The very interesting discussion that is taking place on these threads has thrown up all sorts of wonderful suggestions for names for some kind of ‘Smokers’ Army’. And in addition to the numerous suggestions for names it has also been suggested several times that the name should not only have a hint of menace to it (such as is suggested by ‘army’ or ‘legion’), but also one of enigma.
Today I’d like to suggest one way that a distinct air of menace might be added. And it was prompted by a comment by Vlad:
…under the ‘What is meningitis’ heading you can find this part: ##People exposed to passive smoking or with suppressed immune systems, such as patients undergoing chemotherapy, are also more at risk.## Source: Meningitis Now
I checked the charity’s site, and indeed, it says there that exposure to passive smoking increases one’s risk of catching meningitis. I was like…wtf..didn’t see this one coming. I mean, you expect this shenanigans from the likes of CRUK, but a Meningitis charity?! Imagine if that mother reads and believes this shit and then remembers some friend or acquaintance who smoked near her now dead child. This thing creates hate, resentment, destroys relationships…
Creating hate and resentment and fear is what Tobacco Control is all about. For they want to destroy relationships (they destroyed all mine). It’s the way they work. They don’t do their own dirty work: they get other people to do it for them. Someone like Deborah Arnott is never going to lift a finger against any smoker: instead she’ll act to exclude and demonise smokers to the point where their own friends and families will do it for her. And it’s not just her: George Godber was doing the exact same thing when he said that there was a need to “create the impression” that secondhand smoke posed a risk to health. And that’s what Tobacco Control is doing all the time, in multiple ways. They start rumours. And what Vlad turn up yesterday was a poisonous new rumour about tobacco that they’ve started.
But we can start our own rumours. And when I read of this new rumour, I was reminded of the suggestion that is often made, that there should be Nuremberg Trials for the principal participants in Tobacco Control. People like Deborah Arnott and Stanton Glantz and all the rest of them should be tried in court. And, just like at Nuremberg, some of them should be executed.
So if we want to add an edge of menace to our Smokers’ Army, we should perhaps assert that, when it has won its war of liberation, it will put the principal participants in Tobacco Control on trial, with a view to executing a few of them.
This isn’t my suggestion. It’s been around for a long time. And in fact some people think we shouldn’t bother with trials, and we should just string them up, with piano wire (Somehow or other piano wire is always a great favourite. Why not guitar strings? Or good, old-fashioned, hempen rope?).
And I’d like to lend my support to this idea. Not to the idea of the summary Ceausescu-style executions, or the use of piano wire. But to the idea of trials of the principal people in Tobacco Control, and if necessary the execution of the worst of them.
That said, I have many very strong reservations about such a course of action. I’m generally not in favour of the death penalty. It was abolished in Britain some 50 years ago. The last executions in the United Kingdom were by hanging, and took place in 1964, and it would seem to be something of a regressive move to re-instate it, if only for extremely serious crimes, worse than murder.
And what crimes are worse than murder? Well, a murderer is usually someone who deliberately kills someone else. And most murderers only kill one or two people – although there are serial killers who kill dozens of people. And I have a graveyard full of people whose deaths can be attributed to smoking bans: people who, for example, have fallen out of windows or off roofs where smoking bans had driven them to smoke. But I think that it is unlikely that anyone in Tobacco Control would ever be found guilty of murder – if only for the simple reason, that I have already pointed out, that they always get other people to do their dirty work for them.
No, the sort of grave crime that I’m thinking about is not one where one or two people are gravely injured, perhaps losing their lives, but one where a great many people are only slightly injured, and where the sum total of those small injuries is greater a lifetime. A man who has been murdered loses the remainder of his lifetime, but when ten thousand people are delayed or obstructed for a short time, the sum total – ten thousand slight delays – might well add up to a lifetime.
And it’s for this sort of crime for which Tobacco Control will need to be put on trial. And we have a pretty good idea of how many people they have obstructed: it is all the smokers in the world – some 1.5 billion of them. And we may also be able to rapidly assess how much these smokers have been forced to pay in punitive taxation upon tobacco. And we may also be able to assess how often, and for how long, they have been forced to stand outside to smoke, once they had been “exiled to the outdoors.” And we might also add in the emotional or psychological distress that many smokers have been caused, if only by having been forced to think about it. I have remarked many times that I wake up every day thinking about smoking bans. It’s not something I want to do – it’s something I am compelled to do. And these are all small injuries. But 1.5 billion small injuries will most likely add up to one very large injury in total.
Let us suppose, for example, that the average small injury to any smoker – in taxation, in exile to the outdoors, in worry, and in other respects – amounts to one single week of their lives. If so, then the sum of all those small injuries will amount to 1.5 billion weeks. And 1.5 billion weeks are about 29 million years. And if a lifetime is taken to be about 80 years, that’s about 360,000 lives.
So we are talking about a crime that has the scale of a great atrocity. And since the price that each smoker has been forced to pay, in taxation alone, is very likely much more than a mere week, we’re really talking about an atrocity on the scale of the Nazi holocaust. In fact, most likely we’re talking about something far worse than that.
The smoker holocaust that is taking place is a hidden holocaust. There are no gas chambers or heaps of bodies. It’s a slow motion holocaust that smokers experience every day of their lives, in a variety of different ways. It’s a burden they are all forced to carry. And that additional burden is also one which will likely bring about the early death of many of them. For when Tobacco Control tells people, usually in capital letters on cigarette health warnings, that “Smokers Die Younger”, and sometimes that smokers die 10 years younger, it’s because Tobacco Control is killing them, and is perfectly well aware of what it is doing, because it has always been their intention to kill them, in a death of a thousand cuts.
I don’t know whether any lawyer will ever read this. But I suspect that a state prosecutor or attorney general would quickly understand the reasoning that I have laid out here. They might already be very familiar with arguments of this kind. And they might be able to quickly point to relevant statutes which might be invoked to mount a case against Tobacco Control, and what kind of damages they could hope to ask for. They might also be able to assess, in countries like the USA where the death penalty remains in place, whether they could request its use.
I rest my case for now.
But I suspect I will return to it again. And I suspect that I will be arguing that here is a case where the ultimate sanction must be used.
And all morning I’ve been toying with new names for the Smokers’ Army, which might lend it a suitable edge of menace: Blood Phoenix. Blood Phoenix Calling. Blood Phoenix Walking. Blood Phoenix Coming.
You get the general idea. And they’re also fairly enigmatic.