Jimbo Flails Out

H/T Cage Canada for drawing attention to the ongoing US secondhand smoke trial.

Just one week before the Prince George’s County Circuit Court is scheduled to take up David Schuman’s secondhand smoke case against Greenbelt Homes, Inc. (GHI), a crowd packed tightly into a small room at the Greenbelt Community Center on Wednesday to hear Schuman out.

Schuman is suing the membership’s cooperative over his neighbor’s secondhand smoke, which Schuman asserts is a nuisance and is posing a danger to his health. He believes GHI violated his Mutual Ownership Contract by its failure to prohibit the nuisance, and as a result is seeking a total of $600,000 in damages.

In an emotional appeal, Schuman told the audience he had tried “very, very hard to avoid having to litigate.”

Schuman brought with him physicist and secondhand smoke consultant, James Repace, famed for his claim that only “tornado winds” could make rooms safe from secondhand smoke. The trial is still in process, although the judge has already thrown out Schuman’s claim for $300,000 punitive damages. The trial has been followed online, and has been attracting comments from the likes of Michael McFadden, Magnetic, Dave Atherton, and others.

And the really fun thing is that James Repace has been posting comments as well, saying just today:

Smoker’s Rights Polluting this Blog are Fronting for Big Tobacco:

and

Sounds to me like the “Smokers’ Rights” goons from FORCES who posted on this blog are a pack of total frauds fronting for Big Tobacco

Its awfully predictable, isn’t it? Anyone who speaks up in favour of smokers must be part of a Big Tobacco front group.  But there’s more. Responding to Michael McFadden a few weeks back, he said:

If you and the other nicotine addicts who posted on this blog think this case is going to turn on hearsay about some cherry-picked articles by industry moles and others that you read but clearly don’t understand, while ignoring the vast body of literature by hundreds of scientists and the authoritative reports of federal agencies indicting secondhand smoke as toxic air pollution, you’re welcome to your pipe dreams.

And a week or two later he was taking another pot shot at McFadden:

It is of interest to inquire: what has motivated the often hysterical comments of the Patch Blog on the Schuman case? Mr. McFadden, for example, is one of more than a dozen crackpot columnists for the anti-public health organization FORCES. “FORCES columnists offer news and perspectives on such issues as smoking and public policy, smoking and science, and the increasingly evident slippery slope that is leading to tobacco prohibition. They also … chart the course of an authoritarian and censorious political and bureaucratic elite that uses state-of-the-art propaganda techniques, corporate handouts and tax dollars to woo the public towards … utopian illusions about health and safety in exchange for the privacy and freedom of both mind and body.”

Many of FORCES tactics revolve around disproving or “debunking” much of the scientific evidence surrounding smoking, as well as constantly linking anti-tobacco activists either to fascism/Nazism/communism or to some sort of criminal conspiracy against smokers and those people sympathetic towards FORCES’ causes.

The entire comment thread is worth a read – particularly Magnetic referring to Repace variously as James, Jim, Jimmy, and finally Jimbo.

I can’t for the life of me figure out what Repace is trying to do. It’s a good thing to see one of the major players in the secondhand smoking scam entering the bearpit. But he’s getting torn to pieces. Why is he doing it?

The answer may be that, in the past, people like him were used to speaking and being heard with respect as established experts in their field, but with a rising tide of effective online criticism (as well as a slew of books by writers like Chris Snowdon, Michael McFadden, Rich White, and others) now calling his ‘science’ and his ‘expertise’ into question, he maybe feels that the only way is to get down and dirty on the blogosphere. Because otherwise him and his cronies will lose everything.

So it looks like we’re getting to them. A bit like the dressing down that Deborah Arnott delivered to Dave Atherton in the green room after their television encounter a few months back (the gist of which was that he was ‘no expert’) also showed that they’re getting increasingly angry and resentful as, little by little, their claims of expert knowledge are being shown to be little more a confidence trick. And Deborah Arnott knows all about them.

Anyway, here’s Video Games by Lana Del Rey. It’s the latest hot music video, according to the Telegraph. And they should know, shouldn’t they?

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26 Responses to Jimbo Flails Out

  1. Repace is basically so self-important that he can’t believe it’s possible that “ignorant nicotine addicts” could possibly hold their own with him on a level playing field. He’s clearly one of “The Greedy” (That old receipt that’s been kicking around since 2002 showed him getting $5,000 for an hour or two of talking to a panel of Antis trying to push a ban out in Washington back then.) but he’s also a “True Believer.” He enters into these arguments like a priest holding up a Holy Bible and screaming “BACK TO HELL WITH THEE SATAN!!!”

    Unfortunately for him, it’s not Satan he’s confronting, just a couple of big mean bears who can swallow his Bible as an appetizer and then prepare for the main course.

    The spectacle he’s made of himself by being unable to come up with ANY real defense of his statement about “low levels” of smoke exposure causing endothelial dysfunction after TWELVE polite but pointed requests he do so is astounding. He keeps pasting irrelevant stuff up there every day or two as though he has no understanding of science at all.

    And then to top it off he throws temper tantrums! LOL!

    I have to wonder how he acts in the courtroom when he’s getting probably close to $1,000 an hour to play “expert witness.” No opposing lawyer and no judge would put up with that sort of nonsense.

    I figured I’d leave the field clear for a day or so to see if he’d come up with anything more substantial but instead he did the tantrum thing — I have to wonder if he’d been “having a bit o’ th’ Irish” before he sat down to his puter at that point! If his client loses and turns around and sues HIM in response I think it would be a fate well-deserved.

    :>
    Michael

    • Frank Davis says:

      Repace is basically so self-important that he can’t believe it’s possible that “ignorant nicotine addicts” could possibly hold their own with him on a level playing field.

      They are all incredibly self-important! They really do think they’re ‘experts’, don’t they? As if an ‘expert’ was some sort of higher form of human life. As they say: pride comes before a fall.

      And, since they mention it so often (as Jimbo does above), I think that the ‘Nazi’ charge is something that eats at them too. Perhaps because they know very well (as few other people know, and I didn’t know until 4 or 5 years ago) that they’re continuing with a piece of Nazi science. Lickint, Mueller, Schairer, et al. Stuff that’s on a par with Nazi racial ‘science’. Some of it even personally funded by Hitler.

      James Repace is telling us a lot about himself.

      Well done!

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        In Jimbos case his shs expertise is his own bible because he wrote his own bible to preach from.The we have that long list of his studies that he claimed made him a expert! I think I can rewrite newtons laws and make it my own!

  2. Leg-iron says:

    I didn’t comment there because it would mean signing up, but I don’t think we should kill all these antis. They’re just so much fun. They believe amazingly mad stuff. These people were put there to play with. I considered leaving a comment to the effect of ‘reading this comment by a smoker will give you cancer – whoops, my bad, guys’ but as I said, it meant joining something.

    I think it’s time for a new version of Godwin’s Law whereby those who declare all their opponents to be in the pay of ‘Big Whatever’ (and I have recently seen Big Salt) lose the argument by default.

    Even when they obviously already have.

  3. Brigitte says:

    Thank you, Frank for yet another very interesting post!

    Curious….:
    If you and the other nicotine addicts who posted on this blog think this case is going to turn on hearsay about some cherry-picked articles by industry moles and others that you read but clearly don’t understand, while ignoring the vast body of literature by hundreds of scientists and the authoritative reports of federal agencies indicting secondhand smoke as toxic air pollution , you’re welcome to your pipe dreams.
    Starting off a statement with you and the other nicotine addicts proceeding via this blog think this case is going to turn on hearsay about some cherry-picked articles by industry moles and others that you read but clearly don’t understand to you’re welcome to your pipe dreams.

    Confidence trick gone wrong?
    The first question would be:
    Who financed this vast body of literature by hundreds of scientists and the authoritative reports of federal agencies indicting secondhand smoke as toxic air pollution?

    but I don’t think we should kill all these antis. They’re just so much fun.
    Heaven forbid a premature end to their prolonged life. They deserve a large number of years in a cash strapped EMI rest home. If one compares the vast amount of monies wasted on SHS, 3rd, 4th etc. hand “research” to the funds available for research of e.g. dementia, alzheimers, as well as age related illnesses, “premature” death appears a blessing.

    And, since they mention it so often (as Jimbo does above), I think that the ‘Nazi’ charge is something that eats at them too. Perhaps because they know very well (as few other people know, and I didn’t know until 4 or 5 years ago) that they’re continuing with a piece of Nazi science. Lickint, Mueller, Schairer, et al. Stuff that’s on a par with Nazi racial ‘science’. Some of it even personally funded by Hitler.
    You hit the nail on the head – The German anti-smokers get really annoyed, when this is mentioned.

  4. Frank J says:

    This case seems to be about causing a ‘nuisance’ with the ‘effects’ of SHS tacked on, primarily a contract matter. As far as tobacco control are concerned it’s a reconnaissance mission. They wouldn’t risk any primary judgement going against them so they hide it in something else. It seems they’re trying it as a supporting issue.

    No doubt, though, if a decision went in the plaintiff’s favour based on contract, TC would shout it from the rooftops that it was an ETS issue.

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Frank its a test case,to get a ruling to set a presidence for later lawsuits!

      So far every case on shs and rental/condo sales or agreements has ended in utter failure for tobacco control!

  5. Magnetic says:

    I’ve been sprung! Indeed, ‘twas me who proffered a few observations on the antics of The Artiste®, Jimbalaya Rapacious – “International Secondhand Smoke Consultant”, “Health Physicist” [you couldn’t make this stuff up!], “Plume Clairvoyant”, and “Neo-Shyster”.

    I’m sure there will be more comments in the lead-up to November 3.

  6. harleyrider1978 says:

    I still think JIMBO is fighting gettysburg all over again here……….His entire worthless lifes work is whats actually on trial! Schuman is but an accomplice probably offered money if he would file suit! Jimbo never expected to be under oath and his orgasmic pollutuion detector makes him a proverbial liar on the stand!

    For those who didnt read the entire story Repaces monitor read the same levels of pollution in the smokefree courtroom as he read in Schumans place! Lmao………when your caught with your panties down, sane people give up!

  7. harleyrider1978 says:

    Frank if you didnt catch it on the other comments here is the KEN BURNS PROHIBITION link to watch the whole thing.

    http://eztvstream.com/ken-burns%E2%80%99-prohibition/ken-burns%E2%80%99-prohibition-season-1-episode-1-a-nation-of-drunkards-part-1-of-3

  8. smokervoter says:

    I had one of those think-outside-the-cigar-box moments while reading through the entirety of this lengthy contestation. The tobacco companies should offer ionic air purifiers at massive discounts to customers or offer to give away a free one for every 40 cartons purchased. They might even consider buying one of the manufacturers (Wein Corp for example) and sell them as a loss leader to smokers.

    It appears as though you can get a decent one for around $120 (£78, sorry no pound sterling key). From what I hear they are quite effective. I know, I know we’re already tapped out from the sky high taxes we’re dishing out, but if it heads off these housing discrimination ambushes at the pass it might be worth the outlay.

    I’m dying to see if code point for the pound character works. Here goes….

  9. harleyrider1978 says:

    £ well I will be damned!

  10. harleyrider1978 says:

    Octal coding I do believe!

  11. harleyrider1978 says:

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