State Senate: Nunes vs. Huntley

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Long-time State Senate incumbent Shirley Huntley and her opponent Lynn Nunes, candidate for the 10th State Senate district in southeast Queens, discuss the campaign.


Shirley Huntley and Lynn Nunes

Comments [23]


While we're at it, put a tax on foods that contain these other oh so healthy items:

-partially hydrogenated oils (linked with heart, cholesterol and blood pressure issues)

-aspartame (the HCFS alternative used in diet sodas that's linked with memory loss. Diet sodas would be excluded from the soda tax. Would you call this poison Brian???)

-bleached flour

-the FD&C colors (i.e. inks)

Sep. 01 2010 12:25 PM

but soda has no nutritional value. bread might have some HFCS but has other stuff. soda just water and HFCS

Sep. 01 2010 12:17 PM
RBC from NYC

jawbone: I agree with you. But if soda is going to be taxed for causing obesity via HCFS, then you need to tax ALL FOODS that contain the substance. Right now, more than half the items in the supermarket contain the substance - cereals, bread crumbs, tomato sauce, salad dressing, and even FRUIT!! (the substance that makes apples look shiny in the fresh fruit aisles is made of sugar).

Are we going to tax the entire supermarket??

Sep. 01 2010 12:06 PM

Apologies for not proofing carefully --sheesh.

Drings = drinks
only = only
Should have been "longitudinal"

And I should proof read every word even if it is boring.

Sep. 01 2010 11:58 AM
jawbone from Parsippany

In addition to causing significant weight gain in lab animals, long-term consumption of high-fructose corn syrup also led to abnormal increases in body fat, especially in the abdomen, and a rise in circulating blood fats called triglycerides. The researchers say the work sheds light on the factors contributing to obesity trends in the United States.

"Some people have claimed that high-fructose corn syrup is no different than other sweeteners when it comes to weight gain and obesity, but our results make it clear that this just isn't true, at least under the conditions of our tests," said psychology professor Bart Hoebel, who specializes in the neuroscience of appetite, weight and sugar addiction. "When rats are drinking high-fructose corn syrup at levels well below those in soda pop, they're becoming obese -- every single one, across the board. Even when rats are fed a high-fat diet, you don't see this; they don't all gain extra weight."

In results published online March 18 by the journal Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, the researchers from the Department of Psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute reported on two experiments investigating the link between the consumption of high-fructose corn syrup and obesity.

The first study showed that male rats given water sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup in addition to a standard diet of rat chow gained much more weight than male rats that received water sweetened with table sugar, or sucrose, in conjunction with the standard diet. The concentration of sugar in the sucrose solution was the same as is found in some commercial soft drinks, while the high-fructose corn syrup solution was half as concentrated as most sodas.

The second experiment -- the first long-term study of the effects of high-fructose corn syrup consumption on obesity in lab animals -- monitored weight gain, body fat and triglyceride levels in rats with access to high-fructose corn syrup over a period of six months. Compared to animals eating only rat chow, rats on a diet rich in high-fructose corn syrup showed characteristic signs of a dangerous condition known in humans as the metabolic syndrome, including abnormal weight gain, significant increases in circulating triglycerides and augmented fat deposition, especially visceral fat around the belly. Male rats in particular ballooned in size: Animals with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained 48 percent more weight than those eating a normal diet. In humans, this would be equivalent to a 200-pound man gaining 96 pounds.

Sep. 01 2010 11:52 AM
jawbone from Parsippany

Not all "sugary" drings are alike.

Sen. Huntley may want to read the recent Princeton study comparing effects of HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) to sugar.

In experiments with rats, one group was fed a sugar syrup of the amount used in sugar sweetened soda drinks; a second groups was fed HFCS syrup at only half the amount used to sweeten sodas.

The sugar group did not gain weight; in the HFCS group, at ony half the amount used in sodas, all the rats gained weight! In a longetudinal study, the HFCS group of rats showed the signs of what is labeled Metabolic Syndrome in us humans.

Maybe kids aren't gaining weight, developing early diabetes merely due to overeating. Just maybe HFCS has a role in this?

The Princeton studies are very thought -- and action -- provoking. I'm studying labels and no more products with HFCS for me. (BTW, U-Bet chocolate syrup is made without HFCS during Passover -- and any bottle with the stamped number on the back which as a "P" at the end is made with actual sugar, so there's at least a chocolate syrup without the HFCS.)

Sep. 01 2010 11:51 AM

poi·son (poiʹzən) noun
1. A substance that causes injury, illness, or death,

why can't people see the connect between the obesity crisis in this nation and cheap corn syrup?

Sep. 01 2010 11:50 AM
Liam from East Elmhurst

Just trying EARNESTLY to shift the cash flow from the undeserving produce nothing but angst and pain lawyers and re-create us into a society where the only power the government has is to create civil unions.
Churches (in case you didn't know) have their own rules and are entitled to them.
Try and walk into some without an invite.
Anyway, they have the right to marry whom they see fit-gay or straight.

Sep. 01 2010 11:48 AM
Liam from East Elmhurst

Yeah, although definately not an adherant to anyone, NYC liberals are OFF THE WALL.
At least as equally NUTTY as any Texas NEO-con. (please place a smiley face here).

Sep. 01 2010 11:45 AM

is it still the state who gives out the marriage licenses?

Sep. 01 2010 11:44 AM
Mr. Bad from NYC


Soda is a "children's poison" ... say what? This may be the first time I can remember you've completely lost objectivity and tried to slime a candidate you don't like. Why doncha' call the Poison Control Center and tell them your kid had a Fanta at a friend's house ... OMG, this kind of hand wringing liberalism is so easy to satirize.

Sep. 01 2010 11:43 AM
RBC from NYC

Ok Brian.. you are a great interviewer but enough with your bias against soda. Not everyone agrees that soda is the be-all-end-all of obesity. Its more than just too much soda. "Children's poison"??? Cmon on.

Sep. 01 2010 11:43 AM
Jody from Brooklyn, NY

I wonder if she had been representing an area where interracial marriage was outlawed years ago if she would have polled her constituents in order to arrive at a position on that issue... Shameful!

Sep. 01 2010 11:41 AM
DarkSymbolist from NYC!

Ask her "as a leader?"

She clearly is not a "leader"...she is a poll follower. Every answer she gives is about polling.

How about doing what's right? If people didn't have the courage to do that in the past there would still be slavery in this country.

Sep. 01 2010 11:41 AM
Robert from NYC

Oh cut the crap with "children's poisons" what happened to education! Educate kids and PARENTS MORE that too much sugar is bad. Sugar itself is not bad when processed properly and taken in smaller amounts.
Children's poisons, idiot!

Sep. 01 2010 11:41 AM
Jay F.

Ms. Huntley is no leader...

Sep. 01 2010 11:41 AM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

Glad your foreclosure program worked...hard to believe since nothing else has worked.

Sep. 01 2010 11:41 AM
Liam from East Elmhurst

Ms. Huntley is the only valid candidate here.
Gay or Non-gay should not be orchestrated by the state.
Let the churches based on their own canon decide who is to be married.
The state can only create unions CIVILLY.
Take that, profiteering lawyers!

Sep. 01 2010 11:41 AM

how do these people get elected??
does anybody think before they vote?

Sep. 01 2010 11:40 AM

Ms. Huntley doesn't seem too bothered about recognizing the equal rights of her gay constituents.

Sep. 01 2010 11:37 AM
DarkSymbolist from NYC!

And thus she illustrates the problem with politicians today: she bases her votes on polling...not on ethics, morality or protecting the rights of the minority vs. the prejudices of the majority.

In short, cowardice.

Sep. 01 2010 11:36 AM
john from nyc

In his 1986 From Montgomery to Stonewall, Rustin wrote:

There are four burdens, which gays, along with every other despised group, whether it's blacks follow slavery and reconstruction, or Jews fearful of Germany, must address. The first is recognize one must overcome fear. The second is overcoming self-hate. The third is overcoming self-denial. The fourth is more political. It is to recognize that the job of the gay community is not to deal with extremists who would castigate us or put us on an island and drop an H-bomb on us. The fact of the matter is that there is a small percentage of people in America who understand the true nature of the homosexual community. There is another small percentage who will never understand us. Our job is not to get those people who dislike us to love us. Nor was our aim in the civil rights movement to get prejudiced white people to love us. Our aim was to try to create the kind of America, legislatively, morally, and psychologically, such that even though some whites continued to hate us, they could not openly manifest that hate. That's our job today: to control the extent to which people can publicly manifest antigay sentiment.

Sep. 01 2010 11:28 AM
Colin from Manhattan

I volunteer for an organization advocating for marriage equality in New York. I was very disturbed to hear about the experiences of a fellow volunteer who is a constituent of Shirley Huntley's. He had a very difficult time arranging a meeting with the senator to discuss the marriage issue. I was even more disappointed to hear her retort to my fellow volunteer, which was to the effect of "The gays weren't there for us on civil rights, why should we vote for them on gay marriage." As a gay black man, I find this ignorance both shocking and insulting. Can you ask Sen. Huntley if she has heard of Bayard Rustin? Rustin, another gay black man, taught Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. a great deal about nonviolent political action. He also was the chief organizer behind the 1963 march on Washington. Has the senator heard of James Baldwin? Or Audre Lorde?

Sep. 01 2010 11:25 AM

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