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 at all. I never really believed in the first place.
Also today, on Breitbart UK, I came across a new plan to advance climate change awareness:
A new paper on climate change has urged advocates and activists to “develop tailored climate communication strategies for individual nations” – reflecting on the fact that is mainly the world’s wealthier nations who are ‘aware’ of their propaganda, even though they see global warming as less of a threat.
But I think I know what my response to a the “tailored climate communication strategy” for Britain is going to be: I won’t believe it.
My reasons for not believing? No reason at all.
Maybe it’s just that I’ve gotten old and set in my ways, but I find myself more and more disinclined to change my mind about anything. And not just climate and tobacco-related matters.
For example, do you remember when, in 2006, Pluto stopped being the outermost planet in the solar system? Well, I carried on thinking that Pluto was a planet anyway. And it turns out that quite a few other people did too.
Poor old Pluto … isn’t (currently) a planet. But some Harvard scientists say it SHOULD be:
“For one thing, it (the IAU ruling) only applied to planets in our solar system. What about all those exoplanets orbiting other stars? Are they planets?
“And Pluto was booted from the planet club and called a dwarf planet. Is a dwarf planet a small planet? Not according to the IAU. Even though a dwarf fruit tree is still a small fruit tree, and a dwarf hamster is still a small hamster.”
As you can probably tell from the above quote, the HSCFA are not, ahem, over the moon about the fact that Pluto is not a planet.
Just because somebody, some authority, tells me something – anything -, there’s no reason why I have to believe it. And I don’t need to give any reasons why I don’t believe it.
I grew up in a time when Pluto was one of the planets, and I don’t see why I should change my mind. I also grew up in a time when people smoked everywhere, and nobody worried about it at all, and I still don’t worry about it at all. I also grew up in a time when nobody worried about the Earth’s climate, and – guess what – I still don’t worry about the climate. And I grew up in a time when we ate meat and fat and potatoes and salt and sugar and sponge cakes and cream, and nobody worried about any of those things, and I still don’t worry about any of them. And nobody is going to get me to worry.
I was also raised as a Christian – a Roman Catholic -, and in recent years I’ve begun to think that I’ve actually remained a Christian all my life. After all, it wasn’t as if I ever took up a new faith, and started to believe something completely different. And when I set out to think about ethics with Idle Theory, I was very consciously trying to reconstruct a Christian cosmos. Because I’ve really always been a Christian who didn’t understand Christianity.
In fact, I don’t think I’ve changed my mind about anything at all, ever. By the age of 15, maybe even 10, I was set in stone.
The only thing I’ve done is add new things which I had no opinions about beforehand. Idle Theory was a new idea that didn’t contradict any of my old, received, fixed ideas. And if I could use it to think about ethics and economics and biology, it was because nobody had ever taught me any ethics or economics or biology, and there was nothing to contradict. And if I can build orbital simulation models and explore how asteroids behave, that was because I’d never done that before either. In fact, if I could start using computers, it was because they were new once, and I had no fixed ideas about them.
I grew up in a time when smoking was harmless, and the climate wasn’t warming, and the EU hadn’t been invented, and Pluto was a planet, and I still belong to that time, and I always will. And I don’t need to give any reasons for that. It’s just how it is.
And nothing’s going to change my world.