|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.)
Friday, June 22, 2012
Thursday, June 21, 2012
|I remember hearin about (when I was a teen) a chick in NYC back in the 1910s who got arrested for smoking cigs. |
I think the late 1950s is when more menthol brands started being made. Newport and Salem both came out in '58 according to my understanding. And wasn't Kool actually the first-ever filtered brand period when filter Kools were introduced in '56?
Before 1958, Kool was the only menthol. Now there are a lot more menthol brands.
The 60s is when more feminine brands came out. Like VS and BH.
The 70s is when we started saying hello to "low-tar brands" (ie: Vantage) as well as to very-long cigs called 120s (Eve, Max, Capri, and Mores)
Those cig ads in the 30s-60s made smoking cigs sound like they actually a benefit to your health. Like how smoking Kools can help make your sore throat feel better. The cig ads in the 70s made smoking cigs sound just as normal as a kid eating a candy bar.
I know why more menthols came out in the late 50s-60s. So tobacco companies can attract Afro-Americans to smoking. I'm sure back in the 40s-50s, a lotta Blacks refused to smoke cause "Regulars taste gross," or how "Smoking cigs is a white habit."
More feminine brands, especially 120s, came out to lure more women to smoking. After all, I can see a lady in the 30s-50s saying "I know I'm allowed to enjoy cigs. But who the heck wants to smoke a tiny nonfilter? Gimme a brand with LONG cigs. And I'll smoke then."
(I aint saying most women in that era had that mindset. But some of em probably did.)