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Lobby group blather
, July 5, 2012
This review is from: Bad Acts: The Racketeering Case Against the Tobacco Industry (Paperback)
A work of self sanctimony and purely political spin, by the very people who know how to do spin, all too well.
The cover of the book offensively expresses a duality of meaning, the Title "Bad Acts" expresses the author's, confused prohibitionist zealotry, anti-smoker is the message, although he wouldn't be allowed to admit that in print, as a crime of medical autonomy laws by state interference and of human rights laws if we truly believe; as the Tobacco Industry should have realized, that smoking is now officially an addiction, which makes it a medical condition. Perhaps it has come time to ask the question again, of those on the other side of the table who entitle a new criminal activity vested in hate speech. The picture can both depict a Tobacco Company Executive or a smoker, which ever way one chooses to perceive him, interchangeable as was intended. The "Public Health" for profit industry, no longer speak in concern of populations or human health. One of the authors speaks because he is paid to speak, it is his chosen and obviously quite profitable profession. In praise of a questionable act of Government conspiring with bottom line oriented partners, competing in the same Nicotine industry. A new-speak resurrection of Clintonesque ["I did not have sex with that woman"]Industrial Socialism,by hiring lobby groups[Sock Puppets]to lobby against itself, to force it's own hand, whilst walking with angels.
I take note of the fact a positive review was posted by a similarly driven career advocate of cruel Medicine, who coyly failed to reveal he also authored another book, not mentioned in his review which is a lot closer to the subject matter and the promotions exemplified on the cover of this book. The Nazi War on Cancer [Paperback] Amazon.
"Collaboration in the Holocaust. Murderous and torturous medical experiments. The "euthanasia" of hundreds of thousands of people with mental or physical disabilities. Widespread sterilization of "the unfit." Nazi doctors committed these and countless other atrocities as part of Hitler's warped quest to create a German master race. Robert Proctor recently made the explosive discovery, however, that Nazi Germany was also decades ahead of other countries in promoting health reforms that we today regard as progressive and socially responsible."
Avoiding the obvious; that Hitler was possessed with maximized Power and Control, as the only attachment we should see afforded to his love of a "progressive Public Health movement" [change]and it's special "protections" administered with a legal stick.
Of the subject matter?
The lawsuits were always a fraudulent play for the cameras, in support of a rent seeking agenda. If anyone were damaged by smoking the smokers themselves should have been the recipients of at least some portion of the MSA settlements. In the end they were given the bill the entire punishment and the finger wag blame. At every moment all of the so called "costs of smoking" to the state were available to lawmakers through taxation, they didn't hesitate to tax smokers for their sins. So an exercise in court largess was a huge expense in fortuitous legal fees, a huge waste of tax payers money and a huge drain on the resources of the courts. All to promote smoking patches and child friendly flavored nicotine chewing gum, which surprisingly has never been suspected as being addictive, nor marketed to children? At the end of the day smokers paid the State's claimed damages, in double dipped costs and the tobacco Industry made a tidy profit, a huge injection of cash on hand equal to the money they collected from consumers, and became far more profitable by going along. So where is the punishment? And more important who were punished? At what cost?
If the lawsuit were successful and the Billions awarded, another deal would have been struck, giving them time to pay their debt, the Industry would have done the same thing, passing the costs on to consumers who would have been punished just a little bit more. While in both scenarios the product grew in value and in perceptions of value.
Tobacco Control is the reflection of selfishness. I want what I want and I am more powerful than you, so I will get what I want, and You have no right to argue with those who are better than you.
Nothing more and certainly, nothing more righteous. Just a consortium of "Us" as opposed to "them" with large financial and political connections. Who made it legal to smoke a cigarette and illegal to inhale the leftover smoke. Chaos has arrived, and they call it "protection". As all cowardly dictators will. Smoking Bans should always fail in the courts, because they are in every aspect and unarguably arbitrary in nature. It is an entire discourse from reality and logic to ascertain that a ban on the inhalation of leftover smoke is reasonable and a matter of Health protection, while smoking remains legal. The back to front progression of smoking bans in formerly private spaces, toward challenging a highly unpopular view among lawmakers currently, as well as the medical charities and paid lobbyists; that smoking should be banned, is self revealing as arbitrary and promotional self serving gamesmanship. With a population divisive "denormalization" strategy, targeting not the tobacco Industry as claimed but the users.
The Emperor has no clothes. [and he appears to be morbidly obese?]
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