Monthly Archives: September 2019

Smoking Roll-ups

The first thing I read today: His wife, Sam, packed up their life by herself because Mr Cameron said he could not bear to go back to Downing Street. After packing the last box, she put on some music, rolled … Continue reading

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Interstellar Comet Borisov

Most comets orbit round the Sun, so the arrival of an interstellar comet, C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) is a highly unusual event A new interstellar object has been discovered passing through the solar system. Discovered by Ukrainian amateur astronomer Gennady Borisov … Continue reading

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Report A Hate Crime

Train of thought 1: The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change has released a report, Designating Hate: New Policy Responses to Stop Hate Crime, which recommends radical initiatives to tackle “hate” groups, even if they have not committed any kind of violent activity… The … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Nationalist Populism

Steve Turley: “All over the world there’s been a massive blowback against the anti-cultural processes of globalisation” His latest video has someone smoking a cigarette: Steve Turley (and others) also often refers to the blowback as “nationalist populism.” Why should … Continue reading

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Is There A Tobacco Epidemic?

Thanks to Joe L, my good opinion of Melania Trump has taken a knock: Since when has there been “a growing epidemic” of e-cigarette use? She’s not the first to abuse the term. From the Foreword of the WHO Framework … Continue reading

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Reducing Military Fitness

Via the comments: Smoking and vaping is to be banned at the UK’s only Army training centre for teenage recruits. Hundreds of junior soldiers pass through the Army Foundation College (AFC) in Harrogate each year. Its commanding officer Lt Col … Continue reading

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Lost In Fukuoka

With luck, and Parliament now in recess, there’ll be a quiet few weeks when I can think about something other than Brexit. … Like this article in the New Yorker: What If We Stopped Pretending? The climate apocalypse is coming. … Continue reading

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