Monthly Archives: August 2019

Motorised Ashtrays?

This sounded rather amusing: Their relationship has long been fraught with bitter clashes and the sporadic volley of brutal insults. But after decades of feuding, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are currently enjoying a fragile peace and as such, the latter will … Continue reading

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A Really Really Great Big Storm in a Teacup

We had a great big storm in a teacup here in Britain yesterday. A really, really great big storm. Some of the waves even broke over the lip of the teacup and splashed into the saucer underneath. It was that … Continue reading

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You Are What You Smoke

Q: Why did people start smoking pot in the 1960s? A: Because they could no longer smoke tobacco. That was the surprising new idea that occurred to me this morning. And it’s a perfectly rational explanation. For throughout the 1950s … Continue reading

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To Hell with Piers Morgan

Piers Morgan is a loudmouth that I have little time for. But he seems to understand the rise of populism. Here’s him in conversation with someone called Ben Shapiro: 44 minutes: “Populism is rising because people are fed up with … Continue reading

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Antismoking Snobs

Still thinking about the antismoking mindset that antismokers like Ronald Bayer  reveal: In 1939 Norbert Elias published The Civilizing Process ,  a history of manners in which he sought to explain how acceptable behavior becomes revolting. Drawing on Elias’s classic study, in 1993 … Continue reading

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Can Denormalisation Ever Succeed?

I’m still puzzling over the two antismokers in Tobacco Control who’ve swum into my view over the past few days: Marewa Glover and Ronald Bayer. Glover: “In tobacco control over 35 years, we have exaggerated the effects deliberately to scare … Continue reading

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Losing Public Trust

Via Walt, a couple of pieces about Tobacco Control featuring some antismoker called Ronald Bayer. First: BAYER: The question now is, how come public health officials can’t come out straight and say the reason we’re banning smoking on parks and … Continue reading

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