The Disintegrating EU

Dr Steve Turley talking about various ways in which the EU might disintegrate.

I quite like Turley, who I’ve only recently discovered. He makes little 10-minute videos about political subjects. and seems to regularly have something interesting to say.

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9 Responses to The Disintegrating EU

  1. Dirk says:

    A very sophisticated comment about the state of the EU.

    Well the EU was once thought to bring piece and prosperity all over Europe. Today, the only promise they make is, that one might save 5 minutes (or less) per year not having to show the passport at a border or at the airport. One actually would have to travel quite heavily to save 5 minutes per year this way and it also takes less than a minute to get foreign currencies at an ATM.

    So yes, maybe some of us can save 5 or even 10 minutes per year through the existence of the EU, but I doubt that it’s worth all the extra-taxes (to sustain the bureucracy-monster that Brussels is) and I even more doubt that it’s worth to cope with all the additional everyday interference that by far not only tobacco lovers have to cope with.

    I’m personally thoroughly done with the EU and I hope that it disintegrates better sooner than later.

    Cheers!

    • Dirk says:

      I agree with this Dirk, but I am the other Dirk (I am a Belgian citizen)

      • Dirk says:

        Well, I’m from Germany and I think that I’ve been here before you. Franks postings rarely leave something to add and the situation in Germany is somewhat demotivating for tobaccoi lovers (every EU-directive is not just enacted but enforced to the letter – everything differs a bit from one fedaral state to the other, but the public smoking ban is now nationwide), so I rarely post a comment I’ve seen your comments before and never took any offense, as we share the same opinions anyway. We just seem to have the same rare christian name. If you like, we could agree on posting as Dirk_BE and Dirk_DE or something like that.

        Cheers!

        • beobrigitte says:

          Franks postings rarely leave something to add and the situation in Germany is somewhat demotivating for tobaccoi lovers (every EU-directive is not just enacted but enforced to the letter – everything differs a bit from one fedaral state to the other, but the public smoking ban is now nationwide)
          Boy am I glad to be often visiting a federal German state where no-one gives a flying **** about a nationwide smoking ban, law or not.
          Imagine there is a war on smokers and nobody cares about it. My usual watering hole there has a sign in the windows to tell smoker haters to go to the empty smoke-free and customer-free pub down the road.

  2. waltc says:

    Frank: completely OT but over at Snowdon’s he’s looking for research projects that link nanny statisms to economic costs and offering decent money for them too. Though I’m not exactly sure what it is he’s after, I thought immediately of your (unfortunately named) isis research which was at least a clue about the economic impact on restaurants, bars, other public and private businesses (theaters, museums) and IIRC even clothing purchases. It might have to be refined or broadened or redone but it could be important for The Cause in general to show the wide economic impact of smoke bans. Anyway, go over there and look.

    • Fredrik Eich says:

      Walt, I immediately thought about the fact that decades of anti-smoking measures have had zero effect on lung cancer death rates,

      https://stats.stackexchange.com/questions/350494/how-much-lung-cancer-is-really-caused-by-smoking

      a fact that seems to have been missed by main stream science. And that we now know that smokers are merely at a three fold risk and not a ten fold risk. This three fold risk is low enough to be entirely explainable by detection bias. But I don’t think Snowdon in the past has been particularly receptive to a null hypothesis for smoking and a theoretical link with lung cancer.

      • beobrigitte says:

        Walt, I immediately thought about the fact that decades of anti-smoking measures have had zero effect on lung cancer death rates

        That brings me to Radon.
        Funnily enough the “85% of lung cancer in non-smokers is caused by radon” has disappeared.
        There is a vague statement however:Radon levels vary in every country
        https://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/non-smoker-lung-cancer#1
        Radon. It’s a gas that naturally forms from soil and rock. You can’t see, smell, or taste it. Low levels of the stuff are a natural part of the air outdoors, but it’s more likely to be a problem inside homes and buildings. It can creep in from the ground through cracks in the floors or walls.

        If you breathe in radon over long periods of time, you may end up with lung cancer. That’s because it breaks down into tiny particles that can get into your lungs and damage cells there. The gas is the second most common cause of the disease besides smoking.

        I disagree with the last sentence. It is actually the most common factor of all that needs to meet (Cancer is NEVER caused by only one thing) for a cancer to establish itself.
        If only 10% of non-smoker lung cancer is caused by Radon, how come my offspring’s house has a Radon meter? What happened to the previously stated 85%? Anti-smokers massaging the truth again?

        It is high time to cull the anti-smoking lobby. They kill people blaming us.

    • Frank Davis says:

      https://velvetgloveironfist.blogspot.com/2018/12/call-for-research-proposals.html

      I don’t agree that the ISIS survey was unfortunately named, just because there’s now a terrorist organisation with the same name. If it is unfortunately named, then so also is the the 5,000+ year old Egyptian goddess Isis.

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