The Ebola Handshake

Ebola may have not been in the headlines much in the run-up to the US mid-term elections, but there’s still news to be found. First the good news from Liberia:

The Red Cross collected 117 bodies in the last full week of October in and around Monrovia, compared with a peak of 315 a week.

And the not quite so good news from Sierra Leone:

Ebola in Sierra Leone is ‘spreading nine times faster than two months ago’, campaigners warn

Perhaps because some of them are starving:

A group of aid agencies says that thousands of people in Sierra Leone are being forced to violate Ebola quarantines to find food because deliveries are not reaching them.

But a formidable new weapon has been unveiled by Samantha Power, the US ambassador to the UN: the Ebola handshake.

ebola handshake.jpg

And the story is changing:

Ebola Is Now “Aerostable” And Can Remain On Surfaces For 50 Days

And there is far more uncertainty about the disease than has been said:

For instance, virologists believe that Ebola is spread when people come in contact with the virus-laden bodily fluids of those who are already sick and then touch their eyes, nose or mouth, allowing the virus to pass through mucous membranes and enter the bloodstream.

But penetration through intact skin has not been definitively ruled out, said hemorrhagic-fever expert Thomas Ksiarek of the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), who co-led a session on Ebola’s transmission routes.

“Does bleach or hand sanitizer,” which people in West Africa are using to protect themselves from Ebola, “make the skin more susceptible” to being penetrated by the virus?, Peters wondered. “It’s a question that has to be asked.”

Another crucial question is whether the virus can be spread by people who do not show symptoms. For months public health officials in the United States and elsewhere have insisted it cannot.

But the possibility of such “subclinical transmission” remains very much open, said Dr. Andrew Pavia, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Utah….

Health officials emphasize the importance of taking the temperature of those exposed to Ebola, since people are not thought to be infectious until they run a fever of 100.4 F. (38 C). But at what temperature patients start shedding virus is not definitively known, said Dr. Michael Hodgson, chief medical officer of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Environmental mysteries also remain. Scientists do not know whether foam, gas, or liquid decontaminants are most effective for cleaning surfaces that might harbor Ebola.

But the WHO are stepping up to the plate:

they are meeting in Benin this week; on the agenda is the election of a new regional director.

And, back from the WHO’s £1 million secret Moscow antismoking conference, WHO Director General Margaret “Caviar” Chan has been pointing her finger at the guilty men:

In unusually strident comments, Dr Margaret Chan, the director-general of the WHO, attacked drug companies and said that the reason clinicians were “empty-handed” was because “a profit-driven industry does not invest in products for markets that cannot pay”

And finally, the Islamic State may use Ebola as a weapon against the West:

In a somewhat stunning announcement, Spain’s State Secretary for Security, Francisco Martinez, said in an address to the parliament, that extremists connected to the Islamic State (the terrorist organization formerly known as ISIS) have been considering using Ebola as a weapon against the West.

Still, looking on the bright side, at least we have a new handshake.

 

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  1. Lord Galleywood says:

    A great read as usual – Cheers Frank, nudge nudge wink wink.

    • Supergran says:

      “Another crucial question is whether the virus can be spread by people who do not show symptoms. For months public health officials in the United States and elsewhere have insisted it cannot.”
      Jesus, WHO in their RIGHT mind would believe a single bleeding word of the shite that Public Health officials ever say again???? Frank, we here (hehe – like a second family) have come to the point where we dont trust, believe, care what these morons have to say. According to all these puritans the SMOKING epidemic is their main concern – well why not??? they make MILLIONS£ out of it, long careers, golden handshakes etc. Never in my life had I ever imagined that Public Health, WORLD Health Org et al wouldn’t give a shit about disease, poverty, malnutrition and misery to name but a few. I bet if they had their way, they would rather Ebola bugger off, so they can carry on with their cushy anti smoking crap (hmmmm yeah, remember the Moscow fiasco? Ebola running rife and their leader had a choice – Ebola or Smoking?) They appall and disgust me and every week they disgust me more. The one thing I will say though and I wish more people would, is that you should NEVER believe a word they say. They find a bunch of geeks and give them a conclusion i.e. “third hand smoke kills more than the Black Death” and this bunch of geeks will come up with that. I would DIE of shame were I a professor / scientist / researcher these days. To think it often takes them years and years to prove themselves in their professions only to end up being Public Health sycophants (lick-arse yes men to me and you). Selling themselves out to the highest bidder. I guess there aint much money to be made in research anymore – unless it’s for Big Pharma or Public Health, WHO etc.

      • beobrigitte says:

        I would DIE of shame were I a professor / scientist / researcher these days.

        Nope. They go along with who puts the butter on their bread.

      • beobrigitte says:

        “Another crucial question is whether the virus can be spread by people who do not show symptoms. For months public health officials in the United States and elsewhere have insisted it cannot.”

        The WHO insisted that it needs to attend a meeting (in secret) in Moscow as Ebola wasn’t as bad as smoking.
        Fact: I am still here after 45 years of smoking. How many Ebola infected people can say that?

  2. “a profit-driven industry does not invest in products for markets that cannot pay”

    It would appear that Margaret Chan is a communist!

    extremists connected to the Islamic State…have been considering using Ebola as a weapon against the West.

    Only ‘considering’ eh? How reassuring to know that Spain’s Secretary for Security has all the minutes from ‘ISIS’ meetings! And not just ‘terrorists’ either, some of those non-violent ‘extremists’ are thinking about it too! If you don’t believe the government, you are but one step away from ‘terrorism’. Be vigilant! Be pure.

    • beobrigitte says:

      And finally, the Islamic State may use Ebola as a weapon against the West

      Obscessed people use anything – so, yes, this could well be.

      And not just ‘terrorists’ either, some of those non-violent ‘extremists’ are thinking about it too!

      Hm. WHO are these non-violent extremists?

  3. harleyrider1978 says:

    REPUBLICANS SWEEP THE COUNTRY……………Landslide wins PLUS SEVEN GAIN AND CONTROL OF THE SENATE wit Mitch McConnell as the new PRO-TOBACCO PRO-SMOKING MAJORITY LEADER! SENATOR Mitch of Kentucky good show and you got my vote today at 12:12 today!

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Its the END of it now!

      The progressives have been defeated and now onto crush their agenda and laws.

    • waltc says:

      Add that Republicans also swept the governorships, even in traditionally liberal states. Otoh, on the state level, that doesn’t always mean a win for smokers.

    • mikef317 says:

      Let me know when Mitch McConnell introduces a bill to eliminate the position of Surgeon General.

      Nationwide, of all elections, was there one where smoking was a topic of debate?

      Regarding tobacco, Republicans aren’t as bad as Democrats, but they’re hardly the smoker’s friend.

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        Mike just so you know Mitch is the friend of tobacco and Big Coal…………..As is Sen. Rand Paul………..Yes we have things to be encouraged about now. Both From Kentucky a mega Burley Tobacco state! Burley is whats in 80% of cigarettes smoked.

        Now we got heard! The People spoke and it said we hate big overbearing government.

        Does that mean tomorrow a ban gets repealed…………..Nope that’s to quick but it does mean we are on the road to Repeals…………

      • beobrigitte says:

        Feel free to correct me – on one hand:

        Although I do think Mitch McConnell got very little when comparing this with what e.g. Glantz got out of tobacco control….

        Then we read:
        http://www.hillbillyreport.org/diary/5176/senator-mitch-mcconnell-rats-out-john-boehner-for-smoking-in-federal-building-video

        That leaves to wonder what is Mitch McConnell’s actual point of view.

        The English are better off; we all know what Farage thinks about the smoking ban. Right now, though, I do believe that tobacco control is trying to lean on UKIP….

        I sure would LOVE to miss the view of little old ladies being carted from their old folks’ homes to a hotel car park nearby for a simple cigarette on my next visit to the US.

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          Obama would like to have a bourbon with McConnell

          Yahoo News · 14 hours ago

          WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he’d enjoy sharing some Kentucky bourbon with Sen. Mitch McConnell. The Kentucky lawmaker was re-elected Tuesday…

          https://news.yahoo.com/obama-bourbon-mcconnell-203732718–politics.html

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          It was also Mitch who stepped in and stopped the embargo of certain Indonesian blended tobacco and flavors. That was in international treaties……………… The man has done quite a bit for Kentucky Burley Growers and especially on Canada import exports of tobaccos.

          Theres a whole slew of things Mitch has done for tobacco.

          The Video slot you picked was based on a question about tobacco and its use in medical medicine and other uses. It also led into medical Maryjane legalization on the Federal Level. Mitchs comment on smoking fumes to Boehners office was that’s where you find the MAJORITY…………………Meaning its a smokers haven in Boehners office. Boehner has the power to remove the smoking restrictions within the capitol buildings himself. But each member has his own authority within his spaces to allow smoking or not and its always been that way…………..

          Mitch does not support smoking bans…….PERIOD!

          The video is of a political meeting in Ky a campaign stop………….

          Each letter above in pdf is simply a thank you letter to that organization who sent a food stuff gift to get noticed by a big politician………

          Letters returned like that are doen in the thousands every year………….But did anyone find a campaign donation to him………Even Big Tobacco sends out campaign cash to demcorats and republicans and why!’

          To make sure you have an in with both parties…………

          If you listen to the whole tape it goes into COAL and using it not shutting it down!

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          BTW the signatures on those letter heads are usually done by staffers with by direction authority via a rubber stamp………..Its rare to see a hand written letter from an actual senator………….Its usually staffers answering back with thank yous…………….

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        No smoking wasn’t in any actual debate of this election……….It didn’t need to be. This was an election about overbearing government intrusion and a complete BIG NO TO OBAMA AND HIS PROGRESSIVES AGENDA which includes smoking bans and all the other horse hockey the libs did to create more enemies than anyone ever could on a single issue. It wasn’t a single issue campaign it was against the everything Obama stood for and his coalitions of public health Nazis. They know it,we know it and it left Owebama with a mouthful of total denial! Its at an end but its gonna take time that’s for sure to see it all end yet. Just know we are on the road back to smoking again.

  4. nisakiman says:

    There is an article about the Ebola situation on the BBC news site :

    Ebola crisis: A village fights back in Sierra Leone

    Although there are comments berating the pharmaceutical companies, the two comments I posted were both removed. My first comment was pointing out that the WHO anti-tobacco jamboree in Moscow cost £1.6m, for which the WHO could have provided 64,000 sets of protective clothing and 64,000 cleaning kits for households to protect against the disease, but that the WHO obviously considered persecuting smokers much more important than dealing with the Ebola crisis.

    The second just reinforced the first:

    Naturally, they dined on the finest caviar Moscow has to offer, and stayed in the best hotels. While people in the Ebola stricken countries in Africa couldn’t even afford the bottle of bleach to disinfect their homes.
    Oh yes, Tobacco Control is much more important. More money in that than in Ebola, after all.

    It seems that Tobacco Control is considered paramount in the MSM, trumping even Ebola. The BBC obviously couldn’t countenance any critisism of the WHO where Tobacco Control is concerned.

    • I’m pretty sick of mainstream censorship. I keep having to open new accounts on the Guardian because I get banned. Their moderators are obviously instructed not to allow anything un-PC. If it doesn’t fit in with cultural Marxism the comment is likely to be removed. My comment even mostly agreeing with Peter Hitchins last time at the Mail wasn’t approved, so I commented back that he’s likely just another Establishment shill.

      My blog is banned from Reddit, so I cross-posted on alternative WordPress blogs. I got away with it for quite a while, but I reckon someone has reported me because they didn’t like my views (left a comment on Reddit) and I started the posts with: DUE TO MY PROPER BLOG STILL BEING CENSORED BY REDDIT, ANOTHER ESTABLISHMENT FRONT, I HAVE ALSO HAD TO POST THIS HERE.

      I have been banned from commenting on both Tory and Labour’s Facebook pages, but not on the SNP’s on which I have been far more brutal, but to their credit, they have continued to tolerate my opinions of their indepretendence. I hardly said anything untoward on Labour’s – extremely mild opinions (for me) – but I had to be banished.

      Tons of MPs have unfriended me on FB and/or blocked me on Twitter. And they pretend to repent for not listening to the people – just before an election.

      The media and politicians are increasingly unrepresentative and unaccountable. We knew that, but it just gets worse so that even simply disagreeing or pointing to documented facts are culled.

    • beobrigitte says:

      Although there are comments berating the pharmaceutical companies, the two comments I posted were both removed. My first comment was pointing out that the WHO anti-tobacco jamboree in Moscow cost £1.6m, for which the WHO could have provided 64,000 sets of protective clothing and 64,000 cleaning kits for households to protect against the disease, but that the WHO obviously considered persecuting smokers much more important than dealing with the Ebola crisis.

      Isn’t it funny that the BBC NEVER mentioned the Moscow frivolity (on tax payers’ – thus also on SMOKERS’ expense) when they gave the criticsm on the WHO a 20 second slot?

  5. Rose says:

    ‘Witchmarks’ to ward off evil spirits discovered at National Trust house
    5th November

    ‘Witchmarks’ scratched in to hidden wooden beams to protect King James I from death have been found at Knole”

    “The mysterious markings were carved into hidden floorboards at Knole, in Kent, in the 17th century, shortly before the king was supposed to visit the home in the wake of the Gunpowder Plot.”

    “James Wright, MOLA buildings archaeologist, said: “King James I had a keen interest in witchcraft and passed a witchcraft law, making it an offence punishable by death and even wrote a book on the topic entitled Daemonologie.”
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/11208415/Witchmarks-to-ward-off-evil-spirits-discovered-at-National-Trust-house.html

    North Berwick witch trials

    In 1590 James VI presided over a witchcraft trial.

    “James became personally involved in this particular trial because he believed that Francis Stuart, 5th Earl of Bothwell, had plotted with a coven of witches to bring about his destruction. While sailing to Scotland to marry James, Anne of Denmark’s ship had met with trouble and James went to rescue her. On their return, their ship was nearly capsized in stormy seas. This was said to have happened while a coven witches gathered on the Auld Kirk Green in North Berwick.

    A confession from a Prestonpans schoolmaster named John Fian implicated Bothwell. This was enough to convince James that there had been a supernatural plot to raise a storm and kill him and his bride to be. It seemed that the Devil himself wanted the King dead.

    Fian’s confession was extracted under torture. When he finally faced execution, John Fian recanted. He took back everything he had confessed, saying he only told the tales for fear of torture. King James personally questioned some of the accused men and women. He later wrote a book about magic, sorcery and witchcraft called ‘Daemonologie’.”
    http: //www.educationscotland.gov.uk/scotlandshistory/unioncrownsparliaments/northberwickwwitchtrials/index.asp

    Key dates in the history of anti-tobacco campaigning

    1604
    “King James I of England, in his “counterblaste to Tobacco”, said that smoking is a “custome lothesome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, dangerous to the lungs, and in the black and stinking fume thereof, nearest resembling the horrible stygian smoke of the pit that is
    bottomless”.
    He was the first to impose a heavy tax on tobacco.

    1605
    “As a result of the King’s protestations the Royal College of Physicians held a debate on smoking.
    Many members-pipes in hands-dismissed the King’s views”
    http://www.ash.org.uk/files/documents/ASH_741.pdf

    A Matter of Authority: James I and the Tobacco War
    https: //escholarship.org/uc/item/283701r0

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      King Owebama and his anti-fat singing lady of school children horror bed time stories just got his agenda handed to him on an Ass platter!

      • Rose says:

        1604

        A Counterblaste to Tobacco
        King James I of England
        http://www.laits.utexas.edu/poltheory/james/blaste/blaste.html

        October 17th 1604

        “JAMES, by the Grace of God &c. to our right Trustie and right Welbeloved Cousen and Counsellor, Thomas Earle of Dorset our High Treasourer of Englande, Greetinge.”

        “We do therefore will and command you our Treasurer of Englande, and herebye also warrant and authorise you to geve order to all Customers Comptrollers Searchers Surveyors, and all other Officers of our Portes, that, from and after the sixe and twentith Day of October next comynge, they shall demaunde and take to our use of all Merchauntes, as well Englishe as Strangers, and of all others whoe shall bringe in anye Tabacco into this Realme, within any Porte Haven or Creek belonging to any theire severall Charges, the Somme of Six Shillinges and eighte Pence uppon everye Pound Waight thereof, over and above the Custome of Twoo Pence uppon the Pounde Waighte usuallye paide heretofore;”

        1605

        The Gunpowder Plot

        “Remember, remember, the 5th of November; Gunpowder, treason and plot; I see no reason why gunpowder, treason; should ever be forgot.”

        And it hasn’t. Four centuries later we still celebrate the capture of Guy Fawkes, under the House of Lords, with 36 barrels of gunpowder, matches and fuses, about to blow up King James I and his parliament.”
        http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/the_gunpowder_plot

        But that was about something else entirely.

        • Frank Davis says:

          Perhaps Guy Fawkes was really a smoker, and was so enraged by James’ Counterblaste to Tobacco that he decided to blaste him to kingdom come?

        • Rose says:

          Well, with a tobacco tax increase from two pence a pound to six shillings and eight pence in 1604, that might have briefly crossed quite a few minds.

        • beobrigitte says:

          Four centuries later we still celebrate the capture of Guy Fawkes, under the House of Lords, with 36 barrels of gunpowder, matches and fuses, about to blow up King James I and his parliament.”

          The 5th of November – my first ever one was quite enjoyable. There was a big fire, beer and then we all let off fireworks. When I asked why, I got the answer: “It’s Guy Fawkes’ night” – which meant absolutely nothing to me. But I do like fireworks and sitting with a beer around camp fires, so I decided to enjoy the night and ask my question later again.
          When finally learning about Guy Fawkes’ fate I had another question: WHY celebrating a bloke’s horrid death? He did NOT manage to blow up the House of the Lords, after all… And, isn’t this a bit strong stuff (I believe Guy Fawkes died a horrible death!) for the chiiiiildren you all take to the bonfires and fireworks?

        • Rose says:

          Brigitte, he did indeed, he was hung, drawn and quartered and when I was small, he was still burnt in effigy on top of the bonfires, which needless to say I strongly objected to.
          Since then in our family we have celebrated Bonfire Night instead, but I think that deep down Bonfire Night is really the continuation of a much older tradition from long before 1605.

  6. nisakiman says:

    Meanwhile, in The Daily Mash:

    Health minister Jeremy Hunt said: “Research shows that people who smoke those dirty little DIY cigarettes just don’t give a shit about anything.

    :)

  7. harleyrider1978 says:

    World | India

    After kiss protest, pro-smoking strike looms in Kerala

    Plan to protest ban against smoking in public places
    By Akhel Mathew, Correspondent
    Published: 19:02 November 4, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Authorities in Kerala who are still taking flak for the manner in which police handled the “Kiss of Love” protest event in Kochi on Sunday, may soon have a similar event to worry about.

    A group of public rights activists in Kannur are planning to hold a protest against the ban on smoking in public places by publicly smoking, local media reported.

    The organisers are planning to hold the event this month itself, near the old bus stand in Kannur.

    Among the demands the pro-smoking activists are making is that the authorities must earmark designated places for smokers to smoke in public places. The date and time for the event is yet to be decided.

    Their contention is that since cigarette and beedi (traditional form of tobacco) sales have not been banned by the state government, it is illogical to clamp down on public smoking.

    The state government clamped down on smoking in public places on the grounds that it affects the health of passive smokers.

    The protesters argue that when smoking is allowed in private places like homes, there is no logic in banning it in public places. They also point out that the toxic fumes from factories are significantly more damaging to health than the smoke from cigarettes.

    The organisers hope that the move will get strong public backing and that it will also be supported by the tens of thousands of people associated with cigarette and beedi manufacturing and distributing sectors.

    Meanwhile, police have registered cases against some 1,000 people who participated in the “Kiss of Love” event and those who opposed it, based on footage taken from the event.

    Those who opposed the event included the Yuva Morcha, the Bajrang Dal, the Kerala Students’ Union and the Campus Front.

    Meanwhile, the Facebook page of the Kiss of Love organisers, which had gone missing for a while on Monday after attracting more than 60,000 likes, came back to life soon after, and now has over 86,000 likes.

    The event was held to protest the increasing incidence of moral policing in Kerala, the latest of which featured Yuva Morcha activists vandalising a café in Kozhikode in October, alleging that “immoral activities” were going on there.

    Many writers and social activists came out in support of the Kiss of Love event to protest moral policing. The Kochi city police, however, denied permission for the event.

    http://gulfnews.com/news/world/india/after-kiss-protest-pro-smoking-strike-looms-in-kerala-1.1408218

    Could be now is the time to have public smoke ins around the world!

    Get a group walk into the best restaurant in town order get served then LITE UP!

    Make sure you have the Media there to cover the whole damned thing!

    • prog says:

      Yep, going it alone won’t work…..

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        Going it alone all across a city with about 100 would work equally well…………..Get the court system so back logged theyd pull there hair out. Its what happened in America during prohibition……….judges started tossing cases out rather than judge them.

      • nisakiman says:

        Heh! As well as being funny, the video really does illustrate the disingenuous and farcical nature of the ban. That it should come to this is nothing short of tragic.

  8. harleyrider1978 says:

    Velvet Glove, Iron Fist: Of course it’s prohibition, you fool

    velvetgloveironfist.blogspot.com

    http://velvetgloveironfist.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/of-course-its-prohibition-you-fool.html

  9. nisakiman says:

    I just came across this:

    A probe into underground tobacco sales has uncovered evidence of a booming black market trade in Perth which is putting young lives at risk and helping fund criminal enterprises like drugs and human trafficking.

    http://www.thecourier.co.uk/news/local/perth-kinross/perth-s-black-market-tobacco-trade-putting-lives-at-risk-1.663538

    So, surprise surprise, Scotland has a booming black market in tobacco. Perhaps someone should whisper “Laffer Curve” in the ears of the fools who think that continually ramping up taxes on tobacco is a good idea.

    “We went in with no prior knowledge about the trade in the city. Our purchasers approached smokers in the streets and simply asked them if they knew where they could buy some cheap cigarettes.”

    In less than three hours, the team had bought eight packets of cigarettes and three pouches of tobacco. The cheapest pack cost just £3.50 — less than half the price of a legitimate sale.

    It really isn’t rocket science.

    But then, I guess with Tobacco Control ‘science’ operating in a parallel universe where normal physical laws don’t apply, it makes perfect sense.

    • smokingscot says:

      I note zero comments. Not even from the drones!

      Possibly because The Courier isn’t exactly MSM, just a wee rag.

      Probably because bootleg fags – and booze – are commonplace.

      I came across a 24/7 in one of the less well off areas of Edinburgh, selling rolling tobacco pouches at £2.75 for 12.5g and £9.90 for 50g. Name I’d never heard of, so declined. On hearing this, a chap offered me Drum Blue at £10 for 50g. Unfortunately I don’t like the Blue, only their Yellow.

      Following day I passed through Amsterdam and got Drum Yellow as well as Amber Leaf. The later’s gone up from EURO 7.40 to 7.90 for 50g… bummer!

      • Some French bloke says:

        In Belgium these days, a pouch of 40 gr of Marlboro tobacco is at € 4.40.
        In nearby France, for the same amount and quality, be ready to fork out 10 euros.

  10. jltrader says:

    I’ve been looking at the worldwide cancer incidence here http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-info/cancerstats/world/incidence/#By at the male data only (because generally men smoke more). Leaving aside the ‘Japanese smoking paradox’ and concentrating only on Europe…it seems that where smoking and lung cancer incidence is low, for example in Sweden, other cancers like prostate more than compensate to bring the overall cancer incidence to similar levels across countries. Using the same distorted logic that prompted Doll to his studies in the 50s, falling smoking rates correlates with rising prostate cancer incidence, therefore, not smoking causes prostate cancer. :)) Austria has a much higher smoking rate than Sweden but the overall cancer incidence is very similar, 295 per 100.000 in Austria vs 296 per 100.000 in Sweden. How’s that for shutting up the anti smoking hysterics ?

    • nisakiman says:

      Yes, that is actually very interesting, and deserves further research. Thank you for that snippet of info. I wouldn’t have thought to look at overall cancer rates.

  11. cherie79 says:

    I am proud that I have never bought any tobacco products in this country since the ban. Fortunately I am able to travel easily to mainland Europe and have friends who live there too. In fact I hardly know any smoker in this area who does buy here, be mugs if they did. I believe smugglers are making more out of tobacco than drugs and safer too.

    • beobrigitte says:

      Cherie, I have not bought any tobacco in England since January this year. I buy only in countries that provide an ashtray in COMFORTABLE surroundings for me.
      Tomorrow I am off to add to my stash of American Spirit – after we visited the Greek guy for Gyros….

  12. waltc says:

    The Republican triumph doesn’t mean repeals of bans. It may mean the end of more tobacco taxes on the federal (but only the federal!) level and the end of the proposal to nationalize the 21 year old threshold for buying tobacco. As for other national nudges like the threat of withdrawing fed funding for colleges that don’t institute campus-wide bans, I believe that stuff is in the hands of the bureaucracies that function under the Executive branch and can’t –and in any case, won’t– be specifically overridden by congress. As for stuff on the state level, Republican governors have been all over the lot but mostly won’t buck their legislators when a ban or tax comes up.

  13. jltrader says:

    Here’s a thing I don’t get, maybe you have ideas: Giving the state of antismoking hysteria in the western world, how is it possible that several US states, and I guess others will follow, have legalized smoking pot ? If smoking a plant (tobacco) is so incredibly bad that’s being banned in more and more places, how can you legalize smoking another plant (cannabis) ? It makes no sense to me. I’ve read several times that had the cigarette been invented now, there’s no way it could have become legal…and yet smoking cannabis cigarettes is becoming legal. big puzzle to me

  14. beobrigitte says:

    First the good news from Liberia:

    The Red Cross collected 117 bodies in the last full week of October in and around Monrovia, compared with a peak of 315 a week.

    These are the ‘official’ figures although it has been pointed out over and over that this number is higher. Many people hide their ebola infected/deceased family members.
    Nevertheless, the epidemic in Liberia must have reached it’s peak and may be simply ‘burning out’ there.
    More than 2000 Liberians have died whilst WHO-Margaret & friends decided to exclude the public from their meeting in Moscow, milking the tax payer of $1.6 million dollar to – selfassured that the (pointless) FCTC and all it’s INHUMANE consequences for law abiding people was far more important than the Ebola EPIDEMIC – stuff their faces with caviar and go sight seeing when not lounging around in their allocated rooms in 5 star hotels.
    I WILL NEVER FORGET THIS and I hope that the Liberians won’t, either!!!

    And the not quite so good news from Sierra Leone:

    Ebola in Sierra Leone is ‘spreading nine times faster than two months ago’, campaigners warn

    Perhaps because some of them are starving:

    A group of aid agencies says that thousands of people in Sierra Leone are being forced to violate Ebola quarantines to find food because deliveries are not reaching them.

    Can Moscow-Margaret be found there?

    Starvation…. the WHO will be relying on a ‘new’ Bob Geldof to organise a world concert. Starving people are NOT on the WHO agenda. Neither are orphans.
    Back in SEPTEMBER:
    http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/sep/26/ebola-food-shortage-fears-liberia
    We don’t hear anything about this now, do we? Has crop been miraculously harvested and sold on the markets by the orphaned children?
    Apropos children; the WHO appears to be VERY interested in OUR children’s ‘welfare’ and pushes for smoking bans in PARKS (OUTSIDE!!! – The ceiling there seems to be awfully low?)

    But a formidable new weapon has been unveiled by Samantha Power, the US ambassador to the UN: the Ebola handshake.
    Ah, great. Under the microscope the fabric mesh of their shirts prevents the Ebola virus (when one of the two people who perform the “Ebola handshake” is beginning to be symptomatic of Ebola infection?

    It beggars belief!

    “Does bleach or hand sanitizer,” which people in West Africa are using to protect themselves from Ebola, “make the skin more susceptible” to being penetrated by the virus?, Peters wondered. “It’s a question that has to be asked.”

    What about the question of microscopic skin lesions we all have?

    Health officials emphasize the importance of taking the temperature of those exposed to Ebola, since people are not thought to be infectious until they run a fever of 100.4 F. (38 C). But at what temperature patients start shedding virus is not definitively known, said Dr. Michael Hodgson, chief medical officer of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

    Are health officials only of limited comprehension or simply too preoccupied with doddely issues, such as sugar, tobacco, alcohol, salt and repective fearmongering? ANY virus is shed the minute the infected cells ‘burst’ and thousands of little baby virae are released. (The ‘baby’ cold virae travel wonderfully and pretty far by making the host sneeze!)

    But the WHO are stepping up to the plate:

    they are meeting in Benin this week; on the agenda is the election of a new regional director.

    Indeed, priorties…..

    Q: You said in your talk that Ebola was “swimming in an ocean of national apathy, denial, and unpreparedness.” What did you mean?

    A: We were totally unprepared. After the first cases occurred in West Africa, it took almost 3 months for WHO to know. When the first patient came to Sierra Leone and died, his son brought him back to Guinea and as far as Sierra Leone was concerned, it was Guinea’s problem. People abandoned their duty, they denied the problem, and when it became a big problem they became incapable of handling it.

    Firstly: the WHO KNEW about the Ebola outbreak. It NEVER takes MSF 3 month to call for help!
    The WHO responded by withdrawing their staff and scheduling the trip to Moscow in order to invent yet more inhumane measures against smokers, also including vapers. (Lest not forget, we were only dictated the smoking ban because of this ultra-hyper-super-duper-passive smoke “damage”!)
    And, yes, the WHO DENIED the epidemic starting. Will the traumatised orphans left to face starvation haunt Margaret-Moscow-caviar-5-star-hotel-on-tax-payers’-expense-Chan in her sleep? Nope. It’s the fictional passive smoking dead that do.

    Do we need a WHO? What for?

  15. john, the non smoker says:

    I see that the save the children people, have got the begging bowl out again for the multiple thousands of children , who have been orphand by ebola, you would think that children would have been in close contact with their parents , has enyone ever asked why ,or how these children survived ?, do kids perhaps have some built in immunity?

    • beobrigitte says:

      The thing with children is that indeed they can fight viral infection much easier than adults. That is one reason why childhood viral diseases in adults are far more serious and prolonged than in children.
      My mother often told us the tale of her holding me out the window to “get air” when having whooping cough whilst my little brother as a baby and my sister both, suffering of the same, threw up.
      My mother being my mother (no whinging and whining) got on with it. We all recovered nicely.
      Chickenpox, however, only my sister and I had as when we were under the age of 10; my brother got them 3 month before he died (road traffic accident) – he was extremely ill and was referred to hospital.

      Where does smoking fit in? Guess what. It doesn’t.

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