Music and Art Control?

It may have started with tobacco, but it has now extended to alcohol and food. H/T VGIF’s Food Control for this NZ Herald article:

About 2400 lives a year could be saved by putting a 20 per cent tax on our saltiest, fattiest foods and by cutting the price of fruit and vegetables with a 20 per cent subsidy.

The system of penalties and rewards would swing purchasing towards healthier options, gradually leading to a healthier population, say researchers from the universities of Auckland, Otago and Oxford, who estimated the likely effects on New Zealand death rates.

Based on Statistics NZ data, they modelled the effects of a 20 per cent price increase or decrease of quantities purchased and subsequent death rates from heart attack, stroke, diabetes and diet-related cancers.

Where does it stop? Or does it ever stop?

Next there’ll likely be ‘healthy’ and ‘unhealthy’ music, art, and literature. It’ll be declared that music has as profound an effect on people as the food and drink they consume, as it excites or calms them, raising and lower their heart rate and blood pressure.

‘Research’ will appear showing that fans of heavy metal music ( a.k.a. ‘head-bangers’) die an average of 7.53 years younger than classical music fans, with Handel aficionados outliving almost everyone by 3.72 years. Black Sabbath albums will start to carry health warnings.

In fact, almost anything with a powerful beat will carry a health warning if it’s any faster than a ‘normal’ heartbeat (40 – 60 beats per minute), and particularly if the beat changes or accelerates (‘May cause heart attacks’).

Dance music too – (‘May cause premature arthritis’).

The lyrics also will come in for scrutiny, and penalised for ‘sending the wrong message’.

‘Healthy’ music will largely consist of crooners singing about climate change and recycling and the majestic beauty of wind farms. ‘Unhealthy’ music will be sold in plain brown packaging plastered with health warnings, and kept behind shutters.

None of the ‘scientific research’ will be worth the paper it’s written on. Its conclusions will have all been determined from the outset. For ‘healthy’ has become (and perhaps always was) a term of moral approval, and ‘health’ is a set of approved moral values.

And of course there’ll be ‘healthy’ and ‘unhealthy’ visual arts. Pornography of any kind will carry health warnings, of course (‘May cause blindness’ or ‘Your eyes will fall out’).

The Rolling Stones poster below has just been banned in London:

exhibitionism

And this one has also been banned:

beach-body-ready

The Advertising Standards Authority received 378 complaints that the Protein World poster implied other body shapes were inferior.

The ads were defaced in Tube stations and a petition called for its banning.

However, the campaign had already been pulled over concerns that its health claims did not have EU authorisation.

The ASA began receiving the first of the complaints just after it banned the advert in April.

The watchdog was also asked to investigate whether the image used was socially irresponsible in the context of a campaign for a slimming product.

Protein World said it did not consider that the poster implied that people should look like the model or that the text and image were irresponsible.

Nobody has stated the obvious, of course, which is that this is a damn sexy image (although I can’t put my finger on just quite why it’s so sexy), and that’s really what puritans can’t stand.

Anyway, here’s some music that probably would have health warnings attached:

 

 

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25 Responses to Music and Art Control?

  1. Reinhold says:

    Anyway, here’s some music that probably would have health warnings attached:

    Not health warnings yet, but … “This video is not available in Germany because (of some copyright difference crap).”

  2. Joe L. says:

    The links between smoking and mental health have been around a while, so I’m actually quite surprised it took the “experts” so long to manufacture the claim that smoking actually causes schizophrenia, but they finally did just that:

    Smoking ‘may play schizophrenia role’

    • Jariel says:

      Oh my goodness – SMOKING NOW CAUSES PSYCHOSIS? ARGHGHGHGHGHGHGHGHG!!!! I am horrified! Just how far are these antis going to take their ridiculousness? Forgive my caps, but I AM PISSED!

    • Rose says:

      Surprised me too, Joe.

      Smoking may trigger schizophrenia, scientists warn
      10 Jul 2015

      “King’s College London research finds smoking can triple the chances of developing psychotic mental illnesses”

      ” Previously the fact that people with psychotic mental illnesses are more likely to smoke has been put down to non-causal factors, such as obtaining relief from distress or self-medication.

      But now scientists believe something in tobacco might actually be responsible, alongside genetic and environmental influences.”
      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11730441/Smoking-may-trigger-schizophrenia-scientists-warn.html

      Well I suppose they had to find some way to justify the cruelty of smoking bans in Mental hospitals. The public are beginning to complain.

      A nice case of putting the cart before the horse, as this seems to be standard practice for anti-tobacco, as you say ,what took them so long?

      A confession

      “We can’t say that we have proof that cigarette smoking causes schizophrenia,” said Sir Robin Murray, professor of psychiatric research at King’s. “Indeed it is very difficult to point to any particular factor and say it causes schizophrenia.”
      http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jul/10/smoking-tobacco-might-increase-risk-schizophrenia-say-researchers-psychosis

      So they are spreading rumours via the press again.

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        The hole in their assumptions is that mental illness strikes pretty much as you age not as you smoke.

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          Chaz Gephart
          My prediction for not so future headline: “Smoking tobacco causes people to jump out of windows and commit mass murder!!!” It’s “Reefer Madness” all over again…

      • beobrigitte says:

        They sure do! It’s not even a rumour, it’s some nondescript bloke’s idea. I believe he is looking for funding tobacco control’s research; after all, tobacco control is rapidly losing credibility.
        Indeed, there are complaints about mental health issues patients not being able to smoke when they are sectioned as they are unable to leave the ward.

        Harley is right when he calls the (unwanted) do-gooders HELLTHISTS. I am waiting for a government with a backbone, not a wishbone!

        • The Blocked Dwarf says:

          I am waiting for a government with a backbone, not a wishbone!
          I am so 1/2″ing that phrase.

      • jltrader says:

        I guess next they’ll say that outside manifestations of stress, like fidgeting or feet tapping are causal factors in stress and not the other way around.
        The last paragraph reveals the fact that it has nothing to do with actual science but with public health:
        “The fact is that it is very hard to prove causation without a randomised trial, but there are plenty of good reasons already for targeting public health measures very energetically at the mentally ill,” he said.

  3. Let me say in addition to the “Puritans”, the misogynists mainly.

    I guess this song will receive the approved label from the world’s end, Brazil, 1973:
    Think about the children telepathic seedlings
    Think about the blind girls inaccurate
    Think about the women, altered routes
    Think about the wounds as warm roses
    But just do not forget the rose, the rose
    Rose of Hiroshima, hereditary rose
    The radiative rose, stupid, invalid
    The rose with cirrhosis atomic anti-rose
    No color, no perfume, no rose, without anything

    Link: http://www.vagalume.com.br/secos-e-molhados/rosa-de-hiroshima.html#ixzz3fS298Z83

    post scriptum: http://cadtm.org/Why-a-debt-audit-in-Greece

    • margo says:

      What an extraordinary song! But no, I don’t think it would be approved – nobody’s allowed to talk about anything radioactive as a cause of genetic damage and illness: it was smoking what done it!

  4. waltc says:

    “Caution: Political correctness kills liberty, honesty, and everyone’s sense of humor”

    But NZ, of course, is right. If I detest broccoli, I’ll start to buy it every day if it’s 40 cents less. Yum.

  5. Smoking Lamp says:

    And as the Orwellian beat goes on mainstream media outlets and healthist webpages tout the benefits of indoor smoking bans. As each anniversary of a ban is reached the propaganda machine remind all that everyone is happy with the bans and of course expanding the bans toward total prohibition is the only way to go, Any dissent is suppressed, comments on the articles are routinely censored, and all research disproving or eroding the Puritan claims are ignored.

  6. Rose says:

    Now they are after our bumblebees.

    Global warming shrinks range of pollinating bumblebees
    9 July 2015

    “Experts say large scale relocation could be only way to save them ”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3155208/Buzzkill-global-warming-shrinks-range-pollinating-bumblebees.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

    Scientists propose international effort to assist bumblebees to migrate further north after study finds rising temperatures linked to their decline

    “The study also investigated the role of pesticides, and in particular neonicotinoid insecticides, on bee decline in the US, but found no significant link to the observations of retreating territories. “Some of the climate responses reported in this paper began to appear before the use of neonicotinoids,” Professor Kerr said.”
    http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/scientists-propose-international-effort-to-assist-bumblebees-to-migrate-further-north-after-study-finds-rising-temperatures-linked-to-their-decline-10378738.html

    Previously –

    Are bees addicted to pesticides? Insects are hooked in the same way humans can’t resist cigarettes, study claims
    22 April 2015

    “Bees seem to prefer nectar laced with neonicotinoid chemicals – a type of pesticide commonly used to protect crops from insects”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3050834/Are-bees-addicted-pesticides-Insects-hooked-way-humans-t-resist-cigarettes-study-claims.html

    2 months earlier

    Dartmouth-Led Study: ‘Medicine Cabinet’ Reduces Bee Disease
    February 19, 2015

    “The researchers found that chemicals in floral nectar—including the alkaloids anabasine and nicotine, the iridoid glycoside catalpol, and the terpenoid thymol—significantly reduce parasite infection in bees. The results suggest that growing plants high in these compounds around farm fields could create a natural “medicine cabinet” that improves survival rates of diseased bees and pollination of crops. The researchers studied parasite infections in bumblebees, which, like honey bees, are important pollinators that are in decline around the world, a trend that threatens fruits, vegetables, and other crops that make up much of the food supply for people.”
    http: //now.dartmouth.edu/2015/02/dartmouth-led-study-medicine-cabinet-reduces-bee-disease/

  7. harleyrider1978 says:

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Harvard Scientist Supports U-Turn on Dietary Fat Rules

      Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, DrPH narrates his recent co-authored JAMA paper “The 2015 US Dietary Guidelines: Lifting the Ban on Total Dietary Fat”, in which he …

  8. roobeedoo2 says:

    ‘And of course there’ll be ‘healthy’ and ‘unhealthy’ visual arts. Pornography of any kind will carry health warnings, of course (‘May cause blindness’ or ‘Your eyes will fall out’).’

    Good news chaps – only if you’re a woman… LOL

    http://www.breakingworldnewstoday.com/2012/11/1044.html

    Fortunately…

    http://www.queerty.com/the-next-great-smut-frontier-braille-porn-20100413

  9. beobrigitte says:

    None of the ‘scientific research’ will be worth the paper it’s written on. Its conclusions will have all been determined from the outset.

    What do you mean with WILL BE? Watching the BBC news today proves that IT IS the case!
    I almost fell off my couch laughing when watching some nondescript bloke harping on about the idea that smoking causes psychosis. At the end of this “interview” he does mention that there is no proof for this hypothesis and more “research” was needed.
    Unfortunately he did not mention who would finance this “research”…. My guess is that the rubbish financed by tobacco control&friends no longer has credibility and therefore they are looking to:
    A: find a stupid rich sponsor
    B: wring the cash out of our gullible government

    After this (at 11:40 hrs shown) propaganda, it was a case of global warming killing the bumble bees. I’m glad the ones round here don’t know it! They sure crowd around the flowering plants in my garden!

    Prime time TV?

    With respect to the Protein World ad:
    Nobody has stated the obvious, of course, which is that this is a damn sexy image (although I can’t put my finger on just quite why it’s so sexy)

    Actually, I don’t find it sexy at all; but then, I would term this

    as SEXY (albeit a little too young for me….. *sigh* ).

    The watchdog was also asked to investigate whether the image used was socially irresponsible in the context of a campaign for a slimming product.

    Protein World said it did not consider that the poster implied that people should look like the model or that the text and image were irresponsible.

    I would agree with Protein World’s statement. And people in their right minds know:
    A: all ads LIE
    B: why would anyone want to look like a model? They all have no bums and look gaunt.

    I don’t know….. if anyone these days tells me ‘go to hell’ at least I can reply that I’m already there!

  10. Smoking Lamp says:

    I just found this at the Daily Mail on the alleged links between eating junk food, smoking and drinking.

    “Can’t resist a cigarette with your drink? Blame your mother! Gorging on junk food during pregnancy ‘can shape child’s taste for nicotine and alcohol’, experts warn
    – Mother-to-be’s diet affects her unborn child’s taste for nicotine and alcohol
    – Junk food seems to change an unborn child’s brain, programming it to enjoy the combination of cigarettes and alcohol together
    – Researchers believe findings explain why people light up when they drink
    – Previous research suggests fatty and salty foods in the womb and through breast milk have long-lasting effects on brain regions that control appetite”

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3153300/Can-t-resist-cigarette-drink-Blame-mother-Gorging-junk-food-pregnancy-shape-child-s-taste-nicotine-alcohol-experts-warn.html#ixzz3fXQvZoVV

    This propaganda piece ties together the major threads of lifestyle control. By the way the Antismoker propaganda machine appears to be on overdrive these days with multiple antismoking, anti-vaping apologies masquerading as scientific studies. These are accompanied by what appears to be an uptick in outdoor smoking bans.

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