Friday, December 23, 2011

Another Dec Newsletter

The Property Rights Newsletter
December 16, 2011 - Issue #642
"Common sense is not so common."
- Voltaire
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! US calls for ban on in-car phone use ... even with Bluetooth. The government's transportation safety experts recommended Tuesday to ban all American drivers from using portable electronic devices — including cell phones, even if you use a hands-free device. "No call, no text, no update, is worth a human life," Deborah Hersman, chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said at a news conference in Washington. Besides calling for government action, the NTSB also urged consumer electronics manufacturers to figure out a way to "disable the functions of portable electronic devices within reach of the driver when a vehicle is in motion" while at the same time being able to turn themselves back on in an emergency. - But similar studies linking cellphone use to poor driving have been challenged, most recently by researchers at Wayne State University in Detroit, who concluded last month that some earlier studies were seriously flawed.
Seneca cigarette dealer files for bankruptcy. One of the biggest movers of Native American-made cigarettes has filed for federal bankruptcy protection, a month after a court said the wholesaler is responsible for potentially tens of millions of dollars in federal tobacco assessments. The Chapter 11 reorganization filing by Arthur Montour, owner of Native Wholesale Supply on the Seneca Indian Nation’s Cattaraugus Reservation, lists more than $50 million in liabilities by the businessman who has become wealthy by moving billions of cigarettes made on an Ontario reservation to other tribes across the United States.
California couple enlists churchmember to beat their teen for smoking. Paul Kim, 39, of Chino Hills, is facing felony child cruelty charges after cops say he hammered the unidentified high schooler about a dozen times with an inch-thick pipe at the boy's parents request. San Bernardino County Sheriff's department is asking any other victims and witnesses to come forward.
Cut Off Anti Funding!
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! Can the Dutch Government Really Be Abandoning Smokers to Their Fate? Let us hope they are. A wailing letter to the editors of the Lancet, signed by Stanton Glantz and other anti-tobacco fanatics, complains that the Dutch government "is all but closing down its tobacco control operations." So what have the Dutch actually done? Chris Snowden explains: Last year, it relaxed the Dutch smoking ban after a grass-roots campaign led by small bar owners. This year it decided that there are better uses for public money than funding anti-tobacco advocacy groups whose beliefs are fundamentally at odds with Dutch liberalism.
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights! More: Welkom bij de site van Forces Nederland. Nieuw Nederlandstalig boek over meeroken, De Mythe over Passief Roken, By Marcel Roggemans. - Gezondheidsindustrie: De internationale hulptroepen van Stivoro. - Overheid: 600 doden extra door beleid Minister Schippers? - Overheid: FDA: Grafische waarschuwingen ineffectief.
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Property Rights Newsletter

The Property Rights Newsletter
December 23, 2011 - Issue #643
"The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath."
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights!
Our Christmas Card For You.
Read more about keeping Christmas in Christmas.

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house,
not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
in hopes that St. Nicolas soon would be there.
When suddenly up on the roof, there a'rose such a clatter,
I jumped up from my bed, to see what was the matter.
I ran down the stairs, and what did I find?
a big fat elf smoke'n in my living room, ...must be out of his mind.
I yelled HEY! get out of here with that pipe,
You're stinkin' up my house, and that ain't just no hype.
I'll get the Lung Association, and Heart Association and ANR in your face,
I'll make a few calls, and even get Repace!
and I'll bet you didn't even pay taxes on the weed in that thing,
when the attorney general gets done with you, you'll end up in Sing Sing.
and the FAA says you can't smoke on your sleigh,
It's a regularly scheduled flight, even if it's for only one day.
and the law says you can't smoke, in your workshop at all,
the Dept. of Health will fine you, when I give em' a call.
So get out of here with that thing, and don't ever come back,
or ASH will rip it out of your mouth, and shove it up your crack.
Next year Tobacco-free Kids will deliver our gift,
you're banished from Christmas, do you get my drift?
and I heard him exclaim, as he rode out of sight,
Merry Christmas to all! 'cept the dork on my right.
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Thursday, December 22, 2011

I was interviewed by a newspaper's reporter on smoking topics

Last week, I was interviewed by a Chicago Tribune reporter for his column dealing with dangerous activities people enjoy and refuse to quit (such as smoking).

This reporter actually found me through my blog. And I'm guessing he researched it before deciding to contact me. He did ask me what do I find so glamorous about smoking?  That Q is more closer to being a smoking fetish Q to me.

I basically told him "I like the feeling of holding a cig and there's actually glamor in the act of inhaling the smoke in itself. And of course, I think lots of women look attractive with a cig."

Most of his Qs were more closer to general smoking Qs. Such as "What do you think of the quit smoking tv commercials?" (I think they're a joke and they have no effect on me wanting to stop smoking) And he brought up the IL smoking ban topic as well.

His column will be published in the Dec. 28th Chicago Tribune. I'll have to visit the Trib site on that date.

City extends smoking ban

SMOKING will be banned in all outdoor dining areas in Parramatta by May.The council passed the ban after the results of a survey of 900 people that showed it was supported by 68 per cent of respondents.
The policy will also ban smoking within 10 metres of children's playgrounds, sporting fields, sports facilities and bus and taxi stands.
"The impacts of secondhand smoking have been well documented and this new measure will be welcomed by many restaurant-goers, particularly those who frequent our popular Church Street Eat Street precinct," Lord mayor Lorraine Wearne said.

The council acknowledged business owners surveyed opposed the restriction.
"The council is committed to working with our local establishments to minimise any impacts," Cr Wearne said.
"With our high concentration of restaurants and cafes, we're quite different to many other metropolitan areas that have already implemented a similar ban, which is why it was important to engage with all relevant stakeholders."

The ban was scheduled to be implemented a year ago but was delayed after the council received two petitions against the ban, one signed by 120 restaurateurs and another by 8400 diners in Parramatta.
"Every restaurant I spoke to said. . . they were worried about the business they would lose due to this band," Parramatta resident Michael Rhima said when the ban was proposed.

"We're facing tough economic times as it is.
"We shouldn't be further discouraging business from our local restaurants."
The council has said it will run an awareness and education campaign highlighting the new outdoor smoking policy over the next six months. It has also promised to provide resources and, in some cases, financial support for businesses during the transition period.
The council will write to the state government seeking uniform outdoor smoking legislation across the state.
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