Category Archives: Government regulation of every breath

Bye, Bye Big Gulp: California Tries To Ban Cups That Hold More Than 16 Fluid Ounces

A new bill would ban retailers from selling or giving away cups with removable lids that can hold more than 16 fluid ounces. Many times these cups are used for fountain soda or frozen sugary drinks. Stores caught selling the big cups would be fined $200 for the first violation, $500 for the second violation, and $1,000 for each subsequent violation.


Nutritionists Want To Regulate The Food Industry Like Tobacco

On Sunday, a group of public-health researchers condemned food production for its role in public-health and climate crises. In its new report, the Lancet Commission calls for a global treaty to combat what it calls the “three gravest threats to human health and survival”: climate change, obesity, and undernutrition.


Democrats In Action: NYC Wants To Ban Smoking While Walking

Whenever you see the words “NYC wants to ban” you know for a fact that the words to follow are going to be insanely stupid. In this case they are “smoking while walking.” A NYC councilman wants to make illegal for people to walk and smoke at the same time. Once this important issue is handled, I’m sure they’ll go after smiling while wearing a hat and putting on pants two legs at a time.


City of Toronto to tear down $550 park stairs, says man who built them

The maverick Toronto handyman who erected a $550 set of stairs in a community park says the city is going to tear them down and build a more expensive replacement that meets its construction standards.

Retired mechanic Adi Astl said he took it upon himself to install the steps after several neighbours fell down the steep muddy slope that served as a shortcut to a community garden in Tom Riley Park, in Etobicoke, Ont.


What can we learn from the collapse of the taxi medallion shakedown?

From Jeff Jacoby on New York at Townhall:

A million bucks for a taxicab medallion? That may have come as a shock in 2011, but the price kept climbing. By 2014, medallions were going for $1.3 million apiece.

And all anyone got for forking over that astronomical sum was the government’s permission to operate a vehicle as a taxi for hire. They didn’t get a list of established customers. They didn’t get the right to ply a popular route. They didn’t even get a car.
The only reason anyone would pay a fortune for something so insubstantial is that the supply was capped by the government. More.

But due to social media, Uber and Lyft made the medallion a very poor investment: “Since 2014, the cost of a New York City taxi medallion has plunged. As CNBC reported the other day, some medallions sold in 2017 have gone for prices in the $200,000s.”

Had to happen. Real wealth lies in creating abundance, not scarcity.

Reality check: The taxi medallion demonstrates that government can make a product ridiculously valuable simply by making it scarce.


Whose baby is Charlie Gard?

From Wesley J. Smith at First Things:

The refusal to allow Charlie’s parents to remove their baby boy from the hospital is an act of bioethical aggression that will extend futile-care controversies, creating a duty to die at the time and place of doctors’ choosing. And that raises a crucial liberty question: Whose baby is Charlie Gard? His parents’? Or are sick babies—and others facing futile-care impositions—ultimately owned by the hospital and the state? We are not talking about an intervention without a potential physiological benefit to the patient—a medical determination. Rather, FCT constitutes a value judgment. As bioethicist Dr. Stuart Youngner once put it, “futility determinations will inevitably involve value judgments about: 1) whether low probability chances are worth taking; and 2) whether certain lives are of a quality worth living.” More.

Reality check: Whose baby? Ah, a question we can answer: The Euro state’s baby.

It’s not just “biomedical aggression.” It is aggression pure and simple. Had his mom decided to abort him, he would be the Euro state’s medical waste. If he were raised, he would be their welfare ward, stuffed with propaganda the moment he entered compulsory school.

So now they have the right to demand that he die.

And we needed to know what else about welfare states?

This is probably happening a lot. Charlie’s parents, unusual for the EU, decided to fight instead of surfing while toked.

See also: But WHY the surprise that 431 people were involuntarily euthanized in the Netherlands in 2015?  The government owns them and the government decided to dispose of them. So?


Americans flirt with cannibalism (the placenta is a joint mother-child affair)