|The Property Rights Newsletter|
June 22, 2012 - Issue #669
"There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves."
- Will Rogers
Sweden Wants to Outlaw Stand Up Urination.
A Swedish political party is taking a stand against upright urination.
At a county council meeting Monday, the Left Party, or Vansterpartiet,
tabled a motion that would require office washrooms to be genderless
with a sit-down-only requirement, reported the news agency Tidningarnas
Telegrambyra. Vansterpartiet, known as a socialist and feminist
organization, believes seated urination is healthier for men and more
hygienic for both sexes.
CA: Prop. 29 consigned to ashtray of history. We come to bury Proposition 29, not to praise it. What we oppose is singling out classes of people for targeted taxes. So-called sin taxes, such as this additional tax on tobacco products, unjustly punish people who engage in entirely lawful behavior. If our society finds tobacco use evil, a more appropriate approach would be to outlaw it.
CA: Waddling Into the Sunset. Foie Gras Ban Update. Beyond the kitchen, there are other responses in the works, including whispers of culinary civil disobedience, in which restaurateurs would continue to serve the dish - and risk fines of up to $1,000 per violation. Others have suggested that they could skirt the law by offering the foie gras free (with $20 glasses of wine).
MA: Cambridge wants to Ban All Soda and "Sugar-Sweetened" Drinks in Restaurants. If NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg's dream to limit the size of sodas and other sweetened drinks has made people in New York angry, how will citizens of one Massachusetts city react if their elected official block all of these drinks, large and small in the city's restaurants? The City of Cambridge, Massachusetts (the home of Harvard & MIT) has proposed such a thing.
UK: "Plain Packaging? No Minister!" from Hands Off Our Packs! Using actors, the video features a conversation between a fictional health minister and his chief civil servant about the desirability of plain packaging. It also includes a spoof "partly political broadcast" featuring the minister, the Rt Hon Peter Perfect MP.
World: Smokers Blogs. Watch instant postings to your favorite blogs.
Watch the music video: They Don't Care About Us.
Tell me what has become of my life - I have a wife and two children who love me - I am the victim of police brutality, now - I'm tired of bein' the victim of hate - You're rapin' me off my pride - Oh, for God's sake - I look to heaven to fulfill its prophecy - Set me free. - All I wanna say is that they don't really care about us. - Tell me what has become of my rights - Am I invisible because you ignore me? - Your proclamation promised me free liberty, now - I'm tired of bein' the victim of shame - They're throwing me in a class with a bad name - I can't believe this is the land from which I came - You know I really do hate to say it - The government don't wanna see - But if Roosevelt was livin' - He wouldn't let this be, no, no.
- All I wanna say is that they don't really care about us.
(Same song, filmed outside the prison.)