In the Queen Street Mall in Brisbane the Deputy Mayor started putting up No Smoking signs, even though they can't legally enforce it. At first the REAL Mayor was opposed and took them down (because the Deputy Mayor didn't follow the right procedure and enforced his morals on the people without right or reason (no those were not his words)) but then he changed his mind and decided to "compromise" by letting the signs stay up, but they had to be "carefully" worded. This is not compromisation, this is bending over and letting them have their way with you. Because it cannot be legally enforced, the signs now say "please do not smoke in this area". I have expressed outrage at this act (yes, I'm a smoker, but it's the principle that gets me) and most people are ambivalent and just say "so? I don't smoke". I'm not going to act like a moron and say "FIRST THEY CAME FOR OUR CIGARETTES AND I DID NOT SPEAK blah blah" but I think that's more of the angle people need to take.
They CANNOT enforce this law, but apathetic fucks let shit like this happen, and guess what? It never
stops there. They know that this is going to turn the non smokers against the smokers if anyone tries to smoke there, because people are just going to assume it's the law, even though it's been on the news just recently. The fact that someone sent a "biological agent" to the Indonesian Embassy in Australia is evidence that the general population are unthinking hypocrites with short memories. "Why should I worry about the rights of others when my rights are not being stepped on?" seems to be the motto of just about everyone alive today.
So yeah, it can't be legally enforced. But you can bet that "concerned mothers" and "people who can't accept or understand that some people like doing things that you
don't" will raise the bar on anti-smoking aggressiveness. And before anyone says "IF YOU SMOKE AROUND ME I WILL DIE BY INHALING YOUR DEADLY LUNG VAPOURS" (the "education" people have had on second hand smoke is wildly overblown and reactionary) I would like to point out that it's an outdoor area that they're doing this in, you can't just smoke in the mall anyway (and I agree with this). This area is the last place you can smoke (I haven't been there for a long time but I doubt that that would have changed), it's an open area, and it's not cramped. Stop treading on the rights of others just because they don't apply to you. Because your rights will
Hmm... maybe I should actually try and do
something about this instead of complaining in an online journal.
is that story. I'm only going to quote one thing:
""Encouraging an environment where fewer people can light up ultimately helps smokers to quit and sends a message to young people not to take up the habit," Cr Hinchliffe said."
Oh, you're such a fucking humanitarian. When the government stops making ANY money on the sale of cigarettes I'll start taking your stupid whining seriously. Only I won't, since if the majority of people were smokers you'd be trying to make MORE PLACES TO SMOKE since you're only interested in siding with the majority because that means more votes. Anyway, it doesn't make sense. Forcing your morals on someone doesn't make them more likely to agree with you, it harbours resentment.
People aren't interested in the truth. Actually, what's truth to me isn't truth to you, so that's not an accurate word. An accurate word would be "fact", and people have confused the two for so long that now people think they mean the same thing. So, people aren't interested in the facts, they're interested in seeing and hearing (I was going to put "reading" but I'm not even sure if most people CAN read anymore) things that reinforce their biases (positive or negative). Thats why no one complains about the anti-drug ads that have been coming out lately. The only substance that is considered a drug that I have ever consumed (no, I don't mean eaten) or have considered consuming is marijuana. But when I see these people specifically designing advertisements to get the biggest emotional effect I get sick to my stomach because people fall for it every time. How about the facts? Instead of ending a 30 second commercial with "[drug name here]. YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT IT'S GOING TO DO TO YOU." (exact quote) how about educating your kids yourself? Telling them the facts and letting them make up their own mind? Oh, right. Because it's too risky. They might not make the same choices as you. Also they might realise that some of the things you've been saying about some drugs are a huge fucking lie that's been perpetrated for almost 100 years, only you believe it's "truth" because that was what's been told to you.
For the record, I only feel strongly about marijuana legalisation (while we're on the subject, if marijuana is illegal, I would expect cigarettes and alcohol should be too, but since they're not, I wonder why more people don't question this (answer: status quo)). I don't believe all drugs should be legal, but I also DON'T believe that misinformation and prohibition are the answer. Too bad most people do, because that's the easiest (and least "risky") way to go.