An Unmitigated Disaster

From my Tobacco bookmarks comes this piece from the West Briton in June 2012:

And so the smoking ban came to pass from the New World Order after a prolonged suitable period of brainwashing, whereupon the critical mass bought it hook, line and sinker, based on quite pathetic research.

So much for being concerned about your health when you consider those awful diesel fumes, et al, that we breathe in when walking down the street or when stuck behind smoke-blowing vehicles, yet to be addressed. Ah ha ha ha, ah ha.

Much more disturbing though, is the new culture of home alcoholics which is now way out of control. Still, out of sight, out of mind eh? When you went to the pub, you knew when you’d had enough.

At the outset, I predicted an unmitigated disaster. I’d already seen it in Ireland, so much like our own rural duchy. However, I didn’t foresee the unbelievable damage it would cause until it arrived here. Cornwall’s village community spirit is now being well and truly torn apart. In my area alone, two village pubs have just closed, and another is in receivership. I’m aware of many others that have gone under, including working men’s clubs throughout Cornwall. They are all the social hub for so many and a necessity to keep the community spirit that brings people together for numerous occasions.

Town establishments are also suffering big time. One place I work, also doubles as a coffee house by day for the shoppers. It’s 700 cups down per week. And what of the ladies who liked a ciggy with their morning coffee? Another little luxury lost. Wading through crowds smoking outside on the pavement with cigarette ends everywhere, while avoiding traffic at the same time has become an art form. It’s increasingly difficult for the entertainment industry with venues still closing at the ridiculous rate of 16 per week even after four years. I support non-smokers’ rights to the hilt, but there is absolutely no need for this, with so many people suffering, including the enormous loss of jobs. The negatives are endless. It’s all so absurd.

It’s the same story everywhere. The smoking ban has been an unmitigated disaster. But our political class pretends not to notice. Conservative, Labour, or Lib Dem, they all back the smoking ban. Many of them are even proud of it. And it was them who decided on this ban, not us.

Sometimes I think it’s all a New World Order thing, and the smoking ban is part of a carefully-worked-out plan – Agenda 27 (or is it Agenda 21?) – to improve people’s physical health, or something. Only I never have much belief in carefully-worked-out plans or agendas. They always go wrong. Every time. And this one is going truly spectacularly wrong. But they’re pressing on with it anyway, perhaps because it’s the only plan they’ve got. It’s what everyone else is doing, after all. Even poor old Putin.

And then sometimes I wonder whether they know perfectly well that it’s all gone horribly pear-shaped, but they’re too frightened to even talk about it, too frightened to admit it’s been a disaster, and hoping that the problem will just go away somehow if they ignore it for long enough.

They’re like Varus’ Roman legions, tricked by Arminius into marching through the Teutoburg Forest in 9 AD, and strung out in a thin line along dozens of miles, their flanks defenceless against the attack that is waiting them, but continuing on anyway with sinking hearts towards their annihilation. Here the role of Arminius has been taken by Tobacco Control, with its promises that the smoke-free new pubs would not only not lose any customers, but actually gain them. And that smokers would soon get used to the new regime. And how they would also grab the golden opportunity to quit smoking, like 70% of them really wanted to do. And how everyone would be so much healthier and more productive. And how everything would all be fine and dandy, no down side at all.

All lies, of course. But that’s what Arminius does: tell lies.

The problem won’t go away like they hope. It’ll just get worse and worse. Because the damage is cumulative. I used to go to my local pub in Devon for an hour every day. That’s 365 hours a year of sitting and drinking and smoking and quietly gazing into space. Now I only go about 30 times a year, when it’s sunny enough to sit outside. So I lose 335 hours of quiet meditation per year. It’s not the same doing it at home, somehow. So over the past 7 years I’ve lost 2,345 hours. And I miss them. Next year it’ll be 2,680 lost hours. And the year after that it’ll be 3,015 hours. And so on. It all adds up. It’s cumulative.

And what’s cumulative for me is cumulative for everyone else, even non-smokers. They’ve been losing too.

It’ll come to a head one day. The accumulated grievances will become insupportable. It’ll probably be something other than smoking bans that will tip people over the edge. It’ll be some completely unrelated new insult. But they’ll have had enough all the same.

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40 Responses to An Unmitigated Disaster

  1. harleyrider1978 says:

    It’ll come to a head one day. The accumulated grievances will become insupportable. It’ll probably be something other than smoking bans that will tip people over the edge. It’ll be some completely unrelated new insult. But they’ll have had enough all the same.

    Its called a Pissed off voter in most cases around the globe.

    Today on the story I got in made 3 posts destroyed the opposition without name calling or insult. I was quickly banned as I would expect. But this time one commentor I had disagreed with was none other than the head NAZI at the Lexington Fayette health dept………

    One of the head Nazis in the state,the one who orders the smoking police out to do their monthly undercover raids on businesses after hours.

    Weve all known these people baby-sit theyre stories online and then used to try and defend their claims. Not anymore they don’t!

    The comments sections have destroyed Tobacco Control and likely every other Control advocact driven drivel out there too like climate change or anti-obesity or E-cigs or whatever you have.

    Yes we are just that damn good!

  2. harleyrider1978 says:

    Facebook Drug Task Force To Begin Monitoring All Messages October 1st – See more at:

    No doubt talking about bootleg cigs on facebook will now get you busted………

  3. junican says:

    The ‘New World Order’ can only advance so far before THE PEOPLE wake up. As I have said elsewhere, the ‘New World Order’ will precipitate a Civil War of horrendous proportions. The reason is that the ‘New World Order’ cannot be anything other than tyranny. It must be ‘totalitarian’ (one size fits all) and ‘fascist’ (the State has absolute authority). In fact, we are already seeing that eventuality in the form of EU Directives. The politicians might accept them, but, eventually, THE PEOPLE will not. What will happen is either wholesale rejection at a personal level, or rebellion.
    What almost certainly NOT happen is that our elected representatives will toughen up – there are too many girly boys and too many boysy girls, with their own agendas, in our Parliamentary midst. Also, as is perfectly obvious, the ‘leaders’ of the main parties are patsies.

    It is very weird that there seems to be no real, potential LEADER with the courage to speak out for THE PEOPLE. By THE PEOPLE, I mean each and every individual, and not the mass of ‘a population’ as described by epidemiologists. The only person who fits that bill is Nigel Farage. Needless to say, if, by some mischance, his party gained enough seats to gain control, he would come up against ‘The Establishment’. I’m sure that he would have courage, but would he have the ‘nous’?
    The ‘nous’ is simple – take away the money.

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      I heard the other day Nigel was quitting politics in a few years the other day from his facebook group.

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Cousin the Nazis are doing Damage Control BIG TIME in Ireland……….

      Blow away this smoke screen made from myths

      The Irish Cancer Society wants an investigation into the Irish market, and asks why cigarettes legally sold into other countries end up being sold illegally here, writes Kathleen O’Meara.

      We commissioned a company to do focus group research with teenagers aged 15 and 16 and they told us that the high price of cigarettes is the biggest single reason they wouldn’t smoke

      Stories abound about the smuggling of cigarettes into Ireland. Some of them are presented as fact, some are simply urban myths.

      Like the one about rat droppings being found in counterfeit cigarettes allegedly made in factories in deepest China and sold on the Irish market.

      Or the myth about the level of tobacco smuggling into Ireland. If you were to believe some commentators, including the industry itself, up to one in four of all cigarettes sold in Ireland are illegal.

      This is presented as fact, but it is just not true. The fact is, the rate of tobacco smuggling into Ireland is dropping and is currently at 12%, a 3% drop in three years. This figure comes from the Revenue Commissioners and we applaud their efforts to stem the flow of this dangerous and illegal activity.

      It’s very important that Revenue’s efforts are resourced, not only because tobacco smuggling is illegal, but also for the very simple reason that if cheap smuggled cigarettes are widely available, then it is more likely that children and young people will start to smoke.

      That’s because the high price of cigarettes is the biggest disincentive to children and young people to take up smoking. How do we know this? The Irish Cancer Society, with the Irish Heart Foundation, asked them. We commissioned a company to do focus group research with teenagers aged 15 and 16 and they told us that the high price of cigarettes is the biggest single reason they wouldn’t smoke.

      So we keep a close eye on the figures coming from Revenue, not only on the levels of smuggling into Ireland, but also on what is actually coming on to the black market in Ireland.

      The tobacco industry peddle the myth that our streets are riddled with fake, cheap, badly produced cigarettes imported from the Far East. Such packs are either cigarettes produced to look like big-brand tobacco or have made-up names that are produced specifically to be smuggled.

      We were surprised recently then to see that more than 90% of the tobacco being smuggled into Ireland was actually originally manufactured and legally sold into another market by the tobacco industry, only to find its way, illegally, into Ireland.

      This kind of smuggling is not a new development, even in Ireland, but happened in Europe and in North America and Canada, for years — until it was stopped.

      What happens is this. The tobacco industry oversupplies a market. For instance in Ukraine in 2008, 30bn more cigarettes than the market could consume were sold — legally — into the country. They then disappeared, picked up by smugglers, and found their way into the black markets of Western Europe.

      In the UK, between 2000 and 2002, 16bn cigarettes were smuggled into the country, making the smuggling rate very high. Half of them were Regals and Superkings, manufactured by Imperial Tobacco. Around the same time, billions of extra cigarettes were being sold by the industry into Moldova, Latvia, Russia, and Afghanistan.

      A UK Parliamentary Committee questioned the chief executive of Imperial Tobacco about this in 2002. He was asked: “How can you possibly have sold cigarettes to Latvia, Kaliningrad, Afghanistan, and Moldova in the expectation that those were just going to be used by the indigenous population or exported legitimately to neighbouring countries, and not in the expectation they would be smuggled?”

      He told the committee that the supply had been discontinued because “product was coming back to the UK”.

      The industry’s defence was summed up by one member of the committee, who said: “One comes to the conclusion that you are either crooks or you are stupid, and you do not look very stupid.”

      We want an investigation into what is happening in the Irish market, and why over 90% of the cigarettes being smuggled into the country are contraband — that is, were originally legally produced. These cigarettes have been supplied by the tobacco industry into countries with high levels of criminality and where cigarettes are cheap.

      We want the investigation to find out how contraband cigarettes are coming here, whether this country is being used as a smuggling hub for Europe and whether international smuggling rings are targeting Ireland.

      We believe that the tobacco industry, which controls the supply of cigarettes into every market, should be queried about how they are managing the supply of their own product.

      They complain loudly about tobacco smuggling, but what are they doing to stop their own product getting into the hands of smugglers?

      We know that the Revenue Commissioners is committed to intercepting illegal cigarettes coming into Ireland and are having considerable success in this area. But we think more can be done, and should be done, because lives are at stake.

      The tobacco industry needs to recruit 50 smokers every day to replace those who are dying or quitting. Almost 80% of smokers say they started before they were 18. If they get hooked, they run the risk of dying prematurely of smoking, either from cancer, heart disease, or other respiratory illness. Half of long-term smokers will die as a result of smoking.

      Preventing smuggled cigarettes coming into Ireland is protecting young people from the very high risks of starting to smoke. This is surely a worthy aim.

      * Kathleen O’Meara is Head of Advocacy and Communications at the Irish Cancer

      I posted 2 posts and they banned me 3 times then I got in again with this one!

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        Tobacco Taxation and Unintended Consequences: U.S. Senate Hearing on Tobacco Taxes Owed, Avoided, and Evaded

        Drenkard Statement to U.S. Senate Finance Committee July 2014

        Hearing on Tobacco: Taxes Owed, Avoided, and Evaded
        Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance

        Chairman Wyden, Ranking Member Hatch, and members of the Committee:

        I appreciate the opportunity to submit this statement on tobacco taxes and their impact across the country. In the 77 years since our founding in 1937, the Tax Foundation has monitored tax policy trends at the federal and state levels, and our data and research are heavily relied upon by policymakers, the media, and the general public. Our analysis is guided by the idea that taxes should be as simple, neutral, transparent, and stable as possible, and as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, we take no position on any pending legislation.

        We hope that the material we provide will be helpful in the Committee’s consideration of the issue.

        Executive Summary

        Tobacco taxes are the highest they have ever been in the United States. The federal rate currently stands at $1.0066 per pack of cigarettes, and state and local rates add as much as an additional $6.16 per pack (as in Chicago, Illinois). These combined rates are equivalent to a tax in excess of 200 percent in some locales.

        The high tax burden on tobacco results in de facto prohibition of the products, bringing all the undesirable outcomes associated with alcohol prohibition in the 1920s. In our research we have found evidence of substantial tobacco smuggling from low to high tax jurisdictions, violent crime, theft of tobacco and tobacco tax stamps, corruption of law-enforcement officers, and even funding of terrorist organizations through crime rings.

        The Mackinac Center for Public Policy estimates that 56.9 percent of the cigarettes consumed in New York State in 2012 were smuggled into the state from other locales. Other states with substantial smuggling problems include Arizona (51.5 percent), New Mexico (48.1 percent), Washington (48.0 percent) and Wisconsin (34.6 percent).

        In addition to smuggling authentic cigarettes from low to high tax jurisdictions, criminals sometimes skirt the legal market altogether and counterfeit name brand products and state tobacco tax

    • Frank Davis says:

      The ‘New World Order’ can only advance so far before THE PEOPLE wake up.

      I’m very far from being convinced that there actually is any functioning ‘New World Order’. No doubt there are lots of people with lots of plans. There always are. But their plans will also be slightly different plans from everybody else;s. Or sometimes very different. And when there are lots of competing plans, you get politics, with people jockeying and horse-trading and forming parties. And that’s just business as usual.

      Furthermore, if there actually is a ‘New World Order’, how come the world is as disorderly as ever? In fact, how come it’s even more disorderly than it ever was when there wasn’t a ‘New World Order’? Wouldn’t it be better to call it the ‘New World Disorder’?

  4. I’m not entirely comfortable with the phrase “New World Order”, but it’s probably as good as any if you’re clued up to what’s really going on.

    But a NWO, or global government, as I prefer to call it, is becoming/has become a reality. You know about the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) which nearly every country has signed away their citizens’ rights to.

    This summary of the FCTC tells us in no uncertain terms that unelected globalists are starting to run the planet – “legally”:

    A framework convention is a legally binding international treaty establishing general guidelines and principles for international governance on a particular issue.

    Agenda 21 is different. It’s to “encourage” national governments to adopt “sustainability”. It’s all connected in the overall scheme of things. But Tobacco Control seems to be designed to reduce social interactions, infantilise smokers, create more criminals (something we’ll probably see a lot more of in future), some would say stifle intellect and art, aid deindustrialisation (shared with Agenda 21) by further reducing our competitiveness with smoke breaks due to workplace bans and generally to inconvenience and stigmatise a quarter of the world’s people.

    “But our political class pretends not to notice.”

    They notice – that it’s all going nicely according to plan. Pubs are shutting. People are staying at home – smoking in front of their children rather than among adults, which will probably be used as evidence to enact a home smoking ban. People aren’t travelling as much. The infantilising, stigmatising and inconveniencing of tobacco products behind closed doors. The infantilising, stigmatising and inconveniencing of bans in the most ridiculous of places (like anywhere on hospital grounds) out of malice and spite by jobsworths specially promoted for possessing these “talents”.

    Last week I was saying to someone whose working life is being made a misery by the jobsworths above him that they are specially chosen because they know how to tick all the right boxes (there’s no room to accommodate individuality or compassion). Basically, we’re being ruled at every level by sociopaths and (further up) psychopaths. That’s why the “top down” rules manage to get so easily from the UN to the EU to “national” governments to local councils and health boards and on to schools, hospitals and (in my friend’s case) even libraries.

    He gets material sent from Stonewall to promote homosexuality, which he puts straight in the bin. He is a very intelligent man, but stuck on the bottom rung; obviously not the right ‘management material’ i.e. can still think for himself and hasn’t stuck his head up the space between the cheeks of equality and diversity.

    “It’ll come to a head one day.”

    As I always say, when it finally happens it will likely be too late. Dissenters will be swiftly dealt with. All the ‘right’ people have been placed in every institution. All the rules are being set in place. The police are given new powers and seem to think of themselves as above the law and often don’t even seem to know the law. As I demonstrated a few years ago, ‘human rights’ in effect give all power to the State.

    People will soon go hungry and will be freezing in winter when Labour’s (now Tories’) march to the “legally binding” 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions start to really bite and the power cuts begin and even more expensive electricity puts heating the house beyond the budget of many families.

    Then there will be strikes and demonstrations (which will be as effective as the miners’ strike and the anti-Iraq war demos); there will be rioting and looting for food just to survive, not like the London looting a few years ago with people taking 50-inch televisions and other consumer goods (with some really sad looters raiding Poundland). In future, they probably will raid the pound shops for the food in there, while Curry’s is left intact.

    Some of us can see the dangers coming head on like a 20-ton truck, horns honking and lights flashing at us, while the majority are mesmerised by celebrity, sport, gadgets and gimmicks. and who laugh at everything as being a “conspiracy theory”, which is the reason I believe it will be too late to change their minds until their constantly rumbling bellies finally make them realise it’s all gone horribly wrong for them.

  5. Frank Davis says:

    If there is a ‘New World Order’, how come – as I asked above – the world is becoming ever more disorderly?

    They can write and sign all the ‘legally binding treaties’ they like. They’re just pieces of paper. In fact they’re wallpaper to cover over the widening cracks in the actuality.

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      The New World Disorder………………

      • Because, Frank, just as the Fabian Window (now over 100 years old) shows, the World has to be smashed up for it to be put back together in the image of total socialism. A section of the window depicts two men (supposedly Sidney Webb (founder) and George Bernard Shaw (member)) with hammers raised above above their heads and an Earth-shaped anvil below them waiting for these Fabians to smash it to bits – to destroy nations, the family, religious institutions – in fact, all institutions – to create such a dysfunctional mess that people will cling to the ideas that future movers and shakers come up with to mould the planet into a global communist police state.

        For example, with manmade climate change, they have made half the world psychotic over future rising temperatures, rising sea levels and of course, polar bears stuck on tiny icebergs little larger than themselves.

        Problem – Reaction – Solution.

        Problem – in this case (as is normal) Invented/Exaggerated Problem (see above).

        Reaction – people desperate to help avert the stated disasters will accept over-the-top “solutions”.

        Solution – people get over-the-top “solutions” like Labour’s ‘legally binding’ Climate Change Act 2008 which has committed us to reduce our greenhouses gases by at least 80% by 2050. If (even more) people freeze to death due to the cold and the UK ‘government’ refuses to bring ‘mothballed’ coal-fired power stations back into service due to the massive fines the EU would impose, just think about the polar bears! Never mind that people have died allegedly to save the creatures that are terrorising Canadian towns there are so many of them.

        It’s only the official figures that almost everyone hears, not the unbiased, evidence-based reports where vast ‘research’ budgets aren’t involved and paid for with taxpayers’ money to reach a predetermined outcome to make political changes, like this one.

        Global anti-smoking measures based on “evidence” and fuelled by fear is another global legally-binding “framework convention”.

        Going back decades, after the War people were glad to have more European cooperation, so we signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights. Later on, it included the “right” for a citizen to take his country to court, as famously happened with John Hirst, convicted axe killer (he threatens to sue people who call him a murderer, as he was convicted of manslaughter!), who won his votes-for-prisoners action.

        So they’re not just pieces of paper because the governments are generally all compliant, as we can see with WHO Tobacco Control demands, climate change regulations and taxes, perceived “human rights” for particular groups which destroy the genuine, age-old rights of everyone else as well as cause division (an example of a problem created by socialists for socialists to give us the “solution” to). Even restriction of centuries’ old herbal remedies, etc., etc.

  6. harleyrider1978 says:

    Proposed regulations limit smoking in outdoor areas of bars and restaurants

    By Vidette Editor on August 24, 2014

    State regulators have proposed new regulations for outdoor smoking at bars and restaurants.

    The regulations stemmed from hearings held more than two years ago debating how the ban on indoor smoking would play into outdoor areas attached to pubs and beer gardens.

    The proposed changes will allow patrons to smoke in outdoor areas as long as they are at least 15 feet away from entryways, windows or vents. Patrons who choose to smoke will also have to walk to the bar if they want a drink, as the spaces where smoking would be allowed would be an area that employees would not have to walk through.

    ;;;Lawmakers are hitting a wall of opposition already, as business owners complain they spent money to build outdoor smoking areas already and do not wish to make more changes so soon.;;;

    Some bar managers are fine with the rules, mostly those with large enough beer gardens that the rules would not affect them.

    The proposed rules will be reviewed in the state’s General Assembly sometime in the next two months.

  7. harleyrider1978 says:

    Remember the Obesity Gene,now we have the SMOKING GENE

    Large-scale study focuses on heavy smokers

    Posted By News On August 25, 2014 – 1:30pm

    It is a fact that smoking is harmful and associated with deadly diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. Researchers also know that smokers die earlier than non-smokers. But a study that sheds light on the direct causal relationship between smoking and mortality by investigating genes has never been published before:

    – We have studied 55,568 individuals, including 32,823 smokers who we followed for ten years. 3,430 died during this period. The epidemiological studies were supported by genetic analyses, and the conclusion is clear. Smoking is associated with premature death, and heavy smokers have a 75 percent higher risk of dying than never-smokers of the same age. This may not come as a surprise, but it is actually the first time that this type of study – which presents a direct causal relationship between smoking and mortality – has been carried out, says Professor and chief physician Børge Nordestgaard from the University of Copenhagen and Copenhagen University Hospital.

    Smoking gene increases tobacco consumption

    The researchers have also studied a special gene variant that impacts heavy smoking: The smoking gene has no influence on whether you start or quit smoking. But if you do smoke, the gene will make you smoke more. People who have inherited the gene variant from both their parents smoke 20 percent more than those without the special gene variant.

    – There is a lot to suggest that you can be genetically predisposed to heavy smoking. Smokers carrying a special genetic mutation have a higher tobacco consumption – and they are more affected by smoking, e.g. by having higher blood nicotine levels. They quite simply smoke more convincingly – which is, of course, very harmful for their health – and they have a 14 percent higher risk of dying before other smokers, says Børge Nordestgaard.

    The study is based on the Copenhagen General Population Study and was carried out together with, amongst others, Line Rode, MD, PhD, at Copenhagen University Hospital.

    Read more in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

    Source: University of Copenhagen – The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Note that no ages of death were given in the story. That’s the first key data I was looking for and not there.

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        Eugenics can prove anything………………

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          Do You Have the Obesity Gene? – US News


          May 28, 2014 · Health Buzz: Do You Have the Obesity Gene? Paint, Write, Sing: How the Arts Help Heal Patients; Pounding on the Calorie


          The Gay Gene: New Evidence Supports an Old Hypothesis …


          Jun 16, 2012 · If a so-called “gay gene,” exists, what is the evolutionary logic behind it? A new study offers evidence supporting the so-called “balancing selection …

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          Researchers Identify Alcoholism Gene – WebMD

 › … › Substance Abuse and Addiction News

          May 26, 2004 · A new study links a gene to alcohol addiction — backing up a long-recognized pattern showing that alcoholism runs in families.

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        Obesity in soda drinkers may bubble up from genes | The … › … › Nutrition in the News

        The aim of the Harvard School of Public Health Nutrition Source is to provide timely information on diet and nutrition for clinicians, allied health professionals …

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          The Sugar Gene is Found – Sugar Science Forum – Index

          Last updated: May 24, 2008 ·
          1 post ·
          First post: May 24, 2008

          Comments by J. C. Spencer Sugar craving for harmful sugars (your sweet tooth) can lead to obesity, diabetes, poor health, and a shorter life span.

    • Some French bloke says:

      While they’re at it, let them explain whatever happened to these tobacco company employees of the 1940s and 50s:


      Click to access Sobx31a00.pdf

  8. harleyrider1978 says:

    The History of Eugenics in

    the United States

    It is important to understand the cultural background of the era that created this field of science.” After the Civil War, there was turbulent economy and an influx of immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe. The economy of the US had rapid fluctuations and remained in this tenuous manner until WWI. As the economy became more uncertain, the social inequalities between different segments of society became more visible.

    In the same era, the idea of Social Darwinism became popular and was used to explain these social inequalities. Social Darwinism utilizes the concept of natural selection from Charles Darwin and applies it to society. Social Darwinism explains survival of the fittest in terms of the capability of an individual to survive within a competitive environment. This explains social inequalities by explaining that the wealthy are better individuals and therefore better suited to survive in the uncertain economy. In terms of survival of the fittest the wealthy are more likely to survive and produce more offspring than the poor.

    However, this was not occurring. The birthrate of the elite was declining while the birthrate of the poor was increasing. Meanwhile governmental social programs and aid were doing little help the increasing poverty. The government utilized the idea of scientific management, known as progressivism. Progressive reformers relied on science to control both nature and human society. This view of science as a method of reform and the newly rediscovered science of genetics gave rise to social engineering—EUGENICS.

  9. harleyrider1978 says:

    Im starting to think the smoking bans have hit political Meltdown point. Its a feeling and a gut reaction.

    • chris says:

      Let’s hope you’re right.

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        I say that because ASH,ACS and a few other groups have said it themselves in their fit tossing moments over new regualtions they want. Saying political will is waning for tobacco control measures and policies.

        • beobrigitte says:

          It mainly is a financial matter. ASH et al has no real grassroot movement; the “anti-smoking fanatics” we meet on the internet do their paid job – and money is getting pretty tight.
          Politicians are only interested in their political ‘carrier’ – those who were ?dumb enough to buy this “the-public-is-in-favour-of-smoking-bans” have bigger problems these days: the baby-boomers are claiming their due pension. Isn’t it surprising how much alive and well they are in comparison to many non-smoking, mentally ill youngsters?

  10. harleyrider1978 says:

    550 Buyouts, Layoffs Imminent at Turner; HLN, CNN Among Cuts (Exclusive)

    An individual with knowledge of the network’s plans tell TheWrap a large portion are expected at the two cable channels

    Some 550 buyouts are to be offered at Time Warner’s Turner network this week, including a large number of those at CNN and HLN, which will lead to layoffs if they are not taken voluntarily, according to an individual with knowledge of the network’s plans.

    The buyouts will come across the Turner division, with a couple of hundred expected at CNN and HLN, the individual said.

    A CNN spokeswoman had no immediate comment.

    Also read: Glenn Beck’s The Blaze Talks to Time Warner About Replacing HLN

    News of the buyouts comes shortly after Turner Broadcasting System CEO John Martin revealed in an internal memo Tuesday that corporate restructuring was coming in the next two months.

    “Division leaders now are reviewing the working groups’ reports on their respective areas of oversight,” Martin wrote. “Over the coming weeks, they will work with me to finalize the organizational changes we will implement.”

  11. Tom says:

    I don’t have it with me but there was a famous quote from Max Planck who was a physicist from the last century and in it, he says basically, that people make up their own minds, develop their own prejudices, decide what they want the outcomes of reality to be, in the first place – then go about manufacturing “science” to support their already given ideas. So with the SHS Fraud and other anti-smoking-industry frauds of fake-science, it is the belief that is a given, first, then the rest is just fluff to support what “everyone knows” – it’s that sort of thinking at the root of it.

    But I also think it goes deeper than that, because from one belief, it then begets another, begets another, spawns yet another – and we end up going from “everyone knows” in regard to actively or tacitly supporting the SHS Fraud, the bans and hateful discrimination against smokers to that of willfully supporting the spawns of that false-belief system, of which the anti-smoking-industry is the seedling from which then grows the AGW Fraud, the Green Fraud, the One World Government under unelected UN and EU Fraud, countless others, all frauds, but spawned by everyone’s active and tacit agreement, in the first place, to demean smokers – at the root of it all.

    Destroy the smoking bans, the SHS Fraud, dismantle the anti-smoking-industry – and everything else gone upside down and lies turned to truth, good to evil, evil to good – will all also snap back into order as people simply won’t put up with it any longer.

    But unfortunately, that will mean at the root of it, people will have to give up their misbegotten belief in the SHS Fraud – and if and until that happens, then all the other horrible things non-smoking and anti-smoking people complain about, will just continue to come to pass and eventually consume them as well.

    Off subject, but in the latest San Francisco Earthquake this weekend, up in Napa but felt area wide, they were showing non-stop wall to wall coverage from helicopter and ground level, news crews from all over Bay Area and on channels out of SF as well as Sacramento covering the emergency situation as it unfolded.

    Well this just pissed me off to high heaven and back, but there was a hospital, in Napa. And they set up tents outside on the open lawn and were doing that for their triage assembly area and to treat patients who needed immediate attention, some of it most serious too.

    There were at least 180 major injuries if I remember news correctly and most of that was serious cuts demanding stitches but also there were at least 3 or 4 people rushed to hospital in need of major surgery due to crushed pelvis and other bones from objects falling on them.

    Now, one would think, in that kind of situation, the primary concern would be care for victims having serious injuries during an unexpected major emergency situation.

    But on TV, it kept showing this outdoor tented triage area the hospital had set up – and right where you walk up the sloping walkway from the parking out front and where ambulances and cars were driving up, dropping off emergency victims – someone from the hospital already had prepared and planted in the ground right there, these huge poster size bulletins in fire engine red with white lettering saying it was a “smoke free campus” and “smoking banned” along with the international symbol of hatred, the slash over the cigarette graphic.

    These looked like printed on poster size cardboard or plastic, brilliant red with white lettering, each had two skinny temporary metal spikes of some sort that were haphazardly stuck into the ground to hold it in full view – and then nearby these warnings stood people like armed police and some burly hospital staff.

    So isn’t that just ridiculous. It is an earthquake emergency, people are being brought to a make-shift outdoor hospital area for life saving treatment – and here all along, this hospital must have had poster size red and white warnings of “smoke free campus” and “smoking banned” just sitting in their warehouse, waiting for the day when an emergency arose – and so they could trot it out and pluck it right there, down into the ground, portable, so where-ever they had to set up emergency shop, they’d be fully prepared, anti-smoking-propaganda and hate signs already purchased and kept in storage, just waiting for the big emergency, so they could trot them out and show off to the whole world their misplaced priorities.

    But yes, that is what was going on in Bay Area this weekend, anti-smoking triumphs even in the middle of an emergency earthquake treatment triage set up out of doors, above all else, more important than anything in the world and first of all – smoking, outdoors, it must be banned – before all else.

    Just disgusting, but true and very typical of SF Bay Area, where in SF proper, smoking in an outdoor banned area can result in a $500 fine and nobody blinks an eye to think there is not something morally and legally wrong with that type of scenario.

    • Rose says:

      Accept Defeat: The Neuroscience of Screwing Up

      “The scientific process, after all, is supposed to be an orderly pursuit of the truth, full of elegant hypotheses and control variables. (Twentieth-century science philosopher Thomas Kuhn, for instance, defined normal science as the kind of research in which “everything but the most esoteric detail of the result is known in advance.”)

      However, when experiments were observed up close — and Dunbar interviewed the scientists about even the most trifling details — this idealized version of the lab fell apart, replaced by an endless supply of disappointing surprises. There were models that didn’t work and data that couldn’t be replicated and simple studies riddled with anomalies. “These weren’t sloppy people,” Dunbar says. “They were working in some of the finest labs in the world. But experiments rarely tell us what we think they’re going to tell us. That’s the dirty secret of science.”

      “The lesson is that not all data is created equal in our mind’s eye: When it comes to interpreting our experiments, we see what we want to see and disregard the rest. The physics students, for instance, didn’t watch the video and wonder whether Galileo might be wrong. Instead, they put their trust in theory, tuning out whatever it couldn’t explain. Belief, in other words, is a kind of blindness.”

      It is an earthquake emergency, people are being brought to a make-shift outdoor hospital area for life saving treatment – and here all along, this hospital must have had poster size red and white warnings of “smoke free campus” and “smoking banned” just sitting in their warehouse, waiting for the day when an emergency arose

      The only way to convince people that something quite ordinary is a deadly threat is to continually act as if it was.

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        The easiest way to destroy a myth is to bust it………………..lite up and watch them flee for their lives and then go home and cook up about a few hundred thousand ciggys of comparable chemcials for dinner!

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          Accept Defeat: The Neuroscience of Screwing Up

          NEVER! I will never give up! NEVER! LOCK ME AWAY BUT I will still smoke insects off the floor even……………

  12. harleyrider1978 says:

    Frank your right its OVER…………….

    The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has been caught red-handed manipulating temperature data to show “global warming” where none actually exists.

    At Amberley, Queensland, for example, the data at a weather station showing 1 degree Celsius cooling per century was “homogenized” (adjusted) by the Bureau so that it instead showed a 2.5 degrees warming per century.

    At Rutherglen, Victoria, a cooling trend of -0.35 degrees C per century was magically transformed at the stroke of an Australian meteorologist’s pen into a warming trend of 1.73 degrees C per century.

    Last year, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology made headlines in the liberal media by claiming that 2013 was Australia’s hottest year on record. This prompted Australia’s alarmist-in-chief Tim Flannery – an English literature graduate who later went on to earn his scientific credentials with a PhD in palaeontology, digging up ancient kangaroo bones – to observe that global warming in Australia was “like climate change on steroids.”

    But we now know, thanks to research by Australian scientist Jennifer Marohasy, that the hysteria this story generated was based on fabrications and lies.

    Though the Bureau of Meteorology has insisted its data adjustments are “robust”, it has been unable to come up with a credible explanation as to why it translated real-world data showing a cooling trend into homogenized data showing a warming trend.

    She wrote:

    “Repetition is a propaganda technique. The deletion of information from records, and the use of exaggeration and half-truths, are �others. The Bureau of Meteorology uses all these techniques, while wilfully ignoring evidence that contradicts its own propaganda.’’

    This is a global problem. Earlier this year, Breitbart reported that similarly dishonest adjustments had been made to temperature records by NASA and NOAA. Similarly implicated are the UK temperature records of the Met Office Hadley Centre and at Phil “Climategate” Jones’s disgraced Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia.

    One of the many disingenuous arguments used by climate alarmists against sceptics is mockingly to accuse them of being conspiracy theorists. “How could global warming possibly not be a problem when all the world’s temperature data sets from Australia to the US to the UK clearly show that it is? Are you seriously suggesting that so many different scientists and so many distinguished institutions from across the globe would collude in such a massive lie?” their argument runs.

    Our answer: yes we bloody well are.

  13. harleyrider1978 says:

    Ukranian Government falling apart new elections called for and in France Hollande has called for a new government to be formed hoping to stave off the UKIP equal in France from winning a landslide election coming up! Its starting to look like the whole world political landscape is about to undergo massive changes……………some of that Gut feeling Ive been having the last year or so!

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Ukraine’s President Dissolves Parliament, Calls For New Elections

      NPR News · 27 minutes ago

      Poroshenko said the move was in accordance with the country’s constitution, noting that Ukraine’s coalition government collapsed July 24 … officials accused…

      France’s Hollande ejects rebel minister Montebourg from cabinet
      By Ingrid Melander and Alexandria Sage 1 hour ago

      Outgoing French Economy Minister Montebourg attends a news conference in Paris
      View photo

      Outgoing French Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg attends a news conference in Paris August 25, 2014. …
      PARIS (Reuters) – French President Francois Hollande on Monday called for a cabinet reshuffle, evicting from his government rebel leftist ministers who had argued for an economic policy U-turn away from budgetary rigor.

      The surprise move – which risks deepening the confrontation between Hollande and more left-wing lawmakers – came a day after outspoken Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg attacked euro zone powerhouse Germany for ruining the region’s economy with what he called an “obsession” with economic austerity.

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        a day after outspoken Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg attacked euro zone powerhouse Germany for ruining the region’s economy with what he called an “obsession” with the policies of economic austerity”……Leftists are good at biting the hand which feeds them.
        Good to see Hollande has a brain and is not afraid to engage it.
        Get rid of all these idiot Leftists, for THEY are the reasons for France’s economic demise !!!!

        Folks we are watching the EU IMPLODE FROM WITHIN……….LE PENN will win the next election and likely call for the FRANK to be reinstated as the French currency so they can devalue it as needed to keep the economy afloat or whats left of it!

    • Tom says:

      I have a feeling anything that is money paid for or to the anti-smoking-hate-industry is money being laundered for the benefit of transferring wealth among buddy buddies at the top of the economic feeding chain, since due to the propaganda of “everyone knows” and “smokers are bad” running so deep, it forms the perfect cover story to hide outright thievery in plain daylight with nobody ever suspecting.

      Watch 100 years from now when history is written, and that’s saying truth manages to win out still, in the long run, but there will be entire books on the anti-smoking-hate-industry and the SHS Fraud and how it was used as a cover-story to patch over greed, white collar crime at the very highest levels, illicit money transfers between top influential most wealthy people around the world, money laundering in other words after today’s current crop of do-gooders, like Bloomberg and the entire rest of the anti-smoking-hate-industry are all dead and burning in hell by that point.

      Maybe their children, the way Al Gore gladly took his family’s major wealth achieved through the tobacco industry and as a cover-up for his own selfish greedy manipulations, managed to turn fake-global-warming and fake-SHS-Fraud-anti-smokingism into his favor, making it out like he was doing “good” instead of thieving the world’s wealth through his worthless carbon tax scheming – then in that future day when the SHS Fraud and sins of today’s anti-smoking-hate-industry are revealed, perhaps the inheritors of the anti-smoking-hate-industry’s wealth stolen by today’s families will result in their children turning 180 degrees full circle and be promoting the benefits of tobacco in order to try to hide over the sins of their family and illicit thievery of nowadays.

      Perhaps. Or maybe not too. It depends, if truth wins out. And how long it takes.

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        YEP Tom you just don’t know how right you are! In Louisville a certain Gal on the Ky health and welfare committee for the legislature owns a nice lil PR firm who just happens to handle all of the smokefree PR releases and the money sometimes over 6 figures comes thru her front door from Grant recipients and makes its way out the back door to whomever it maybe. Nobody pays 6 figures for releasing simply via internet about 12 stories that aren’t even put up on traditional media sites. Sometime they are.

        I brought that up to my Legislator and he said that’s interesting I had no idea. I told him they should investigate the charge,nothign ever came of it. You see anybody who lobbies or even listens to a federal grantee for any legislative action is automatically guilty of a federal crime and IRS crime no matter what side of the aisle they are on.

        Even t-shirts purchased for city council meetings by smokefree pundits if bought with grant money are ILLEGAL LOBBYING AS THEY PROMOTE A LAW OR LEGISLATION!

        They’ve been getting away with it for about 8 years now!

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