A Really Good Time

BBC:

US election 2020: Michael Bloomberg joins race for White House

None of the reports I’ve read mentions the only truly pertinent fact about this nasty little man: That, as mayor of New York City, he (and he personally) imposed a smoking ban on that city.

Nothing else matters. Nothing else that he has done in his miserable life is of any consequence beside that fact.

There are other people like this. Hawley Harvey Crippen is only remembered for one thing, and one thing only: that he murdered his wife. Everything else is irrelevant. Nothing else matters. You don’t need to know anything else about him.

Hawley Harvey Crippen was hanged at Pentonville prison on November 23, 1910, after unsuccessfully trying to flee by ship to America.

Michael Bloomberg has yet to be hanged. And he probably never will be.

And neither has Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is only memorable for having introduced a smoking ban in the White House during the presidency of her husband, Bill. Nothing else she’s done in her miserable life matters either.

ZeroHedge reports:

Bloomberg said in March that he would not run for president but warned that the ultimate Democratic nominee should not take progressive policy positions that would “drag the party to an extreme that would diminish our chances in the general election.”

Anyone who introduces smoking bans anywhere is an extremist. It’s almost the very definition of extremism. And should Bloomberg manage to buy the presidency, it would be an extremist far more extreme than Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders or any of the other Democratic candidates who would occupy the White House.

Michael Bloomberg as President would probably impose a federal smoking ban on the USA, just like as mayor he imposed a smoking ban on New York City, more or less as an executive order.

Some people would say that Dr Crippen committed a crime far worse than Michael Bloomberg or Hillary Clinton ever did. They’d say that he was a murderer. He actually killed someone. No-one gets killed by smoking bans.

But I have a graveyard full of people who were killed by smoking bans. People who fell off roofs or balconies because they’d been driven onto them by smoking bans. Smoking bans push smokers to the margins of society where it’s easier for them to die. Smoking bans are essentially murderous in nature.

But is it only murder which justifies a death sentence? Plenty of people have been hanged for much less. People have been hanged for stealing horses, or stealing sheep.

When Dr Crippen murdered his wife, he deprived her of the remaining years of her life. Perhaps she was already dying, and he only deprived her of a few hours or days or weeks of not-so-precious and perhaps even extremely painful life.

But people can be deprived of their lives in other ways than murder. They are deprived of precious time when they get stuck in queues or traffic jams. They are deprived of precious time when they are robbed. They are deprived of precious time when they are injured in accidents, and break arms or legs. And they are deprived of precious time by smoking bans.

And the precious time that smokers are deprived of by smoking bans is all the hours that they could have had in the company of friends, laughing and talking, singing and dancing, and generally having A Really Good Time. Smoking bans prevent people from doing what they want to do, doing what they enjoy doing. And while antismokers like Michael Bloomberg and Hillary Clinton may not be murderers, they are most certainly killjoys.

How much joy did Bloomberg kill in New York City? He took away all the hours that smokers in New York would have spent in bars and cafes and restaurants. The population of New York City is about 8 million, and assuming 25% of them (2 million) were smokers, and each of them spent on average one hour a week in some smoky little bar, then Bloomberg’s smoking ban deprived them of a total of 2 million hours of happy pleasure per week, and a 104 million hours per year. With 8760 hours in a year, a lifetime of 70 years amounts to 613,200 hours. And so Bloomberg was personally responsible for the deaths of a 169 lifetimes ( 104 million divided by 613,200) of Good Times per year. And since he was in office as mayor from January 1, 2002 to December 31, 2013, and the smoking ban came into force on or about 1 April 2003, Michael Bloomberg was personally responsible for the equivalent of over 10 years of 169 deaths per year, or over 1700 deaths.

By contrast, Dr Crippen was responsible for taking a lot less than one single lifetime, and yet he was hanged for that crime. Is not Michael Bloomberg effectively a prolific serial killer, even if he has never personally killed anybody? Didn’t it all add up to mass death, even if nobody died?

And this isn’t even taking into account all the New Yorkers who were killed by the smoking ban when they fell off roofs and balconies, or fell out of windows, or tripped over in the dark, or froze outside.

Michael Bloomberg would probably claim in his defence that his smoking ban saved lives. What evidence might he have for that? Maybe there were indeed some lives saved. In fact, Dr Crippen quite probably saved a few lives in the course of his work as a doctor. Shouldn’t that have been taken into account at his trial?

I rest my case. Michael Bloomberg, I submit, is a far worse killer than Hawley Harvey Crippen ever was, even if there is not a drop of blood on his hands.

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15 Responses to A Really Good Time

  1. Ripper says:

    One difference for me, between Bloomberg and Crippen is that I can’t help feeling a bit sorry for Crippen. As the overall story goes (and there are a few theories), Crippen’s wife bled him dry with her stage career and openly had numerous affairs, financed with his money. Some say that Crippen had taken to doing illegal abortions to make ends meet and there’s been a recent debate about whether the body parts found in the cellar are really those of his wife. Some DNA evidence is still being held back by Scotland Yard. I think when things get that bad the feelings of shame and humiliation would drive most guys to thoughts of murder even if they didn’t/wouldn’t carry them through. Remember that these people lived in different times, where public opinion of ones self carried much more weight. Whether his wife found out about his eventual affair with Ethel Le Neve, who knows, but if so that could have been the breaking point when his wife found that her gravy train was about to come off the rails.

    On the other hand, Bloomberg is fully aware of the consequences of his policies and richly deserves anything bad that comes his way.

  2. Algernon Struthers says:

    Terrific comparison, Frank. If individual politicians were ascribed responsibility for the consequences of their laws, much more thought would go into drafting them. Re the smoking ban: politicians could be sued for wrecking the pub / restaurant industry and encouraging obesity, even stress for the guilt some people feel. However, politicians placing themselves in the cross-hairs is highly unlikely.
    Again, terrific comparison, an ‘out-of-the-box’ approach that honestly I’d never considered, and it also raises questions regarding actual political responsibility. Even personal responsibility. The question lurks, only jumping to bite when someone raises an issue, so it’s generally, case-by-case.
    btw, you mentioned being hanged for petty crimes. In the UK pre 1820ish, until Cruikshank put out “the hanging note” which shamed the government in the 1820s to lessen penalties. Whether the end result was positive or negative, can be argued :p

  3. Clicky says:

  4. Smoking Lamp says:

    Bloomberg is nasty little man. He is so ego-centric he believes his antismoking vision is ten cure for all the world’s ills. Of course it is actually the source or tangible expression of many of those ills, but in his house of self-worship smoking is the greatest evil of all. Bloomberg exploited fear and insecurity after 9/11to impose the comprehensive smoking ban in NYC. He then started to take the show on the road. He is a perfect tyrant and should be soundly rejected from any and all public office. After all he isn’t worthy of cheating the toilets in the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Tobacco control must be destroyed and controllers like Bloomberg cast on the dust bin of history. Preferably after they are held to account for their persecution of others…

  5. Rose says:

    OT

    Déjà vu

    England flooding: Almost 50 warnings in place

    “Richard Pashley’s family farm in neighbouring South Bramwith dates to 1910.

    The 63-year-old told me he had never seen flooding as bad as this in his lifetime. He put it down to a number of different factors, including torrential rainfall and the lack of dredging on the River Don.

    This was a recurring concern from a number of residents and they all echoed Mr Pashley’s call for dredging to begin again on this section of the river.”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-50365468

    2015
    “Amid all the devastation and recrimination over the floods in Cumbria hardly anybody mentions one factor that may not be the sole cause, but certainly hasn’t helped.

    That is the almost complete cessation of dredging of our rivers since we were required to accept the European Water Framework Directive (EWF) into UK law in 2000.

    Yet until then, for all of recorded history, it almost went without saying that a watercourse needed to be big enough to take any water that flowed into it, otherwise it would overflow and inundate the surrounding land and houses.

    Every civilisation has known that, except apparently ours. It is just common sense. City authorities and, before them, manors and towns and villages, organised themselves to make sure their watercourses were cleansed, deepened and sometimes embanked to hold whatever water they had to carry away.”
    https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/energy-environment/we-really-need-to-get-this-story-about-rivers-and-flooding-straight

    Tony Blair Strikes Again

    “Dredging, which took place for centuries on Britain’s waterways, removes silt that builds up at the bottom of rivers and deepens the channel – allowing water to drain away more efficiently.

    But anti-EU campaigners and farmers have complained that the European Water Framework Directive, passed into law by Tony Blair’s government in 2000, has outlawed such activity. The directive’s aim is to restore rivers as close as possible to ‘undisturbed natural conditions’.”
    https: //www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3380694/Britain-s-flooding-crisis-worse-EU-Green-Brussels-bureaucrats-banned-river-dredging-allows-water-drain-faster-say-farmers.html

    Can we leave now.

  6. smokingscot says:

    Us lot have a healthy cynicism of the MSM. I prefer alt sources, so while the establishment have headlined a couple of cases of Trump being booed at game events, they’ve been quiet about what happened a couple of days ago. This video is short and is not faked. He was cheered to the rafters.

    https://www.liveleak.com/view?t=uYZdV_1573336499

    So Bloomberg – and the other contenders – do in fact have a mountain to climb.

    With regards to Mike, his strategy is to come in at the 11th hour and be seen as the elder statesman. Yet he’s done this several times in the past – and bottled it; whether these were because he got his favourite candidate to take on his policies is only my speculation.

    One thing is certain, if he does go whole hog, he’ll have to debate Trump at some point. And he delights in pointing out that Mike’s severely vertically challenged (ie a shortarse) and a misogynist. And there’s no way he’ll ever work a crowd as big, or as well as Trump.

    However if the living nightmare should happen, with Bloomberg as the President of the US and Corbyn as PM of UK, then we are royally screwed.

  7. waltc says:

    More reasons to hate Bloomberg–this written when he flirted with a run in 2007. (Since then he’s spent mi,lions on taking away guns and promoting greenism):

    http://humanevents.com/2007/07/17/should-nanny-mayor-mike-be-commanderinchief/

    • Frank Davis says:

      Good to find something about him that mentions smoking bans. Most don’t. From your link:

      …The only thing we have to fear, to his thinking, is a lighted cigarette or a decent French fry. As author of draconian bans against smoking and, later, transfat, he has repeatedly made it clear — without embarrassment or irony — that these are the terrors that should really preoccupy the world.

      “Think of all the press attention to 9/11,” he said to Vanity Fair in 2003, implying a hysterical and criminal waste of ink, while peremptorily reminding us: “That number of people die every year in the city from secondhand smoke.” An effusion well characterized by columnist Tony Blankley as downright “deranged.”

      How, Blankley wondered, could anyone other than a “candidate for examination by the master for lunacy” find a moral, let alone physical, equivalence between “the consciously evil slaughter of thousands of souls” and gauzy mathematical projections about secondhand smoke deaths? (Which are based “on disreputable junk science,” as Blankley notes, and are exponentially inflated by the mayor’s obsessive zeal.)

  8. Igrowmyown says:

    One more for the grave yard Frank,a report in MSM reported one dead and one severely injured after a guy drove his car at a pub smoking shelter.

    • Frank Davis says:

      Seems you’re right.

      Daily Mail:

      Pictured: Drinker, 34, who was left badly injured in car crash at pub’s smoking area that sparked murder probe

      Ian Winter, 34, was airlifted with ‘life-changing’ injuries including broken legs
      Police called to the Spinnaker Public House in Colchester early this morning
      A Nissan Qashqai mounted pavement, killing one and injuring three
      Detectives have now confirmed that victim of the crash is a 36-year-old man
      Man, 40, has been arrested on suspicion of murder and grievous bodily harm

  9. jaxthefirst says:

    It wasn’t just smoking, though, was it, with Bloomberg? As others have pointed out on here, he had something of an obsession with transfats and also, I think “sodas.” Didn’t he ban those too – the very large ones that get served in the US? I’ve also got a feeling that he banned music and dancing after something like midnight (maybe even earlier). I recall one article saying after that that he had turned “the city that never sleeps” into “the city that does little else.” So much for “all the scandal and the vice” as the song has it – the gritty edginess for which New York was renowned has, thanks to him, now been cleaned up, switched off and sanitised. And wasn’t the “zero tolerance” policy adopted keenly by every bully-boy cop in the city a Bloomberg brainchild? It would make sense, because that’s about as much tolerance as he shows. I expect he only “tolerates” all those “protected” groups because he has to! Like most anti-smokers, I strongly suspect that his Puritan attitudes stem from a much deeper set of prejudices than disliking a bit of cigarette smoke or a few large-sized soft drinks, but they aren’t attitudes which anyone is permitted to express these days – so they latch onto something else instead. Friends of mine who have visited the States many times (including New York) now say that it’s just like any other cleaned-up city – pretty enough to look at now, but somehow empty and soulless and utterly lacking in any kind of excitement or passion. And the roads are still awful – potholes and patches all over the place.

    I don’t think that his nickname amongst New Yorkers as “Mayor Gloomberg” came about for no reason!

  10. waltc says:

    He himself once smoked those tacky little cigars with the white plastic tips. In his puritan phase he once suggested that the children of smokers should be able to sue their parents for having exposed them to shs. Struck me that only his own daughter would have been able to cash in big on that one, but most kids would be lucky to get a thousnd bucks. Then too unconfirmed rumor had it that his favorite food was something like a bacon and peanut butter sandwich–this while he commanded the fat out of everyone else’s food.

  11. waltc says:

    Yep. I was right about pb and bacon but also all the other stuff he professionally detests. He also pours on the salt. The URL doesn’t take but google it if you like:
    ImageThe New York Times › dining
    Web results
    Mayor Bloomberg Doesn’t Always Live by His Health Rules – The New York Times
    “michael bloomberg” food from http://www.nytimes.com
    Sep 22, 2009 · Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has become New York City’s nutritional nag, banning the use of trans fats, forcing chain restaurants to post calorie counts and exhorting diners to consume less salt. … Under his watch, the city has declared sodium an enemy, asking restaurants and food …

    • Joe L. says:

      Thanks, Walt. Here’s a working link and a brief excerpt:

      Mayor Doesn’t Always Live By His Health Rules

      He dumps salt on almost everything, even saltine crackers. He devours burnt bacon and peanut butter sandwiches. He has a weakness for hot dogs, cheeseburgers, and fried chicken, washing them down with a glass of merlot.

      And his snack of choice? Cheez-Its.

      Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has become New York City’s nutritional nag, banning the use of trans fats, forcing chain restaurants to post calorie counts and exhorting diners to consume less salt. Now he is at it again, directing his wrath at sugary drinks in a new series of arresting advertisements that ask subway riders: “Are you pouring on the pounds?”

      But an examination of what enters the mayoral mouth reveals that Mr. Bloomberg is an omnivore with his own glaring indulgences, many of them at odds with his own policies. And he struggles mightily to restrain his appetite.

      As a billionaire in one of the dining capitals of the world, he can eat anything he wants. But he is obsessed with his weight — so much so that the sight of an unflattering photo of himself can trigger weeks of intense dieting and crankiness, according to friends and aides.

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