Loathsome nanny-state mayor’s latest initiative: Loud earbuds

posted at 2:21 pm on March 6, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Listen up, New Yorkers: Your local government is here to educate you about the dangers of listening to your iPod too loud. Whatever would you do without them? The NY Post reports:

Mayor Bloomberg — who has already cracked down on smoking, junk food, trans fats, salt and super-sized drinks — is embarking on a new crusade: preventing New Yorkers from going deaf.

Hizzoner’s health officials are planning a social-media campaign to warn young people about the risk of losing their hearing from listening to music at high volume on personal MP3 players, The Post has learned.

“With public and private support, a public-education campaign is being developed to raise awareness about safe use of personal music players . . . and risks of loud and long listening,” said Nancy Clark, the city Health Department’s assistant commissioner of environmental-disease prevention.

The campaign, which will cost $250,000, is being financed through a grant received from the Fund for Public Health, the Health Department’s fund-raising arm.

No laws or regulations or anything in the works for this one (for now), it’s more in the way of a public-awareness campaign, but come on. There are a billion and one different things in this world that are hazardous to our health — is it really any government’s job to try and save us from ourselves on every single one of them, especially when it means that there are government employees being paid with tax dollars whose jobs are even partially dedicated to that kind of thing. Mayor Bloomberg has managed to double New York City’s debt to $110 billion in a decade (and according to him, this is with the federal government providing for 10-12 percent of the city’s budget), but it certainly sounds like there are a few bureaucrats they can afford to shave off…

I suppose this is local government, and New Yorkers keep on voting for the guy; if these are the type of functions the city’s voters really want, then that’s that — but why they do will never cease to baffle me.


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Obivously, the Sequester didn’t cut deep enough.

Oil Can on March 6, 2013 at 2:23 PM

What? I’m sorry didn’t hear you, I have a banana in my ear…

right2bright on March 6, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Okay, I’ll bite. But I see I may have to be very specific.

Never underestimate the utter and complete stupidity of a socialist liberal-minded New York City voter….

Turtle317 on March 6, 2013 at 2:25 PM

This one won’t catch on, because most of the people in the music industry — unlike the gun, soda, food, cigarette or automobile industries previously attacked by Bloomberg — are perceived as liberals. Attacking them even indirectly by attacking loud music on iPods will get the same reaction as Tipper Gore’s attacks on song lyrics.

Mayor Mike can protest, but the same types who were willing to climb aboard the other nanny state ban bandwagons aren’t buying tickets for this trip.

jon1979 on March 6, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Dear Nanny Bloomberg, should I wash behind my ears at night? What about the dust bunnies under my bed? Speaking of bed, what time should I go to bed at night? I’m only 48 years old with a BA, JD and MLS degrees, I need lots of help in making day to day decisions.

signed,
Poor, benighted blog commenter.

rbj on March 6, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Huh?

hip shot on March 6, 2013 at 2:29 PM

…those are butt plugs…for Bloomie!

KOOLAID2 on March 6, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Seriously why is there a post every freaking other day about this clown? NYC voters elected him, so F— them. they deserve each other. Match made in hell.

Raquel Pinkbullet on March 6, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Bloomberg is the kind of loathsome creature that one would take great pleasure and joy in flipping the finger at!

pilamaye on March 6, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Ooh, can I guess how this plays out?

1) He issues a stern warning with the expectation that everyone everywhere will change their minds to match his personal opinion.

2) People for the most part don’t change their habits to match Bloomberg’s whims and desires.

3) He then issues a directive making it illegal to do something other than what he says is correct… in order to force you to do what he wants, not what you want.

Yeah, this is like predicting water running downhill; but clearly some people still don’t see this coming.

gekkobear on March 6, 2013 at 2:33 PM

I would recommend New York City residents to introduce new hemp rope regulation. Don’t bother asking for the Mayor’s approval. just suggest it to him, in a way he won’t be able to refuse. While you do, use the opportunity to remind Mr. Bloomberg that his bodyguards’ guns are tools of murder and violence that must be disposed of immediately.

Archivarix on March 6, 2013 at 2:33 PM

health officials are planning a social-media campaign to warn young people about the risk of losing their hearing from listening to music at high volume

If they’re anything like most kids, they’ll just ‘pump up’ the volume.

“Question Authority” , y’all.

socalcon on March 6, 2013 at 2:34 PM

What? I’m sorry didn’t hear you, I have a banana in my ear…

right2bright on March 6, 2013 at 2:23 PM

I said, “YOU HAVE A BANANA IN YOUR EAR!”

CurtZHP on March 6, 2013 at 2:35 PM

As I wrote in the headline thread, I guess the midget Stalin is going to try to ban rock concerts, now. Can’t have that sort of serious health hazard being openly available to the public in the big city …

Also, all volume controls will only be allowed to go up to “4″, now.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 6, 2013 at 2:39 PM

This is so over the top that I’m beginning to think Bloomberg is trying to Cloward-Piven the nanny state. Overwhelm it to the point even its supporters think it is a bad idea.

Odysseus on March 6, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Cool! A quarter mil to tell people loud noises are bad for your ears. Where do I go to get the job?

creeper on March 6, 2013 at 2:45 PM

if these are the type of functions the city’s voters really want, then that’s that — but why they do

because when they get tired of the sewer they’ve created, they move and take their polluted habits to a cleaner environments…and on it goes…

RedInMD on March 6, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Could you imagine being related to and having to live with this douche? Maybe that’s why he’s so interested in gun control!

NavyMustang on March 6, 2013 at 2:51 PM

I don’t like the term, “Nanny State.”

It obfuscates the reality of these people.

I prefer, “Dictatorship.”

OhEssYouCowboys on March 6, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Bloomberg is truly creepy.

What’s next? Mandated colonic irrigations? Will everyone be ordered to wear masks in public in order to prevent spreading diseases?

The guy is weird, weird, weird…. Howard Hughes weird.

Cody1991 on March 6, 2013 at 2:53 PM

The floodgates have really opened, eh? Well, they all voted for it so they can live with it.

Neo on March 6, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Why didn’t Nanny Doomberg think of this first?

Gungrabber Asininity Strikes Again!

Resist We Much on March 6, 2013 at 2:55 PM

OT:

State’s main witness in George Zimmerman murder case lied

“Trayvon Martin’s girlfriend, the state’s most important witness in the George Zimmerman murder case, was caught in a lie, it was revealed Tuesday.

It was not the first piece of misinformation tied to her, but it was the most damaging to date and left prosecutors in a very awkward position.”

Resist We Much on March 6, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Cue up the outrage.

Pablo Honey on March 6, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Eh, can’t get too worked up about this, although I don’t see why schools can’t provide this info to students for…free. Incorporate the lesson into “health” and/or science lessons. Unless he does try to ban them then, yeah, MAKE IT STOP! But to compare this particular initiative to Stalin, Cloward-Piven is ridiculous hyperbole.

jon1979 on March 6, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Actually, I work for a major record label during the Tipper Gore kerfuffle and the fact is the labels were viciously opposed to her initiative.

Buy Danish on March 6, 2013 at 2:59 PM

“You darned kids turn that music down, dang it!”

DamnCat on March 6, 2013 at 3:00 PM

I just know that the Little Dictator [Dicktator?] is going to mandate that all New Yorkers listen to the Muzak versions of Air Supply and Barry Manilow songs.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 6, 2013 at 3:01 PM

But but… how can I hear racist dog whistles if I wreck my hearing with an iPod?!

Save me Obi Bloomberg, you are my only hope!

Snowblind on March 6, 2013 at 3:03 PM

If it’s too loud, you’re too old!!!

GWB on March 6, 2013 at 3:04 PM

OT: For those of you who loved the guitar of Alvin Lee from Ten Years After, he died about three hours ago.

Their “I’d Love To Change The World” was a mixed bag of lyrics describing lofty societal goals with the harsh reality that money really doesn’t grow on trees.

Maybe not so OT:

Everywhere is freaks and hairies
Dykes and fairies, tell me where is sanity
Tax the rich, feed the poor
Till there are no rich no more

I’d love to change the world
But I don’t know what to do
So I’ll leave it up to you

Population keeps on breeding
Nation bleeding, still more feeding economy
Life is funny, skies are sunny
Bees make honey, who needs money, monopoly

I’d love to change the world
But I don’t know what to do
So I’ll leave it up to you

World pollution, there’s no solution
Institution, electrocution
Just black and white, rich or poor
Them and us, stop the war

I’d love to change the world
But I don’t know what to do
So I’ll leave it up to you

Rest In Peace Alvin Lee.

hawkdriver on March 6, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Those things are dangerous because people walk into to traffic not realizing how much they use their ears to navigate city streets, and of course you can’t hear the mugger coming up behind you either. But it’s still none of Bloomburg’s business.

forest on March 6, 2013 at 3:08 PM

$250,000? That’s like, what, 1 1/2 employees at government salary rates?

William Teach on March 6, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Nanny Doomberg Boombox:

GET OFF OF MY LAWN!!!

Resist We Much on March 6, 2013 at 3:12 PM

The whole point of these things is to listen to the music I want at the volume I want. Fortunately, in more ways than one, I don’t live in NY. I guess if I ever visit I’ll get an old school boom box and walk around blasting Cannibal Corpse and Vader at full volume. Maybe that will remind people why we went to Walkmans in the first place.

Dan_Yul on March 6, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Again?

OT: For those of you who loved the guitar of Alvin Lee from Ten Years After, he died about three hours ago.

Their “I’d Love To Change The World” was a mixed bag of lyrics describing lofty societal goals with the harsh reality that money really doesn’t grow on trees.

Maybe not so OT:

Everywhere is freaks and hairies
Dykes and fairies, tell me where is sanity
Tax the rich, feed the poor
Till there are no rich no more

I’d love to change the world
But I don’t know what to do
So I’ll leave it up to you

Population keeps on breeding
Nation bleeding, still more feeding economy
Life is funny, skies are sunny
Bees make honey, who needs money, monopoly

I’d love to change the world
But I don’t know what to do
So I’ll leave it up to you

World pollution, there’s no solution
Institution, electrocution
Just black and white, rich or poor
Them and us, stop the war

I’d love to change the world
But I don’t know what to do
So I’ll leave it up to you

Rest In Peace Alvin Lee.

hawkdriver on March 6, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Of course there is Spock’s solution in Star Trek IV…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gr82dZpCr48

Marcola on March 6, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Miss Grundy Bloomberg

DamnCat on March 6, 2013 at 3:19 PM

This is transparently self-serving. Bloomie was probably sitting next to some kid on the subway, and the kid’s loud rap on his headphones was drowning out Bloomie’s Barry Manilow.

WhatSlushfund on March 6, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Nanny Doomberg Boombox:

GET OFF OF MY LAWN!!!

Resist We Much on March 6, 2013 at 3:12 PM

That’s his next million-dollar initiative.

Sockpuppet Politic on March 6, 2013 at 3:23 PM

New York City is fast becoming Mayberry.

Everybody knows your business.

Can’t you just see a bunch of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi types looking in your windows and following you as you walk down the sidewalk?

Hell, the United States is fast becoming Mayberry.

“Oh, Andy, we can’t change our thermostat setting, and we have a Lo-Flow toilet, and our lightbulbs are really dim … but those good souls in Mount Pilot have our best interests in mind.”

- Aunt Bee

OhEssYouCowboys on March 6, 2013 at 3:25 PM

This is transparently self-serving. Bloomie was probably sitting next to some kid on the subway, and the kid’s loud rap on his headphones was drowning out Bloomie’s Barry Manilow.

WhatSlushfund on March 6, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Shirley, you jest, surely! Nanny Doomberg on the subway???

LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL

LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL

LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL

Noted Climate-Change Campaigner Installs House Air Conditioning Window Unit To SUV-Limo To Beat The Heat

Resist We Much on March 6, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Dan_Yul on March 6, 2013 at 3:17 PM

No, no, no. Slim Whitman is a much better choice…….

GWB on March 6, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Cass Sunstein’s fascist BFF just keeps rolling along…

ebrown2 on March 6, 2013 at 3:45 PM

You can take my HD650s from my cold, dead ears.

AbeFroman on March 6, 2013 at 5:19 PM

You can take my HD650s from my cold, dead ears.

AbeFroman on March 6, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Just pipe some Yoko Ono through them and your ears WILL be cold and dead.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on March 6, 2013 at 5:59 PM

I pity the poor kid who walks down a NY street with earphones, a super gig gulp, a cigarette, and a donut all at the same time – death row at Rikers for sure….

dentarthurdent on March 6, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Just pipe some Yoko Ono through them and your ears WILL be cold and dead.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on March 6, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Yoko Ono should be banned. I don’t think anyone would argue withnanny Bloomy if he did that.

dentarthurdent on March 6, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Mayor Bloomberg — who has already cracked down on smoking, junk food, trans fats, salt and super-sized drinks — is embarking on a new crusade: preventing New Yorkers from going deaf.

Well, it would help if he’d just STFU!

Another Drew on March 6, 2013 at 7:20 PM

What??

lexhamfox on March 6, 2013 at 11:46 PM