Monthly Archives: May 2017

Naughty List Morality

While sitting in a dentist’s chair some 5 years ago, I was being lectured about smoking by a dental hygienist who ended up telling me, in all seriousness, that “It’s naughty to smoke.” And I burst out laughing. There was … Continue reading

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Meeting The Enemy

Independent: Donald Trump was like a “drunk tourist” on his first trip abroad, which saw awkward handshakes with the French President, shoving the Prime Minister of Montenegro and causing German Chancellor Angela Merkel to declare the end of the US … Continue reading

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The Next 100 Years

I often think that I’m much more optimistic than many of my readers and commenters. And I’ve been wondering why that’s so. And I think it’s because I tend to take a long term view of things. The late Captain … Continue reading

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The Secret World

New Skype chat, this time with Brigitte, who’s German and lives near Liverpool: She talks a bit about post-war Germany. And post-smoking-ban Liverpool. And then about Romano Grieshaber, who ran a German cancer research institute. Grieshaber had been gagged from … Continue reading

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Living In The Twilight Zone

Some days the news just seems totally surreal. After letting kids get sex-change surgery at 15, Oregon Democrats try raising smoking age to 21 Smoking bans are all about denormalising smoking. And sex-change surgery seems to be all about denormalising … Continue reading

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The Lawless World

Pat Nurse was right: the pub smoking room proposal has been removed from UKIP’s manifesto. I suppose that it’s no surprise that this happened as soon as Nigel Farage stepped down as UKIP leader: it was probably only his personal intervention … Continue reading

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The Internet, Government Hyper-regulation, and 0% Interest Rates

I was thinking this morning about all the large changes I’ve seen over the past 10 years or so. And there were three main differences I could discern. Technological: The rise of the internet. Legal: Government hyper-regulation (e.g. smoking bans) … Continue reading

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