Monthly Archives: November 2018

Childhood’s End

In a comment yesterday, musing on the fact that Deborah Arnott has two children, DP wondered: Maybe she allows herself time off from persecuting smokers in her day job to being motherly and kindly after work and on her days … Continue reading

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The Climate Crisis is becoming a Health Crisis

Washington Times: Al Gore to host 24-hour climate change TV special featuring Moby, Goo Goo Dolls Al Gore will host a 24-hour broadcast special on climate change next month featuring an array of celebrities and musical performances by artists that include … Continue reading

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A Universal Political Crisis?

Following on from yesterday, we seem to be in in something of a universal political crisis. The UK is in a political crisis over Brexit. The USA has been in a political crisis ever since Trump got elected. France is … Continue reading

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Anti-Environmentalism

A headline in Breitbart caught my eye yesterday: French Anti-Environmental Riots Could Signal the End of Green Tyranny Anti-environmental riots?? I’ve never heard of an anti-environmental riot. What do they do? Burn things in order to add more carbon dioxide … Continue reading

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Hatred

Antismokers are driven by hatred. This was something I realised with the very first antismoker I ever met: Dr W, in whose home in England I once lived (because I was at school in England, and my parents were living … Continue reading

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Europe 2018 is almost exactly like Europe 1914

In recent years, given its centenary, I’ve been thinking about WW1, and how Europe was made up back then of a set of rival empires. There was the British empire, the French empire, the Belgian empire, the Dutch empire, the … Continue reading

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Why Is Populism Suddenly All The Rage?

The Guardian has been investigating populism. It has an entire section devoted to it. And in one part it defines populism: What is populism? Populists tend to frame politics as a battle between the virtuous ‘ordinary’ masses and a nefarious … Continue reading

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