Monthly Archives: April 2013

Endgame – The case for Abolition

H/T Walt for the vainglorious Tobacco Endgame, and in particular Robert Proctor’s Case for Abolition. I’m a bit of a fan of Robert Proctor’s book, the Nazi War on Cancer, which lifted the lid on the hitherto unknown (to me, anyway) Nazi … Continue reading

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The Golden 4 Percent

A paragraph in a Telegraph blog: Margaret Thatcher listened to voters – now it’s Nigel Farage who hears their despair Much of the blame lies in an obsession with voting technology, which has now persuaded party leaders that they can win … Continue reading

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Tobacco Year 2

Today I finally got round to sprinkling a few tobacco seeds on top of some damp Grow Bag soil, covered with clingfilm on my window sill. It’s a bit late in the year to start, but if the Bulgarian seeds … Continue reading

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Same As It Ever Was

Back home again, after house-sitting for my brother. Nothing has changed. Same as it ever was: “There are people who just need a cause that’s bigger than themselves,” said Happer. “Then they can feel virtuous and say other people are … Continue reading

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The Looting Continues

It seems that, not content with the Cyprus deal that was done a few weeks back, that cleaned out unsecured depositors in Cypriot banks, the EU now wants Cyprus’ gold as well. It brought a strong response from the Telegraph’s International … Continue reading

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Rocket Science

A comment on Dick Puddlecote drew my attention to this remark: “I am not a dietician, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know a candy bar with 360 calories is not as healthy as another with 220 calories,” … Continue reading

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The Lost World

I don’t have a television set these days, so it’s something of a novelty for me, whenever I stay at my brother’s house, to watch it again. Back last November/December, TV was pretty dull. It’s been much better this time, … Continue reading

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Moving the Goal Posts

H/T Dick Puddlecote: And Now For The Outdoor Snus Ban If you thought Bloomberg’s ban on smoking in 29,000 acres of New York parks – and California banning e-cigs everywhere – was insane, wait till you get a load of … Continue reading

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From Idealism to Realism

Even in death, Margaret Thatcher has been proving divisive, even in the comments here. It’s reminded me that over the years I’ve been making a slow transition from idealism to realism. And back when Thatcher was Prime Minister I was … Continue reading

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Sic Transit

When I learned of the death of Margaret Thatcher (via Harleyrider in the comments), I guessed that it would totally dominate the news for the rest of the day, if not the rest of the week. And so it did … Continue reading

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