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 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.

 

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44 Responses to Nothing’s Going To Change My World

  1. harleyrider1978 says:

    Mass Censorship in New Orleans!

    Anti-smokers delete almost 300 anti-ban posts for no reason except suppressing dissent!

    Quoth the editorial board of NOLA.com: “Whether the city of New Orleans should broadly ban smoking in spaces open to the public, including bars and gambling operations, comes down to one issue: Health.” This is a gigantic Big Lie! The anti-smokers deliberately commit scientific fraud to falsely blame smoking and secondhand smoke for diseases that are really caused by infection – and thanks to anti-smoker conspiracy, the public has no way of learning the truth except from public comments! So like the tyrant-serving thugs they really are, the media resorting to deleting virtually all posts by ban opponents! Seizing upon the misconduct of a single smoker, Valeya Miles of NOLA.com deleted and banned numerous smokers who were completely innocent of any misconduct. A brave defender protested, ” I know for a fact that many that were deleted did not come from spam or multiple account posts by one individual,” and pointed out that “many ‘ugly’ posts directed at other posters remain (this is also against forum policy).” Valeya Miles of NOLA.com lied that “only comments from a few accounts were affected in the removal of comments for breaking the spam and multiple account rules. We’re not talking 50 users’ comments being taken out here — we’re talking a single source using multiple accounts to spam the forum with hundreds of comments.” She and her vicious lackeys, ralph adamo and scotiabob, engaged in a conspiracy to pretend that multiple individuals were a single person, and that this fictitious conglomerate entity was registered under multiple names. And their multiple postings of smears, defamations, and slanders are left up due to ANTI-SMOKER PRIVILEGE!
    http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/01/smoking_ban_in_new_orleans_wou.html

      • Smoking Lamp says:

        Yes, Mass censorship occurred in NOLA as they forced the ban on the bars and casinos. Same thing happened in Toronto (Ontario) when they enacted the patio smoking ban.

        Right now in NOLA, Harrah’s is experiencing the second month of losses after the smoking ban. The antis are claiming the losses are false and many local news outlets aren’t even covering the story.

  2. harleyrider1978 says:

    Weve hurt them guys and gals we all know it and they know it too………..But nothing they do will last it will always be our world. they just show up about every 80 years so almost in everyones life they will have to fight to and keep their freedom.

    But still……………….Nothing’s Going To Change My World

  3. Joe L. says:

    Frank, I don’t see you as being old and set in your ways. That almost makes you sound closed-minded, which I believe you are far from. You are an intelligent man and presumably one who never stops thinking. I’m the same way, myself. If I’m correct, and you’re like me, I don’t think you’re resistant to change, but rather you’re resistant to believe in something without justification. Taking Pluto, for example: What physically changed about Pluto? Nothing. It was the man-made definition of a planet that changed. Categorization of size and distance. However, if scientists instead discovered that Pluto was simply an asteroid that was mistaken for a planet and was temporarily caught in orbit, but has since exited its orbit, I think you’d be willing to accept that Pluto was never really a planet in the first place. The same goes for health: health is no longer defined by the absence of disease, but rather it has been recast a type of lifestyle. Again, this is not a scientific breakthrough, not a scientific paradigm shift, but rather simply another man’s opinion being forced upon society. I think a lot. I don’t want want anyone telling me how to think, and I believe you don’t either.

    • junican says:

      A good comment, Joe, but I think that Frank’s idea goes a bit deeper. What he is saying (I think!) is that, when Pluto was described as a planet of the solar system, there was an element of certainty – there were nine planets and most of the planets had moons. There were also lots of comets and there was the asteroid belt. And there were ‘rogue’ asteroids. There was reasonable certainty. When some small group of people decided that Pluto was not a ‘planet’, then confusion was sown for no good reason. The reasonable certainty was damaged.
      The same applies to many of our cherished ideals. We believed that we were Englishmen with all our history and all that that idea entails. Now, we are told that we must be Europeans and multi-culti – and we do not accept it. We say,”Sod off – we are Englishmen”. We enjoy tobacco and beer, jam butties, Elgar and The Beetles. Sure, our tastes extend much further than that, but we remain essentially English.
      Most importantly, we do NOT accept nudges and force deliberately intended to undermine our cherished certainties, even if those certainties are wrong. We are prepared to accept changes, but not deliberate obfuscation. Our beers are important to us, even if we change to lager. Our tobacco is important to us and we are coming to realise that we are being deceived by self-serving Zealots and Charlatans. The only answer is to deny everything that these people dictate. For Dictatorship is what tobacco control expound. When you say, “I do not believe your Hospital Study and Doctors Study”, you are really saying, “Just Sod Off And Leave Me Alone”. Those studies are not real science since they cannot be replicated, nor do they lend themselves to experiment. They are simply not science at all. In fact, the best description of them, and the conclusions drawn from them, is modern-day witchcraft.
      Frank has reasonably decided to call all the hysteria as witchcraft until proven otherwise.

      • Frank Davis says:

        The only answer is to deny everything that these people dictate.

        Yes. Everything.

        It’s not just that I reject what they say about tobacco. It’s that I completely reject everything they say about anything. It’s a complete loss of trust.

    • Some French bloke says:

      “I don’t want want anyone telling me how to think”

      Joe, *how* to really think is of no concern to the people you’re referring to, especially those of the social engineering/healthist description: any serious discussion would show up their logic for what it is, i.e. utter tripe. Their mental exertions’ sole purpose is to find out if some set of statistical factoids can be efficiently warped – all strictly from a PR perspective.
      People really able to show you how to think have always been thin on the ground; those telling you what to think are a dime a dozen, and these days they’re making a nuisance of themselves like never before. Just ask them *how* they arrived at their various conclusions and pronouncements, and the embarassement begins!

      Luckily, our present situation of internet access for three billion people worldwide, coupled with (reportedly) up to 1,000 trillion synaptic connections available per capita, should see the tide beginning to turn any day now…

    • Rose says:

      When we went to school critical thinking was encouraged.

      “the process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating information to reach an answer or conclusion”

      “The habits of mind that characterize a person strongly disposed toward critical thinking include a desire to follow reason and evidence wherever they may lead, a systematic approach to problem solving, inquisitiveness, even-handedness, and confidence in reasoning”

      Not only having the confidence in reasoning but in putting it forward for examination by others. You had to be prepared to defend your case.

      I suspect that these days you might be down-graded or even re-educated if you expressed a different view.
      You can’t change the habit of a lifetime just because it is expedient to simply accept, you still have look in the mirror and be comfortable with the person looking back.

      Healthists seem quite immune to that sobering thought in the middle of the night.
      “What if I am wrong?”

    • Frank Davis says:

      @joe L. That’s perfectly true. I don’t want anyone telling me what to think.

      But yesterday I realised that there were certain things about me that had never changed, and never would change. Like Junican’s Englishmen (I’m one too) I have a set of values and beliefs that I’ve somehow absorbed, and that are not going to change. Because to be somebody or something, to be a particular person, requires there to be something that doesn’t change from hour to hour or from day to day.

      I’ll change my mind about all sorts of things, but there are some things that don’t change. Because if they did I’d just be a sort of jelly or liquid. If anyone has any sort of identifiable character or personality, it’s because there’s something in them that doesn’t change.

      There are some actors who are always identifiable persons, whatever role they’re playing. Humphrey Bogart was one. Clint Eastwood is another. And I think that’s because there’s something in them that doesn’t change. And it’s always a different thing with each different actor.

  4. waltc says:

    I have another take on Frank’s thought. Requiring an anecdote: Back when I was doing stuff for Hollywood, a friend asked me if I’d read a screenplay written by her father, a one-time published novelist, critique it and , if I thought it was any good, recommend an agent. I was embarrassed into agreeing. The screenplay, as a screenplay, wasn’t bad, it was just dated– its characters and their ideas and sensibilities didn’t exist any more, and its theme, preoccupations, world view, passions etc belonged to another time. It Struck me then that we all have a limited range–can adapt and easily change, can stretch and update ourselves–for only, say, 20 or 25 years from where we began –our original orientation. Beyond that, the present –whether better or worse, truer or falser–is a foreign country whose language we’ll never speak except in crude translation.

    I don’t think I’ve changed in any basic way. I was always skeptical and remain so; always and still question authority. My politics haven’t changed tho I’ve changed political affiliations because the party labels switched. I’m still attracted to the same kinds of people, still have the same basic tastes in what’s loosely known as The Arts. And no matter what evidence or “evidence” is presented, they’ll never convince me that a steak or a Scotch or a Coke is killing me.

    • margo says:

      That’s very interesting, waltc. After deep thought, I think you are horribly right, that we don’t change in any fundamental way after the age of 25.

    • Frank Davis says:

      we all have a limited range–can adapt and easily change, can stretch and update ourselves–for only, say, 20 or 25 years from where we began –our original orientation. Beyond that, the present –whether better or worse, truer or falser–is a foreign country

      That’s right. But following on from my responses to Junican and Joe L, I think that for anyone to have a point of view there must first be a point, a fixed reference point, from which they look at the world. If people don’t have that fixed reference point, then they’re quite likely to be just being carried along with the tide of events around them. And everybody has a different reference point (if they have one), and that’s what makes them unique individuals.

      Going back to Donald Trump, I think he’s someone with his own point of view, and therefore his own personality, that was shaped in Queens and Brooklyn. People may not like that personality, but I think it’s an identifiable personality, and one that can be used to predict what he’s likely to say about more or less anything. So far, none of the other candidates in the race have demonstrated any similar solidity (to me, at least). They have to check everything with advisers and spin doctors. Trump doesn’t use those people.

      I think Margaret Thatcher was another identifiable personality. She had her own point of view. She didn’t chop and change. I never liked her, but she sure had a strong personality and identity.

      My politics haven’t changed

      I doubt mine have either. And speaking of foreign countries, England became a foreign country for me when the smoking ban came in. And I think immigration is making England a foreign country for a lot of people, as they find themselves surrounded by people speaking foreign languages and wearing foreign clothes.

      I think we’re all being asked to change in too many and and in too fundamental ways.by people who seem to think we’re all made of putty, and can be shaped into anything they want. And I don’t think that can be done. People aren’t infinitely flexible. And I think there’s a revolt against them brewing.

      • Rose says:

        And I think immigration is making England a foreign country for a lot of people, as they find themselves surrounded by people speaking foreign languages and wearing foreign clothes

        Funny you mention that.

        This morning I was watching the BBC news and was unsurprised to hear that GP’s are collapsing from fatigue because of the increase in work load over the past ten years, I was equally unsurprised when the presenter suggested that it might be “the aging population”. I was surprised when the interviewee said not only was it “the aging population” but the dramatically increasing birth rate. ( Doesn’t “rising birthrate” cancel “aging population” out?)
        I was not at all surprised when neither of them mentioned the rise in the population due to immigration.

        One baby in four is born to migrants: Boom in foreign mums puts pressure on services
        Jul 16, 2015
        http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/591456/Baby-born-migrants-boom-foreign-mums
        No wonder the GP’s are in a state of exhaustion.

        • beobrigitte says:

          No wonder the GP’s are in a state of exhaustion.

          My sympathies for GPs in a state of exhaustion is rather limited. They are far too busy looking for healthy people to have “health-MOTs” done because “prevention-is-the-cure”.
          The sick people have to wait for an appointment, which people in pain don’t really want to do so they go to their local A&E….

          Perhaps the GP workload could easily be reduced by applying common sense?

  5. Rose says:

    In other news – not really.

    As you know, over the past few years,I have been finding out what people do when they can’t afford or get proper tobacco, our ancestors mixed various dried herbs, particularly Coltsfoot in with whatever tobacco they could afford and sometime just smoked a mixture of herbs.

    In America it’s cornsilk and as the ingenious prisoners in our shiny new “smokefree” (that is not a real word) prisons have found teabags and soaked nicotine patches wrapped in pages from the Bible and then ignited by tampering with the power supply, work well enough.

    The other prohibition
    The cigarette crisis in post-war Germany

    “At their extremes, these phenomena could be observed in the POW camps.”

    “Any plants they could get hold of were smoked: leaves of corn, woodruff, coltsfoot, fern, rib-grass and so forth. Very popular were tea leaves rolled in toilette paper. These surrogates had neither the effect of nicotine nor the smell or taste of tobacco. They were smoked anyway. At least there was some warm smoke and the action of smoking.”
    http://www.mega.nu/ampp/drugtext/hess1.htm

    So far, apart from the prisoners solution which I haven’t tried and don’t intend to, I haven’t been impressed with the results.

    However, having looked at the problem afresh, I have had good results by redesigning the way the cigarette is packed.

    Having had another attempt at drying Lemon Balm, this time slowly, in a bunch and in the dark, I got a neutral material.
    One crushed leaf put in next to the filter, the part you throw away anyway, followed by tobacco, was perfectly satisfactory and, by my calculation would cut the tax by a third.

    “Lemon balm is used for digestive problems, including upset stomach, bloating, intestinal gas (flatulence), vomiting, and colic; for pain, including menstrual cramps, headache and toothache; and for mental disorders, including hysteria and melancholia.

    Many people believe lemon balm has calming effects so they take it for anxiety, sleep problems, and restlessness. Lemon balm is also used for Alzheimer’s disease, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), an autoimmune disease involving the thyroid (Graves’ disease), swollen airways, rapid heartbeat due to nervousness, high blood pressure, sores, tumors, and insect bites.”

    http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-437-lemon%20balm.aspx?activeingredientid=437&activeingredientname=lemon%20balm

    It’s also recommended on other sites as a suitable herb for smoking, but from my experience, smoked by itself burns far too hot.

    Easy to grow, easy to dry, fully hardy in winter, seeds itself everywhere if left to it’s own devices.

  6. Frank Davis says:

    An analogy, or metaphor.

    My father had a little sailing boat. Just a little dinghy. And the sailing boat had a mast and a keel. And both had to be rigid. And the mast was kept rigid with stays fore and aft, and across the beam. It was only if the mast was rigid that a sail could be raised on it. And the sail was the opposite to the mast. It would blow all over the place, It was totally flexible. And the boat could go places if it had both of them. It could even sail into the wind. Without them, the boat would just drift on the current or the wind.

    It’s the same with people. The mast is the unchanging, rigid core of identity or belief against which the sail can press as it responded to changing conditions, to the way the wind blows. There has to be that rigidity, because otherwise you’ll just end up going whichever way the wind blows.

    There needn’t be the same identity. The mast doesn’t have to be in one place. Nor does it have to be the same height. Nor do the sails have to be the same size or shape.

    If there is to be any change, there has first to be fixity. Because it’s only against fixity – a fixed point – that change can be measured.

    • “Literature is only that rare sort of fiction which rises to a certain standard of objective beauty and truth.” G. K. Chesterton
      Sometimes, we need an analogy, or metaphor to explain certain truths, which for someone is not evident.
      Thank you, CFrankDavis.

      • And we are seasick, are not we?

      • Frank Davis says:

        Thank you. My father used to sail the dinghy in Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay. I described one occasion a while back.

        • Sandra Sabella says:

          My sister lives there. I know this town but not the sea. I live in São Paulo, and I know the sea on a rented boat in the city of Santos.

        • roobeedoo2 says:

          It was interesting re-reading about your friend, TT, Frank.

          Mum has osteoporosis. She fell over a few weeks ago and shattered her wrist and pelvis. After x-raying her pelvic area, oncologists suddenly descended upon her. A biopsy would be the gold standard but in their opinion, based on their vast experience she had cancer, probably a secondary one. “We don’t bandy the word cancer about lightly” they said.

          A junior doctor didn’t agree with the diagnosis and was shouted down in front of my mother. Later, she approached mum and said that, although she was only a junior doctor, she didn’t think mum had cancer from what she’d seen.

          Following an MRI scan the next day, mum was given the good news that she doesn’t have cancer and Oncology fucked off sharpish.

          Mum is still in immense pain from her shattered pelvis and can’t move. It will take time for the bones to knit back together. She off to a rehabilitation home for the next 6 weeks. We’ll see how it goes.

          It’s kinda funny as Mum’s mother, had part of her lung removed back in the late 70s – nearly killed her; she was in a coma for weeks after the op – because they thought she had lung cancer. She didn’t.

          Dad did have cancer in his bone marrow, which took an age to finally diagnose. He was treated in a shiny new hospital and actually beat it. Unfortunately he caught MRSA in said shiny, new hospital before he could be discharged, and died after 2 weeks in intensive care. We had to turn his machine off in the end because the high level of oxygen keeping him alive was shredding his lungs.

        • Joe L. says:

          Roobee, I’m sorry to hear about this. I hope your mother makes a speedy recovery.

          Of course it was the junior doctor, not yet been corrupted by Big Healthcare, who gave an accurate, unbiased diagnosis.

          I’m not sure if you’ve seen this recent story about an oncologist in Michigan who purposefully gave false cancer diagnoses, but if not, it will make you sick:

          Farid Fata, Doctor Who Gave Chemo to Healthy Patients, Sentenced to 45 Years in Prison

        • Rose says:

          Roobee

          I’m sorry to hear about your Dad, MRSA killed my Dad after successful surgery, he never got out of the hospital.

          I hope your Mum makes a speedy recovery.

        • Frank Davis says:

          Surprising number of cases of MRSA.

          Or perhaps that should be unsurprising, given the healthist obsession with irrelevances like smoking.

        • Wow! Thank you, Rose for pointing out this important circumstance in life: death. CFrank, I’m sorry, and only now I read the beautiful and beloved story about your father. RIP. My father went to the hospital with prostate trouble. Ele was hospitalized, operated. In the ICU, coughing, coughing, coughing and suffered because the cut on the belly would not close. I suffered for my helplessness faced with this situation: a huge room with 8/9 patients. Forbidden smoking for more than a month. The man who smoked 1933 [6 years] 1996 stop suddenly and without therapeutic support was murdered. I forgave those nasty doctors and nurses, after all they are useful idiots of this dictatorship pseudo-hygienist.
          And I see another interesting comments.

  7. Barry Homan says:

    O/T, maybe harley can comment on this, it was something I saw this morning, a little ominous. An AWACS aircraft passed nearby my home, heading north. I live in northern Denmark, near Aalborg. I’ve never seen one of these planes in real life, but there was no mistaking that big round super antenna.

    It made me wonder if something’s up – harley?

    • Joe L. says:

      It may be related to this:

      Danish Aerotech Receives NATO AWACS Upgrade Contract from Boeing

      If so, you’ll probably be seeing more of them.

      • Barry Homan says:

        That’s solved it then, thanks Joe

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          The russuians have been doing west coast fly bys in bear bombers over the last year and just 3 days ago. Could be they are tracking them flying out from air bases in Russia heading to Americas west coast. Using the contract as a cover story……….Iv seen the same used many times before by both sides. But then again why would thye get a contract when we have top secret intel on board that only American contractors are allowed to see or maintain besides our own military.

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          Could be Owebama sold an aircraft and its secrets………..

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          Danish Aerotech will manufacture kits of machined components and assemblies for new avionics equipment that is part of the NATO AWACS Communication, Navigation and Surveillance / Air Traffic Management modernization. Boeing is the prime contractor for that effort. Modernizing the current analog cockpit to a digital one will enhance operation, safety, and reliability while reducing lifecycle costs

          So all their doing is installing new cabinents to contain the avionics not installing the avionics. We have stuff we don’t even let allies near.

  8. harleyrider1978 says:

    Smoking Room Being Restored in Parliament House india

    NDTV

    A group of lawmakers, both from the ruling party and the Opposition, had met the Speaker on the first day of the session requesting for a ‘smoking …

    http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/smoking-room-being-restored-in-parliament-house-1201831

  9. smokingscot says:

    O/T

    This business of Tesco taking Ribena off their shelves.

    That and Lucozade were sold to Suntory just a couple of years ago by GlaxoSmithKline .

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24013720

    Thought I smelled something fishy at the time. Seems GSK must have had advanced warning that these brands would be targeted. Part of the benefits of being good buddies with the “advocates”.

  10. beobrigitte says:

    My reasons for not believing? No reason at all.

    I do have reasons for not believing – the most prominent one is when the answers to my questions, after being nudged/prompted/urged to believe some things by it being constantly regurgitated at me, lack common sense.

    The old village priest just wasn’t up for answering little “Rotznase’s” (runny-nose-child – a term used for cheeky children in Germany) questions. The ‘discussion’ ended with a smack in the face. I developed a kind of immunity to the pain and continued to ask questions.
    Eventually this priest did something strange (I can’t remember what, but there was a TV crew in the village) and a younger priest took his place. This guy did spend hours discussing the bible, religion and life with us kids. By the time I was 15 I had thought much about the points we discussed and how much we were turning in circles. One evening in our youth discussion group I had a thought; what we view the 10 commandments not as a law but only as a kind of common sense guide? It made sense to me as these commandments seem timeless. For instance; ‘Thou shalt not commit adultery’ has nothing to do with a moral stand. It could be far more practical. Your risk of catching and spreading microbes, which in turn do cause e.g. cancers. My ultimate question to the priest then was:
    If the 10 commandments are a guide written thousands of years ago by who we call god, there can’t be linearity of time in the place he is said to exist and why creating ‘little buggers’ that can mutate at a much faster rate than we can? Apart from that, who says god is a ‘he’?
    The priest had no answer and said so.

    The lack of honesty and the denial of answers to questions makes me think tobacco control- and climate change advocates have only one thing in mind: elevating themselves above everyone because they fail at real life, regardless how much money they made and make.

    And, to me, Pluto is one of the planets circling our sun. WTF is a ‘dwarf-planet’? WHO came up with that idea?

    • Frank Davis says:

      what we view the 10 commandments not as a law but only as a kind of common sense guide?

      That’s the kind of line I took, which was one of trying to find the sense in them.

  11. I sorry to report to you, CFrank: true hygienist policy was destroyed.
    Those evil imperialists tell the hard truth:
    http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2015/07/30/filthy-rio-may-cause-serious-health-issues-for-olympic-swimmers-rowers/
    There are only our memories, beloved memories.

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