Why this site?
Harridan (n): A vicious and scolding woman, especially an older one.
Over the past few years - more and more often - governments, organisations (often funded by the tax payer) and special interest groups (again, often funded by the tax payer,) are enforcing their views on others in ever more vindictive ways, "for your own good," or, more typically, "because we don't like it."
Be it tobacco, alcohol, sugar, salt, fat or whatever happens to be the evil-du-jour, there is rarely anything which is enjoyed by a significant (but minority - less than 50%) part of the population for which there isn't a 'puritan' group willing to lobby governments for more and more controls, misusing statistics and using sub-standard research to justify forcing their views onto others, while gratefully accepting the taxes, of those they villify, to fund their activities.
This site aims to collate evidence of this misuse, and document the activities of those who purport to 'save us from ourselves' while they sit on their high horses, alongside those (non-tax-payer-funded, irritated, people or organisations) who take an active interest in pointing out problems of having governments fund groups that in turn lobby government to do the government's wishes.
While it is widely accepted that smoking causes ill health to those who smoke, there are ever more shrill calls for controls on the pricing of tobacco, where it may be consumed, and in what form it should be sold, typically from those who suffer from ASDS.
Measures used to control tobacco are being used as a template to control other areas of life, despite claims from anti-tobacco groups to the contrary, claiming tobacco is unique and measures like banning, excessive taxation and plain packaging would never be used for anything else.
Of course, there are also things that are (Almost) As Bad As Smoking.
Alcohol has been around for millenia. Some religions forbid it, the United States even had a go at prohibition where the government even went so far as to murder thousands of its own citizens in the name of 'scaring people':
The UK Government is currently (Mar '12) trying to push through a minimum price per unit of alcohol under the guise of 'preventing binge drinking' and the 'increased rate of liver disease,' despite the fact that the annual consumption of alcohol has been decreasing in the past few years, and trying to push people to go to pubs instead of buying their alcohol at the supermarket.
Of course, since the smoking ban in the UK, lots of pubs have closed that otherwise probably wouldn't have.
Various attempts at governmental interference have been seen to 'adjust' what people eat, include fat taxes, sugar taxes, heart-string-pulling (fake) statistics on childhood obesity and bans on junk food advertising.
- Collecting for fake charities - Orphans of Liberty
- Quotation #33029 Quotations page
- The Chemist's War: The little-told story of how the U.S. government poisoned alcohol during Prohibition with deadly consequences. - Slate.
- Liver disease deaths reach record levels in England - BBC News
- BBC: Why is alcohol consumption falling? - BBC News
- Coalition to set minimum alcohol price - The Guardian