Things noticed today. One:
Fox’s John Stossel claimed that “there is no good data showing secondhand smoke kills people,” ignoring years of studies and a 2014 Surgeon General report that determined millions of Americans have died as a result of exposure to secondhand smoke.
On the December 4 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, John Stossel pointed to anti-smoking legislation as an example of needless government interference in Americans’ personal freedoms. He justified his position with the claim that “no good data” exists demonstrating that secondhand smoke kills people:
He’s quite right, of course. Same goes for firsthand smoke too.
New York City’s leading smokers’ rights activist, Audrey Silk, says anti-tobacco politicians have blood on their hands following the controversial death of Eric Garner.
The street-vending entrepreneur died July 17 after a confrontation with police who suspected he was selling untaxed loose cigarettes, a crime for which he previously had been arrested many times.
Officer Daniel Pantaleo, recorded on videotape choking Garner into submission while he said “I can’t breathe” numerous times, was cleared of wrongdoing by a grand jury Wednesday, sparking nationwide protests.
“Everybody’s misdirecting the blame and the ones to blame the most are being so quiet,” says Silk, founder of Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment, also known as NYC Clash.
“Is it the police’s fault? Yeah,” says Silk. “But it’s not the NYPD, it’s the lifestyle police.”
Rand Paul blames Eric Garner’s death on high NYC cigarette tax
In 2010, the New York State Legislature passed a law raising taxes on cigarettes purchased in New York City to $5.85 per pack of 20 cigarettes.
DAKAR: The Belgian microbiologist who co-discovered the Ebola virus has accused the World Health Organization of dithering in reacting to the deadly epidemic and accused the international community of “hysteria.”….
“It took three months for the WHO to find out there was an Ebola outbreak. That I understand. Guinea had a poor laboratory infrastructure,” he told Doha-based broadcaster Al Jazeera in an interview due to air on Saturday.
“I have much more of a problem with the fact that it took five months for WHO – for the international health regulations committee, for that’s what it is — to declare this a state of emergency.
Heck, give them a break, willya. You do know that they’re also fighting a tobacco epidemic and an obesity epidemic.
An epidemic of whooping cough has broken out in California. Not long ago, this ancient scourge had been banished by modern medicine. But now it’s back, thanks to people who believe modern medicine is dangerous.
These folks are not ignorant backwoods hicks. Many of them have advanced degrees. They live in some of the nicest neighbourhoods on Earth – places like Marin County, Napa and Malibu. But they believe that vaccines cause autism or worse. Immunization rates in some of the more fashionable California schools resemble those in the more backward parts of Africa. At the Valley Waldorf City School in Lake Balboa, for example, 88 per cent of students don’t have the standard vaccinations.
I suppose it depends what’s meant by ‘modern’ medicine. If by ‘modern’ is meant the latest healthist lifestyle medicine, then I agree: it’s dangerous. But I’d count immunization as part of ‘classic’ medicine. It’s something that’s been done for over 200 years.
Russell Brand and Nigel Farage set for heated head-to-head Question Time debate.
I can’t bear Russell Brand. He comes across to me like an oversized toddler. I don’t know why anyone pays any attention to him at all.