The Property Rights Newsletter
November 4, 2011 - Issue #636"Here at Air America, what's considered
psychotic behavior anywhere else is company policy."
- Gene Ryack, from the movie Air America
Airline Air: Boeing Reaches Settlement with Flight Attendant in Toxic Airplane Air Lawsuit. 250,000 pages of company documents turned over to the plaintiff's legal team by Boeing seem certain to fuel the long-running battle over the safety of cabin air in commercial jetliners. "Air travel has been made possible over the past 60 years by a technique called "bleed air pressurisation", which takes hot air out of the engine, cools it down and then feeds it - without first filtering it - into the plane's cabin and cockpit. Sometimes, however, this becomes contaminated with engine oils containing many different chemicals, which are wafted into the plane to be inhaled by passengers and crew alike. Campaigners are particularly concerned about a neurotoxin called tricresyl phosphate (TCP)." (But the crews, who knew nothing at the time about this bleed of toxic engine fumes into the cabin, sued the tobacco companies, and smokers were banned.)
John Banzhaf Strikes Again: The Coming Church-State Wars. By Patrick J. Buchanan. For it seems that not a single Muslim student at CUA had gone to the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights to file a complaint. That complaint was the work of John Banzhaf, a professor at GW, perennial litigant, and longtime contender for the title of National Pest. In provocative language, Banzhaf told Fox News, "It shouldn't be too difficult to set aside a small room where Muslims can pray without having to stare up and be looked down upon by a cross of Jesus. The episode also reveals how the cause of civil rights has been trivialized and exploited.
IL: You are cordially invited to An Evening Cigar with Ron Sandack on Monday, November 7th, in Springfield.
WI: Mike Hanke would like the city of Chippewa Falls to adopt the state’s workplace smoking ban as a city ordinance. That way, the city could give tickets when there are violations, instead of relying on the county district attorney’s office to prosecute offenders.
USA: Cain's Ad is Brilliant. He’s blowing smoke rings around the competition in polling (24 percent to Romney’s 21 percent), and the cash is flowing at a rate of $1 million per week. If you view political campaigns as entertainment — and you may as well — Cain’s crazy ad was a lucky strike.
USA: Watch Angry Whoopi: Let Soldiers Smoke! "The View" talks about a proposed ban on smoking for U.S. soldiers.
USA: Watch Blaze Exclusive: Texas High School students made to recite Mexican National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance.
Canada: Does it really have to come to this, that Barrie's Royal Victoria Hospital needs smoke police? RVH security director Carol Holden said smokers are obviously breaking the rules, and the law, on hospital property.
Spain: Winds of change in Spain. Answer from Soraya Saénz de Santamaría, Popular Party's spokesperson. We can achieve special facilities where smokers can smoke without bothering other costumers or staff, let's look for this balanced way, in this time of crisis, to preserve employment in hospitallity sector. Let's look for saving everybody's rights and wishes. I think it is possible to reach an intermediate measure for smokers to smoke inside without disturbing anyone".
World: Watch Reason TV. EU Bans Free-Range Kids!
World: Smokers Blogs. Watch instant postings to your favorite blogs.