Singer and Klein

A couple of things I came across today.

The late physicist Fred Singer on second-hand smoke:

According to David Biello and John Pavlus in Scientific American, Singer was best known for his denial of the health risks of passive smoking.[60] He was involved in 1994 as writer and reviewer of a report on the issue by the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution, where he was a senior fellow.[61] The report criticized the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for their 1993 study about the cancer risks of passive smoking, calling it “junk science”. Singer told CBC’s The Fifth Estate in 2006 that he stood by the position that the EPA had “cooked the data” to show that second-hand smoke causes lung cancer. CBC said that tobacco money had paid for Singer’s research and for his promotion of it, and that it was organized by APCO. Singer told CBC it made no difference where the money came from. “They don’t carry a note on a dollar bill saying ‘This comes from the tobacco industry,'” he said. “In any case I was not aware of it, and I didn’t ask APCO where they get their money. That’s not my business.”[13] In December 2010 he wrote in American Thinker that he is nonsmoker who finds second-hand smoke an unpleasant irritant that cannot be healthy; he also wrote that his father, a heavy smoker, died of emphysema when relatively young. According to Singer, he serves on the advisory board of an anti-smoking organization, and has never been paid by Philip Morris or the tobacco lobby.[62]

Also author Naomi Klein in conversation with Ed Miliband:

Naomi Klein 38:00 : “I often say that I used to smoke a pack of cigarettes a day, and it wasn’t that I didn’t know smoking was bad for me. I knew. I stopped smoking when my government basically turned me into a complete pariah by banning smoking in restaurants and bars, and I found myself in a very cold climate, shivering, outside, alone, miserably sucking on a cancer stick, and I just thought that it wasn’t a good look, and I eventually just gave it up.”
Ed Miliband: “Very sensible.”
Naomi Klein: “Sometimes we need the help of government regulations. I’m willing to admit that I’m weak in that way.”

She was not at all bothered at what her own government had done to her. And neither was former UK Labour leader Ed Miliband.

But I think this was a terrible thing to have done to people.

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3 Responses to Singer and Klein

  1. Sokalowski says:

    so do I,and they are still whining on about it now, tedious bastards.

  2. Rose says:

    Environmental Tobacco Smoke
    A Rodgman


    “In 1992, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a “draft” assessment of ETS and lung cancer in adults and respiratory disorders in children. Relying on weak and inconclusive epidemiological data, the supposed similarity between ETS and MS, the presence of “known or suspected carcinogens” in MS and by extrapolation in ETS, and the “biological plausibility” of an adverse relationship between ETS and health, the EPA recommended that ETS be classified as a “Group A (known human) carcinogen.” Fundamental physical and quantitative chemical differences among ETS, MS, and SS and human exposure to each smoke were disregarded: The three are not equivalent nor is ETS exposure a quantitative variant of cigarette smoking. A substantial difference in retention percentage overlays the huge dosimetric difference between exposures. As a result, the “dosage” of ETS retained is miniscule relative to MS. Also, conclusions reached by the EPA and the use of tenuous relationships as bases for Group A classification are unwarranted because of failure to consider the data upon which the “tumorigenicity” of the ETS components was based, questions on the presence and/or levels of these components in MS, and data indicating that a 25- to 30-fold decrease of a high-level dose of MS or MS condensate diminished the effects observed in bioassays from pronounced to zero, i.e., a threshold was demonstrated. Finally, EPA overlooked the more than 100 tobacco smoke components known to inhibit the tumorigenic action of many of the listed “tumorigens.”

    John Banzhaf: In His Own Litigious Words
    “Somewhere there is going to be a judge and a jury that will buy this, and once we get the first verdict, as we did with tobacco, it will open the floodgates.”

    — New York Daily News 1/22/03.

    If you have never heard of John Banzhaf I suggest you read, this is why so little makes sense these days.

  3. Александра Собина says:

    Oh, what a nice guy this John Bastard Banzhaf.

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