Apologies. I’m currently using a little notebook computer because my two main computers have died. Or rather, one of them died last week, and the other one is on life support, and stops working every few hours when the hard disk cable works loose. I’ve got a new power supply for the dead PC, but I don’t know whether it will bring it back to life, because I could see nothing obviously wrong with anything inside it.
One result of this is that I’ve not been able to check for comments awaiting moderation, and there have been about 8 comments sitting there for days, some from regular commenters, some from newer ones. Hence my apologies. So this comment from Mark Jarratt has been sitting in there for days:
I commented and my deathless prose appeared, ‘waiting for moderation’ but no sign of it. Could be remote server error as I’m in Indonesia. Recap: no tobacco controls here, advertising tobacco is permitted, cigarettes about 1£/pkt, and the government has more pressing issues, such as ensuring people get enough to eat.
Perhaps he was referring to an earlier comment of his;
Fluent and lucid. Totally agree, and the smoking prohibitionist tax and ban bullying playbook is now used by hard coercive paternalists everywhere. It is impossible to ever achieve the government sanctioned health cultist utopia prescribed by meddling lifestyle dictators. Indonesia is a major contrast. The national and provincial governments across this far flung archipelago have much more pressing issues, such as ensuring people get enough to eat. The health cultist bullies and spineless anti freedom legislators deliberately exclude the demonstrated preferences of millions of citizens daily. Another history lesson is required. Overtaxing kleptocrats must be deposed. Vive la revolution!
I might remark that Mark Jarratt includes his ever-changing location in his name, and the result is that his comments always require moderation, because WordPress regards each new name as a new commenter. If he would just stick to one name, he’d find that his comments were posted immediately, like everyone else.
Another casualty has been Peter C who wrote:
I do not know how you spend your day, but you seem to spend it well, at least on the internet.
I am suffering a loss of Faith, because I thought Science was a Noble calling and that Scientists would always tell the Truth, but that is all ashes in my mouth because of Climate Change.
I am not a smoker myself, but I don’t think that smokers should be ostracised nor excluded in the way that they are now. I am a doctor. At my hospital the smokers cannot even be on the premises. They have to walk 100m to the road, where there is no shelter. I talk to them there when I go for a short walk at lunchtime.
Some one mentioned your blog on the Jonova site. That was a few months ago. I drop in quite often,
This blog on loss of Faith made an impression on me.
There were other comments that needed rescuing from moderation, but once liberated I know not where they appeared.
Anyway, it seems necessary these days to buy a new computer every few years. The only upside to this is that they seem to both improve in performance and get cheaper as time passes. My latest acquisition is a fanless mini-PC. It’s about the size of a couple of packs of cigarettes, although it cost a bit more than they do (that is, a bit more than they currently cost, but these days cigarettes are getting more and more expensive, and also declining in quality).
But I haven’t even got it out of its small box yet.