Monthly Archives: February 2016

Never Heard Of Him

Moschino cigarette-themed fashion show featured burnt dresses and cigarette pack handbags with “Fashion Kills” warnings.   And from Simon Clark, on the Irish election: …James Reilly, the former health minister who turned the war on tobacco into a personal crusade, … Continue reading

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Why aren’t we in an Ice Age?

In a time when everyone worries about global warming, I tend to worry more about global cooling. We’re currently living in a brief interglacial period. The last one, about 100,000 years ago, only lasted a few thousand years before lapsing … Continue reading

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Tallness Kills

Via Facebook: …research has shown that cross country skiers are an average 6 inches shorter than basketball players, and that they tend to live seven years longer. Centenarian Japanese people are even an average 4 inches shorter than those who … Continue reading

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Belief and Disbelief

I’m no great mathematician. But I probably do more mathematics these days than I ever have before. I have an ever-expanding RK4 Newtonian simulation model of the solar system, which I’ve recently extended to include the Oort cloud of distant … Continue reading

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Voting With Their Middle Finger

Politics everywhere is hotting up: In the USA, Donald Trump got 46% of the vote in the Nevada caucus. That’s his highest margin yet. And it looks like he’s benefited from Jeb Bush dropping out of the race. Next week, on … Continue reading

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Laws don’t just “bubble up” from nowhere

From the Economist, an argument for the futility of leaving the EU (my added emphases): The Johnson-Gove argument goes something like this: unlike many continental countries, Britain has an unbroken tradition of liberty and representative democracy (a “golden thread”) dating … Continue reading

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A New WHO Logo

I was looking at the WHO logo last week, and, remembering that this organisation now saw the principal threats to human health to come from eating, drinking, and smoking, I wondered if I might start on some much-needed work to … Continue reading

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