Monthly Archives: April 2018

Ignorance

As I’ve frequently remarked, the smoking debate has many parallels with the climate debate – if nothing else because in both cases “the debate is over.” Over the past couple of years I’ve slightly lost interest in the climate debate, … Continue reading

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Useless Doctors

I spoke to Nisakiman last night. He got his biopsy results last week. And the prognosis was delivered to him by a harridan doctor who told him that he had “not years” to live, but only months. And of course … Continue reading

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Keeping Still

Emmanuel Macron isn’t someone I’ve paid much attention to. He’s the French President. That’s pretty much all I know about him. But he seems to have been getting himself in the news a bit recently. Stating that policy disagreements are … Continue reading

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An Impending Political Krakatoa Event

For the past 3 months I’ve been piecing together a theory of how ice ages come and go, based on the physics of heat flow with which I used to work 40 years ago. The theory is very simple: Snow … Continue reading

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The Deplorables

We smokers are among the “deplorables”. And of course it was Hillary Clinton who referred to the “deplorables”: “You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. … Continue reading

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Motorbikes and War Machines

Yesterday was a big day for me. I finally managed to bolt an atmosphere on top of my computer heat flow model of the Earth, gently tighten the nuts, and watch a pretty good steady state simulation of terrestrial heat … Continue reading

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Antismoking Is AntiAmerican

One of the oddities about the global war on smoking is that it only really got under way in the early years of the 20th century, four centuries after the introduction of tobacco to the Old World after its discovery … Continue reading

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