Soy Not That Great



Benjamin Hansen – @ben_hansen

Soy products have been promoted by the medical world for several years, but what many people don’t know is soy can be dangerous for both men and women.

The increasingly popular alternative for those who are lactose-intolerant is held to be as nutritious as cows milk and the new-to-market product – almond milk.

Soymilk and other soy products have been taken off supermarket shelves in the United States and have had warnings placed on the products due to soy causing the body to create more oestrogen, the female sex hormone.

In an interview with Men’s Health James Price, a retired US intelligence officer, explained that after drinking soymilk for several years he was affected negatively by increased oestrogen in his system. “It was like my body was feminizing,” he said.

The United States has been proactive by placing warnings on soy products, but Food Standards Australia has not enforced any such warnings regarding the adverse health effects.

Listen to your Professor, Mr. Swan



Benjamin Hansen – @ben_hansen

Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan has come under criticism from a past university professor after Mr. Swan’s declaration to get the Federal budget back into surplus by 2013.

Professor Brian Costar a political researcher at Swinburne Institute of Social Research, who taught Mr. Swan at the University of Queensland, questioned the actions of the current treasurer at a press conference today.

Speaking to a group of Swinburne University students, Prof. Costar said, “Treasurer Swan should not worry about getting the Federal budget back into surplus, they have bigger issues on hand.”

“Governments are not the same as households, they [governments] can have a small deficit and still carry on, only needing to raise taxes when in a crisis, which they currently aren’t.”

Sharing Is Caring For The Environment



Benjamin Hansen – @ben_hansen

A Hawthorn councilor has predicted that Glenferrie Road will be less congested after a car-sharing scheme he has promoted comes into effect this month.

Residents of Hawthorn will soon see a new breed of car on their streets, one that is proposed to reduce the amount of traffic seen on the roads and lower the amount of greenhouse gases produced.

The Melbourne based company FlexiCar is a subscription service where subscribers pay a monthly fee and then pre pay for a FlexiCar vehicle depending on how long they intend to use the service for.

Previously, Hawthorn users of the service had been required to travel to Richmond to access their closest car. Now though, the City of Boroondara and FlexiCar, have partnered for a two-car pilot program to be introduced in the Glenferrie Shopping Precinct throughout late March.

If the pilot succeeds its goal, these two FlexiCar branded vehicles will become a permanent feature on Glenferrie Road, meaning residents and shoppers could soon see fewer parking spaces along the street and street-side businesses losing customers due to the share vehicles parking ‘pods’ taking up parking spaces on an already over-crowded street.

Glenferrie Ward councilor Phill Meggs does not expect to see electric cars as an option in the Hawthorn area, “if the pilot is successful we [the council] will push towards having more fuel efficient cars, but electric cars do not last as long as the conventional car, and require more harmful chemicals to produce the larger onboard batteries,” said Cr Meggs.

FlexiCar’s General Manager Greg Giraud believes that car sharing has become increasingly popular, as inner city residents look for short-term vehicle requirements, or for families when a second car is sometimes needed for those Saturday morning soccer runs and cannot justify purchasing another car for this sole reason. “It provides a great alternative to owning a car,” he said.

FlexiCar member Random Jones who lives in the northern suburbs said, “It works as advertised, sometimes though the car closest to my home is taken but there’s always a second car available that’s close by.”

Currently there are over 110 cars located in several of Melbourne’s inner suburbs including St Kilda, Richmond, South Yarra, and Carlton. Though, due to the increased amount of subscribers, this number is expected to rise over the next couple of months.