Irrational Hatreds

I’ve been reading All Quiet On The Western Front.

There’s lots of smoking in it. Of cigarettes and cigars. Even in the front line. It’s a big mistake to put your head above the parapet at night with a cigarette in your mouth: it’s an easy target for a sniper. This is one way that smoking really does kill.

It is perhaps the only way that smoking kills: in the trenches, careless smoking kills.

The war on smoking would make sense if smoking kills. But smoking doesn’t kill. The war on smoking is driven by an irrational hatred. What do they hate so much? Who knows? And who cares?

It’ll be the death of Tobacco Control and Public Health when people eventually realise that they’re driven by irrational hatred. They’re engaged in witch hunts against witches that don’t exist. Climate Change is another such witch. Asteroid impacts. Covid 19. All imaginary witches. Little things exaggerated into existential threats.

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28 Responses to Irrational Hatreds

  1. Stephen Helfer says:

    The hatred of smokers is similar to the current hatred of persons who do not get vaccinated. They’re selfish, stupid trash.

    • jaxthefirst says:

      There is, in fact, a remarkable similarity between all of the anti-smoking movement’s tactics over the years and those of the Covid hysteria-producers. You can literally take a piece of pumped-out anti-smoking propaganda, change a few words and describe a different target group in the same way as smokers have been described over the years and – hey presto! – you’ve got a ready-made scare story to get the masses panicking and crying “save us!” just like they did in response to the artificially-created perception of tobacco-smoke “danger.”

      What’s most surprising isn’t that the PTB and their minions are using exactly the same template to enable themselves to impose almost identical policies on the general public as they have been imposing on smokers for the last decade – pretty much any smoker could have pointed out 10 years ago that the anti-smokers were, whether intentionally or not, beating a lovely clear path for similarly-minded folks to follow in the future – but rather that so few people have yet noticed the glaring similarities of it all from its start right up to now. Neither, sadly, have they bothered to look at the current situation of smokers and stopped to consider that that’s therefore what’s planned for them too, now, no matter how much they grumble and groan and protest and argue.

      To be honest, I’ve got very little sympathy for most people now grumbling about the loss of their “freedoms,” because most of them made their bed 10 years or so ago, by accepting the precedent and principle of all the freedom-killing anti-smoking initiatives, often with unconcealed enthusiasm – now they’ve just got to get used to lying on it, like we have. Tough! Shouldn’t have been so bloody gullible in the first place! The ban wasn’t frequently referred to by those of us on the receiving end as the “smoking ban experiment” for nothing …

      • Mark Jarratt says:

        Great work and very astute as usual Jax the First – as I have noted elsewhere, when not censored by the gurus of the “one true way”, CV19 doomsday is here hysteria is tobacco control bullying writ large. Now most of the western population knows how smokers have been persecuted and robbed for decades (the robbery equivalent is huge fines for daring to protest, or failing to wear special clothing, masks, indicating obedience to the evil CV19 god)…

      • Dmitry says:

        Absolutely true, Mr. Jax. It looks like anti-smoking was a kind of a trial run of brainwashing, toching upon only some people in some countries. I even think these bastards were not taken seriously at first, but then the trial was running on and on, and then the same power – call it the medical lobby – attacked the whole world, using basically the same tactics. Only consolation is, looks like they have overdone it this time. Most people want out of the scary world these bastards have created.

  2. Mark Jarratt says:

    Good to note you still have your dander up Frank. Maintain the rage. I am at Thousand Lakes lodge in the remote Tasmanian central plateau. It is bleak and snowing (a very hardy furry wallaby just hopped by). 🦘

    There is one ashtray out in the open next to the diesel generator and garbage bins. I went under the small porch and before I could even light my semi sodden “death stick” the bully in charge remonstrated with me.

    What possible harm could I cause with nobody else in sight (rhetorical question).

    Like the CV19 hysteria, anti smoking zealotry is a throwback to medieval witch hunts…stupid stupid bullies, Stephen is right.

    String them up and beat them like pinatas…
    🪅🚬🪅

    • jaxthefirst says:

      Typical. They seem to snoop around everywhere, don’t they? Like rats, round the bins. But if smoking isn’t permitted outside, why do they provide an ashtray?

      • Mark Jarratt says:

        Great work and very astute as usual Jax the First – as I have noted elsewhere, when not censored by the gurus and priestly class of the “one true way”, CV19 doomsday is here hysteria is tobacco control bullying writ large. Now most of the western population knows how smokers have been persecuted and robbed for decades (the robbery equivalent is huge fines for daring to protest, or failing to wear special clothing, masks, indicating obedience to the evil CV19 god)… Answering your other question, smoking was grudgingly permitted outside at the lodge in the remote Tasmanian central plateau, but ONLY in the approved windy corner with the sole ashtray next to the garbage bins and diesel generator. There was a semi sheltered alcove with seating at the windward lee of the building but the powers that be would rather it not be used at all, than used by reviled smokers. The lodge used to be a training centre for Australian Antarctic Division team leaders, aka penguin hasslers, and a former colleague who completed 4 ANARE https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_National_Antarctic_Research_Expeditions missions said before the large fireplace was enclosed the entire lodge used to fill with thick acrid smoke, setting off the smoke alarms (not of course as much of an existential threat as diluted tobacco smoke outdoors – barking mad). I would have more respect for the biomedical fascists, or is that Faucists, if they were honest enough to admit they are prohibitionist bullies on a monomaniac moral crusade with no connection to “health”, the only social good…nothing else matters…

  3. Mick Walker says:

    The nocebo effect is a big problem.
    (Opposite of placebo.)
    Placebo is a mystery, but so powerful that all clinical trials have to be arranged to prevent it skewing the results.
    Nocebo has to be even more effective. (It’s easier to break something than to fix it!)

    When a credible-looking scientist or doctor tells a lot of people that they’re going to die (of something harmless), many of them will oblige. This “proves” her right.

    I shudder to think how many have been killed by this voodoo.

    For “ethical” reasons, it’s impossible to formally research the nocebo effect.

    They’re doing it anyway.
    But without a control group, who have not been literally frightened to death.
    So many die, but nothing true is learned. Only the big lie is reinforced.

  4. Rose says:

    Third light, first the sniper sees the light in the dark, then they take aim at the moving flame as the the second soldier lights a cigarette from the same match, if a third cigarette is lit from that match the sniper fires.

    Offering yours and lighting other peoples cigarettes used to be the polite thing to do, or perhaps there was a shortage of matches

    • Mark Jarratt says:

      Poetic thank you Rose! The film version of All Quiet on the Western Front was a rather harrowing tale (Richard Thomas and Ernest Borgnine)…

    • AndyDan says:

      There was a short story writer called Saki who served in WW1. I think his real name was Monroe. His last words were apparently “Put that bloody cigarette out!” (The sniper must have got him by chance) Proves that smoking does kill, even if it’s other people.

  5. Clicky says:

  6. RdM says:

    A friend just sent me this link, which he reckons may not last – just posted Aug 1st.

    I’ve just started watching it. It starts off with an absolutely smoky drinky atmosphere.
    Almost everyone in the audience is smoking and drinking.
    Seems contemporary. Only the accordion player is wearing a mask. It sounds great!
    _

    This Bob Dylan “concert” was a special streaming event that took place in July of 2021. It’s not available for purchase anymore. If that ever changes, I will take the video down. No copyright infringement is intended.

    Set List:
    When I Paint My Masterpiece
    Most Likely You Go Your Way (and I’ll Go Mine)
    Queen Jane Approximately
    I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
    Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
    Tombstone Blues
    To Be Alone with You
    What Was It You Wanted
    Forever Young
    Pledging My Time
    Wicked Messenger
    Watching the River Flow
    It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
    All Along the Watchtower (closing instrumental)
    _

    Enjoy! ;=})

    • Mark Jarratt says:

      Hey RdM… Good to see you too…want to visit UnZud or is it InZid again soon, if the demigod politicians effectively control the world, in your socialist paradise – ha.

      Did you see this? Featuring St Jacinda, your saviour (remembering the desire to save the world is almost always the desire to control it)… https://www.aier.org/article/suppression-plans-straight-from-ccp-play-book/

      • RdM says:

        Thanks for that, Mark, although I’d take issue with (my bold emphasis)

        ““There’s also a norm in public health that there has to be unan­imity in messaging … you have to all say the same thing, think the same thing,” he says.

        That makes sense for smoking, for instance, where the link with cancer is overwhelming.

        But for Covid-19, where debate rages about the disease and its origin, let alone the best way to deal with it, censorship is inexcusable.”

        ~ Ross

    • RdM says:

      Let me rephrase that.
      I’ve just started watching it. In black and white.
      It starts off with an absolutely smoky drinky atmosphere.
      Almost everyone in the audience is smoking and drinking.
      How wonderful! ;=})
      Seems contemporary.
      Only some musicians are wearing a mask.
      It sounds great!
      _

      This Bob Dylan “concert” was a special streaming event that took place in July of 2021. It’s not available for purchase anymore. If that ever changes, I will take the video down. No copyright infringement is intended.

      Set List:
      When I Paint My Masterpiece
      Most Likely You Go Your Way (and I’ll Go Mine)
      Queen Jane Approximately
      I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
      Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
      Tombstone Blues
      To Be Alone with You
      What Was It You Wanted
      Forever Young
      Pledging My Time
      Wicked Messenger
      Watching the River Flow
      It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
      All Along the Watchtower (closing instrumental)
      _

      Connect your device to your hi-fi audio system!

      Enjoy!

  7. Mark Jarratt says:

    Pardon for clogging the blog Frank – connection dropped out and I thought I had lost the reply to Jax the First…

  8. Mark Jarratt says:

    Well spotted and true RdM!! I too noticed that stupid comment, with some regret… the scepticism is selective, proof that the relentless anti smoking “smoking causes every illness known to humanity” meme is hard to dislodge. I got a patronising email from the bullies at Melbourne City Council today validating their bogus consultation on a “smoke free” (no, obviously less free) city. Like two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for dinner…in that the centre of Danielistan… they only asked the rabid anti smokers, not civil libertarians, and of course never addressed my finely crafted and well researched (not that I am biased) arguments and citations. Not that I would ever go to Melbourne again (except I have to languish in a useless mask, symbol of obedience to the evil CV19 god, for half a day on return to Canberra this Thursday). Tasmania is even worse as I note above, and Launceston, second oldest city, is defaced with NO SMOKING signs, even embedded into the footpath, every few metres. I counted the NO SMOKING signs at the local quite small airport – no less than 74, including on all four sides of the outside terminal building columns. Truly, tobacco healthist paternalism is the template for CV19 “we know best” relentless bullying, which has no place in any jurisdiction claiming to be a democracy (hey let’s go to China, they all smoke like chimneys there, government doesn’t seem to worry, at least it isn’t opium!!!)…

    • RdM says:

      Wow Mark, just wow …

      I do wonder what country I might be able to escape to, if trying to turn around the embedded anti-smoking influence in and on government here becomes impossible.

      It won’t be China!

  9. Clicky says:

  10. EG says:

    Actually vaccine push made more people to smoke and more nonsmokers not to be afraid of the ones that do. At least where I live.
    I don’t know if they are “connecting the dots” or just tiredness of it all.

    • Rose says:

      Nothing to sneeze at: nasal sprays to tackle Covid-19
      27 Jul 2021

      Enovid (SaNOtize)

      “Canadian biotech SaNOtize’s nitric oxide nasal spray Enovid became available in pharmacies in Israel earlier this month as a treatment for Covid-19.

      The spray received emergency use authorisation in Israel in early July after Phase II trials showed it reduces SARS-CoV-2 viral load, and therefore decrease a person’s transmission of the virus.

      Releasing a small dose of nitric oxide, a natural nanomolecule with anti-microbial properties including against SARS-CoV-2, Enovid provides a physical and chemical barrier in the nose.

      In June, SaNOtize announced it had received approval from Health Canada to proceed with enrolment of volunteers in Phase III trials, and submitted an application for a New Drug Submission under Health Canada’s Interim Order.

      The company is in the process of regulatory submissions in several other countries, including India, Brazil and Mexico.”
      https://www.pharmaceutical-technology.com/features/covid-19-nasal-sprays-virus/

      Personally, I’d still prefer a cigarette for that freshly generated nitric oxide.

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