Smallminded News Update

Two weeks before New Orleans’ smoking ban goes into effect, the city tells people how to snitch on fellow citizens:

If people are found to be smoking, the bartender, manager, or owner is required to tell them to stop and, if they refuse, ask them to leave.

People can file complaints against businesses ignoring the new smoking ban by filling out a complaint form or calling the city’s non-emergency 311 hotline.

After receiving a second complaint, the city’s health department will conduct a site visit and “provide educational materials and encourage compliance.”

The proposed regulations don’t spell out what would happen after additional violations.

The city encourages people filing complaints to include date- and time-stamped photographs documenting illegal smoking.

Dick Puddlecote on Scottish NHS priorities:

EXTRA support staff will be deployed to advise smokers against lighting up in hospital grounds after staff and patients were spotted puffing away just days after new rules were introduced.

These pictures reveal signs are being routinely ignored at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary despite the crackdown by the Scottish government which declared all hospitals smoke-free from April 1.

Chris Snowdon on Linda Bauld’s proposal to extend plain packaging:

Echoing the move to plain packaging of cigarettes is the time approaching for a debate on standardized, non-branded, measure-marked glassware imprinted with large harm-reduction messages?

There’s never any “debate”. The debate is always “over” before it’s started.

farage-jacketOn a lighter note, I’ve been wondering for a long time what kind of coat it is that Nigel Farage is wearing (right).

Apparently it’s a “covert coat”, invented at the end of the 19th century. Read all about it here.

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20 Responses to Smallminded News Update

  1. Report on Your Neighbor
    (& Let’s Repeat Nazi Germany All Over Again!)

    [Editor’s Note: Unless you grew up in the 1940s or 50s, you never get to see World War II era films on espionage and intrigue There were a ton of those movies made and they always showed the ordinary German citizen being frightened about saying anything critical about the Nazi government in front of their children or at work or at shcool.

    The Nazis encouraged children especially, to report anything “suspicious” that they might hear their teachers or parents say and report it to their Nazi youth leader or directly to the Gestapo.

    ”Hitler Youth had anti-smoking patrols all over Germany, outside movie houses and in entertainment areas, sports fields etc., and smoking was strictly forbidden to these millions of German youth growing up under Hitler.”

    The ‘Report your neighbor’ theme was used by American film makers at the time to illustrate the difference in the climate of freedom found here in American versus the heavy hand of fascist repression found in Nazi Germany.

    Rather than follow the advice given below to play some tit for tat game and e-mail or fax your complaints about pro-Israel, NWO minions to the Department of Hardcore Sellouts, I think it’s far more productive to voice our complaint about the entire propaganda push by the Gestapo-like DHS and their minions which encourages Americans to rat on their fellow countrymen. We should have Town Hall meetings and parent/teacher get togethers and voice our unanimous CONDEMNATION of these Nazi-like “policies” and vehemently criticize those who are encouraging it, beginning with Janet Napolitano …Ken Adachi]

    By Jim Kirwan
    December 15, 2010

    Report on Your Neighbor (& Let’s Repeat Nazi Germany All Over Again!) Dec. 17, 2010

    Original Title: Snitch City Incorporated

    • You might think an app with such a patriotic name might have useful functions like a pocket constitution or quotes from our forefathers. But contrary to the services one might expect, this app allows users to report any ‘suspicious’ behavior directly linking them with top government agencies. Much like the new DHS program ‘If you see something, say something’ this app is meant to turn average citizens into a network of spies feeding information back to the federal government.

      Citizen Concepts, a company formed by insiders from DHS, defines the use of such an app on their homepage:

      “Citizen Concepts announces the launch of PatriotAppTM, the world’s first iPhone application that empowers citizens to assist government agencies in creating safer, cleaner, and more efficient communities via social networking and mobile technology. This app was founded on the belief that citizens can provide the most sophisticated and broad network of eyes and ears necessary to prevent terrorism, crime, environmental negligence, or other malicious behavior.

      Simply download, report (including pictures) and submit information to relevant government agencies, employers, or publish incident data to social network tools.”

      Key Features: Integrated into Federal Agencies points of contacts: FBI, EPA, GAO, CDC, Custom integration with user employers, Fully integrated with Social Media (Facebook, Twitter), Multiple menus and data fields View FBI Most Wanted, Simple graphical user interface Uses: Enable citizens to record and communicate: National Security, Suspicious activities, Crime Government Waste Environmental Crime or possible violations, White collar crime, Workplace harassment, discrimination, or other violations, Public Health concerns PatriotApp encourages active citizen participation in the War on Terror and in protecting their families and surrounding communities

      • smokervoter says:

        Citizen Concepts announces the launch of PatriotAppTM, the world’s first iPhone application that empowers citizens to assist government agencies in creating safer, cleaner, and more efficient communities via social networking and mobile technology.

        Silicon Valley is the main enabler of the modern surveillance state. Big Health, Big Government, Big Data and the brave new low-carbon, 100% or-gan-ic, smokefree world, all brought to you by the wealthy leftwing whiz-kids of San Jose, California.

        I remember watching the famous Apple computer ‘1984’ commercial live at a Superbowl party and getting up and drunkenly warning everybody in the room not to trust these liberal fascists, as I’d been living around them for over a decade in NorCal and real freedom was anathema to them from what I’d seen.

        Sure enough, they went on to produce Apple telescreens and now the Apple Watch (as in watching you) with its catchy compulsory regimented daily exercise features and Two Minute Hates, all conveniently brought to your wrist by the healthist innerpartiers at tobaccofreeCA and such.

    • That webpage is chocked full of all kinds of snitching systems the Nazis have created.

    • smokervoter says:

      I ain’t gonna touch this daunty topic with a ten foot pole, no sir. Once burnt – twice shy, as they say out at the gulag.

      • Smokervoter it seems everytime we get into a war we end up having it used as a mean to take away even more freedoms from us in one fashion or another. This time though they went full on NAZI.

  2. irocyr says:

    Nigel would wear a trash bag as a raincoat and he would still be handsome and a gentleman who I had the pleasure to shake hands and chat when I was in Brussels at the Forbidden Conference. If I lived in the UK I would vote for him just so I can see him on TV all the time LOL.

  3. Lepercolonist says:

    If someone took a date-and-time-stamped-photo of you illegally smoking then you have a right to face them in a court of law. This could lead to serious repercussions.

  4. John Watson says:

    That’s before the NHS trust have to waste money investigating breaches of the data protection act given that your likeness cannot be used by private individuals without your consent the photographer could also be liable for a fine as well as the trust collectively and individually having encourages breaches of the law.

    • Saturated fats have been dropped from the list of so called causing heart disease after the mummy study. Its turnng out that everyhting DRs. knew in 1950 are true today that things are simply related to natural aging not lifestyle choises.

      But the lifestyle prohibitionists back then over ruled all the doctors opinions and known facts and then took those age related diseases and renamed them caused by smoking,eating or industrial air…….Its been 70 years of JUNK SCIENCE.

      Hense lifestyle epidemiology was born.

      The rise of a pseudo-scientific links lobby

      Every day there seems to be a new study making a link between food, chemicals or lifestyle and ill-health. None of them has any link with reality.

      Manufacturing the science to meet the agenda, in black on white. Does anyone still have doubts?

      ”Bal laughs when asked about the role of scientific evidence in guiding policy decisions. “There was no science on how to do a community intervention on something of this global dimension,” he says. “Where there is no science, you have to go and be venturesome—you can’t use the paucity of science as an excuse to do nothing. We created the science, we did the interventions and then all the scientists came in behind us and analyzed what we did.”

      Read under the title :
      Tobacco Control: The Long War—When the Evidence Has to Be Created

  5. garyk30 says:

    “If people are found to be smoking, the bartender, manager, or owner is required to tell them to stop and, if they refuse, ask them to leave.”

    In other words, they are ‘mandated’ to perform the duties of a law enforcement officer.

    They will receive no training and no extra pay for performing those duties.

    They may be unwilling to perform such duties; but, they are forced to do so as a service to the govt.

    Being forced to unwillingly perform a service is to be put into a condition of ‘involuntary servitude’.

    The 13th Amendment to the US Constitution abolished slavery and forbids ‘involuntary servitude’ due to coercion or force of law.

    I presume the UK has such laws against ‘involuntary servitude’.

  6. smokingscot says:

    Smoking ban in hospital grounds.

    IMO it’s simple: the patients on the streets, the pitiful sights of illness, age, dressing gowns, slippers, drips, tubes, isolation and vulnerability are there for a purpose. It’s ritual humiliation that’s intended to send a message “this will be you if you smoke”

    I believe it’s 100% deliberate and I know that some of the press articles and commentary was initiated by reporters who are “friends of the antis”, certainly there are several freelance journalists who submit to the “Edinburgh Evening News” and the “Scotsman” little more than vetted propaganda.

    The discussion and commentary are all part of the grand plan to “keep tobacco in the news” 24/7 ad infinitum. Know it for what it is (and that includes all these voluntary bans in town squares and such). Just keeping up appearances, pushing the envelope and justifying guaranteed funding.

    Says it all:

    “Health campaigners say the introduction of a levy equivalent to 25p a pack could raise £500m a year, money that they say should be used to fund measures to help people quit and prevent the uptake of smoking. Health campaigners believe devoting greater resources to tobacco control will bring major benefits. A campaign launched in the Lancet by a number of leading physicians suggests that higher taxes on cigarettes could be one of a suite of measures that would help bring about a tobacco-free world by 2040. Central to this aim is a global push for the UN to agree a landmark resolution recognising the health threats presented by tobacco, similar to that which it issued about diabetes.

    “The idea of a tobacco-free future has strong support around the world, but on current trends it is still only a dream, even in the UK,” said Deborah Arnott, chief executive of health charity Action on Smoking and Health.

    “To realise the dream requires sustained and properly funded comprehensive smoking prevention strategies, which are threatened by budget cuts. The tobacco manufacturers make obscene profits from their deadly products, and the public, rightly, supports a levy to make the industry pay for the tobacco-free future that we all want to see.””

    Do please note “the public, rightly, supports a levy” and “we all want to see”.

    When they get their hands on £500 million to spend each and every year, you can be depend on tobacco being in the news every single day.

    • beobrigitte says:

      “Health campaigners say the introduction of a levy equivalent to 25p a pack could raise £500m a year

      Plain packaging and the black market could easily reduce this figure to 1m a year. If “Health campaigners” are surprised I suggest they return to the planet of reality. A tobacco-free future = 0p income.

      “Health campaigners”, of course, are free to use their OWN money.

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