Still in NorCal (Northern California), and responding to comments. Like this one from Chuck:
Many smokers are now boarding up their windows because of increased attacks by gangs of smokerphobics roaming the streets, cars get vandalised with red X painted on them to indicate smokers onboard, and smokers kids get bullied at school.
Local police reaction is “give up smoking” before somebody gets killed by one of the armed gangs, i have resorted to smoking in rooms with the curtains closed with a “No Smoking” sign at the front of the property.
I am thinking of settting up an underground armed resistance group but you just cannot trust anyone, smokerphobic spies are everywhere.
On being asked where this was, Chuck replied that it was Fremont, California. And in fact the IP address of the comment was also Fremont, California. Fremont is in the south of the San Francisco Bay Area.
This was supported by a comment from Tom (also in California):
Seeing smokers threatened with a beating by fist in the streets of SF – there is no link – I have seen that – with my very own eyes and encountered something very close to that personally as well. Links to one infamous SF Chronicle editorial a few years back prior to the outdoor bans from an attorney advocating violence against outdoor smokers and saying that she would defend the attackers in court and no judge would dare find the attackers in any way guilty as well as links to another infamous Asian Weekly editorial entitled “Filthy Chinese Smokers” just prior to the outdoor bans ..
And Michael McFadden (who lives in Philadelphia) weighed in with:
I wouldn’t be at all surprised to hear of isolated incidents by nuts. I have documented news stories of a 13 year old smoker being beaten to death by a15 year old Anti, a pregnant smoker being shot for smoking while pregnant in a parking lot, a daughter being “branded” with a hot iron by her mother for smoking, a girl being strangled in her bed by a next door neighbor because the girl had shared a cig with the neighbor’s daughter, and a girl being tortured for hours with a homemade flame thrower etc because she’d smoked around a friend who was pregnant. I’ve also witnessed a smoker being severely gut-punched by a passerby at a folk festival for no apparent reason other than the smoking, and another smoker at the same festival the following year having a bedpan of urine and feces thrown at her.
Most of us have encountered online, at one time or other, antismokers who hope we die of cancer or some other lingering disease. But the kind of threats of violence, and actual violence, that are being reported here represents a considerable escalation of the war on smokers.
And it’s a development that is wholly in line with the Tobacco Control Industry’s ‘denormalisation’ programme, whereby smokers are evicted from pubs and restaurants, and thereby from society, and turned into a demonised underclass, and the object of derision, contempt, and ultimately violence.
For the truth of the matter is that, even though the top echelons of the Tobacco Control Industry generally make no explicit calls for violence against smokers, more or less everything that they do encourages precisely such violence. In this respect they are like senior Nazis in the Hitler era who presented a civilised and cultured face to the world, while discreetly encouraging their Brownshirts to do their dirty work for them. Only this time, rather than building up fanatical support using marches and rallies, it’s built up using the mass media to continually portray smoking as a disease, and smokers as subhumans.
The thugs on the streets of Fremont are not some sort of aberration: they are the real face of Tobacco Control. And it’s people like Stanton Glantz in the USA, and Gro Harlem Brundtland in Europe, and Deborah Arnott in the UK, who ultimately have blood on their hands, because they are the people who have been driving the denormalisation and exclusion and demonisation of smokers. And in Fremont, California, it’s clearly been working very well for them.
It’s a terrible indictment of the political classes in America and Europe and Britain that they are allowing Nazi history to repeat itself, but this time with smokers (and to a lesser extent drinkers and fat people) replacing Jews as the objects of scorn and hatred. Almost without exception, they turn a blind eye to Tobacco Control’s obscene assault on smokers. In fact, with their taxes, they actually fund most of it. (These wretched “leaders” are meeting up later this week to try to cement together a European Union, 150 million of whose citizens – the smokers – are no longer welcome in it.)
So far, in the UK where I live, the denormalisation of smokers has (in my experience) not progressed to the kind of violence reported by my American commenters, although I have no doubt whatsoever that this is what UK antismoking zealots would like to foster. Smokers may have been excluded from pubs and clubs and restaurants, but in the general population they are held in much the same esteem they always were. In the entire time that I’ve been living in the UK since the smoking ban came into force 5 years ago, I’ve never had anyone object to me smoking in a pub garden. If anything, there’s been a palpable retreat by many non-smokers and ex-smokers from antismoking extremism. Perhaps this is because the British people haven’t been subjected to quite the same levels of antismoking propaganda as the citizens of Fremont, California.
These tactics of demonisation and social exclusion may have once worked in Nazi Germany against a small minority of a few hundred thousand Jews, but they’re not going to work against the world’s 1.5 billion strong minority of smokers. The result will not be the extermination of smokers, and the eradication of smoking, but instead civil war. And a civil war which will result in the complete destruction of Tobacco Control, and of a eugenicist movement which somehow survived the defeat of Nazism 70 years ago, but must now be finally expunged.
Tobacco Control must be destroyed. It is a cancer on the face of humanity. It does no good whatsoever. It saves no lives at all, despite its fraudulent claims. It is instead the most socially divisive and economically destructive force unleashed upon the world for the past 70 years, if not the past century. And it must be stopped. And if governments won’t stop it, then smokers will. And not just smokers, but all those mounting numbers of non-smokers who are appalled at its predations.
Today I had an email from an American (a New Yorker) offering to give me $100 towards me and my blog. He’s not the first American to make such an offer. But much as I’d like to blow it on beer and tobacco, I don’t really need it. And furthermore today I can see someone who really does need it. And that’s Chuck in Fremont, California. So I would say to my would-be benefactor: It’s your fellow Americans who need your support much more than I do. Send $100 to Chuck, not to me. Or send him a gun for his fledgling armed resistance movement: it remains the right of Americans to bear arms in self-defence.
I don’t know to what extent my American readers are already in contact with each other, but I see it as my principal task – perhaps even my bounden duty – to bring smokers together, to the small extent that I am able to do so. So I would like to make a suggestion to my American readers, and that is: that I make available your email addresses (which I possess) to your fellow American commenters. If enough of my regular American commenters agree to their email addresses being released, I’ll send those who agree all the email addresses of all the other Americans who agree. And then they can all email each other and maybe even meet up with each other. And they’ll be the Frank Davis American club, or something. And in my small way I’ll be helping to bring Americans together.
And that way (assuming they agree), Smokervoter (who lives in California) and Tom (who also lives in California) can contact Chuck in Fremont, California. And it’s more than just California, of course. My American readers come from all over the United States, and it’s a very big country (as Winston Smith was at pains to point out to me when I was chatting on webcam with him earlier this year). And, who knows, maybe they’ll all get to meet up with Harleyrider and Walt and GaryK and all my other American readers and commenters, and drink a few beers.
Because it’s only by people coming together that these new Nazis will be stopped, thrown back, and finally defeated.
P.S. I sent an email to Chuck, but it failed permanently. His wasn’t (no big surprise) a genuine email address. And so there’s no way he’ll get $100, or an AK47, or even the support of his American compatriots. My attempt to bring Americans together has failed at its very first attempt.