the choice. Screw bloomberg.

  19. #19 |  Kieffer | 

    The title of this post showed up in my RSS reader as “Smoking Trans-fat Salt Is Healthier Than Fascism.” The funny thing is, I’m sure it’s next on Bloomberg’s list. What an asshat.

  20. #20 |  MacGregory | 

    Coming soon: Black market salt.
    Seems to me this would only make it worse. Food not tasty enough for ya? Salt the fuck out of it.

  21. #21 |  jet | 

    This is no lie. I have low blood pressure and my dr had to PRESCRIBE salt tablets for me because I couldn’t get the amount of salt I needed in my diet without making my food inedible. The pharmacy refused to fill the prescription.

  22. #22 |  av | 

    Perhaps the city is getting too much tax revenue if they have time to spend on issues like this.

    But I wager that money will still be found to fund pet projects like this even when they are laying off teachers, police and fire personnel.

  23. #23 |  Marty | 

    New Yorkers are gonna lose their processed meats next- I bet plans are already in place to deal with the ‘hot dog, spam, baloney’ scourge… Nathan’s is going down!

    It’s funny how the legendary surliness of New Yorkers has been largely absent while this prick Bloomberg runs over everyone… If someone from the red sox initiated a ban on eating rat poison, New Yorkers would start making rat poison pizza and tell him to fuck off!

  24. #24 |  Leah | 

    This is a great article on how salt isn’t even unhealthy, and in fact limiting salt is correlated with increases in health problems.

    It’s more than a little depressing that politicians can simply declare something unhealthy and ban it even when actual evidence shows otherwise.

  25. #25 |  Brandon Bowers | 

    The worst part of this is that it’s a fucking CITY trying to dictate laws to the rest of the country. And not even the El Paso style “we should discuss maybe ending this pointless murderous rampage” dictation, this is simply one CITY saying they will pass laws against salt for the rest of the country. Is this the only reason Bloomberg didn’t run for president, he was planning on making laws for the whole country rather than just enforcing them? Office of the President would’ve been too limiting for this egomaniacal fascist?

  26. #26 |  Aspasia | 

    Of course the public won’t say much because most people are complacent these days. Makes it so much easier to set those roots of fascism down. And for those of you who think high blood pressure, high cholestrol, etc is the exclusive province of “fatties”, I beg you to pick up a human biology/physiology book. Yes, those problems are more likely to develop when someone exceeds the weight their body should be at, but there are plenty of “skinny”, “athletic” people picking up scripts for Lipitor and Metoprolol, etc. Because you want to talk about something that has a ton of salt and sugar in it? The average sports bar or energy drink. Yet people want to just put it all on Coca-Cola (which, of course, produces a lot of said sports foodstuffs but whatever). Just because it isn’t a Snickers bar doesn’t make it healthy.

  27. #27 |  Wiseburn | 

    It’s easy to reduce your salt intake. Read the labels at the market. Ask for no salt added at restaurants. cook with spices.

    I’m surprised Bloomberg doesn’t just tax salt. But that didn’t work when the British tried it in India.

    Ban it, Tax it, or Subsidize it. Big Government at Work.

  28. #28 |  Nick T | 

    I just want to say that I consume salt like a fish and my blood pressure is remarkably low. It’s insane on both fronts. Now while I realize I might be strange in this regard, and the fact that I am still just under 30yo helps out, why should I be punsihed for “trends” found in medical studies (or actually not found at all)? If tomorrow I went to the doc and they said “dude, chill with the salt” I probably would ease up. Or maybe I wouldn’t! who the fuck cares who isn’t me?

  29. #29 |  David | 

    What about people who have low blood pressure and need salt in their diet, Mr. Bloomberg?

  30. #30 |  Frank | 

    I’m to the point where I’m willing to trade a year in jail for the privilege of giving Bloomberg the good old-fashioned West Virginia ass-whipping that Daddy never gave him. He needs to be pimp-slapped until his GRANDCHILDREN bleed.

    THIS is why we need a “New Texas” amendment to the Constitution. Politicians will become much more circumspect when it is made clear that their mouths shouldn’t write checks their ass can’t cash.

  31. #31 |  Eric Ogunbase | 

    I wonder what will happen if restaurants and fast food joints just throw up their hands and say “f**k it”, then move business just outside of NYC.

    Why can’t people have the choice to kill themselves if they want?

    Everyone knows if you eat too much of anything, it can be bad for you. I know that if I smoke cigarettes, I increase my chances of lung disease. I know if I eat nothing but fatty, salty foods, I increase my chances of heart disease and weight gain. I don’t need a law “for my safety”.

  32. #32 |  Robin | 

    Do I have to move away from New York? What’s a good state? Help me out here.

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