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Thoughts on Texas’ Smoking Ban

Hi, I’m Moot and I’m here to beat the dead horse. Old age has really killed more people than anything else. Cars kill, too, but I digress, and I think you miss the point. Plastic, nuclear energy, and chemtrails? I can’t light up my polyurethane, nuclear reactor 3 inches from my face in public either. Chemtrails!? Really?

I think a comedian once said “Smoking is like peeing in a pool” but I’ll expand on that a little: You can’t make a urination section, urine smells, it’s unsanitary, it can make people really sick and die, and somebody, probably other than the urinating person, is going to have to clean up the mess, especially if someone got sick or dies, which in real economic terms is far more expensive than if the urinator hadn’t done it in the first place. Determining if the person had the freedom to urinate wherever they want to urinate? Just because you can, doesn’t always mean you should. Go pee somewhere else where no one has to deal with it.

Just to be fair, we have to urinate, right? We don’t have to smoke, right? That’s where the analogy breaks down. But no one is saying you can’t smoke, nor that you can’t pee; you just can’t pee in the public pool.

—–Original Message—–
From: [Name removed]
Sent: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 4:05 PM
To: safun
Subject: Re: [SA FUN] Smoking ban passed in Texas

I find it funny that everyone complains about cigarette smoke, yet no complaints or laws are made regarding the banning of chem-trails, plastics that are harmful to humans, nuclear testing that has increased global radiation, or a plethora of other things that are far more lethal to the populace then cigarette smoke. Taking what is fed to you as the “most severe problem we face” and then running with it is only furthering the frame of thought that the select few are trying to push in to your head.
Call me crazy, (and some may) but if you are concerned with cigarette smoke, vs. the amount of ridiculousness that is put in to your water supply… Then you need to re-think your worry list.

Wahhhh, it smells bad… So do port-a-potties.. And they still use those… I smoke occasionally, and don’t really care either way if they put this type of law in or not… My main point is that this argument is of little concern in the bigger picture and it seems like it is causing people to get their shorts all bunched up.

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May 25, 2011 at 5:11 PM 1 comment

C’mon Fear the Planking

Have you seen any of the¬†hoopla¬†about planking yet? ¬†I don’t get it. ¬†Well, I do, actually, but not really. ¬†Someone died. ¬†It’s a tragedy. ¬†I get that. ¬†If my son died, I’d be upset, too. ¬†Seriously upset. ¬†But as a global concern, the guy that died, an adult mind you, but someone’s son nonetheless died, do we need to be ringing the alarm bells about planking? ¬†I realize the print business and news organizations are struggling to make money. ¬†People grow tired of the deaths and destruction of¬†tornadoes, flooding, and war. ¬†The safest thing to do is to stay in your homes and watch more news programs to tell you what you should be afraid of so that you’ll stay inside and watch more news programs. ¬†Nowadays, you don’t even really have to venture out of the house for the things you see in the ads they sell — those you can get hand delivered by the brave men and women of the United Parcel Service, or United States Postal Service, or whatever cheap shipping selection du jour.

Back to planking. ¬†Just so you are aware, it is the phenomenon of lying straight as a board in places you wouldn’t normally lie straight as a board. ¬†Observe:

Exhibit A

Exhibit B

I’m sure I could even find some where people are planking in some stupid careless spots. ¬†But, is this really a new threat to the world? ¬†Has there never been a heinous act in act of photography that could be construed as dangerous? ¬†People have been stupidly posing for pictures for decades, especially youth. ¬†Should we end posing for pictures? ¬†Is all posing bad? ¬†Is all planking bad? Where have I seen this before? ¬†I’ve seen people sit on balcony ledges, and I’ve heard of people falling off of balcony ledges. ¬†Should we ban sitting? ¬†Should¬†we ban balconies?

Stupidity goes way back

This looks like a bad idea

At what point can we all agree that not everyone thinks things through? ¬†That some may not value their lives and yet we continue to create rules and develop overbearing social norms, for what? ¬†Is it more compassionate to view these sort of things as tragedies? ¬†I don’t think so. ¬†I don’t think that young man in Australia attempting to plank should have lost his life, but when does bad decision making simply become bad decision making? ¬†Have we lost all responsibility to our own actions that we point to a mindless fad as an excuse for poor decision making? ¬†Or is the news a catharsis and a way to train others by the bad examples of a few? ¬†Who knows, but maybe we just need to watch more commercials to find out.

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