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The Property Rights Newsletter January 23, 2015 - Issue #789

"I have always claimed Americans didn't want a drink as bad as they wanted the right to take a drink if they did happen to want one."
- Will Rogers
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New Orleans Update: City Council passes smoking ban. New Orleans placed many greater restrictions on smoking within city limits. The city council approved a measure that will ban smoking in and around schools, bars and restaurants, but it did not come without a fight. After a heated and, at times, emotional debate, the city council made history, making New Orleans the largest city in Louisiana to go virtually smoke-free. And Read: Thoughts on The New Orleans Smoking Ban Hearings. Round One... Round Two... On Vapers... The Lesson Learned... The cause of freedom is not contingent upon the wants of one faction over another; that is the game that the ANTZ use to take freedoms from ALL of us. In any war the first casualty is truth. Unfortunately, there are some people out there that think that it's their job to take away the people's freedom.
The history of anti-smoking zealots: To get to the birth of today's anti-smoking zealotry it is necessary to look back about 85 years. At that time one man was a teetotaler, vegetarian, and an anti-smoking extremist.
Property Rights for all include Privacy Rights! Cybersecurity: Obama Sides with Cameron in Encryption Fight. Police and spies should not be locked out of encrypted smartphones and messaging apps, taking his first public stance in a simmering battle over private communications in the digital age. He said he believes Silicon Valley companies also want to solve the problem. "They’re patriots." AND Read Department of Homeland Security oversight report: DHS is a terrifying failure. AND Read FBI oversaw NSA's email surveillance program, report reveals. Declassified study sheds new light on the bureau's surveillance activities, but much remains redacted.
Cybersecurity: Sony and North Korea Update. Obama says hacks show need for cybersecurity law. Cyber attacks against Sony and the Pentagon's Central Command highlight the need for toughened laws on cybersecurity. "I think we agreed that this is an area where we can work hard together, get some legislation done and make sure that we are much more effective in protecting the American people from these kinds of cyberattacks."
Cybersecurity: UK David Cameron: If government can't snoop on it, you shouldn't be allowed to use it. "Are we going to allow a means of communications which it simply isn't possible to read?" Cameron said Monday. "My answer to that question is: 'No, we must not.'"

OK: The Volokh Conspiracy. Over 80 percent of Americans support "mandatory labels on foods containing DNA." Although Jonathan Gruber was wrong to believe that American voters are necessarily stupid, he was right about the pervasiveness of public ignorance, and the dangers it poses.
MA: Cambridge. Smokers sway council toward Option B, gentler restrictions on public tobacco use. Smokers invoked the Declaration of Independence, social justice and the specter of recent police killings of people of color to argue against restrictions on smoking in public places.
MD: Privacy Rights. Montgomery County parents accused of neglect for letting kids walk freely. The Meitivs says the investigation is an invasion of their privacy and infringes on their rights as parents.
USA: RJR Nicotine Gum. Analysts say Reynolds is taking a bold - perhaps audacious - approach with Zonnic. It is asking consumers, particularly smokers, to trust the company that produces top-selling cigarette brands to have the expertise to produce the right cessation product for them.
Canada: Guardian Angels a step closer. Efforts to establish a Guardian Angels chapter in Thunder Bay are moving forward, say organizers. Spokesman Ian Hodgkinson met with city police Chief J.P. Levesque on Tuesday to go over his plans to establish the volunteer crime prevention group.
UK: The Advance Notice of the Labour Manifesto. Public Health. It takes the form of a PDF document, and here it is. Very briefly, the statement says that Labour will squeeze smokers, drinkers and fatties until they squeak, and all this squeezing will, of course, be 'helping them' to give up their bad habits and, of course, has no other intention than to 'protect' children, which the State "has a duty" to do.
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The Property Rights Newsletter January 16, 2015 - Issue #788

"He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard
even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty
he establishes a precedent that will reach himself."
- Thomas Paine
Coffee Pot Law EU: Coffee Pot Law. Tepid coffee anyone? Europe rules percolators must shut off after five minutes. For coffee lovers it may feel like the ultimate breakfast-time interference from Brussels. In an attempt to improve energy efficiency filter coffee machines must now switch off after five minutes of percolating to prevent electricity waste.
Sprinkles To Be Banned By FDA USA: Sprinkles To Be Banned By FDA. The federal ubernannies have decreed that sprinkles should no longer adorn kids' ice cream because they contain the trans fat that liberal groups once pushed for. We'd suggest that freer societies are healthier societies, and that government can have our sprinkle-covered cupcakes when they can pry them from our cold, dead, frosting-stained hands.
UK: Fat sugar and salt bans. Labour targets Frosties and jelly babies in public health campaign. The World Health Organisation has previously accused food companies of finding ways to bypass the rules on advertising unhealthy products to children and fuelling the obesity crisis.
Carriage Horses NYC: Carriage Horses. The carriage horse industry is out of the city, having reportedly briefed the City Council on legislation ending carriage horse drivers' renewal licenses earlier this month. The battle over carriage horses has been controversial.
UK: HMRC want to ban ALL Tobacco Leaf for everyone... except for Big Tobacco. Conflict of interest anyone? They say that you, Joe Public, can legitimately purchase your 1kg of leaf BUT you have to register with HMRC.
CT: Ban Damage. Smoking ban undermines bingo and revenue in Connecticut. Those who suffer are the groups that rely on the profits to help in fundraising.
VA: Hookah Ban. The Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that a Blacksburg hookah lounge is not exempt from the state’s ban on smoking in restaurants, turning back a challenge that threatened to create a wide new exemption for bars and restaurants to allow tobacco use.
Australia: Queensland. Newman not a fan of balcony smoking ban. Premier Campbell Newman has one message for body corporates wanting to ban smokers from lighting up on their own balconies: butt out. The premier was asked about the proposed changes on Tuesday and said he thought smokers should be free to do what they want on their own property. "I think Australia has got enough laws."
Ethiopia: Smoking Outside. Tigray's Capital, Mekelle, Bans Smoking in Public Areas. With a population of some 94 million, Ethiopia, which is Africa's second most populous nation.
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Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! LA: Veterans. In a US first, New Orleans finds homes for all its homeless veterans. More than 300 mayors, six governors, and 71 other local officials have joined the pledge to house every veteran by the end of 2015.
NC: Veterans. City forced to remove memorial of soldier kneeling at a cross after $1million lawsuit claiming it was 'offensive to non-Christians.' Afghanistan War veteran Steven Hewett alleging the displays violated his constitutional rights.
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The Property Rights Newsletter January 9, 2015 - Issue #787

"He who learns but does not think, is lost.
He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger."
- Confucius
Parkinson's disease: There is compelling evidence from over 60 epidemiological studies that smoking significantly reduces the risk of Parkinson's disease (PD). In general, those who currently smoke cigarettes, as well as those with a past history of such smoking, have a reduced risk of PD compared to those who have never smoked.
Nicotine Stops Seizures: A five-year old girl with a rare form of epilepsy is now living virtually seizure-free thanks to an unusual treatment. Karen’s genetic mutation appears to be linked to a nicotine deficiency in the body. Dr. Lee also found evidence a nicotine patch helped stopped seizures in an adult with the same condition.
Smoking In The Military: By Bill McMorris. Pentagon’s War on Tobacco Fails. The Defense Department Tried to Get Me to Quit Smoking. It Didn’t Work. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel floated the idea of banning all tobacco products on military installations in March. That effort went nowhere. The Pentagon’s cheery texts only reinvigorated my Marlboro intake.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Watch: John Stossel. Control Freaks War Against Liberty. Politicians work hard - to transfer power from individuals to the state. John Stossel comments on the relentless assaults on liberty by various government control freaks.
CA: Tax on top of a tax. California drivers are now paying a "global warming" fee added to the price of gasoline before sales tax, forcing them to pay a tax on top of a tax. "And an oil-industry group warned the costs could spike to 76 cents, based on state figures."
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! LA: Killjoys. Will New Orleans become a city of killjoys in 2015? When celebrating the dawn of a new year, I implore everyone to resolve to fight the killjoys, and perhaps more importantly, to avoid becoming one yourself. That's a resolution we should all keep.
OK: Hoodies Ban. The cold Oklahoma weather has many sporting hoodies outside to help fight the cold, but wearing a hood in a public place could soon be against the law. "If somebody is out running, especially in this kind of weather, where it's cold, drizzly, you might be inclined to wear your hoodie at Lake Hefner," attorney James Siderias said. "I don’t think that solution will work. I just think that will cause a little more tension within the community. It probably will be a reason for cops to mess with more people wearing hoodies," A.T. said.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! WI: Guns. Police Department Ends Its "Voluntary Search" Program. This program only lasted about five days. Thinking about how they might have expected this program to operate is frankly hurting my head a little. He did admit that he didn't expect "the phone to be ringing off the hook" with invitations. What did he expect?
Scotland: Police Warning. Twitter users, Big Brother is watching you. Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland and the leader of the Scottish National Party, met with officers within the Scottish police force to thank them for all their hard work.
'Obesogenic' culture the subject of government study: NIH Spending $433,577 to Find Out What Kids Think of Fat Characters in Movies. The researchers have concluded that children’s movies are confusing because they make fun of fat characters, while also promoting unhealthy behaviors like drinking soda and watching television. The grant also claims that minority children watch more movies than others.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! This study of hype in press releases will change journalism: New work shows the inflation of scientific results happens at many stages in the press game. More importantly, an over-hyped finding, especially in areas related to human health, could mislead readers and patients, some of whom may end up changing their behavior based on unfounded information.
When The FISA Court Rejects A Surveillance Request: The FBI Just Issues A National Security Letter Instead. NSLs are a great tool for the government to abuse the 4th Amendment. Recipients can't talk about them, and no court has to review/approve them. Yet they certainly look scary to most recipients who don't dare fight an NSL. That's part of the reason why at least one court found them unconstitutional.
3,541 New Rules and Regulations: At year-end 2014, the Federal Register stands at 78,978 pages, the fifth-highest count ever. Agency rules and regulations, however, are not the only means of non-congressional lawmaking. Each memo “hereby directs” someone in the federal apparatus to implement new controls and larger government without Congress having a say.
Free Speech Review: 22 Significant, Silly, or Otherwise Noteworthy First Amendment Cases From 2014. What do rap lyrics, ultrasounds, giant rats, condoms, campaign donations, and Game of Thrones merchandise have in common?
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The Property Rights Newsletter January 2, 2015 - Issue #786

"Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
- Lord Acton
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! China bans its own national anthem. When it comes to putting the kibosh on things, the folks at Zhongnanhai (China’s version of the White House) have few peers. In recent memory, China has seen fit to ban puns, long beards, zombies, American pork, British cheese, clams from Alaska, Islamic-style clothing, TV programs that feature one-night stands, April Fools jokes, Bitcoin, film stars who use drugs or pay for sex, Windows 8, smoking in public places, the entire Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and the "The Big Bang Theory." And that was just this year.
USA and North Korea: North Korea blames U.S. for Internet outages, calls Obama 'monkey.' This after President Barack Obama promised the U.S. will respond. "We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States," Obama said. "Because if somebody is able to intimidate folks out of releasing a satirical movie, imagine what they start doing when they see a documentary that they don't like or news reports that they don't like..." "That's not who we are," he added. "That's not what America is about." The president also said that the U.S. will respond to the North Korean actions "proportionally" and "at a place and time that we choose."
USA: Treasury Department Seeking Survival Kits For Bank Employees. Emergency masks, solar blankets, water purification tablets, a 33-piece personal first aid kit with "decongestant tablets," a variety of bandages, and medicines, "one-size fits all poncho with hood," a rechargeable lantern with built-in radio, and an "Air-Aid emergency mask" for protection against airborne viruses, to be delivered to every major bank in the U.S. It is not clear why the Treasury Department is ordering the kits. Contracts for survival kits are usually made for the military, or law enforcement such as the FBI.
USA: Give NSA unlimited access to digital data. "I think privacy is actually overvalued," Judge Richard Posner, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, said during a conference about privacy and cybercrime in Washington, D.C. In the name of national security, U.S. lawmakers should give the NSA "carte blanche," Posner added.
USA: RTI International to use social media data for e-cigarette surveillance and policy research. The project aims to provide information that will help guide e-cigarette research, policy and regulations. "Social media represents a vast and rich resource to better understand the attitudes and behaviors we measure in surveys and how to measure them."
USA: Marijuana. Spending Bill Passed - The bill contains the bipartisan Rohrabacher-Farr medical marijuana amendment prohibiting the Justice Department from spending any money to undermine state medical marijuana laws.
Australia: Nanny State. Say 'no' to the Nanny State, paid for by you, for your own good. As Helen Andrews of the CIS said, in announcing the 2014 Nannies, "The Nannies will highlight the year's most abysmal examples of trying to prevent, shield and badger us in the clear assumption that we are unable to, or should not be allowed to, make our own choices." Australia is a nation of nearly 16 million adults yet we allow our governments to treat us as if we are 23 million teenagers.
Ireland: Property Rights. Dail passes bill to ban smoking in cars. "To ensure that this cultural-change happens, the public need to be informed. We are used to seeing road safety campaigns that have been immensely successful in reducing the number of deaths on our road. It is only right that the same should be done for smoking in cars."
UK: Air Pollution. A ban on building schools, hospitals and care homes near air pollution blackspots must be introduced to help cut thousands of deaths connected to the "invisible killer" of traffic fumes, MPs say. With air pollution thought to contribute to 29,000 deaths a year in the UK, the Environmental Audit Committee warns that young people are at risk of lung damage as a result of the nitrogen dioxide that is a by-product of motor engines. It has been suggested that the toxin could also increase infant mortality.
KY Another Ban Failed. A smoking ban in the rural town of Liberty, Ky. lasted about a month before being repealed. WKDO-FM reports that the ban on smoking in public buildings seemed to tread too far into government interference in the matters of private business for the town’s liking, as several residents spoke on that point.
LA New Orleans. The Big Easy contemplates banishing smokers to the pavement. After years of failing to ban smoking in bars and casinos across the state of Louisiana, campaigners have turned their attention to winning a municipal ban in the Big Easy. A local councilwoman has written a proposal: a vote is due by March. Also read: State police expect New Orleans to lose millions if smoking ban is passed.
TX State Legislature. Put out the fire on smoking ban. For the fifth consecutive legislative session, a statewide smoking ban is on the agenda. The bill, State Bill 87 by state Sen. Rodney Ellis, a Houston Democrat, should flame out the same as its predecessors.
UK Ban Damage. Man falls to his death 'while smoking cigarette out of window' on Christmas Day. "It is just an absolute tragedy, shocking at any time of year but even worse at Christmas." Miss Wileman posted: "Good night to my beautiful friend Lee. Such a shining star in this cruel world."
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The Property Rights Newsletter December 19, 2014 - Issue #785

"You're making me angry! Very angry!" - Marvin the Martian.
"Don't take life so seriously. You're not getting out alive." - Bugs Bunny
A paper by Maggie Simpson and Edna Krabappel was accepted by two scientific journals

A paper by Maggie Simpson and Edna Krabappel was accepted by two scientific journals. A scientific study by Maggie Simpson, Edna Krabappel, and Kim Jong Fun has been accepted by two journals. Of course, none of these fictional characters actually wrote the paper, titled "Fuzzy, Homogeneous Configurations." Rather, it's a nonsensical text, submitted by engineer Alex Smolyanitsky in an effort to expose a pair of scientific journals - the Journal of Computational Intelligence and Electronic Systems and the comic sans-loving Aperito Journal of NanoScience Technology. One journal congratulates the authors on their paper being accepted. (Alex Smolyanitsky) These outlets both belong to a world of predatory journals that spam thousands of scientists, offering to publish their work - whatever it is - for a fee, without actually conducting peer review. When Smolyanitsky was contacted by them, he submitted the paper, which has a totally incoherent, science-esque text written by SCIgen, a random text generator. (Example sentence: "we removed a 8-petabyte tape drive from our peer-to-peer cluster to prove provably "fuzzy" symmetries’s influence on the work of Japanese mad scientist Karthik Lakshminarayanan.")
USA: Hey Legislators Vaping Products Don't Belong in the MSA! Congressmen push for e-cigarettes to be captured by the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) in a longshot bid. Their arguments are flawed, but if they were to succeed, regulatory changes would dramatically change the segment.
Native American Issues AZ Apache Tonto National Forest. Congress gives Native American lands to foreign mining company with new NDAA. Controversially, the measure is attached to annual legislation that funds the US Defense Department. The House and Senate Armed Services Committees quietly attached a provision to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would mandate the handover of a large tract of Tonto National Forest to Resolution Copper, a subsidiary of the Australian-English mining company Rio Tinto, which co-owns with Iran a uranium mine in Africa and which is 10-percent-owned by China.
AZ: Pima County Mulling policy that would ban it from hiring smokers. Rule would also include insurance surcharges and possible nicotine tests.
DOJ Banning Smoking in Federal Prisons. Only exemptions for 'religious reasons' and staff. The rule will affect the estimated 80 percent of prison inmates that smoke. The religious exemption for prison inmates is likely aimed at Native Americans, who have a history of ceremonial tobacco smoking. One commenter argued that the regulation would create a "substantial burden" on the "religious exercise of Native Americans," though the government decided to permit smoking as an "authorized inmate religious activity."
France: Anger over 'Nazi style’ badges for homeless. La Ligue des droits de l'Homme, a human rights group, said it was troubled by the resemblance "of this card and the yellow star that the Jews had to wear during the Second World War."
Gambia: Gambian diplomats guilty of tax-free tobacco fraud. Immunity waived, found guilty. "The public should have confidence that in cases where our tax systems have been exploited, all steps will be taken to ensure that diplomatic staff cannot commit offences and then hide behind diplomatic immunity."
Hungary: Bill would make tobacco companies pay one-time healthcare contribution. The proceeds from the tax would be earmarked exclusively for financing state-funded healthcare.
New Zealand: War on smoking 'needs cash.' The Government is not taking New Zealand's smokefree goal by 2025 seriously enough and will not get there unless it invests more money into quit services.
Russia: Longer working hours for tobacco-addicted civil servants in Russia's south. Putin said that Russia planned to continue its cooperation with the WHO on smoking.
South Korea: Smoking Is About to Get a Lot Pricier. Following the National Assembly's vote, the average cost of cigarettes will nearly double.
UK: Car smoking ban. Isle of Man residents consulted on government plans. The bill would also see a ban on the display of tobacco products in shops on the island, where around one in five residents smokes regularly.
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The Property Rights Newsletter December 12, 2014 - Issue #784

"Toward no crimes have men shown themselves so
cold-bloodedly cruel as in punishing differences of belief."
- James Russell Lowell
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Paul cites high cigarette taxes in death. Republican Sen. Rand Paul says that politicians and taxes are to blame for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner. "Obviously, the individual circumstances are important, but I think it's also important to know that some politician put a tax of $5.85 on a pack of cigarettes, so they've driven cigarettes underground by making them so expensive," the Kentucky Republican said Wednesday on MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews." He continued, "But then some politician also had to direct the police to say, 'Hey, we want you arresting people for selling a loose cigarette.'" A New York City grand jury decided Wednesday not to return an indictment in the July death of Garner. The 43-year-old father of six died after being placed in a chokehold by a city police officer who was arresting him on suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes.
Michael Bloomberg Funded Pro-Tobacco Tax Study by Obamacare Architect Jonathan Gruber. With just days until Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber testifies before Congress, a 2008 study has resurfaced which reveals that former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg funded research by Gruber on the benefits of tobacco taxes. The study also included assistance from now-Center for Disease Control (CDC) Director Tom Frieden.
CASAA Call to Action: Ask Your Legislators to Support a Change to the Tobacco Control Act. Representatives Boehner, McCarthy, and Upton wrote a letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services suggesting that the grandfather date of February 15, 2007 for "new tobacco products" under the Tobacco Control Act (TCA) be changed. Such a change would result in tens of thousands of e-cigarette products not being summarily removed from the market, so we believe this presents a huge opportunity for consumers.
Watch Video: Smoking Bans - Banning Freedom. Restaurants and bars are private places. They have owners, just like homes. Skoble argues that restaurant and bar owners should be able to set smoking rules for their establishments, much like you can set smoking rules in your own household.

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OBESE PEOPLE / BMI:
Mel Gibson 5'9" 214: 32
Matt LeBlanc: 5'11" 218: 30
Steve McNair: 6'2" 235: 30
The Rock: 6'5" 275: 33
Arnold: 6'2" 257: 33
Stallone: 5'9" 228: 34


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UK: Smokers and the morbidly obese in Devon will be denied routine surgery unless they quit smoking or lose weight. Patients with a BMI of 35 or above will have to shed 5% of their weight while smokers will have to quit eight weeks before surgery.
South Africa: Why you should let smokers smoke and over-eaters eat. The numbers show that it is simply not true that the results of unhealthy behaviour impose a cost on society. Smoking may be the greatest cause of health disinformation, with liquor second, followed by sugar, salt, junk food, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, alternative or complementary healthcare and traditional healing. Health fanaticism has become so tyrannical that critics are muzzled. Lies repeated often enough acquire the appearance of truth.
Canada: Fat Class Warfare. The War on Fat echoes the same old obsessions of Prohibitionism, a paranoid concern about the inability of the lower classes to care for themselves that verges on bigotry, an imaginary crisis blown out of all proportion in order to justify abuses of power and the self-congratulatory superiority lurking behind the curtain. Their obesity concern trolling is a combination of classism and nanny statism that brings to mind the days when their ideological forebears thought that the way to deal with the poor was to sterilize those who seemed less capable than the rest to improve the breed. The breed being culled while the elites try to teach their less evolved cousins to survive by eating their arugula.
Australia: Schools ban Christmas candy canes over 'obesity' concerns. "As a community, we believe it is necessary to examine and challenge the hidden messages we send out to children at Christmas."
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The Property Rights Newsletter December 5, 2014 - Issue #783

"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
- Abraham Lincoln
Image by Doug Rees Effort to repeal Smoker's Bill of Rights goes too far. Last week State Rep. Wes. Culver of Goshen told Goshen News Statehouse Reporter Maureen Hayden that he again plans to carry proposed legislation on behalf of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce that would eliminate the so-called "Smoker's Bill of Rights" that was passed into state law back in 1991. That law prevents employers in Indiana from discriminating against employees or potential employees who smoke. Indiana is one of 29 states that protects the rights of smokers in such a way.
House Leaders Rush to Defend E-Cigarettes From Possible FDA Bans. Republicans call for change to FDA rules proposal on e-cigarettes. Senate Democrats harried electronic cigarette companies throughout 2014, pushing hard for new rules and restrictions on the booming multibillion-dollar industry. Now, congressional Republicans - fresh off a November election landslide - are standing up for e-cigarettes and pushing back on pending regulations critics fear may allow administrative product bans.
Public Health Policy Needs to Address Social Practices. A new U.K. study suggests a shift in public policy is needed to address "lifestyle diseases," the major cause of death and disability. Dr. Stanley Blue, a lecturer in social sciences at the University of Manchester, claims public health practitioners should pay more attention to efforts that can break social habits and practices, rather than focusing on individual behavior.
Constantine Smoked In Tonight's Episode. In tonight's episode of Constantine, titled "Danse Vaudou," the series' title character finally did something that fans had been clamoring for, and told wouldn't come: He lit up. Constantine, of course, was a chain smoker throughout 300 issues of Hellblazer, and his smoking was a key component of the story.
Drinking Coffee Can Lower Alzheimer's Risk Drinking Coffee Can Lower Alzheimer's Risk By 20 percent. All It Takes Is 3 Cups A Day. The research was presented at the 2014 Alzheimer Europe Annual Congress, and found that people who drank coffee regularly - all you lifers out there - were less likely to develop the debilitating disease.
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SIDS Update: Nearly 55 percent of U.S. infants are placed to sleep with bedding that increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, despite recommendations against the practice, report researchers at the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other institutions.
Eating disorders are a scourge in need of a strategy. The committee's new 75-page report, Eating Disorders Among Girls and Women in Canada, was much anticipated by parents and clinicians alike, who know all too well how dire the situation is.
UK Child Eyes Protection: Supermarkets to cover up newspaper front pages over fears children could be corrupted by graphic pictures and even headlines. Waitrose and Tesco have said that they are working on new display methods that will show only the mastheads of some newspapers - keeping explicit content out of the eye line of children. The move comes following months of pressure from campaign groups No More Page 3 and Child Eyes, who have heralded the decision a victory.
Winnie the Pooh banned from Polish playground over his 'dubious sexuality' and 'incomplete wardrobe.' "The problem with that bear is it doesn't have a complete wardrobe," Coun. Ryszard Cichy is quoted as saying.
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The Property Rights Newsletter November 28, 2014 - Issue #782

"It is worth remembering one of the important lessons of the Buck story: a small number of zealous advocates can have an impact on the law that defies both science and conventional wisdom."
- Paul A. Lombardo, Three Generations, No Imbeciles:
Eugenics, the Supreme Court, and Buck v. Bell
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! For the Public Good: The Shameful History of Forced Sterilization in the U.S.: "For the Public Good," Belle Boggs's story for The New New South about the shocking history of forced sterilizations that occurred in the United States, and the story of victims in North Carolina, with original video by Olympia Stone.
Rapid-DNA technology: The FBI Is Very Excited About This Machine That Can Scan Your DNA in 90 Minutes. Rapid-DNA technology makes it easier than ever to grab and store your genetic profile. G-men, cops, and Homeland Security can't wait to see it everywhere. Schueren grabbed a cotton swab and dropped it into a plastic cartridge. That's what, say, a police officer would use to wipe the inside of your cheek to collect a DNA sample after an arrest, he explained. Other bits of material with traces of DNA on them, like cigarette butts or fabric, could work too.
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Zapping brain may cure heavy smokers, study finds 44% of pack-a-day-plus smokers studied were able to kick the habit with 'shock' treatment, despite past failures. The magnetic current method stimulates regions of the brain that are central to addiction, using a specially designed helmet. It's is able to turn the brain regions' electrical activity up or down - apparently making quitting easier. A small study that Zangen recently co-authored finds a machine with a different coil may help treat depressive alcoholics. Brainsway has even bigger plans. The company says it is testing helmets with coils for almost two dozen conditions, including bipolar disorder, chronic pain, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Program To Diminish Tobacco Use in California Is Fading: In a California Healthline report by Kenny Goldberg, experts discussed the funding conundrum of the California tobacco control program - because it has helped lower the number of smokers in the state, it gets about half the cigarette-tax funding it used to get. A new report from UC-San Francisco researchers said efforts to raise additional money have failed, in part because of increased willingness among state legislators to accept tobacco industry campaign donations.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! A Truly Frightening Halloween In Our Future? But now "public health" activists seem determined to truly frighten our children by taking away that annual ritual. I call them the Food Police. From health arguments, it's a short step to Puritanical suppression. At first, candy might seem safe from such attacks, but the experience with sugary soft drinks suggests otherwise.
UK: 'Ban fat customers from fast food restaurants like bartenders ban drunks from bars,' says weight loss expert. Steve Miller, presenter of Sky's Fat Families, says shock tactics are needed to help combat the obesity epidemic. Says fast food chains should implement training for staff to help them refuse obese customers in a 'delicate and forthright' manner. Mr Miller said while radical at its core, his idea does not involve shaming those who are overweight.
LA: New Orleans: DRAFT OF CANTRELL'S SMOKING BAN RELEASED. New Orleans City Councilwomen LaToya Cantrell proposed an ordinance to tackle the issue in New Orleans. The proposed measure is severe elliminating smoking not only in bars, but many outdoor areas. The ordinance would ban smoking (defined to include vaping or e-cigs as well) in a large part of the city; so it might be easier to talk about where smoking wouldn't be illegal.
Video: Queensland councils are fighting against a push to expand 'no smoking' zones in public spaces. Damien Hansen reports.
UK MPs are left fuming by 'crazy' bid to ban e-cigarettes from the House of Commons, saying it would lead to a total ban at Westminster. Many MPs were outraged calling it a perverse result of the nanny state. A Commons spokesman said a final decision had yet to be made.
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Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! UK Call for Knife Control: It had to happen. We've been told for decades that gun control has curtailed violence in Great Britain. With no guns around, people who are intent on doing harm are using knives. So, of course, there is now the call for knife control. "The new 'Save a Life - Surrender Your Knife' program is in full swing and police are telling us that they have joined forces with an already growing trend in the United Kingdom to ban 'pointy' knives."
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The Property Rights Newsletter November 21, 2014 - Issue #781

"Unless you become more watchful in your states and check the spirit of monopoly and thirst for exclusive privileges you will in the end find that... the control over your dearest interests has passed into the hands of these corporations."
- Andrew Jackson
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Express Scripts Eyes Forming Alcohol and Tobacco Free Pharmacy Networks: Express Scripts, the nation's largest pharmacy benefits manager, is surveying pharmacy owners about creating a network of outlets that do not sell tobacco products or alcohol. A spokesman confirms that information is being gathered, but no decision has been made on whether a network will be created or if customers will be charged extra co-payments for visiting a pharmacy that sells such products. CVS pharmacies no longer sell tobacco products, some do sell alcohol, at least in certain states. So if Express Scripts were to form 'no-sin networks,' some CVS pharmacies may be excluded, just as CVS rivals that sell tobacco would be excluded from Caremark tobacco-free networks.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Westminster, Mass., and the well-tended grass roots of tobacco bans: The staff paid for with money from outside the town seem to have seen their job as, in part, lobbying the local officials: "We've had to work on each individual board [of health] member to get them to come around," said one. And it's worth knowing exactly how the game plan works, because similar ones have been rolled out to localities in various states not only on "tobacco control" but on "food policy," environmental bans and other topics. Grass roots? If so, most carefully cultivated in high places.
AND: Control Freaks. By John Stossel. Control freaks want to run your life. They call themselves "public servants."
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! More Humiliation: China Furious At "Disrespectful" Nicorette-Chewing Obama. "The chew seen around the world," as President Obama chomped on Nicorette gum during the recent APEC summit ceremonies, has sparked outrage in China, describing his behavior as "rude" and "inappropriate."
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Stanton Glantz: By Dr Farsalinos. Personal attacks, questionable ethics and support for censorship when the results do not fit to the agenda. A sad story of scientific misconduct. In an unprecedented attempt to create confusion, support censorship, intimidate journal editors and discredit research which obviously does not fit to his agenda...
Free Audio Book - Vices Are Not Crimes: Lysander Spooner (1808 - 1887) Unless this clear distinction between vices and crimes be made and recognized by the laws, there can be on earth no such thing as individual right, liberty, or property, and the corresponding coequal rights of another man to the control of his own person and property.
CA Foster City: A smoking ban in Foster City apartments, condominiums and townhomes that share walls, floors, ceilings and ventilation systems moved forward Monday with a unanimous City Council vote after nearly a year of sometimes heated discussion.
TX Alert: Senate Bill 97 - Relating to regulation of the sale, distribution, possession, use, and advertising of vapor products; authorizing a fee; creating offenses.
UK Cigar Auction: Christmas is arriving early for some of the world's wealthiest smokers, who will be flocking to Boisdale Belgravia on 1 December for C.Gars Ltd's fifth winter - and largest ever - auction of rare, aged and vintage cigars.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Parents question physical exams. A group of parents who have children in the Buffalo Public School District are calling on the district to review school policies allowing what they call, "sexually invasive" physical exams.

Michelle Obama's School Lunch Program Now Faces Organized Opposition from Hungry High Schoolers. And they're not gonna take it anymore. As we've previously reported,students and parents are fed up and have posted pics of the skimpy meals on Twitter.
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The Property Rights Newsletter November 14, 2014 - Issue #780

"Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war."
- Loren Eiseley
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Oregon State comes to senses on beach smoking ban.
Common sense appears to have stalled a proposed smoking ban on Oregon's beaches. There are plenty of reasons not to take this step, ranging, again, from impracticality to the fact that smokers would be singled out for a problem - littering - that isn't limited to cigarette butts. State officials can be sure that simply banning smoking on beaches will flop, whether they do it now or in two years.
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MA: Westminster. Entire crowd breaks out in "God bless America" as meeting is called due disorderly conduct. Raucous hearing on tobacco sales in Westminster halted. The ban, proposed by the board of health in this central Massachusetts town, would be the first of its kind in the state, and has led to angry reaction from residents who worry that it will hurt the local economy and allows government too much discretion in controlling private conduct. Opponents held signs saying "It's not about tobacco - it's about control" and "Smoke 'em if you got them." Read the articles, watch the videos, see the photos.
IL: Clark County. Entire Park District Board Placed Under Citizen's Arrest. Group objects to board's failure to allow public comment at meeting. Kraft said he wasn't planning to pull out the citizen's arrest statute at the park board hearing until it became clear the board was refusing to let people address them. Board members took immediate notice. "It's not that they should have. They're mandated to," Clark County Sheriff Jerry Parsley said. "The people need to have their voice. It's not a dictatorship. It's a democracy." Wallace said, he'd be willing to split those court costs seven ways with his fellow board members.
MO: Columbia. Housing authority smoking ban still needs final approval. Radtke said at the meeting that the Board of Commissioners would consider residents' suggestions for "tweaks" to the policy, such as whether or not shelters or additional lighting should be provided to increase safety for smokers outside.
NC: Mount Airy. City tobacco-free plan goes up in smoke. "I think that's taking away freedom," Commissioner Shirley Brinkley said of prohibiting smoking in the Great Outdoors. "This is God's country - the air is His and it's free." Brinkley was quick to say Thursday that she does not approve of tobacco use, and wishes the world could be free of cigarette smoke. And citizens have the right to prohibit someone's tobacco use in their homes, said Brinkley, but she believes banning smoking in outside public venues is problematic. "I just think we have to be very, very careful taking away the use of free air," Brinkley added, saying the ban on tobacco use would be "imposing too much control over people who've paid the bill for the recreation facilities."
Illegal cigarettes? Blame government: An ongoing advertising campaign to stop people from buying illegal cigarettes puts all of the blame on the buyer and none on the one entity that could actually do something about it - the government. But why do otherwise law-abiding people go to the black market for their smokes? Easy. Price. So governments created a black market with high tax rates while allowing criminals to control it by refusing to enforce the law.
New threat for smoke-free campaign: High tobacco prices create home-grown demand. The plants, which she believes are of the "Virginia" strain, do best in warm climates, particularly during the summer. Once dried, the tobacco leaves are shredded in a blender.
The New Tobacco War: They may be safer, but could e-cigs renormalize smoking? Johnson decided on his own he needed to make a change and began to wean himself off smoking using e-cigarettes. Almost immediately, he was able to cut his cigarette use, stretching each pack of 20 cigarettes to last a full day, then two. By September, he was down to just five cigarettes a day.
Scotland: Health campaigners fury as new e-cigarette advert to be first 'smoking' commercial shown in 49 years. Angry health campaigners think the 20-second clip will "sexualise and glamorise" the nicotine devices.
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StingRay Technology: How Government Tracks Cellular Devices. StingRay is an IMSI-catcher (International Mobile Subscriber Identity) designed and commercialized by the Harris Corporation. Essentially, an IMSI catcher operates as a bogus mobile cell tower that sits between the target mobile phone and the service provider's real towers. The IMSI catcher runs a Man In the Middle (MITM) attack that could not be detected by the users without using specific products that secure communication on mobile devices.
RFID Technology: Human tagging. Radio-frequency identification (RFID) is the wireless use of electromagnetic fields to transfer data, for the purposes of automatically identifying and tracking tags attached to objects. RFID tags, antennas, readers, database system, cell phones, and more.
Camera Technology: Constant camera surveillance, red light and speed cameras, security cameras, and more.
TV Technology: I'm terrified of my new TV: Why I'm scared to turn this thing on - and you'd be, too. From facial recognition to personal data collection, this thing is downright scary - and so are the implications. The amount of data this thing collects is staggering. Information, a built-in camera - with facial recognition, a microphone for "voice recognition" and an ominous warning: "Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party."
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The Property Rights Newsletter November 7, 2014 - Issue #779

"Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."
- Mark 12:31
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Hate Thy Neighbour: Psychological manipulation is a type of social influence that aims to change the perception or behaviour of others through underhanded, deceptive, or even abusive tactics. By advancing the interests of the manipulator, often at another's expense, such methods could be considered exploitative, abusive, devious, and deceptive. Social influence is not necessarily negative. For example, doctors can try to persuade patients to change unhealthy habits. Social influence is generally perceived to be harmless when it respects the right of the influenced to accept or reject and is not unduly coercive. Depending on the context and motivations, social influence may constitute underhanded manipulation.
Smoke Sensors Update: Researchers unveil first real-time secondhand smoke sensor. Dartmouth College researchers are going to market with the first-ever sensor that detects secondhand and thirdhand tobacco and marijuana smoke in real time.
Cigarette ash can clean arsenic from water. Scientists have found that discarded cigarette ash can cheaply and easily remove more than 96 percent of poisonous arsenic from water. As a result of mining and other industries, the toxin arsenic has contaminated groundwater at high levels in countries such as China, Chile, Hungary and Mexico. The poison is odourless and tasteless so it's hard to detect, but it can cause skin discolouration, stomach pain, partial paralysis and a range of other serious health problems. So now scientists could clean up cigarette butts and arsenic in developing countries at the same time, which is pretty awesome.
From the Nanny State to the Bully State. By Patrick Basham. "The past generation of welfare statism saw the unduly protective Nanny State bleed into every sinew of our daily lives." Of course, the implications of the Nuffield Report extend far beyond health. Given the expansive way in which health is now defined, the state's power to enforce behavioural change on individuals reaches considerably beyond the current notion of what falls within health care.
Are we seeing the start of the corporate nanny state? Now they want your blood. Honeywell International, founded in Minnesota, recently implemented a plan to reduce health care costs and promote healthy living for employees. Sounds good so far. But the company went a step further by penalizing workers financially if they and their spouses refused to agree to a biometric testing. That's a harmless enough sounding concept. But what it means is you let medical providers for the company draw blood to check for health problems, such as diabetes. It means they would also would test you, and your spouse, for blood pressure, HDL, total cholesterol and glucose. Oh, and they'd need your height and weight, and that of your spouse. And while they're at it, let's run a tape measure around your waistline to see how you are doing with that diet. Failure to agree to the tests brings a hefty price, up to $4,000 per family in penalties and lost company contributions. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said this goes too far. The agency filed suit in federal court in Minneapolis last week in behalf of two Minnesota employees, saying the health screening and penalties violate the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.
AND: Is the CDC Fueling Anti-Fat Bias in Workplaces? By Bill Briggs. A CDC campaign that gives U.S. bosses an "obesity cost calculator" to tally the financial losses linked to their overweight employees is being criticized as spurring workplace discrimination - and perhaps enticing companies to fire fat people.
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Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Nation's First Soda Tax Is Passed. Berkeley, CA, became the first U.S. city to pass a law taxing sugary drinks including sodas. Proponents of the Berkeley tax say the fee will help curb consumption of sodas, energy drinks and sweetened iced teas, beverages they say are contributing to the nation's obesity epidemic.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! How to beat Big Soda. Lessons from the war on tobacco. By: Holly Scheider is Outreach Coordinator for the Berkeley Healthy Child Coalition and a former Tobacco Policy Coordinator for Contra Costa County. Remember when people could smoke in restaurants, on airplanes, and at work? This changed, thanks to tireless efforts by health advocates like me. So how do we beat Big Soda? Learn from tobacco control's success.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Why Tax Just Soda? Why Not Tax Sugar? While the intake of sugar/high fructose and sweetened beverages is certainly detrimental to health (see links below), it seems taxing sodas is more a topical excuse for skimming a new revenue stream than a meaningful way to reduce obesity/diabesity.
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The Property Rights Newsletter October 31, 2014 - Issue #778

"She might have fooled me, but she didn't fool my mother."
- Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates in "Psycho"
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Chocolate as Medicine: Compound in cocoa found to reverse age-related memory loss. In case anyone needed another reason to love chocolate, a new study suggests that a natural compound found in cocoa, tea and some vegetables can reverse age-related memory loss. The findings suggest that the compound increases connectivity and, subsequently, blood flow in a region of the brain critical to memory, the researchers said.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! USA: The Military v. Marlboro: We are losing a war in Iraq and Syria, the military is shrinking dangerously as global threats are growing, and yet the Pentagon is mustering its forces against tobacco products. The Defense Department is studying a ban on the sale of cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco on bases and ships.
USA: NJ: South Jersey Town Bans Smoking on Streets, Sidewalks, Stoops and Steps. But you are still allowed to smoke inside your Gloucester City home. So, if you're caught smoking or chewing or vaping outside the Knights of Columbus building or Ben's Barber Shop or your home...
USA: TX: The Lubbock City Council will meet this week and could vote to approve an ordinance that would ban smoking in all bars and restaurants across the city. The ordinance would not only apply to cigarettes and other forms of tobacco, but to e-cigarettes and vapor as well. The proposed language would also regulate drivers who smoke in certain circumstances.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! China: Health: Chinese researchers discover why so many writers are heavy smokers - Chinese scientists show heavy smoking boosts the imagination. But the researchers won't be pursuing this finding, they say, as it is "politically incorrect."
UK: FREE FOREST EVENT. November 4, cocktails, canapes, live music and heated smoking terrace. If you haven't yet registered and would like to join us for this special event, RSVP.
UK: London Update: London Mayor Boris Johnson's Health Committee, "Better Health for London", wants to ban smoking in 20,000 acres of London parks, along with Parliament Square and Trafalgar Square. also announced a number of other measures in an attempt to reduce obesity. These include moves to surpress alcohol consumption and increase the exercise uptake amongst Londoners, in order to "make London a healthier, slimmer, fitter, city."
UK: Nanny State Update: Watch out: the anti-smoking fanatics now want to regulate drinking. The anti-smoking lobby has been offering advice to the House of Lords on how to regulate drinking. Draconian moves could follow. It is tempting to dismiss these demands as preposterous. This would be most unwise.
Denmark: Big Pharma. By Klaus Kjellerup. MEDICINAL KORRUPTION. Anti-ryge eksperter var betalt af Big Pharma.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! World Health Organization on Ebola: "The World Health Organization Admits Botching Response to Ebola Outbreak." This article contains some damning statements, such as, "WHO's country offices in Africa are politically motivated," and "What should be the WHO's strongest regional offices because of the enormity of the health challenges is actually the weakest technically and full of political appointments."
World Health Organization: 'Broke' WHO host 1.6million caviar-fuelled beano: UN pockets "bribe" from Russia: The WHO accepted $800k handout from Putin to put the #COP6 tobacco control convention in Moscow. The article focusses on the cost of the whole shebang and sets it against the WHO's poverty pleas regarding the Ebola outbreak. All well and good, but much of the cost could have been covered by that nice Mr Putin, I suppose. Then, world governments were ordered to implement these proposals - from a meeting which was compromised by pharma lobbying, exclusion of press scrutiny, lack of proper voting, intimidation of delegates and utter disregard for evidence - immediately.
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The Property Rights Newsletter October 24, 2014 - Issue #777

"When it comes to idiots, America's got more than its fair share.
If idiots were energy, it would be a source that would never run out."
- Lewis Black
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Thomas Frieden: Idiot Alert: CDC Head Dr. Tom Frieden Behind NYC Smoking/Soda Bans. There is no reason for Dr. Thomas Frieden to keep his job. He may have been ideally suited to fight a war on those dastardly big sodas, but he is intellectually unarmed when we are at war with a deadly disease. President Obama is urging hospitals across the country to protect Americans by learning and following the proper protocols. Well, Mr. President, how about protecting us from Dr. Frieden? Sorry, but a guy who finds sodas and second-hand smoke to be a bigger threat to America than Ebola-stricken travelers really has no business being the head of the CDC!
MA: Westminster. "By Any Rational Means." The Westminster, Mass., Board of Health is proposing to ban the sale of all tobacco products and electronic nicotine delivering devices including electronic cigarettes, reported the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO).
NY: A Smoker's Guide To NYC. Thought you'd like to hear how even with Mayor Bloomberg's anti-smoking regime smokers are catered for quite adequately.
NY: NYC Proposes to Include E-Cigarettes in Flavor Ban. Interestingly, the proposed measure applies to any "electronic device that delivers vapor for inhalation." So the law would apply, not just to vapor products containing nicotine, but to any product that allows the user to inhale vapor, even if those products do not have nicotine.
USA: Brad Rodu. Federal Survey Data on Tobacco: It's Not About The Children. I have documented for several years a nonstop decline in smoking rates among American teens. Rates of smoking and use of other tobacco products among teens are so low that they no longer provide a valid basis for the draconian anti-tobacco policy prescriptions favored by the FDA and CDC.
USA: Tobacco Industry. Why Big Tobacco keeps demolishing the FDA in federal court. Since 2009, the cigarette industry has won three major challenges to make their products more accessible to kids.
Australia: Violence over jail ban. The Queensland Law Society is calling for a review into the ban on smoking in prisons in response to reports that it sparked an increase in assaults on prison guards. President Ian Brown says the ban was ill-considered, and has had dire consequences.
Hong Kong: Casinos. Smoking ban from this month seen further denting revenues. Up to 300 dealers at the flagship casino of MGM China Holdings Ltd, a unit of U.S.-based MGM Resorts International, took collective sick leave at noon on Friday.
Russia: International Conference on Smokers' Rights. The event attended by delegates from 21 countries: Australia, Belarus, Canada, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Cuba, Latvia, Moldova, Nicaragua, Peru, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Finland, Croatia, Switzerland and Estonia, - the territory of which in the aggregate are more than 250 million smokers.
UK: David Hockney. Tobacco killjoys are less healthy than the smokers they ban. Spiteful restrictions mean any place meant for pleasure is now off-limits. So the mean-spirited are at it again. I'll repeat: the mean spirited and the utterly humourless are at it again...
UK: Man has fine increased... for dropping cigarette outside burger van. A man fined seventy five pounds for throwing a cigarette on the floor outside his burger van in Stafford town centre must now pay more than four hundred and fifty pounds.
Zimbabwe: 4 tobacco farmers commit suicide... because they could not pay their debts to a Chinese contracting company, Tian Ze Tobacco. The company unilaterally imposed prices - forcing farmers to accept what they were offered. This put them in a vulnerable position and most failed to pay. The money owed accrued annually and quickly reached unmanageable levels, following which the company would attach property.
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The Property Rights Newsletter October 17, 2014 - Issue #776

"Imagine the people who believe such things and who are not ashamed to ignore, totally, all the patient findings of thinking minds through all the centuries since the Bible was written. And it is these ignorant people, the most uneducated, the most unimaginative, the most unthinking among us, who would make themselves the guides and leaders of us all; who would force their feeble and childish beliefs on us; who would invade our schools and libraries and homes. I personally resent it bitterly."
- Isaac Asimov, The Roving Mind
Global Tobacco Tax

U.N. approves increased global tobacco tax during secret session.
WHO: Global Tobacco Tax.
Reporters were forcibly removed and restrained at the World Health Organization (WHO) meeting on tobacco control in Moscow. WHO delegates, representing 179 countries and about 90 percent of the world's population, voted to move ahead on implementing a key part of the 2003 Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. The WHO is the public health arm of the United Nations. The international tobacco tax provision would commit the countries who signed the U.N. antitobacco agreement - nearly every major nation except for the United States, Switzerland and Indonesia - to enact an excise tax equal to at least 70 percent of the retail price of tobacco products.
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Margaret Chan: fully occupied? The terrible thought crosses my mind that when she talks about 'the most severe acute public health emergency in modern times' she wants people to think she means Ebola but she is actually thinking about tobacco. That way, in her own mind she wouldn't be telling a lie about her whereabouts.
Money and Politician Family Ties: Exploring the intersection of public office with private family interests. Official Payroll: 19 members have paid 19 family members a total of $6,876,026 from their congressional office payroll. Earmarks: 298 members have earmarked $3,781,697,207 for organizations connected to them or their family members. Lobbying: 85 family members of 67 members of Congress have worked as federally registered lobbyists, helping out on lobbying contracts worth $1,208,065,382.
Payments from Big Pharma reach hundreds of thousands of doctors. Creepy ties between pharmaceutical companies and doctors. The federal government released details of payments to doctors by every pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturer in the country. The information is being made public under a provision of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. The law mandates disclosure of payments to doctors, dentists, chiropractors, podiatrists and optometrists for things like promotional speaking, consulting, meals, educational items and research.
Australia Carmen Opera. WA minister intervenes to lift opera smoking ban. West Australian Opera last week dumped a planned performance of Carmen because it depicts people smoking. The opera has a $400,000 sponsorship deal with Healthway, which explicitly warns all arts organisations it funds that they cannot portray smoking on stage.
CA: Turlock - Oops. City Spends Months Debating Smoking Ban in Public Parks, Discovers Smoking Was Already Banned in Public Parks. It turns out smoking in Turlock's public parks has been illegal for more than a decade. There was never any enforcement, never any signs posted.
GA: Okra mistaken for pot. "I was scared actually, at first, because I didn't know what was happening," said homeowner Dwayne Perry. All he noticed was that there was a chopper sitting unusually low over his house, then Bartow County deputies and a K-9 unit appeared at his doorstep in minutes. "They were strapped to the gills," Perry said.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! White feathers for smokers. During the first world war, a marketing technique to get people to sign up for service, was to have young ideologically brainwashed women presenting men, not in uniform, with White Feathers to infuse them with shame. This was done in public so the shame was seen by everyone else too. Men were frightened of actually going outside. To counter this agoraphobia, the government issued badges for those men who had done their active service, or who were home, injured, or were doing war work somewhere, so they would not be given "The Order of the White Feather." The marketing of war through shame technique is used by Tobacco Control in marketing their war on Tobacco. They are shame marketers. Sometimes what their White Feather Brigade does, is simply DISGUSTING! They are the ones who should be ashamed.
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The Property Rights Newsletter October 10, 2014 - Issue #775

"Common sense is not so common."
- Voltaire
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Australia: David Leyonhjelm. Senator David Leyonhjelm thanks smokers for keeping up habit, says generosity via taxes 'truly staggering.' A crossbench senator has thanked Australia's smokers and attacked successive governments for increasing tobacco taxes in a speech in Federal Parliament. Liberal Democratic Party Upper House representative David Leyonhjelm voiced his gratitude to smokers for the $8 billion they provide in tobacco taxes each year. "Your generosity to the nation's Treasury is truly staggering," he told the Senate. In his speech Senator Leyonhjelm argued the tax on tobacco hits the poor hardest and makes the Government's tax increase "all the more perverse". Senator Leyonhjelm also criticised bans on smoking in public places and institutions, including prison.
Shipyard workers picket smoking ban at six Vigor Industrial facilities in Oregon and Washington conducted unfair labor practice (ULP) strikes. Opland said the company has expanded tremendously over the last several years, and with that growth it has begun operating "more and more like a dictatorship."
Big tobacco pushes e-cigarettes as 'medicine': E-cigarettes are a medicine designed to reduce the harm of smoking according to documents 7.30 has obtained from a British American Tobacco company's submission to the Therapeutic Goods Association, but health experts dispute that claim.
World Health Organization Wants in on Bloomberg's Sweet, Sweet Cigarette Tax Money. Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg's most enduring legacy is that of the ultimate nanny stater. In addition to his failed Big Gulp ban, ban on trans fats, and ban on e-cigarette use in public places, Nanny Mike also pushed a range of anti-smoking policies including a ban on smoking in public places and a really massive tobacco tax hike that drove the price of a pack of cigarettes in Manhattan up to as much as $14.50. All in the name of public health.
Fired Researcher Who Killed Self Was Evaluating Drug Backed by Clark. The researcher who committed suicide after being fired from the British Columbia health ministry in 2012 was designing a way to evaluate a project that was one of Premier Christy Clark's pet initiatives and that included a drug that continues to generate serious safety warnings. At the time that Champix was being considered for funding in B.C. it was already the subject of warnings elsewhere. The Tyee reported that France stopped paying for the drug publicly and both Health Canada and the Food and Drug Administration in the United States issued warnings about the drug.
Time to end nationwide litigation against Pfizer anti-smoking drug Chantix. All of the nearly 2,900lawsuits claiming pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc.'s smoking cessation drug Chantix triggered suicidal thoughts and other psychological problems in patients have been settled - for about $300 million - so the nationwide litigation should now be dismissed, a federal judge in Alabama ruled Monday. Despite the end to those lawsuits, Pfizer next week will continue its fight with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a less severe warning label for Chantix.
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Antis Rewrite History with airbrushing.
Airbrushing History

Iconic Photos: The Case of Missing Cigarettes. Iconic Photos looks back at a visual issue that regularly graces our semi-annual, revisionist political correctness hissy fits: cigarette censorship in photos.
Tucker Carlson: Smoking in children's cartoons is a "symbol of freedom and masculinity." Expressed outraged that male comic book characters were being "wussified."
The Truth? Latest Anti-Smoking Effort Is a Hot Mess. Using Paparazzi Shots of Smoking Celebrities and Calling Them Idiots Is Cheap. With great power comes great responsibility. Spider-Man's uncle said that once. And if it's good enough for Spider-Man's uncle, it's good enough for the folks over at the American Legacy Foundation. In the latest iteration of its "Truth" campaign, the group switches gears from getting kids to stop smoking to getting celebrities to stop smoking - while blaming them for teen smoking and calling them unwitting dupes of Big Tobacco.
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The Property Rights Newsletter October 3, 2014 - Issue #774

"God sleeps in the minerals, awakens in plants,
walks in animals, and thinks in man."
- Arthur Young
tobacco plant Still a cash crop? US tobacco growers brace for tougher competition. Starting next month, America's remaining tobacco growers will be totally exposed to the laws of supply and demand. When the last checks are cashed, surviving growers will be on their own, forced to find profits in a tremendously competitive global market. But those who remain in the business are thriving right now: Many are producing more leaf than they have in years, and enjoying higher prices as well. "The people who can hang on can make a substantial living," said Harry Lea, a leaf dealer and tobacco warehouse owner in Danville.
Nicotine, the Wonder Drug? This notorious stimulant may enhance learning and help treat Parkinson's, schizophrenia and other neurological diseases. Every drug of addiction must have its day. Morphine remains one of the most potent painkillers ever discovered. Cocaine's chemical cousin lidocaine is still used by physicians and dentists as an effective local anesthetic. Even demon alcohol, when taken in moderation, cuts the risk of heart attacks, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis and a hodgepodge of other ailments. Now comes nicotine, perhaps the most unlikely wonder drug ever to be reviled. If dozens of human and animal studies published over the past six years are borne out by large clinical trials, nicotine - freed at last of its noxious host, tobacco, and delivered instead by chewing gum or transdermal patch - may prove to be a weirdly, improbably effective drug for relieving or preventing a variety of neurological disorders, including Parkinson's disease, mild cognitive impairment (MCI), Tourette's and schizophrenia. It might even improve attention and focus enough to qualify as a cognitive enhancer. And, oh yeah, it's long been associated with weight loss, with few known safety risks.
ginseng plant WV Illegal Ginseng: Police seize 190 pounds of illegally harvested ginseng. West Virginia natural resources police say they have made 11 arrests and seized 190 pounds of dry ginseng that was illegally harvested. The West Virginia Department of Natural Resources estimates the market value of the native herb at $180,000. Natural resources officials say demand has spurred illegal harvesting. - AND - Ginseng is any one of 11 species of slow-growing perennial plants with fleshy roots, belonging to the genus Panax of the family Araliaceae. Ginseng is found in North America and in eastern Asia (mostly Korea, northeast China, Bhutan, eastern Siberia), typically in cooler climates.
cannabis plant Australia medical cannabis closer to federal approval: The federal government would be given oversight over the production and distribution of medical cannabis under new legislation to make the drug available to patients with chronic pain. For any form of cannabis to be approved for medicinal use in Australia an application needs to be made to the Therapeutic Goods Administration with supporting data to assess its quality, safety and efficacy.
forest plants U.S. Forest Service Update: Taking a Picture in a National Forest Could Get You a $1,000 Fine, Unless You Buy a $1,500 License. Liz Close, a spokesperson for the Forest Service, says that the laws are intended to "preserve the untamed character of the country's wilderness", whatever that means. According to the agency, these laws were created to protect the environment and prevent areas of wilderness from being "exploited" by photographers. Gregg Leslie, the legal defense director at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in Alexandria, Va. says that these permit laws could be used to discourage journalists from covering certain topics or gaining access to certain areas. "It's pretty clearly unconstitutional, they would have to show an important need to justify these limits, and they just can't." he said.
Carl V. Phillips and smokers rights Carl V. Phillips: Mike Siegel inappropriately blames the failure of his ill-advised research plans on others. it was far too expensive to fund via crowdsourcing. If even only a few percent of the total budget were collected from the e-cigarette community, it would take away enough funding to crowd out every other advocacy, education, and research the community wants to support.
Dear Public Health: The public despises you, so you are probably doing it wrong. It is easy to despise "public health" for what they do. But it is a different matter if you can understand what it looks like from the inside and how they got there. Once you understand that, you can still despise them for what they do, but you might want to consider despising them even more for how they got there.
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The Property Rights Newsletter September 26, 2014 - Issue #773

"Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others."
- John F. Kennedy
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Islamic State lifts smoking ban in Kirkuk. Authorities in Iraqi province seek to counter increasing hostility from locals. Vendors in the region can now openly sell cigarettes without fear of prosecution, according to a report published Thursday by the Arabic-language Almada Press news agency.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Leonard Cohen Update: Leonard Cohen turns 80 today, and he's marking his eighth decade by returning to a vice he gave up in his fifth: The "Hallelujah" scribe unabashedly says he's going to start smoking again. Far from hanging up his famous fedora, Cohen is also marking his milestone with a new album, Popular Problems, that's out on Tuesday. Of reaching 80, he tells Rolling Stone,"There's a lot of things that you can do that you couldn't do when you were younger."
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Introducing BSCiTS: The Behavioral Study of Cigarette and Tobacco Substitution. How do electronic cigarettes affect smoking behavior? By Dr. Michael Siegel, MD, MPH. You've seen the headlines and heard the debate about electronic cigarettes. Now help us discover how this controversial product impacts smoking behavior when compared to the nicotine patch.
IL Chicago: Even the Cops at Riot Fest Think the Smoking Ban Is 'Stupid.' Surprise: No one at Riot Fest cares much for the recently passed ban on smoking in public parks. Riot Fest staff member Eddie Hernandez, 50 and a nonsmoker, said, "There should be no human being that can own the air. The water and the air belong to the people. Whether you smoke or not, that's nobody's business."
OH Cleveland: RTA will test for nicotine in employees who volunteer. RTA employees who take a voluntary nicotine-screening test and pass muster as smoke free can reduce their insurance costs starting next year. "I'm just wondering, where does it stop?" Serrano said. "It's nicotine now. What's next? I just think it's intrusive."
Australia Fat Tax: PUP Senator Glenn Lazarus calls for fat tax in maiden speech to Parliament. “While respected for our love of sport, Australia is today ranked as one of the fattest nations in the developed world,” the former rugby league legend said. He called for tax incentives, concessions and other types of incentives to be looked at to target the behaviour of consumption.
Australia Nanny State: Watch MyChoice Australia event held in sydney on fighting back against the nanny state with Christopher Snowdon from the Institute of Economic Affairs, Dr Julie Novak from the Institute for Public Affairs, and Cassandra Wilkinson from the Centre for Independent Studies.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! How to make a comment to ASHRAE: ASHRAE has apparently made the public comment as hard as they possibly could. Comments on ASHRAE's blog do not count as a public comment,you must go through and use their system for it to count. ASHRAE suggested changed to the standards of indoor air quality. Those proposed changes included treating cannabis and MMJ exactly the same as ETS or environmental tobacco smoke.
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Big Pharma GSK: Contaminated liquid rejected by the GSK site in Rixensart no risk to public health. 45 liters of liquid contaminated with polio virus have been rejected from the production site to the GSK Rixensart local sewage treatment plant of Rosieres and subsequently in Lasne River. People who have been in contact with the water and are worried should contact their family doctor to see whether revaccination is necessary.
Big Pharma GSK: China Fines GlaxoSmithKline $485 Million for Bribery. The pharma company admits it's at fault and will not appeal. After a one-day secret trial, a Chinese court has fined pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) $489 million for bribing hospitals and doctors to use their products.
Big Pharma Pfizer: Chantix Plaintiffs Expert Seeks Pfizer Documents. Both wrote about how smoking cessation treatments like Chantix were associated with a higher incidence of depression, suicide and violence toward other people. They have specifically requested that documents in support of the plaintiffs' claim for punitive damages be unsealed. They argue that the documents were sealed because they were stamped confidential by Pfizer, not because the documents contain trade secrets, personal information or any other type of information that should be legitimately kept out of the public record. - AND - New FDA label bolsters safety case for Chantix. The FDA first began investigating potential side effects with Chantix in 2007, the year after it hit the market.
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The Property Rights Newsletter September 19, 2014 - Issue #772

"True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information."
- Winston Churchill
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Conflicting Information on use of e-cigarettes, cigarettes, and cannabis. The Indefatigable Frog, or Why this won't stop us! So, ask youselves. Why am I angry? Why are many vapers angry? We did what you want, just not how you wanted us to, or BECAUSE you wanted us to, and you still persist with the demonisation. Except, this time, you are lying about us personally.

International Call to Action! Tell the World Health Organization How E-Cigarettes Have Changed Your Life. WHO is, to put it mildly, anti e-cigarette and has called for strict regulation of e-cigarettes, including a ban on e-cigarette use in public places. It sees e-cigarettes as challenging the core message of tobacco control and as a threat to WHO's goals of a tobacco-free world. Here is how to email, write, phone, and fax the people involved.

Truth in Media: Feds Says Cannabis Is Not Medicine - While Holding The Patent on Cannabis as Medicine. Right now there is an awakening to the benefits of cannabis for medicinal purposes, specifically something called CBD oil. But is the new CBD craze being manipulated by media and politicians? If it weren't we wouldn't need to do a show about it. The first step toward truth is to be informed.
Conflicting Advice On Wine Conflicting Wine Update: A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims. Former World Health Organisation alcohol expert Dr Kari Poikolainen has analysed decades of research into the effects of alcohol on the human body. His conclusion - drinking is only harmful when you consume more than 13 units a day - that's four to five pints of beer or more than a bottle of wine - which typically contains around 10 units. - AND - A bottle of wine a day is harmless? The evidence suggests otherwise. - AND - UK Health ministers want to take the alcohol out of wine.
Conflicting Advice On Salt Salt: Why Top Experts Give Wildly Conflicting Advice And What To Do Until They Figure It Out. The media were split. NPR, reported that salt is a "global killer", while the Wall Street Journal warns that low sodium diets may "pose health risks." It is possible to sort through the mess and decide whether you can safely salt your popcorn. Scientists on both sides come armed with data, so figuring out who is right requires a look at the way they are interpreting data and which assumptions they put behind it.
Soda makers headed down same road as tobacco Soda makers headed down same road as tobacco. Soda makers are "taking a page out of the tobacco playbook by focusing in styles, flavors and price/mix to manage volume declines," Cowen analyst Vivien Azer writes. Tobacco's decades-old flight to filters and nicotine lights, for example, preceded soda's rollout of diet and decaffeinated drinks. Flavors encompass menthol, in one instance, and the reintroduction of Fanta, in the other. Mix shifts have to do with packaging - different colors and designs - all in an effort to engage new consumer niches with a differentiated brand.
CA: Turlock Park. Local fumes over potential smoking ban. Girl Scout troop members are championing an effort to rid Turlock's park of smoking. "You're trying to take a freedom away and we've already lost enough freedoms," said Carter.
GA: A Macon Nightclub Ends A Smoking Ban, 17 Days After They Began It. On Tuesday, management said "we goofed." "Our customers have expressed a desire to go back to the way things were. And, in fact, the non-smokers were not becoming customers as fast as the smokers were becoming non-customers.
KS: If you smoke, you're out. Patients sneaking a smoke or a chew at Salina Regional Health Center or any of the hospital's other properties will be sent away. The hospital warned that patients who violate the policy will be discharged and considered leaving against medical advice. A nurse will remove the intravenous tube if they have one; tests and treatments will cease and the patient will be instructed to call for a ride home.
KY: Smoking Ban Passes in Owensboro. Henceforth, if you're in a public place like a park or an outdoor dining facility, you will no longer be able to smoke. Big events like, say, the Barbecue Festival? Forget it. Don't light up.
NY: Bloomberg-Era Reforms Haven't Stopped New Yorkers From Smoking. New York City's smoking rate has gone up. Nobody listened to Nanny Bloomberg. The National Center for Public Policy Research, a conservative think tank, took the city to task for its smoking regulations. "This failure in public policy provides the most striking and objective evidence to date showing that Mayor Bloomberg's aggressive anti-smoking campaign has been ineffective," said Jeff Stier, senior fellow at the National Center.
UK: Health chief steps down after crude 'e-cig' rant on Twitter. Professor John Ashton quit role as president of Faculty of Public Health. He hit back at one, saying: "Have you always been an anonymous c***." And he told another: "I think I have identified a new species of human being this week. Obsessive, compulsive, abusive onanist with ecig tendencies."
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