May 14th, 2011

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  • adkgrl

Writer's Block: Let's try this again

What movie would you like to see remade, and why? How would you change it?

I would LOVE to see Eragon remade.  The movie they made was incredibly sucky all around.  In the book the female character is ethereal, kick-ass, and brilliant.  In the movie she actually kisses Eragon! And flirts! Yick.  
цв

Вопрос дня: Римейк

What movie would you like to see remade, and why? How would you change it?

Нынешние режисёры только и знают что ремейки снимать.С лёгким паром,Карнавальная ночь и пр.Своего ума не хватает создать что либо новое создать вот и "перепевают"старые шедевры.да и кто режисёры,сценаристы ,актёры?Дети и внуки гениев.А на их природа всегда отдыхает!Да и по словам Губенко уже главные роли стали продаваться.
Лично я вообще кино перестал смореть,последний фильм "Стиляги"года 2 назад посмотрел.

Вопрос дня: Римейк

What movie would you like to see remade, and why? How would you change it?
"В бой идут одни старики"-вместо самолёта я бы выдал мотоцикл Минск.Пусть это будет школа по обучению управлением мотоцикла.
Макаров Сергей
  • ser441

Вопрос дня: Ремейк

Что посмотреть и что изменить? Большинство ремейков (не могу сказать что все до одного) - неудачные новые воплощения наследующего поколения, которое хочет показать, как бы одна и та же история выглядела бы сейчас. Все новое (по крайней мере, кажущееся новым) - это хорошо забытое старое, и пока не забыто старое - каждый будет ассоциировать новое воплощение с не самой лучшей трактовкой знакомого сюжета.
stick standing

Writer's Block: Let's try this again

What movie would you like to see remade, and why? How would you change it?


Happy Feet.

I loved how the movie used existing songs, the dancer in a world of singers (and how it was kind of compulsive, so you could see the other penguin's side of things thinking something's wrong with him), I loved how friggen BOOGIE WONDERLAND was central to part of the story.

But there's the thing, the relationship between Mumble and Gloria, between Mumble and his father Memphis, between Mumble and EVERYONE was completely overshadowed by heavy handed environmental crap that just hijacked the whole shebang half way through then dropped the ending in the character's lap.

Imagine a movie where a character is derided for being different, finds understanding in the person he loves, somehow convinces everyone to join him in what he does in an impromptu celebration... but then some pillars of the community shut it down, so he gets abducted by aliens and the aliens make them accept the hero, the end.

That is bullshit, dammit. It would have been much more interesting for the characters to confront each other and work through the fear of difference, parental guilt and so on.

Aaaaaaaaaah, why do I have an in-depth opinion on this movie no one else cares about anymore (and would be entirely within their rights to have forgotten about completely)?


P.S. Surf's Up got a raw deal coming out so shortly after Happy Feet, that movie was actually pretty dang good. Chicken Joe = awesome.
Nuclear Beauty

Writer's Block: Let's try this again

What movie would you like to see remade, and why? How would you change it?


I'd like makers of movies to realize once they've made the movie, the mythos is out of their control. In the case of the "Star Wars" movies, once the movies became part of the US mythos, and the books and such began coming out, the mythos grew. And the plot holes that were there, the fans found ways to plug them beyond the scope of the original creator. Same thing for many other movies - the "Matrix", comes to mind.
gramophone
  • zmxboy

Вопрос дня: Римейк

What movie would you like to see remade, and why? How would you change it?

Таких идей очень много. Хотелось бы увидеть многие римейки на толковые старые ужасы, но то в какой треш их превращает современный кинематограф не очень радует. Хотя есть много блестящих римейков!
МариЯ

Вопрос дня: Римейк

What movie would you like to see remade, and why? How would you change it?

скорее не римейк, а что-то новое, необычное... 



вспоминая мастерство карикатуриста Херлуфа Бидструпа и зная возможности  современной киноиндустрии...

А всех вас прошу дать комменты, в которых  вы   дадите  свое понимание карикатуры.

Например, я  так вижу происходящее на карикатуре, говоря
словами Ларошфуко

"Мало обладать выдающимися качествами, надо еще  уметь ими пользоваться ")))



bubblegum

Writer's Block: Let's try this again

What movie would you like to see remade, and why? How would you change it?


The Golden Compass. Was SO disappointed in that film, didn't even try and do the book (Northern Lights) justice IMO. It was just...UGH. What would I change? I would make the evilness of the church ppl or whatever they were more apparent, for a start - they totally downplayed that in the move. The cinematography wasn't bad IIRC so that can stay. Also the ending was like wtf, they missed out LOADS (I think they were going to put it in the sequel, but ofc that didn't happen did it.)

Seriously it makes me angry just thinking about it, they were such a fantastic series of books and the film butchered it :(

DAYM now I want to go and read the books again :(

Writer's Block: Let's try this again

What movie would you like to see remade, and why? How would you change it?

An American Werewolf in Paris. I want it to be remade because there was actually a good plot that got buried under a mess to show off scenes that displayed the wonders of CGI and I'd actually get rid of the CGI and use animatronic transformations.

Вопрос дня: Римейк

What movie would you like to see remade, and why? How would you change it?

Я ремейки не люблю. В большенстве своем уступают первому варианту.  Особенно российские ремейки терпеть не могу. 
Но посмотреть как это увидел другой режиссер, интересно.
Наверное в "Джазе только девушки". Хотя... как тут переплюнешь? Ни кто и не рискнет мне кажется.

Writer's Block: Tobacco road

Would you want your city to outlaw smoking on public streets? Why or why not?

No beacuse its called public streets for a reason. Also if there were a ban on smoking in the streets, there would be no where to smoke. In addition to the ban the city must provide "designated smokin areas" with somewhere to dispose of cigarette butts and all that sorts of crap. So it would cost way more money to set all that up and enforce the ban. Much easier to just get a street sweeper once a week.

Writer's Block: Tobacco road

Would you want your city to outlaw smoking on public streets? Why or why not?

I think that this Anti-smoking crowd has gone too far w/this non-sense if they are so concerned about their respiratory status, then they should think about the quality of the air they breathe, smokers are a easy target for tax increases, I really don't see anyone advocating the
tax increase on alcohol I am not sure about anyone else but I never have seen a family of five wiped out by a smoker, but one thing for sure far too many have been wiped out by drunks. I would prefer that others not attempt to control my life decisions, and I definitely don't want them in my wallet. All the Billions that have been given to various government agency's for the health care of smokers has been diverted to
fund other things ie: money for prisons,police,judicial systems all which we pay taxes for. However "Politicians just love money especially when it belongs or is earmarked for something other than what's on their agenda. So to sum it up the "Cities need to be about the business of running the cities not or lives.           
me
  • tildet

Writer's Block: Let's try this again

What movie would you like to see remade, and why? How would you change it?

Insidious- it started out pretty strong but kind of fell apart when it revealed the monster. It was scarier not seeing as much as they showed. I'd prefer if they kept the whole movie full of subtle stuff (like that fucking face in the baby's room) instead of "oh noes the spirits have entered our world." 
Free People

Writer's Block: Tobacco road

Would you want your city to outlaw smoking on public streets? Why or why not?

Freedom means that people need to be allowed to make stupid choices. Otherwise, how will they learn why the choice was stupid? I am allergic to tobacco. It is not just unpleasant, it can kill me a whole lot sooner than 'someday', and yet, I believe that people should be allowed the choice.
радость, счастье

Вопрос дня: Римейк

What movie would you like to see remade, and why? How would you change it?


Пожалуй, никакого. Не люблю переделок. Лучше снять хороший новый фильм. Очень редко бывает римейк (ремейк) лучше оригинала. Либо снимать римейк (ремейк) нужно тогда, когда оригинал слишком устарел и многие его не смотрели.
Даже продолжение полюбившегося когда-то фильма, как правило, бывает скучным и неинтересным.

Разве что классику переснять, которую явно не удалось качественно экранизировать в предыдущие разы.

Writer's Block: Tobacco road

Would you want your city to outlaw smoking on public streets? Why or why not?

 i think people should be allowed to smoke any_damn_where. fucking hospitals. grocery stores. what happened to that? smokers have it bad enough, with our horrible coughing and wheezing, asthma, and dying of cancer. i've heard it's as- or quite nearly as- addictive as motherfucking heroin, and I DON'T DOUBT IT. jesus christ. we're already suffering, it's fucking hard as shit to stop, let us at LEAST smoke in the goddamn streets..and WAFFLE HOUSE. yeah, fuck. that should be the one place we can smoke inside. fuckin waffle house.
max happy

Writer's Block: Tobacco road

Would you want your city to outlaw smoking on public streets? Why or why not?


ABSOLUTELY NOT!

The dangers of second hand smoke have been highly exaggerated. It is utterly absurd the lengths to which the anti-tobacco fanatics will go to control the behavior of smokers. They know damn full and well that banning tobacco won't work, so, they are trying to get rid of it by other means, and it is getting ridiculous the lengths to which they go to spread their lies about tobacco.

For example: when a law went before the voters over whether smoking in any public establishment should be banned, the proponents of the law pointed to a statistic that said the incidents of lung cancer among bartenders and wait staff was higher than the general population. The implication being that it was being caused by second hand smoke. What they did NOT tell you was that the percentage of bartenders and wait staff that actually smoke was higher than the general population as well which could easily explain the higher incidents of cancer in those professions.

Seriously, the problem of breathing air from all the vehicles in cities has GOT to be much bigger than the problem of smokers.

Oh, and one more thing: I do not smoke. I quit 25 years ago when it got too expensive, and I seriously wanted to stop for my health sake, and to set a better example to my daughter.

Simply put: the dangers of second hand smoke are highly exaggerated. Enough of this!
Небо над Днепром

Вопрос дня: Римейк

What movie would you like to see remade, and why? How would you change it?

Сияние Стенли Кубрика.Фильм сам по себе сильный,но вот от романа Стивена Кинга,действительно хорошего,имхо просто лучшего из всего его наследия,там мало что осталось.Вот я бы хотела видеть кино такого же сильного режиссера,как Кубрик - и с учетом всех тонкостей книги.Ну хотя бы настолько - насколько это возможно финансово.

Вопрос дня: Настоящий Я

If you could meet your true inner self, what would s/he look like, and what would s/he tell you?

Я вообще не уверена, что это был бы человек. Скорее, говорящее ленивое кошачье. А сказало бы оно мне примерно следующее: "Не помешало бы иногда ко мне прислушиваться".

Writer's Block: Let's try this again

What movie would you like to see remade, and why? How would you change it?


None!
Remaking old movies is the worst thing to come down the pike.
I have absolute nightmares about the African Queen being remade with Leonardo DiCaprio cast in the lead role!
Look what happened when they attempted to do a redux ofStarsky & Hutch? Wasn't that disasterously poor product proof enough to let well enough alone?


walter

Writer's Block: Tobacco road

Would you want your city to outlaw smoking on public streets? Why or why not?

I want them to outlaw smoking outdoors when they outlaw sex in bedrooms and driving toxin-spewing automobiles.

Leave smokers alone.  They're outside, so get your ass indoors if it bothers you.  Since you're so obsessed with your health, go back into your smoke-free bars and have another vodka tonic, or back into your smoke-free restaurants and order another slice of cheesecake, ya bunch of whining hypocrites.  
Dom Howard

Writer's Block: Tobacco road

Would you want your city to outlaw smoking on public streets? Why or why not?

Yes, but allow designated areas for smoking!
 I went to Singapore this summer and the streets were so clean of cigarette butts the the inevitable spitting that you constantly see many smokers do.  There was no awkward walking behind someones smoke trail or having to squeeze by groups of smokers outside doors or on the sidewalk.  It was extremely nice, especially for someone whose sinus' are irritated by cigarette smoke.

Вопрос дня: Не курить?

Would you want your city to outlaw smoking on public streets? Why or why not?
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Да, потомц что реально раздражает: стоишь на остановке, ждёшь трамвай, а страшная красотка или парень, с одышкой от курения, обязательно встанут рядом с тобой. Или ветер будет доносить "ароматы" до моего чувствительного носа.
Хотя этот идиотский запах года два назад асоциировался у меня с путешествиями. Дело в том. что я тогда довольно часто ездила в поездах, а вот там( особенно в тамбуре) ужасно пахнет куревом.
Но потом, когда я начала ездить по городу, это запах сразу приобрёл не очень отпускные асоциации.
Так что не курите, "лёгкие курильщика полны канце.. кангеро... нет..канцерогенных смол".
Вот так.
baby

Writer's Block: Tobacco road

Would you want your city to outlaw smoking on public streets? Why or why not?
of course not. I'm a non-smoker, but smoking is an adult custom and an adult CHOICE. Most city streets are open air so what's the problem? I do have problems with people who cast their butts about, but that's just a littering problem. not a smoking problem.
summer fun

Writer's Block: Tobacco road

Would you want your city to outlaw smoking on public streets? Why or why not?

In some public areas, yeah. It's clear smoking affects others who are in proximity to a smoker, others who may choose not to smoke, not to suffer consequences of second hand smoking. If a smoker want to smoke, and harm themselves in the process, that is their decision. Being their decision, they should take more, if not full responsibility and acknowledge their smoking can unintentionally harm others and not smoke in certain areas.
I'm not a huge fan of smoking.
I might understand replacing smoking as a way to release stress could be difficult, since there are likely multiple cause influencing or that have influenced a person to smoke in the first place.

By outlawing smoking in certain public areas, the responsibility/accountability of smokers is shared with the city and acknowledges the risks of smoking to non-smokers.
hauyu pichu
  • eqfe

Writer's Block: Tobacco road

Would you want your city to outlaw smoking on public streets? Why or why not?

No, we already waste too much money on enforcement of stupid laws, usually classified as victimless crimes.  We need to rationalize our criminal justice systems.  What are going to do, build more prisons so we can house smokers next to the million or so prisonerers for drug use.  The smoker, like the drug user, or prostiture is the only victim of their "crimes."  enough already.

Writer's Block: Tobacco road

Would you want your city to outlaw smoking on public streets? Why or why not?

Sure, as long as they outlaw food vendors as well. The aroma of the food is harmful to people like me, tempting us into eating something bad for us, potentially contributing to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, joint problems...Better outlaw perfume as well. Too much of it offends me, makes me mad and I'll start believing the person wearing it is stupid. Oh, and let's regulate how people dress as well. Offensive (and I'll be the one to decide what's offensive) t-shirts, thong whale-tails, anything midrif exposing, too tight, too loose..by golly let's just make a uniform of polo shirts and waist-high khaki pants so there's no confusion about what's what...but not those polos with the oversized logo...that's tacky.

Writer's Block: Tobacco road

Would you want your city to outlaw smoking on public streets? Why or why not?

As a severe allergy suferer, I'd like smoking to be banned completely. Most smokers are the most inconsiderate people on Earth. They have the "ME" attitude. They are quick to let everyone know that they have a right to smoke if they please. Well I'm here to let them know I have the God given right to breathe! That overrides any state or Government given priviledge. Furthermore when thier health fails they shouldn't be handed money because they didn't know breathing smoke was bad for them. And those of us smart enough not to smoke shouldn't have to pay higher insurance rates because of thier self inflicted illnesses and high claims.
Anastasiy

Вопрос дня: Не курить? Я не курю.

Would you want your city to outlaw smoking on public streets? Why or why not?

Дочь Николая второго Татьяна Николаевна Романова учитель в школе №3 города Черногорска Красноярского края 1950 год. ЕСТЬ ФОТО В РАМЕ ПОД СТЕКЛОМ, хотелось бы выставить, увы. ТАБУ...МИРОВОЕ.
CanadianEggroll Suke Liaka Beast Demon o

Writer's Block: Tobacco road

Would you want your city to outlaw smoking on public streets? Why or why not?

Honestly, no.  As much as I hate smoking, smokers are having a difficult time finding places to smoke.  Restaurants and various other places prohibit smoking indoors, so smokers must hit the streets to have a smoke.  If they're going to smoke, why not just have them smoke outside?

Writer's Block: Tobacco road

Would you want your city to outlaw smoking on public streets? Why or why not?

No...if a person wants to blacken their lungs outside and promote cancer in their own bodies in the open air, let them. Its enclosed spaces and confined areas where the rest of us can't escape the 2nd hand smoke I worry about. I would say perhaps not in children's parks...

It's been made a law in Michigan, no smoking inside. Restaurants are much more pleasant now. 

But no, I wouldn't take away smokers rights  to smoke outside.
decomposition

Writer's Block: I'm looking at the ___ in the mirror

If you could meet your true inner self, what would s/he look like, and what would s/he tell you?

she is the embodiment of malice, with an unseen face. or should i say, that where the head should be is surrounded in black fog? she is dressed neatly in musty old garbs, and carries the feeling of "emptiness". there is a void where the image of her should be.

she would tell me..

"you are alone."
"there is no where you can go."
"come."

Writer's Block: Tobacco road

Would you want your city to outlaw smoking on public streets? Why or why not?

NO!  If someone wants to smoke, dip or chew tobacco it's their choice.  We have so few real freedoms left, we should be allowed to disacrete our bodies the way we want to.  I don't have to be around them, as that would be my choice.

Writer's Block: Tobacco road

Would you want your city to outlaw smoking on public streets? Why or why not?

though I am a smoker myself, there are some people in this world who do not like the smell of smoke, don't want to get second-hand smoke in their lungs, or can't breathe around it (i know some people who really cant) therefore, I don't think it's a good idea. I wouldn't want to be rude to other people.


  • ba1126

Writer's Block: Tobacco road

Would you want your city to outlaw smoking on public streets? Why or why not?
I'd seriously consider supporting that, if only for the fact that people treat my lawn and driveway like a giant ashtray. No one in our house smokes, yet I continually find empty cigarette packs and millions of filter tips and butts and empty matchbooks along my property. Seems to me that people who don't care about polluting their own lungs, don't have any regard for other people's property either.

Вопрос дня: Римейк

What movie would you like to see remade, and why? How would you change it?

Любой римейк - это копия, а копия всегда хуже оригинала. Всё уже сказано и показано. Если нет новых мыслей и идей - смотрите старые фильмы.Так честнее
boom boom

Writer's Block: Tobacco road

Would you want your city to outlaw smoking on public streets? Why or why not?

Good Lord No.

Not that I like smoking and smoke, but it's a bit of a huge jump. Who owns "the streets" ? Unless you make smoking altogether an offence, I can't see how you could ban it -- and would that mean everywhere, like "in the desert" "in the wood" "in international waters" - where would you stop.

i tend to smoke after sex, but then I do go at it a bit over enthusiatically.

Boom boom!




dnb laurie

Writer's Block: Tobacco road

Would you want your city to outlaw smoking on public streets? Why or why not?


No. I don't smoke. I think it's disgusting. However, I think the smoking ban is bullshit, especially in private establishments. Yes, I've heard the old "what if you work there and don't smoke?" Well, if you're taking a job in a dive bar or a restaurant where there's smoking allowed, what do you expect? I think banning smoking in private establishments is pushing the limit on the amount of government involvement I'm comfortable with.

Banning it on public streets? That's over the top. There's too much of a gray area as to what is considered public and private.
purple

Writer's Block: Tobacco road

Would you want your city to outlaw smoking on public streets? Why or why not?
Just the automobiles. Get them on something that doesn't stink as bad. I swear, all this worry about tobacco smoke while we've got much worse things in the air, like fossil fuels. When I wake in the morning and smell so much gas I'll trade it for a 1982 smoky day of Disneyland air.

Writer's Block: Tobacco road

Would you want your city to outlaw smoking on public streets? Why or why not?

NO!

I am a non-smoker.  Smoking is already outlawed in restaurants.  And in a local city, it's outlawed in BARS even.  And don't get me wrong, I kind of appreciate not smelling like an old ashtray when I get home after a night out.  But I don't like being told what I can and cannot do.

If you outlaw smoking on public streets, what's next?  Outlawing smoking in your own home?  I think smokers need to be courteous of the people around them, but I don't think they should be turned into outlaws just for wanting to have a cigarette. 

Writer's Block: Tobacco road

Would you want your city to outlaw smoking on public streets? Why or why not?

I'd want Springfield, Illinois to put a ban on public property because smoking is bad for your health; it also puts harmful chemicals into your lungs.  People who are out and about each day probably wouldn't want to breathe in any of the harmful tixic agents smoking brings into a person's body.  It's also better for others because they won't have to politely ask the individual to please smoke somewhere else.
kantarou1

Writer's Block: Tobacco road

Would you want your city to outlaw smoking on public streets? Why or why not?

Yeah, 'cause I love big government and cops don't have enough to do.
Actually I'd like clearer designation on where smoking is and is not allowed because I have asthma and MUST not be exposed to it or I could wind up triggering an attack. I need to know where NOT to go.
SaiPie

Writer's Block: Tobacco road

Would you want your city to outlaw smoking on public streets? Why or why not?


Yes, please! I hate walking through a cloud of cigarette smoke - I always start to cough.

A lot of people that it's their right to smoke wherever they like: nu-uh, mate. If what you're doing is hazardous to the health of others (not to mention just generally anti-social) then you have no right to do it anywhere that it affects other people. You aren't allowed to brandish an axe in a public place either, and there's a reason for that - it harms and disturbs those about you.
Default

Writer's Block: Tobacco road

Would you want your city to outlaw smoking on public streets? Why or why not?


Firstly I'm going to apologise to those I know who do smoke, I have extremely strong opinions on the subject and it has nothing to do with how I feel about anyone personally!

God, please, yes! Smoking is harmful and I'm fed up with walking through clouds of smoke whenever I'm out. Plus it stinks, and everywhere I go there are cigarette ends all over the damn floor. When I have kids I'll be one of those militant parents who won't let anyone smoke around my children!

There is a reason the packets say 'Smoking Kills' all over them, so why allow something like that in public?

Plus, when I see someone smoking I can't help but cringe. It's that harmful to your health that it feels like watching someone slowly hanging themselves. It's a very slow, smelly, filthy suicide.
around and around... //

Writer's Block: Tobacco road

Would you want your city to outlaw smoking on public streets? Why or why not?


Absolutely. There's nothing worse than being nice and clean and on your way somewhere, when you're suddenly forced downwind from a smoker or have to walk through a cloud of smoke. Not only does it suck to have to inhale that toxic shit and sting your nostrils in the process, but it then gets all over your clothes and your hair- it's so embarrassing to have to smell like cigarette smoke. Just because people aren't happy enough with life they feel they must slowly destroy themselves by polluting themselves doesn't mean I'm down for it. In London, I could barely go anywhere without having to walk through seas of smoke, it was sickening. :(
Not to mention, I think outlawing smoking on public streets will help solve the problem of the smokers who feel they *must* throw their cigarette butts everywhere; they like to make the world around them as ugly as they are. Litter bugs are my biggest pet peeve. as well as cigarette smoke.
0 - My Stupid Hand

Writer's Block: Tobacco road

Would you want your city to outlaw smoking on public streets? Why or why not?


No, that's completely stupid imho.

I smoked from the age of 12 to 30... I stopped for two years. and have smoked sporadically over the last 9 years.

I smoke for a couple of weeks here and there and then not for months, sometimes a year... So I imagine I am a bit biased on this, but I am gonna answer it anyway...

Okay look, I get that smokers shouldn't do it public indoors, pubs, cafes, whatever, despite the fact that there is absolutely no scientific evidence whatsoever supporting that passive smoking causes any damage to the health of others.

None, go check it out.

But the smell can upset people, so fair enough. The smell is a by product of smoking. I get it.

Urine is a by product of drinking. I wouldn't want a drinker to pee his by product all over me in a pub and I wouldn't want to spew out the stench of second hand smoke on anyone who doesn't like it either.


But public smoking? In the street? Ban it? Insane! No one can cough or wave their hands about dramatically at someone smoking in the street for goodness sake! If they do, they're an idiot.

This enforcing of what the government/public determine to be healthy or not, upon the smoking public is an attack on our freedoms and our rights to choose.

The BBC quotes a Lancet article claiming that the British government make 9.3bn year in tax revenue on tobacco.

The cost to the NHS of smoking-related diseases put at 1.5bn GBP.

See that? So saying the NHS foots the bill for smokers, aint really true...


Look, we know it could give us cancer and a plethora of other diseases and clearly we do not care. When I smoke, I welcome every blast of poisonous carbon monoxide that fills my lungs, leaving a sticky brown tar residue behind... Sometimes I see someone smoking and I want to French kiss them, just to suckle the smoke out of their lungs. I love it.

I'm not asking anyone else to.


So let me think here... Smokers in this country make the government a clear profit of well over 7 billion pounds a year....

That money is spent on other services... Services everyone else, [even non smokers *GASP*] benefit from.

So really, is it right to stop people smoking on a street, that affects others in no way at all, when those same people are putting so much money into our economy?

IMHO no.

I'm not a full time smoker and it is doubtful I ever will smoke again, but leave them bloody be!!

I agree don't let them smoke indoors in public places, but let's not get on a witch hunt, cos quite frankly, the health freaks can go whistle and stop imposing their neurosis on everyone else. It's bloody pathetic.

Вопрос дня: Римейк

What movie would you like to see remade, and why? How would you change it?
"Путь Карлито" или "Лицо со шрамом". А вместо этого неприятного во всех отношениях Аль Пачино - Ванечку Урганта или Максима Галкина... И чтоб все кончилось хорошо!))) Йопта.
Edward

Writer's Block: Tobacco road

Would you want your city to outlaw smoking on public streets? Why or why not?
As much as I hate cigarettes, it would never work. I'd rather (if someone was going to do something about it) that they enforce tougher laws on not smoking at bus stops. I hate it when I'm standing there and someone lights up. Inconsiderate much?
ballsy

Writer's Block: Tobacco road

Would you want your city to outlaw smoking on public streets? Why or why not?

You know what? Yes. Yes, I do think it should be outlawed on public streets. Not because I think there's some health concern - I'm a former smoker, and I'll concede that any health concerns I may have over secondhand smoke are probably trumped by the first-hand kind. (Not to mention it's outside, and if I'm that worried over the state of the air outside, I should be lobbying far more enthusiastically to ban cars.) You know why I want it banned? 
People who can't be arsed to throw their butts away. It's fucking littering. We pick up THOUSANDS from the beaches each year at the beach cleanups. No lie, thousands - I've been beachmaster a few years running now; I'm the one keeping the count sheets. 
I know a lot of people who do smoke, and who would be utterly outraged at the sight of someone throwing their coffee cup, candy wrapper, or whathaveyou on the beach, the trail, the street - but who toss cigarette butts like it's not a thing. This blows my mind. It's the same goddamn thing. So yeah, ban them, and enforce the ban. 

Writer's Block: Tobacco road

For several reasons starting with the fact that we are a city based on tourism and if people can't smoke walking down the street then they won't come here. Also, while I understand the health issues behind banning smoking and the whole second hand smoke thing have we forgotten that smokers are people too? They have rights. If you make it illegal to smoke while walking down the street you are basically giving them less rights than most of your common criminals. It is bad enough that smoking has been banned in so many places including the prisons where lets face it they have already lost so much, which admittedly, they do deserve but really, this is getting ridiculous. Next it is going to be that you can't smoke in your own car. I wonder how much smoking has actually increased due to all the anti smoking stuff has really started popping up.

Writer's Block: Tobacco road

Would you want your city to outlaw smoking on public streets? Why or why not?
Like so many other things that we do to excess, tobacco can ruin lives. But so can excessive alcohol, excessive high-calorie foods, excessive weight loss (anorexia), excessive sodium (but apparently for only 10% of the population), excessive online gaming, etc., etc., etc.

I've been known to smoke a cigarette at a party here and there. I've never gotten addicted, so unlike the addicts, I still get a nice buzz from it. I don't do it very often because nicotine is a stimulant that interferes with my concentration and sleep. The effects on me are going to be less than what I get from being around diesel exhaust. It's your 3-pack-a-day smokers who are the ones who are getting lung cancer. Tobacco is highly addictive (for most people, I assume), so people have trouble quitting. Quitting results in stress, headaches, and weight gain. For them, it would have been better to never start in the first place.

But having personal freedom, like we believe we do in the USA, involves having the freedom to make choices that may go wrong. And we just have to learn to control the risks. It's one thing to restrict smoking in enclosed places. Smoking CAN be unhealthy, and so it makes sense to avoid concentrating it. But in the open air? That's absurd. We're harmed more by vehicle exhaust and other pollution than we ever would be from tobacco smoke. Let's outlaw the soot bellowing out of our cars before we outlaw smoking.

Outlawing smoking would just treat a symptom. If people couldn't smoke, they'd abuse nicorette and abuse some other substance. The real problem is that too many Americans lack self-control. Discipline. It's discipline (and ambition) that drives you to accomplish goals. It's also discipline that keeps one from overdoing it with a recreational drug. Or watching too much TV. Or playing too much World of Warcraft. It takes discipline to eat a varied diet with lots of vegetables, but the rewards in terms of well-being are great; too bad so many people can't bring themselves to do it.

My personal struggle with addition is with caffeine. When you step back and look at it, $2.60 x 2 per day for a cup of flavored water from Star Bucks is a bit ridiculous. That's nothing like the expense or plight of a chain smoker, but it's analogous on a small scale. I was driven to have my coffee. The problem was that coffee would give me a major spike of nervous energy (that made it hard to concentrate) followed by a crash (that also made it hard to concentrate). It's also possible that I may have a mild intolerance (like a food allergy, but not deadly) to coffee beans. This interfered with my work. It's been hard, but I've switched to black tea. I don't get the sudden spikes, but I do get some benefits from caffeine, and I don't get the withdrawal symptoms of quitting entirely. Some of you may not think that caffeine addition is in the same class as nicotine addition, but ask anyone who's tried to quit caffeine how hard it is. The headaches are murder.