Monthly Archives: August 2011

Can’t Explain

Last night’s Tall Story grew out of me trying to explain the problem with the smoking ban in some new way. Essentially, if you discriminate in favour of one social group (in this case, short people) you’re bound to discriminate … Continue reading

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Tall Story

Once upon a time there was a country called Bananaland or something which had lots of pubs. And everyone enjoyed going to the pubs. Fat people went to them, and thin people. Tall people and short people. Brown people and … Continue reading

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Two Antismokers I’ve Known

I suppose I’ve been lucky in my life (or maybe unlucky) to have known a couple of active antismokers. By that I don’t mean hand-wavers and coughers, but people who were professionally active in the antismoking cause: movers and shakers. … Continue reading

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The Dawn of the Cosmic Ray Era?

In other news this past week, the results of the CLOUD experiment at CERN have been released. New, convincing evidence indicates global warming is caused by cosmic rays and the sun — not humans The science is now all-but-settled on … Continue reading

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Arrogant Conceited Doctors

Oh Gawwwwd! The Lancet could not be clearer on the obesity problem: Action is needed – and needed now. The world-renowned medical journal has devoted a large chunk of this week’s issue to the problem. A series of articles published … Continue reading

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Magical Thinking

One of the things that bothers me about current scaremongering is that it always seems to be a very small influence that is supposed to cause a very large effect. So trace amounts of tobacco smoke in the atmosphere are … Continue reading

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Insiders and Outsiders

It puzzles me sometimes why there are no moves towards finding a compromise solution to the smoking problem, by allowing separate smoking rooms in pubs, or separate smoking pubs. But I think the answer to this is that the antismokers … Continue reading

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