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September 8, 2009

Yeah… tax hikes… on cigarettes… I’m not sure why this old story popped up on CNN’s home page (link at bottom for those who are lost) but reading it again made me angry. They think that the higher taxes are going to make people quit smoking.  Perhaps that will work for some people, but  I don’t think that the public heath organizations understand why people smoke to begin with.  Most smokers do not want to be cool like the cartoon camel.  They don’t want to infect everyone with their evil second hand smoke, and thereby take over the world while the rest of the non-smokers are coughing in their cloudy haze of tobacco, chemical, and tar.  And I am certain all smokers do not smoke for the same reason.  (I stated most above because I am fairly certain that there has to be at least one person out there who DOES smoke for the above stated reasons.)  I am also quite certain, however, that many smokers smoke because they enjoy smoking.  Or maybe they smoke because it gives them a break from work (in my business that is one of the only ways to get a break, along with smoke breaks being the space where everyone catches back up on where they are on their projects, and how things are going…)  All in all, however, I think the best reason for smoking was given when I was in college, when some non-smoker walked passed a group of us and asked one of my friends why she was “killing herself with that cancer stick” (really?  who uses that term except ironically anymore?)  My friend, without missing a beat, said “I’m killing me so that I don’t kill any of you”.  Yes.  I think we have all forgotten- a good portion of smokers smoke as a means of stress relief.  Amazing, huh?  All your life you are told to find something to do to relieve stress, stress is debilitating, stress is downright stressful, you shouldn’t have to deal with stress- and in the middle of a recession, where people are under a great amount of stress mostly related to money– they want to up the price on one of America’s favorite stress relievers.  I don’t think this is going to help our nation’s mental health.  And the BBC on NPR just did an entire week long segment where they discussed that mental illnesses are overtaking physical illnesses as most likely to cause death (sorry I can’t find the story that goes along with that one, well… series of stories… they were all quite depressing though, you wouldn’t have wanted to read them- anyway…).  It’s a free country people.  Smoke, or don’t smoke, and for that matter, I don’t personally care WHAT you smoke.  There shouldn’t be laws making you wear seatbelts, and we don’t need laws against trans fats.  If you want to end your life early, go right ahead.  “No one’s written your destiny for you. Here in America, you write your own destiny. You make your own future.” -President Obama’s planned speech to schoolchildren today, in just a few hours.  What he is not going to tell them is that if what they want to do is not agreeable to the health administration, or your congressman, your next door neighbor, the guy in the 3rd row picking his nose at the DMV, or whoever these people are taking “gifts” from (and I haven’t looked, but I’ve got my bets on insurance and pharmaceutical companies…) then you don’t get to choose your own future.  You get to have the clean, sterile, soma-treated future of corporate commercialism that they have planned for you.  Thanks guys.

DONE VENTING  (… for now …)

Check Out:

http://edition.cnn.com/2009/US/04/01/cigarette.tax/index.html

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/09/07/obama.school.speech/index.html  (Has a link to the oh-so-controversial speech text where he tells kids to do their homework and study… you’d think parents and teachers would be happy- maybe if the president sends them a personal invitation, the kids will actually pay attention in class!)

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. September 8, 2009 1:46 am

    Well said. Great information, keep up the great work!

  2. Dak permalink
    September 9, 2009 8:17 pm

    Wow, that was some venting 🙂 Sometimes I think you’re much more hippie than I am lol
    I had been wondering for a while if you were still smoking…I agree about not having many options for stress relief, well..that’s probably not true seeing as there’s tons of stuff like yoga out there, but you can’t do yoga in 5 mins it’s true…who knows.
    Wanna know what I think is stupid? Just a couple years ago it was “unpatriotic” not to support the President, but apparently now it’s part of our “rights as an American”. How quickly did that sentiment change?
    And this is why I’m moving to Switzerland in 3 years 🙂 Well, that and all these 19-20 year olds I have to take class with that make me loose faith in this country’s intelligence every day.

    • bachic permalink*
      September 11, 2009 2:37 am

      Wow… that’s a big move! Are you going to ship your stuff of just get rid of it all?

      Yeah- I think I generally have a lower estimate of most of the nations intelligence, but you should come down here and visit some time… most of it comes from just watching people on the street. It’s like they aren’t even TRYING to fight the stereotypes. It’s really quite sad. In the end though, I think I will always be too angry to truly be a hippie at all…

      As for patriotic and unpatriotic… I think most people who have to discuss it don’t really know what it means. Whatever happened to a republic that was set up so that citizens had a say in their government? “A Republic, if you can keep it” (Ben Franklin, I think)- well, what happened to the upkeep? People stopped caring, and they stopped looking for the truth in what is told to them, and they barely look for information outside their “trusted news sources”. When they find information, I wonder how many people look at the sources behind the sources. I guess it just takes too much time for people these days, but I think we are in a sad state when as a citizen we agree to live in a Republic, but don’t want to take the time to do the work that comes with citizenship. It’s all laziness I guess.

      Something kind of funny and very depressing:
      http://thejaylenoshow.com/video/clips/the-best-of-jaywalking/1135822/
      http://thejaylenoshow.com/video/clips/the-best-of-jaywalking-all-stars/1135842/
      It helps to watch the first one first.

      What class are you taking?

      • Dak permalink
        September 13, 2009 9:14 am

        Yea well, first we’re moving to Westfield NJ on Oct 2nd, that will help us get rid of a bunch of stuff we won’t need later for the next big move. I’ve been teaching Michael the art of getting rid of things for a while now and he’s gotten pretty good at it. We’ll ship most things and otherwise take stuff over a little at a time and keep it at his parent’s house.

        You know, Switzerland is amazing as a real country of the people. The citizens vote on every law that passes directly and if someone doesn’t like a law that was passed they can collect enough signatures and it will be voted on again. Although I’m sure it’s easier to do that in such a small country. Plus they’re much smarter in Switzerland.

        I’m taking 2 classes, ASL 3 and Linguistics of ASL. Turns out it’s not just the young kids in my class who don’t know anything. There’s a woman in her 40’s who discovered the other day that the word “thrice” exists…I’m not kidding. We have these online discussion for the Linguistics class and reading what the other people are writing is painful. Mostly because it’s not even grammatically correct nor does it make any kind of point. They just ramble on about how cool the class is without actually talking about the assignment. It’s sad really. The worst is I’m going to have to reply to 2 of these as an assignment and I haven’t figured out what I could possibly say.

      • bachic permalink*
        September 18, 2009 1:20 am

        Yikes… I guess you could actually talk about the topic and ask questions in your response to try to get them on topic again…? Maybe mention the spelling and grammar check in Word as something that people who use ASL must not rely on much- just to remind them that it is there!

        Have a good time with all the moving- are you going to apply to become a citizen and get voting rights and such?

      • bachic permalink*
        September 18, 2009 1:20 am

        Yikes… I guess you could actually talk about the topic and ask questions in your response to try to get them on topic again…? Maybe mention the spelling and grammar check in Word as something that people who use ASL must not rely on much- just to remind them that it is there!

        Have a good time with all the moving- are you going to apply to become a citizen and get voting rights and such?

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