Authority does not care about saving lives. Authority only really cares about always having the means to be able to catch those questioning authority.
Many people here need to read 'in praise of idleness' from Bertrand Russell'.
Whereas you technically are right, you underestimate the force of the social paradigm. Of course, you are 'free' to act otherwise, but then if that was practiced by the majority, capitalism would collapse. Because it is an economic system which capitalizes on the vices you mentioned.
Your 'can't make up your minds' statement makes it appear as if the "contemporary capitalistic dominant value system" can't be at the same time hedonistic, materialistic, and consumption oriented AND making people 'long-term focused health nuts'. At the very least, obsessing with your health makes you buy a shitload of diet complements and fantasize that all the problems caused to your body by stress will be relieved, leaving you free to enjoy life. I'm not the one to be held accountable for the inherent capitalism contradictions.
As I'm not a communist either, I will sure agree that it forces you to be productive, but it would be missing the elephant in the room if you denied that also capitalism forces you to be productive. Although the nature of 'forcing' changes a little: In the one case you are forced with real force, where in the other case you are pointed to the cheese in the mousetrap, which is the wealth that one person out of 1000 achieves through capitalism.
Logic is a path to follow in order to reach a predefined purpose.
Smoking can't be illogical per se. Facts cannot be illogical and indeed, people do smoke.
Now, here, in declaring that smoking is illogical, the contemporary capitalistic dominant value system is implied, defining as purpose the 'long live (and be productive...)' doctrine. But if somebody takes pleasure in smoking and the purpose he has define for his life is to dive in pleasures, then smoking is perfectly logical. The possibility of cancer is the price he accepts to pay in order to maintain his values and purposes.
That being said, people who impose their smoke on others are antisocial moronic douchebags.
Should we start checking our own DNA for encoded files from our deep ancestors?
Oh, haven't you got the memo? The American Dream is long over. Seems like the earth is not able to sustain a life like that that you think you deserve.
It's funny how the 'keep internet open, free and without restrictions' doctrine is regarded as 'regulation', whereas the 'let companies regulate internet in any way they wish' is regarded as 'no regulation'. It's the 'market will find its balance' joke.
... a toilet with bugs... now that's disgusting!
add a Hollywood feeding endless violence, and a gun culture and guess what you get.
who would have thought!
I have a dedicated remote server which (among other things) exports via iSCSI a partition on a RAID 5.
On each of the backup-ed PCs/servers a cron script connects to the iSCSI target, open the LUKS volume on the target, and mounts the FS. Then the backup-ed PC/server runs rsnapshot to create a snapshot of its current status. So I can retrieve anything from any of the backuped servers/PCs as it was at anytime. Plus, I don't have to trust anyone on the remote server site because everything leaves the backuped servers/PCs encrypted. Works like a charm!
The writer dismisses all too easy the fear of losing privacy, just because there are technical solutions, as if it was a matter of technical difficulties. The State will not allow this because it will lose power (over people's lives).
finding a captcha is on the verge of proving that you ARE indeed a robot...
Of course he is trolling, consciously or unconsciously.
You can't bring as an argument in favor of the proposed law the opinion of someone who's kid has been abducted! He's too biased to think rational, and you can't build a law on top of such a bias.
And needless to say, as has been proven multiple times, child abuse has been an ideal means to build consensus on limiting free speech which threatens Their Democracy.