The Logic of the Swarm

H/T roobeedoo:

I’ve spotted your swarm.


She was referring to my posts about the swarm effect, and the logic of the swarm.

Organisation-minded people usually want to try to create a single organisation or umbrella group into which to induct smokers. A sort of global Smokers United, with a president and treasurer and all the rest. But I suspect that the emerging global smokers’ network is self-organising. It has the logic of a swarm. First a few angry wasps take off, and start flying around. And then others join them. They re-inforce each other’s anger. The swarm gets bigger and bigger. And then, without any central guidance, the entire swarm heads off in pursuit of its perceived enemy.

And this seems to be happening. There seem to be quite a few more smokers’ blogs and websites and meetings now than there was a year ago. The swarm is growing. Yet nobody is singing from the same single hymn sheet. Everybody brings their own unique perspective and insight and experience and advice. There isn’t any ‘party line’. Or if there is one, it’s probably something that gradually emerges, entirely spontaneously.

I still feel the same way I did when I wrote that four years ago. And the swarm is growing.

And maybe something similar is happening with UKIP. It’s not really top-down ‘organised’. It’s something that just happens. And that’s maybe why a lot of people (and politicians) don’t understand it.

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16 Responses to The Logic of the Swarm

  1. harleyrider1978 says:

    Its quite simple really…………Freedom! Thats all it takes to unite everyone!

  2. castello2 says:

    I like the optimism but some days are better than others. Have you and harley been smokin that hippy juice again :)

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      United we stand. Weve had our dark hours the past 7 years. When others were demoralized those of us with optimism and a ”WE CAN DO” attitude built them up with never surrender and never ever give in advice. We have stood strong and we will win!

      Even now the Nazis in the US are cringing as they know whats coming and its merely a matter of time!

      Repeals Repeals and more Repeals even if they pass a few more useless non-binding bans,it doesn’t matter anymore the end is in sight! They know we know it and thats about it!

      If it was so popular and with so much support why does Chan order out everyone from the WHO anti-smoking summit,Why do the people of Westminster Masshole go nuclear on the nanny Nazis…………..

      Its over and with it the end of this Progressive/Regressive Nazi era against us all!

      We fought for freedom nothing more just that simple single thing! Freedom for without it nothing else matters!

  3. harleyrider1978 says:

    TROUBLESHOOTER / My neighbor’s second-hand smoke is making me sick

    4:10 pm, November 23, 2014

    The Yomiuri Shimbun
    Dear Troubleshooter:

    I’m a man in my 50s who owns my own business and lives in an apartment house. I have a problem with my neighbor smoking on the veranda.

    When I’m home, the tobacco smoke comes into my apartment through the opened windows once an hour or more. I shut the windows in mid-summer and mid-winter because I’m then using the air conditioner or heater. However, at this time of year, I sometimes open the windows only to be treated to smoke.

    The smell of the smoke adheres not only to the laundry hung out on my veranda, but also to the inside of my apartment.

    I get headaches and nausea due to the smell and can’t sleep well at night. I also feel compelled to gargle and brush my teeth many times a day.

    I asked the company that manages the apartment house to tell the neighbor to refrain from smoking on the veranda. However, the company didn’t take me seriously, just saying, “You’re allergic [to tobacco smoke], aren’t you?”

    I suppose the neighbor is smoking on the veranda to avoid getting that smell into their own apartment. So why can’t the person imagine that the fumes can waft into other people’s apartments? I think if the person smoked under a ventilation fan in their own apartment, everything would be better.

    I have no idea why the company just ignores the problem. Please tell me if there are any good solutions.

    D, Aichi Prefecture

    Dear Mr. D:

    You seem to be troubled by one of the so-called firefly tribe (smokers who light up on the veranda because they don’t want to or can’t smoke in their house).

    You don’t smoke yourself, but suffer health problems caused by second-hand smoke. It’s unforgivable.

    Regarding second-hand smoke, the laws require managers of facilities used by many people, such as workplaces, hospitals and restaurants, to take countermeasures. However, there is no law regarding second-hand smoke affecting those in private residences.

    It was appropriate for you to ask the company managing your apartment house to tell your neighbor to stop smoking on the veranda. But that didn’t work. I think your situation is strange, but just being angry about it doesn’t solve the situation. So why don’t you ask the management association of the apartment house residents or a community association of the residents to put up notices prohibiting smoking on verandas or distribute documents on the matter to residents?

    Recently, more and more smokers have been ordered by courts to pay compensation to people around them who claim the fumes from their smoking have caused health problems for them.

    As your health problems caused by the smoke are serious, I suggest you go to a lawyer for legal advice on how to cope with the situation.

    Sachiyo Dohi, lawyer


    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.

    As you can see even in a smokefree courtroom the same so called levels were read in Schumans own Kitchen in his house! The so called scientist was none other than a fellow prohibitionist and JUNK SCIENTIST,Tornado Repace!

    Talk about being laughed out of court……………….btw these prohibitionists create whats called ”risk assesment studies” Purely fictional and nothing more than statistical magic to create fear and bigotry against smokers!

    For those who remember the Schuman vs. Popovic case where James Repace (the self proclaimed second hand smoke expert) where the plaintiff (the anti-smoker neighbor) lost, you’d be happy to know that he also lost his appeal with the court finding the following about Repace:

    ”The court also found that Repace had some bias because he was the father of one of Mr. Schuman’s friends.
    Finally, Repace tested the courthouse – – where smoking was prohibited – – for nicotine in the
    air and the reading was similar to the reading he had received in Schuman’s home.”

    Full appeal court decision here:

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Tokyo Mcdonalds banned indoor smoking a few months back as Tokyo tries to push for a smoking ban to get the next Olympics in the bag so to speak………..

      Then by the same context you must also ban RESTARAUNTS,MOMS HOME COOKING,YOUR OWN EXHALED HUMAN BREATH!
      Mcdonalds Serves up 75 hamburgers a second worldwide that’s the same as serving up 18,750 cigarettes a second worldwide smoke and chemicals released indoors and out,yet they ban a few smokers from smoking inside when a lousy hamburger creates as much as 250 cigarettes worth of equivalent smoke and chemicals………………ROFLMAO!

  4. harleyrider1978 says:


    Human Exhaled Air Analytics…” Buszewski et al, Biomed. Chromatogr. 21: 553–566 (2007)

  5. roobeedoo2 says:

    April 6th 2015 is the date that the display ban on tobacco products comes into effect for smaller retailers, garages etc. May 5th 2015 is the date of the next General Election. There’s potential for inconvenience to all manner of shoppers by this ban during the month of political campaigning before we get to vote.

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Hopefully UKIP will blast the airwaves of who is responsible for it along with a long shortlist of deaths associated to the bans and the closure of pubs and other businesses with those unemployed being asked about their demise at the hands of the government parties responsible for it. Then attack that no health savings ever resulted from the bans……

      I mean nite and kick nannys ass right to the gutter with it all and make some heart strings throb too. With a good hint of Nigel with a pint and a coffee smoking with friends in some indoor public place showing total defiance to the bans…………

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        Don’t forget to add in the blackmarket sales and crime syndicates involved along with the costs of enforcement and the losses in tax revenues and how non-smokers are being forced to pick up tax losses via other means in taxation.

        Blast the whole bloddy mess and make the Nazis pay and pay dearly.

        Lets not forget a single victim like the obese,food,children taken from homes over overweight claimed kids and the like……….A good propaganda manager with nothing more than the truth could wipe out the opposition in short order.

  6. harleyrider1978 says:

    enemy_guest • 4 days ago

    Reverend siegel, haven’t you been reading the papers?? you’re “movement” is dead, busted, cracked wide open. the only thing that remains is to do the criminal investigations and lock up the majority of you crooks and cons pretending to be “public health experts”. LOL!! lock em up boys!!! I’m sure you corrupt RATZ will enjoy your “smoke free” jail cells!!

    Heres another funny one……….

    A brilliant scientist once did a study on fleas. He took a flea, taught it the English language. He then told it to “FLY”. And indeed it did fly. He then pulled off both the Flea’s wings, and again told the Flea to fly. It did not fly. The scientist then scribed in his notes, “When a Flea’s wings are removed, it becomes deaf”.

  7. harleyrider1978 says:

    Nightlight Noctiluca

    Scene you won’t see in the 1997 Disney movie — Anastasia shares a smoke with her dad, Tsar Nicholas II, two years before their assassination in 1918.


    European royalty was the first one to take up tobacco smoking, after the sailors brought it from the new world. It was on the advice from their physicians who found it helpful for respiratory and inflammatory problems. Then it spread among nobility, then among soldiers and finally the general population around the world.

    Wherever tobacco arrived, without anyone explaining anything, it was instinctively perceived as medicinal substance. During the Great Plague in 17th century England, tobacco smoking was made compulsory for students at their elite boy schools such as Eton, to protect them from the plague:

  8. harleyrider1978 says:
  9. harleyrider1978 says:

    LETTER: E-cigs are ‘health hazard and anti-social act’

    There is supposed to be a no smoking ban in this country in public and workplaces, this means pubs, restaurants, cafes etc.
We understand this includes the so called e-cig. We have been horrified in the last three weeks visiting a local cafe in town, pub restaurant and twice another restaurant.
We have seen people openly and nipping to WC andin the actual restaurant smoking e-cigarettes. It has been confirmed by the NHS and medical specialists that e-cigs contain a minimum of two per cent nicotine and various chemicals and they do give off acrid smoke which I and my friends could taste three tables away from the smokers and as twoof us are asthmatics, it affected our lungs, throat and sinuses.
In our view it is a health hazard and anti-social act imposed on all non-smokers.
If I or my friends witness this disgusting habit again, I can assure theowners of any cafe, restaurant or pub that we will report the establishment to the environmental health department.

    Mr and Mrs D.Reynolds,
Ms E.Johnson,
Mr P.Smith

  10. harleyrider1978 says:

    Ontario to restrict e-cigarettes like regular smokes, ban sale to minors: Report

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