New Yorkers may soon be unable to smoke in their own homes, as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is pressing landlords and developers to prohibit residents from lighting up inside apartments.
This comes as part of the de Blasio administration’s efforts to reduce smoking citywide. It recently released a “sustainability blueprint” that outlined the initiative, which involves paying four health advocacy groups $9,000 each to get apartment complexes to ban smoking, reported the New York Post.
The move follows an at-times fierce debate over mandatory vaccinations and parents choosing not to vaccinate their children, in California and around the country.
The issue briefly entered the presidential race in February after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said that parents should have some choice as to whether they vaccinate their children. Christie later walked back those remarks, saying that children should be vaccinated "no question."
In a signing statement, Brown acknowledged the debate but said he was coming down on the side of science.
“The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases,” he said. “While it’s true that no medical intervention is without risk, the evidence shows that immunization powerfully benefits and protects the community.”
Your God-given right as a parent to choose the best and safest medical interventions for your children is under attack by a Democratic congresswoman from Florida. Representative Frederica S. Wilson from Florida's 24th District (North Miami) recently introduced the "Vaccinate All Children Act of 2015," which in a nutshell would force vaccinations on all children as a requirement to attend public school.
No longer would parents have the freedom to opt out of this form of medical assault using personal or philosophical exemptions. States would be required under Rep. Wilson's bill to basically scrap these exemptions in order to continue receiving federal funding, which amounts to the same kind of tyranny our nation's founders sacrificed their lives to escape.
"Wilson's bill, if passed, would for the first time establish a federal vaccination requirement to attend school," reports the Autism Action Network. "Current vaccines policies are set by the states, but with the increasing federal control over schools with No Child Left Behind and the Common Core, Wilson's bill maybe [sic] an indicator of what is coming."
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The story by Chris Tucker at the Central Kitsap Reporter begins: “The massive walls at the Trails at Silverdale construction site loom over the surrounding area as if it were a modern-day hilltop fortress.” Trails at Silverdale in the state of Washington will be opening in October of 2015. Trails at Silverdale can be seen in the picture seen at top right of story. Situated on 18 acres on a hill overlooking everything, Trails at Silverdale will include ‘soldier pile’ and ‘lock and load’ retaining walls and be the future home of 24 tenants.
According to the ABC Action News video below, excitement runs high for the upcoming October 2015 opening of the Wesley Chapel outlet mall in Pasco, Florida, however, there are ‘concerns’. We learn here that officials have yet to announce what retailers will be inhabiting these 100+ ‘stores’ and, after being emailed a tip by an ANP reader that this mall (seen picture top left and below right) looks almost like it could be a prison, we decided to take a look into how many more ‘malls’ across America are scheduled to be opened in October of 2015 and wanted to see what these malls will look like. To say that we found a disturbing pattern would be an understatement.
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Highly sensitive details of the little-known but extremely important Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) agreement, published tonight by WikiLeaks, reveal that the Australian government is at the forefront of a push for extensive international financial deregulation.
WikiLeaks has published the secret draft “core text” of the TiSA negotiations – involving Australia, the United States, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the European Union – as well as draft chapters on domestic regulation, government procurement and cross border movement of persons engaged in trade in services. WikiLeaks will shortly disclose further documents revealing the current state of negotiations on other issues, including financial services, electronic commerce and telecommunications.
WikiLeaks releases today the “Investment Chapter” from the secret negotiations of the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) agreement. The document adds to the previous WikiLeaks publications of the chapters for Intellectual Property Rights (November 2013) and the Environment (January 2014).
The TPP Investment Chapter, published today, is dated 20 January 2015. The document is classified and supposed to be kept secret for four years after the entry into force of the TPP agreement or, if no agreement is reached, for four years from the close of the negotiations.
Julian Assange, WikiLeaks editor said: “The TPP has developed in secret an unaccountable supranational court for multinationals to sue states. This system is a challenge to parliamentary and judicial sovereignty. Similar tribunals have already been shown to chill the adoption of sane environmental protection, public health and public transport policies.”
Current TPP negotiation member states are the United States, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, Chile, Singapore, Peru, Vietnam, New Zealand and Brunei. The TPP is the largest economic treaty in history, including countries that represent more than 40 per cent of the world´s GDP.
“INCREASE THE POWER OF GLOBAL CORPORATIONS BY CREATING A SUPRA-NATIONAL COURT … WHERE FOREIGN FIRMS CAN “SUE” STATES AND OBTAIN TAXPAYER COMPENSATION FOR “EXPECTED FUTURE PROFITS””
The Investment Chapter highlights the intent of the TPP negotiating parties, led by the United States, to increase the power of global corporations by creating a supra-national court, or tribunal, where foreign firms can “sue” states and obtain taxpayer compensation for “expected future profits”. These investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) tribunals are designed to overrule the national court systems. ISDS tribunals introduce a mechanism by which multinational corporations can force governments to pay compensation if the tribunal states that a country’s laws or policies affect the company’s claimed future profits. In return, states hope that multinationals will invest more. Similar mechanisms have already been used. For example, US tobacco company Phillip Morris used one such tribunal to sue Australia (June 2011 – ongoing) for mandating plain packaging of tobacco products on public health grounds; and by the oil giant Chevron against Ecuador in an attempt to evade a multi-billion-dollar compensation ruling for polluting the environment. The threat of future lawsuits chilled environmental and other legislation in Canada after it was sued by pesticide companies in 2008/9. ISDS tribunals are often held in secret, have no appeal mechanism, do not subordinate themselves to human rights laws or the public interest, and have few means by which other affected parties can make representations.