It Couldn’t Happen Here

On a day filled with lots of antismoking news, I was going to chill out and watch some snooker on BBC iplayer when I noticed The Eichmann Show was featured, so I watched that instead. It was a 90 minute drama-documentary about the 1961 Eichmann trial in Israel. The documentary component consisted of excerpts from videos of the trial. The drama interspersed between the videos was about the shooting of the video.

As ever, the first thing I noticed was that everybody was smoking. Even Eichmann was smoking when he was being questioned in Buenos Aires. About the only place nobody was smoking was in the courtroom.

After I’d watched it, I read a review of it:

Mixing archive clips of the actual trial into the drama was an effective way of reminding viewers, too, of the magnitude of what had been at stake. Certainly the horrors recalled by witnesses, and Eichmann’s seeming indifference to it all, have lost none of their power to shock with the passing of time. But what most impressed was the belief of all those involved (and reflected in every line of Simon Block’s fine script) that only telling the truth, and remembering, could prevent it happening again.

And then returned to the reality where it was all happening again.

For a long time we in Britain have looked with distaste at all manner of horrors happening not so far away and prided ourselves with no small amount of smuggery on the notion that It Couldn’t Happen Here. Well, anti-Semitism of the vilest sort IS happening here: And the survival of an entire community stands at hazard. Headlines in serious newspapers talk about Jews “escaping” Britain, as they are “escaping” France. There is open discussion- even from Jewish commentators, especially from Jewish commentators- about the end of Jewish life in postwar Europe, as if we are approaching the predetermined and inevitable climax to some historical cycle. For the first time in more than a generation, British Jews are having to worry for their personal and collective safety, not to mention their collective future. Keeping their heads down is no longer enough. And while after each and every Islamist atrocity we are warned- and warned incessantly- of the dangers of an anti-Muslim backlash, the fact remains that in Britain, in 2015, it’s the Jews who are double-bolting their doors.

I make no apologies for lumping antismoking together with antisemitism, because they’re essentially exactly the same thing: hatred underpinned by fraudulent (Nazi) ‘science’.

For by the time the documentary was over, the New Orleans city council had just voted unanimously (7-0) for a sweeping smoking (and vaping) ban, thereby ensuring the bankruptcy of many of its clubs and bars and casinos, making past history of its party town image, and consigning second-class citizenship on about a third of its citizens. Antismoking Nazis will be cock-a-hoop.

None of this will faze the antismoking zealots, as they move on to repeat the exercise in the next town. Because these killjoys not only want to stop people smoking, but they also want to stop people drinking and gambling and partying as well. They probably don’t like music either. They’ll be delighted when the bars and clubs and casinos close down. And even more delighted to make untermenschen of smokers. That’s the whole point of the exercise, after all.

Meanwhile, here in the UK, the Conservative-LibDem coalition government has decided to introduce “plain packaging” (which is a euphemism – like “Conservative” or “Liberal Democrat” or “Final Solution” – for covering cigarette packets with obscene antismoking images).

And in Nottingham the city’s hospital wants to be able to prosecute smokers caught smoking on its grounds.

And in Latvia, H/T Dick Puddlecote:

Following the law on Children Rights Protection stating that smoking in the presence of a child is regarded as a physical violence, the tobacco control law now clearly states that smoking in the presence of a child is prohibited.

In the comments under Simon Clark’s plain packaging report, Pat Nurse writes:

Smoking in the home will be banned next and soon, and then I reckon within 2 years tobacco will be made illegal, smokers will be forced to quit and those who don’t will be jailed where they’ll be forced to quit and probably “reformed” into anti-smoker morons.

Or just gassed.

And on his Bolton Smokers Club blog Junican wrote a few days ago:

The UK is becoming a Police State, and I worry that I am personally at risk. That would not worry me if it were not for the fact that herself is infirm and I have a lot to lose if I was targeted. The word ‘Bolton’ has to disappear because it is too localised. The blog needs to become generalised to avoid the possibility of accusations of ‘encouraging the growing of tobacco plants and thus the avoidance of tobacco duties’. Readers will be aware that this blog has always championed the individual against the might of the fascist, totalitarian, Nazi State.

There was really only one thing that I didn’t know before that I learned from The Eichmann Show, and it was that when the survivors of the Nazi concentration camps first started speaking of their experience, nobody would believe them. “That couldn’t possibly have happened!” they’d be told. And so they stopped talking about it.

The same disbelief is evident today. As Britain and Europe (and parts of the USA) slowly metamorphose into Nazi states, nobody can believe it’s all happening again, because “It Couldn’t Happen Here.”

Except that it is happening. Pretty much everywhere. And at the same time. And brought to you by the very politicians (like New Orleans’ Latoyah Cantrell) you thought you’d elected to represent you.

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29 Responses to It Couldn’t Happen Here

  1. Smoking Lamp says:

    It is happening everywhere! The NOLA iban s particularly sad given its history. It is a classic case of stacking the cards in favor of a political end. The public hearings were a sham. As we know dissenting opinions were censored from many blogs. They will get their desired endnote–a compliant consumer base for their preferred products. The NOLA ‘bansters’ are already moving on to Baton Rouge. (See “Should Baton Rouge pass a smoking ban like the one approved in New Orleans?”

  2. Frank Davis says:

    From Facebook:

    Juliette Tworsey The council (this morning) was talking about an amendment to FORCE smokers (and vapers) into indentured servitude for failure to pay fines. Yeppers, modern day SLAVERY. …something about 7 hours of city work per $50 owed and onward and upward after that. They give us NOWHERE to go, then they want to turn us into an unpaid work force. I already make next to no money being a musician. What country am I living in? I am not quite sure what happened to that amendment. I found that part hard to follow as I was watching it live on my computer. I am simply stunned by the extremism of it all.

    • Lafayette may consider smoking ban in bars

      The Advocate

      The Lafayette City-Parish Council may soon consider a ban on smoking in bars, similar to a measure approved Thursday in New Orleans.

      I use ti live there too! I worked Evangeline Down Horse racing track and Holiday Inn there back in the 70s as a kid one summer staying with Dad. We still have a house there too!

      • I guess we wont be having the Jambalaya Festival this year in Gonzales with all this anti-smoking BS going on because if you outlaw smoking you have to outlaw well everything else too for the same reasons!

        Congratulations cookout fans you’ve just survived being around second hand smoke for 120,000 years of equivalent exposure!

        Barbecues poison the air with toxins and could cause cancer, research suggests. A study by the French environmental campaigning group Robin des Bois found that a typical two-hour barbecue can release the same level of dioxins as up to 220,000 cigarettes.

        Dioxins are a group of chemicals known to increase the likelihood of cancer. The figures were based on grilling four large steaks, four turkey cuts and eight large sausages.”

        Even the CANCER SOCIETY has benefit cookouts yet they push for smoking bans! Talk about being Hipocrits! Heres a real sweety pie of a special hype The Dumbest Fundraising Event Ever? American Cancer Society Joins BBQ Meat “Cook Off” to Raise Money for Cancer Research NaturalNews)

        Texans living in Navarro County are about to win a collective award for being the dumbest people in the world when it comes to diet and nutrition: They are hosting a BBQ meat cook-off to raise money for — get this — cancer research!

        Even the Governor of Kentucky and all the Anti-smoking Activists were at Fancy Farm for the big Political Cook Off Cook Out yet they too survived Inhaling 10S OF BILLIONS worth of equal cigarette smoke.

        Even there own Human exhaled Breath creates hundreds of the same chemicals found in tobacco smoke yet we arent outlawing HUMANS FROM INDOOR SPACES………

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

  3. New Jersey lawmakers cool to calls for more tobacco-use prevention

    Local New Jersey lawmakers had a common response to suggestions from lung health advocates about how to improve tobacco control: butt out.

    The association calls on lawmakers to tax electronic cigarettes at the same level as traditional cigarettes, to ban smoking in casinos and to secure funding for tobacco prevention and cessation.


    New Jersey gets grant to help displaced casino workers

    Jan 13, 2015 – The appeal for the Atlantic City Re-Employment Initiative also was … a $25 million to $30 million alternate investment tax to pay off the city’s debt. … out of that money, We don’t get anything, same thing happened after Super …

    ……………………..AND THEN

    Millionaire households fleeing N.J. by the thousands, study says

    New Jersey, consistently one of the most affluent states in the country, has slipped a bit in a new ranking of the rich.

    The Garden State fell from second to third in millionaire households per capita, according to a ranking released today by Phoenix Marketing International.

    New Jersey lost roughly 10,000 millionaire households, but those affluent families who remain still account for 7 percent of the whole state, the researchers said.

    The state had climbed to second last year for the first time since 2010, but was edged out by Connecticut in the 2014 ranking.

    A high tax rate for top earners may have led to some migration out of the state, according to David Thompson, the lead researcher.


    Smokers weren’t just marks for casinos,they were also Tourists and many who don’t even gamble and when you ban smoking on the beaches,the boardwalk,the parks and virtually everywhere. Something has to give………….all those milionaires leaving………….they aren’t just leaving themselves thy are taking theyre businesses with them leaving more losses than just their miliaonaire status but unemployment too! Same thing is happening all over the Northeast and in California……..Everybody is getting the hell out!

    • EMPIRE: NY Assembly Speaker Arrested on Corruption Charges…

      De Blasio Praises…

      Accused of taking millions in bribes…

      And another prohibitionist bites the dust! BRIBES IN THE MILLIONS……….Wonder how many came from Big Pharma

      • Legislative leaders all but snuff out expansion of ban waivers
        Jump to full article: (Long Island, NY) Newsday, 2004-06-17
        Author: JOEL STASHENKO Associated Press Writer

        The state legislative leaders said Thursday they do not favor amending the state’s 2003 workplace smoking ban to exempt bars equipped with air filtration systems.

        “Why do you want to undo something that is in the public’s best interests?” asked Senate Republican Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, who has become an increasingly vocal opponent of smoking.

        In addition to the waiver for air-filtrated bars, the amendment proposed by state Assemblywoman RoAnn Destito, D-Oneida, and Sen. Raymond Meier, R-Oneida, would permit smoking in separately ventilated rooms in billiard parlors and bowling alleys.

        Bruno’s counterpart in the state Assembly, Democratic Speaker Sheldon Silver, said he also opposed weakening the smoking ban.

      • mikef317 says:

        Finding corrupt people in New York government is like finding rats and cockroaches in New York City. We have an abundant supply.

        I don’t see where your comment below (from 2004 where Silver didn’t want to lessen the NY smoking ban) has anything to do with his current problems. Mostly these come from real estate transactions and highly dubious asbestos lawsuits.

        I’d like to see this guy sent to jail (after a trial) but his ignorant and stupid ideas about tobacco are not a crime. They are just ignorant and stupid ideas, and unfortunately, many people agree.

        • mikef317 says:

          Damn, this should have posted under Harley’s 1:52 AM post. Good night (at about 7 AM) from NY.

        • Mike I was looking for storys about him and smoking,but also found out he was big time involved with a research outfit and the mesothelioma court case. It isn’t but a short drive from there to likely big pharma connections.

  4. Reinhold says:

    One of your most excellent posts, Frank.

    • Frank Davis says:

      Thank you, Reinhold.

    • waltc says:

      Indeed. Reading it I felt a cold stone dropping into my gut. The juggernaut –that blind relentless robotic tank– is rolling over us. All of us. Again. It can’t be fought with reason because it’s unreasonable, It can’t be fought with force because we don’t have the forces. It can’t be fought with any appeals to humanity because it’s inhumane. It can’t be fought with skill because the decks have been stacked. And there’s nowhere to run from it except to our own homes which, unless you live in a standalone house with no children (who will soon be enlisted as Nazi youth), they’ll eventually invade. But I’ll extrapolate upward or outward from our own particular predicament to acknowledge that the whole Enlightenment is screwed and we seem to be entering a neo Dark Ages, a replay of Lords, Overlords, Torquemadas and Fuhrers, and the same old throat-cutting unthinking mobs, looking for causes and ready to lash out their ignorant arrogant manufactured hate as they rush helter-skelter to escape from freedom. As New Orleans, London and Latvia go, so goes the world — micromanaged, controlled, collective, conformist–and it’s hard to contradict Pat Nurse’s prediction or to postulate a world as free as the one we knew if the 21st century proceeds along the course it appears to be setting. Dark Ages, so far, do seem to end but I won’t outlive this one and begin to wonder if anyone but infants alive today will.

      • mikef317 says:

        Walt, excellent comment.

        We live in a superstitious society. As in the Middle Ages, people hunt witches. None of this, starting with “smoking causes lung cancer,” ever had anything to do with science.

      • mikef317 says:

        Walt, you seem to be in a real pessimistic mood. I am not. History repeats. People once hunted witches, but now they don’t (or not evil old crones casting spells on the innocent). Americans once voted for alcohol prohibition. Then they voted for repeal. At this time zealots control the smoking debate. Their pseudo-scientific arguments are accepted by almost everyone. But zealots never know when to stop. They’re after tobacco, and alcohol, and salt, and fat, and soda and fruit juice, and whole milk, and red meat, white bread, cheese, and pretty much anything any normal person might find enjoyable.

        Bike to work. Eat five servings of vegetables a day. And drink seven glasses of water. Join a gym, jog every morning, run in a marathon. Sooner or later, the average person will begin to question all this advice from “eminent scientists.” And then the tide will turn.

        My only question is when then tide will turn. I suspect less than ten years, and with luck, I’ll live long enough to see it.

        • mikef317 says:

          Damn. Last paragraph, “when the tide will begin to turn.” I could use a good proofreader.

        • The tide has already turned. The NOLA ban was a for gone conclusion by the massive Louisianna smokefree groups. They are now after Lafayette and baton rouge and likely a few more. But more and more we see stories and even MSM stories questioning the junk science and also the morality of smoking bans themselves besides the rights issue and property rights issues… The tide is turning as shown above in NJ. The only place we see bans passing is where the political connections are already pre-made. Weve seen others repeal their bans or reduce them soon after passage. In history weve seen some bans repealed within 3 years others within days others that never went into effect.

          But the biggest thing is simple HUMAN NATURE,it doesn’t change and that’s why history repeats itself………..With the advent of the Net that tide can take years off of the last time we had these laws on the books………..

        • smokervoter says:

          My only question is when then tide will turn. I suspect less than ten years, and with luck, I’ll live long enough to see it.

          I’d like to know when Dr. Ruth Engs thinks the tide will turn. I don’t have the time nor the inherent aptitude at internet search to get an immediate answer to that question at this time.

          I do recall off the top of my head that she at one point predicted 2010 as the end of Clean Living Movement III. It’s my very hazy recollection that she’d moved on to another focus of research, consumer buying habits????? perhaps?

          This comment is intended to line up right under mifef317’s comment @ 10:44am

        • Frank Davis says:

          BOOKS ON HEALTH; Book Maps a Nation’s Spurts of Clean Living

          Her prediction: the nation will lose interest in preventive health by 2005. And no matter what public health messages bombard today’s children and despite an onslaught of new medical findings, health enthusiasm, like other trends, comes and goes. In other words, today’s baby boomers may be training for triathlons but their children will grow to prefer martinis and cigarettes.

  5. mikef317 says:

    Off topic, from a climate blog, but about medical studies. (Weird!) Only for people interested in scientific methodology.

    A quote:

    [ An aside: There is one more thing about many of today’s medical studies that is amusing – there might have been some effort in the above hypothetical blood pressure study to say that while that 5 mm Hg might not be much for individual patients it would be significant in public health setting (and I know this sounds crazy – but this really is claimed quite often in epidemiological studies) because 5 mm HG times 1,000,000 people is a huge reduction in public blood pressure! Epidemiological madness. ]

    I don’t appreciate the word “amusing,” but in my mind, anyone who follows “epidemiological” with “madness” is worth reading.

    • junican says:

      That is exactly what the charlatans have been getting away with for years and years. It’s like saying that if you go out walking in the rain too often then you will one day drown.

  6. jltrader says:

    excellent post.

  7. Time to start thinking different. I believe this link provides a the seeds of an idea to Constitutionally challenge this sort of thing. You have the right to treat your own disease – well established from what I read by Constitutional law. Because nicotine is not a controlled substance I think the argument here: provides a means for civil disobedience to challenge these laws on a Constitutional basis. Basically do you have the right to stop me from treating my tobacco addiction, i.e., keeping myself from smoking. After all I have the right not to eat, to refuse other medical treatment, and there is a lot of case law it would seem that says I can do what I want to myself. So even if I can’t vape in public I may have a right to treat my own disease. And if I am treating my own disease in public can someone else stop me?

    • Ninth Amendment to the United States Constitution

      The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

      This amendment is used to protect the citizenry from any expansion of governmental power because of the limited nature of the Bill of Rights. Because every right of the people of the United States could not possibly be mentioned in the Constitution, the Ninth Amendment was added to supplement those already mentioned. The amendment protects many rights implied in a universal civil code, and those that are linked to other rights already declared. It protects these personal liberties from state and federal infringement.

  8. Smoking Lamp says:

    In Kentucky where the Antismokers claim they have overwhelming support for a statewide smoking ban, a new survey shows a somewhat different result. In “Survey: NKY divided on smoking ban,” at, nearly Nearly 40 percent of those surveyed don’t think the state should ban smoking – but 26 percent do. Actually those opposed to a comprehensive ban are actually greater than 40% (see breakout below):

    The results are: 39.39% against any ban. 26.03% for a ban. 25.44% for a half-measure (9.23% for signage; 8.17% exempt bars, restaurants, and bowling alleys; 8.04% to exempt bars only). 2.8% for banning tobacco completely. 6.34% unsure.

    Sample size: 3304 LIKELY voters
    Margin of error: 1.7%
    Weighted to voter turnout by demographic category

  9. beobrigitte says:

    Excellent post, Frank!

    None of this will faze the antismoking zealots, as they move on to repeat the exercise in the next town.

    Indeed, they are. The New Orleans citizen will soon understand what a smoking ban EXACTLY means; as soon (in 2016) will the people living in Vienna.

    This is quite interesting:

    The impact of New Orleans’ Smoking Ban


    Bars : yes. That goes for all establishments with one or more employees.
    Restaurants: yes. A 2007 state law banned smoking in places where food is the primary focus.
    Casinos: yes.
    Patios, courtyards, balconies and outdoor areas: no.
    The final law exempts these places attached to bars, casinos and restaurants.
    Parks: no.
    The lone exceptions are Lafayette Square and the Cancer Survivors Plaza on Loyola Avenue.
    Public events: no.
    The ban won’t affect Mardi Gras parade-watching and celebrations.
    Hotel and motel rooms: yes.
    Bingo and video poker halls: yes.
    Sidewalks and streets: no.
    The original bill required smokers to stand 25 feet away from places where smoking was banned. Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell agreed to shrink that to 5 feet. But Councilman James Gray’s successful amendment eliminated all distances.
    Private homes: no.
    Private clubs: yes.
    Conventions: maybe
    Exceptions include events hosted and controlled by tobacco retailers, smoking and vaping organizations or businesses that aren’t open to the public. Such instances apply to convention halls and designated rooms or areas in hotels.
    Nursing homes and assisted living facilities: yes.
    An exception is a private or semi-private room where all occupants agree to allow smoking or vaping and can show smoke or vapor won’t enter a larger complex’s ventilation system.

    Outdoor shopping malls: no.
    Parking lots and garages: no.
    Stadiums, amphitheaters and outdoor arenas: yes.
    Exceptions can be made for concerts, fairs, farmers’ markets, festivals and parades.
    Outdoor common areas in apartment complexes and trailer parks: no
    Tobacco businesses: no
    Hookah bars: no.
    To be exempt from the ban, hookah bars must show they were operating on Dec. 14, 2014 and that 10 percent of their business comes from sales of hookah tobacco. Cigarettes are still banned.
    Cigar bars: no.
    To be exempt from the ban, cigar bars must show they were operating on Dec. 14, 2014 and that 10 percent of their business comes from sales of cigars or humidor rentals. Cigarettes are still banned.
    Vape shops: no.
    Schools and child care facilities: yes.
    State law continues to ban smoking within 200 feet of any place with organized care for youth.
    Correctional facilities: yes
    Bus shelters: maybe.
    Smoking at bus stops is banned in the final bill, but Councilman James Gray said his amendment eliminating distances for smokers would essentially allow smoking at outdoor public transit stations.

    New Orleans City Council

    I have highlighted (in bold) what I find most disturbing.

    Especially this:
    Private homes: must be the anti-smokers’ wet dream. The fact this is mentioned shows how far they intend to go.

    I dare them to try and invade MY property!!!

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