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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! 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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The Property Rights Newsletter February 20, 2015 - Issue #793

"There are no extra pieces in the universe.
Everyone is here because he or she has a place to fill,
and every piece must fit itself into the big jigsaw puzzle."
- Deepak Chopra
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Four U.S. Senators Propose Tobacco Tax Changes. The tax parity would be created by establishing the tax rate on all tobacco products at the same per unit level as cigarettes, which is currently $1.01 per pack. While small cigars and RYO products are taxed at the same rate as cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, and pipe tobacco are taxed at lower and different rates. Because of this, some businesses rebrand their products to get them classified into a lower-tax category. For instance, RYO tobacco, which is taxed at $1.55 per ounce, is often labeled as pipe tobacco, which is taxed at 17.7 cents per ounce.
'Death cult' ISIL bans cigarettes. Middle-Eastern 'Death Cult' Islamic State has banned cigarette smoking in the areas that it controls, punishing nicotine addicts by breaking their fingers, flogging them in public and even beheading them. Residents of the ISIL-controlled Syrian city of Raqqa are unable to enjoy a cigarette without fear of physical harm. Recently, a senior ISIL police officer was found beheaded with a cigarette stuffed in his mouth and anti-smoking messages scrawled on his body.
New Orleans: Five Characters in Search of a Reason. "It's certainly about freedom and choice," I responded. "You were free to choose to walk into this casino, and you did, knowing that there'd be smoke. What about the freedom for business owners to offer their products and services to clients who prefer to smoke? What about the rights of the smokers who wish to have the freedom to choose to go to places where they can be free to smoke?" "This is America. And you're not going to tell me how to live."
Fr. Jack Kearney: In Defense of Stanton Glantz, The ANTZ, and Electronic Cigarettes. The Church of Anti Nicotine and Tobacco. Zealotry is not limited to mere questions of God, but everyday matters. Those in the field of Public Health, where tobacco is concerned, act with a dogmatic fervor, admit no apostates to their echo chamber of worship. Most importantly they *never* deviate from their primary purpose: to eradicate tobacco from the whole of society.
SC City of Conway: Strikes down smoking ban in indoor public places. "A couple of council members noted that the merchants and property owners and business owners will do it on their own."
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! PA Beer Tax: Lancaster County Drug and Alcohol Commission director wants a beer tax. The Commission was out of money this year, faster than at any time in its history because of the deluge of heroin addicts seeking treatment. He suggests lawmakers raise the state tax on beer and smokeless tobacco products to give more money for drug and alcohol programs.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Bill would tax sugary drinks, candy. Connecticut would become the first state to create a special tax on sugary drinks and candy under a bill aimed at cutting childhood obesity, Type II diabetes, hypertension and other health problems. But the beverage industry and state grocers opposed the proposal during a public hearing Tuesday, calling it social engineering that is unfounded in science and economics while threatening Connecticut businesses. "We have some major concerns with this nanny-state legislation," Sorkin said. "With 20,000 new products introduced to the market each year, who is going to figure out what is candy? Who will be responsible for managing the database? Where will the tax be collected? What's next on the list of items to be taxed based on the agendas of interest groups?"
Direct Taxes On Body Weight. "Ultimately, what may be needed to address the obesity problem are direct taxes on body weight." The quote comes from a 2010 article written by Johnathan Gruber the "architect" of Obamacare. Such taxation may be happening indirectly through health insurance surcharges.
Feds May Finally Ditch Cholesterol Warning. The committee is in the midst of updating federal dietary guidelines for 2015; the last update was in 2010. These guidelines are used to set school lunch standards and food labeling requirements and inform all sorts of government dietary advice. Cholesterol is the latest in a long line of dietary demons pursued vigorosly by public-health officials only to be redeemed as nutrition science advances.
CDC vaccine whistleblower given immunity to testify. Patrick Howley at The Daily Caller reports that William Thompson, CDC whistleblower, has been given immunity from prosecution, by the federal government, to testify before Congress about vaccine fraud at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Thompson, a long-time researcher at the CDC, published a statement through his lawyer, Rick Morgan, admitting that he and colleagues at the CDC violated the protocol in a study on the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine's connection to autism.
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The Property Rights Newsletter February 13, 2015 - Issue #792

"Burke said that there were Three Estates in Parliament; but, in the Reporters' Gallery yonder, there sat a Fourth Estate, more important far than they all."
- Thomas Carlyle 1795-1881
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Media Lies: Following NBC News anchor Brian Williams' revelation that he had lied about being on a helicopter that was shot down by RPG fire during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, his credibility as a journalist has been called into question. AND Brian Williams Now Accused of Lying About Seeing "A Dead Body" During Katrina. AND During a 2014 interview with Tom Brokaw, Williams claimed that while he was covering Hurricane Katrina, he "accidentally ingested some of the floodwater" and "became very sick with dysentery." Dr. Brobson Lutz, a former city health director who was on the street manning an EMS trailer in the French Quarter, told the New Orleans Advocate that the area was "never wet" and that as for dysentery, he didn't recall a "single, solitary case of gastroenteritis during Katrina or in the whole month afterward." AND Brian Williams also told iffy tales of rescuing puppies from fires. AND Alleged encounter with Christmas bandit.
Media Lies: ABC's Food Lion Lies: A Study in TV Deception. Arledge's statement was as false as was the segment attacking Food Lion. In both its public statements and thousands of pages of court filings, Food Lion indeed had challenged the veracity of the segment, and in damning detail. Arledge and ABC lawyers knew this fact, but nonetheless he and other network officers repeated one of the more flagrant lies in the history of American journalism.
Media Lies: CBS. Citing Liberal Bias, Investigative Reporter Sharyl Attkisson Resigns From CBS News. At the same time, Attkisson's own reporting on the Obama administration, which some staffers characterized as agenda-driven, had led network executives to doubt the impartiality of her reporting.
Media Lies: CNN. Why didn't CNN's international arm air its own documentary on Bahrain's Arab Spring repression? A former CNN correspondent defies threats from her former employer to speak out about self-censorship at the network.
Media Lies: Bob Woodward called a senior White House official last week to tell him that in a piece in that weekend's Washington Post, he was going to question President Barack Obama's account of how sequestration came about - and got a major-league brushback. The Obama aide "yelled at me for about a half-hour." Woodward repeated the last sentence, making clear he saw it as a veiled threat. "'You'll regret.' Come on," he said. "I think if Obama himself saw the way they're dealing with some of this, he would say, 'Whoa, we don't tell any reporter 'you're going to regret challenging us.'"
Media Lies: Media as the "Fourth Estate." Access to information is essential to the health of democracy for at least two reasons. First, it ensures that citizens make responsible, informed choices rather than acting out of ignorance or misinformation. Second, information serves a "checking function" by ensuring that elected representatives uphold their oaths of office and carry out the wishes of those who elected them.
Cancer Random Factor. The paper, published in the journal Science, triggered such a firestorm of outrage from other cancer researchers that the journal today published a series of critical letters and a response by the authors - Johns Hopkins University scientists Bert Vogelstein and Christian Tomasetti. Said Biologist PZ Myers, "The act of living is a cause of cancer."
CVS Update: Now let's be clear - this corporate decision has nothing to do with heath. If it did, CVS would immediately stop selling all other goods that are not good for you, such as candy, unhealthy foods, and alcohol - but they're not.
Gun Control: Michael Bloomberg: We Need To Disarm Minorities. Disarming minorities for their own good? The KKK would agree with him. If you want to know who is the oppressed simply look at who is disarmed. Additionally, Bloomberg can't do math.
Ventilation: The Bad Air in Our Gyms. Were they lying? And if they were lying, what should be done about it? Can the agencies and people that were given funding to spread the "no safe level" concept be held financially responsible for whatever damages may have been caused by the lie?
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The Property Rights Newsletter February 6, 2015 - Issue #791

"Privacy is not something that I'm merely entitled to,
it's an absolute prerequisite."
- Marlon Brando
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The hidden cameras in NYC's subways. 4,500 cameras track people in the NYC subway system, including hidden ones that look like pipes. Civil-rights lawyer Norman Siegel says the cameras present privacy concerns. "I was irritated that there was a second hidden system underneath the big obvious one," he continued. "But that's the world we live in now."
DHS run police departments are using 'ShotSpotter' to spy on public conversations. In one section, he said, a voice can be heard saying “No, Jason! No, Jason!” - a statement that could help his client - but in other parts the words cannot be easily distinguished. He said he was having the tape enhanced to try to clarify it. In any case, Mr. Camera said, the new technology is “opening up a whole can of worms.”
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Red light camera vendor Redflex freaked out it may lose contracts. In Ohio, even after the state's Supreme Court upheld their use, Governor John Kasich signed into law in December 2014 a new bill that requires a police officer's physical presence for tickets that are issued from traffic cameras. The law takes effect 90 days after the governor's signature, and it could mean that cities will have less of a reason to maintain their camera systems.
REAL ID to Launch in 2016: TSA Will Force Airline Passengers to Show National ID Before Flying. Transportation Security Administration will require all airline passengers to present a REAL ID compliant identification card or a passport in order to board a flight. The Department of Homeland Security estimates that 20-30% of Americans live in jurisdictions that are not REAL ID compliant, meaning their driver's licenses will no longer be accepted during security checks at the airport. Reports of a move towards a national ID card were often dismissed by skeptics as conspiracy theories until 2005, when the REAL ID Act passed into law. AND The third phase of implementation, coming in October, mandates the presentation of REAL ID cards in order to enter semi-restricted federal facilities such as courthouses and military bases that require identification for admittance.
Company Has Microchips Implanted In Employees' Hands. Employees of Swedish office complex, Epicenter, are having microchips inserted into their hands which allow them to use the photo copier, open doors, and even pay for lunch, all with the simple wave of a hand. The microchips, called RFID (radio-frequency identification) are the size of a grain of rice. These tiny chips store personal security information which can be transmitted over short distances to special receivers.
Glenn Greenwald's Plan to Poke, Prod, and Piss Off the Powerful. "I think it's important to understand, when we talk about what's legal, is the extent to which our institutions that determine legality have been completely co-opted, either by the other branches of government, or just by the post 9/11 fearmongering and hysteria that have subsumed federal judges as much as they have everybody else - if not more so."
AK Juneau's tobacco tax triples. Combined with state and federal excise taxes, the average price for one pack of cigarettes will increase to $10.50. The Assembly also implemented a new tax on e-cigarettes.
CA Lodi Smoking Outside. The fact is that cigarette smoking is legal and others are free to do it. "The current lack of empirical data on outdoor tobacco smoke (OTS) levels impedes OTS exposure and risk assessments." In other words, CARB made assumptions and estimates based on other studies without real-world validation.
CT Proposed Bill No. 6285. An Act concerning smoking in motor vehicles. Statement of Purpose: To protect children from secondhand smoke.
New Orleans Proposal. Proposal would exempt patrons from fines. The amendment would put the entire onus of enforcing the ban on bartenders and others working at the establishments, who Williams said are in the best position to control what is happening in their businesses. "Bartenders are going to be the best and most reliable enforcement," Williams said.
NY Ban Damage. As an act of peaceful resistance and in an effort to stand up for and reclaim what is ours, Sunset Park Brooklyn, El Grito de Sunset Park denounces the abuse and neglect that destroys the community and it's residents. Watch the videos: Black Man Arrested & Assaulted by NYPD For Throwing Away Cigarette on Street.
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The Property Rights Newsletter January 30, 2015 - Issue #790

"I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom
of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power
than by violent and sudden usurpations."
- James Madison
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! EPA Tested Deadly Air Pollutants On Children. A government watchdog group has obtained documents detailing how EPA-backed research exposed children as young as 10 to deadly air pollutants without disclosing the full risks of the substances. "Not only has EPA been caught violating the letter and spirit of virtually every national and international code, law and regulation for the protection of human subjects in medical experiments developed since World War II," said David Schnare, an attorney with the Energy and Environmental Law Institute, the group that has released the documents. "They have done so in shocking style, abusing the most vulnerable people of all, children."
Plain Pack Warning.
Junk Food and Booze Could Follow Tobacco in Plain Pack Push. "I think it's highly likely that plain packaging extends into other categories, especially alcohol and junk food," said Erik Bloomquist, an analyst at Berenberg. "By the time tobacco plain packaging is established, it will be too late for the others to push back as the precedent will be set." Food and beverage companies are aware of this. In 2012, closely held candy maker Mars Inc. wrote to the U.K. Department of Health, saying the consequences of tobacco plain packaging would be "dramatic" as it would "set a key precedent for the application of similar legislation to other industries."
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Stop Smoker-Shaming. Nobody should ever be ashamed of being a smoker. Being a smoker is not an indication of who you are as a person. It has nothing to do with being healthy or unhealthy. It is no indication of poor life choices or a lack of self-worth. Just because someone doesn't fit your definition of "healthy" does not mean they deserve the discrimination that so many smokers suffer. Your words cut deep. We don't like being called "disgusting," "unhealthy," or "stinky" just because we're carrying a few extra packs. We are berated on a constant basis, and it isn't fair. Smoker-shaming is prevalent, and it's time it ends.
Nanny State: A Lifestyle So Good, It's Mandatory. In California, it's lifestyle liberalism versus nicotine vapors. If that seems inconsistent to you, you are thinking about it the wrong way: For all of its scientific pretensions and empirical posturing, progressivism is not about evidence, and at its heart it is not even about public policy at all: It is about aesthetics. Why? Because vaping looks like smoking.
Italy Film Smoking. Italian directors, including Paolo Sorrentino, decry plans to regulate cigarettes in films and on TV. In a carefully worded response, some of Italy's most successful filmmakers, producers and screenwriters, including the Oscar-winning director of The Great Beauty, Paolo Sorrentino, cited the Charlie Hebdo massacre as a warning against censorship.
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The Property Rights Newsletter January 23, 2015 - Issue #789

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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