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Excellent juxtapositions, rg!  I´d add the addiction to talking and lecturing without content, to speaking louder than anyone, to personal detachment and to latest-gadget possession.  Somehow the puritaners and moralers set themselves at the opposite extreme to avoid seeing the beam in their eye.  

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by metavision on Sat Nov 22nd, 2008 at 07:41:47 PM EST
it is perfecty possible to smoke without disturbing non-smokers. Why do you need to hate the non-smokers?

Why, seriously?

Just to give you an exemple: my wife smokes. She always does it in circumstances where it either won't bother me (she goes to the window, or joins our neighbor on his balcony) or where I won't complain (if we're at a terrace of a café - when I sit there I know people will smoke and thus I won't complain).

What you don't seem to understand is that what non-smokers (well, me at least) object to is smokers smoking where it is forbidden, or where it is needlessly invasive of others, careless or just rude.

Smokers are rude people, too often. If you complain that today's restrictions are too much, all I can say is: you got it coming by not making an effort when you could.

Who is lecturing who in this thread?

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sun Nov 23rd, 2008 at 12:15:30 PM EST
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