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JEMAIL: McFadden, Michael J. [MC1973] “salami tactics” and liberty


John, given some of your past postings on politics I thought you might be interested in this:

I was looking up the origin of the concept of “slicing the salami” as a method of bringing about drastic and fundamental changes one little step at a time and I ran across this note in Wikipedia about a television satire that was aired LONG before the current Ukraine situation:

“The term “salami tactics” was used in the British political satire, Yes Prime Minister in Series 1, Episode 1, “The Grand Design”. In this episode, the prime minister’s chief scientific advisor opines that the Soviets won’t suddenly invade western Europe, but will annex areas slice by slice and thus Prime Minister Jim Hacker realizes he will never get to push the nuclear button to stop the Soviets.”

It was also popularized by Hitler and possibly Mussolini in terms of annexing territories and removing political freedoms.

The popular “story” used to illustrate the concept concerns a worker at a butcher’s shop who would get fired if he threw an entire salami over his shoulder and walked out with it at the end of a workday. However, if during the course of his workdays he just popped an extra slice in his mouth each time he was cutting a salami for a customer he’d get the whole thing scot-free!

And finally, it’s used by today’s antismoking movement, as stated in no-smoke.org’s 2009 guidebook for activists, “Fundamentals of SmokeFree Workplace Laws” ( http://www.no-smoke.org/pdf/CIA_Fundamentals.pdf ) in which activists are told that to reach the final goal of a total societal ban,

“you might need to take incremental steps (starting with smokefree non-hospitality workplaces and restaurants, then bars and gaming facilities). But along the way, never accept a compromise that will prevent you from reaching that ultimate goal. Preemption, ventilation, smoking areas and accommodation compromises, for example, create roadblocks to achieving 100% smokefree laws in the future.”

Michael J. McFadden
Peace Studies, 1973

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[JR: This was also an old mainframe legend that was called “salami slicing” where financial systems programmers would “save” the fractions of cents from rounding errors into “special accounts” that paid off to them. I remember being on teams in the 60’s and 70’s reviewing code for such exploits. Laff. Thanks for the laugh! Sadly, all to true.]

McFadden, Michael J. [MC1973]

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JFOUND: McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973) an old comment comes up as new


NJ Discussing Smoking Ban At Beaches And Parks
Posted: Feb 20, 2014 8:30 AM EST Updated: Mar 06, 2014 8:31 AM EST

Michael J. McFadden · Following · Top Commenter · Manhattan College

Yes, I’m very concerned about smokers setting all that sand and those oceans on fire. Clearly a major problem. Perhaps we should transfer spending over from basic health care for poor people and rebuilding the slums in Camden and Newark to this effort? And then we can ban casinos — an obvious source of impoverishment for our poor — and cover the losses with a modest property tax hike for the state … not much, maybe just 50% or so?

Will there be special provisions built into the law to make sure that smokers are especially targeted for litter? I wouldn’t want to see some poor soul who’s dumping some old tires, abandoned autos, fast food wrappings, newspapers etc, get hit with the same fines as someone who taps an ash off the end of their cigarette!

As for secondhand smoke — definitely a concern, particularly right after cars are banned — which is something we need to do YESTERDAY!

Yep, NJ can be a Garden State with a little bit of effort. Oh! One final note: we need to get rid of the unseen, odorless, but nonetheless unarguably deadly ethyl alcohol fumes — a Class A Carcinogen the same as tobacco smoke — from NJ restaurants!

Michael J. McFadden
Author of “TobakkoNacht — The Antismoking Endgame”
Reply · Like · Follow Post · February 20 at 9:57pm

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McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973)

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michaeljmcfadden commented on JFOUND: McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973) an old comment comes up as new

2014-Apr-07 NJ Discussing Smoking Ban At Beaches And ParksPosted: Feb 20, 2014 8:30 AM EST Updated: Mar 06, 2014 8:31 AM …

Odd. No idea why that would have popped up! LOL! It’s not something I’d ordinarily send in!


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JFound: Fenton, Dennis M. [MC1973] BoD Nora Therapeutics



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Nora Therapeutics Expands Board of Directors with Appointment of Dennis M. Fenton [Global Data Point]

(Global Data Point Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) During his 25-year tenure at Amgen, he had executive leadership roles in operations, manufacturing, engineering, process development, and sales and marketing.

“We are very pleased to welcome Dennis to Nora’s board of directors,” said Donald Hayden, Chairman of Nora’s board of directors. “Having served on several boards of biopharmaceutical companies during their formative periods, Dr. Fenton has insights, expertise, and experience that will be invaluable to Nora as we advance our lead compound, NT100, toward the marketplace,” added Jeffrey K. Tong, Ph.D., President and CEO of Nora Therapeutics.

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Fenton, Dennis M. [MC1973]

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JEMAIL: Kuhn, Rob (MC1973) recommends the 168th Street elevator


from: Kuhn, Rob (MC1973)
to: Reinke FJohn 
cc: Reinke FJohn 
date: Sun, Mar 23, 2014 at 7:51 PM
subject: The A Train and 168th Street


For anyone heading from Jasperland to the uptown Port Authority at 178th Street, the 168th Street transfer between the A and the 1 was essential — or at least helpful. I did that regularly — toting my laundry — to get the No. 20 Red & Tan Line bus to Pearl River in Rockland County; that bus dropped me right at the end of my block.


[[ Sorry ... not sure what's a good email address for you; I guess I could message you at Facebook or LinkedIn if necessary. ]]

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[JR: Got it. All roads lead to the same place. Laugh! Guess I’ll have to add that elevator to my bucket list.]

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JEMAIL: McFadden, Michael J. [MC1973] disagrees with the “Marriage” endnote


michaeljmcfadden commented on ENDNOTE: “Marriage” versus “partnership law”

2014-Mar-22 http://www.wnd.com/2014/03/catholic-church-dissecting-gay-unions/?cat_orig=faith TESTING THE FAITHCATHOLIC CHURCH …

John, I’d disagree with you here. I think the term “marriage” has gone far beyond any simple religious denomination’s recognition of legal partnership. Athiests get married, Jews get married, Hindus get married, Muslims get married. “Civil Partnerships” and “marriage licenses” are just state trappings laid on top of such unions so governments can keep track of people, tax them properly, deal with questions of treatment of children, and help sort out what happens legally when such partnerships break up.

The idea of gay couples formally being recognized as being in a “marriage” relationship with each other is new, but it certainly seems to make sense in terms of similar government/legal responsibilities, and I don’t see why, just because some religions use the term for their own recognitions of a couple joining together in that sort of relationship, the term marriage should be withheld with an insistence that only something like “civil partnership” should be used. In Muslim countries, if a Christian man and woman want to form such a relationship, do the Muslims claim it’s not a “marriage” simply because it didn’t get performed in a mosque?

Alternatively, and perhaps this is what you are proposing (?), governments could get rid of the term marriage altogether and simply open the door to everyone to form “civil partnerships” that would be treated on equal legal grounds?


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[JR: (1) Well, I hear you, but the Gooferment got involved to keep the “wrong color people” from marrying the “the wrong color people”. It’s always about control. And the Sheeple went along. (2) In Muslim countries, Christinas get killed. (3) Exactly my point. The Gooferment should get out of the marriage buz and, if there is a need for a formal structure — and I am not sure there is, then partnerships and contracts should be used. (4) Thanks for the comment. Not always sure that anyone is out there. Except the comment spammers.]

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COMMENT: McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973) did the 168th elevator too

michaeljmcfadden commented on JEMAIL: Toner, Mike (MC1972) disagrees about the A train and Jasper-ness


>Dear f. John, I wonder why you would offer the opinion that an A train
>rider would likely not be a Jasper? I was …

Well, going back a bit…. The F train from Brooklyn to West 4th, and then the A train to the 168th switchover was quite the norm. Whole trip took maybe ??75 minutes?? at a good time, maybe two hours or more at 3am on a Sunday night.

Those late nights at 168th were amazing. I was almost always the ONLY person sitting around at that station at those hours. Does it still look the same? Antique lighting fixtures and amazingly huge white tile arched ceiling?

Is the elevator still a dilapidated iron monstrosity?

Michael J. McFadden
Peace Studies, ’73

McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973)

[JR: Guess I was the only one who didn’t use it?]

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John, if you didn’t use it you missed out on something neat. That ride from 59th to 125th was truly amazing! You felt like you were flying as one station after another just zoomed past!

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JGOOGLE+:McFadden, Michael J. [MC1973] gets hated



Michael McFadden
Shared publicly12:35 PM

The “Wall Of Hate” poster created from the four pages of hate comments summarized in one section of TobakkoNacht. All the collected comments are real examples taken from files collected over the years on the net. During my book events I hang a 45″ x 30″ poster of this (along with a selection of other posters) on a wall for people to examine as they are waiting for the event to begin.

- Michael

2014 03 07 MCFADDEN

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michaeljmcfadden commented on JGOOGLE+:McFadden, Michael J. [MC1973] gets hated

2014-Mar-07 FROM GOOGLE+ Michael McFaddenShared publicly12:35 PM The “Wall Of Hate” poster created from the four pages of hate …


I hadn’t realized this would be picked up by Jottings… I guess that’s how a Google+ mailing works though! LOL! In any event, a brief explanation: At one point in “TobakkoNacht — The Antismoking Endgame” I explore the social harms caused by the antismoking movement and also look at the calm acceptance of the buildup of an atmosphere of hate. I was puzzled at first as to how to share the extent of the problem effectively: anecdotal examples are usually and justly brushed off as simply being meaningless outlier “anecdotal examples” pulled from a few kooks.

I decided to break up the more scholarly rhythm of the chapter by grouping a representative set of brief examples I’d seen in my years of internet reading into a condensed solid mass squeezed without spacing into two sets of facing pages — a sort of Orwellian Bible of “Twor Minutes of Hate” readings. Then when it came time to begin doing public presentations and readings I took those four pages and converted them into a 30″ x 45″ wall poster for people to examine, along with other posters, as a group for an event was gathering. Three, four, or five “tales” are anecdotal examples: when those tales multiply into the hundreds they become something else.

This “Wall Of Hate” was the end product:


and together with the Author’s Preface at http://TobakkoNacht.com it explains a lot about why I felt there was such a need for this book and how it grew out of my Peace Studies efforts during my years at Manhattan College. Those interested in reading further can borrow the book from MC’s library or order one through Amazon if they wish.

Michael J. McFadden
Peace Studies, 1973

[JR: No escaping the “internet vacuum cleaner” focused on all things Jasper.]

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JFOUND: McFadden, Michael J. [MC1973] pro-freedom, pro-science, anti-overpowering-government-control, anti-manipulation-through-dishonest-propaganda



Guest Author Michael J. McFadden


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Before anti-smoking lobbyists leap to condemn my Guest Author of today, me, my blog or my parentage, may I just state that I am in agreement with Voltaire when he said:

“I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it”

The Tale of a Smokin’, Bicyclin’, Peace Activist…

Michael J. McFadden grew up in Brooklyn in the ’60s, studied Peace Studies and Peace Research at Manhattan College (BA) and the U of PA’s Wharton Graduate School, and then moved to being an activist/trainer in a nonviolence commune, canvassing door-to-door for an anti-nuke group, organizing bicycle activism, and eventually writing two books aimed at fighting the antismoking movement.

So how does a hippie peace/bicycle activist become a pro-smoking activist and writer?

The answer is that I’m NOT a “pro-smoking” anything: I’m a pro-freedom, pro-science, anti-overpowering-government-control, anti-manipulation-through-dishonest-propaganda activist and writer.

The first five sentences of my first book, the 380 page “Dissecting Antismokers’ Brains” published in 2004 are as follows:

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JFOUND: Fahey, John M. Jr. [MC1973] Appointed to Smithsonian Board of Regents



John Fahey Appointed to Smithsonian Board of Regents
Posted February 26th, 2014 by Smithsonian Ins…

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John Fahey, former CEO of the National Geographic Society, has been appointed a member of the Smithsonian’s Board of Regents. President Barack Obama signed the resolution Feb. 21 appointing him as a citizen regent. Fahey’s six-year term begins immediately. Fahey continues to serve as chairman of the National Geographic Society.

The 17-member Smithsonian Board of Regents includes nine citizen members, three members of the House of Representatives and three members of the Senate, as well as the chief justice of the United States and the vice president, both ex officio voting members. The Board of Regents is the governing body of the Smithsonian Institution.

Fahey takes the board position vacated by Roger Sant, a resident of Washington, D.C., who served two six-year terms as a regent. The Board of Regents meets four times a year at the Smithsonian. Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. presides over the meetings as chancellor, and John McCarter is the Chair of the Board.

Fahey joined National Geographic in 1996 as the first vice president and CEO of National Geographic Ventures, the non-profit organization’s business subsidiary. He later served as president of the Society (1998–2010) and CEO (1998–2011).

During his tenure at National Geographic, Fahey led the organization into cable TV with National Geographic Channel and expanded the reach of the National Geographic magazine to include 39 foreign-language editions. He also spearheaded programs for fellows, explorers-in-residence and a variety of grant-making projects around the world.

Fahey currently serves on the board of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and the board of Johnson Outdoors Inc. He was selected as one of Advertising Age magazine’s top 100 marketers and by Irish American magazine as one of their top 100 Irish Americans. He is a resident of Washington, D.C.

Born in New York City, Fahey earned his bachelor’s degree at Manhattan College and his MBA at the University of Michigan. In 2008, he received the David D. Alger Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

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JFOUND: O’Brien, James F. [MC????] is a Lawyer in Jericho, NY



O’Brien, James F. [MC????] is a Lawyer in Jericho, NY

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Dear John,

I believe that James is a member of the Class of 1973.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

O’Brien, James F. [MC1973]

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