Millions of Americans could be banned from smoking in their own homes under controversial legislation proposed by the federal government.
The legislation would require homes, communal areas and administrative offices on public housing land to be smoke-free, the New York Times reports.
It is thought the changes would affect around a million homes.
It has argued the ban is necessary to protect residents from second-hand smoke, to lower building maintenance costs, and to reduce the risk of fires.
But the proposal has already met with resistance from some residents who believe it would be an infringement of their right to make personal choices about their lives.
One told the newspaper: “What I do in my apartment should be my problem long as I pay my rent.”
Read more http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/smoking-ban-for-all-us-public-housing-proposed-a6731396.html
Most people would probably assume that forced sterilization policies were largely erased from the law books of Western nations after World War Two, due to their association with the eugenics movement. However, they might be surprised to find that there are some countries that still allow this practice, and Australia is among them.
Currently, Australia doesn’t have any laws that explicitly prohibit the forced sterilization of mentally disabled adults or children, and they don’t maintain a record of how many of these sterilizations take place. Normally these procedures are prompted by the parents of the disabled, who first have to ask the government for permission. After a family court determines that the procedure is in the best interest of the child, they grant the parents and their doctor permission to sterilize the child.
In most countries, there is a blanket ban on forced sterilization, though exceptions are sometimes made for life-threatening conditions. The UN considers forced sterilization to be a violation of human rights, and in some cases a form of torture.
On Monday, Australia’s practice of allowing forced sterilization of the disabled was noted at the United Nations Human Rights Council, which plans on releasing a human rights review for Australia on Thursday. In last year’s report, the UN urged the government to “take immediate steps to prohibit involuntary sterilization and provide assistance enabling people with disabilities to make decisions about their own lives.”
Read more http://www.activistpost.com/2015/11/un-wants-australia-to-stop-forced-sterilization-of-mentally-disabled.html
We have new pharmaceuticals being introduced every year for fictitious and nonsensical diagnoses such as Mathematics Disorder, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Orthorexia Nervosa (healthy eating) and so many other inventions called diseases for the sole purpose of selling more drugs. In what many critics are calling lunacy of unimaginable proportions, The World Health Organization (WHO) now plans to lay down the framework that will set the precedent for classifying aging, something that should be embraced and celebrated, into a disease with elaborate protocols expected to be finalized in 2018.
Most people in modern times have been somewhat unanimous that wrinkles, grief and homosexuality are not diseases, although not if you ask the WHO, all of the above may soon be classified as a disease given enough time.
What is considered to be normal and what is considered to be diseased is strongly influenced by historical context. Matters once considered to be diseases are no longer classified as such. For example, when black slaves ran away from plantations they were labeled to suffer from drapetomania and medical treatment was used to try to “cure” them.
Read more http://www.wakingtimes.com/2015/11/11/who-to-classify-aging-as-a-disease-opening-the-flood-gates-to-new-pharmaceuticals/