Archive for January 21st, 2008

Skip Away. Part 3.

Monday, January 21st, 2008

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Tomorrow, January 22, 2008, is the last day for commercials by the infamous, still smoking, antismoking smokesperson, “Skip” Legault. I’m not a smoker but I’m glad to see him go. The antismoking campaign seems to have shifted into a histrionic, “worse than death” mode. Other commercials feature the operation tools of amputation, close-ups of gangrened feet, and hysterical kids making heart-wrenching appeals to Mommy and Daddy not to leave them orphans.

When fanatics start running the asylum, it’s time to reconsider the message. Gross-out commercials are insulting to the three out of four of us who DON’T smoke – in addition to adult smokers who do.

But they “work” you might think. Wrong. Today roughly the same percentage of people smoke who have always smoked: 1 out of 4 adults. Despite the skyrocketing cost of cigarettes, throwing smokers outside in the middle of winter, making them feel like social lepers, scaring their kids, and insulting them with nitwit commercials, millions of people still light up.

Of course much of this continuing habit is addiction (which has NEVER been cured by screaming and cursing at addicts) but I’d like to think there’s another part of it. The part when people say, “I’m a thinking, grown-up American and I’ll make my own decisions in life, thank you. I’m sick of the government continually telling me what to do and what not to do . So butt out, Big Brother, go pick on someone your own size!”

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Esperanto Comments.

Monday, January 21st, 2008

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Within a very short time of posting my “Ideas That Made Too Much Sense” – Esperanto, I received a Comment from a gentleman named Brian. I innocently had a number of facts wrong. That’s me, “often wrong but never in doubt.”

Brian’s comment, my reply, and his follow-up, may be read in the ‘Comments’ section below the entry. I think you’ll find them interesting.

The power of the Internet is amazing!

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