Re: Where there's smoke, there's ire!
David Wilson (Djh.Wilson@EE.QUB.AC.UK)
Mon, 25 Mar 1996 11:18:01 GMT
Regarding Jim Moriarty's post...
I wouldn't normally respond to something like this, but I'm getting a bit
sick of such parades of self-rightneousness, so here goes:
> The "big picture" is hundreds of thousands of dead people
Great. I hope you now intend to launch a crusade against Scouters who own
cars, eat fatty food, don't take any regular exercise, etc, etc. Not
forgetting the obvious one of "Scouters who own firearms", of course.
> obscene profits to tobacco companies
Didn't realise that this was a crime. Nevertheless, I look forward to your
tirade against Microsoft. Afterwards, you're cordially invited to come to
this side of the Atlantic and start a campaign against British Telecom.
> manipulation of youth by slick advertising, dumping on new third
> world markets
Oh, this is a biggy! I think we can obtain convictions on A LOT of companies
for this! We'll start with Coca Cola, hit Nestle next week, get to work on
Pepsi the week after...
> billions upon billions of dollars in medical costs
As opposed to the billions of dollars which would otherwise be spent on
pension payments and treating the diseases which these fine smokers would
otherwise die of in old age. Hell, I'd say they're probably saving us money.
Hooray for the smokers!
> higher insurance rates
For them. I find that I get a reduction in insurance, because their risk
factor is factored out of my payments. Hooray for the smokers! (Again)
> a gateway to hard drug use
Anyone who could write such a patently absurd statement and post it to a
public forum must have passed through this gateway some time ago.
One of my pet hates. However, most of the litter I see comes from sweet
papers and drinks cans. So it's a double whammy for Coca Cola.
> forest fires
Let's ban all camping stoves!
> house fires
As an electrical engineer, I propose that anyone who connects high power
appliances into multi-way adaptor plugs should be hounded out of Scouting.
And I want prison sentences for anyone who wires up a plug incorrectly.
> low birth weight babies
At least you won't strain yourself picking them up.
> shoplifting, smuggling
Eh? People shoplift and smuggle all sorts of things. Are you suggesting
that using cars is wrong because people can steal/smuggle them?
> bazillions of dollars of tax revenue supporting
> otherwise useless tobacco farmers
Less of a problem over here. However, I think you'll find that smokers pay
more than enough tax to cover this. Besides, if they didn't grow tobacco,
you'd have to pay for their unemployment benefit.
> and last but not least the continued presence of Jesse Helms.
As long as he stays on your side of the pond, this doesn't bother me in
> Big enough for you?
My world is big enough to accomodate people who choose to behave
differently from myself. Jim, I have a sneaking suspicion that _your_
world does not have this air of tolerance.
Some of the best Scouters I have known have been smokers. Some of the worst
Scouters I have known have also been smokers. Truth is, I don't really
care. Wherever thay went, though, there were always people who couldn't
wait to treat them as second class citizens. For some reason, the sight of
other people smoking turns some normally reasonable people into ranting
bigots. And I think that's sad.
Yours waiting for the anti-smoking Gestapo to prime their flamethrowers,
David Wilson. <Djh.Wilson@ee.qub.ac.uk>
(SL, 1st Saintfield Scout Troop, Co. Down, N. Ireland)
(NON-SMOKER who doesn't particularly care if other people want to)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City