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Robert Flowers 2017-10-12
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Editor's note: This story has been updated with the results of Wednesday's commission vote.

Cook County, Illinois, has repealed its controversial penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages, which has been in effect since Aug. 2.

The county's board of commissioners voted 15-2 on Wednesday to end the tax, according to the Chicago Tribune, so it will no longer be collected after Nov. 30.

Cook County will now have to find other sources to replace the estimated $200 million the soda tax was projected to raise during its first full year of operation.

While Cook County isn't the only local jurisdiction to have passed a tax on sweetened beverages, it's the largest in terms of population and has been the most politically contentious.

Opposition to the county's soda tax continued before, during and after its passage, with critics claiming the whole thing was merely a ploy to raise tax revenue by citing public health concerns.

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Felton Woodall 2016-06-13
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On the other side of the Atlantic, UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced the introduction of a soda tax.

For example, governments in both countries have grown alarmed with low savings for retirement – resulting in large part from the transition from plans with defined benefits to plans with defined contributions a euphemism for save for your own retirement .

The best prospect for labeling to have an effect is through a kind of Tell-tale Heart effect, whereby food retailers and producers change their offerings or improve the nutritional content of existing selections in response to feared consumer reactions, even if such fears are only imaginary, like in the eponymous Edgar Allan Poe story.

All forms of junk food, not just soda, have become progressively cheaper than healthy alternatives in recent decades.

A comprehensive approach

One possible rationale for a soda tax is that the government should start by attacking the most egregious problems, and sweetened drinks are an especially attractive bull s-eye for policymakers given their lack of almost any nutritional component.

But to have any prospect of significantly improving diet, a more comprehensive junk food tax would have to be levied on a much broader range of sugary, fatty and nutritionally poor foods and drinks.

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Brendon Dwelle 2019-10-29
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WhatsApp just took a hard new line against the malware industry, suing notorious Israeli surveillance contractor NSO Group for attacks on more than a thousand of its users.

The case could mark a turning point in Silicon Valley's fight against private-sector espionage mercenaries.

But before it can convince a court that NSO engaged in criminal hacking, WhatsApp may have to win a thorny legal argument—one that legal experts say could require some creative contortions.

On Tuesday afternoon, WhatsApp published a statement accusing NSO of targeting 1,400 of its users, including at least 100 members of "civil society" such as journalists and human-rights defenders, with malicious voice calls designed to infect targeted phones with malware and steal messages despite WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption.

Those numbers would represent a new scale for NSO, whose malware has already been linked to attacks against activists ranging from the now-imprisoned United Arab Emirates dissident Ahmed Mansoor to Mexican activists opposing a soda tax.

WhatsApp paired its statement with a lawsuit in a Ninth Circuit court, accusing NSO of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, as well as state-level charges including breach of contract and interfering with their property.

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William Ewing 2016-10-12
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Under the guise of sweet charitable giving, soda makers are handing out millions to big name health organizations so that the groups stay quiet about health issues that threaten to slim down drink profits—not to mention Americans themselves—a new study suggests.

Between 2011 and 2015, Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo sponsored 96 national health organizations, including the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, and the American Society for Nutrition, researchers report in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.

Meanwhile, lobbyists for the beverage makers successfully campaigned against nearly 20 proposed state and federal regulations aimed at protecting public health, such as improvements to nutrition labeling and soda taxes.

Earlier studies have found that sponsorships of health organizations can have a nefarious impact on public health, they wrote, noting the efforts of Big Tobacco decades ago.

For instance, in 2010, the charity Save the Children stunned colleagues and health professionals by abruptly dropping support for a soda tax—a policy the organization had been fiercely supporting as part of a campaign to combat childhood obesity.

The stance was in spite of the fact that African American s in the city suffer higher than average rates of obesity.

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Robert Flowers 2017-10-12
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Editor's note: This story has been updated with the results of Wednesday's commission vote.

Cook County, Illinois, has repealed its controversial penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages, which has been in effect since Aug. 2.

The county's board of commissioners voted 15-2 on Wednesday to end the tax, according to the Chicago Tribune, so it will no longer be collected after Nov. 30.

Cook County will now have to find other sources to replace the estimated $200 million the soda tax was projected to raise during its first full year of operation.

While Cook County isn't the only local jurisdiction to have passed a tax on sweetened beverages, it's the largest in terms of population and has been the most politically contentious.

Opposition to the county's soda tax continued before, during and after its passage, with critics claiming the whole thing was merely a ploy to raise tax revenue by citing public health concerns.

Brendon Dwelle 2019-10-29
img

WhatsApp just took a hard new line against the malware industry, suing notorious Israeli surveillance contractor NSO Group for attacks on more than a thousand of its users.

The case could mark a turning point in Silicon Valley's fight against private-sector espionage mercenaries.

But before it can convince a court that NSO engaged in criminal hacking, WhatsApp may have to win a thorny legal argument—one that legal experts say could require some creative contortions.

On Tuesday afternoon, WhatsApp published a statement accusing NSO of targeting 1,400 of its users, including at least 100 members of "civil society" such as journalists and human-rights defenders, with malicious voice calls designed to infect targeted phones with malware and steal messages despite WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption.

Those numbers would represent a new scale for NSO, whose malware has already been linked to attacks against activists ranging from the now-imprisoned United Arab Emirates dissident Ahmed Mansoor to Mexican activists opposing a soda tax.

WhatsApp paired its statement with a lawsuit in a Ninth Circuit court, accusing NSO of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, as well as state-level charges including breach of contract and interfering with their property.

Felton Woodall 2016-06-13
img

On the other side of the Atlantic, UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced the introduction of a soda tax.

For example, governments in both countries have grown alarmed with low savings for retirement – resulting in large part from the transition from plans with defined benefits to plans with defined contributions a euphemism for save for your own retirement .

The best prospect for labeling to have an effect is through a kind of Tell-tale Heart effect, whereby food retailers and producers change their offerings or improve the nutritional content of existing selections in response to feared consumer reactions, even if such fears are only imaginary, like in the eponymous Edgar Allan Poe story.

All forms of junk food, not just soda, have become progressively cheaper than healthy alternatives in recent decades.

A comprehensive approach

One possible rationale for a soda tax is that the government should start by attacking the most egregious problems, and sweetened drinks are an especially attractive bull s-eye for policymakers given their lack of almost any nutritional component.

But to have any prospect of significantly improving diet, a more comprehensive junk food tax would have to be levied on a much broader range of sugary, fatty and nutritionally poor foods and drinks.

William Ewing 2016-10-12
img

Under the guise of sweet charitable giving, soda makers are handing out millions to big name health organizations so that the groups stay quiet about health issues that threaten to slim down drink profits—not to mention Americans themselves—a new study suggests.

Between 2011 and 2015, Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo sponsored 96 national health organizations, including the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, and the American Society for Nutrition, researchers report in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.

Meanwhile, lobbyists for the beverage makers successfully campaigned against nearly 20 proposed state and federal regulations aimed at protecting public health, such as improvements to nutrition labeling and soda taxes.

Earlier studies have found that sponsorships of health organizations can have a nefarious impact on public health, they wrote, noting the efforts of Big Tobacco decades ago.

For instance, in 2010, the charity Save the Children stunned colleagues and health professionals by abruptly dropping support for a soda tax—a policy the organization had been fiercely supporting as part of a campaign to combat childhood obesity.

The stance was in spite of the fact that African American s in the city suffer higher than average rates of obesity.