My cold is no worse. I’ve spent the day dozing and reading State of Fear.
H/T Leg-iron, for this:
In Silicon Valley, Sitting Is the New Smoking
People spend 9.3 hours per day on their derrieres, eclipsing even the 7.7 hours they spend sleeping. Their sedentary lifestyles contribute 10 percent of the risk of breast and colon cancer, 6 percent of the risk of heart disease, and 7 percent of the risk of type 2 diabetes.
The (ahem) bottom line is that sitting is a (usually) silent killer.
“Sitting is so incredibly prevalent that we don’t even question how much we’re doing it ,” Merchant told the TED audience. “And because everyone else is doing it, it doesn’t even occur to us that it’s not OK.”
“In that way, sitting has become the smoking of our generation.”
And H/T correspondent blackcornflake for this:
Showing cigarette brands on fictional TV shows is “unnecessary” and of “questionable legality”, experts have said after they found that tobacco branding is “particularly common” in popular soap Coronation Street.
Researchers said there should be tighter regulations on television programmes with “gratuitous depictions of tobacco” after they found that one in eight programmes show people smoking and 34% contain some form of content relating to tobacco.
The authors, from the University of Nottingham and King’s College London, said smoking in films is a common cause of children’s smoking experimentation and uptake….
The authors wrote: “Tobacco content remains present in a third of all primetime free-to-air television programmes broadcast in the UK. Although much of this imagery comprised paraphernalia including no smoking signs, actual tobacco use occurred in 12% of programmes, predominantly feature films, reality television and comedy genres.”
Barking madness, both of them.