|The Property Rights Newsletter|
August 10, 2012 - Issue #675
"The history of free men is never really written
by chance but by choice; their choice!"
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
Bolivia Bans Coca Cola To Honor Mayan "End of Capitalism."
Move over, Mayor Bloomberg. Your big-size soda ban was a great start,
but, in the Great Soda Wars, you've been upstaged by Bolivia. The
central South American country has announced that it will ban the
Coca-Cola company by the end of the year. Specifically, Bolivia's
Minister of External Affairs, David Choquehuanca, has said that
Coca-Cola will be expelled on December 21 as that date is the same on
which the Mayan calendar enters a new cycle. The reason: To celebrate
the "end of capitalism."
Oregon man jailed for collecting rainwater on his property. A rural Oregon man was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail and over $1,500 in fines because he had three reservoirs on his property to collect and use rainwater. "They've just gotten to be big bullies and if you just lay over and die and give up, that just makes them bigger bullies. So, we as Americans, we need to stand on our constitutional rights, on our rights as citizens and hang tough. This is a good country, we'll prevail," he said. The 1925 law doesn't mention anything about colleting rainwater or snow melt - and he believes that he has been falsely accused.
Australia makes the sun tan illegal. By David Atherton. Not for the first time new laws are being based on dubious science which have unintended consequences. The campaign began with the death of Clare Oliver, who blamed her malignant skin cancer on sun beds. Last time I looked, Australia was God's own country for that bright light up in the sky and going for an artificial sun tan is the epitome of taking coals to Newcastle. NSW Environment Minister Robyn Parker says "The Government has agreed to ban tanning beds from 2014. "It is a number one carcinogen. It's equivalent to asbestos." The World Health Organization's (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer" has classified UV-emitting tanning devices as "carcinogenic to humans."
UK: "We thought we would be shot." Passengers' terror as armed police in 17 cars swoop on M6 bus... in false alarm over smoke from an ELECTRIC cigarette. Armed officers, troops, firefighters and bomb disposal experts all called. After nearly four hours investigating police admit it is a false alarm.
UK: Freedom2Choose: From the Chairman: The Summer & Britain's Olympics, Olympic Smoking!, F2C AGM Saturday, 1 September in London, News Stories, Front Page Articles, Round the Blogs, The Last Word, and more.
UK: One of Us. By Frank Davis. I was thinking today how much had changed over the past 5 years since the UK smoking ban came into force. So it could get very interesting over the decade ahead, as the world becomes everywhere divided into Nazi antismokers versus anti-Nazi smokers. It’s going to be an asymmetric war, with money versus numbers. And we're going to win.
World: Smokers Blogs. Watch instant postings to your favorite blogs.
When cometh the day we lowly ones - Through quiet reflection and great dedication - Master the art of karate - Lo, we shall rise up - And then we'll make the bugger's eyes water. - Bleating and babbling we fell on his neck with a scream - Wave upon wave of demented avengers - March cheerfully out of obscurity into the dream. - Have you heard the news? - The dogs are dead! - You better stay home - And do as you're told - Get out of the road if you want to grow old.