It’s sunny in the UK. We’ve actually had three successive days of sun. It seems this is a record.
Monday is set to become the hottest early May Bank Holiday on record with 23.6C to beat.
I wonder how long it’ll take for it to be cited as further evidence of global warming.
A first reading to amend an established ordinance to prohibit smoking in all public sidewalks, walkways, parkways, curbs and gutters was approved by the South Pasadena City Council on Wednesday night.
The current ordinance does not allow smoking in enclosed indoor public places, including public meeting rooms, public restrooms, parks, elevators, bars restaurants, bars, supermarkets, museums, libraries, public transportations facilities.
“The new ordinance will make it so no one can smoke in any area where a child will be walking to and from school,” said Gisella Benitez, whose husband, Ricardo, a nonsmoker died of lung cancer last September. “I took a tragedy of my husband’s death and made it into something positive for the whole city.”
Her (relatively youthful?) non-smoking husband died of lung cancer, so she’s demanding a ban on smoking on city sidewalks.
Mightn’t it have occurred to her that maybe smoking doesn’t cause lung cancer? But she couldn’t possibly think that, could she? No, instead she places the blame on secondhand smoke. For her, tobacco smoke has become more dangerous, not less. And if people keep dying of lung cancer even when smoking is banned everywhere in Pasadena, she’ll blame it on people smoking in nearby Los Angeles. And if not Los Angeles, then Boston.
The logic of antismoking fanatics seems to go like this: We know that only tobacco smoke causes lung cancer, so if non-smokers are still dying of lung cancer it must mean that even the faintest homeopathic traces of tobacco smoke must also cause lung cancer. So we must ban smoking outdoors as well as indoors.
A parallel logic is applied to global warming: We know that only carbon dioxide causes global warming, so if global warming is taking place in the absence of carbon dioxide, this can only mean that even homeopathic levels of carbon dioxide cause global warming. And we must redouble our efforts to rid the world of carbon.
Followed to their respective conclusions they must surely conclude that the complete absence of all tobacco smoke is what causes lung cancer, and the complete absence of carbon dioxide is what causes global warming. And perhaps at this point antismokers flip overnight to becoming smokers, and climate alarmists become sceptics.
Delivering an impassioned defence of Karl Marx’s legacy, EU boss Jean-Claude Juncker argued the radical should not be judged for the Communist atrocities that took place in his name.
I’m not really very surprised. The last President of the European Commission, Manuel Barroso, was a one-time Maoist. And maybe Juncker was too. According to one British MP:
“Marxism led to the killing of millions around the world as it allowed a small band of fanatics to suppress the people,” he added.
And isn’t the EU run by a small band of fanatics? What’s surprising about one EU political fanatic – Jean-Claude Juncker – lauding another political fanatic – Karl Marx?