Monthly Archives: November 2018

The Cyclical Universe

Perhaps it’s because I build orbital simulation models in which planets and asteroids go round and round, or because I’m currently thinking about repetitive ice ages, but I tend to see everything as a cyclical process of change rather than … Continue reading

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The Nazi Origins of Tobacco Control

I’ve been thinking this morning that the UK smoking ban of 1 July 2007 was the culmination of a very long slow process, and not any sort of new and surprising revolution. For the war on smoking has been going … Continue reading

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Soft Fascism

In conversation with James Delingpole a few days ago, William (or maybe Jacob) Rees-Mogg said: 23:45: “People want to know that what you’re doing is based on some form of principle and that you have a direction you are going … Continue reading

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Flip-Flop Fears

On page 44 of his Principles of Planetary Climate, Raymond Pierrehumbert asks how low levels of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide “have to go in order to trigger global glaciation.” Clearly Pierrehumbert believes that low levels of greenhouse gases cause … Continue reading

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The Centrifugal Forces in Europe

It seems that Theresa May is running into concerted opposition: Theresa May’s draft withdrawal agreement with the European Union, based on her Chequers proposals, has been unveiled, to nigh-universal condemnation. She may be forced to step down as party leader … Continue reading

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Not-So-Smoke-Free San Francisco

I saw a satellite photo of the California wildfires a couple of days back: It looked like San Francisco, which I think of as the antismoking capital of the world, is not quite as smoke-free as it might wish to … Continue reading

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A Theory of Snow Ages

I must be perverse. I always seem to end up thinking what nobody – or hardly anybody – else thinks. For example, when a fireball exploded over Chelyabinsk on 15 February 2013, on the same day that asteroid 2012 DA14 … Continue reading

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Another Road To Serfdom

ZeroHedge: It is really happening.  At one time, the idea that large numbers of people would willingly allow themselves to have microchips implanted into their hands seemed a bit crazy, but now it has become a reality.  Thousands of tech enthusiasts all … Continue reading

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A New Negative Advertising Campaign

I was intrigued to learn that… Philip Morris launched a new quit smoking campaign a couple of weeks ago A new quit smoking campaign? How many have they launched? When are Harley Davidson going to launch a quit biking campaign? … Continue reading

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One Hundred Years On

I grew up in post-war Britain. London was full of bomb sites: gaps in terraces of houses, or whole areas of rubble, which were only slowly being rebuilt. I grew up alongside the post-war generation. The war had no direct … Continue reading

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