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"And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say goodbye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling in terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand. The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst; the cursed machine would have ground to a halt!"
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago
Will you be put in jail for smoking in your own home?
The below article, "California cities mull smoking ban for
apartments," is going way too far! Personally I detest smoking.
However when the government starts telling people they can't smoke in
their own home be it an apartment, condo or whatever, how soon is it
going to be before some goody do gooder Terrocrat says it is
'dangerous' to smoke whilst driving, whilst walking, etc?
What comes after smoking? Eating hamburgers, hot dogs, French Fries
and drinking soda? Then what? Offshore banking and owning gold is
dangerous to your health?
Read carefully our past missives here! Somewhere,
somehow this insanity has to be stopped! How that is going to happen
is your guess as well as ours. The key point is: What are you going
to do about it?
See you next issue
California (USA) cities mull smoking ban for apartments
- USA Today
Lawmakers in two California cities are discussing unprecedented
legislation this month that would widen a growing voluntary movement
by landlords and resident associations to ban smoking inside
apartments and condos.
The City Council of Belmont is scheduled to cast a final vote on an
ordinance that would ban smoking in apartments and condos. The
measure, which won initial approval last week, could trigger fines and
evictions if neighbors complain and smokers don't heed repeated
In Calabasas on Wednesday, the City Council discussed a proposal that
would expand its anti-smoking law to bar lighting up inside existing
apartments and most new condos. The council agreed to request changes
to the measure that would exempt all condos and set aside a certain
percentage of apartments for smokers, says city spokesman Michael
Hafken. It is slated to consider the revised proposal next month.
The legislative push, which has triggered death threats against
council members in both cities, is a controversial part of a mostly
voluntary effort to prod landlords and condo associations to adopt
Health officials in about 30 states promote the health and economic
benefits, including reduced fire risk and lower cleanup costs for
multiunit housing, says Jim Bergman, director of the Smoke-Free
Environments Law Project, a Michigan group funded partly by the state.
Tens of thousands of apartments and condos have gone smoke-free in the
past five years, management companies and health activists say. Last
month, Guardian Management began phasing in a smoke-free policy at
8,000 of its rental units, mostly in Oregon and Washington.
"We've proven the voluntary approach can work very well," Bergman
says. He doesn't think legislative bans will work because of a "my
home is my castle" philosophy.
"The time has come. The evils of smoking have been known for
decades," says Barry Groveman, a Calabasas councilman who co-wrote the
Still, he knows he's struck a nerve. "I've gotten threats like you
wouldn't believe," Groveman says.
"Fresh air should be breathed by everybody," Belmont Mayor Coralin
Feierbach says. She cites a 2006 surgeon general's report that says
no level of secondhand smoke is risk-free.
Critics say the bans violate civil and personal property rights. "You
should be able to do as you wish in your own home," says Michon
Coleman of the San Mateo County Association of Realtors.
Belmont's ordinance is "way over the top," because a smoker can be
evicted simply for lighting up, says Warren Lieberman, one of two
council members who oppose it.
Such criticism prompted Oakland last month to remove a ban on smoking
in new apartments and condos from an ordinance that barred lighting up
in public places.
Feierbach says she never intended to create a stir, but she expects
other cities to follow Belmont. "We really broke ground," she says.
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