Flamethrower

I’ve been trying to get my head round the idea of attending an antismoking talk asking Can The War on Tobacco Be Won? Because that’s exactly what Dick Puddlecote and Chris Snowdon did a few days ago, it seems.

That’s about the last thing I can imagine myself ever doing.

Unless of course I could bring a flamethrower and a 10-gallon tank of napalm. I’d sit quietly and unobtrusively in the back until someone said something that enraged me (i.e. about 10 seconds into the talk), and then I’d hose down the whole place with purifying fire.

Or maybe I’d just incinerate each speaker, one by one, with a carefully-aimed 50-foot stream of boiling flame from the back row, just as the applause for them was dying down.

DP said that that there were about “100 aspiring young bansturbators” in attendance. But how did he know that? Since at least three of the audience were actually on their way to Boisdales for some smokers’ party, maybe many of the other people had just dropped in out of similar interest?

Certainly the audience member who said that “A coalition of socialist movements is needed to tackle *all* business,” would seem to have gone to completely the wrong talk. You wanted the Can the War on Capitalism be Won talk, love. It’s upstairs in room 306. And you can borrow my flamethrower if you like.

And if most of the people attending the talk were actually smokers, intrigued to hear real live antismoking nutjobs gabbling their nonsensical drivel, clearly hosing the whole place down with purifying fire would have been a bit counter-productive. It would have to be the well-aimed stream of boiling flame instead.

Anyway, the idea of attending something as horrible as an antismoking talk before going to a Boisdales party seems like attending an execution before going to the opera.

Particularly in my case, as I would arrive at the party with my clothes charred, and smelling strongly of gasoline. And with a 10-gallon tank of napalm strapped to my back. Unless it was now in use in room 306.

I could do with a flamethrower ap on my computer. You’re sitting watching a video of some pundit or politician – like, say, Nick Clegg -, and when you’ve Had Just About Enough, you press the F button, and a river of fire erupts from out of the bottom of the screen, and gradually fills the entire window, before fading to leave only a charred, smoking remnant of the offending pundit/politician. Something a bit like this, but with pundit/politician in background:

flamethrower2

I could have hours of fun with one of those.

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  1. harleyrider1978 says:

    People Are Going To Be In For A Shock’: Penalty For Uninsured Not Signing Up For Obamacare To More Than Triple

    WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Americans will see their bank accounts shrink if they don’t sign up for Obamacare in its second enrollment season.

    Uninsured Americans who decide not to enroll will face a penalty of $325 per person, more than tripling the $95 penalty those who did not enroll had to pay the first time around.

    Children under the age of 18 will be fined $162.50. The maximum amount an uninsured family will be penalized is $975 under the flat-rate method.

    “The penalty is meant to incentivize people to get coverage,” Laura Adams, senior analyst of InsuranceQuotes.com, told CBS News. “This year, I think a lot of people are going to be in for a shock.”

    CBS News reports that many Obamacare plans will be charging more as a 27-year-old earning 250 percent of the poverty rate will now have to pay an average of 7 percent more for the lowest-cost bronze plan. The analysis from Investor’s Business Daily found that the lowest-cost silver plan will rise 9 percent and the lowest-priced catastrophic policy will go up by 18 percent.

    HHS Secretary: ‘The Affordable Care Act Is Working’

    Adams stated that very few uninsured Americans don’t understand the penalties they are facing.

    “There is very little awareness of this,” she told CBS News. “Until people understand the financial consequences, they don’t have an incentive.”

    The Health and Human Services Department said earlier this week that between 9 to 9.9 million Americans will receive health care plans through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces for next year’s coverage. That’s lower than the 13 million estimated by the Congressional Budget Office.

    The bugs have supposedly been removed from the famously troubled http://www.healthcare.gov website, which can withstand last season’s peak loads and beyond with at least 125,000 simultaneous users. The online application has been pared from 76 screens to 16 for most consumers.

    The “young invincible” crowd of 18-to-36 year olds is crucial to the law’s success because insurance companies need their business to offset the costs of covering older, sicker and more expensive enrollees.

    What Has The Affordable Care Act Accomplished A Year Later?

    Experts say education is one of the biggest challenges as many consumers only focused on the low monthly premium last year and didn’t understand the potentially high deductible and out-of-pocket costs. Consumers were confused when they discovered their doctor wasn’t in their plan’s network or that they had to pay for testing because deductibles hadn’t been met.

    Insurance companies say volume will always be an issue because open enrollment coincides with Medicare enrollment and many large groups also renew their policies in January. But insurers say they’ve expanded Internet bandwidth, added staff and increased customer service hours.

    http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/11/12/people-are-going-to-be-in-for-a-shock-penalty-for-uninsured-not-signing-up-for-obamacare-to-triple/

    I wouldn’t take bets on ZEROCARES lifespan in the future……………..

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      HHS Secretary: ‘The Affordable Care Act Is Working’

      Adams stated that very few uninsured Americans don’t understand the penalties they are facing.

      “There is very little awareness of this,” she told CBS News. “Until people understand the financial consequences, they don’t have an incentive.”

      Thy have an incentive to say fuck you and not pay anything………quit working and go on relief/welfare…………….Why work only to get robbed blind for a product that gives you nothing in return………..Might as well be buying Hot Air!

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        Besides that shit,has anyone seen the IRS’s ObamaCare Indebted Prison yet! What they gonna do to ya if ya don’t pay up toss ya in jail for failure to pay!

        • I would asume, like parking fines, once handed down, people do not go to prison for parking in no parking zones, but for failing to pay a fine.

          So, yes, I imagine they will, and strictly seen, they will NOT be going to prison for not having cover, but for failing to pay the penalty.

          Two entirely seperate things.

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          FT I hope they DO IT………….For whatever reason it will be the end of it all then………

          Americans aren’t going to stand still to see americans imprisoned for not paying for zerocare and that’s just how they will see it. A law nobody wants to start with.

    • carol2000 says:

      Those mass media spews are always about all the petty little crap that matters the least. What matters the most is that a slimy coalition of the health insurance companies and the health fascists succeeded in forcing people to buy health insurance at the point of a gun, which is absolutely unconstitutional and to hell with what the corrupt Supremes say. And every argument for ObamaCare was only about what’s good for the health insurance companies, not for the people, with anyone who didn’t worship the health insurance companies smeared and defamed as supposed “free riders,” while ignoring the fact that virtually the entire system of private health insurance in this country has been built on free goodies from the taxpayers to promote their interests. In particular, exclusion of the cost of employer-paid health insurance cost the government $246 billion in lost revenue in 2007, which works out to a larger cost per person than the government paid for the destitute and for people with pre-existing conditions who couldn’t get health insurance and weren’t eligible for Medicaid. It’s the largest tax subsidy in the federal tax code, and as usual it benefitted the mainly the wealthy. Bottom line is that it would have been less expensive, as well as solidly Constitutional, to have simply expanded existing government programs. But the so-called conservatives scream that that would be “socialism,” proving conclusively that they are all in favor of socialism for corporations and the wealthy but not the poor.

  2. harleyrider1978 says:

    Scientists scour the genomes of people who live past 110

    Kim said the 17 supercentenarians did not report obvious health habits that explain their longevity. As a group, he said, they did not have especially healthy eating or exercise habits.

    “About half of them were smokers,” Kim added.

    http://news.yahoo.com/scientists-scour-genomes-people-live-past-110-194749114.html

  3. harleyrider1978 says:

    Heres one we all deserve to hear about…………….

    Hearing on 1st-in-nation tobacco ban ended early

    WESTMINSTER, Mass. (AP) — A public meeting on a central Massachusetts town’s proposed first-in-the-nation ban on tobacco and nicotine sales has ended early because officials say the crowd was getting too unruly to continue.

    Photo – Brian Vincent poses in front of a large display of tobacco products at Vincent’s Country Store in Westminster, Mass., Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. Local officials are contemplating what could be a first: a blanket ban on all forms of tobacco and e-cigarettes, leaving some shop owners fuming. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) + caption

    The three-member Westminster Board of Health, which proposed the ban, was escorted out by police Wednesday night. The board had asked the crowd to calm down to hear dozens signed up to speak.

    Hundreds of people, many opposed to the ban, packed a school auditorium for the hearing. Some, carrying flags and protest signs, had taken part in a rally earlier.

    The board says the ban would make it easier to keep tobacco and related products away from young people.

    Many businesses oppose it, saying it won’t stop tobacco use, but only drive away customers.

    Read more at http://gazette.com/hearing-on-1st-in-nation-tobacco-ban-ended-early/article/feed/178058#UYPRGcOA5i3KPupi.99

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      The three-member Westminster Board of Health, which proposed the ban, was escorted out by police Wednesday night

      Pooor Pooor Nazis I hope some Patriot gets a few shots in………….

    • Tom says:

      SF banned retail tobacco sales in all pharmacies, including grocery stores, if they have a pharmacy. They said sick people who go to pharmacies don’t want to see other people buying tobacco. SF also is grandfathering out all tobacco retail licensing, so when a business changes hands, if it had a tobacco selling license, that is revoked and a new one is never issued. Thus, over time, slowly, like boiling a frog, all tobacco retailing in SF will eventually – be banned.

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        TOM I wouldn’t worry about it any…………..

        http://money.cnn.com/2013/01/1

        60% of cigarettes sold in New York are smuggled: report

        New York has the highest cigarette tax rate of any state, and nearly two-thirds of the state’s cigarette market is illegal, announced the think tank Tax Foundation on Thursday.

        The Tax Foundation said that 60.9% of cigarettes sold in New York State are smuggled in from other states.

        This makes New York the biggest importer of black market cigarettes, along with the state’s highest tax rate of $4.35 per pack. That’s compared to Missouri, the state with the lowest rate, of 17 cents per pack.

        In New York City the tax rate is even higher, adding another $1.50 per pack to the state rate. It’s not uncommon for smokers to pay $12 for a pack.

        The report said that tobacco smuggling and the tax rate have risen practically in tandem since 2006. The New York State tax on cigarettes has risen 190% since that time, as the rate of smuggling increased 170%.

        This bears out a report issued last month by the New York Association of Convenience Stores, estimating that “chronic cigarette-tax evasion” deprives the state of at least $1.7 billion in tax revenue and 6,700 jobs.

        Joe Henchman of the Tax Foundation, who co-authored the report with scholars from the Michigan-based Mackinac Center for Public Policy, said the smuggling takes place in various forms. In many cases, the smugglers physically transport the cigarettes into New York from nearby states with much lower tax rates, such as Virginia, a longtime tobacco producer with a rate of 30 cents per pack. The smugglers will often use counterfeit tax stamps to conceal the illegal nature of their wares.

        Henchman said there have also been cases of New Yorkers making their own cigarettes as “kind of the equivalent of moonshine” and there have also been hijackings of tobacco trucks. But on a much grander scale, he said the Internet serves a primary role in illegal cigarette purchases.

        Related: Tobacco companies ordered to advertise smoking risk

        Also, he said that some Native America reservations sell tax-free cigarettes, and this is why New York State has a “long-running dispute” with the Oneida Indian Nation.

        The Oneida Indian Nation manufactures its own brand of cigarettes called Niagra’s. The Nation says, on its web site, that it used to make the cigarettes in Buffalo, but moved its Sovereign Tobacco company to Oneida in 2010, “availing itself of a long-settled law that recognizes the right of Indian tribes to sell products they manufacture on their own reservations without interference from state laws.”

        At the time, the tribe said that 15 people were employed in cigarette manufacturing, and that keeping those jobs on the reservation “will ensure that the loyal customers of the Nation’s enterprises are able to continue buying Nation-manufactured cigarettes at reasonable prices, free from New York State taxes.”

        Representatives of the Nation did not immediately answer messages from CNNMoney.

        Related: What would a legal marijuana industry look like?

        Nationwide, the industry leaders are Reynolds American (RAI, Fortune 500), parent of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, which produces Camel, Pall Mall, Winston and other brands, and Altria Group’s (MO, Fortune 500) Phillip Morris, which produces Marlboro, Virginia Slims and Parliament.

        “R.J. Reynolds works closely with law enforcement every way we can, however this is a law enforcement problem,” said R.J. Reynolds spokesman Bryan Hatchell, noting that the black market is a nationwide issue. “Governments are losing billions of dollars. Money spent on law enforcement will result in an excellent return on investment to the state.”

        Altria spokesman David Sutton said his company also works with law enforcement to help officers recognize counterfeit products, and it tries to convince state governments to keep their tax rates within bounds, to avoid “unintended consequences” like a black market.

        Sutton said the “very, very high” tax rate in New York “creates an incentive for criminal activity to provide product to consumers to avoid paying that high tax.” To top of page

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          Profit from Smuggling Cigarettes in the United States

          in Business Security

          According to figures released by an official with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, a cigarette smuggler can make up to $500,000 from from smuggling cigarettes between states on the East Coast.

          The smuggler legitimately buys 200 cases of cigarettes in southern states such as North Carolina or South Carolina. Then, the smuggler would then drive up the coast to New York City, where the tax on tobacco is $4.35.

          56.9 percent of the cigarettes smoked in NYC in 2012 were smuggled though the black market.

          (See more profits from illegal jobs.)

          Capitalism will save the day and put Nanny Nazis out of business of socialism.

          Source: Mark Niquette and Esme E. Deprez, “Cigarette Smuggling Prompts Crackdown by States Losing Billions,” Bloomberg Businessweek, March 24, 2014.

        • mikef317 says:

          Re the New York Association of Convenience Stores claiming that 6,700 jobs have been lost. Maybe that number is true. But these are jobs in “legitimate” (per the government) businesses. How many “illegitimate” jobs have been created by the black market? More than 6,700? Less? Whatever, many people are “employed” and earn their living by the “business” of selling black market tobacco. Like speakeasies during prohibition, there’s a large underground economy that “employs” many people, and as long as punitive and exorbitant tobacco taxes increase and increase yet more, this economy will flourish, and the “legitimate” economy will wither.

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          Right On Mike,the government hates competition.

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Westminster Health Board snuffs fiery public hearing Boston Herald 21:27

      Town’s tobacco ban hearing ends early after crowd gets rowdy Fox News 21:15

      Butting Heads: Town’s Tobacco Ban Rowdy Hearing Shut Down NBC News 21:04

      Hearing on 1st-in-nation tobacco ban ended early GoUpstate.com, South Carolina 18:40

      Raucous hearing on tobacco sales in Westminster halted Boston Globe 18:06

    • beobrigitte says:

      Crete and the two other board members were escorted out by police, and the crowd dispersed. She said the board would accept written testimony until Dec. 1 and would vote later. She didn’t specify a date.

      I am glad that a community somewhere is losing it’s patience with the anti-smokers’ babble and constantly abusing children for their aim of pushing smokers to the fringes of society.

      “I’m disappointed that we didn’t get to have the hearing,” she said. “We’re trying to save lives and prevent children from being future users.”

      Perhaps the lady would like to be reminded that people have not asked her and her friends to be ‘saving lives’ and ‘preventing children from being future users’?!

    • carol2000 says:

      HURRAH! Next for some mop-up at the Public Health office.

  4. When I went to my first ban hearing in NYC in the year 2000, the Antis still largely had the myopic vision that their only adversaries were Big Tobacco lawyer and corporate types in suits.

    Heh, I obviously didn’t fit that image.

    Soooo…. when I wandered over to a little cabal of plotting Antis they welcomed this greenie-veggie-looking hippie right into their fold and for five minutes or so I was treated to the little in-house snickering and self-preening of the lot. Finally, I began to have some of the sort of fun Leggie likes to have at the Local Shop. It was amazing how powerless they were against my words when I smiled and nodded my head up and down and they did so along with me while their brains simply refused to understand the nuances of what they were hearing.

    Finally, one bright matron got a steely glint in her eyes and began pulling people away with the warning of “He’s not one of US!”

    LOL!

    It was a fun day. I got to meet Audrey for the first time, and I was treated to one of the FAIREST City Council type hearings I’ve ever been to. Everyone wrote their name down on a little slip of paper and handed to name gatherer guard. The Chair, Councilman Robles, then announced that since XX # of speakers had submitted names that they would each have 5 minutes apiece and be called in random order (The slips were then openly shuffled.) Lowly li’l unknown Mikey got 5 minutes and big stuffed shirt Jimmy Repace got 5 minutes. My own contribution wasn’t that great — it was my first time trying to speak in that sort of venue — but it was better than Repace’s because he spent the first four minutes describing his ever-so-impressive credentials, and then one minute into his actual presentation he was told his time was up. LOLOL!!!! He talked about having flown in on a jet or somesuch for the event and he looked like he was about to EXPLODE! (My *guess* from seeing a receipt for a similar gig he went to back around then, is that he got about a thousand dollars a minute for his little performance. No direct evidence on that though.)

    – MJM

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Lest we forget:

      Lil Jimmys historical Moment in court……………

      Schuman’s Expert Witnesses Testify in Secondhand Smoke Trial

      The plaintiff’s expert witnesses spoke up on day three of David Schuman’s case against his housing cooperative, Greenbelt Homes, Inc. (GHI), for its failure to prohibit the nuisance created by his townhome neighbors, the Popovics’, secondhand smoke.

      Courtroom and Plaintiff’s Townhome Register Similar Carcinogen Levels

      But, an incident from Repace’s testimony Thursday came back into play Friday during cross examination. Goecke pointed out that on Thursday, while demonstrating the carcinogen monitor, Repace had measured the concentration of carcinogens in the court room — which is in a smoke-free building — and the amount he recorded there was similar to what Repace had reported recording in Schuman’s townhome in July of 2011.

      greenbelt.patch.com/articles/schumans-expert-witnesses-testify-in-secondhand-smoke-trial

  5. Marvin says:

    OT – The Rosetta Mission…

    It’s a staggering achievment, it’s like landing it on a particle of dust 300 million miles away!!!
    The navigational accuracy is incredible. It just shows what can be done with 80’s computing technology, back then people could write incredibly fast and accurate programs entirely in assembler. Not like todays slow, bloated rubbish, where you need a dual core CPU and 4GB of ram just to run the latest PDF reader. Even the two voyager spacecrafts only used a 16MHz Intel 386 and they have now left the solar system and are still sending signals back. That’s another incredible thing about it, is the RF communication, Rosetta only has a 10watt transmitter and the signal has to travel over 300 million miles to get to earth and we can still detect it. Think about it, it’s like switching on a hand held flash light, all that distance away and we can see it here on earth!!!

    • Frank Davis says:

      back then people could write incredibly fast and accurate programs entirely in assembler. Not like todays slow, bloated rubbish, where you need a dual core CPU and 4GB of ram just to run the latest PDF reader.

      I was one of those assembler programmers. In fact I started out writing in hexadecimal machine code, on a Motorola 6800 board with just 256 bytes of RAM (bytes, not kilobytes or megabytes or gigabytes). Although we did upgrade to 512 bytes. I managed to do an amazing amount with just that.

      Now, even though we’ve got 4GB, nobody knows how to write a computer programme, as far as I can see.

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        Frank a buddy of mine in the test equipment Calibration Lab at AIMD wrote the program for starwars video game back in 1983. Nintendo or one of the outfits bought it and made him a millionaire. Cant remember his name now but damn I remember watching him playing it on his commodore 64 with mountains of Memory modules built all around it in card cages just to be able to play it…………..Radio Shack back then was our biggest base of parts believe it or not and that was in the US NAVY……..WE NEED IT NOW not 2 weeks fom now the skipper said so off I went……….Buying non-milspec components to get a test set off to the ship that was already out to sea.

  6. harleyrider1978 says:

    chattanola
    2 days ago

    @atpontchrtrn

    Yet another classic piece of agenda driven propaganda.

    Back in the late 80s I attended a medical lecture and the MD recommended that we all read a book entitled: Betrayers of the Truth: Fraud and Deceit in the Halls of Science.

    I took his advice and have not looked at medical research the same way since.

    At this Wikipedia link, I invite you to open your eyes and have a glance at what you will not find in scientific publications or on hear about in the mainstream media:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betrayers_of_the_Truth

    • …scientists are not guided by logic and objectivity alone, but also by such nonrational factors as rhetoric, propaganda, and personal prejudice. Scientists do not depend solely on rational thought, and have no monopoly on it.

      And it depends on who’s paying for the ‘research’ of course as to what the outcome will be.

      Having studied privately (to one degree or another) the science of smoking, climate change and evolution theory and you could say social science, the chicanery is rife in all.

      We’re all familiar here with the abuses of so-called smoking and climate change-related ‘science’ in order to tax and control the people. And social science is also ritually abused by taxpayer-funded special interest groups, e.g. by peddling ‘equality’, ‘human rights’ and internationalism at the expense of freedoms, national sovereignty, meritocracy, fairness, justice, the economy, etc.

      Having studied the shenanigans and mindsets of some of those whose raison d’être is to keep the Theory of Evolution going, I know too well that “scientists are not guided by logic and objectivity alone”. They assume that their starting point is science, logic, etc. and the Creationist’s is scripture, but the evolutionist’s starting point is a dedication to materialism, so that even when “Intelligent Design” best fits the evidence, it is rejected, because, as Professor Richard Lewontin, a geneticist, explains…

      “Our willingness to accept scientific claims that are against common sense is the key to an understanding of the real struggle between science and the supernatural. We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, in spite of its failure to fulfill many of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the scientific community for unsubstantiated just-so stories, because we have a prior commitment, a commitment to materialism.

      “It is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world, but, on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counter-intuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover, that materialism is absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door.

      “The eminent Kant scholar Lewis Beck used to say that anyone who could believe in God could believe in anything. To appeal to an omnipotent deity is to allow that at any moment the regularities of nature may be ruptured, that Miracles may happen.”

      A lot of people think that attacking smoking was the template to enable other fronts to be opened and draconian legislation imposed against eating and drinking, but I think the rot started much earlier. I reckon that when the number of people taken in by Darwin’s Theory had reached critical mass there was no stopping the rot of bad science everywhere.

      There was then no stopping the attacks on the foundations of our culture. Last month, The Federalist concluded that It is a brutal fact that creationists are just as capable of scientific thinking as anyone else.

      http://thefederalist.com/2014/10/24/science-says-creationists-arent-idiots/

      Shock, horror, eh? And they also admitted the role that belief in a Godless universe serves: moral relativism,

      America increasingly believes people should be allowed to do anything they want as long as no one gets hurt. This moral framework is explicitly invoked to defend gay marriage, promiscuous sex, and recreational drug use. These behaviors, the argument goes, make people happy, give their lives meaning, and cause no harm. So there is no reason to judge, much less legislate, against them. These principles are fine as long as they are applied equally to everyone. But given the current state of the evidence, some people are clearly not applying these principles to creationists.

      This is because of mass mind control via the media to discredit faith so that the masses react Pavlovian-style with illogical outbursts at, for example, the academy in England which dared to teach Creationism alongside the Theory of Evolution (the reason I started to explore Creationism, having been an evolutionist until the age of 41). I say ‘Pavlovian’ because the TV-viewing majority have been trained to associate ‘religion’ (as a singular phenomenon) with suicide bombers, paedophile priests, ‘homophobia’ and so on, ably abetted by the Westboro Baptist Church, which I am almost convinced is a government front to discredit Christianity such is the media coverage it gets worldwide, as if, somehow, Christians the world over wave “God Hates Fags” placards at funerals. Never seen anything like it by anyone else, but the aim, politically, is total socialism and as we know those regimes hate religion.

      Lenin said that, “Our programme necessarily includes the propaganda of atheism.” To succeed, they need to defeat religion, break down the family and to quote the WHO’s first D-G again, Brock Chisholm,

      To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men their individualism, loyalty to family traditions, national patriotism, and religious dogmas.

      Despite modern science showing how complex life is and therefore increasingly unlikely that evolution and natural selection can account for improvements in living things, Creationists are shunned and can lose their jobs, grants, etc., such as is beginning to happen to smokers.

      Darwin’s concern was that the lack of transitional fossils was a possible objection to his theory, “Why, if species have descended from other species by fine gradations, do we not everywhere see innumerable transitional forms?”

      Over 150 years later and what we would expect to see has still not been seen – and now – never will be.

      So I believe that the abuse of science for political ends started well before the fake smoking studies. But even before Darwin came along, the ‘Enlightenment’ had been well underway and undermining important aspects of society.

      In fact, many things would appear to be a mirage. We know that ‘democracy’ is. We rail against the smoking bans and climate change hype, but nobody listens, because it’s the same story of corrupt science and propaganda the world over and as Lenin also said, Democracy is indispensable to socialism.

      He also said Communism is Socialism in a hurry.

      Today, the powers that be seem to be in a hurry to get their global government set up properly, although the UN is doing a fine job along with their little helpers in the EU and elsewhere.

      All due to fake science, the propaganda of atheism (and other means of cultural subversion) and the mainstream media peddling it all to a very receptive audience.

  7. junican says:

    I think that people like Isaac Newton were able to think about, and calculate, the ‘motion of planets’ precisely because they were wealthy enough to support themselves. Thus, they were impervious to the slings and arrows. But that did not mean that they were not emotionally affected by the slings and arrows. Indeed, Newton refused to publish his “Principia Mathematica” (about the motion of planets) for some fifteen years until it was ‘politically’ safe to do so.
    There was not much difference then as compared with now.
    ====
    I hate Tobacco Companies. I want to make my own without additives and ‘expanded’ tobacco (which ensures that your cigs burn down as rapidly as possible). If the State wants me to pay tax on my efforts, it must determine how much my efforts add to the value of the product which I will never sell. That is, if I make a cig with zero commercial value, then the tax value is also zero. Customs have already admitted that using a hand-held machine to make cigs from Roll-Your-Own is not ‘manufacturing’ cigs, and so ROY is not ‘manufacturing’. Thus, RYO does not infringe the ‘law’ which dictates that ‘tobacco products must be made in registered places’. Buying a couple of kilos per an is not ‘tax evasion’ – it is self-sufficiency. In other words, if you personally do the work, then it is tyranny for the State to demand money from you. It all depends upon whether or not “profit” is involved.
    Needless to say, some poor sap with no financial support and no knowledge will be arraigned and will confess. They always do because their lawyers tell them to confess as the cheapest way to get out from under. The Magistrates respond in kind by inflicting a paltry fine. But woe betide if a person rejects the infliction. In that case, massive retribution is applied.
    ====
    I do not give a toss bout closed pubs, They resulted from the cowardice of the publicans. I care not about PP since that also shows cowardice by tobacco companies. It is not for me to try to defend them. In fact, I must condemn them. I care not about smoking in cars with kids.
    What I care about is that I cannot enjoy a cig in my local pub, and that I am being persecuted by ‘sin’ taxes. I should not have to go to foreign parts to buy cigs at a reasonable price.

    ====

    Finally, is it not true that the foregoing renders the ‘public consultations’ about cigs and ecigs nothing other than the furtherance of tyranny?

  8. beobrigitte says:

    I’ve been trying to get my head round the idea of attending an antismoking talk asking: Can The War on Tobacco Be Won?

    Would it be traumatising to observe a bunch of extremists hyping each other up for conjuring up more “treatment” of law abiding people who happen to be smokers? Are there ‘Prosac dispensers’ by the door to be found?

    DP said that that there were about “100 aspiring young bansturbators” in attendance.
    Indeed, some of them might have ended up attending the wrong talk, others might have gone to confirm that the nonsense spouted is not a joke; it is amazing, though, that this constant bombardment with anti-smoking “messages” does not yield a greater number of attendance.

    I could do with a flamethrower ap on my computer.
    http://www.onlyforpc.com/fxguru-pc-free-download/

    http://en.softonic.com/s/action-movie-maker

    (These apps are available for mobiles; the youngsters love them!)

  9. smokingscot says:

    O/T

    You think the fact the north of Lebanon is a war zone (and the south and east are not much better) might be a priority of sorts. Nah, rubbish, piffle.

    Big push to ENFORCE THE SMOKING BAN (yet again). It’s all part of “Nation Building” dontchyaknow! (Well it does make a change from “saving the children” bit which, if we’re to be brutally candid, they’re pretty rubbish at doing).

    http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2014/Nov-12/277388-lebanon-to-enforce-anti-smoking-law-again-ministers.ashx#axzz3Iw92MhVy

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Scot sounds to me like the Lebanese Nazis are looking for another handout from the IMF or WORLD BANK………….These folks seem to do this enforcement crap when they need a few bucks like holding a carrot before the horse to keep the money coming………..Yet even the horse pulling the court finally tires of it all and the load the horse has been pulling forever.

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        Some lil kid comes out and says Sir why did your horse just die, The driver says he chased a dream of catching that Carrot and he finally ran out of desire,means and well just gave up and died.

        So the lil boy thinks a second well sir you could get a fresh horse and a carrot………..

        The driver goes nope wont work again,all the other horses know the trick now!

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          Then the lil boy helps the driver bury the wagon.

          The driver says son remember where we buried this so that your children can dig it back up and try and deliver this load to the world again one day after all the horses have forgotton the trick too,say in about 80 years.

  10. harleyrider1978 says:

    Did Your State Make the Grade?

    ky

    State: Kentucky

    F

    Tobacco Prevention

    F

    Smokefree Air

    F

    Cigarette Tax

    F

    Cessation Coverage

    The American Lung Association in Kentucky is proud to be a leader in advocacy efforts for tobacco prevention and cessation in the Bluegrass State. We are a member of the Smoke-free Kentucky coalition working across the state in support of comprehensive statewide and local smokefree laws…

    I love failure like this! lol

    http://www.stateoftobaccocontrol.org/?gclid=CJvx3uPv98ECFYY9aQodNkoAPw

  11. nisakiman says:

    Just picked this up on the BBC website. It would seem that Philae is stable and settled on the surface now, but in shadow, so the batteries may not get solar charging. That would be so cruel.

    I’m absolutely riveted by the magnitude of their achievement in getting that module on the surface. My God, what a dream from a decade ago.

    Just think what we could achieve if the money wasted on ‘Tobacco Control’, ‘Climate Change’, ‘Alcohol Control’ and similar idiocy was channeled to proper scientists.

    What is it with people………?

    • Edgar says:

      “What is it with people………?” Possibly, the self-righteousness, the desire for control, and the complete absence of rationality shows that it is a substitute for religion.

  12. Tom says:

    This is something I find interesting.

    I am thinking about the recent UN sponosred Anti-Smoker-Hate-Meeting held in Moscow, which stayed at luxurious hotels and dined on luxury foods, all paid for by taxpayers, yet the taxpaying public was not permitted a newspaper reporter nor any member of the public to attend, observe or ask questions, since they had armed Anti-Smoker-Police to literally, grab such persons by the collar and toss them onto the street, threatening to kill them if they did not go away and stay away.

    Then I am thinking, this morning, about this other article, about the UN, in which, literally, the UN’s Ebola Czar (dictator reference deemed “normal” these days to describe someone in authority), has made a public statement, encouraging people to flock to all the Ebola infected nations of West Africa for vacation (probably considered “safe” now that smoking bans have been extended into Africa I am guessing).

    Here is the latest, UN hates smokers, throws dissidents out onto the streets using armed anti-smoker-police – at the same time, has officially encouraged worldwide travel to Ebola infected nations for peoples’ holidays.

    http://www.straitstimes.com/news/world/united-states/story/un-encourages-travel-vibrant-and-alive-ebola-hit-west-africa-death-to

    Quote from article:

    “… UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) – The UN’s Ebola czar on Wednesday encouraged tourists to visit West Africa, saying Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea were “vibrant and alive” and that contact with infected people was largely avoidable.

    “I want to encourage everybody to maintain travel, tourism even to places that have Ebola. There is just no reason not to go to Freetown, Monrovia, Conakry,” David Nabarro, the UN coordinator on Ebola, told the UN Economic and Social Council.

    “These are cities which have got fabulous places for tourism. They are unfortunately not very full at the moment.”

    His push came as the death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa’s three hardest-hit countries, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, rose to 5,147 out of 14,068 cases as of Nov 9 end, according to the the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday. …”

    Yep – makes good sense, the UN and its WHO – use armed guards to threaten to kill anyone questioning their Anti-Smoker-Hate-Brigade – but at the same time, encourage everyone and anyone to travel to Ebola stricken countries. Good sense, that one.

  13. harleyrider1978 says:

    Meet America’s oldest living vet. He smokes cigars, does yard work, drives and drinks whiskey….

    Richard Overton, who served in World War II, still lives in the same home he bought after returning from the war.

  14. harleyrider1978 says:

    Smoke-Free Outdoor Spaces Communication Planning Template

    During 2013 a working group composed of 11 Ontario public health units with support from PTCC’s Media Network developed a smoke-free outdoor spaces communications planning template. The document was designed to assist public health units in developing a comprehensive communications and media engagement plan to support local smoke-free outdoor spaces by-law development. The plan includes a variety of media engagement activities broken down under various phases typically experienced in the by-law development process.

    To request a copy of the communications planning template e-mail Jason.Chapman@cancercare.on.ca.

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