Who’s your daddy, NYC? Bloomberg goes after earbuds

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Just when you thought New York City’s nanny state could not get any more ridiculous, Mayor (or is it emperor?) Michael Bloomberg has announced a new public health initiative (a.k.a. a way to further strip New Yorkers of their freedoms). This time, he is going after your headphones.

“Now we didn’t get to the new thing that the Mayor McFascist wants to put together for you,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “I think it’s really good. He’s concerned about your hearing. And he says the ear buds that you might wear now are too loud.”

The New York Post reported “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 program will cost upwards of $250,000 and “will target teens and young adults… using social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.”

Nancy Clark, assistant commissioner of environmental-disease prevention at the New York City Health Department, told the Post, “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.”

He’s going to spend a lot of taxpayer money,” Glenn said. “Sure you’re in Iowa or Washington state saying, ‘that’s why I don’t live in New York.’ No, your money is going to New York City so Bloomberg can put together a nice little package to save the ears of New Yorkers because apparently they’re too stupid to turn down the volume themselves.”

Under the guise of improving the quality-of-life in New York City, Nanny Bloomberg has banned salt, trans-fats, smoking, bottle-feeding infants, guns, soda, and Styrofoam, so naturally it is time to regulate what you listen to and how you listen to it.

“He’s going to try first to educate,” Glenn said. “But if that doesn’t work, which I don’t know, [New Yorkers] are too stupid to figure out the coffee and the soda with the pizza, so do you think they will figure the volume out? He’s going to have to be regulating the ear buds – what can be sold, and what should be worn, and how loud things can get.”

“If you’re against that, it’s most likely it’s just because you’re an extremist,” Glenn concluded, “because [Bloomberg] knows better.”

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    The frog in the pan of water – increase the pressure and heat one step at a time and the frog allows itself to perish. 

    So it is with Bloomberg, the nanny-state and the Socialists-Communists from Obama on down, personified in the dictatorial straight-jacketed control Bloomberg is expanding part by part over NYC.

    Look well America and see our nations future.

  • Elizabeth Bracy

    This idiot mayor is the straw that broke the camel’s back for me. WHY are NYC people putting up with him? He’s running a fascist state.

  • Anonymous

    So if you are going out for a light jog with your IPod headphones on, let’s just say hypothetically you jog past a cop on the street corner.  If he tries to get your attention by shouting at you and you don’t hear him over your music, are you now evading arrest?  Sounds like a way to empower cops to grope young healthy women out getting some fresh air.  When you increase the scope of “probable cause” it inevitably makes life hell for the civilian population.  When I hear crap like this I just put my headphones back on and drown out the BS.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff8jDkOHp3U&feature=youtu.be Sam Fisher

    Bloomberg can go to Washington oh I mean hell for all a care. He is not taking my ear phones. I been using ear buds for years and my hearing is just fine what a bunch of pansies the left is.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff8jDkOHp3U&feature=youtu.be Sam Fisher

    Because the majority of people voting in NYC are fascist why do you think the Nazis moved their world headquarters their?

  • http://www.facebook.com/rick.s.davis Rick Davis Sr.

    Funny thing is, they’ll re-elect him.  Gluttons for punishment.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BGC7U7QUFEWSSV3H4IFHLAFK54 mudslide

    Sounds like a win/win for the wanna-be mini-me.

    Spend your money AND get more control….sound familiar??

  • Anonymous

    That’s what you get from a super-rich guy who has no brains and lusts for power. He will keep spending millions for re-election and his sheeple will oblige. If you ever read the history of stalin, you will see the comparisons. Ugly, ugly future for America.

  • Anonymous

    Would some big construction worker take his steel toed work boots, and deliver a fatal kick in the groin to this pathetic, effeminate bastard?  F(BLEEP)ck you Bloomberg.  So shove yourself up your own vajayjay.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gerard.schilling Gerard Schilling

    If these nitwit citizens put up with it they deserve what they get! This egomaniac will continue to impose his ideas of elitism on the tax payers until they revolt or simple disregard his laws by simply ignoring them.

  • Nick

     OR until somebody blows his head off! (NOTE: I do not –and could not — ever live in NYC.

  • Anonymous

    As an audiologist who observes kids/teens almost daily listening to dangerously loud music, I am glad that awareness is being raised.  Not sure how I feel about the funding of it, but the long-term effect of listening to music above the recommended level is permanent hearing loss. 

    Hearing loss is one of the most common disabilities affecting the quality of life of older Americans (usually the onset begins by age 50).  And the cost of hearing aids is high (several thousand dollars apiece for the latest technology). Kids who listen to loud music will not see the long-term effects until it is too late.  Awareness needs to be raised.  I think a more responsible solution would be for manufacturers to VOLUNTARILY place warning labels on iPods or other listening devices so that people can make an educated choice.  They could even display the decibel level range that would be produced (would vary depending on the song) at any given volume level.

    The problem with the noise issue is that young people are the ones who are the biggest users of these devices, and they don’t understand the long-term implications of what they are doing.  They have ringing in their ears after a concert, but it  goes away after a day.  They don’t understand that every time you make your ears ring from noise exposure, you are causing permanent hearing loss that will be seen later in life.   I have often wondered why concerts are allowed to be so loud when OSHA would never allow those noise levels in a work environment (yet people do work in those arenas).  I am not for government control of people, but people should be informed about the risks.  Here is a link to ASHA, The American Speech Language Hearing Association’s information on the topic:  http://www.listentoyourbuds.org/ 

  • Anonymous

    Well he!!s bells! There goes my retirement plans. I have a ton of stock in hearing aids and batteries, and he’s taking any value they may have generated away from me!

  • http://www.facebook.com/doris.carman Doris Carman

    Well I only hear music on tv or radio,but if I were a new yorker I would fire him for calling my kids stupid.

  • James LaBarre

    ALL the more reason the rest of NY State needs to KICK NYC OUT OF THE STATE!  It’s time to send NYC (and probably Westchester county along with it, once we sell out grandmother’s property there) packing to whatever road to self-destruction they want to follow.  Oh, and while we’re at it; once they’re gone, they can start coughing up payments for the water they’re stealing from the upstate reservoirs, and stop thinking they can push those communities around.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BGC7U7QUFEWSSV3H4IFHLAFK54 mudslide

     I listen over headphones quite a bit – one of my favorite groups is The Drone’s Greatest Hits….

  • Charles Atkinson

    What if one wanted privacy of what they were listening to in NYC?
    If people are going to listen to music or radio on their phones in public without privacy devices such as earphones, I think there might be problems with that.

  • greywolfrs

    So, you are saying that the problem is people do not know that loud noises and music can damage their hearing? Are you serious or are you a complete dolt?

  • greywolfrs

    Yeah, the whole problem is people do not know that loud noises and music can dmage their hearing. What an idiot.

  • Anonymous

    I think many people wrongly believe that if they can hear after excessive noise exposure, that there was no damage.  I’m saying the problem is that young people don’t really know how dangerous it is.  And just like public awareness should be raised about other health problems, it should be raised about hearing loss.  I’m not saying who should pay for it or that laws should necessarily prohibit the behavior.  I’m just saying that it is a valid concern. 

    Television and radio stations are required (already) to air a certain amount of public service announcements, and I think this would be a good one to air, especially on shows that target young people.  What is so offensive about that?  I am extremely conservative, and I try to refrain from calling people names (like “dolt”) because it does nothing to further the discussion.  The liberals are beating us at the message game because they pose as people who care (and I think some actually believe it) but their solutions are overreaching.  We can agree that there is a problem and disagree on the solution, rather than just denying that the problem exists at all…. 

  • Anonymous

    So you’re saying that people are purposely damaging their hearing?  I guess anything’s possible.  After all, young people smoke, and we all know how bad that is for you.  I hope they enjoy that music while they can!!!

  • greywolfrs

    So, you take offense to me calling you a dolt, but never bother to answer the question. You believe it is a lack of education that causes people to think that loud noises and music does not damage their hearing? The problem here is that people just don’t know that? So, we need to spend taxpayer dollars to “educate” people to the dangers of loud noises and music. We need to spend millions or possibly BILLIONS to inform people that loud noises or music could damage their hearing. Where shall that money come from? Should the government go further into debt to do this? Should we borrow more money from the Federal Reserve to get this message out there? Maybe we could have the Federal Reserve print even more money to get this massive problem under control.

    What would be cheaper is repealing ALL entitlement programs, since they are unconstitutional. What would be cheaper is people taking personal responsibility for their own actions. The problem is not a lack of understanding, it’s the entitlement mentality. We do not need to spend money on either.

    And you wonder why someone might call you a dolt.

  • greywolfrs

    Yes, they are and they are FREE to do so.  Neither YOU, claiming to be Conservative, Bloomberg or any level government have the right  to take away their freedom, whether you agree or not. The problem here is people like you.

    See the “reply” button, it works great, dolt.

  • Anonymous

    If this keeps progressing (inuendo there!?!) soon, all New Yorkers will need to buy and wear an environment package (spacesuit) to protect them from all the harmful things that exist in the world. And, they’ll all be taxed to the point of life being miserable. It’s a “guilded cage” if you ask me.

  • Jerry Guzzi

    Sounds like HITLER is back

  • Anonymous

    While you’re at it please boot out the UN as well……and collect all those unpaid parking tickets.

  • Anonymous

    I am very Blessed that I do not live in NY.

  • Anonymous

    I agree and;
    Here, let’s give them the information they need  for free!!! (assuming some will read it;-) )
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noise-induced_hearing_loss
    Using the internet to LEARN is a great thing….one has to sift through the BS to find the answers….as is always the case.
    BTW…don’t stare at the sun either, or apply fire to your skin, or sniff sulfuric acid, or apply execive pressure to your body (impact injury) Just-FYI Gotta’ cover all 5 sences there.

  • mspatdev

    I would like to know if he is trying to drive-away businesses or taxpayers? Some people may have earphones low and not high. If I was going to visit New York, I would get me the biggest drink in the surrounding states and take it with me into NYC. Does he want the taxes or not. He ought to stop coming up with all of the crap he comes up with. 

  • Sandie

    What was that? speak up…
    LOL

  • Anonymous

    This man is so out of control restricting the freedoms/liberties of his constituents that he should be impeached.  Of course, New Yorkers, being the liberals they are, would never take such action. They just sick back like a bunch of dumb subjects bowing to the rule of a fascist dictator.

    Bloomberg really has some nerve passing so many unconstitutional laws when he has absolutely no idea what impact his moves are having on New York’s poor and middle classes.  A perfect example is the limit he’s instituted on soft drink sizes. I doubt if it will keep people from drinking just as much soda as before, but due to his policy, they’ll now have to pay double for the same amount.

  • Sargonarhes

    Maybe I want to lose my hearing so I can’t hear idiots like Bloomberg when they speak or the crap music on the radio. Deafness would be a blessing in disguise.

  • bobjr4freedom

    You guys make a joke about it.But Mayor Bloomberg is not funny.Hes treading on freedoms and even for stupid as pop.Americans will fight for their freedom to drink it.Bloomberg needs to be voted out long with that guy they call a governor.

  • Anonymous

    They should be told what to do because, they don’t have enough sense to run their own lives.  They deserve what they get.

  • Anonymous

    Likewise the UN has it’s headquarters in NYC. Too bad there isn’t some disease or plague that just kills liberal progressives, THEN it would be a great world. 

  • Anonymous

    Dictator Blooberg should concentrate on his drug and gang infested city rather than trying to be a mommy and daddy to everyone.   Just another liberal trying to take over us and this country. Its too bad we can’t ship them all off to an island and let them destroy themselves. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/tony.viscardi.3 Tony Viscardi

    Can someone from New York respond on this “blog” and give the rest of us some idea how the citizens in NYC are allowing this man to dictate his will on them? I, and many of the rest of us are dumbfounded as we see no opposition voiced. I was born (not raised) I. NYC and now find myself embarrassed to admit it. Are you all sleeping 24/7 or do you like having your freedom stripped from you? Is there any resistance to this dictator? Please educate the rest of us because what’s going on in your fine city is alarming to say the least.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tony.viscardi.3 Tony Viscardi

    If you would have read the post in its entirety you would know that he DOES NOT WANT taxpayer money spent on this. His comments are correct and he wishes to educate the uninformed about the hearing loss risk the right way and not by liberal legislation. I’ve heard a lot more garbage on PSA’s than this. At least it has scientific backing unlike most I hear. This man (hope I’m correct) is AGAINST this being legislated. Correct me if I’m wrong as mind is open.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DPOEVQE7VSSXGTMCMS3FAIQ4GI randont

    its about time

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DPOEVQE7VSSXGTMCMS3FAIQ4GI randont

     your calling Bloomberg an idiot, why? cause he thinks its wrong for somebody that on the subway ,to have to hear what kind of music somebody else likes..so far do you see something wrong? point two;;when people lose there hearing can they work? no,,,,point three ,,,when somebody is unemployed who pays their doctor bill? are you still thinking ?   the tax payer ..and this tax payer says we don’t need extra bills…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DPOEVQE7VSSXGTMCMS3FAIQ4GI randont

     Bloomberg might be the greatest mayor ever,,he thinks about the future (that’s why he is a billionaire) what happens if you lose your hearing? answer, you cant get a job. then they go to the doctor ,now who pays a doctor for a unemployed person?that’s right the tax payer. the tax payers are the ones that count and we don’t want unnecessary bills, that we could have avoided…and besides  hearing other people music is annoying  . good job mayor Bloomberg

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DPOEVQE7VSSXGTMCMS3FAIQ4GI randont

     you typed super-rich no brains ? oh ,he made billions cause he is dumb..yeah that’s it ,only dumb people made money that’s the secret ? so i take it all the people on welfare are actually the smartest people on earth…what did he do wrong? its called quality of life and that means the people around you.not just you

  • Kay

    A doomsday scenario from loud earbuds. That’s just silly. 

    My Dad never owned a pair of earbuds as far as I know, but he suffered hearing loss from being in the army and working loud jobs his whole life. You  know what horrible things have happened because of it? He turns up the TV a little louder. That’s about it. He never lost a job because of it or went on unemployment because of it. Good grief. 

    Listening to pounding music for prolonged periods of time damages your hearing. I think we all know that. But the world won’t end because a few teenagers lose a few decibels. 

  • Kay

    I don’t know about you, but when I pick up a pizza and a 2 liter bottle of Pepsi, I don’t guzzle the 2 liter bottle myself. The pizza is divided up among my family members and the pop is poured into individual glasses. Duh. Usually there’s soda leftover. We probably drink less than if we bought individual bottles for everyone. 

  • greywolfrs

    First, this person saying that public service annoucements are already required IS the government over-stepping their bounds. Second, what exactly do you think “raising public awareness” means? Maybe the CDC needs to do something? That is tax payer money. As this person stated, updating text books to include this does not cost money? When schools have to buy the updated books. See, in the end, every solution is going to cost tax payers money, money we do not have. Third, this is a common sense issue, if someone chooses not to heed the warnings, do you really think a public service announcement or changing text books is going to make them say, “Gee, I didn’t know that was bad for me?”

  • Anonymous

    Oh, boy.  There’s a lot of working deaf people that beg to differ, lol.  Beethoven was working just fine when he was deaf.  Anyway, your 2nd point is just flat out wrong.  And since your 2nd point leads straight into your 3rd, the fact that your 2nd point is wrong renders your 3rd point moot.  Just sayin’.  People can steal work when deaf, you know.

  • Anonymous

    I agree, Mr. Mayor: let’s talk about the health hazards of high decibels! Try this experiment: stand on a NYC subway platform and turn the music in your ear all the way up as a train goes by. Do you hear any music? No, it’s completely drowned out by the train!

    Unlike most subways around the world, NYC’s trains are deafening and the New York City commuter, going to work or school, is subjected to it twice daily for life, and can’t do anything about it. 

    Mr. Bloomberg, you can! For half a century there have been-noise reducing wheels for subway trains. Just north and south of us, Boston and DC have had their subways down to safe decibel levels for decades. 

    Why can’t NYC? Simple: every penny the MTA gets goes to the unions, leaving nothing left over for such frivolous things as protecting the hearing of millions of people, including infants and children, who suffer permanent damage from the repeated exposure. You went after the NYC Board of Ed, but even the brief moments when you focused on fixing the subway system, Mr. Mayor, not once did you even mention reducing subway noise.

    But now that you’re finally on this subject, please do something about public offender #1: you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lynda.miller.969 Lynda Fay Miller

    Ugh… Think I will stay away from New York while the “Crazies” Rule. Sounds like they don’t want anyone to visit the area anyway!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lynda.miller.969 Lynda Fay Miller

    I am staying out of New York….. too many “crazy” rules.  I would hate to break any dumb laws visiting  hoping to have a good time!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Derek-Yisrael/100003269252605 Derek Yisrael

    Keep all of that liberal socialism above the Mason-Dixon line

  • Anonymous

    These pop-ups are really annoying, they cover up the comments, and you can’t exit out of them. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/tony.giusti.16 Tony Giusti

    I think Bloomberg should personally have to wipe every single new yourkers once a day. Since he feels these people can’t do anything for themselves i feel as if that should be a new rule. Does anyone else feel like they are in a crazy dream. I truly feel is if i am living in that idiocracy movie. It’s about time someone spoke out against some of these stupid fucking assholes like Michel Bloomberg, Diane Finstine, Obama, and Joe Biden. Only you dibshits could make George W. Bush look like Albert Einstein. To each and every one of you telling me what health care i need to buy, what gun i can have, what soda i can drink,what tax rate to pay, and how women should defend themselves i would like to tell you personally who’s ass you can kiss! 

  • Anonymous

    I still don’t think that most kids (or many parents) understand how low the dB level which causes hearing loss is–do you? That is why there is an increasing amount of hearing loss in teens and young adults. I don’t think that millions or billions of dollars needs to be spent on it, but I do agree that it is a problem that should not be ignored. Like I said, I would be happy with a half-page in a health textbook for middle schoolers with the information for them to read. Many will ignore it, but maybe some will not. There is a ton of information out there regarding consumption of sugar. I think you would have to be comatose not to know that drinking 64 oz. of soda is not the smartest choice to make (at least not on a regular basis). If people know that and make the choice anyway, that’s up to them. It is also up to them to lose their hearing. However, unlike weight gain, which can be reversed, hearing loss cannot be reversed. It is cumulative over time and is expensive and affects quality of life tremendously. I’m simply saying, for the love of Pete, that there is a core of truth to what Bloomberg is espousing. That is what you don’t seem willing to acknowledge, for some odd reason. The core of truth is what makes these people so dangerous. They seize every opportunity to “fix” these problems, which really just need more public awareness. Public awareness can be free, by the way. I give out information on it to people all the time, at my own expense. I don’t think the government needs to spend tons of money. It’s not one or the other. You can agree that it is a problem without agreeing on the solution, that’s all I’m saying. If you choose to ignore that there is a problem, rather than disagreeing on the answer, you appear mean and ignorant. So, in answer to your question, yes, I do think that a lack of education causes people not to understand what the definition of “loud” is. If you can hear music coming from someone else’s headphones, then the level is too loud. If you cannot hear someone talking to you in a normal conversational tone in the presence of the noise, then it is too loud and will damage your hearing. I don’t think it requires millions or billions of dollars to let people know that.

    BTW, I work in an outpatient clinic as a Speech-Language Pathologist (I am also an Audiologist). I’m getting quite sick of watching all of the Medicaid patients who miss their appointment, don’t bring their kids on time, etc. but expect the best in treatment. You bet I lecture them about the stupid things they do (like putting their babies to bed with juice bottles). Where I live (on the border of Mexico), silver capped teeth are the norm for 2-year-olds whose parents let their teeth rot and then get free dental surgery (paid for by our tax dollars). It infuriates me! So don’t think I’m some liberal posing as a conservative. But I can see the writing on the wall: we will be paying for all of this hearing loss with our tax dollars the same way we are paying for the teeth!!!! BTW, braces are free if you’re on Medicaid–nothing but the best for those on the dole….Our best chance of averting some of this is to try to educate these people, if that’s possible. Because these people on welfare don’t have money for food, but they ALL have iPhones and iPods (and earbuds). I hope that those reading this will at least take the time to talk to your kids about the risks of noise exposure and keeping the earphones turned low! Becuase if you’re reading this, chances are no one’s going to pay for your kids’ hearing aids!!!!! If this helps one person avoid a noise-induced hearing loss, then I guess it was worth being called a dolt…..

  • greywolfrs

    Well, I tell it like it is, you do not have to like it, but the truth shall set you free. What Bloomberg is doing IS government getting involved, which ALWAYS costs tax payers money, that is the truth. You believe that there is a lack of education and that is the problem? Talk about over-simplfying, like no one has ever talked about it with kids. That is where the stupidity comes from.

    By the way, if you do not want to pay for hearing loss with tax dollars, vote Libertarian. Then there will be NO Medicaid, people will have to take personal responsibility.