Monthly Archives: May 2015

The Life and Death of Health Menaces

Dunno about anybody else, but while I can remember newspaper and magazine articles in the 1960s that carried warnings about smoking, I can also remember numerous warnings about the dangers of cholesterol. It was dinned into me just as much … Continue reading

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Junk Science Primers

Excellent piece by Dick Puddlecote on junk science: Does anyone remember secondhand smoke, aka passive smoking?. For those with short memories, this was a ruse imagined in 1975 by Sir George Godber to promote a policy of “fostering the perception … Continue reading

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The Coming EU Referendum Stitch-up

With Cameron set to call a referendum on Europe, it looks like it’s going to be a stitch-up: UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s warnings over a “stitch up” referendum have started to become reality, as it emerged today that Prime Minister … Continue reading

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Drink And Smoke As Much As You Like

It’s not often that the experts come up with some good news: What is the secret to being more productive at work? As long as you get seven hours’ sleep a night you can drink and smoke as much as … Continue reading

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Cigarette Pack Shouting Matches

H/T Magnetic, I thought this was a joke when I first read it: Talking cigarette packs are here. Will they make smokers butt out? Are smokers more likely to quit if their own pack of cigarettes tells them to? That’s … Continue reading

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Uglifying Cigarettes

Via Chris Snowdon and Simon Clark, this story: Cigarettes could soon be produced in unpleasant colours, with health warnings emblazoned across the stick, under new proposals to make smoking unglamorous. Experts believe the white papers which traditionally encase tobacco have … Continue reading

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The New Niggers

In a referendum, it seems the Irish have voted to legalise gay marriage. Frankly, I’m astonished. But then I’m not Irish (even though I have Irish ancestry). But Grandad‘s Irish: So while the 5% homosexual crowd are now rejoicing, I … Continue reading

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