|The Property Rights Newsletter|
February 25, 2011 - Issue #603
"I'm not upset that you lied to me,
I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
| Smokers are a persecuted minority.|
By T. Gavin King. This is not reasonable but the product of mass hysteria for a utopia. Moreover, if some nonsmokers might be in those smokers' ghettos, which is unlikely because they don't have to be there, exposure to secondhand smoke could not harm them. Contrary to the widespread misrepresentations about the 2006 surgeon general's report, it did not state that brief exposure to secondhand smoke is harmful.
The Wrongs Of Righteous Research. By Trevor Butterworth. All three authors identify a failure to report results faithfully as a hallmark of bias. As Cope and Allison conclude, "clinicians, media, public health policy makers… should be cognizant of such biases" and view the literature (in their case, on obesity) "more critically." But surely this should be the primary ethical and epistemic obligation for scientists? Or at a minimum, surely scientists should describe other scientific research faithfully? The temptations of the kind of grants and glories that mere philosophers can only dream of cannot be that insidious; but if they are, it is, perhaps, time for a more a tough discussion about how scientific research is funded. Meanwhile, when you next hear an appeal that science shows soda causes obesity or that science shows that banning alcohol advertising will stop teen drinking, caveat emptor.
Thumbs up for fake science! By Simon Clark. US scientists are significantly more likely to publish fake research than scientists from elsewhere, finds a trawl of officially withdrawn (retracted) studies, published online in the Journal of Medical Ethics. Fraudsters are also more likely to be “repeat offenders,” the study shows. The study author searched the PubMed database for every scientific research paper that had been withdrawn—and therefore officially expunged from the public record—between 2000 and 2010. A total of 788 papers had been retracted during this period. Around three quarters of these papers had been withdrawn because of a serious error (545); the rest of the retractions were attributed to fraud (data fabrication or falsification).
Introduces Legislation to Increase the Tobacco Tax.
Introduces Legislation to Ban Selling Tobacco Near Schools.
Legislation to Expand the Availability of Smoke-Free Housing.
Legislation to Ban Caffeinated Beer Beverages in California.
OK ALERT: Please click on the link and find out who your state rep is. Please contact them TODAY and tell them you are against this NANNY STATE preemption bill. HR 2135 by Kris Steele.
Honduras: Seeks to stop smoking - even at home. Lighting up a cigarette at home could bring a visit from Honduran police if a family member or even a visitor complains about secondhand smoke. Some say the law will be almost impossible to enforce in a country of 8 million people with a rampant crime problem and only 12,000 police officers.
Scotland: Scottish Government guidelines for smoke-free mental health services. Here at last are the guidelines directed to health trusts, designed to show them how to implement a completely non-smoking regime in institutions and facilities dedicated to psychiatric care.
Canada: Man mugged on smoke break. A 19-year-old man who took a smoke break in the inner city early Wednesday ended up getting mugged at gunpoint.
Canada: Guns pulled on man with cigarette. "I just had a smoke in my hand, and they were pointing that (gun beam) at me — pointing it right at my chest here, and telling me to put my smoke down. And I was telling them to hold on for a second — I had two more drags," Kennedy said Saturday of the incident, which was caught on video by a Winnipeg Sun photographer. "And they started screaming at me, 'Put the f***ing cigarette down!' or something — really loud, man." Despite his surprise at the order concerning what he doesn’t consider a weapon, the 19-year-old tossed the cigarette onto the floor. He said he was handcuffed almost immediately after. Police spokesman Const. Shaun Chornley said officers were "absolutely not" overreacting to the cigarette.
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