Control G

About 40 years ago, as a newbie computer programmer, pushily trying to boost my already-high pay rate, four of us programmers got together to call ourselves an organisation which we called Control G (does that still ring a bell?). I remember sitting around the kitchen table of my flat with them all discussing what we would do in concert together. About the only thing we thought might be a good idea would be to have a few calling cards printed, with the name on it, and an address and phone number. Beyond that, we had no idea what to do.

And in fact, we never had any idea what to do. But Control G caused a bit of a splash nevertheless. For once the several small companies which employed us discovered that there was now some sort of a programmers’ union called Control G, they almost reacted in panic. What would this Control G do? Our employers seemed to spend more time talking about us than we did.

The recollection of Control G this morning returned me to one idea that I’ve been trying to float for the past few years: the Smokers Army. For my view is that, given some 1.5 billion smokers in the world, and say 15,000 professional antismokers in Tobacco Control (I have no idea what the actual number might be), there are some 100,000 times as many smokers in the world as there are antismokers, and that an army of smokers would defeat the army of antismokers in very short order (even if it was just a bun fight). So I want to put together an army of smokers, because I think that even if it could only enlist 1 in 100 or 1 in 1000 smokers, it would still be an invincible army.

And this morning I was thinking that the first thing the Army needed was a name. Because my experience with Control G was that just having a name struck holy terror into the other side. And in fact I suspect that a lot of the organisations which strike terror into the world (e.g. BLM, ISIS, etc) are actually phantom organisations. So I was wondering this morning whether I might put the question to my readers: what should an army of smokers be called? One of my suggestions a while back was to call it the “Wehrmacht”, but the Germans promptly vetoed that one (dunno why). This morning I was toying with “Global Smoker Army” (GSA), or “Angry Smokers” or “Smoke In The Wind”. Maybe if we get enough suggestions, I could put them up in a poll, and choose one of them that way.

And I was thinking that it might have its own website where you could sign up to join and be given a name, rank, and number. Maybe you’d just use your own name, but you could be given one if you wanted – e.g. “Thaddeus Firestarter”. The website would have a random name generator. And also a random rank generator – e.g. Private, Lieutenant, Sergeant, Captain, Brigadier -. There might be some quite imaginative ranks, like Special Agent, Superhero, Destroying Angel, Chief Cook, Surgeon General. The number that you were assigned would not be random. It would be a unique number for everyone, which would increment with each new recruit. It would be used to keep count of the number of recruits in total. And when you’d signed up to join you get a congratulatory email from the army’s Commander In Chief, and a little badge you could print off with your name and rank and number on it, which you could wear pinned to your chest.

And you might also get, in the same email, the army’s Handbook of Rules. And I thought this might be modeled on something like Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals. But it would be Rules For Radical Smokers. Rule Number One might be: Never Stop Smoking. Rule Number Two might be: Ignore All Health Messages. These are just suggestions. The handbook would have to be very carefully thought out. For it would contain a set of values and attitudes and recommendations for smokers. e.g. If In Doubt, Light Up. It would seek to cultivate a generally stroppy (or perhaps ornery) attitude towards authority of every kind. Members of the smokers’ army would be encouraged to use their own initiative, think for themselves, act independently, disobey orders (there would be no orders in the smokers army, only polite suggestions).

I’m not really thinking of an organisation here: I’m think more of a disorganisation. Control G was a disorganisation.

And my thought this morning, remembering my Control G experience, was that this army would strike terror into the hearts of Tobacco Control, just like Control G did. And it would do so precisely because Tobacco Control, despite its small numbers, is very highly organised. And the one thing that Tobacco Control doesn’t want to see is any form of organisation of smokers, particularly any with global aspirations.

But for smokers, whoever they were, it would bring a bit of a glow to have become a member of the smokers army, and have a name and rank and number in it, and a congratulatory message from the Commander In Chief, which you could print out and frame behind glass on your living room wall. I know I’d like it, even if I was just a Junior Cook, number 17453. For when we formed Control G, 40 years ago, we all had a bit of a spring in our step for a few weeks, even though all we’d done was dream up a rather good name for ourselves.

Anyway, I think about stuff like this. How do you build an army? What did Vo Nguyen Giap do to start building the Viet Cong? How does anyone ever build any army, or any organisation? At what point, when there is a need for them, do such organisations spontaneously emerge, crystallised out from a shapeless collection of individuals?

The Smoky Drinky Bar is one way that I’ve thought it might be done. And the Smoky Drinky Bar has brought together a few people from all over the world, and  shown that it can be done. There may be precious few regulars in the Smoky Drink Bar, but that doesn’t really matter.

The main thing is to keep having ideas. Keep trying new ways of doing things. I’d guess that Orville and Wilbur Wright spent hours discussing with each other how to improve their prototype airplane, to try and somehow get it off the ground. And they never gave up trying.

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74 Responses to Control G

  1. John Mallon says:

    How about, “The Plume Army”

    • Rose says:

      Not nearly scary enough. Being very nice, understanding, friendly and reasonable people, who can see both sides of any argument and who believe that everyone has a right to their own opinion, we’ve been pushed around for decades. What got us into this mess in the first place is that we are just too polite.

      • Frank Davis says:

        I agree with Rose. One of the problems with Forest is that it sounds like a bunch of passive motionless lumps of wood. And in fact that’s pretty much what it is. They’re too polite. They’re too nice. So we have to get nasty. And that’s why we need an army or something similar.

  2. “Global Smoker Army” (GSA)

    Good.

    “Angry Smokers”

    Not so good. Makes it seem like a bunch of grumpy suburban Dads.

    “Smoke In The Wind”

    No, that screams ‘Weakness’.

    • Frank Davis says:

      I completely agree with you, actually. They’re just the few non-idea ideas I had this morning.

      One that comes to mind from some earlier ideas of mine is Smoker Dawn. There was something rather evocative, and perhaps distantly threatening, about that name. Maybe I can dredge up a few more from memory.

  3. Claudia says:

    Time to get smokers and vapers united … so how about Smokers and Vapers United?

    • Barry Homan says:

      Smokers and Vapers, hmmmm…S.A.V.O.U.R

    • Frank Davis says:

      I think the task of uniting smokers and vapers is a separate task. Some vapers are already pro-smoking. Others are decidedly anti-smoking.

      You could also say that drinkers and fat people are pretty much as persecuted as smokers are, and they should be included too. But again I think that’s a separate matter

  4. Barry Homan says:

    Something with “Inferno”

  5. Claudia says:

    Ok.
    S.A.V.O.U.R = smokers and vapers of unrepentant recalcitrance

  6. Rose says:

    My first thought was “Legion of the Damned” but that’s a bit extreme and has been done before.

    • Frank Davis says:

      “Legion” is good. In fact I think it’s better than “army.”

      Legion of the Forgotten Smokers? Legion of the Invincible Smokers? Legion of Undefeated Smokers?

      Legion derives from the Latin Legio (e.g. Legio Secunda Augusta that occupied Britain circa 100 AD) There’s no Latin word for smoker. So Legio Nebula Invicta Legion of the Unconquered Smoke? Legio Vapos Redivivus Legion of the Smoke Reborn? Using Latin would lend a certain antiquity and deathlessness. And a legion could also have its own Eagle standard behind which it marched.

      SPQR meant Senatus PopulusQue Romanus :the Roman Senate and People. But it might be adapted to mean Smokers Putting Quickly Right…

      • Rose says:

        Legion of the Unbending? I don’t know what that is in Latin but I’m sure it would sound more convincing. Lets take the slanders they’ve thrown at us for years and own them.

        insubordinate
        defiant of authority; disobedient to orders.

        synonyms: disobedient, unruly, wayward, errant, badly behaved, disorderly, undisciplined, delinquent, troublesome, rebellious, defiant, mutinous, recalcitrant, refractory, uncooperative, non-compliant, wilful, unbiddable, intractable, ungovernable, unmanageable, uncontrollable, obstreperous, awkward, difficult, perverse, contrary

        After all, people who know us know we are the exact opposite, but the TC bullies don’t.

      • Roobeedoo2 says:

        Plus all those demons in hell command legions. Smoking has been thoroughly demonized…

  7. Claudia says:

    ttp20
    the too polite 20 %
    ;-)

  8. Radical Smokers is a good name and Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals might be, at least, “suggested reading.” To have an impact requires only a small number of organized active members. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead.

    • Frank Davis says:

      The Rules
      “Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.”
      “Never go outside the expertise of your people.”
      “Whenever possible go outside the expertise of the enemy.”
      “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”
      “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”
      “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.”
      “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.”
      “Keep the pressure on.”
      “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.”
      “The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.”
      “If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside”
      “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.”
      “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”

    • Rose says:

      It’s clear that no one in TC is afraid of smokers, so the Radical bit is fine, but the smokers bit is too explanatory. After all it was the lack of information in the name “Control G” that caused the sense of panic in the uninitiated.

  9. nisakiman says:

    I’d be inclined to avoid the military connotations, with ranks etc. Too easy to ridicule with references to ‘Dad’s Army’. I’d also be wary of including the word ‘smoker’ in the name. ‘Legion’ is good. In fact I rather like Rose’s ‘Legion of the Damned’, although it is in reality a bit over the top.

    Legion of the Scorned?

    Legion of the excommunicated?

    PC Heretics?

    Seekers of Reason?

    Choice v Tyranny?

    Mythbusters? :) Only kidding!

    All the above are just brainfarts, and are a little too dramatic really. Something simple yet slightly enigmatic. In fact, looking at the above, I think ‘Legion of the‘ something or other is a bit ponderous. ‘Legion of‘ is a little lighter.

    ‘Personae non Gratae’, perhaps?

    I’ll have to have a think…

  10. Vlad says:

    I think the name or acronym is less important…what is important is to get the smokers united. To do that the MOST important thing in my view is to get them out of the ‘smoking kills/smoking is a sin’ Matrix. Every smoker should understand that antismoking is a scam. Should read on the history of tobacco, a plant cultivated for 10 thousand years and considered by the American Indians to be ‘gift of the gods’. As long as the smoker is in the Matrix, they or their organizations (like Forest) will only manifest a feeble, pathetic resistance.

    • Calling the entire anti-smoking perception a “scam” is an overstatement and reductionist. There are many well-meaning, intelligent, & knowledgeable people who are convinced that the world would be a much better place if there were no tobacco. The anti-smoking campaign needs to be de-constructed using logic, knowledge, patience, and dispassion.. Simply dismissing it as a “scam” will not persuade those capable of being persuaded.

      • Vlad says:

        Well, we could elaborate on the ‘scam’ word depending on the person we’re talking to and how much time we have for discussion.

      • Frank Davis says:

        There are many well-meaning, intelligent, & knowledgeable people who are convinced that the world would be a much better place if there were no tobacco.

        I’m sure there are. In fact I don’t doubt that most antismokers are like that. But regardless of how well-meaning they might be, they are doing an enormous amount of damage, and they must be be stopped. And every weapon that can be deployed against them should be.

        In addition, the antismokers treat smokers with complete and perfect contempt. Why should smokers treat them with any respect, when they have no respect whatsoever for smokers?

      • Calling the entire anti-smoking perception a “scam” is an overstatement and reductionist.

        Uneasy with the use of the term ‘scam’, eh? How about ‘humongous crock of shit’ or ‘the mother of all flim-flam jobs’, then? Or, borrowing from Tony’s quote further down the page: “a massive (and world-wide) scam. A massive Ponzi scheme […] an industrial scale con-trick”.
        And with reference to the ‘fact’ of those capable of being persuaded being likely to find the anti-antismoker’s counterclaims to be over the top, when I found out about this, I had been a non-smoker for over two decades, and inclined to think there was at least a kernel of truth at the heart of the anti-smoking crusade… Silly (ex-)me!

      • Joe L. says:

        Those well-meaning, intelligent, & knowledgeable people would not be convinced that the world would be a much better place if there were no tobacco had they not been scammed.

  11. Tony says:

    Maybe, just maybe, the time is finally right for a serious fightback.
    Here’s a blog post about the importance of fighting back. These are the concluding paragraphs:
    “Do NOT expect anyone else to do this for you. As we have already seen in the tobacco and alcohol industries, those business will not stand up for us. They will just surrender meekly and kow-tow to what the Public Health lobbies want to do.
    Public Health is a massive (and world-wide) scam. A massive Ponzi scheme that can be brought crashing down by we, the people, simply waking up. It is an industrial scale con-trick and it is about time we woke from our slumbers and claimed our lives back.

    http://jester-midnightmusings.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/and-still-we-stand-back-meekly.html
    ——
    Then there’s this article which is about the second ammendment but describes how smokers were willing to seek compromise and how they were utterly betrayed as a result.
    https://townhall.com/columnists/derekhunter/2018/03/04/do-not-give-an-inch-on-the-second-amendment-n2457078?amp=true&__twitter_impression=true

  12. Tony says:

    I wondered if your ‘Control G’ was some kind of reference to a new hypothetical computer language. So ‘Control’ would have indicated your plan to control the future of computing. The next step after A, B, C etc. Unfortunately, although there were candidate languages for A, B , C, D and F, I couldn’t think of one for E.

    In any case, I suggest that we need a name that underlines our plans for the future. A future with no place for healthists and their ilk. A future where we are in control.

    • Frank Davis says:

      Control G is a control character like Control C or the famous Control-Alt-Del. And it’s the control character that means “bell”. It rings a bell. It used to be that if you held down the Control key, and pressed G, the computer would beep.

      Whether it still rings a bell is open to doubt. It doesn’t on my PC.

      • Joe L. says:

        Some operating systems (mostly Linux variants, however notably not Ubuntu) still support the bell character by beeping (although not all motherboards have a built-in speaker anymore) so it’s common for a [much louder] synthetic beep to be played through your external computer speakers). See my response to RdM below for a bit more.

  13. Smoking Lamp says:

    How about Legion of Free Smokers…

  14. garyk30 says:

    “Angry Smoking People”……..ASP
    “Angry Smokers Party”………..ASP
    An ASP is a deadly snake,so:
    I see a Blue banner with, in Red, the name ‘Angry Smokers Party’ printed along the top.

    In the middle is a coiled snake.

    Under the snake are the words:
    ‘Don’t tread on us”

    Sort of like the ‘Gadsden Flag’.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gadsden_flag

    • Frank Davis says:

      ASP

      That connects with something Rose mentioned upthread: Wasp.

      Wasp was one of my favourite sci-fi novels. It was written by Eric Frank Russell. It featured a guy who is dropped on an alien planet in order to foment a revolt. He does the whole thing entirely on his own. He creates the Dirac Angestum Gesept, which is a resistance movement for the planet Dirac. And he prints posters announcing its presence, and sticks them to walls. And he blows up one or two things. He creates the impression that there is a powerful resistance movement. The military authorities on Dirac start getting very worried, and start raiding homes and arresting people. Thousands of people get arrested and locked up (all of them entirely blameless). Roadblocks are set up. People are stopped and searched. And these efforts are redoubled when the posters and bombings continue. By the time the real invasion starts, Dirac is in chaos, and the invading army meets little or no resistance..

      In some ways it’s a similar book to Brown on Resolution, by C S Forester. In that book Resolution is an island, which is the caldera of a volcano. filled with seawater by a single opening. Into this lagoom a German cruiser has come to carry out repairs, and Brown is the only person on the island. And Brown has a rifle, and he uses it to slow and stop the repair process. The crew of the cruiser can’t see where he is, and even use the big guns on the cruiser to blow holes in the rocks in the caldera walls. They send landing parties to try to find him, but never succeed. And Brown manages to slow up the repair process enough that by the time the cruiser completes its repairs and sails out of the lagoon, the Royal Navy is waiting for it.

      In fact, it’s a story based very loosely on historical fact. The German light cruiser Emden sailed into the lagoon of the island of Diego Garcia in the first days of WW1. Its captain knew that the war had started, but the islanders did not. And they gladly provided the ship with food and water and other supplies, after which it sailed off after they’d all enjoyed a farewell party. The Emden was then pursued all around the Indian ocean, as it sunk one ship after another. It was finally caught up with by an Australian cruiser, and so badly damaged that it was forced to beach itself on North Keeling island

  15. Barry Homan says:

    The Dragon Hoards, The Dragon’s League, The Dragon Spawn.

    Dragons smoke.

  16. Stevel says:

    You want birds? you want rising from the ash’s? you want being forever being reborn?you want mythology? How about one word PHEONIX!

    • nisakiman says:

      That’s actually one of the best suggestions I’ve read here. It encapsulates what we seek to achieve without going into detail, or being trite, or being overly dramatic. It connects in several diverse ways and has the beauty of being a single word which people are familiar with the meaning and connotations of.

      Yes, very good.

  17. smokingscot says:

    Just thinking about Tony Blair and Soros and the organisations they set up to thwart Brexit.

    Both individuals are reviled by myself and most of the commentators on Breibart as well as the Daily Express.

    Yet to have the slightest credibility in politics, both individuals have poured millions into their pet project.

    I’ve seen Freedom to Choose as well a Forces attempt to get some sort of grassroots organisation going without success. Even Tobacco Control Tactics is a virtual dead site, having last been updated in December 2017 (and their list of bloggers and web sites is way out of date).

    IMO let’s not try re-inventing the wheel.

    At the risk of being howled out the room, the bans and the support for fake charities is entirely political. No volunteer group will ever be taken seriously. And to get a credible talking head will cost a packet. Even keeping a volunteer (with the right skills set) reimbursed for his/her phone and travel to and from press / media events will go well into four figures.

    I see UKIP as the only viable option for me, so that’s where my little donation goes. They’ve spoken for us and they’re so tiny in Scotland that I was able to converse with the candidate standing in my area. The last one – an eccentric, but honourable person – agreed on the smoking rooms as well as de-funding fake charities. He managed 1% of the vote at the last Holyrood elections, but that I expected – and he took votes from the Labour a…hole, who lost his seat.

    They may be in a pickle right now, but I do believe they will get their act together before the next GE and now’s the time for anyone with a will to get in on the ground floor. Bit like Handyman Phil did, until Nuttal took over.

    • Joe L. says:

      I agree that while smokers may greatly outnumber Antismokers, the Antismokers are a well-funded juggernaut that we can’t expect to compete with financially.

      However, I believe we need to somehow unify smokers into a cohesive, active mass. As a persecuted minority, we need to band together to even hope to have our voices heard. I believe there is far too much indifference and complacency among smokers (I’m not alone. Read the recent blog post and article Tony linked above).

      With the slope getting more slippery and more groups are being targeted by Puritanical Healthists lately (vapers, the overweight, people who enjoy desserts, etc.), I believe an organization which will stand up for personal liberties would be a welcome refuge for other societal outcasts. While many smokers may have surrendered to the chronic abuse over the past couple decades, the persecution is still fresh to these new pariahs, and they are more likely to harbor anger and jump on board. This, in turn, may reinvigorate that suppressed anger in many silent smokers.

      • the Antismokers are a well-funded juggernaut that we can’t expect to compete with financially.

        That is because a quasi-general perception has been created that smokers represent an untolerable liability on so-called public health… Consequently, through extortionate taxes, much of their assets have been confiscated to pay for various tobacco-unrelated conditions, and the oh-so-healthy lifestyles of the likes of Debbie Arnott… I suppose that the latter, as a woman, is well aware that the risk of getting LC for women hasn’t diminished since the 1910s, in spite of dwindling smoking rates in men and women for the last fifty years! It is more than high time for smokers, be they men or women, to reclaim their STOLEN assets!

  18. Lepercolonist says:

    Smokers Liberation Army.

  19. waltc says:

    Absolutely. SLA , Smokers Liberation Army. My first thought, too. Good because it was also the initials of the militant Symbionese Liberation Army in the 70s–the one that robbed banks and kidnapped Patty Hearst, so the initials strike fear while what they stand for is merely rational and humane. Let’s strike a little fear. And let them wonder what exactly we’d intend to do.

    Beyond that, I wouldn’t suggest instructing people to never quit since, first, we smokers are for free choice and second that’s unnecessarily handing the enemies a hammer.

    • RdM says:

      Beyond that, I wouldn’t suggest instructing people to never quit since, first, we smokers are for free choice and second that’s unnecessarily handing the enemies a hammer.

      Would you like to elaborate on that?

      I mean, I don’t know about “:instructing people to never quit”, I don’t recall anybody proposing that as such, although I also think presenting (or not hiding) the evidence showing dangers of “quitting”, particularly due to advertisements, brainwashing, propaganda, as per some examples shown perhaps in a previous comment here by Kin_free(?) is entirely valid. There are obviously dangers in suddenly “quitting”.

      In some jurisdictions, including my own, it’s forbidden to “promote” tobacco use, and I think they intend or would like to try it beyond mere advertising, already forbidden.

      But surely pointing out and publicising ‘scientific studies’ that counteract Tobacco Control’s pet cherry-picked favourite propaganda ‘evidence’ doesn’t qualify as “promotion’!

      What’s the “hammer” that you had in mind?

      Genuinely curious. Thanks!

      • Joe L. says:

        I don’t recall anybody proposing that as such

        Frank mentioned it in his original post:

        Rule Number One might be: Never Stop Smoking.

        While I think Frank’s mention was a bit tongue-in-cheek, I think the “hammer” Walt is referring to is the widely-accepted claim that smokers are addicts.

        However, I think it is imperitive to support fellow smokers, disseminate the suppressed information about the potential hazards of quitting and encourage smokers not to cave into manufactured societal pressures.

  20. RdM says:

    In relation to favourite sc-fi novels, slightly OT but interesting, I had cause to look up the list of names of the Ships, and Minds (AI’s) that inhabit them, in Iain M. Banks Culture series of books, recently… I’ve pretty much read them all, I think, and sadly he won’t be writing any more.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_spacecraft_in_the_Culture_series
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Culture
    (which in itself may relate to Frank’s Idle Theory… when AI’s take over all the drudgery…?)

    Some have attitudes or attributes that seem vaguely appropriate here…
    Believe it or not, this is just a short random sample of the list.
    Maybe I got a bit carried away… but some may carry resonances.

    No More Mr Nice Guy
    Unfortunate Conflict Of Evidence
    Kiss My Ass
    A Series Of Unlikely Explanations
    Credibility Problem
    Excuses And Accusation
    Funny, It Worked Last Time…
    Just Another Victim Of The Ambient Morality
    Ethics Gradient
    Honest Mistake
    Use Psychology
    What Is The Answer And Why?
    Not Invented Here
    Steely Glint
    Jaundiced Outlook
    Problem Child
    Reasonable Excuse
    Recent Convert
    Tactical Grace
    Unacceptable Behaviour
    Attitude Adjuster
    Heavy Messing
    Killing Time
    Frank Exchange Of Views
    Charitable View
    Just Passing Through
    Full Refund
    Quietly Confident
    Shoot Them Later
    Appeal To Reason
    Break Even
    Long View
    Sober Counsel
    Within Reason
    Furious Purpose
    Experiencing A Significant Gravitas Shortfall
    Lasting Damage
    Nuisance Value
    Resistance Is Character-Forming
    Someone Else’s Problem
    Poke It With A Stick
    Germane Riposte
    Ravished By The Sheer Implausibility Of That Last Statement
    Zero Credibility
    Charming But Irrational
    Demented But Determined
    Lucid Nonsense
    Awkward Customer
    Thorough But… Unreliable
    Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory
    Conventional Wisdom
    In One Ear
    Fine Till You Came Along
    Inappropriate Response
    A Momentary Lapse Of Sanity
    Lapsed Pacifist
    Reformed Nice Guy
    Subtle Shift In Emphasis
    Experiencing A Significant Gravitas Shortfall
    Lightly Seared On The Reality Grill
    Now We Try It My Way
    Liveware Problem
    Sense Amid Madness, Wit Amidst Folly
    Total Internal Reflection
    Armchair Traveller
    Falling Outside The Normal Moral Constraints
    But Who’s Counting?
    Me, I’m Counting
    Messenger Of Truth
    Fractious Person
    Rubric Of Ruin
    Abundance Of Onslaught
    Vision Of Hope Surpassed
    A Fine Disregard For Awkward Facts
    Contents May Differ
    Unreliable Witness
    Passing By And Thought I’d Drop In
    Questionable Ethics
    Learned Response
    Outstanding Contribution To The Historical Process
    Refreshingly Unconcerned With The Vulgar Exigencies Of Veracity
    Value Judgement
    Smile Tolerantly

    (and perhaps, if you’ve read this far, one that Frank may relate to, as most here, as I do, as in Joe L.’s comment above, This, in turn, may reinvigorate that suppressed anger in many silent smokers.:)

    Mistake Not…
    Its full name, which is a private joke amongst other Culture Minds and almost never used, is the

    Mistake Not My Current State Of Joshing Gentle Peevishness For The Awesome And Terrible Majesty Of The Towering Seas Of Ire That Are Themselves The Mere Milquetoast Shallows Fringing My Vast Oceans Of Wrath.

    Cheers!!!

  21. RdM says:

    As for Ctrl-G a search on just that will show present relevance in Word, Chrome, elsewhere. No bell, though! ;=})

  22. Rose says:

    Well at least now that we are social outcasts and compulsive questioners of “expert” advice, we don’t need to worry our pretty little heads about this.

    Britain’s new diet: the 400-600-600 plan to counter obesity
    6 March 2018

    “Britain needs to go on a diet, Public Health England has warned, as it set out new calorie guidelines to cut meal sizes, ruling out favourites like Fish and Chips or a Sunday Roast.
    Under its new ‘One You’ campaign, launched today, Britons are being encouraged to stick to 400 calories at breakfast, and 600 calories for both lunch and dinner.”

    “Critics branded the daily allowance too low for growing children and close to war rations, but public health experts warned that obesity had now become ‘the norm’ and said most people were eating hundreds of extra calories each day.

    The new restrictions would rule out traditional meals such as Fish and Chips and a Sunday Roast which are both around 800 calories, as well as many curry, pizza and pasta dishes.

    “PHE said the remaining calories could be met through snacking but Tam Fry of the National Obesity Forum said 1600 calories was not enough.
    “This is only a smidgen above the near-starvation diet that the occupying Germans allowed Parisians to live off in the Second World War,” said Mr Fry. “Try selling that to the British in 2018.”
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/03/06/britains-new-diet-400-600-600-plan-counter-obesity/

    Over to you non-smokers.

    • nisakiman says:

      The hubris displayed by PHE is truly mind boggling. I’m starting to think that they actually believe all the garbage they publish. As the eternal optimist, I’m thinking that as more and more people realise what a bunch of useless troughers they are, PHE will eventually campaign themselves out of existence. I can’t see the taxpayer continuing to support five hundred million of their taxes being thrown down the black hole of PHE every year, and getting nothing but bullshit hectoring based on junk science in return.

      • Rose says:

        I can’t help wondering if just like TC blamed the tobacco companies for following their own previous bad advice, Public Health England arre now trying to blame the food manufacturers for it’s own previous misguided pronouncements.

        LEVY RI,NATL HEART & LUNG INSTITUTE,RAUSCHER FJ,NATL CANCER PROGRAM,RHOADS JE,NATL CANCER ADVISORY BOARD
        https://www.industrydocumentslibrary.ucsf.edu/docs/#id=slxm0005

        What irony. By scaring us off butter they’ve made us fatter – and more unhealthy
        2015
        “But yesterday, experts revealed something that has recently been dawning among health researchers but feared too controversial for mainstream discussion: the dietary advice we have been fed by the Government about fats for nearly 40 years lacks proper evidence to support it.

        The damning new study in the British Medical Journal’s online publication, Open Heart, states that national warnings over fat consumption to cut heart disease issued in 1977 and 1983 ‘should not have been introduced’.

        “The roots of the anti-fat credo lie at the start of the 20th century. In 1913, Russian researcher Nikolaj Nikolajewitsch Anitschkow, fed large amounts of animal fat to rabbits and showed that their cholesterol levels rose to dangerous levels.

        It was the first salvo in the scientists’ war on animal fat. But it ignored the fact that rabbits do not naturally eat meat, so their digestive systems can’t cope with it, or cholesterol.

        Similar experiments with carnivorous animals failed to induce clogging build-ups of fatty cholesterol in their arteries, but this was not widely reported.”
        http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2948567/What-irony-scaring-s-butter-ve-fatter-unhealthy-writes-JOHN-NAISH.html

  23. petesquiz says:

    I have a suggestion for the name of your movement. I liked the name Control G because it was enigmatic and your ’employers’ couldn’t quite define what you were by the name.
    I’ve been impressed by the impact Antifa have had in the States, but not what they stand for. Their name has a feel of being something a bit different, a bit novel.
    So, my suggestion, in a similar vein, would be Antitocon..
    Whilst it stands for Anti Tobacco Control it is sufficiently enigmatic so that many people wouldn’t immediately associate it with “moaning smokers”; also it sounds as though it might be one of the Transformers and you might be able to exploit that aspect to attract a younger following.
    I think that the Antitocon Movement has a certain ring to it (but then I would, wouldn’t I?)

  24. John Watson says:

    Internationalis Humana Smokers: It says we are multinational humane people who smoke, a far cry from those inhumane anti smoking control freaks who want to destroy a tolerant humanity.

  25. kin_free says:

    My twopenneth; Howsabout – ‘New Edelweiss Pirates” (NeuEdelweißpiraten) or a variation on that theme. ( Too corny? )

    Many people know nothing about the original E.Piraten youth. How they came about and what they stood for in 1930’s Germany was clear and I can relate to a similar situation here, today. However the original E Piraten were only seen as little more than an irritant to the Nazis.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edelweiss_Pirates

    I think it is more important that we extend a dynamic planned strategy that is simple enough so everyone understands what objective(s) we are aiming towards. It would be no good discussing such a strategy on here however, as this, and other blogs, are read by anti-smokers and would give them an immediate ‘heads-up’ and opportunity to counter. I am not suggesting that I have one in mind, merely making the suggestion.

    • Rose says:

      “For the anti-Nazi youth movements–the working class Edelweiss Pirates and the bourgeois Hamburg Swing Youth alike–the constant cigarette seems to have been almost a badge of resistance (figure) and was referred to as a sure indicator of their degeneracy in the surveillance reports produced by the Hitler Youth.

      Indeed, one of the reasons for the relative failure of activities to prevent smoking in Germany since the war may be that the association of authoritarian antismoking efforts with the Nazi regime remained in popular memory for a long period.”
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2548770/pdf/bmj00579-0060a.pdf

  26. Tolerance. “tolerance noun (ACCEPTANCE) formal toleration, willingness to accept behaviour and beliefs that are different from your own, although you might not agree with or approve of them.”
    Quite close to Temperance, which might cause some wonderful confusion.
    Have a splendid day….

  27. melinoerealm says:

    Tobacco Liberation Front.

    With motto ‘Down with the tyrants’.

    And to anyone claiming nonsense about a world without smoking, the answer is: ‘Did you create the world, in order to decide what will be in it?’

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