|The Property Rights Newsletter|
March 9, 2012 - Issue #654
"I am the one who got myself fat, who did all the eating.
So I had to take full responsibility for it."
- Kirstie Alley
Disney changes obesity exhibit after complaints.
The interactive exhibit, Habit Heroes, featured animated fitness
superheros Will Power and Callie Stenics and super-sized villains
Snacker and Lead Bottom, who eat junk food and watch too much
television. Critics said the exhibit reinforces stereotypes that obese
children are lazy and have poor eating habits. Blue Cross and Blue
Shield partnered with Disney to create the exhibit. Blue Cross spokesman
John W. Herbkersman said the exhibit was meant to be helpful. "We're
appalled to learn that Disney, a traditional hallmark of childhood
happiness and joy, has fallen under the shadow of negativity and
discrimination," the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance said
in a statement.
SC: ALERT! Fight details and City Council contact information. Smoking may soon be banned in Simpsonville restaurants. Councilman Matthew Gooch said the ordinance was at its first reading and he'd like to investigate further.
Canada: A Crisis of Authority: Pierre Lemieux's Somebody in Charge: A Solution to Recessions? The roots of the recent financial crisis lay not in greed and self-interest running amuck in unhampered markets, but in the policy and regulatory structure that created and enabled excessive leverage and risk taking.
Costa Rica: Court halts anti-smoking bill pending constitutional review. For the first time in the country's history, Costa Rica's Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court requests to review a bill after its been approved by the Legislative Assembly. The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court (Sala IV) on Friday ordered the Executive Branch to suspend the signing and publication of a recently passed anti-smoking bill.
Scotland: Tobacco, other vested corporate interests and democracy, Safe levels: the riddles of exposure to particulate matter, Champix could be prescribed for alcoholism, Chris Carter releases following international appeal, and more...
UK: Hands Off Our Packs launches "Nanny Town" video.
World: Smokers Blogs. Watch instant postings to your favorite blogs.