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The Property Rights Newsletter November 20, 2015 - Issue #818

"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."
- Hippocrates
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Red Meat Is Just As Likely To Give You Cancer As A Cigarette, The World Health Organization Says. International health experts are set to list processed meat among the most cancer-causing substances in the world, including arsenic and asbestos. The World Health Organization (WHO) will also be listing fresh red meat in the "encyclopedia of carcinogens," ranked as only slightly less dangerous than preserved products such as bacon, sausages, and burgers.
AND How valid are the studies that the WHO used to categorize processed meat as carcinogenic and red meat as probably carcinogenic?
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! CVS burned again by tobacco ban. Sales at CVS were once again burned by its decision not to sell cigarettes. CVS Caremark reported that its general merchandise sales fell in the most recent quarter mainly as a result of its decision to pull cigarettes and other tobacco products from its shelves. due to their negative impact on health. This was the fifth straight quarter that CVS took a hit to merchandise sales.
Billionaires Who Want To Tax Poor People. Thomas Steyer is one of them. As a billionaire, he is, well, really rich. In the past, he has funded efforts to impose regressive taxes on energy. Now he is funding an attempt to significantly increase California's cigarette tax (from 87 cents per pack to $2 per pack). An initiative filed by Save Lives California will likely be on the 2016 ballot with Steyer's help. Besides the big tax increase, the initiative will impose an equivalent tax on electronic cigarettes.
Cybersecurity: Everyone you know will be able to rate you on the terrifying ‘Yelp for people' - whether you want them to or not. So the most surprising thing about Peeple - basically Yelp, but for humans - may be the fact that no one has yet had the gall to launch something like it. When the app does launch, probably in late November, you will be able to assign reviews and one- to five-star ratings to everyone you know: your exes, your co-workers, the old guy who lives next door. You can't opt out - once someone puts your name in the Peeple system, it's there unless you violate the site's terms of service. And you can't delete bad or biased reviews - that would defeat the whole purpose.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Outdoor Smoking Bans Debated At The Battle Of Ideas. I don't think anyone should be forced to give up smoking against their will. I know we are in the middle of 'Stoptober', but come on - giving up when you're in the middle of a mental breakdown is inhuman. I can't think of a worse time or place to quit. That's the way I see it, but public health quangos instead say it's a prime time to intervene because they have a powerless captive audience.
Sunnyvale, California City Council Considers In-Home Smoking Ban. Sunnyvale, California lawmakers are proposing new rules that would ban smoking and e-cigarette use in public and private spaces, such as restaurants' outdoor dining areas and even inside individual's' apartments. Currently, city law bans smoking and e-cigarette use in city government buildings and public parks, and it requires restaurants to reserve seating areas for nonsmokers.
Lithuanian Seimas makes first move to ban smoking in balconies. The Seimas of Lithuania has made the first step towards banning smoking in balconies of apartment houses. On September 24th, MPs approved the relevant draft amendments to the Law on Tobacco Control
Employers are wary of hiring smokers and obese people. According to various national reports, about one in three U.S. adults are overweight enough to be classified as obese. Other reports say one in six U.S. adults are smokers. Many forces, including genetics, economics, addictions, emotions and peer influence, affect those numbers.
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The Property Rights Newsletter October 24, 2015 - Issue #817

"Shortly, the public will be unable to reason or think for themselves. They’ll only be able to parrot the information they've been given on the previous night's news."
- Zbigniew Brzezinski (1979)
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Good laws create freedom, not a nanny state. Good legislation creates greater freedom, rather than impeding it. Senator David Leyonhjelm is running a Senate inquiry into government regulation of things such as alcohol, tobacco and drugs. Australia is facing a push from Libertarian politicians and market fundamentalists to roll back health legislation. But reducing the power of democratic governments to legislate for health is no way to increase freedom. Senator David Leyonhjelm? has organised a Senate inquiry into the "nanny state". The terms of reference of the inquiry relate mostly to public health, including sale and use of tobacco, nicotine, e-cigarettes, marijuana and alcohol, and bicycle helmet laws.
Nicotine nazis hate one thing: pleasure. Antipleasure puritans like our minister of health and his propaganda agency, the National Council Against Smoking, want tobacco added to the list of prohibitions. Official policy is headed towards tobacco prohibition followed by draconian measures against liquor, salt, sugar, complementary health, traditional healing, fast food, baby food and whatever else upsets killjoys. If you condone nicotine fascism, you have no principled argument against control of every aspect of life. The trend predicts prohibition of obesity and condomless sex, compulsory attendance at health clinics, mandatory exercise and the forced use of safe public transport.
Harms or highs? Regulating narcotics, alcohol and nicotine. Think of the children: the danger of infantilising adult society. Given the emotion, fear and anger that surrounds this issue, the ideas discussed above represent an immensely challenging agenda for anyone holding office, even though a vast prize is there to be won for the leaders who will eventually make it work. The arguments against prohibitions and for enlightened risk-based regulation are extremely strong. However, opponents of this direction in policy thinking have what they consider a potent force majeure argument that overrides all else: "think of the children."
Pressured by tobacco industry, Healdsburg halts groundbreaking law. Healdsburg broke ground this year by becoming the first city in California to raise the age for buying cigarettes from 18 to 21. But the tough stand didn't last. Less than three months after the law took effect, city leaders are backing off enforcement out of fear of legal action from the tobacco industry. This week, after the city was warned by a national tobacco group that its ordinance could trigger a court challenge, the police chief notified 14 retailers that they can resume selling cigarettes and other tobacco products to customers 18 and older.
The Stacks: When Smoking Was Fun. My dad smoked Pall Malls—and for period of time, More, those long, thin, dark brown cigarettes that were advertised to women. He smoked a couple of packs a day for decades. His aunts and uncles had smoked more than that, and for those of us of a certain generation, our childhood was filled with cigarette smoke (you'll find ashtrays on living room tables and backyard decks in our family photo albums). I recall the haze of the smoking car on commuter trains, and it wasn't uncommon to see someone brazen enough to smoke in a subway car, never mind airplanes, movie theaters, and sports arenas.
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The Property Rights Newsletter October 9, 2015 - Issue #816

"A hero is someone who understands the responsibility
that comes with his freedom."
- Bob Dylan

Legal Tobacco

Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Watch: Ethan Nadelmann on Tobacco Prohibition. Drug Policy Alliance executive director Ethan Nadelmann discusses the dangers of incorporating the criminal justice system into the current and effective public health approach to discouraging cigarette use.
List of smoking bans in the United States. As further detailed in this list, smoking laws vary widely throughout the United States. Some places in the United States do not generally regulate smoking at all, some ban smoking in certain areas and not others, and some ban smoking nearly everywhere, even in outdoor areas (no state bans smoking in all public outdoor areas, but some local jurisdictions do).

Illegal Drugs

Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Do Adults Have a Privacy Right to Use Drugs? Brazil's Supreme Court Decides. The past decade has witnessed a remarkable transformation in the global debate over drug policy. As recently as the mid-2000s, drug legalization or even decriminalization was a fringe idea, something almost no politician would get near. That's all changed. That the War on Drugs is a fundamental failure is a widely accepted fact among experts and even policymakers. Multiple nations no longer treat personal drug usage as a criminal problem but rather as one of public health. Many of them are actively considering following Portugal's successful example of decriminalizing all drugs. The global trend is clearly toward abandoning prohibitionist policies. The Court seems prepared to accept the pure civil libertarian argument against criminalizing drugs: namely, independent of outcomes, the state has no legitimate authority to punish adult citizens for the choices they make in their private sphere, provided that those choices do not result in direct harm to others.

Illegal and Legal Marijuana

Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Oregon: Marijuana. Before you head out to purchase marijuana, take a look at this Q&A link, for answers to many frequently asked questions, including who can buy marijuana, what can be bought and what can't, how to roll a joint and pack a pipe. So, where can you buy it in Oregon? Statewide, more than 200 dispensaries have told the state they plan to sell recreational cannabis.
Watch: Marijuana strain-guide for beginners. With practically an infinite number of marijuana strains to choose from at pot dispensaries in Oregon, we asked a 'budtender' at Panacea, a dispensary off NE Sandy, to explain the basic differences between strains and recommendations for beginners. AND Kids Get It: Cannabis Needs to be Regulated. AND The Flower. The animation is a meditation on the social and economic costs of marijuana prohibition. AND Truth in Media: Feds Says Cannabis Is Not Medicine While Holding The Patent on Cannabis as Medicine.
Here's Why We Hear So Many False Claims About Cannabis. Because my research focuses on neurological function, I often come across claims about cannabis' impact on the brain. You've likely heard them too: claims that cannabis use lowers IQ by up to eight points, that use of the drug causes schizophrenia, and that it impairs cognitive function in the long term. What's fascinating about these claims is that they're almost always "based on the scientific evidence." But is that really the case?
AND Could Marijuana Help Prevent the Rare Brain Disease Afflicting Football Players? The leading researchers studying the brains of deceased football players just released new figures showing they have found evidence of CTE in 87 out of 91 brains of former NFL players.
AND Forget What You've Heard About Cannabis, Science Says It's Wrong. Many scientists are increasingly frustrated by the disregard of scientific evidence on cannabis use and regulation. To set the record straight, the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy (ICSDP), a global network of scientists working on drug policy issues, released two groundbreaking reports evaluating the strength of commonly heard cannabis claims.
AND Prohibition Is the Real "Gateway Drug." Drug warriors claim that marijuana is a "gateway drug." On the contrary, it is the policy of drug prohibition - not the drug per se - that creates a gateway into a criminal underworld of crime and contaminated products.
Canada: Marijuana. Marijuana is infinitely worse' than tobacco, Harper says as he encourages pot debate to go up in smoke. "Tobacco is a product that does a lot of damage - marijuana is infinitely worse and is something we do not want to encourage." Last year, Health Canada kicked off an anti-marijuana ad campaign - repeated shortly before the start of the election campaign - that said the drug was responsible for lower IQs, a statement derived from two separate studies whose conclusions have since been challenged.
Kansas: Shona Banda Faces Decades in Prison Because Her Son Questioned Anti-Pot Propaganda. A fifth-grader's comments about marijuana lead to felony charges against his mother. Banda's son heard some things about marijuana that did not jibe with what he had learned about the plant from his mother. So he spoke up, suggesting that cannabis was less dangerous and more beneficial than the counselors running the program were claiming. That outburst of skepticism precipitated a visit to the principal's office, where the fifth-grader was interrogated about his mother's cannabis consumption. School officials called Child Protective Services (CPS), which contacted police, who obtained a warrant to search Banda's house based on what her son had said.
Wisconsin: A 'deal with the devil'? Native American tribes push for marijuana legalization. Two Wisconsin tribes, the Menominee and the Ho-Chunk, look to follow South Dakota's Flandreau Santee Sioux, seeing a potential revenue stream – but it could force them to cede some of their sovereignty to federal and local governments. The idea of legal marijuana has some Native American tribes seeing green – but will it cost them in the long run? "Keep in mind some local law enforcement will not pause to ask whether they have any authority on tribal lands," he said. This, he said, could have far-reaching consequences. "That raises significant Indian sovereignty implications, potential civil rights violations for those individuals who will find themselves in the cross-hairs of non-tribal cops, and other profound legal consequences."
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The Property Rights Newsletter October 2, 2015 - Issue #815

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same."
- Ronald Reagan
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Consider big picture of smoking restriction. Bluffton Town Council has found some smoke, but we're not sure they've found a fire. And it may want to package its discussion with other restrictions cities are adopting to shape behavior for the common good. How about the plastic bag issue? Beaufort also considered a ban on balloons at parks, due to litter left after birthday parties. These types of restrictions can be enacted. But don't think it will be a walk in the park.
Council Recommendation 2003/54/EC. By Frank Davis. The measures advocated are additional to the provisions of the Directive on tobacco products adopted in 2001, and those of the Directive on advertising and sponsorship of tobacco products adopted in May 2003. Europe's legislators have, moreover, ensured that these measures are consistent with the World Health Organisation's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO), which, at the time of adoption of the Recommendation, was still being negotiated. AND UKIP conference: Smoking ban 'more harmful' than pit closures. It was evidence of a "bankrupt" Labour telling people "what to do and think". In contrast to Labour, he said, UKIP would stand up for working people by giving them more power over their lives.
Ecig consumer wants and "needs." By Julie Woessner and Carl V Phillips. The basics of what consumers and would-be consumers of low-risk tobacco products want is no mystery. You have heard it a thousand times: Consumers want high quality products, innovation, variety, and the freedom to choose which products they want to use, along with freedom from punitive taxes and other unjust laws that restrict use and enjoyment.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Why adults do not need nannies. Over the last few weeks I have learnt two things. First, a lot of people dislike the nanny state. The incredible popularity of the Senate Inquiry into it - both in the media and among the general public - is testimony to that. However, it is also clear that lots of people are confused what the term "nanny state" means, even among those who ought to know. At its core, nanny-statism involves enacting laws and enforcing policies that interfere with or manage personal choices, when the only consideration is the individual's own good. If we can trust people to vote - a difficult and demanding choice with profound consequences - we can trust people to know what to eat, to drink, to buy, what video games to play, and whether or not to smoke. At its core, nanny statism is a threat to universal franchise.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Is the minimal state a reasonable response to the nanny state? David Leyonhjelm is chairing the Senate inquiry into 'Personal Choice and Community Impacts'. As we can see, an idea that seems intuitively appealing turns out to be quite radical. The great virtue of the harm principle is its clarity. As Mill says, it asserts: ... one very simple principle as entitled to govern absolutely the dealings of society with the individual in the way of compulsion and control. For many people, including myself, this parsimony comes at too heavy a price.
In the Habit: A History of Catholicism and Tobacco. By John B. Buescher. Saints who smoked, popes who puffed, and others who snuffed. In 1873, impoverished Confederate veteran Chiswell Langhorne (left) moved his family from Lynchburg to Danville, Virginia and began looking for work. The owner of a Danville tobacco warehouse had recently developed a new system of selling tobacco by auction...
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Macau total smoking ban may pare casino revenue by up to 4.6 percent. "According to the Gaming Inspection and Co-ordination Bureau‘s preliminary assessment, 23 percent of all visitors [to Macau] are smokers. Among these smokers, about 30 to 50 percent smoke while they are gambling," Lei said, adding that the city's gaming revenue would be "impacted" by 2.76 to 4.6 percent if 20 percent of all smoking gamblers who had originally intended to gamble in Macau would choose not to come due to the ban.
Belgium: One in 6 cafes disregarding anti-smoking legislation. The Public Health Minister's office revealed that 3,000 inspections led to the conclusion that 16% of cafes do not enforce anti-smoking legislation.
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The Property Rights Newsletter September 25, 2015 - Issue #814

"Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like
and let the food fight it out inside."
- Mark Twain
BBQ and Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Kerry McCarthy, Shadow Environment Secretary, Says Treat Meat Eaters Like Smokers. Jeremy Corbyn's appointment of Kerry McCarthy, who is a vegan, to the post raised eyebrows given the job involves working with farmers. "I really believe that meat should be treated in exactly the same way as tobacco, with public campaigns to stop people eating it," she said. In an interview with vegan magazine Viva!life, McCarthy added: "Progress on animal welfare is being made at EU level... but in the end it comes down to not eating meat or dairy."
UK: New Nicotine Alliance. It has only been a 'mere' three months since we last sent our news update out to our supporters, and a lot has happened since then. Conferences, reports, reviews, you name it, and we have probably done it.
Toward beneficial and practical standards for e-cigarettes. by Carl V Phillips. At the GTNF2015 conference I was on a panel discussing e-cigarette standards. The standards being discussed include manufacturing practices (e.g., clean rooms, hardware materials), specific technologies (e.g., whether a heating coil is capable of overheating, safe batteries), and ingredients (e.g., the perennial debates about whether some flavoring agents pose too much of a hazard). I decided to take the approach of addressing what the proper role for standards is, from a political economy perspective.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! So Tourists Can Indulge: Denver May Allow Pot In Bars And Restaurants. It's already legal to smoke pot at home in Colorado. Now the Denver City Council is considering allowing use in public places. Actually, the police department cares. They've handed out more than 1,000 public consumption citations just last year. This is not what pot advocates had in mind when they promoted legalized marijuana. So they collected signatures to put yet another measure on the ballot, this time allowing pot use at many bars and restaurants in Denver.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! CA: Davis City Council. By Robert J. Deitz, II. I have reviewed your recommended action on banning smoking in the Greenbelt, Parks, E St plaza. These are all large and open areas with no confined or restricted space where people might be forced to be in a area they do not want to be. This is the area smokers have been forced to go to since they were banned from being in bars or restaurants where they were previously welcomed. There are ample areas of any community in the State of California where there are smoke free places. There should be accommodation for other citizens who choose to smoke. We already make accommodation for handicapped people to access most areas, we make accommodations for overweight people, we make accommodations for all types of people to be in our communities. We should make accommodations for smokers also. To not do so is starting to slip down a slippery slope.
Georgia Update: 10 years after smoking ban, percentage of bars and restaurants using exemption has doubled. By Andy Miller. "While the law is well known and well accepted, restaurants have figured out how to work within the law and allow smoking," said Eriksen, dean of the School of Public Health at Georgia State. AND Smoky air: Zero complaints, multiple hideouts following ban. UGA is not alone in this. If you wander around to the campus newspaper sites around the country where bans have been implemented you will find instance after instance where it is either being reported on as being ignored or where antismoking students complain that it is not being enforced. These bans are usually the result of political pressures or funding blackmailing, and once they're on the record no one really cares about them.
Oklahoma Update: State should reconsider tobacco trust fund priorities. So, "Education" would depend on Tobacco sales? They should simply stop the MSA and give the money back. AND Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, By Theodore King. AND Letter to the editor: Tobacco settlement a social engineering project. By Jay R. Schrand. Our priorities need to be reconsidered. Wouldn't it be better if the money remained in the hands of those who earned it to buy legitimate goods and services? The right thing to do is decline to participate in the tobacco settlement. And in fairness, the accumulated funds ought to be returned to those who smoke.
Ireland: The Smoker's Dilemma. By John Mallon. Circumstances have contrived to put smokers in a very awkward situation today. Due to persistent professional lobbying by the various arms of Public Health, cigarettes in Ireland cost twice the European average from all the legal outlets. However, as is the way of these things, the criminal fraternity have seen their opportunity and they would appear to have ridden to the rescue of the hard-pressed smoker by providing illegal cigarettes all over the country for the European average price or even below it.
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The Property Rights Newsletter September 18, 2015 - Issue #813

"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."
- Samuel Adams
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! LIBERTY: An interview with Christopher Snowdon. Ben Kelly questions Christopher Snowdon on the erosion of liberty, the public health lobby, the demonisation of E-cigs and more... The attack on free speech and the attack on lifestyle freedoms are connected insofar as they are both products of a puritanical outlook. The mindset is that nobody should hear impure views or consume impure products – a clean mind and a clean body. This is creepy, to say the least. We live in an era of outraged minorities and pressure group politics. Once people see government using the law to appease vociferous special interest groups, everybody wants a piece of the action. Had your feelings hurt by unkind words on social media? We've got a law for that. Don't like the smell of tobacco smoke? We've got a law for that. The solution is to have a limited government that encourages you to grow some skin and associate with like-minded people rather than insist the whole country changes to suit your preferences. Unfortunately, there is a great temptation for people to see one group get special privileges and demand special privileges for themselves.
HTML Cybersecurity. If you think that IP address, cookies and HTTP headers are the only factors used to uniquely identify and track users around the web… you are terribly wrong! New, modern fingerprinting techniques rely on multiple factors.
Sign petitions to the German Parliament. Unfortunately the chances of getting that much support from German vapers alone is a pipe dream. Fortunately, EVERYBODY may support such a petition. Actually, getting a lot of international support could cause quite a stir by itself, since that usually doesn't happen.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! At 111, Woman to get reward for 'a healthy lifestyle. Consolacion typically eats vegetables and fish. Her children do not want her to eat meat but sometimes she asks for chicken or pork. Her only vice, her daughter said, is smoking rolled-up tobacco leaves during her free time.
How 'Big Pharma' bamboozled Brussels. Pharmaceutical companies spend tens of millions of euros on lobbyists every year to ensure "privileged access" to decision-makers in Brussels, according to a major new report that lifts the lid on their influence on EU drugs and health-care policy. Rachel Tansey, CEO researcher and author of the report, said: "The large-scale efforts of big pharmaceutical companies to mould EU policy to their own commercial benefit and their privileged access to EU decision-makers is deeply worrying. "Strong measures are needed to avoid capture of EU health policy by big pharma, beginning with full transparency over industry lobbying and ending of privileged access."
Mortality Statistics. It is worth looking at what has been happening to lung cancer deaths. I remind you to look at the female charts above. Since 1970, progressively fewer females have smoked. That is over a period of 45 years (1970 to 2015). And yet LC deaths among females have grown and grown. Lies upon lies upon lies.
CASAA: Calls to Action. Read about the newest calls to action, and search for actions by State. AND The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA) is collecting success-story testimonials from smokers who used smoke-free alternatives to quit or reduce their smoking. The testimonials are posted on this public web page for everyone to see.
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The Property Rights Newsletter September 13, 2015 - Issue #812

"Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth."
- Buddha
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! EPA proposes new rules for pharmaceutical wastes that qualify as RCRA hazardous wastes. The Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA" or the "Agency") signed a proposed rule that would establish special management standards for pharmaceutical wastes that are classified as hazardous wastes under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act ("RCRA"). The new standards would include separate requirements for healthcare facilities and pharmaceutical reverse distributors, such as rules for storage, labeling, recordkeeping, reporting, and off-site shipment. The Proposed Rule would also conditionally exempt hazardous waste pharmaceuticals that qualify as controlled substances under the rules of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration ("DEA"), add new provisions for hazardous waste pharmaceuticals from households, and amend the requirements for residues of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals in containers. It requests comments on amending the acute hazardous waste listing for low-concentration nicotine products, and on a potential strategy for listing additional pharmaceutical wastes as hazardous.
EPA withholds mine spill documents from Congress. A congressional committee blasted the Environmental Protection Agency today for blocking release of documents related to the Gold King mine disaster, which poured deadly chemicals into the largest source of drinking water in the West.
They Live, We Sleep: A Dictatorship Disguised as a Democracy. There's the world we see (or are made to see) and then there's the one we sense (and occasionally catch a glimpse of), the latter of which is a far cry from the propaganda-driven reality manufactured by the government and its corporate sponsors, including the media.
Conspiracy to Tell the Truth. Abby Martin talks to Lance deHaven-Smith, Florida State University professor and author of 'Conspiracy Theory in America', about some the US' most controversial events and how labeling truth-seekers as 'conspiracy theorists' damages democracy.
UK surveillance "worse than 1984," says new UN privacy chief. World needs a "Geneva convention" for the Internet to safeguard personal data. Joseph Cannataci, has called the UK's oversight of surveillance "a rather bad joke at its citizens’ expense," and said that the situation regarding privacy is "worse" than anything George Orwell imagined in his novel 1984. There are four main tasks he has set himself: drawing up a universal law on surveillance; tackling the business models of the big Internet companies; defining what "privacy" exactly entails; and raising awareness of these issues among the public.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Robots Will Steal Our Jobs: But they'll give us new ones. At The Dusseldorf airport, robotic valet parking is now reality. You step out of your car. You press a button on a touch screen. And then a machine lifts your car off the ground, moving all three tons of it into a kind of aerial parking bay. Built by a German company called Serva Transport, the system saves you time. It saves garage space, thanks to those carefully arranged parking spots. And it's a sign of so many things to come.
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Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Why a bag of heroin costs less than a pack of cigarettes. For cigarettes, the price is largely about taxes. They are a reliable revenue source for governments at various levels (addicted people will often pay what they have to), are considered a method of preventing young people from taking up the habit and can push some smokers to quit. So some states have loaded heavy taxes on that little pack of cigarettes. Now most of the heroin on U.S. streets is from Mexico, Moses said, and despite the efforts of the DEA and other law enforcement agencies, there is plenty of it, which keeps the price down despite the seemingly insatiable demand. The DEA is seizing more and working better with those other agencies, Moses said, but so far that hasn't resulted in higher prices.
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The Property Rights Newsletter September 4, 2015 - Issue #811

"Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like
and let the food fight it out inside."
- Mark Twain
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Butter unlikely to harm health, but margarine could be deadly. Saturated fat does not increase the risk of stroke, heart disease, diabetes or early death, a study has shown. Saturated fat found in butter, meat or cream is unlikely to kill you, but margarine just might, new research suggests. Although traditionally dieticians have advised people to cut down on animal fats, the biggest ever study has shown that it does not increase the risk of stroke, heart disease or diabetes. However trans-fats, found in processed foods like margarine raises the risk of death by 34 per cent.
Beijing Enrolls Anti-smoking Volunteers. Nearly ten thousands volunteers will be mobilized to help the enforcement of a blanket smoking ban. Authorities in the city are encouraging more people to join the anti-smoking team to ease the shortage of law enforcement personnel. The committee is now soliciting designs for an anti-smoking badge. Volunteers will wear the newly-designed badges to identify themselves in the future.
Court Declares Air Fresheners, Pro-Police Stickers as Reasonable Suspicion for Cops to Pull You Over. The ruling upholds the idea that police officers can profile and detain people who aren't actually committing any crimes. The ruling stems from a 2011 Texas court case in which a couple was pulled over for having rosaries hanging from the rearview mirror, as well as a few air fresheners, and a DARE sticker on the back of the vehicle. This ruling upholds the idea that police officers can profile and detain people who aren't actually committing any crimes. Police already profile people according to a number of different factors, and now they have confirmation that their tactics are legally acceptable.
Drone drops heroin, marijuana and tobacco into Ohio prison yard. "Upon reviewing the cameras, it was determined that a drone passed over the recreation yards immediately before the fight began," the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said in an incident report. Last year, a drone was used to try to smuggle phones, marijuana and tobacco into a South Carolina maximum security prison, but it crashed outside the facility's walls.
CVS banned tobacco. Now its sales are hurting. General merchandise sales tumbled nearly 8% last quarter. Sales at CVS Health are getting "smoked." Conlumino analyst Stephen Ward believes that while the smoke ban was a "sensible move" for CVS's brand, it has come at a cost. "It has most certainly affected sales both directly, and indirectly, through the reduction in impulse purchases that tobacco customers made," Ward wrote in a report.
AK: Mat-Su mayor vetoes just-passed tax on e-cigarettes. "We may have done the right thing but I have been contacted by numerous people in the business who did not know this legislation was about E cigarettes," DeVilbiss wrote in remarks included with his veto notice. The legislation's title didn't indicate the specifics on e-cigarette taxation, he said. "I believe we would have more balanced testimony on this issue if it were to be retitled and re-advertised with a public hearing," he said.
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The Property Rights Newsletter August 21, 2015 - Issue #810

"The people's good is the highest law."
- Cicero
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Smoking: Shock and trauma as public policy. The department of health wants to force tobacco firms to sell their wares without branding, in plain paper packaging, decorated only with graphic and distasteful pathology images. This is nanny-statist, bureaucratic over-reach which limits the freedom people have as adult citizens to make their own choices in life.
AND: Getting People to Behave: Research Lessons for Policy Makers. Many government policies attempt to change the behavior of individuals and businesses. This article argues that policy makers and administrators should (1) think comprehensively about the barriers that may keep target populations from complying with government policies, (2) match policy instruments to the most important barriers that inhibit compliance, and (3) take into account heterogeneity within the target population. Relatively nonintrusive strategies such as social marketing, providing resources to targets to help them comply, and manipulating options and defaults (choice architecture) are politically attractive but unlikely to secure compliance when incentives for noncompliance are high. Based on the three basic principles outlined in the article, the author recommends strategies to increase compliance, including the use of leverage points and secondary targets, adjusting for unanticipated behavioral responses, and employing long-term, multiphase strategic management of behavior change initiatives.
The federal gov't spent $2 million on campaign to get women to nag husbands to stop using tobacco. Penny Nance, president and CEO of Concerned Women for America, said of the program: American women don't need the federal government spending money to get us to nag our husbands to stop using tobacco... Even if it were a worthwhile effort, we are $18 trillion in debt. We simply can't afford it.
Tribal Oak Flat protest heading to D.C. The Apache Stronghold protest calls for Oak Flat to be exempt from a land swap between the federal government and Resolution Copper. The tribe considers Oak Flat to be holy and sacred ground and should not be mined.
EPA plan is really a "Superfund blitzkrieg" Yes, that letter to the editor about the EPA was published. By Mark Esper, editor and publisher of the Silverton Standard.
AND: After river disaster, is it time to re-evaluate EPA? Exxon had its Valdez, BP had its Deepwater Horizon and now the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has its Animas River disaster with which to contend. The federal agency ensured with safeguarding the nation's ecosystems is facing a barrage of criticism and charges of double standards after millions of gallons of toxic sludge containing cadmium, lead, arsenic and mercury spilled into the Animas River after an EPA backhoe accidentally punched a hole into a waste pit during a clean-up effort at an abandoned gold mine in Colorado.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! ME: Lazy legislators act on hype, ignore science on e-cigarettes. Research consistently has shown that, while not necessarily harm-free, e-cigarettes are far healthier than traditional cigarettes. A study published in Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology found that the levels of harmful chemicals inhaled through e-cigarettes was comparable to ambient air. Similarly, a study published in Addiction found that while e-cigarettes contained some chemicals found in traditional cigarettes, they were at significantly lower levels.
ND State Representative, Mike Schatz: Dear Mr. Stenehjem, Greetings! I am writing to you as a member of the Legislative Assembly to request your opinion about what I consider to be an overreach of government by Ms. Jeanne Prom, Executive Director, North Dakota Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! French speed cameras sabotaged over plain cigarette packaging rules. Tobacconists caught placing bin liners over cameras to deprive government of revenues in same way they claim new packaging will damage their business. The radar "hooding" - by covering them with bin liners - is symbolic: a "cover up" that deprives the government of money in the same way that the anti-smoking legislation will reduce tobacco sales and tax revenue, the protesters say.
Philippines: Cameras to monitor tobacco plants. The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) will require all tobacco companies to install closed-circuit television cameras in its production lines and warehouses so the government can monitor their production and ensure the payment of correct taxes.
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The Property Rights Newsletter August 14, 2015 - Issue #809

"You better cut the pizza in four pieces
because I'm not hungry enough to eat six."
- Yogi Berra
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Say Goodbye to the American Cancer Society. By Brad Rodu. I have written extensively about the 30-year ACS smokeless tobacco misinformation campaign. Now that organization is using the same tactics against e-cigarettes. ACS volunteers nationwide follow a script that demonizes all forms of tobacco, the companies that market them and the people who consume them. It is time for tobacco users, their families and friends to send a message to the American Cancer Society: "Say goodbye to our donations." Tell ACS volunteers in your community that the society must acknowledge scientific facts and abandon its tobacco prohibition stance. Until the ACS tells the truth about tobacco harm reduction, charitable contributions should be directed elsewhere.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Are Your Medications Safe? The FDA buries evidence of fraud in medical trials. Agents of the Food and Drug Administration know better than anyone else just how bad scientific misbehavior can get. Reading the FDA's inspection files feels almost like watching a highlights reel from a Scientists Gone Wild video. It's a seemingly endless stream of lurid vignettes-each of which catches a medical researcher in an unguarded moment, succumbing to the temptation to do things he knows he really shouldn't be doing. Faked X-ray reports. Forged retinal scans. Phony lab tests. Secretly amputated limbs. All done in the name of science when researchers thought that nobody was watching.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Why what we think about eating is so often wrong. Here's how public thinking on food gets shaped: Every year, researchers publish hundreds of academic studies about the health effects of various foods - chocolate, kale, red wine, anything. Those studies, in turn, become fodder for newspaper articles, books and blog posts. But how much of this torrent of information is worth the trouble? Surprising little, according to a number of key researchers. In recent years, these skeptics have caused a stir by poking big holes in the nutritional science behind popular diet advice. Even the findings published in distinguished health journals have come under fire. Collectively, their work suggests that we know far less than we think we do about what to eat.
Chile's Busybody Politicos Say You're Too Dumb to Feed Yourself. Obesity Hysteria Brings on Wave of Labeling Mandates. In yet another case of biopolitics, the government has relieved us of the burden of deciding what is in our own best interests when it comes to our bodies. To promote healthy habits among the public is, in principle, a commendable goal. However, this and other similar measures give the state the power to define and exercise control over an individual citizen's body and biological capabilities.
Country air could be good for us because it's slightly poisonous. Forest and seaside walks may benefit us by exposing us to low doses of natural toxins that our ancient ancestors once breathed in. Tiny doses of plant toxins in forest air could boost our health. "It is natural to ask: could we bottle the benefits of country and sea air?"
Car hack uses digital-radio broadcasts to seize control. Chrysler says it's also taken steps to block the digital attack Miller and Valasek demonstrated with "network-level security measures" - presumably security tools that detect and block the attack on Sprint's network, the cellular carrier that connect Chrysler's vehicles to the Internet. Miller, one of the two researchers who developed the Uconnect-hacking technique, said he was happy to see the company respond. "I was surprised they hadn't before and I'm glad they did," he told WIRED in a phone call. He particularly praised the move to work with Sprint to prevent attacks through its network.
BBQ SMOKE IS ILLEGAL IN FLORIDA? The guys in the video explain that the neighbor has called local fire, police and now some pencil pushing desk jockey from the the local government to come harass them. This is brought to you by the state that also brought us laws mandating dress codes.
Philadelphia Becomes Largest City to Ban Smoking in Public Housing. Since HUD's statement, more housing agencies have opted to go smoke-free as officials in cities nationwide have also pushed to curb smoking - even from electronic cigarettes - in other public places.
The Debate Over Raising the Legal Age on Tobacco Products. Data shows higher age requirements do not prevent youth access. By Thomas A. Briant, NATO Executive Director. Some of these serious responsibilities and duties borne by adults who are 18, 19 and 20 years old include voting, military service, marriage, divorce, payment of income taxes, health insurance mandates, health directive decisions, candidacy for public office, and prosecution as an adult for crimes committed. From this CDC data, a conclusion can be drawn that mandating an age of 21 for the purchase and consumption of alcohol has not created an impediment for more than one-third of minors who are currently consuming alcohol. This brings into question the true efficacy of a similar increase in the age of tobacco and raises the more serious health-related question of whether such a change in age of purchase could actually result in an increase in underage tobacco use as minors, in addition to adults who are 18, 19 and 20 years old, look to other sources for acquiring tobacco products.
From zero to heroes? The uncomfortable truth about some e-cig advocates. I understand the argument but I'm not sure I agree with it. Does a proud and consistent commitment to freedom of choice, personal responsibility and fact-based evidence count for nothing these days? Contrast that with the woeful record of ASH and many other tobacco control groups. Yes, I welcome the fact that some public health campaigners are embracing e-cigs. I'm happy too that the tobacco control industry is increasingly split on the issue and some now see their colleagues (or former colleagues) in a new light. Suddenly though we're supposed to forget that the same public health campaigners who currently defend e-cigarettes are often the same people who for years fought tobacco using the same dodgy research and twisted rhetoric they now accuse others of in relation to vaping. The hypocrisy is breathtaking.
Health officials bust vendors, promoters at N.J. e-cigarette convention for indoor vaping. "Vape Expo NJ" this weekend drew roughly 1,200 vendors and electronic cigarette enthusiasts, as well as local and county health officials who fined the expo hall manager, the event promoters and nearly 70 sellers about $50,000 for violating the state's indoor smoke-free air law.
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The Property Rights Newsletter August 7, 2015 - Issue #808

"The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting."
- Sun Tzu
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Pentagon rewrites 'Law of War' declaring 'belligerent' journalists as legitimate targets. The manual also states that journalists can be labeled "unprivileged belligerents," an obscure term that replaced "enemy combatant." The 1,176-page "Department of Defense Law of War Manual" explains that shooting, exploding, bombing, stabbing, or cutting the enemy are acceptable ways of getting the job done, but the use of poison or asphyxiating gases is not allowed. Surprise attacks and killing retreating troops have also been given the green light. It also has an extensive section on journalists – including the fact that they can be labeled terrorists. The Pentagon did not specify the exact circumstances under which a journalist might be declared an unprivileged belligerent, but Chambers says he is sure "their legal department is going over it, as is the National Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists."
Wake Up! We are watching helplessly as a minority is seizing the social agenda of the USA. Furthermore, Americans are becoming more divided on issues and we are beginning to see the rise of collectivism within the country. On tonight’s show, Clyde Lewis talks with Joseph Green, author of the book, Dissenting Views in 'AMERICA WILL EAT ITSELF!'
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Cost of Federal Regulation Reached $1.88 Trillion in 2014. U.S. debt exceeds the size of China's economy. The report found that the federal bureaucracy-made up of 60 agencies, departments, and commissions-has 3,415 regulations in the process of being finalized, meaning that the number of regulations far surpasses the number of laws passed by Congress.
Canada: 11 Minutes - War On Cash. Is there a war on cash, and if so, why? If true, is it something that needs to be resisted, if at all possible? We'll explore this together on 11 Minutes.
Childhood-welfare agency worries proposed cigarette tax increase would reduce funding. Proposed legislation for a $2-a-pack tax increase could ultimately cause funding to drop. The agency, First 5 California, already is searching for new sources to replace a decline in tobacco tax revenue, the result of fewer Californians smoking and lower cigarette sales.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Center for Tobacco Products FDA. Subject: Import Tobacco Inspections. Are raw tobacco imports into the United States inspected for contamination with banned pesticides? Is that the job of the FDA, or the USDA, or EPA or other? At this time, there are no FDA requirements to inspect raw tobacco imports for banned pesticides.
AND More on the FDA ecig workshop. By Carl V Phillips. I think it can be a really useful shock to the system for these people to remind them that they are in the business of trying to make the people act contrary to the people’s preferences. It is so embedded in the DNA of public health to not care about people’s preferences that they can get away without thinking about this fact or admitting it to themselves. Putting it in their faces is always good.
As If Prohibition Never Happened. By Dick Puddlecote. While Australian anti-smoking lunatics continue to pat themselves on the back for installing the utterly pointless policy of plain packaging, BAT Australia has announced some astonishing news. British American Tobacco Australia (BATA) is considering launching a Make Your Own (MYO) cigarette brand to try and capture the growing number of illegal chop chop smokers.
Thunder Bay, Canada: No smoking, no exception. Is it fair to force an end to smoking in public housing? We don't expect people in private apartment buildings to quit in their own homes, though a municipality can do that, too.
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The Property Rights Newsletter July 31, 2015 - Issue #807

"The lies the government and media tell are amplifications of the lies we tell ourselves. To stop being conned, stop conning yourself."
- James Wolcott
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Northern Ireland Smoking Order. Antrim man fined for smoking in tractor. So here we have a bloke sitting in his tractor minding his own business and enjoying a fag when along comes a Brownshirt and slaps a fine on him for smoking. We will ignore the fact that [as far as I am aware] most if not all tractors are single person vehicles. We will ignore the fact that if he was parked at the side of the road and therefore technically he wasn't using it for business purposes. We will ignore the fact that £1,000 is grossly disproportionate as a fine. We will ignore the fact that this "crime" was harming precisely no one. What we can't ignore is the depths to which this whole Anti-Smoker purge has sunk.
The inconsistent Libertarians of Convenience. Or, on the other side of the spectrum, consider e-cigarettes, which many liberals want to see regulated as tightly as traditional cigarettes. E-cigarettes contain no tobacco and produce no smoke. There's no evidence that they're linked to cancer. What part-time freedom lovers don't understand is that, absent a wider culture of liberty, their calls for change will probably go unheeded.
Anti-Drug Senator's Office Manager Arrested For Importing Meth And "Date Rape" Drug From China. The office manager for anti-drug Senator Thad Cochran was caught importing meth from China, to allegedly sell and trade for sexual favors. Pagan has been under government surveillance since April 9th when one of his packages was intercepted by customs agents in Ohio. That package was addressed to him and contained over a kilo of GHB.
Breaking bad at NIST. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) appears to have been the unwitting victim of a real-life Walter White, the meth-cooking chemistry teacher in the hit television show Breaking Bad. A weekend explosion at the federal laboratory's Gaithersburg, Maryland, campus was linked yesterday to the production of methamphetamine, an illegal stimulant often "cooked" in home laboratories. Federal and local law enforcement agencies are now investigating how the explosion happened and whether a NIST security guard injured in the blast might have been involved. "I am troubled by the allegations that such dangerous and illicit activity went undetected at a federal research facility. It is essential that we determine exactly where the breakdown in protocol occurred and whether similar activities could be ongoing at other federal facilities," wrote Smith in an accompanying press release.
Massachusetts official faces charges for painting crosswalks. Police and town officials said painting the street without authorization was illegal and charged him with two counts of destruction of property, according to Billerica police spokesman Roy Frost. Simolaris defended his actions. "I'm just trying to do right by the people in my town," he said. "I didn't think I was intervening in other people's day-to-day activities or doing anything wrong."
Deadly Bootleg Alcohol. Mumbai: alcohol and tax are a deadly cocktail. 102 people have now died in Mumbai after drinking tainted illegal alcohol. Those responsible for producing this deadly brew should be punished with the full force of the law, including officials who may have turned a blind eye for personal gain. But the real roots of this disaster lie in the prohibitionist and protectionist tendencies of government. The reason that poorer people turn to illegal liquor is that they can't afford the legal variety.
Beer Cocktail Bans and Other Stupid Booze Laws. Virginia only recently legalized mixing spirits with beer or wine, and some blends are still off limits. Then there are the just plain weird laws. In Louisiana, where booze is plentiful, donut shops are the only type of restaurant unable to obtain an alcohol permit. In Ohio, grocery stores can sell "diluted spirits" that have had their proof lowered to below 21 percent alcohol by volume. Utah's absurd "Zion Curtain" requires that bartenders mix drinks out of view of consumers, who would presumably find the sight of a deftly stirred Manhattan impossible to resist. In Montana, consumers are limited to ordering no more than three pints per day in a single brew pub. Although it seems like every other vice is legal in Nevada, the state explicitly bans vaporized alcohol; in Alaska and a handful of other states, it's the powdered form that's banned.
UK: Does Brighton still Rock? I have read, in total disbelief actually, the proposal to 'ban' smoking on Brighton's famous pebble/stone beach. The actual composition of the beach is immaterial but the proposed ban is not!
UK: Patients 'ignore' Bristol Southmead Hospital smoking ban. About half put out their cigarettes when challenged, she said, but others responded in a "less positive" way. A task force is assessing if a smoking shelter can be provided. "Because of the nature of the things we do in our hospital, some of the trauma cases, for some people, it seems to be very very difficult for them not to have a cigarette.
UK: Knife Ban. With Knife Murders Spiking After Gun Ban, UK Urges "Save a Life–Surrender Your Knife." Don't try to think this one through. The logic fail and sheer volume of absurdity might just make you sick if you do. The program involved several weeks of "amnesty" for "pointed knives." Civilians can turn in these apparently dangerous weapons at their local police station in exchange for "amnesty," apparently, even though knives (rounded or pointed) aren't illegal in the United Kingdom. There is, however, a ban on people under 18 buying knives – going so far on the absurdity scale as to ban underage purchases of plastic knives! No joke. One woman in her 20s was even barred from buying spoons without proper ID.
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The Property Rights Newsletter July 24, 2015 - Issue #806

"Home ownership is the cornerstone of a strong community."
- Rick Renzi
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Condo smoking bans catch fire around Chicago. The best solution to smoke-creep isn't a ban but tighter building standards, said David Kuneman, St. Louis-based Midwest regional director of the Citizens Freedom Alliance, a smokers' rights advocacy group. "If condos are being constructed so loosely that smoke could diffuse from one unit into another, then pathogens and cooking odors and cat hair and fleas and any number of other things could also diffuse into neighboring condos," he said. "If you've got a problem, fix it by building tighter, but don't pick on smoking as the only cause of indoor air pollution," he said.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Jacob Sullum: Two Surveys Find That Almost All Regular Vapers Are Smokers. Fears that e-cigarettes lure nonsmokers into nicotine habits seem to be unfounded. American officials who are freaking out about the rising popularity of electronic cigarettes, especially among teenagers, generally fail to distinguish between experimentation and regular use. In fact, as Boston University public health professor Michael Siegel points out, surveys sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) do not even ask about frequency of use beyond once or more in the previous month. Two recent studies highlight the importance of inquiring further, showing that very few nonsmokers who have tried e-cigarettes are regular users.
Sydney... Could You Please Chill The F*ck Out With The Nanny State Vibes? How on earth did we, Sydney siders, become so bloody conservative? How did we become so fearful of breaking rules, challenging social norms, and being innovative? When did we decide that politicians should decide what 'fun' is and that it should be legislated? When did we lose all common sense and decide to be told how to live in our cities?
Scientists now working for tobacco companies to fight cancer. Philip Morris International Inc has hired more than 400 scientists and technical staff at its research facility in Neuchatel, Switzerland, including toxicologists, chemists, biologists, biostatisticians and regulatory affairs experts. But proving a product reduces risk requires sophisticated science, and the FDA wants to see health benefits for both individual smokers and the population as a whole.
Road noise may cut life expectancy. The World Health Organization (WHO) sets 55 decibels as the threshold of community noise beyond which health problems are possible. In places where daytime road traffic noise exceeded 60 decibels, there were four percent more deaths than in quieter areas where the noise was 55 decibels or below.
EU Copyright Reform Looking At Restricting Outdoor Photography from the erecting-public-structures;-denying-public-access dept. Others feel any photographic reproductions of structures in public spaces are a violation of the creators' rights. You can already see the effects of the legal disparity in regards to the "right of panorama" in effect at Wikipedia.
The big fat myths of our obesity epidemic. Childhood obesity is falling. Adult obesity is flatlining. And it's longevity that really costs the NHS. By Christopher Snowdon. Britain's health service is plagued by an endless stream of deviants who are a 'burden' on its resources. Otherwise known as patients, they are the drinkers, smokers and fatsos who, we are told, will bring the NHS to its knees unless lifestyles are regulated by the state.
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The Property Rights Newsletter June 26, 2015 - Issue #805

"Smoking calms me down. It's enjoyable.
I don't want politicians deciding what is exciting in my life."
- David Hockney
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Hawaii raises smoking age to 21. Alarmed at rising teen e-cigarette use. Hawaii's lawmakers are alarmed at the growing popularity of these battery-powered vaporizers, which deliver a mist laced with nicotine, the active drug in tobacco. Though the high-school smoking rate plummeted in the late 1990s, there hasn't been much change in the past four years, according to the CDC. Though cigarette and cigar smoking is down, e-cigarette and hookah use is way up. But now, in a victory for anti-smoking advocates, Hawaii's teens will have to wait a few more birthdays before they can buy cigarettes of any kind - electronic or old-fashioned. The hope is that many will never pick up the habit at all.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! WA Proposed Smoking Ban in Parks: The ACLU and the Low Income Housing Institute are opposed. "While the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) is a fervent support of public health," that group says, "the ban on smoking in parks is a classic overreach and an offense to social justice." The homeless advocacy group Real Change has also come out against the ban. She acknowledged parks staff "observe more people that are homeless and people of color in our downtown parks,” which is where enforcement of the new rule would be concentrated.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! LA FIGHTING BACK: The Revolt Of New Orleans Business Owners Finally Begins. Over 50 business owners in the French Quarter and other parts of the city have signed on to a Civil District Court lawsuit which questions the legality of the business regulation, saying that the smoking ban is too vague and broad. The business owners who have decided to fight back include the owners of Harrah's Casino, Pat O'Brien's, Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop, the Tropical Isle and restaurant owners from Broussard's, Kingfish and Cafe Maspero. The French Quarter Business League has also signed onto the suit against the city.
VT City tries to stay clear of smoking issue: Board President William Notte said that the city had banned smoking in city parks, but saw this as a different situation. "I think the market can regulate itself here," he said. "I think I would be more concerned with this issue if we had a dearth of available apartments."
E-cigarette company files suit against state of Indiana. Derb e-cigarettes says new law will put small companies out of business. Inside Derb e-cigarettes in Clarksville, owner Troy Leblanc is preparing for an uncertain future, now that Indiana's House Enrolled Act 1432 has passed. Since there is much unknown about the new devices and health consequences surrounding e-cigarettes, litigation is not unexpected," Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said.
Report: E-Cigs Attracting 'Nicotine Naive' Consumers. Cowen and Co. reinforces traditional tobacco's staying power. "Not surprisingly, it is younger adult consumers that are driving this trend," she noted. "Among all 18- to 24-year-olds we surveyed, 35 percent were non-tobacco users - and among vapers, a remarkable 45 percent are non-tobacco users."
D.A.R.E. Gets Owned by Marijuana Satirical Article. This article has been on the D.A.R.E. website for over a month and it appears that its satirical content is not enough to motivate D.A.R.E. to label it as such or remove it from their website. Instead they continue to present it as fact in order to promote a war on drugs agenda which has come at the cost of many lives, while prompting an ever-increasing militarization of American police forces.
Anti-Smoking Website With Porn Link: The link was discovered by officials Monday afternoon after the office of the county executive contacted the Health Department to report they'd received a complaint. According to St. Louis County Health Department spokesman Craig LeFebvre, was the victim of hackers, though the anti-smoking site had already been slated for removal before the obscene link appeared below its logo.
Worker fired for disabling GPS app that tracked her 24 hours a day. "This intrusion would be highly offensive to a reasonable person," lawsuit says. She likened the app to a prisoner's ankle bracelet and informed Stubits that his actions were illegal. Stubits replied that she should tolerate the illegal intrusion.
Pee in This Cup! Welcome, High School Freshman! The data is so overwhelming, in fact, that the American Academy of Pediatrics has come out against using such testing as a cornerstone of school drug policy. Moreover, such a policy is likely to encourage high school students to ingest some potentially very harmful substances. As we have observed with the rise of new ways to get high.
LGBT Protections: Wyoming town passes LGBT protections, nearly 20 years after Matthew Shepard murder. "And I would really encourage other communities across the state to follow Laramie's lead," Artery said.
Stink! Your eyes will deceive you. Follow your nose. The movie the chemical industry doesn't want you to see.
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UK David Hockney: 'Just because I'm cheeky, doesn't mean I'm not serious.' David Hockney has a fag in one hand, a mug of tea in the other, fish and chips and mushy peas in front of him, and he is surrounded by his own work. If this were a painting, it might be called The Artist In His Element.
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The Property Rights Newsletter May 8, 2015 - Issue #804

"There's a fine line between genius and insanity.
I have erased this line."
- Oscar Levant
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! After 13 years of wariness, FDA approves five potentially harmful new diet drugs. Agency's about-face comes after drug companies spend $60 million on lobbying, payments to medical societies and doctors. The agency approved the drugs despite the potential for serious side effects - including suicidal thinking, increased heart rate and cancer risk - and no proof the drugs improve the main health concern posed by obesity: heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems. Critics worry the new products will repeat the diet-drug mistakes of the past, which have led to decades of injuries, deaths and, in the end, products forced off the market.
The Government Poisons Ethanol so You Don't Make Drinks with It. The feds use poison to prop up price discrimination. Price discrimination means charging different prices to different consumers for the same product. It most often occurs when a monopolist has an opportunity to increase profits by charging higher prices to consumers with a more inelastic demand for its product (because the higher price won't greatly affect how much they buy) and lower prices to consumers with a more elastic demand (because they are more sensitive to price).
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! The Cesspool Effect. Herself was browsing around Farcebook the other evening. "Good Grief!" says she [or words to that effect] "Take a look at this!" I took a look and this is what I saw - E-cigs have 10x more cancer causing ingredients than regular cigarettes. Both these sites had written their bilge laden nonsense on foot of the infamous Guardian article which has been widely and rightly discredited as a steaming pile of elephant dung. Don't take anything at face value from Farcebook.
Why Would The Government Want to Spy On Me? After all the debating over privacy rights violation, justification, and the technical hows of government spying, there is one question to answer: why? Glenn Sulmasy of CNN argues here that the U.S. government's motivation for collecting information on individuals is genuinely about protecting the citizens from "Jihadists". But considering the U.S. government has a lot to lose here, it's a little naive to take their explanation blindly. Let's go a little deeper.
Arizona Town Secretly Installs Plate Scanning Cameras in Fake Cactuses. After persistent questioning, town leaders finally admitted that the cameras are license plate readers which will cross check license plates against a hotlist database. The cameras are being funded by a $2 million "technology upgrade" that passed through city council last year. It is unclear is Department of Homeland Security is helping to fund these readers as they have in other cities. Any reporter who puts in a public records request is immediately denied citing that every scan is part of an active investigation, while maintaining that they are not violating the rights of American citizens as a license plate has no expectation of privacy.
IL. Cutting vandalism off at the source. City leaders are trying to stop vandalism, but the way they want to do it might be considered a little radical. They're considering cutting off power to people's homes. If you live in Farmer City and your son or daughter is guilty of vandalism, you'll be asked to pay restitution. If you don't, the city wants to add it to your power bill. And, if you can't pay that, it's lights out.
Oklahoma man accused of punching neighbor over cigarette. Joshua Steven Kiehl, 27, was arrested on assault complaints, Oklahoma City police reported. He is accused of punching a man who is legally blind and uses a cane. The man said he wanted his pack of cigarettes to last all week because he was out of money.
Australia. The Illegal tobacco business is booming. ILLEGAL tobacco is booming across Australia with a 30 per cent increase in black market trade in the past two years costing taxpayers more than $1.35 billion, a new report has found. "Illegal tobacco is mainly smuggled into Australia from overseas and sold at much lower prices than legal cigarettes, avoiding tobacco excise tax obligations," he said.
China orders Muslim shopkeepers to sell alcohol, cigarettes, to 'weaken' Islam. Facing widespread discontent over its repressive rule in the mainly Muslim province of Xinjiang, and mounting violence in the past two years, China has launched a series of "strike hard" campaigns to weaken the hold of Islam in the western region.
Quebec Bar owners plan to fight proposed ban on smoking, vaping. If it becomes illegal to light up on terrasses, clients will be forced onto the sidewalk and bars will be deluged with noise complaints, he added. "It's nice to say we're going to ban smoking, but where are we going to put these people? On the sidewalk? It's going to cause us a heck of a lot of trouble with the neighbours."
USA. Smoking Ban To Be Overturned in Indiana. It's not often you see a smoking law overturned, but it's about to happen in Indiana and Cigar Lounges couldn't be happier. As it stands now if you walk into a new cigar lounge it is illegal to smoke indoors even if the only product sold is tobacco. In order to light up you need to walk outside at least 8 feet from the door, and in winter that isn't too accommodating.
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The Property Rights Newsletter May 1, 2015 - Issue #803

"Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance."
-Woodrow Wilson
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Smoking in Cars with Children Called Child Abuse. The bigger issue with these bans and proposed laws is that they're meant to drive smokers underground more while giving them fewer places to legally smoke, ultimately leading to preventing people from smoking in their homes, says Theodore King, the Oklahoma state coordinator for the Citizens Freedom Alliance, a smokers' rights group. "If they want to pull you over with your kid in your car, they will safely assume that the kid is in your house and that you probably smoke in your house," he says. One of the ultimate goals behind these laws is to collect a smoker's name and address, and later send a representative from Child Protective Services to the home and determine that the home isn't safe for the child to live in, King says. "Basically, it's trying to get into your house," he says.
The plight of the Smoking Man. Given such restrictions, would I have been reduced to furtive smoking in alleys or puffing with the windows open and a towel over my head? Would I quit? Or would I, like the members of the Cambridge Citizens for Smokers' Rights, have said enough is enough and resisted?
Countries Where Vaping is Banned and Why. It's hard to see why anybody who was aware of e-cigarettes and has done some basic research on them could possibly conclude that they should be banned, but several countries have made that exact decision. You might be wondering why anybody would move to ban something with so much potential to reduce the harm associated with smoking, but the reasons don't really stand up to much scrutiny. Here's a list of the countries where e-cigarettes are banned, and a look at the most common reasons.
Ontario to ban all flavoured tobacco products.
Ontario to ban all flavoured tobacco products. Ontario will soon have the most restrictive tobacco rules in Canada with all flavoured products - even menthol - outlawed. The provincial government is moving forward with the landmark "Making Healthier Choices Act" and will ban menthol cigarettes and other flavoured tobacco products - including chewing tobacco, "wine-dipped" cigars, and fruity cigarettes.
Project Name: Civil Justice Reform. Lorillard, Inc. v. FDA. On April 27, 2015, WLF filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, urging it to authorize affected businesses to challenge federal agencies when the agencies appoint advisory committees whose members have financial conflicts of interest. WLF argued that the federal government's efforts to prevent such challenges from going forward would effectively end all meaningful judicial enforcement of federal statutes designed to ensure impartial federal decision-making. The case involves an FDA advisory committee created by Congress to provide health-related advice regarding whether the use of menthol flavoring in cigarettes ought to be prohibited. Three of FDA appointees to the advisory committee were doctors who have been paid substantial sums to testify on a regular basis on behalf of plaintiffs in cigarette product liability litigation. WLF argued that such blatant violations of federal conflict-of-interest laws ought to be judicially reviewable.
Tobacco ban foe wins seat on Westminster Board of Health. Mr. Popik said he decided in November to run for office. He said he is not a smoker and does not favor smoking but was incensed by how the possible tobacco ban was handled. "We have to respect people's rights," he said.
Jackass Simon Chapman retires. Can academics ever really retire? When academics retire it's far from clear what this means. Some things are obvious. They stop taking on the supervision of new postgraduate research students, although often agree to keep assisting those who have not yet graduated. They greatly reduce their teaching, now reserved for guest lectures and making appearances in seminars where a reflective voice of experience is called for.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Trey Radel, Busted On Cocaine Charge, Voted For Drug Testing Food Stamp Recipients. The fate of the food stamp drug testing provision is in the hands of a House-Senate conference committee hashing out differences between food stamp and farm legislation that passed the two chambers. It's got a chance. Last year, Congress passed a law to let states drug-test some unemployment insurance recipients. Radel apologized Tuesday for his cocaine bust and said he'd seek treatment.
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The Property Rights Newsletter April 24, 2015 - Issue #802

"Poison is in everything, and no thing is without poison.
The dosage makes it either a poison or a remedy."
- Paracelsus
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Everything that kills you from A - Z. EVERY possible lifestyle choice is simultaneously good and bad for you, it has been confirmed. After it was claimed that being overweight can help prevent dementia, doctors confirmed that eating vegetables, exercise and even smoking similarly exist in a quantum state of being both right and wrong. Doctor Mary Fisher said: Being fat is good for the mind but bad for the organs. I guess you can't have one without the other, so I would recommend eating chips and I would also not recommend eating chips. Doing running makes you more toned, but you might have a heart attack. So again, that one's up to you. AND Much more!
Fear Of Flakka: Anti-Drug Hysteria Validates Itself. By Jacob Sullum. If you have been paying attention to recent news reports about "the dangerous new drug sweeping Florida," you know at least two things about flakka: It gives you "superhuman strength," and you should nevertheless avoid it because it will turn you into a raving lunatic running naked through the streets, chased by invisible enemies, until you drop dead of hyperthermia or a heart attack.
I Tried to Get Healthy and Keep Smoking Cigarettes. After trying for so long to quit, only to disappointingly flip between stopping and guiltily falling off the wagon, I've found a "healthy" medium, a half-happy place where I can smoke casually. I joined a gym, changed my diet, and started exercising five times a week.
Being underweight increases dementia risk, while obesity reduces it, study finds. Past research has associated obesity with increased risk of dementia. But a new study - deemed the largest ever to assess the link between body mass index and dementia risk - suggests obesity could actually be a protective factor against the condition, while people who are underweight may be at increased risk. Being underweight was linked to a 34% increased dementia risk, while being severely obese reduced dementia risk by 29%.
Johns Hopkins Univ. Faces $1 Billion Lawsuit Over STD Study. Nearly 800 former research subjects infected with sexually transmitted diseases in Guatemala are seeking justice–but Hopkins says it is not to blame. Guatemalan research subjects in the 1940s and '50s poked and prodded as human guinea pigs of the U.S. government and infected with syphilis and other STDs without their knowledge. The suit says tests were carried out on women, orphans and soldiers. Some details are too graphic to report. The suit also names the Rockefeller Foundation and New York pharmaceutical company Bristol Meyers Squibb in the lawsuit.
Vitamin-cancer scare not based on science. As directed by this press release, we contacted the media office for the University of Colorado Cancer Center to get a copy of the "meta-analysis" by Dr. Tim Byers allegedly showing that "a number of vitamin supplements" increased cancer risk. But there was no study.
Are bees getting addicted to nicotine? "Their study does imply that foraging bees are unlikely to avoid seed-treated crops in the field, and supports previous reports of honeybees and bumblebees bringing back nectar and pollen from treated fields," they wrote. "If the preference for treated food does apply in the field, these findings suggest that we could be underestimating the exposure risk to bees from treated crops."
Cig Taxes Will COST States Over $5 Billion This Year. Tobacco companies and anti-smoking groups alike say that high cigarette taxes will cost governments billions of dollars this year as smugglers step in to meet consumer demand. A study conducted by the Tax Foundation in February compares data from 2006 and 2013, and "finds that smuggling rates generally rise in states after they adopt large cigarette tax increases."
Austin TX votes to ban BBQ Restaurants. Council member Pio Renteria asked council to amend city code and regulate the amount of smoke that comes from food trucks and restaurants within 100 feet of residential areas. He is suggesting that businesses either buy expensive smoke scrubbers or use gas-operated pits with wood chips.

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The Property Rights Newsletter April 17, 2015 - Issue #801

"Ultimately, America's answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired."
- Robert Kennedy
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! The First Church of Cannabis was approved after Indiana's religious freedom law was passed. The church's founder Bill Levin said he filed paperwork in direct response to Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence last Thursday. Secretary of State Connie Lawson approved the church as a religious corporation with the stated intent "to start a church based on love and understanding with compassion for all." Cannibis is listed as the church's sacrament in its doctrine, Levin said, and he will set up a church hierarchy. "If someone is smoking in our church, God bless them," Levin said. "This is a church to show a proper way of life, a loving way to live life. We are called 'cannataerians.'"
Non-Smoker Exposure to Secondhand Cannabis Smoke II: Effect of Room Ventilation on the Physiological, Subjective, and Behavioral/Cognitive Effects. Conclusions. Room ventilation has a pronounced effect on exposure to secondhand cannabis smoke. Under extreme, unventilated conditions, secondhand cannabis smoke exposure can produce detectable levels of THC in blood and urine, minor physiological and subjective drug effects, and minor impairment on a task requiring psychomotor ability and working memory.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! The state should butt out of our bad habits. By Christopher Snowdon. The smoking ban is the pinnacle of authoritarian puritanism. This draconian piece of legislation managed to combine bureaucratic overreach, class warfare, junk science and the tyranny of the majority to create an act of cultural vandalism that has closed thousands of pubs, clubs and bingo halls. For the 'public health' lobby, it is the jewel in the crown because it enshrines their vendetta against smokers in law and stamps the new puritanism into the very heart of daily life. It was a triumph for incessant shrieking and co-ordinated propaganda. Private property was somehow redefined as public property.
Watch the video: Truth About Vaping - "Why They Hate Us" Revealing the real motivation behind the California Department of Public Health's attack campaign on vaping called Still Blowing Smoke.
Watch NSW Australia attack on e cigarettes. Has more than a few outright lies. The Heart Foundation is calling for increased regulation of e-cigarettes in NSW to protect children, to keep smoke-free spaces smoke free, and to prevent the re-normalisation of smoking.
UK: Nanny Bans Running. Nanny has banned kids from running in the playground... You can no more "establish a safer way" for kids to play, than you can herd cats! I take it rugby is not played at this school then?
MA Group's lawsuits aim to boost public health. And these lawyers are working on several fronts, not just tobacco. The center's purpose, says its founder, law professor Richard A. Daynard, "is to bring litigation that will begin to address public health problems that can't be effectively addressed other ways." He is not aware of any other group taking this approach. In its first suit in early March, the center accused Star Markets and Stop & Shop of allowing children to buy lottery tickets. Future cases might focus on tanning salons and food marketers.
Cybersecurity: A CIA Funded Company Reportedly Scanning Chats but Facebook Rejects Claim. Apparently, "Recorded Future is an American-Swedish start-up backed by both Google Ventures and American intelligence agencies." The European Commission recently told that there were serious privacy issues concerning users' data and those looking for privacy should leave Facebook.
Rising Cigarette Taxes Helps Finance Terrorism. Actions have consequences. I think that is probably the wisdom to take from this latest research on the impact of cigarette sin taxes on the war on terror. Apparently, the rising taxes have forced many smokers to purchase their cancer sticks from the black market... which is helping to fund the very terrorists we are fighting. So here's a suggestion... cut taxes and take back some of that terrorist revenue.
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The Property Rights Newsletter April 10, 2015 - Issue #800

"The difference between stupidity and genius is
that genius has its limits."
-Albert Einstein
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Discovered: the stupidest thing the tobacco control industry has ever said. By Carl V Phillips. I am not talking about the worst claim or the most harmful - those would obviously be anti-THR lies, though I am not sure how you would pick one to put at the top of the list. I am not talking about other major lies that have distorted public policy and contributed to the Orwell-ization of our society, like the claims that smoking costs the government money or that moderate exposure to environmental tobacco smoke causes a measurable risk of disease. I do not even mean bald-faced statements whose falsehood is obvious to anyone who gives the a moment's thought, like their claims that tobacco use has no benefits. No, I am talking about one of those moments when someone says something so stupid that you open your mouth to reply but are are overwhelmed and have no idea where to start, and so are frozen like an open-mouthed statue by the sheer enormity of the stupid.
Government Out of Control. Chris Snowdon has been looking back at the origins of the Tobacco Display ban. Well, we must look at what has happened. In my local co-op, the tobacco display is covered by two sliding doors in a fetching colour of darkish green. The word "TOBACCO" is etched onto one door in large, black capital letters. On the other door is the message: "If you need help, ask a member of staff". Will those doors deter a 'child or young person under 18' from asking for cigs? If they do not, then what is the point of them, since the whole point of the display ban, as has been said again and again, is to deter young people. But the question that I asked, 'Will those doors deter a 'child or young person under 18' from asking for cigs?', is a daft question. Such youths already have the sense NOT to try to buy cigs in shops - unless they already are aware the the shopkeeper in question will sell cigs to them.
Spanish Congress Approves Draconian Laws Essentially Sending Spain Back to the Dark Ages. Three laws widely criticized by the opposition and human rights groups were approved in Spanish Congress. The Penal Code, the new Anti-Terror Law and the Law on Citizen Safety. The three new texts challenge freedom of expression in the streets and on the Internet. Under the new Citizen Safety Law or Ley Mordaza (Gag Law) as human rights defenders have renamed it, public protests, freedoms of speech and the press and documenting police abuses will become crimes. Together with the Citizen Safety Act, the new Penal Code will also criminalize online activism and organizing. Essentially, Spanish citizens should throw their computers out the windows, smash their hard drives to bits and never log on to the internet ever again. Forget about public organizing and any press freedoms that previously existed will be sharply curtailed once the new trifecta of insanely repressive laws goes into effect this coming July.
Michael Bloomberg 'considering running for mayor of London.' The American billionaire businessman, three-time New York mayor and philanthropist, is considering running as Tory candidate for London mayor in 2016, it has been claimed. However, Mr Bloomberg's former deputy mayor, Howard Wolfson, poured cold water on the prospect of a Bloomberg run for (London's) City Hall.
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Cybersecurity: Digital Shadow Exposes What Facebook Really Knows About You. How much can people discover about you over social media? It began as a mere marketing stunt, but Digital Shadow remains a very useful (and potentially scary) application. Ubisoft's Watch Dogs is a sci-fi game that works on a smart premise: that our lives can be laid out to a hacker and used against us. Our family, our friends, our interests, our personalities: they build up a digital trail, leaving us exposed. It sounds like an Asimov or Bradbury concept, but the accompanying Digital Shadow, used to advertise the game, shows us that this dystopia isn't too far removed from today. By allowing it access to Facebook, Digital Shadow gets to know you. But how accurate is it really? I let it loose on my profile to find out...
AND Law Proposed To Force Employees To Friend Their Boss On Facebook. It holds that employers could require workers to "friend" them on social media, and that firing for a refusal to add them would be seen as just grounds for termination. Some employers could be granted even more access to their employees' accounts, by requiring them to turn over their passwords so that employers could read their private emails.
Cybersecurity: Behavioral Detection Software: How Police Are Listening to You. Behavioral recognition systems (BRS) are one of the first law-enforcement applications of AI. BRS is an AI-based software which analyzes camera footage without human input. Increasingly, American and foreign law enforcement agencies are using BRS software that can analyze CCTV camera footage to detect various behaviors. There are benign applications for such technology. Police could use BRS to automatically detect all fights captured on camera within a city. Most software which analyzes video footage is "stupid." That said, the software is only capable of detecting specific pre-programmed behaviors. BRS takes surveillance software to a new level: it can be trained to detect new types of behavior and learns through statistical analysis.
Cybersecurity: Turns Out Feds Actually Tracked Most International Calls For Nearly A Decade Before 9/11 - Didn't Stop The Attack. It was revealed that the DEA had its own database of phone call metadata of nearly all calls from inside the US to foreign countries. Brad Heath at USA Today came out with a report yesterday that goes into much more detail on the program, showing that it dates back to at least 1992 - meaning that the feds almost certainly had the calls that Feinstein and Mueller pretended the government didn't have prior to 9/11. So don't believe the intelligence community and its apologists when they wrongly insist that such a mass surveillance program is necessary.
Cybersecurity: Don't See Evil: Google's Boycott Campaign Against War Photography and Alternative Media. By being the first dot-com to really get the search engine right, Google unlocked the nascent power of the internet, greatly liberating the individual. It is easy to take for granted and forget how revolutionary the advent of "Just Google it" was for the life of the mind. Suddenly, specific, useful knowledge could be had on most any topic in seconds with just a quick flurry of fingers on a keyboard.
Cybersecurity: Automakers Say You Don't Really Own Your Car. They say no one should be allowed to even look at the code without the manufacturer's permission because letting the public learn how cars work could help malicious hackers, "third-party software developers" (the horror!), and competitors. The parade of horribles makes it clear that it is an extraordinary stretch to apply the DMCA to the code that runs vehicles.
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The Property Rights Newsletter April 3, 2015 - Issue #799

"I don't have a drinking problem 'Cept when I can't get a drink."
- Tom Waits
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Call time on soft approach to Big Alcohol. In the decade that has passed since the FCTC earthquake shook the international health law landscape, the global public health community has increasingly turned its attention to another industry: Big Alcohol. So far the WHO has stopped short of using its authority to create a Framework Convention on Alcohol Control (FCAC). The unwillingness of the WHO to grasp the framework nettle has annoyed many a medical expert. The World Medical Association, the American Public Health Association and the American Society of Addiction Medicine have issued policy statements calling for an international convention to control alcohol and many leading medical journals such as The Lancet have published supportive editorials. The underlying reason for these calls relates to the fact alcohol is beginning to rival tobacco in the deadly harvest that it reaps. Aside from the fact that criminalising consumption or sale of alcohol or tobacco does not work, competent adults have the right to take risks with their own health.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Cybersecurity: Hacking group may be NSA in disguise. The so-called Equation Group, a set of hackers responsible for at least 500 malware infections in 42 countries, is considered one of historys most effective cyber espionage rings. Now, the Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab is pointing to new signs that the group is actually made up of NSA personnel.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Soda. From super-sizes to e-cigarettes, health puritans are hurting us. Are the obesity cops helping? Yet obesity figures for the rest of America have ... grown ... worse. So it goes when the people who know what's good for us try to save us from ourselves. The only toxic substance in the e-cig vapor is water. Accidental drownings kill two kids per day. Health professionals adhere to the axiom "First, do no harm." Left unmolested by the deadly hand of their government, American nicotine users will likely eradicate most tobacco cancers by voluntarily switching to the safer alternative. Health nags should consider their activist failure in the War on Obesity and try more of doing nothing when it comes to fighting e-cigarettes.
Study makes push to handle energy drinks like tobacco products. The authors of the study pointed to negative health effects highly caffeinated drinks can have on children 12 to 17 years old. The study, which will appear the April issue of "Nutrition Reviews," states energy drinks can cause social, emotional and behavioral issues in kids and lead to about 1,500 hospital visits each year. The authors want energy drinks to be moved away from other beverages in stores and put behind the counter, side-by-side with cigarettes. They also say they should not be sold to anyone under 18.
AND Parents Must Sign Permission Slip Before Kids Can Eat Oreos.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! "Smoker's Paradox" in Patients Treated for Severe Injuries: Lower Risk of Mortality after Trauma Observed in Current Smokers. Methods: We performed a retrospective cohort study that analyzed cases included in the National Trauma Data Bank (NTDB) research dataset. Hierarchical logistic regression analyses were used to determine whether smoking alters the risk of mortality and complications in patients who smoke. Conclusions: Patients who smoke appear to have a much lower risk of in-hospital mortality than non-smokers. Further investigation into biological mechanisms responsible for this effect should be carried out in order to potentially develop therapeutic applications.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Biodegradable Cigarette Filters Don't Litter: You Plant Trees! Enter the biodegradable cigarette filters that has seeds embedded in it. The filters are made from a biodegradable pulp that doesn’t contain any chemicals or toxic substances, which nourishes and protects the seeds from heat and nicotine. So you could say that keeps them well nurtured until they grow into trees.
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The Property Rights Newsletter March 27, 2015 - Issue #798

"Freedom is sloppy. But since tyranny's the only guaranteed
byproduct of those who insist on a perfect world,
freedom will have to do."
- Bill Willingham
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Government to dictate how much time you can spend in the shower! Obama's EPA Nazi Plans To Crack Down on How Long You Shower. The Obama administration's Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to crack down on shower sneaks. So, the agency has issued a grant to the University of Tulsa to develop a shower water usage monitor by Aug. 14. Perhaps the yet-to-be-developed gizmo could shut off water after a specified time; never mind if you're still soapy. You're wasting. Freedom-loving Americans might be excused from thinking all these years that personal hygiene habits were, well, personal. And from having lived all of their lives so far without keeping a waterproof timer on the tile to clock precise shower times.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Backyard burger and wiener roasts targeted by EPA. The Environmental Protection Agency has its eyes on pollution from backyard barbecues. "We expect to limit the overall air pollution PM [particulate matter] emissions from barbecuing and to alleviate some of the acute health hazards that a barbecue pit master can experience from inhalation. AND Charged with keeping America's air, water and soil clean, the EPA has been increasingly looking at homeowners, especially their use of pollution emitting tools like lawn mowers.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Feds to Create 'Diet Choker' That Monitors Eating Habits. Smart necklace 'can be set to buzz or send alerts if any undesirable behavior occurs.' WearSens, created by engineers at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), is a necklace that can automatically detect when a person is eating or smoking, and can send alerts to a smart phone telling the user to stop. The researchers envision the device not only for dieting, but also for quitting smoking, or reminding people with medical conditions to take their pills.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! World Health Organization calls for ban on e-cigarettes. Dr Margaret Chan, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has called for governments across the world to ban e-cigarettes. Dr Chan also told Arab nations to step up measures in the fight against the use of tobacco, which she said was a major killer in the region.
16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health. Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates. The Conference is a call for a collective resolution to fight tobacco by working together and integrating tobacco control into two broad agendas for achievement of our common health and development goals.
Tobacco's Two Minutes of Hate. If, thirty years ago, you had told a smoker partaking in his habit while enjoying an after-dinner drink in his favorite restaurant that - in the not too distant future - he would only be allowed to smoke while freezing outside the restaurant with passersby using their coats to cover their scornful faces in an attempt to avoid his exhaled toxins, do you think he'd have believed you? AND UK: Smoking should be banned at home says 68% of the nation.
The federal government is paying hipsters to quit smoking. Feds spend millions to split hipsters, cigs. Program uses parties, instead of billboards, in hopes of success. The movement, including sponsored parties, anti-tobacco art and research to assess it all, has cost the National Institutes of Health $5 million since 2011. The idea is, find the most influential hipsters, put them in a cessation program with financial rewards, and release them into the scene to test the effectiveness of using peer pressure and other methods to make the anti-smoking movement cool.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! What causes teenagers to smoke weed? Answered by Michael J. McFadden, Author, "Dissecting Antismokers' Brains" & "TobakkoNacht - The Antismoking Endgame."
CA, Sonoma. People ban discussion because Mayor Tom Rouse said, "I don't like Vapers." He is looking at what has worked in other communities and how enforcement would be handled.
WI, State lawmaker wants to ban e-cigs, but American Lung Association not on board. E-cigarettes have grown in popularity. And now state Rep. Debra Kolste, (D-Janesville) wants the devices banned in restaurants and bars, just like cigarettes. "We think for the time being we should keep our hands off," said Dona Wininsky, the director of public policy and communications at American Lung Association of Wisconsin. "It is a good law, well intended, let's just leave it alone."
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The Property Rights Newsletter March 20, 2015 - Issue #797

"Of course, the liar often imagines that he does no harm
as long as his lies go undetected."
- Sam Harris
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Could the world be smoke-free by 2040? Leading experts have called for a 'turbocharged' global campaign to make the world tobacco free by 2040. The sale of tobacco should be phased out within the next 25 years. "The time has come for the world to acknowledge the unacceptability of the damage being done by the tobacco industry and work towards a world essentially free from the legal and illegal sale of tobacco products."
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! New research reveals 27 new deadly hazards from e-cigarettes. By Carl V Phillips. Following on the headline-producing success of recent scaremongering research on e-cigarettes, a flurry of new studies have been produced. A spokesman for the U.S. Fooling and Dramatizing Agency remarked, "we thought it was great when someone figured out that if you cook e-cigarette liquid up to welding temperatures that it produced lots of formaldehyde. So we thought, hey, we have billions of dollars to support that kind of research, so what else can we fund?" The answer was, indeed, impressive.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! James Enstrom Wins. By Christopher Snowdon. Dr. Enstrom not only blew the whistle on junk science driving recent proposed California diesel emissions restrictions, he discovered the state's lead "scientist" had purchased his degree from a fictitious "Thornhill University" and that many members of the state's Scientific Review Panel had overstayed term limits by decades. While the fake scientist received only a short suspension after Dr. Enstrom discovered his fraud, UCLA not only fired Dr. Enstrom, it also looted his research account of tens of thousands of dollars and failed to pay him any salary for more than a year.
Retraction Watch. The American Heart Association's journal Circulation has issued an expression of concern for a paper about the molecular underpinnings of arrhythmias that was co-authored by a biomedical engineer who committed fraud on a massive scale. According to an investigation by the Office of Research Integrity (ORI), former Vanderbilt engineer Igor Dzhura faked nearly 70 images and drastically over-estimated the number of experiments he conducted. He was banned from receiving federal funding for three years. The fraud has resulted in six retracted papers, which have been cited more than 500 times.
HI Ethics Board sets sights on Tobacco-Free Coalition. At issue are two bills Kanuha sponsored that the coalition strongly advocated. Hawaii County code requires lobbyists to register within five days of becoming a lobbyist, defined as any individual engaged for pay or other consideration who spends more than five hours in any month or $275 in any six-month period for the purpose of "attempting to influence legislative or administrative action by communicating or urging others to communicate with public officials."
DC Property Rights Update: If You Can Sue Your Neighbors Over Cigarettes, You Can Sue Them Over Anything. By Benjamin Freed. Olson says the feud between the Coppingers and Gray suggests a tipping point in cases involving homeowners' rights. In other words, judges tended to dismiss lawsuits filed over cooking smells, dog barks, a few minutes of loud music, or the tantrums of noisy children.
New Orleans Smoking Ban Facing Amendments. This smoking ban has become particularly important for the cigar industry because the annual IPCPR Convention & Trade Show will come to New Orleans this July. The trade show has already been granted the necessary waivers needed so that smoking will be allowed in the convention center and private events. Amendments to the smoking ban are nothing new. AND Harrah's wants city to reconsider smoking ban for casino. Harrah's wants a chance to go back to the negotiating table to talk about what it calls new, balanced solutions, possibly smoking areas with its own ventilation system as other states have.
UK Plain Packaging. Pack it in. No more branded cigarettes. FIRST they came for the TV commercials. Then they came for the posters. And then, on March 11th, the House of Commons voted to strip cigarette packets of anything that might appeal to consumers.
Powdered alcohol approved, will hit shelves soon. Individual states have the right to control what is sold within their borders and some of them - including Colorado - are already working on legislation to prevent its sale there. Watch the video.
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Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! For The Good Of The Children! St. Louis High School Bans Student for Dyeing Her Hair "Unnatural" Auburn. Not an unnatural, distracting red, but a very average shade of auburn. West County High School has rationalized its decision to ban young Savannah Keesee by stating she had violated the school's dress code by altering her natural hair color. Keesee and her mother, Sheri, say that is ridiculous.
The Good Of The Children! CAUTION: Your child's talking Barbie doll may be eavesdropping on all your private conversations. Mattel's talking Hello Barbie doll raises concern over children's privacy. Mattel's new "Hello Barbie," which was unveiled last month, is a smart doll that has a microphone and Wi-Fi connectivity so it can host two-way conversations with children. The doll takes children's words and sends them over the Internet to a cloud where voice-recognition software listens to compose the perfect response for the doll to reply with. Not only does the process seem creepy, but it might be illegal and it's raising privacy concerns among parents.
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The Property Rights Newsletter March 13, 2015 - Issue #796

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Homan Square Update: Largest Human Rights Group in the World Calls for Investigation into Chicago's Police "Black Site." Amnesty International USA has called on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, in a formal letter, to open an independent investigation into alleged human rights violations that have taken place at the facility.
For The Good Of The Children! Life, Liberty, and the Sociopaths that Rule Us. Buried in yet another bill congress undoubtedly didn't read, is a new authority given to the IRS in a farm bill. It states that the IRS can now confiscate refunds from the children of people who owe the government money.
For The Good Of The Children! UK, Smoker Adoptions. Anti-Smoking Groups' Demonization of Electronic Cigarettes is Leading to Devastating Consequences. By Michael Siegel. "A couple has been stopped from adopting a child after the would-be father was seen smoking an e-cigarette. This story really turns my stomach. Moreover, it is just heartbreaking. How misguided this policy is. How devastating the consequences. Due to the anti-smoking groups' dissemination of false and misleading information about the hypothetical consquences of vaping, actual harm is being done to many people.
Chewing Tobacco Could Be Banned In California Ballparks. Two California lawmakers are teaming up to take on a classic trapping of American baseball: chewing tobacco. If Thurmond's bill passes, that would mean no more chaw for fans, coaches or players at the state's five major league stadiums, as well as smaller ballparks.
AZ, Pima County does about face, scraping nicotine fees. Supervisors Sharon Bronson, Richard Elías and Ally Miller all reversed their votes on the policy when the matter came back before the board.
DC, ONE man can not smoke in his home. Just ONE man! "We were floored," Judge bans man from smoking inside his own home. Under Washington D.C.'s new law, anyone can smoke marijuana inside their home. Well, almost anyone. A temporary decision by a Superior Court judge means one man in the district can't smoke anything in his home, including pot and cigarettes.
IA, Marion council split on nicotine ban in parks, delays vote. Council member Paul Draper won majority support to table the vote to provide time to bring together a contingent of council members and Marion Park Board members along with the police chief to see if they could settle on some middle ground short of a ban. Pazour said a ban is unenforceable.
WA, Supreme Court won't hear Yakama Nation treaty tobacco case. "Instead of honoring this Court’s treaty interpretation requirements, and directing the district court to adhere to this Court’s treaty analysis precedent requiring factual determination of the Indians’ understanding of their treaty protections, the Ninth Circuit rejected treaty precedent and improperly embraced non-treaty case law in this treaty centric case," the petition stated.
Canada, Ottawa Council on Smoking or Health. RE: Bill 130. Third-hand smoke travels in elevators, hallways and at the patient's bedside on hospital uniforms. Third-hand smoke contains highly toxic chemicals that build up over time and get trapped in hair, skin and fabrics. It is highly dangerous for hospitalized patients and hospital staff to inhale third-hand smoke.
The World, Plain Pack Push. If tobacco gets plain packets will junk food be next? Company logos, attractive images, descriptive statements, package colours and keywords all promote purchases. Plain wrappers discourage buying, especially along with other measures such as bans on advertising, smoke-free policies, taxes and health warnings.
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The Property Rights Newsletter March 6, 2015 - Issue #795

"Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters
cannot be trusted with important matters."
Albert Einstein
Taxes and Restrictions Masquerading as Federal Dietary Guidelines.
Taxes and Restrictions Masquerading as Federal Dietary Guidelines. A panel of government-appointed experts has recommended new food taxes, eating less meat, restricting food marketing, and banning some food at the local level. Last week the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC), which meets every five years to help set federal dietary policies, issued its final recommendations. You can tell them exactly what you think of this You have until April 8 at midnight.
Retraction Watch: Tracking retractions as a window into the scientific process. Scientists retract paper because they're "not satisfied with the quality of some of the data." The paper, "Cigarette Smoke-induced Oxidative/Nitrosative Stress Impairs VEGF- and Fluid Shear Stress-Mediated Signaling in Endothelial Cells," came from the lab of Irfan Rahman, a lung disease expert at the University of Rochester.
Glantz complains about research ethics. By Carl V. Phillips. Yes, the man whose superpower is an inhuman ability to willfully misinterpret study results and lie to the public based on that (and who is completely immune to the effects of evidence, logical argument, authors telling him he is interpreting their studies wrong, etc.) is complaining about research ethics. In particular, he is complaining about the recent Shiffman et al. paper which demonstrated that the prospect of interesting flavors did basically nothing to entice teenage non-users toward wanting to use e-cigarettes.
Nicotine: Health benefits of nicotine rise as laws clamp down. The Michael J. Fox foundation, dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease (PD), is sponsoring the first human clinical trials testing nicotine as a possible treatment for PD. A connection was first uncovered back in 1966. At the time Dr. Harold Kahn was heading up the Dorn Study of Smoking and Mortality Among U.S. Veterans: Report on Eight and One-Half Years of Observation.
Snus: "Inside Snusing": Guests Snubie and CNashX talk about Swedish Reduced Harm Products. AND Heartland Daily Podcast. Dr. Brad Rodu: Tobacco Harm Reduction. Hathaway and Rodu talk about how the National Institutes of Health (NIH) corrupt the scientific process in academia, by refusing to fund studies which do not conform to the federal government’s stated vision of a "tobacco-free world."
Electronic Cigarettes: 'Vape' bans have little to do with public health. "Protecting workers is simply the polite fiction by which nonsmokers have imposed their will on an increasingly unpopular minority." If simulated smoking must be banned in bars just to send a healthy message, then my God, think of all the actual drinking going on! If the worst that health officials can say about e-cigarettes is that they don't like the way they look, then they ought to learn the public virtue of minding their own business.
Obama Unveils National ObamaLaw Plan. President Barack Obama today introduced his plan for a progressive takeover of state and local policing. "We have a great opportunity... to really transform how we think about community law enforcement relations," he said Monday. "We need to seize that opportunity... this is something that I'm going to stay very focused on in the months to come," Obama said, as he touted a new interim report from his Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Obama also instructed his media allies to help federalize policing, and to sideline the critics of centralized policing rules. "I expect our friends in the media to really focus on what's in this report and pay attention to it," he instructed.
Tokko: The Thought Police. Special Higher Police (Tokubetsu Koto Keisatsu), often shortened to Tokko was a police force established in 1911 in Japan, specifically to investigate and control political groups and ideologies deemed to be a threat to public order. The Tokko had arrested 59,013 people, of whom 5000 had been brought to trial; about half of those received prison sentences. Prisoners were forced to write accounts of how they had become involved with "dangerous ideologies," rewriting these essays until their interrogators were happy with the work. These works then were used to prove their criminal involvement. AND Do We Really Want "Thought Police?" Orwell projected a future society in which individual freedoms would be forfeited to full control by the state.
UK: So, the smoking ban is popular? The article suggests that many of the remaining pub owners do indeed recognise that banning their core custom wasn't a smart move. Smoking and drinking go together for a lot of people and the Healthies who don't smoke… also don't drink. So that idea that the pubs would fill with people who hate smoking was a non-starter from the outset.
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The Property Rights Newsletter February 27, 2015 - Issue #794

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.
We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream.
It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same."
- Ronald Reagan
Homan Square
Homan Square. Chicago 'black site': former US justice officials call for Homan Square inquiry. The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden 'black site.' Exclusive: Secret interrogation facility reveals aspects of war on terror in US. 'They disappeared us': protester details 17-hour shackling without basic rights. Accounts describe police brutality, missing 15-year-old and one man's death. While US military and intelligence interrogation impacted people overseas, Homan Square - said to house military-style vehicles and even a cage - focuses on American citizens, most often poor, black and brown. 'When you go in,' Brian Jacob Church told the Guardian, 'nobody knows what happened to you.'
FL: Boca Raton decides not to jail e-cigarette users, for now. The Region 13 representative from the Libertarian Party of Florida spoke at the meeting explaining that the proposed ordinance would take yet another right away from businesses and individuals when no health threat has been proven. The proposed ordinance was introduced by Deputy Mayor Constance Scott after smelling someone vaping near her in a public place and was reportedly annoyed enough to put a stop to it through government force.
KY: Smoking-ban pollster issues challenge. By Ken C. Moellman Jr. Folks, we live here - we know this number is bogus. Tinkering with your sample to get a desired result is smoke and mirrors. Which one of the following six statements best reflects how you feel about the proposed statewide smoking ban?
UK Majority of public favour smoking rooms in pubs. The majority of the public agree that pubs should be allowed to have private rooms for customers to smoke in if they want to, according to new research.
Canada Contraband. Police, convenience store owners at odds over contraband cigarette charges. George Israel of Israel Grocery told Metro he had not purchased any cigarettes from Bridgeview Grocery, but once borrowed five cartons from the owner when his tobacco shipment didn't arrive on time. "Unbelievable. I was shocked," Israel said about seeing his name next to contraband charges. Israel emphasized the cigarettes were "legal, legal, legal" and assumed the term contraband meant the cigarettes themselves were illegal or smuggled.
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For The Good Of The Children!

For The Good Of The Children! Texas Legislation Would Allow Teachers to Kill Students. Teacher's Protection Act, H.B. 868, would authorize teachers to use "force or deadly force on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored event... Even more disturbing is that the school staff members who engage in deadly force would be granted Civil immunity. Teachers who apply deadly force would not be liable for the injury or death of a student. It's bad enough that police officers can indiscriminately kill without facing consequences or the scrutiny of due diligence, but expanding this blanket of unaccountability to teachers, not trained in engaging or assessing true threats, could prove to be catastrophic.
For The Good Of The Children! School Cops Ask Judge To Let Them Pepper-Spray and Arrest 'Unruly' Students For 'Misbehaving.' Since 2006, Howard explains that there have been hundreds of incidents where high school students have been pepper-sprayed for being "unruly" even though no laws were broken. "We want it to be declared unconstitutional because it allows officers to spray people, specifically students, without considering a wide variety of factors—such as whether they are in a school environment, the fact that they are in a closed environment, and the fact that these things that they are accusing kids of doing and acting on are actually just student misconduct issues," Ebony Howard, the SPLC staff attorney said.
For The Good Of The Children! Mom says school sent home letter claiming child was overweight. Cacdac said her daughter was able to read the letter and asked her mom if the school thought she was overweight. But trips to the doctor have shown the first grader is healthy and not overweight. "My child's favorite foods are avocados, broccoli and apples...she is perfectly healthy in every way: emotionally, physically, and academically," Cacdac says.
For The Good Of The Children! Teacher Attacked Little Boy For Having Too Much Food, "You only need one taco!" "A sheriff's deputy who reviewed camera footage of the incident wrote in an arrest report that as the student walked by Lemelle in the school's cafeteria, she could be seen kicking him in the rear," reported The Advocate. "The video also showed her slapping the boy on the back of the head, the deputy wrote." Apparently Lemelle said that "he only needed one taco." Witnesses reported that Lemelle would frequently bring an empty lunch plate to the cafeteria to fill with food from her students.
For The Good Of The Children! 9-Year-Old Boy Suspended for Using Lord of the Rings Magic on Fellow Student. One ring to bring them all, and in the stupidity of zero tolerance bind them. This doesn't even appear to rise to the level of mischief. Only under a culture of zero-tolerance discipline and safety paranoia, where every small act is assumed to carry maximum ill-intent, could Steward's actions be considered wrong.
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