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November 2018



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Cigarettes. . . .

There is not a lick of difference between the anti-smoking agitators and the Westboro Baptists.

The scandal of the activist mind just got worse.

This is an interesting rhetorical problem. I really think you would be happier if you do not watch this video. The link has to be there: you don't have to take my word for any of this. If you get nightmares easy, don't watch this. If you have bad memories of a loved one's illness, DON'T watch it. Please accept my word here.

It's the same problem faced by people who build long term storage facilities for deadly radioactive waste. How do you scare future generations away, who may not preserve knowledge of our language, from the toxic dump without making it seem powerful, spooky, and interesting?

Your tax dollars at work. This is from the Centers for Disease Control. I understand this garbage may have been around for a while, but I don't watch a whole lot of TV and only noticed it when it turned up on The Daily Show a week or so ago.

This is what fanaticism does to you. There's something so important that it entitles you to ignore common decency. This coarsens public discourse to a level I refuse to accept. This is quite simply morally wrong.


I'll take your advice and not watch any of these, but you know my feelings already... my stepmother's nonstop smoking killed my father, and I think cigarettes should be, not outlawed, but changed to be less health-damaging.

I have been vaping and promoting electronic cigarettes partly for this reason. (A certain poet-visionary friend you know of has taken to them like gangbusters, which gives them a huge amount of cred in my book.) On the other hand, to the best of my knowledge my cousins still smoke Dunhill and American Spirit and I will defend to the death their right to do so.

Smoking is a personal choice, but it affects other people, not like a choice like taking vitamins, having a cat, or carrying a pocket watch. It's more like driving a car, it affects the air other people have to breathe. We don't outlaw gas-consuming cars, it is regulated through things like smog checks and phasing in electric cars instead. Why can't something similar be done with cigarettes?
The reason why I detest and fear the anti-smokers even more than other public-healthists is that they are trying to recruit the instinct of contamination, and that's dangerous.

Why were there two sets of drinking fountains in the South, and segregated benches in Germany? Mere belief in racial superiority isn't enough; they thought Blacks and Jews were unclean and somehow contagious. Homophobes carry on about gay sex practices because they're trying to make you afraid: if you shake a gay person's hand you'll get some on you.

Now they're segregating smokers, and treating the slightest hint of tobacco smoke as unclean, and turning them into twenty first century lepers in "public service" spots. This isn't going to end well.

Edited at 2013-03-13 03:56 am (UTC)