David Hockney, Myron Ebell

H/T Harley for this Guardian piece about David Hockney:

He’s voted only twice in his life – he is a British citizen who has lived much of his adult life in the United States. He noticed around his neighbourhood there was more enthusiasm for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders than for Hillary Clinton.

“I do follow it, yes I do. But I must admit I wasn’t that keen on Hillary because when the Clintons were in the White House they banned smoking immediately.

“I said, well that would welcome Hitler a lot more than Churchill. Churchill smoked 10 cigars a day for 70 years and lived to be 90, so I don’t know what they’re going on about. And Hitler was the biggest anti-smoker of them all, you couldn’t smoke in his presence – which is why I notice in Germany there are quite a lot of smokers because they can’t demonise smokers there.”

It’s an idiosyncratic reason for a political leaning, but Hockney has been smoking since 1954 and takes delight at thumbing his nose at the demonisation of his habit.

Is it particularly idiosyncratic? It’s the exact same reason, after all, for my own political leaning. And the exact same reason I didn’t like Hillary Clinton. Smokers are freedom-lovers, and antismokers are freedom-haters. Cigarettes are little candles, little flames of freedom and hope.

Jo Nova:

Trump Victory: The Beginning of the End of Global Climate Scare

It doesn’t get better than this. Trump is one hundred percent skeptic, no pandering.
Say goodbye to the fantasy that CO2 controls the planets thermostat.

Myron Ebell may be a name we’ll be hearing a lot about.

Myron Ebell: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

1. He Says Climate Change is ‘Nothing to Worry About’

2. He Says That Even if Climate Change Were Real, It Would Be a Good Thing

3. His Think Tank Takes Money From ExxonMobil

4. Donald Trump Wants to Make Dramatic Cuts to the EPA

5. Trump Has Said That Global Warming Is a Hoax

What’s there not to like in that? And he’s rumoured to be becoming the next head of the EPA under Donald Trump. Maybe it’ll be given a really comprehensive house-cleaning?

H/T Rose for this EPA-related link:

In 1992, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a “draft” assessment of ETS and lung cancer in adults and respiratory disorders in children. Relying on weak and inconclusive epidemiological data, the supposed similarity between ETS and MS, the presence of “known or suspected carcinogens” in MS and by extrapolation in ETS, and the “biological plausibility” of an adverse relationship between ETS and health, the EPA recommended that ETS be classified as a “Group A (known human) carcinogen.” Fundamental physical and quantitative chemical differences among ETS, MS, and SS and human exposure to each smoke were disregarded: The three are not equivalent nor is ETS exposure a quantitative variant of cigarette smoking. A substantial difference in retention percentage overlays the huge dosimetric difference between exposures. As a result, the “dosage” of ETS retained is miniscule relative to MS. Also, conclusions reached by the EPA and the use of tenuous relationships as bases for Group A classification are unwarranted because of failure to consider the data upon which the “tumorigenicity” of the ETS components was based, questions on the presence and/or levels of these components in MS, and data indicating that a 25- to 30-fold decrease of a high-level dose of MS or MS condensate diminished the effects observed in bioassays from pronounced to zero, i.e., a threshold was demonstrated.

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12 Responses to David Hockney, Myron Ebell

  1. margo says:

    Got told off by a bus inspector at the bus station yesterday for using an e-cig just inside the (open) door. I won’t bore you with the exchange that followed. Lots of people were standing around, watching and listening, most of them laughing, definitely on my side. In the end, he stomped off crossly and I sauntered along and got onto my bus.

  2. Roobeedoo2 says:

    Jane Ellison MP, the junior Health Minister that pushed tobacco plain packaging legislation through last year, was extremely proud of David Hockney, at least when I was working with her at John Lewis Partnership. She reveled in their Bradford connection.

    Anyhoo… here’s a brilliant parody of the new JL Xmas advert:

  3. Barry Homan says:

    I guess everybody’s too busy on Facebook to comment here.

  4. Lepercolonist says:

    I would love to see a honest statistical breakdown of the smokers voting pattern in the US presidential race. I’m sure Hillary’s antismoking behavior hurt her at the polls.

  5. Lepercolonist says:

    I am assuming that smokers are in Hillary’s ‘Basket of Deplorables’. She can go pound salt.

  6. waltc says:

    Let’s see what Trump does about the EPA and if he holds fast on climate change. He’s already seemingly softened on Obamacare after meeting with Obama and even perhaps on The Wall. The man does want to be loved and climate skepticism invites brickbats and epithets. I haves hopes but no certainty

    • Roobeedoo2 says:

      He probably doesn’t want to throw the baby out with the bathwater. There was a problem with healthcare in the US before Obamacare was introduced, wasn’t there?. Maybe somebody of import has finally, actually read the legislation that was passed, and something good can be salvaged?

      I don’t know, we have the NHS, which is currently serving me and my family’s medical needs quite well.

      Stay hopeful, Walt. As you know, the only certainty in life is that smokers are gonna die from their filthy, nasty habit… No, wait…

    • Frank Davis says:

      I expect Trump to be flexible about everything. That’s how wheeler-dealers always are.


      As CBS’ Lesley Stahl summarized the interview, “what we discovered in Mr. Trump’s first television interview as president-elect, was that some of his signature issues at the heart of his campaign were not meant to be taken literally, but as opening bids for negotiation.

  7. Clicky says:

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