Monthly Archives: July 2015

Trump a Comedian, Labour a Joke

Is it true that there are 16 Republican presidential candidates, and only one Democratic candidate: Hillary Clinton? Camille Paglia in Salon: “…when we look at the abundance of candidates who have put themselves forward on the GOP side, compared to … Continue reading

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Smuggling, Youth, Brighton, and Trump

Grandad in Ireland: Authorities fume: 25% of cigarettes smuggled into Republic Now I can’t understand why the “authorities” are fuming over this.  Dame Enda is constantly telling us that the backbone of the country’s economy is the indigenous small business so … Continue reading

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Nothing’s Going To Change My World

H/T Chris Snowdon, Clive Bates explaining how Tobacco Control ‘endgame’ strategies won’t work: Only trouble is that it’s from the Tobacco Harm Reduction folks, and I’ve ceased to believe in Tobacco Harm. My reasons for ceasing to believe? No reason … Continue reading

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A Donald Trump Primer

These days, the first thing I want to know about anybody is whether they’re antismoking or not. And if they’re antismoking, my opinion of them will start falling, and it’ll carry on falling indefinitely thereafter. So the first thing I … Continue reading

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When The Music’s Over

From Jeremy Clarkson: … I was watching Forever Young on BBC iplayer, which was about how many Sixties’ bands and artists were still going strong, and staging comeback tours, even though a lot of them are now aged over 70, … Continue reading

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Not Cultural Change but Cultural Division

H/T Rose, Deborah Arnott a few days ago in New Scientist: A letter from a non-smoking prisoner with lung cancer, distraught because he was forced to share his cell with smokers, convinced me that smoking in prisons is an issue … Continue reading

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Decay

I woke this morning with the thought that Tobacco Control (and Public Health in general) now focuses its attention on trivia. Tobacco and alcohol, sugar and salt, are really utterly trivial concerns. These people are all so very, very small-minded. … Continue reading

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