You Can’t Make This Stuff Up.

They must be crazy. They must have a death wish.

H/T Harley, France Mulls Scented Candle Ban:

After recent health-driven moves to tax or restrict the use of energy drinks, artificial sweeteners and electronic cigarettes, French health authorities have now set their sights on cracking down on scented candles and incense, because their aroma could be masking toxic fumes.

And it’s not just scented candles:

A French government plan to include reinforced health warnings for wine has gone down the wrong way with the country’s wine industry chiefs. The head of the Bordeaux wine association tells The Local why the government’s plan is akin to treating them like “drug dealers”…

What has riled the wine industry, however, apart from mooted tax hikes, is a plan to reinforce health warnings, including on wine bottles, as well as to ban positive talk about wine in the French media.

‘Vin and Societé’ have slammed the “moralising trend” which will “reduce personal responsibility” among French people.

According to Sud Ouest newspaper, the French government plans to change the warning from “Alcohol abuse is dangerous for your health” to “Alcohol is dangerous for your health”.

Meanwhile:

Of course, the French president had recently introduced a ‘hate tax’ on its countries most successful people, driving out whatever few productive people remain in France.

But this hate tax was just the tip of le iceberg.

Just look at what they’ve done or announced just in the last month:

1) Double the corporate surtax

It’s not enough that France has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the developed world. On top of this, they have a corporate ‘surtax’, or a tax on top of the tax.

And earlier this month, they announced plans to DOUBLE it.

2) Increase reporting obligations

Anyone who has ever started a business knows that a new business is like a newborn baby. It’s critical to focus on growth, not on filling out a bunch of paperwork.

The French government doesn’t care about this. So they’ve recently LOWERED the bar for reporting obligations, requiring a businesses with top-line revenue of just 80,000 euros to submit time consuming and onerous VAT reports to the tax authorities.

3) Increased pension tax

France has one of the most bankrupt… and unsustainably generous… pension systems in the world.

But rather than completely overhauling the system and expect people to, you know, actually work past the age of 55, they’ve just decided to raise the pension tax. Again.

4) Energy drink tax

Not to be outdone by Michael Bloomberg’s soda tax in New York City, the French National Assembly has recently proposed to tax energy drinks… as much as ONE EURO ($1.37) per can.

5) Higher property taxes

Last month, the French government announced plans to revise property value assessments across the country, which serves as the basis for a number of property taxes.

6) Data tax [my personal favorite]

You can’t make this stuff up.

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33 Responses to You Can’t Make This Stuff Up.

  1. Nightlight says:

    The worse, the better. There is always that last straw and the sooner they reach it, the sooner they go.

  2. About time somebody reminded the French “Government” exactly how THEY got there;
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  3. Junican says:

    I can’t help but agree with Nightlight. Only when the French see the idiocy will they insist on stopping the nonsense.But how to do it?
    They need to understand that they are under the control of the ‘New Aristocrats’ in the EU. If ever there was a system of government which was wide open to corruption, it must be the EU, as it is presently constituted. How can there be any realistic control when a junior minister in the UK government can ignore convention and commit the UK to a certain course of action? It makes no sense. It really is frightening.

  4. waltc says:

    As I recall from history lessons and old movies, the French Resistance was a relatively small part of the population. Most people simply went along with the Nazis. And many agreed with them. In any case, I mourn the pre-healthist France but again I think of Sheldrake’s “morphic resonance.” Something seems to have infected populations, world-wide. It’s not generational, though the younger generations have been weaned on this crap; it seems to have sickened the boomers and Xers who are now the ones In Charge.

    Being stuck at home with a virus that has left me mindlessly sneezing and snoozing, I found myself watching a US senate hearing on….energy drinks!

    The defendants (it was more a trial than a hearing) were the CEO’s of the biggest energy drink manufacturers and the head prosecutor was one noxious (and of course rabidly anti-tobacco) senator, Blumenthal (D, CT). It was a direct parallel of the infamous tobacco hearings of yore. They were pretty much cast as merchants of death and despoilers of youth no matter how much they insisted that a can of their stuff had less caffiene than your grandmother’s coffee. But as with everything else the nannies decree, and whoever they designate as Public Health Enemy #1 of the Week, there’ll be all sorts of citizens (commenters to The Times) agreeing how Very Right They Are, how Shocking It Is, how people who (fill in the blank) drink Red Bull, or more than 3.5 ounces Coke or eat salt, eat sugar, eat meat, drink booze, and of course smoke tobacco are the dregs of the earth and are Costing Us Money and There Oughta Be A Law.

    So why should we here expect better of the French.

    .

  5. Bill says:

    Not that I am old enough but these days with these sorts of incompetence or insanity (take your pick as to which it is) really do mirror the end of empire days where the ‘rulers’ have disappeared and those left behind are left floundering. 2014 is looking like it’s going to be a good year, assuming I am around to see it…

    In other news
    http://sorendreier.com/sun-fires-off-2nd-monster-solar-flare-in-1-day/

    The sun. The thing that warms the planet and makes it liveable, preaching to the choir, but a truth is a truth is a truth.

    • jaxthefirst says:

      Yes, Bill, there something sort of “frenzied” about the deluge of all these tobacco-template-based new health “initiatives,” isn’t there? As you rightly say, there is a feel about the whole thing of a school where the teachers have suddenly vanished, and so all the kids are rushing about, trying desperately to “take charge” and “be grownups” but who – because they don’t have the experience to do the first and they aren’t the second – are succeeding only in dashing about like chickens with their heads cut off, crashing and bashing around desperately in a wild, blind panic and completely failing to achieve anything either worthwhile or helpful.

      How on earth has it come to this? National and local politicians, and their associated “departments” of all varieties, should be concerning themselves with the major, important issues, like war, defence, the economy, welfare, foreign relations and the actual day-to-day running of the country at a practical level, not whether or not to put an extra couple of Euros (or pennies, or cents) on “naughty” products, or finger-wagging exercises at the “naughty” producers.

      One almost starts to think that there’s some kind of really big storm coming that they know about, but we haven’t yet been informed of, which is, quite simply, making a lot of incompetent people very, very twitchy indeed, because they know, deep down inside, that when this storm breaks, it’ll be people like themselves – swivel-eyed, self-important, hopeless wastes of space that they are – who’ll be the first casualties, regardless of how much noise they’ve made on their oh-so-important “causes” in the run-up to it. And you know what they say – the higher they fly, the harder they fall. Maybe the knowledge of how hard the fall is that these power-crazed nobodies are facing has simply turned their tiny, self-obsessed little minds …

      • Bill says:

        In my experience incompetent people keep defending the indefensible and their incomes to the bitter end which comes around when some outside of their ‘sphere of influence’ does the ending.

  6. harleyrider1978 says:

    http://junkscience.com/2013/10/11/nanny-bloombergs-next-target-tanning-salons-heres-why-its-another-junk-science-fueled-crusade/

    Nanny Bloomberg’s next target: Tanning salons — Here’s why it’s another junk science-fueled crusade

    Posted on October 11, 2013 by Steve Milloy | 2 Comments

    The New York Post reports:

    In what could be the Bloomberg’s Administration’s final health crusade, the anti-tanorexic plan will be submitted to the Board of Health on Tuesday,. The board — all appointees of Mayor Bloomberg — is expected to adopt the new rules, which would take effect in the spring following public hearings.

  7. harleyrider1978 says:

    following public hearings/Kangaroo court

  8. harleyrider1978 says:

    Another one of those you just cant make this shit up moments

    Where utopia meets nirvana

    Venezuela just inaugurated its very first vice-minister for happiness

    http://www.infowars.com/venezuela-just-inaugurated-its-very-first-vice-minister-for-happiness/

  9. nisakiman says:

    I just came across this article about the FCTC debate in Nigeria, and was amazed at how commonsense it was.

    Tobacco policy making must also be all inclusive, everyone must state their case. It is expected that those who are charged with the affairs of formulating these laws are trust worthy enough and have the requisite expertise to make the right kind of calls that will protect public health. There is, therefore no basis for excluding the tobacco industry from deliberating on issues that will affect them. Attempting to exclude them from such discussions by engaging in unnecessary media sensationalism is mere whitewash.

    There’s no info on the author, so I’ve no idea if he has any influence, but it would be nice to think so!

    • beobrigitte says:

      There is, therefore no basis for excluding the tobacco industry from deliberating on issues that will affect them.

      How refreshing! This sure would level the playing field!
      Our friends and “savers” from tobacco control are now rushing off to Nigeria….

  10. harleyrider1978 says:

    Argument over smoking preceded Rite Aid shooting
    http://www.timesdispatch.com
    Shooting took place in front of a 6-year-old after the father accused the mother’s companion of smoking in the presence of the child, a prosecutor said.

    http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/local/crime/argument-over-smoking-preceded-rite-aid-shooting/article_e50ac20a-3ccc-11e3-b335-0019bb30f31a.html

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      It shows and proves just how government approved hate campaigns can cause death and injury directly

      • beobrigitte says:

        “Not only did the 6-year-old boy witness the incident, he was in the line of fire,” Stark said. “The only evidence of self-defense is the defendant’s statement.”

        So, that’s ok. As long as no-one lights up a cigarette in front of the 6-year old?

        It is more than high time to send tobacco control to hell – after being held accountable for the REAL damage they caused!!

    • Frank Davis says:

      That’s in the Graveyard now.

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Sorry Prog I didn’t see you had it up already! Just freeking amazing isn’t it! Its a day for ”You just cant make this stuff up shit”.

  11. harleyrider1978 says:

    Passive smoking kills TREE in Manchester city centre
    26 Oct 2013 13:28

    Ash and cigarette butts left by smokers are thought to be killing the whitebeam tree

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/passive-smoking-kills-tree-manchester-2641046

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Is the story loading and then disappearing to anyone else but me!

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        I copied and pasted the whole story here before it disappeared on me…….

        By Jessica Best
        Comments

        Passive smoking kills TREE in Manchester city centre
        26 Oct 2013 13:28

        Ash and cigarette butts left by smokers are thought to be killing the whitebeam tree

        Barking: Cigarette ash could be to blame for the tree’s ill health Barking: Cigarette ash could be to blame for the tree’s ill health
        Getty

        A tree could be dying from passive smoking – because so many people are lighting up next to it.

        Shop and hotel workers meet to smoke at the whitebeam tree in Manchester city centre.

        But over the past few months, it has started looking unhealthy, with wilting leaves and flaking bark.

        Experts who were brought in to investigate believe the deluge of cigarette butts and ash flicked into its base could be to blame.

        Red Rose Forest spokesman Jane Alcock, said: “The only thing different about this tree was that the soil around it was totally clogged up with cigarette butts.

        “Business owners have been trying to clear them up each day, but with more being added constantly it’s a real struggle.

        “This tree is in considerably poorer condition than the others in the street, so we believe the cigarette butts could be to blame. It’s a sobering sight to see a tree near to death because of smoking.

        “We hope this makes people think not only about their own health but also about the effects of littering.”

        The tree is one of six whitebeams which were planted on Portland Street as part of a project by Red Rose Forest in 2011. Replacing them would cost around £800 each.

        A bin for cigarette butts has now been placed near the tree – and smokers are being urged to use it.

        The news comes as thousands of smokers near the end of Stoptober – the national quit smoking month.

        Andrea Crossfield, chief executive of Tobacco Free Futures, a social enterprise committed to tackling tobacco across Greater Manchester, said: “There are over 4,000 chemicals in a cigarette and they concentrate in the tip when the cigarette is smoked.

        “These chemicals have the potential to damage trees and plants, as well as people.”

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          Tobacco Stems And Stalks Are Valuable Fertilizers . – Google News

          news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1962&dat=19140910…‎

          be used to good advantage by the American grower of tobacco as fertilizer. … Tobacco stalks which are not re moved -from the farm under prevailing methods, …

    • margo says:

      What, with all those cars and huge lorries about – and they’re blaming fag-ends?!

    • beobrigitte says:

      (I can read the story fine!)

      And yes, you can’t make this stuff up!!!!
      Now it’s smokers killing a whitebeam tree in Manchester…….. The anti-smokers’ desperation is endless!!
      I guess octabber is more successful than the now finished anti-smoking October thingy no-one wanted to know about in the first place.
      Experts who were brought in to investigate believe the deluge of cigarette butts and ash flicked into its base could be to blame.
      It is always nice to see when one “expert” contradicts the other; undoubtedly ASH will loudly announce the SUCCESS of what everyone simply regards as a waste of taxpayers’ monies and ignored, anyway.

      It looks like whitebeam are quite pernickety things:
      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/3308598/Hope-for-the-whitebeam.html
      Whitebeams are pernickety in other ways, too. They like open places to grow and won’t flourish in dense woodland. That is a particular problem for Ley’s whitebeam because woods surround its precipitous slopes – so its room for expansion is limited.

      They have another peculiarity, too. Unlike their closest relatives, the rowan, wild service tree and common whitebeam, they produce seeds without being pollinated. So the seeds – and the trees that germinate from them – are genetically identical clones of the parent. They are called apomicts.
      Could this be why they are rare? Genetic identikits may not survive environmental change well…

      Nothing to do with the traffic or a shady spot in Manchester? The mirror hasn’t shown a photograph of the area where the tree is, so we do not know if it is next to a busy main road and/or shaded by too many houses.

      This mirror article should be kept to show future generations WHAT nonsense tobacco control & friends rammed down people’s throats.

  12. Rose says:

    “But scented candles and incense were singled out for condemnation as “among the most polluting products”, due to their emission of harmful substances.
    When burned, incense sticks emit the carcinogen benzene, as well as formaldehyde, an irritant gas that can cause particular damage to nasal passages, and even lead to an increased risk of developing leukemia.
    Scented candles also give off formaldehyde, as well as acrolein, according to INERIS, the National Institute for Industrial Environment and Risks.
    Of the two, incense sticks pose a particularly grave risk to health, it would seem”

    If they move fast our Government can beat the French to the next ludicrous ban, thanks to ASH’s determination to close any loopholes and cover any possible substance a smoker could possibly smoke in an enclosed public space under the Health Act 2006, if I’m not mistaken, the provision for prosecuting anyone who burns candles, scented or otherwise or incense may already exist.

    5. DEFINITIONS
    5.1.
    Smoking

    “Smoking refers to smoking tobacco of or anything that contains tobacco, or smoking any other substance, and includes being in possession of lit tobacco or anything lit which contains tobacco or being in possession of any other lit substance in the form in which it can be smoked
    .
    Smoking means the practice of burning tobacco or any other material and the tasting or inhalation of the associated smoke.”

    Click to access Smokefree%20Compliance%20Procedure.pdf

    It seems that some people mistakenly thought that the smoking ban only included tobacco, but after the Irish ban, Ash’s determination to include herbal cigarettes appears to have included everything else.

    Guidance for Churches & The New July No-Smoking Regulations

    “Some churches are concerned about the effect on them of the smoking ban brought in on the 1st July 2007 by the 2006 Health Act.

    “Will we have to stop using candles and incense?”

    NO: incense and candles do not contain tobacco – which is the banned substance.”
    http://www.christiantoday.com/article/guidance.for.churches.the.new.july.nosmoking.regulations/11400.htm

    Or perhaps that’s just in Luton.

    • beobrigitte says:

      When burned, incense sticks emit the carcinogen benzene, as well as formaldehyde, an irritant gas that can cause particular damage to nasal passages, and even lead to an increased risk of developing leukemia.

      In everything that is lamented as “dangerous” FORMALDEHYDE turns up. How come we all are being pestered to get “our” flu vaccination? (I also believe, mercury hasn’t been found in cigarette smoke, so it must be “safe” then as we do find it in vaccines.)

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