Via Facebook, an antismoker stumbles upon smoking at an Israeli wedding.
Is this a thing: Smoking on the dance floor at a wedding? My wife and I attended the nuptials of a friend’s son a few weeks ago.
It was a lavish affair, with an endless appetizer bar and a DJ crew that could compete with the best Tel Aviv clubs. But as the hundreds of young people grooved to a beat that was just a bit more melodically challenged than my hip but middle-aged sensitivities could relate to, I was overwhelmed by the cigarettes.
It wasn’t everyone, but it was a lot. At times, it seemed every third dancer was waving around a lit stick of tobacco.
Since I regard antismoking and antisemitism as joined at the hip, I find the very idea of an Israeli smoking ban particularly jarring.
And occasional commenter (and ISIS survey volunteer) Lecroix Kwdjer in Spain has a (Spanish) blog: Contra la ley “antitabaco” (Against the anti-tobacco law) Sample:
Admito no haber sido nunca muy sociable, pero antes de la ley del tabaco lo era un poco más. Ahora veo los bares desde fuera y me son ajenos. No son sitios a los q ir. Son curiosidades asépticas. Me siento expulsado del mundo, a pesar de que mucha de la soledad que mantengo es auto impuesta.
I did a fair bit of Spanish translation a few years back. “Me siento expulsado del mundo“: I feel that I have been expelled from the world?
I must add it to my blogroll.
Someone else’s cartoon.
Last week they were saying the Ebola epidemic was winding down. Now they’re saying it’s winding back up again:
LONDON (AP) — The number of Ebola cases in West Africa has gone up for the first time this year, the World Health Organization says, warning that the coming rainy season could complicate efforts to contain the disease.
In an update published online Wednesday, the U.N. health agency said there were 124 confirmed cases last week, up from 99 the week before.
WHO said there are continuing problems tracking the spread of the virus. Only 21 percent of new cases in Sierra Leone were from known contacts, meaning health officials have no idea how the majority of new patients are being infected and where the virus might be lurking.