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FDA tries to make the perfect the enemy of the good

The FDA has proposed regulations that will effectively ban virtually every electronic cigarette product on the market. This is utterly stupid. Controlled studies have already shown that people who kick the smoking habit and switch to electronic reduce harm to themselves by 95%. This is a huge giveaway to the big tobacco firms who only count for a tiny fraction of electronic sales currently. The burden of regulatory compliance will be costly enough that likely only they will be able to afford to costs.

Luckily there is an amendment that passed with bipartisan support in committee that will eliminate many of the most onerous provisions of the regulations.

This week the House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment that could save the vaping industry from a de facto ban caused by pending Food and Drug Administration regulations. The measure, which was approved by a vote of 31 to 19, changes the cutoff date for a crucial grandfather clause from February 15, 2007, when almost none of the current e-cigarette companies existed, to the effective date of the regulations.

"This is fantastic news for public health and small businesses," says Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association (AVA). "The vapor industry and its consumers do not oppose sensible regulation, but the FDA's proposal is anything but sensible."

Two years ago the FDA published a rule under which manufacturers of vaping products that were not on the market as of February 15, 2007—i.e., virtually all of them—would face two daunting options. They would either have to show their products are "substantially equivalent" to the e-cigarettes available back then or get them approved as new products. Meeting either of those tests would be iffy for any company and prohibitively expensive for the smaller ones. AVA estimates that the rule, if unchanged, would eliminate 99 percent of the industry.

"Modernizing the predicate date will not interfere with the FDA's ability to regulate vapor products," Conley says. "All this change does is force the agency to regulate the vapor products rather than just ban 99%-plus of products on the market today." Such a wipeout, although justified in the name of "public health," would eliminate harm-reducing alternatives to conventional cigarettes, leading to more smoking-related disease and death than would occur if the FDA took a more restrained approach.

These devices have been a godsend for people like my wife and I. We were both decades long multiple pack a day smokers who both kicked the habit with these.

If anyone is curious this is the device we both use:

Posted by Currentsitguy | Tue May 31, 2016, 09:43 AM (1 replies)

Spelling rules of 3 major languages

Spanish: The h is silent
English: Many letters can be silent
French: All letters are meaningless, every living thing is born without reason
Posted by Currentsitguy | Thu May 26, 2016, 02:03 PM (2 replies)

Simply the most adorable puppies you will ever see

These are Keeshond puppies. It's a breed I have had for the past 27 years. They are one of the few breeds without some sort of working origin. From day one they were bread solely for the purpose of being a companion dog, and they show it. My guy sticks to his people like velcro. The only thing in life he wants is to be petted and scratched. Given the choice he'll take affection over food every time.

Posted by Currentsitguy | Thu May 26, 2016, 11:03 AM (13 replies)


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump on Thursday reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president, completing an unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and sets the stage for a bitter fall campaign.

Trump was put over the top in the Associated Press delegate count by a small number of the party's unbound delegates who told the AP they would support him at the convention. Among them is Oklahoma GOP chairwoman Pam Pollard.

"I think he has touched a part of our electorate that doesn't like where our country is," Pollard said. "I have no problem supporting Mr. Trump."

It takes 1,237 delegates to win the Republican nomination for president. Trump has reached 1,238. With 303 delegates at stake in five state primaries on June 7, Trump will easily pad his total, avoiding a contested convention in Cleveland in July.
Posted by Currentsitguy | Thu May 26, 2016, 09:31 AM (2 replies)

175,000 year old Neanderthal "structures" found in French cave

They worked by torchlight, following the same procedure hour after hour: wrench a stalagmite off the cave floor, remove the tip and base, and carefully lay it with the others...

...A reassessment of evidence from Bruniquel cave, near Toulouse in south-west France, suggests even more Neanderthal sophistication. In one chamber, 336 metres from the cave entrance, are enigmatic structures – including a ring 7 metres across – built from stalagmites snapped from the cave floor...

...They are roughly 175,000 years old, which means they easily predate the arrival of modern humans in Europe. They were built at a time when Neanderthals were the only hominins in the region...

...What we do know is that the structures were built in dark, challenging conditions and the builders had no natural light to help them. Indeed, Jaubert’s team found traces of fire at several points around and on the structures...
Posted by Currentsitguy | Wed May 25, 2016, 03:06 PM (3 replies)

Now this is as low as it gets

Part of me hopes somebody deafens him after he is caught and put in lockup.

Indiana police are hunting for a thief who stole a four-year-old's hearing device, just hours after the deaf boy received it.

Sora Coate, of Columbus, got a cochlear implant for his left ear last Tuesday, allowing him to hear in both ears for the first time. He already had an implant in his right ear.

The excitement for his family was short-lived, though, when overnight, someone broke into their car and stole a backpack that had both cochlear implants and other essential equipment inside of it.

"He was given the gift to be able to hear just earlier that day, and that night, they all got taken. My heart is broken for him," Sora's mom, Laura Coate, told NBC affiliate WTHR.
Posted by Currentsitguy | Wed May 25, 2016, 02:07 PM (2 replies)

Meet Frederik, named the most handsome horse in the world

Really he looks like he fell off of a Harlequin Romance novel cover.

He's the real life Black Beauty.

And Frederik The Great, a breathtakingly beautiful Friesian stallion from the United States, may just be the world's most handsome horse.

Sharing his name with the ruler of Prussia from 1740-1786, the highly acclaimed horse has a muscular build, striking black features and flowing mane.

The beautiful stallion is owned by Pinnacle Friesians where he stands at stud in the Ozark Mountains in the US.
With a Facebook fan page of more than 12,500 followers and a blog to his name, the stunning stallion has amassed quite a hefty fan following.
So popular is the horse that an online gallery featuring artwork of him has been created.

Posted by Currentsitguy | Tue May 24, 2016, 02:51 PM (2 replies)

Burt Kwouk, "Cato" from the Pink Panther films, dead at 85

Burt Kwouk, who was best known for playing Inspector Clouseau's manservant Cato in the Pink Panther films, has died aged 85.

He appeared in seven Pink Panther films opposite Peter Sellers as Clouseau's servant who regularly attacked his employer to keep him alert.

He also starred in BBC sitcom Last of the Summer Wine from 2002 to 2010.

Born in Manchester but raised in Shanghai, the actor was awarded an OBE in the 2011 New Year Honour List.
A statement issued by his agent said: "Beloved actor Burt Kwouk has sadly passed peacefully away. The family will be having a private funeral but there will be a memorial at a later date."
Posted by Currentsitguy | Tue May 24, 2016, 01:17 PM (2 replies)

This is the one thing that would cause me to get a flight diverted due to freakout

"I brushed away and it started tickling me again. That's when I noticed the tarantula," Moreau told CBC News.

"I hit it to get it off me before it bit."

Now Moreau is asking Air Transat for a refund over her encounter with the spider.

The tarantula that climbed her leg was one of two on a Montreal-bound Air Transat flight from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, on April 18, the airline and the union representing its flight attendants have confirmed.

Passengers screamed and stood on their seats after learning they shared the cabin with the eight-legged critters.
Posted by Currentsitguy | Fri May 20, 2016, 06:12 PM (16 replies)

I like the occasional McD's apple pie but this is crazy

CHESTER, S.C. -- Fast food turns to fists flying at a Chester County McDonalds, when two employees came to blows Wednesday night. And deputies say the beef was over apple pie.

According to Chester County investigators, one of the employees was asked start baking the pies, and that turned into an argument.

The employee was then asked to leave the store, but according to the police report, the employee refused. A worker threatened to call the police and witnesses say the employee responded, "If you call police, I'm gonna beat your (expletive)."...

...Sensing something wrong, Smith took out his cellphone and started recording, just in time to capture a fist fight between two employees behind the counter.

Posted by Currentsitguy | Fri May 20, 2016, 04:36 PM (16 replies)
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