The New Savonarolas

Michael Bloomberg seems to be a nasty piece of work:

Shocking new claims about Michael Bloomberg’s treatment of women have surfaced in a new upcoming book, “The Many Lives of Michael Bloomberg: Innovation, Money and Politics”, that is set to be released on September 10, according to the Daily Mail.

The 77 year old, who is worth upwards of $55 billion, was once accused of telling a female employee to “kill it” after she revealed she was pregnant. He reportedly also said he would “do her” about a woman while in a deposition and was accused by another woman of calling women “meat”.

He’s not the only antismoker who treats women badly:

A former UC San Francisco doctoral researcher Wednesday filed a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment by a prominent tobacco control activist and tenured UCSF professor Stanton Glantz that spanned nearly two years.

The lawsuit also alleges that Glantz retaliated against his former mentee, Eunice Neeley, after she complained about him to the university’s administration by removing Neeley’s name from a research paper.

Neeley accused Glantz of consistent inappropriate behavior that included staring at her body, making comments directed at Neeley referencing sex, making sexual remarks about other women to Neeley while at the workplace, and making racist remarks about Neeley, who is black.

Perhaps it just comes naturally. After all, if you ‘ll quite happily make life as hard as you can for smokers (like Michael Bloomberg did with the smokers of New York City), you’ll quite likely treat everyone else just as badly.

Antismokers are all basically extremely nasty people.

Hillary Clinton is another example, of course. Which is probably why Americans would vote for almost anybody else but her.

And perhaps it’s what will catch up with them all in the end, as everyone gets to realise that the people working in Public Health are all just nasty, bullying thugs who are doing their level best to make life unpleasant for everyone else,

If there’s anything good in life – alcohol, tobacco, sugar, chocolate, salt, meat – these people are the first to try to ban it or suppress it. That’s all they ever do. They never do anything nice. In fact, they’re probably completely incapable of doing anything nice.

In the end, they make themselves too many enemies:

Girolamo Savonarola, Dominican friar and puritan fanatic, became moral dictator of the city of Florence when the Medici were temporarily driven out in 1494. Sent to Florence originally a dozen years before, he made a reputation for austerity and learning, and became prior of the convent of St Mark (where his rooms can still be seen). A visionary, prophet and formidably effective hellfire preacher, obsessed with human wickedness and convinced that the wrath of God was about to fall upon the earth, he detested practically every form of pleasure and relaxation.

His opponents called Savonarola and his followers ‘Snivellers’ and he grimly disapproved of jokes and frivolity, of poetry and inns, of sex (especially the homosexual variety), of gambling, of fine clothes and jewellery and luxury of every sort. He denounced the works of Boccaccio, nude paintings, pictures of pagan deities and the whole humanistic culture of the Italian Renaissance. He called for laws against vice and laxity. He put an end to the carnivals and festivals the Florentines traditionally enjoyed, substituting religious festivals instead, and employed street urchins as a junior gestapo to sniff out luxurious and suspect items. In the famous ‘bonfire of the vanities’ in 1497 he had gaming tables and packs of cards, carnival masks, mirrors, ornaments, nude statues and supposedly indecent books and pictures burned in the street. The friar also disapproved of profiteering financiers and businessmen.

Not surprisingly, Savonarola made many powerful enemies…

The execution of Girolamo Savonarola on 23 May 1498 in the Piazza della Signoria, Florence

It will be no different today than it was back then.

Piazza della Signoria, Florence, today

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10 Responses to The New Savonarolas

  1. RdM says:

    I’m sure it would be different today, some Public Health officials “put to the question”.
    As they should be.
    Held over a modern fire of examination.

    But looking at the date, perhaps tobacco hadn’t quite reached there then?

    Having made many powerful enemies, the Dominican friar and puritan fanatic Girolamo Savonarola was executed on 23 May 1498.

    Not in the list of “luxurious and suspect items”, anyway.

    • Rose says:

      This text is from John Frampton’s translation of Nicholas Monardes. It was published in 1577 under Joyfull Newes our of the Newe Founde Worlde”

      Of the Tabaco and of His Greate Vertues

      “THIS herb, which commonly is called tobacco, is an herb be of much antiquity, and known amongst the Indians, and in especially among them of the new Spain, and after that those countries were gotten by our Spaniards, being taught of the Indians, they did profit themselves of those things, in the Wounds which they received in their Wars, healing themselves therewith, to the great benefit of them”

      So possibly not.

  2. beobrigitte says:

    Antismokers are all basically extremely nasty people.
    Bloomberg, Glantz et al appear to have strong narcissistic traits (everything is all about them and what THEY WANT) accompanied by stunted/lack of empathy. Only anti-social behaviour with lack of respect can be expected from them.

    Isn’t it strange that the most politically correct groups which demand respect and tolerance display pure intolerance when it comes to people disagreeing with them?
    HT Stephen Helfer:
    I had never heard of a straight pride parade and was taken aback when learning that counterprotesters hauled abuse at the people marching. (Amongst which I was told were a disproportionally high number of smokers).
    “I’m outraged by the idea that straight people need a pride parade,” said parade watcher Shoshanna Ehrlich, who came with her daughter. “We are not an oppressed majority by an stretch of the imagination. This is full of hate and offensive.”
    Why shouldn’t straight people have a pride parade? We like to have a party, too! If anything, the counterprotesters prove the point that straight people are indeed an oppressed majority. Worse even, the accusation of being “a Nazi” also shows the intolerance of the politically correct people.

    For those who wish to accuse me of being racist or anti-gay or intolerant or affiliated with “far-right-groups”:
    I have no political orientation or affiliation other than voting for any party that is prepared to amend the smoking ban so we smokers can and will be treated with respect again. Indeed, I do hope it will not be a far right party addressing the smoker discrimination issue.
    I am an egalitarian, by which is meant to treat everyone regardless social class, colour, gender etc. with courtesy and respect and receive the same back. That is not too much to ask, is it?
    I live happily, although being “straight”, with people of all colours, gay people, transvestites and with adults who changed/wish to change their gender.
    I have reservations when it comes to children (with attention seeking parents) whose puberty is artificially suppressed and irreversible operations follow before they even reach adulthood. Common sense dictates that any step irreversible needs to be considered more than carefully.

  3. wobbler2012 says:

    Ah, the scumbag Glantz. This is one time you will see both smokers and vapers uniting against someone. The guy is a total and utter charlatan.

  4. smokingscot says:

    I’d also submit Bill Gates as an egotistical, combative arse with lousy social skills.’t-get-no-respect/

  5. Lepercolonist says:

    Years ago I read that Michael Bloomberg boasted to a partner while walking through the office,
    ” I did her, I did her, I did that one.” What a complete slimeball. No class. No wonder he and Bill Gates get along so well. Total antismokers.

    We should give them the Savonarola treatment.

  6. smokingscot says:

    We know, but most of the rest will be oblivious. Gates and the founder of Baidu are the seed money that’s led to widespread smoking bans in China.

    • Rose says:

      History repeats itself.
      When the air pollution becomes unbearable in comes anti-tobacco to distract attention.

      From your link, Smokingscot.

      “China leads the world in cigarette production and in smokers; nearly a quarter of the country’s 1.34 billion people light up. About a million Chinese die each year from tobacco-related causes, estimates “Tobacco Control and China’s Future,” a report issued in January by a group of 60 Chinese public-health experts, which puts the health costs of tobacco last year at nearly 62 billion yuan (roughly $9.5 billion).”

      “Mr. Gates and fellow billionaire Warren Buffett, as part of a global campaign to encourage the ultrarich to embrace philanthropy, met with 50 Chinese tycoons in Beijing last September.”

      If they know that their industries are contributing to the killer smogs anti-tobacco distraction is a good investment.


      “Delegates attending an international conference in London today to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Great London Smog of 1952, which caused an estimated 12,000 deaths, will hear how governments from the late 50s onwards deliberately downplayed the huge threat to public health caused by air pollution, and sought to shift the blame firmly onto cigarette smoking instead.

      Professor Virginia Berridge of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine’s History Unit has researched papers relating to cabinet committee meetings in the late ’50s looking into smoking, air pollution and lung cancer. She asserts that although there were clear political reasons for obscuring the link between air pollution and lung cancer, other factors, including a shifting public health agenda, which focused on an individual¹s responsibility for their health rather then environmental influences, were also key in ensuring that the issue of air pollution was ‘damped down’.”

      What they are really up against.

      Beijing issues first-ever smog ‘red alert’ to shut down city

      “Beijing issued its first ever red alert for smog on Monday, urging schools to close and invoking restrictions that will keep half of the city’s vehicles off the roads.”
      “The environmental bureau urged people to “reduce outdoor activities” or to “wear a mask or take other protective measures” if they had to venture outside.

      Beijing was engaging in “real battle conditions”, a local environmental official told Caixin news website, referring to the “rigorous test” for authorities organising a response in a city with thousands of schools, more than five million cars and almost 23 million citizens.”

      “Levels of dangerous tiny particles known as PM 2.5, which can embed themselves deep in the lungs, reached 220 micrograms per cubic metre at 9pm on Monday – far exceeding the World Health Organisation safe level of 25, but still way below readings above 600 which Beijing experienced last week.”

      • smokingscot says:

        At this time the PM 2.5 level in Central London is 82 and has not gone below 50.

        This is on a decent day, however it’ll go to over 200 on a cold, still winter’s day.

        Great little doo da that gives you real time readings for about anywhere in UK and globally.

        Feel free to find any large town anywhere that comes close to 25.

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