|The Property Rights Newsletter|
April 27, 2012 - Issue #661
"I am what I am and, you know, I'm a very lucky guy."
- Michael Bloomberg
Salt: Some New York City chefs and restaurant owners are taking aim at a bill introduced in the New York Legislature that, if passed, would ban the use of salt in restaurant cooking.
Alcohol: Mr Bloomberg's office detailed plans to cut the number of drinking establishments as well as restrict alcohol advertising.
- Food Police: Mayor Bloomberg Bans Food Donations to Homeless Shelters.
- Read More Food Stuff: - Mayor Bloomberg's grand vision to improve New Yorkers' health by severely limiting sales of high-calorie beverages on city property
- Banning soft drinks from folks on food stamps
- Passed new regulations forcing some restaurants to post calorie content for all the food on the menu board
- Ban on free doughnuts and sweets for seniors
- Mr. Bloomberg said governments should be using the law to mandate behavior when necessary. He said encouraging people to change behaviors through advertising campaigns is important, but is not enough. He quoted Mark Twain, saying, "Thunder is good. Thunder is impressive, but lightning does the work."
- He pushed for a revamp of school menus and by the start of the next school year, fat-laden meals were being replaced by healthier versions. That same year, 2003, the city began handing out free nicotine patches and Bloomberg won his crusade to outlaw smoking in bars and restaurants.
- In an appalling extension of the nanny state, New York is slated to become the first city to monitor diabetics' blood-sugar levels. It plans to register them like HIV or tuberculosis sufferers and nag them when their levels aren't healthy enough. Drop the cupcake; here come the sugar police.
- Freedom: The problem is that Bloomberg's idea of public health, like the CDC's, does not distinguish between deadly diseases people catch and risky things they choose to do. In his speech he equated smoking, overeating, and failing to wear a seat belt with polio, cholera, and tuberculosis, wishing away freedom by pretending it doesn't exist.
- Smoking ban. First Mayor Bloomberg pushed through an indoor-smoking ban. Then yesterday, at his request, a bill was quietly introduced in the City Council to increase the fines of outdoor consumption of alcohol.
- Smoking ban in NYC parks and beaches.
- More NY Ban Damage: Damage to lives, bodies, business closed, jobs lost, violations, bribery, burglary, and more.
- Black Market: Fleenor, who continues to follow the relationship between tobacco tax hikes and crime closely, is amazed that despite the crime situation such lucrative trafficking has generated, New York continues to consider further tax hikes. Read More articles.
- Don't Tell Bloomberg: But New Yorkers can smoke at the U.N.
Michael Bloomberg and Bill Gates today announced joint efforts to combat the global tobacco epidemic. A combined investment of $500 million will help governments in developing countries implement proven policies and increase funding for tobacco control.
WHO And Mayor Bloomberg Fuel Anti-Smoking Propaganda. The World Health Organization released a ridiculous report Thursday, financed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (NYC-R), claiming that up to a billion people could be killed by tobacco in the 21st century. The report included a six-point program for fighting the tobacco industry: including raising cigarette taxes, banning smoking in public places, monitoring tobacco use, warning people of the dangers, etc. New York City, thanks to Mayor Bloomberg, has been among the strictest of bans against tobacco, with only 5% of the entire world having smoking laws like the Big Apple.
Egyptians Rally Around: Bloomberg Philanthropies announced today the winners of the Bloomberg Awards for Global Tobacco Control and Egypt's Ministry of Finance was recognized because they raised taxes.
And so much more!
WATCH: Coldplay -
Viva La Vida
I used to rule the world - Seas would rise when I gave the word - Now in the morning I sleep alone - Sweep the streets I used to own. / I used to roll the dice - Feel the fear in my enemy's eyes - Listen as the crowd would sing - "Now the old king is dead! Long live the king!" / One minute I held the key - Next the walls were closed on me - And I discovered that my castles stand - Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand. / I hear Jerusalem bells a ringing - Roman Cavalry choirs are singing - Be my mirror, my sword and shield - My missionaries in a foreign field. / For some reason I can't explain - Once you go there was never - Never an honest word - And that was when I ruled the world. / It was the wicked and wild wind - Blew down the doors to let me in - Shattered windows and the sound of drums - People couldn't believe what I'd become. / Revolutionaries wait - For my head on a silver plate - Just a puppet on a lonely string - Oh who would ever want to be king? / For some reason I can't explain - I know Saint Peter won't call my name - Never an honest word - But that was when I ruled the world.