Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Property Rights Newsletter

The Property Rights Newsletter
August 31, 2012 - Issue #676
"On the whole human beings want to be good,
but not too good, and not quite all the time."
- George Orwell
Property Rights for all include Smokers Rights!

USA: Tobacco Groups Win Challenge to FDA Cigarette Label Rule. Tobacco companies defeated a U.S. law forcing cigarette packaging and advertisements to display images such as diseased lungs, persuading a federal appeals court that the requirements violate their free speech rights. In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington today ruled that Food and Drug Administration regulations mandating visual-image warnings of smoking's health risks, along with the telephone number 1-800-QUIT-NOW, are "unabashed attempts to evoke emotion" and "browbeat consumers" to stop buying the companies' products. "These inflammatory images and the provocatively named hotline cannot rationally be viewed as pure attempts to convey information to consumers," U.S. Circuit Judge Janice Rogers Brown wrote in her majority opinion.

USA: Politicians Ignore Failed "War on Drugs" at Their (and Our) Peril. By Leonard Frieling. History shows that it is often the case that politicians are behind the people in recognizing the need for change. It's time our political "leadership" provided real guidance for once and prepared a thoughtful plan for ending this failed war. Throwing more money at the war effort has not worked so far, cannot work, and must be abandoned for our losses to be cut. We've spent more than a trillion dollars on this war. It's contributed to the highest incarceration rate in the world and it's made our society less safe by incentivizing violence and the involvement of organized crime in the drug trade.

USA: The Electronic Cigarettes Battle Continues. Supporters of the freedom to use e-cigarettes argue the devices are a viable nicotine replacement therapy. E-cigarettes mimic many of the physiological and psychological triggers of smoking without transmitting the toxins present in tobacco smoke. E-cigarette advocates also note the FDA's acceptance of similar nicotine replacement products at similar concentrations and point to the flawed methodology of studies showing dangers from e-cigarettes.

Australia: Bid to ban cigarettes for anyone born after 2000. "This would mean that we would have a generation of people not exposed to tobacco products" The 2000 Smoke Free Generation initiative has secured the backing of Tasmania's independent upper house, the Legislative Council, and will be scrutinised by the state government. The Legislative Council is calling for a ban on cigarette sales to anyone born after the year 2000. The initiative, brought to Australia by a University of Singapore academic, means that, from the year 2018, young people who would have then come of legal age, no longer could smoke.

Canada: Ontario Retailers protest contraband tobacco. Michael J. McFadden asks, "So legislators, proud of yourselves?" While fully taxed name brand cartons of 200 cigarettes sell for as much as $90 in stores, the same number of cigarettes can cost as little as $10 from a reservation.

UK: Opposition to plain packaging mounts. An estimated 500,000 people have registered their opposition to the introduction of plain packaging in the UK. "Plain packaging is an assault on UK business in the midst of a double dip recession. Plain packs would be far easier to copy, and would therefore be a gift to the criminal gangs behind the illegal trade in tobacco..."

World: The Decent Cigar Emporium. By James Leavey. This page is to let you know what is currently smoking well. Hand-rolled cigars are like any organic product; each one has its own unique character and different batches/years will vary in combustion, aroma and taste.

World: Cigar Information. How to speak cigar, and set up a humidor.

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Felmina: A site for anyone intersted in making money in the long-term instead of fast

I added the off-topic banner for anyone interested in trying to make money online.  I notice when people try to make money online, they look for the "Get rich quick" programs.But those programs don't last very long.  And most of em are also scams.  After all, 200 percent in 2-5 days? Yeah right!

Felmina is a long-term program where you can "get rich" over time instead of getting rich quick.  You can also choose how much you want compounded on every business day.  Having basic compounding set at less than 100% allows you to take money out every business day.

The enhanced compounding allows you to make more after 180 business days (7-8 months).  Except you can't cancel this option once you choose it.  You gotta wait til the enhanced term you chose to end before requesting ANY withdrawals.  So (for example) if you chose the 90-business day enhanced compounding term, you can't cancel it til the 90-business day term is over. 

Nor can you make any withdrawals of any kind during the 90-business day time frame.  If you wanna make interest withdrawals daily, the basic compounding AND having the compounding rate at less than 100 percent is your best option.

A business day is Monday through Friday, except holidays and (of course) weekends.

The Felmina Alliance Banner is on top of this page, and a direct link is right here.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Colorado used tobacco taxes for smoking bans

DENVER (AP) - State auditors questioned whether the Colorado Department
of Health and Environment should be awarding money from tobacco taxes
to support local policy initiatives barring smoking in public.

A report Monday showed the department awarded $5.2 million to 140
grantees in 2010 and 2011 to help pass initiatives banning smoking in
areas beyond what's already prohibited by state law. The initiatives
targeted bans in places like restaurant patios, cigar bars, or housing
complexes where low-income people live.

Auditors recommended that the department ask for a legal opinion from
the state attorney general as to whether that's allowed. Department
officials say they're using the money appropriately.

The tobacco taxes fund education programs to prevent and treat smoking
addition. Like other states, Colorado has also used the money to help
balance the budget.\g-bans

Plain pack packaging coming soon to Australia

I feel sorry for the Australian smokers.  Maybe the plain packaging might actually cause sales of cig cases in Australia to go up.  I dunno how someone is supposed to ask for a pack of so-and-so brand when buying some.