One of the people in the forefront of the current nanny state mentality is Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the food czar of New York City, who is now expanding his control into potential hearing problems caused music that’s played too loud.
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 . . . and risks of loud and long listening,” said Nancy Clark, the city Health Department’s assistant commissioner of environmental-disease prevention.
A previous post reported that Mayor Bloomberg will not be satisfied until every resident of New York acts the way he wants them to act (no smoking in public parks), eats the way he wants them to eat (no trans-fats and limited salt, also in popcorn) and drinks the way he wants them to drink.
The mayor recently proposed no more than a maximum 16 ounce soda be served at restaurants and movie theaters, even instructing his food police to restrict 2-liter bottles of pop from being delivered with pizzas to private home parties.
In 2005, the Nanny Mayor signed a law – “Operation Silent Night” - that changed the noise code to cut down on jackhammer sounds at construction sites and on music blaring out of night clubs, making New York quieter and more livable place – forget the murders, burglaries, home invasions, etc. – taking in too much sugar and noise are hazardous to your health.
But this new initiative is much more intrusive, in that you insert the earpieces into your own ears, not someone else’s ears - the height of control for government officials. If their social-media campaign doesn’t work, watch for sound police going around checking the decibel levels of your iPod!
For the time being, the Nanny Mayor of New York is trying to inform the people about loud music and the damage that could be done to their ears, but he has made a habit of using the legislative power of his office to change people’s behavior in New York, if they do not heed his warnings.
That’s a dictatorship!