Saturday, December 31, 2011

Gestapo Tactics in California Take Root

More cheery news about the state of California...thanks to Linkup at Smoker's Club for posting this-

“One of our members was choked unconscious and beaten for smoking a cigarette,” Perkins said. “He complied with their orders and they still choked him out.”

God bless America! I am truly scared for our future.

UPDATED: Occupy Smoking Arrest Gets Physical - Crime

An Overlord Reveals His True Agenda

Thanks to Smoker's Club for posting this in their newsletter-

Mayor Todd Strange of Montgomery, Al gushingly reveals his autocratic agenda in a recent statement to Montgomery Advertiser journalist Matt Okarmus in which he states that it is fully acceptable for a government elected official to take part in the forced behavioral modification of his own citizens. In doing so, he has thus revealed to us all the true Machiavellian nature of the modern anti-smoking (er..eugenics) movement. Of course, many of us in the blogosphere have known all along where the trajectory of anti-smoker vitriol was headed. No one believed us. Maybe they will now. What a dangerous precedent this sets for freedom and individual autonomy. Is anyone out there paying attention?

"Our goal is to modify behavior,"

Montgomery ban on tobacco use on city property takes effect Jan. 1

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Return of the Speakeasy

The parties move around, from warehouses to photography studios or industrial buildings, the locations kept secret until just hours before they begin.

OMG!! I had noooooo idea that this type of thing was going on!! I mean, who would want to go to a speakeasy or private party when you can go to any number of legal venues in the City of Angels? Just think about how much fun you can have: you can be harassed and flogged by some boorish bouncer on an ego trip, due largely to his newly acquired license to harass anyone and everyone for taking part in such simple pleasures such as having a smoke with one's drink; and you can do all of this while parting ways with a mountain of cash to boot!!

"I just can't understand why adults of all ages and backgrounds would want to patronize such alternative venues!", says the autocratic health bureaucrat on the hill!! Isn't a Saturday night out on the town in an over-regulated environment enough for these people? I mean, geez, the Neo-Bishops of Do-Gooderism have only managed to turn going to many a traditional club into an event that's about as much fun as going to church on a Sunday morning (no offense to religious folk intended)!

Oh, and I've never been to one of these speakeasies either. I would never take part in such a seditious act of festive defiance:-)

After-Hour Parties Spread in Los Angeles -

Monday, December 26, 2011

Nanny in the afterlife?

"I mean, what if someone wanted to paint their tomb LSU colors? I don't think purple and gold would be appropriate there."

Who is to say what is or isn't appropriate at one's final resting place? This is what bothers me most about NS (Nanny State) politicians and do-gooder types: They always think that it is they no what's best for you. They do not.

If the laissez-faire spirit of Louisiana is any indication of where the tide will likely turn with regards to this issue, I'd prepare myself for the mirage of colored tombstones that are sure to follow in response to this proposed ban.

Louisiana official finds colorful graves gauche, asks for ban -

Laissez les bons temps rouler!!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Volusia paramedics fired for smoking - News

Thanks to Harleyrider for posting this on Smoker's Club-

The jobs of three EVAC employees with more than 30 years of combined experience are up in smoke after they were found in violation of the county's nicotine policy, a county spokesman confirmed Saturday.

The Neo-Bishops of Do-gooderism are such nice folks, aren't they? Wowza! What a way to say Happy Holidays! What a way to demonstrate the virtues of loyalty and compassion!!

Volusia paramedics fired for smoking - News

Monday, December 12, 2011

The REAL cause of lung cancer

Dr. Douglass is at it again, doing what he does best: exposing the truth.

A new look at data on more than 180,000 people who were tracked for 26 years found that people who lived in the most polluted zip codes had the highest risk — with every 10 units of exposure increasing the odds of lung cancer by as much as 27 percent.

Ah, how refreshing is it to know that in the City of Angels, you are free to breath in all of the smog that your heart desires without ever having to see a smoker enjoying him/herself on an outdoor patio? Ahhhhhh.....Thank you City Council of Los Angeles!! Thanks to you, now we can dine free from the worries of being accompanied by the hovering ghosts of future illness:

This new smoke-free outdoor dining law will protect patrons and workers from the dangerous health effects of breathing in secondhand smoke, and provide nonsmokers and those who are trying to quit with a smoke-free dining experience.

There's nothing like a little fresh air, eh? Hmmm...I wonder what our friends at the American Lung Association have to say about the air quality in Los Angeles:

High Ozone Days Learn More
Ozone Grade: F How is my grade calculated?
Weighted Average: 91.5 Change Since 1996: 14 fewer days this year

View Orange, Red, and Purple Ozone Days
Particle Pollution - 24 Hour Learn More
Grade: F How is my grade calculated?
Weighted Average: 20.0 Change Since 2000: 32.8 fewer days this year

View Orange, Red, and Purple Particle Pollution Days
Particle Pollution - Annual Learn More
Grade: Fail How is my grade calculated?
Design Value 15.8 Change Since 2000: -.6 µg/m3

Groups At Risk Learn More
Total Population: 9,848,011 Risks to the population
Pediatric Asthma: 165,892 Risks to people with Asthma
Adult Asthma: 576,310 Risks to people with Asthma
Chronic Bronchitis: 306,992 Risks to people with Chronic Bronchitis
Emphysema: 141,524 Risks to people with Emphysema
Cardiovascular Disease: 2,496,934 Risks to people with Cardiovascular Disease
Diabetes: 651,091 Risks to people with Diabetes
Children Under 18: 2,500,804 Risks to children and teens
Adults 65 & Over: 1,042,989 Risks to older adults
Poverty Estimate: 1,552,196 Risks to people with low incomes

Jesus bejeezus..It's a good thing that I don't live in Los Angeles anymore. All of that hiking could have given me lung cancer! I wonder if the city council will ban hiking in Griffith Park next. I mean, to remain consistent, they'd have to. Oh, but we all know that consistency and politics mix together about as well as oil and water.

..And Los Angeles is not the only California city to position itself towards (er, at the top) the top of the list of America's most polluted cities:

By Ozone
#1: Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside, CA
#2: Bakersfield-Delano, CA
#3: Visalia-Porterville, CA
#4: Fresno-Madera, CA
#5: Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Yuba City, CA
#6: Hanford-Corcoran, CA
#7: San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA

#8: Houston-Baytown-Huntsville, TX
#9: Merced, CA
#10: Charlotte-Gastonia-Salisbury, NC-SC
#11: San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA
#12: Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
#13: El Centro, CA
#14: Modesto, CA

#14: Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia, DC-MD-VA-WV
#16: Cincinnati-Middletown-Wilmington, OH-KY-IN
#17: New York-Newark-Bridgeport, NY-NJ-CT-PA
#18: Knoxville-Sevierville-La Follette, TN
#19: Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ
#20: Philadelphia-Camden-Vineland, PA-NJ-DE-MD
#21: Birmingham-Hoover-Cullman, AL
#22: Chico, CA
#23: Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Gainesville, GA-AL
#24: Pittsburgh-New Castle, PA
#25: Las Vegas-Paradise-Pahrump, NV

By Year Round Particle Pollution

#1: Bakersfield-Delano, CA
#2: Visalia-Porterville, CA

#2: Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ
#2: Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside, CA
#5: Hanford-Corcoran, CA
#6: Fresno-Madera, CA

#7: Pittsburgh-New Castle, PA
#8: Birmingham-Hoover-Cullman, AL
#9: Cincinnati-Middletown-Wilmington, OH-KY-IN
#10: Modesto, CA
#10: Louisville-Jefferson County-Elizabethtown-Scottsburg, KY-IN
#12: Charleston, WV
#12: Steubenville-Weirton, OH-WV
#12: Cleveland-Akron-Elyria, OH
#15: Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH
#15: Indianapolis-Anderson-Columbus, IN
#17: St. Louis-St. Charles-Farmington, MO-IL
#17: Detroit-Warren-Flint, MI
#17: Houston-Baytown-Huntsville, TX
#20: Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV
#21: New York-Newark-Bridgeport, NY-NJ-CT-PA
#22: Lancaster, PA
#22: Dayton-Springfield-Greenville, OH
#24: Knoxville-Sevierville-La Follette, TN
#24: Philadelphia-Camden-Vineland, PA-NJ-DE-MD
#24: York-Hanover-Gettysburg, PA
#24: Parkersburg-Marietta, WV-OH

By Short-Term Particle

#1: Bakersfield-Delano, CA
#2: Fresno-Madera, CA

#3: Pittsburgh-New Castle, PA
#4: Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside, CA
#5: Salt Lake City-Ogden-Clearfield, UT
#6: Provo-Orem, UT
#7: Visalia-Porterville, CA
#8: Birmingham-Hoover-Cullman, AL
#9: Logan, UT-ID
#9: Hanford-Corcoran, CA
#9: Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Yuba City, CA

#12: Modesto, CA
#13: Merced, CA

#14: Eugene-Springfield, OR
#15: San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA
#16: Stockton, CA

#17: Chicago-Naperville-Michigan City, IL-IN-WI
#18: Seattle-Tacoma-Olympia, WA
#19: Fairbanks, AK
#20: Philadelphia-Camden-Vineland, PA-NJ-DE-MD
#21: Macon-Warner Robins-Fort Valley, GA
#22: Louisville-Jefferson County-Elizabethtown-Scottsburg, KY-IN
#23: Green Bay, WI
#24: Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ
#24: Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
#24: San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA
#24: Madison-Baraboo, WI
#24: Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
#24: Wheeling, WV-OH

It's a good thing that I've moved to Louisiana!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Mental fitness down to “lots and lots of cigarettes”

The former German chancellor, Helmut Schmidt, who is 92, has attributed his mental fitness to “lots and lots of cigarettes”, according to a Hollywood Reporter story.

How is it that some smokers live to such a ripe, old age, whilst being wholly cognizant? Perhaps the chancellor is onto something. Maybe some scientist somewhere should go study this phenomena/paradox; this would increase the likelihood of finding out why so many smokers DO in fact perish from "smoking-related" diseases.

Maybe Mr. Schmidt eats right, or maybe he just doesn't carry the cancer gene. Wouldn't it be nice to know the difference, so that people would be able to make choices, based on individual risk(s)? Oh, but that would require a plethora of investment(s) into a little something called SCIENCE that's free of any and all political intrusions.

One thing is for certain: If a smoker can live to be 92 years old, it most likely would take CENTURIES to truthfully attribute a single death to 2nd-hand smoke.

Here is the link the the Hollywood Reporter article:

On-Air Smoking by Ex-German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt Leads to Complaints

Tobacco Reporter Magazine - News

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The prevention of lung cancer induced ... [Proc Soc Exp Biol Med. 1999] - PubMed - NCBI

This is interesting...

We have previously shown that green tea, administered as drinking water, inhibits lung tumor development in A/J mice treated with 4-(methylnitrosamino)-1-(3-pyridyl)-l-butanone (NNK), a potent nicotine-derived lung carcinogen found in tobacco.

These studies underscore the importance of the antioxidant activity of green tea and EGCG for their inhibitory activity against lung tumorigenesis.

The oxidation products found in black tea, thearubigins and theaflavins, also possess antioxidant activity, suggesting that black tea may also inhibit NNK-induced lung tumorigenesis.

Our studies in both mice and rats have generated important new data that support green and black tea and caffeine as potential preventive agents against lung cancer, suggesting that a closer examination of the roles of tea and caffeine on lung cancer in smokers may be warranted.

..Another reason to take a few minutes out of your day to enjoy some tea!!

The prevention of lung cancer induced ... [Proc Soc Exp Biol Med. 1999] - PubMed - NCBI

Not enough evidence to link smoking and lung cancer

Lord have mercy...This ruling is sure to bring about the dawn of WWIII.

‘There isn’t enough evidence proving that serious defects exist in the design and manufacturing of cigarette products,’ the court said.

Tobacco Reporter Magazine - News

Monday, December 5, 2011

E-cigarettes: Threat or therapy? - Health & wellness - The Boston Globe

Thanks to Audrey Silk for posting this on Facebook-

Dr. Nancy Rigotti, director of the Tobacco Research and Treatment Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, supports the regulations passed last Thursday by the Boston Public Health Commission. She is concerned in part about the fact that e-cigarettes mimic smoking.

Well, there we have it then...Goodbye common sense...Adios to our good friend science...Cheerio to the freedoms that we once had...for it is clear that the asylum has been taken over by the patients.

E-cigarettes: Threat or therapy? - Health & wellness - The Boston Globe

Friday, December 2, 2011

Boston Bans E-Cigarettes in Workplaces, Just Because - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine

Thanks to Pluseek Lin for posting this on Facebook-

Even by the collectivist, paternalistic standards of "public health" as it is currently understood, the e-cigarette ban is utterly irrational, driven by aesthetic and/or moralistic impulses that have nothing to do with science or with health.

Yep, that quite accurately sums up the the modern day anti-smoking movement.

Boston Bans E-Cigarettes in Workplaces, Just Because - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine