Nanny Bloomberg says ‘just buy two 16 ounce sodas,’ is schooled yet again

http://twitter.com/#!/MikeBloomberg/status/209702352456925184

Uh. Evidently, being a Smarter Than You ™, freedom-infringing nanny is not too much of an inconvenience for him. However, actually being smart apparently is.

Hey, @mikebloomberg, if people actually do buy two 16-oz sodas, THEY WILL GET EVEN FATTER

— David Freddoso (@freddoso) June 4, 2012

Dear, @MikeBloomberg. This is the most pathetic tweet I have seen in a long time. https://t.co/djHbbIL1

— Brandon Morse (@TheBrandonMorse) June 4, 2012

I'll make @MikeBloomberg a deal: I will only drink 16 oz sodas, if he promises to resign and never run for office again.

— AG (@AG_Conservative) June 4, 2012

For @mikebloomberg, two words: "FREE REFILLS"

— David Freddoso (@freddoso) June 4, 2012

We guess he is getting fierce push-back on his ridiculous proposed soda ban. Even McDonald’s weighed in on that. Because that absurd “stop being so inconvenienced by buying two sodas, freedom bitter clingers” tweet was a follow-up to this equally nonsensical, yet loathsome, tweet by Nanny Bloomberg.

The facts tell us if people are served smaller portions of sugary drinks, they will consume less & be healthier: http://t.co/aM4pxDJE

— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) June 4, 2012

The facts tell us that you are an idjit. Why don’t you worry about that rather than feeling as if you are so smarty pants that you have the right to try to save people from themselves? How about a little more saving yourself from your own stupidity?

Twitter once again hands out an awesome teachable moment.

.@MikeBloomberg Is leaving office after 2 terms as the City Charter required too much of an inconvenience?

— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) June 4, 2012

.@MikeBloomberg Hey genius, if people buy 2 sodas to circumvent the ban & you acknowledge they will, WHAT IS THE POINT?!?!

— Morgan Grace (@veracity81) June 4, 2012

Congratulations, @MikeBloomberg — you have measurably contributed to the stupidity and brazen dishonesty of the national discourse.

— Popehat (@Popehat) June 4, 2012

@MikeBloomberg the facts tell us that ppl who want to over-indulge will do it anyway. Solution is personal responsibility not gov't tyranny.

— Zilla Stevenson (@ZillaStevenson) June 4, 2012

@MikeBloomberg Your ban on big sodas is a clever scam to double tax people who'll have to buy 2 smalls instead of 1 big. 2x deposit fee too.

— Zilla Stevenson (@ZillaStevenson) June 4, 2012

Hi @MikeBloomberg! Love your tie! By the way, here's a quick pro tip: Your tweets would read a lot better in the original Lenin.

— KingShamusé (@KingShamus) June 4, 2012

@MikeBloomberg why not target beer drinkers at bars?

— Greg Pollowitz (@GPollowitz) June 4, 2012

Seriously? RT @MikeBloomberg: Is purchasing two 16 oz sodas too much of an inconvenience to help reverse a national health catastrophe?

— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) June 4, 2012

What business is that of yours? RT @MikeBloomberg: Is purchasing two 16 oz sodas too much of an inconvenience…?

— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) June 4, 2012

Thanks @MikeBloomberg , for thinking for the unwashed masses. And thanks for bypassing term limits. YOU count, not the will of the people.

— Jim Norton (@JimNorton) June 1, 2012

.@MikeBloomberg is the stereotypical politician who thinks people are too stupid to make their own choices.Movies make fun of guys like him.

— Shane Dale (@arizonashane) June 4, 2012

Reading some of @MikeBloomberg's Tweets RE: his reasoning for the sugary drink ban in NYC. It would be comical if he wasn't 100% serious.

— Shane Dale (@arizonashane) June 4, 2012

.@MikeBloomberg It's not about soda. It's about your loathsome notion that the citizens of NYC are your children.

— andy levy (@andylevy) June 4, 2012

Bingo. Andy Levy for the win.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/06/04/nanny-bloomberg-says-just-buy-two-16-ounce-sodas-is-schooled-yet-again/

Contrast: Wounded hero’s moving salute reminds James Woods of Obama pic

http://twitter.com/#!/TayCaswell/status/390236483237740545

Cpl. Josh Hargis, 24, was wounded in October when a suicide bomber in Afghanistan triggered more than a dozen explosive devices. When the Army ranger’s commanding officer came to his bedside to present him with a Purple Heart, everyone in the room reportedly thought he was unconscious. Then Hargis raised his bandaged hand for what his wife called “the most beautiful salute any person in that room had ever seen. That’s when “grown men began to weep.”

Conservative actor James Woods shared the moving photo of the “salute seen around the world” with his Twitter followers.

http://twitter.com/#!/RealJamesWoods/status/390270907207680000

Amen.

http://twitter.com/#!/RealJamesWoods/status/390271150703792128

Never one to shy away from letting us know how he really feels, Woods fired off two tweets that capture the stark contrast between the heroic Cpl. Hargis and the country’s commander in chief.

http://twitter.com/#!/RealJamesWoods/status/390364900071321600

In other words:

http://twitter.com/#!/RealJamesWoods/status/390365080770330624

Hargis’ wife posted the photo of his touching salute to Facebook on October 12, along with a letter from her husband’s commander. Warning, it’s about to get really dusty in here.

I received this pictures today along with a letter from the commander of the team Josh was a part of on the night of his injuries. A letter to explain to me what kind of man I have the privilege of being married to. He explained to me what happened and what was going on in the picture.

“Josh was seriously wounded as you know and survived for almost two hours after his injury before arriving to the hospital. Josh was immediately pushed through a series of surgeries and emerged hours later into an intensive care unit here at our base in Afghanistan. Despite being in intense pain and mental duress, Josh remained alert and compassionate to the limited Rangers that were allowed to visit him bedside. Prior to Josh being moved to Germany for his eventual flight to America, we conducted a ceremony to award him with the Purple Heart for wounds received in action. A simple ceremony, you can picture a room full of Rangers, leaders, doctors, and nurses surrounding his bedside while the Ranger Regimental Commander pinned the Purple Heart to his blanket. During the presentation the Commander publishes the official orders verbally and leaned over Josh to thank him for his sacrifice. Josh, whom everybody in the room (over 50 people) assumed to be unconscious, began to move his right arm under the blanket in a diligent effort to salute the Commander as is customary during these ceremonies. Despite his wounds, wrappings, tubes, and pain, Josh fought the doctor who was trying to restrain his right arm and rendered the most beautiful salute any person in that room had ever seen. I cannot impart on you the level of emotion that poured through the intensive care unit that day. Grown men began to weep and we were speechless at a gesture that speak volumes about Josh’s courage and character. The picture, which we believe belongs on every news channel and every news paper is attached. I have it hanging above my desk now and will remember it as the single greatest event I have witnessed in my ten years in the Army.”

Nary a dry eye in the Twitterverse.

http://twitter.com/#!/jgm41/status/390483806739628032

http://twitter.com/#!/Irish_in_LA/status/390239426103627776

http://twitter.com/#!/ParisBarns/status/390476016571133952

http://twitter.com/#!/sueinwny/status/390240073926467584

Cpl. Hargis, your brave service means everything to us. Thank you, sir.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/10/16/warrior-vs-commander-in-chief-wounded-heros-moving-salute-reminds-james-woods-of-obama-pic/

If You Love A Smoker, You Can Send Them Their Own Obituary… With A Twist

It can be scary and frustrating to love a smoker. A new website called Nobituary.com offers a new type of intervention that you might want to try.

1. Nobituary.com is a new tool that helps people encourage their loved ones to quit smoking… by showing them how great life can be without cigarettes.

“Most anti-smoking campaigns try to scare you into quitting,” Nobituary creator Ian Wishingrad, 29, tells BuzzFeed Life. “But my presumption is that all smokers know that smoking is bad for them, and they’ve all been scared already by the ads on TV that show all the bad things that happen if they keep smoking. They tend to phase that stuff out.”

Nobituary offers a different take: “This one grabs your attention because it looks like a death notice,” Wishingrad says, “but when you read it you can see how great things are going to be in your life if you give up smoking — you’ll get to see your kids grow up, or you’ll spend more time with your pet, or you’ll save money from quitting smoking and go on a great vacation.”

2. Wishingrad partnered with Whoopi Goldberg — a former smoker — to create and promote Nobituary.com. Here’s a video announcing the service:

“It’s hard to get people to stop something that makes them feel better,” Goldberg says in the promotional video above. “How do I know this? I used to be a smoker. We created a new kind of intervention. It celebrates how great life can be when you quit. We call it a Nobituary. This is a great way to say, listen, I care about you, and I don’t want to ever have to make you an obituary.”

The site launched this week, just in time for Valentine’s Day. The idea is that if you love someone, one of the best things you can do for them is to help them live healthier, fuller lives, Wishingrad says.

3. Here’s how it works: First, go to the site and enter your friend’s name and other information.

4. Then add some additional personal details — where they live, where they want to vacation, special pets, and so on.

5. Upload a nice picture.

This is Wishingrad’s picture. He says he was a smoker for about 7 years, and quit for good in December.

6. See a draft of the Nobituary, and make edits if you want.

The Nobituary ends with a link that asks your friend or loved one if they’re ready to quit smoking. If they click on it, it takes them directly to BecomeAnEX.org, a smoking cessation resource from the American Legacy Foundation (the group behind the famous truth campaign that you’ve probably seen on TV).

7. If you’re satisfied with the words, choose your favorite newspaper filter…and then hit publish.

Ian Wishingrad

Once it’s created, you can email it to your friend. Wishingrad says you can share it over email, rather than social media, because smoking is a deeply personal thing and the idea isn’t to shame people or make them feel bad — it’s to make them feel hope and encouragement.

“This is the kind of thing that shakes the smoker into going, yeah, OK, that sounds great,” Wishingrad says. “That’s why we’re using Valentine’s Day — it’s about giving something to someone you love.”

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/carolynkylstra/nobituary

Seeing These Popular Places From Above Is Almost Surreal. #6 Seriously Shocked Me.

Even if you travel by airplane frequently, it’s doubtful that you’ve even gotten a real birds eye view of a city. With all of the pollution, weather, looping flight paths and aisle seats, your views may have been obstructed. This Reddit user gathered together some of the most impressive aerial views of cities around the world, giving people a brand new way to look at these amazing places. They’re probably nothing like anything you’ve ever seen before. Wow.

1.) Niagara Falls (Canada)

2.) Barcelona (Spain)

3.) Central Park, New York City (USA)

4.) Dubai Islands (United Arab Emirates)

5.) Hedge maze, Longleat (England)

6.) Mexico City (Mexico)

7.) Venice (Italy)

8.) Amsterdam (Netherlands)

9.) Namib desert (Namibia)

10.) Chicago (USA)

11.) Tulip fields (Netherlands)

12.) Bern (Switzerland)

13.) Dubrovnik (Croatia)

14.) Paris (France)

15.) Meskendir Valley (Turkey)

16.) Shanghai (China)

17.) Capetown (South Africa)

18.) Moscow (Russia)

19.) Athens (Greece)

20.) Vancouver (Canada)

21.) Malé (Maldives)

22.) Seattle (USA)

23.) Giza Pyramids (Egypt)

24.) Bac Son Valley (Vietnam)

25.) Marina Bay, Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

26.) Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

27.) Terrace rice fields (China)

28.) Vatican City, Rome (Italy)

29.) Lake in Pomerania (Poland)

30.) San Francisco (USA)

Seeing human life from so far up above can give perspective. We really are tiny, even in respect to the size of our own city. Source: Reddit Share the awesome views by clicking on the button below. These are too cool not to show others.

Read more: http://viralnova.com/cities-from-birds-eye-view/

Can You Tell Which Scientific Concepts These Emojis Describe?

*insert “Eureka!” emoji here*

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/kellyoakes/science-in-emojis

8 Magical And Delicious Harry Potter Cocktails

Getting an Exceeds Expectations on your potions N.E.W.T is easier than you’d think.

Photos by Lauren Zaser / Graphics by Justine Zwiebel / BuzzFeed Life

The subtle science and exact art of potion-making (that’s “bartending,” to Muggles) is difficult, but it can be mastered.

Warner Brothers / Via tumblr.com

According to Professor Snape, a good potion can “bewitch the mind and ensnare the senses.” You can “bottle fame, brew glory, and even put a stopper in death,” if you know what you’re doing. While some of these goals are a little out of range to us Muggles, a good time is not. So here are some recipes that will get you drunk, honor the wizard within, and hopefully earn you some serious house points.

1. Unicorn Blood

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“The blood of a unicorn will keep you alive, even if you are an inch from death, but at a terrible price. You have slain something pure and defenseless to save yourself, and you will have but a half-life, a cursed life, from the moment the blood touches your lips.” — Firenze the Centaur

Bummer, huh? Luckily this cocktail won’t lead to a cursed life — just a fun night.

Warner Brothers / Via acciolacquer.com

Unicorn Blood

Serves 1

1.5 oz silver tequila
1.5 oz St. Germain
(elderflower liqueur)
1 oz lemon juice

Add everything to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake (hard!) for a full 20 seconds. Strain into a coupe glass.

2. Hair Of The Three-Headed Dog

Lauren Zaser / Justine Zwiebel / BuzzFeed Life

Three-headed-dogs are a pain: Just when you think you have everything under control, another head seems to pop out of nowhere…kind of like a hangover. This Bloody Mary/Michelada/Bulldog mutt will soothe your splitting head and start working on a new one at the same time.

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Hair of the Three-Headed Dog

Serves 1

1.5 oz tequila
1/2 cup tomato juice
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Tabasco
1 12-oz bottle Mexican beer
(like Corona or Modelo)
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1 celery stalk, washed, root end trimmed (optional)

Mix tequila, tomato juice, lime juice, Worcestershire and Tabasco sauces. Mix salt and chili powder together in a small bowl or saucer. Rub the rim of a pint glass with a slice of lime and roll the outside of the glass rim in the chili salt to coat it. Fill glass halfway with ice, add tomato mixture, stir well, and top with beer. Garnish with celery if you like.

3. Wolfsbane Potion

Lauren Zaser / Justine Zwiebel / BuzzFeed Life

Unfortunately for you and Professor Lupin, there is no permanent cure for being a werewolf. But Wolfsbane can help keep things under control. Be warned, though: This drink is not for the faint of heart.

Wolfsbane Potion

Serves 1

1.5 oz Scotch whiskey
1.5 oz Fernet-Branca
Coca-Cola

Combine Scott and Fernet in a shaker with ice and stir vigorously for 20 seconds, until fully chilled. Strain into a rocks glass with a large ice cube.* Top with cola, to taste.

*We used this mold to make an icy full moon. Awooo!

4. The Phoenix Feather

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Guaranteed to perk you right up, even if you’ve been bitten by a basilisk.

The Phoenix Feather

Serves 1

Lillet is a delicious wine-based aperitif you can find at most liquor stores.

2 oz Lillet Blanc
1.5 oz Campari
1 oz fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice
seltzer or club soda

Combine Lillet, Campari, and grapefruit juice in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake, vigorously, for about 20 seconds. Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice cubes and top with seltzer.

5. Butterbeer

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This is a little boozier than the Three Broomsticks’ finest, so you may want to skip the bourbon if you’re serving it to any Hogwarts students.

Butterbeer

Serves 6-8

Homemade butterscotch sauce will be the most delicious here, but use store-bought if there’s a brand you like. You can swap in ginger ale if you can’t find a good (non-alcoholic) ginger beer, like Reed’s or Gosling’s.

6-8 tablespoons butterscotch sauce (depending how sweet you like it)
3 cups apple cider
1 cup bourbon whiskey
(optional)
2 cups ginger beer
Whipped cream
, for garnish

Heat cider, bourbon and butterscotch syrup in a medium saucepan until the butterscotch dissolves and the mixture is steaming hot. Remove from heat and stir in the ginger beer. Ladle into mugs and serve with loads of whipped cream on top.

6. Polyjuice Potion

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Be careful with stuff; you might not turn into exactly the person you had in mind (just ask Hermione).

Polyjuice Potion

Serves 1

We used a green juice from Blueprint, but you can make your own if you have a juicer or pick up a cup from your favorite juice shop. It should include some citrus and at least one fruit, like apple or pineapple, for sweetness. The Chartreuse liqueur adds an interesting herbal note, but you can skip if you’d rather (it’s expensive).

1.5 oz gin
1.5 oz fresh-pressed or bottled green juice
1 oz green Chartreuse
½ oz lime juice
7-Up or Sprite
(optional)

Shake gin, juices, and Chartreuse in a shaker with ice. Strain into a glass (you can serve up or over ice) and top with a splash of soda if you’d like it a little lighter.

7. Felix Felicis (“Liquid Luck”)

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“Brewed correctly the drinker of this potion will be lucky in all their endeavours, but be warned…excessive consumption is highly toxic and can cause extreme recklessness.”Zygmunt Budge, 16th century potioneer

This fizzy version of Felix is sure to boost your confidence levels on and off the Quidditch field.

Felix Felicis

Serves 1

To make simple syrup, just heat equal parts sugar and water until fully dissolved, then cool.

1/4 oz simple syrup
1/4 oz lemon juice
1.5 oz ginger beer
Champagne or other sparkling wine

Mix simple syrup and lemon juice in the bottom of a champagne flute. Add ginger beer and fill with Champagne.

8. Amortentia

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“Amortentia doesn’t create actual love, of course. That’s impossible. But it does cause a powerful infatuation or obsession. For that reason, it is probably the most dangerous potion in this room.” —Horace Slughorn

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This powerful love potion is best made as a big, party-size punch, so that everyone can enjoy its embarrassing effects together.

Get the (very easy) recipe here, plus instructions for making a pretty punch bowl ice ring with fruit.

“100 points to you for getting us drunk!” — your friends

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Recipes by Rachel Sanders. Styling by John Gara, Lauren Zaser, and Mackenzie Kruvant. Photographs by Lauren Zaser. Graphics by Justine Zwiebel.

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelysanders/harry-potter-and-the-night-he-wont-remember