Inevitable Reaction


We must accept that junk food is the new tobacco

The way I see it, this means junk food is good stuff, and I should eat more of it than I already do:

But the way I look at things seems to be becoming the opposite of the mainstream media message that tobacco is bad, alcohol is bad, fast food is bad, carbon dioxide is bad, etc, etc. Rejecting these messages, I instead increasingly see them as all good.

In part that’s a reaction to being bombarded with one particular message: I just switch off, and stop listening.

It can happen with anything. The first time I hear a piece of music I might not like it much, but on the second and third occasion I may like it more, but by the thousandth time I’ve heard it I’ll be thoroughly sick of it (e.g. Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, apparently the most popular piece of music in Britain, which I now simply can’t stand).

So the more I’m told that tobacco is bad, or carbon dioxide is bad, the more I reject those ideas, and start thinking the opposite.

I also reject the censorship of heretical ideas that I’m not allowed to think, or express.

In fact, it seems to me that of you really want to make some idea popular, you could do no better than to make it unthinkable and unsayable.

Reaction always eventually sets in.

Since he got elected 4 years ago I’ve been told incessantly how awful Donald \trump is. So now I hope that he gets re-elected in November with an even bigger majority than before. If I was an American voter I’d be utterly determined to cast my vote for him in November. And I suspect that there are a lot of American voters who feel the exact same way.

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12 Responses to Inevitable Reaction

  1. Lepercolonist says:

    “We must accept that junk food is the new tobacco”

    If they follow the anti-tobacco playbook we can expect a $2.00 hamburger will cost $10.00. Most people buy fast food because it is CHEAP. Yes, it is fast and convenient but many families can not afford sit-down dinners. If you eat a [healthy] organic dinner that has 2,500 calories then weight gain is highly probable. Or you can eat an affordable 1.500 calorie fast food dinner which is more sensible. These killjoys make me sick to my stomach.

  2. Rose says:

    One million older Britons are at risk of starving to death: An epidemic of malnutrition is blighting the elderly and official healthy eating advice is partly to blame…
    13 October 2019


    “Leading charities and organisations have joined forces to urge us to take notice of what they are calling a ‘silent health epidemic’.

    The British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and The Malnutrition Taskforce campaign group launch a nationwide crusade tomorrow to educate healthcare professionals, patients and carers about the scale of the problem. A resource pack including tools for identifying malnutrition and tips for weight gain will be sent to thousands of healthcare professionals working with older, at-risk adults – from care homes to GPs.

    Age UK will also be running local events supporting the campaign. At the top of the agenda is challenging some of the Government’s messages about healthy eating.

    According to Lesley Carter, malnutrition lead at Age UK, billboards telling us to cut down on sugary treats could be unknowingly putting thousands at risk. She says: ‘Advice to eat low-fat, low-sugar and low-calorie foods isn’t relevant to most of the older population.

    ‘For thousands of people in their 70s, 80s and 90s, the emphasis needs to be on getting more calories in.’

    Carter and other campaigners would like to see the Government issue healthy-eating advice on ‘eating for your stage of life’.

    Farrer agrees: ‘As we get older, increasing calorie intake, specifically from protein and fats, is important.’ Carter adds: ‘Many older people are of a generation that championed keeping fit and dieting. So switching to full-fat milk, cheese and puddings, and snacking on biscuits to get their weight up, can feel a struggle.’

  3. Rose says:

    At last

    Nicotine-replacement therapy, as a surrogate of smoking, and the risk of hospitalization with Covid-19 and all-cause mortality: a nationwide, observational cohort study in France

    Conclusions This large-scale observational study suggests that smoking, measured by exposure to nicotine-replacement therapy, was associated with an increased risk of overall mortality during the first wave of SARS-CoV-2 epidemic in France, although it was associated with a lower risk of severe Covid-19 in individuals without major related-smoking diseases. Experimental and clinical studies are needed to disentangle the potential mechanisms of nicotine and/or smoking in Covid-19 risk. Whatever the nature of these associations, the global impact of smoking is harmful for health even over a short epidemic period.”

  4. garyk30 says:

    These ‘Prohibitionist should are really stupid.
    Parents have known for ages that:
    1. If you want kids to do something you tell them not to do it because it is ‘bad’ for them.
    2. Vice versa
    Rebellion is strong in humans nature.

  5. Joe L. says:

    We must accept that junk food is the new tobacco

    The key part of this phrase is, “We must accept.” This is exactly what they told us about tobacco–“we must accept” that tobacco causes lung cancer, heart disease, strokes, etc.

    If smoking actually caused all of these horrible diseases and truly “kills half of those who use it,” we wouldn’t have to simply accept it; we would innately know it. But common sense and empirical data gathered from our actual life experiences suggests otherwise. Many smokers live into their 80s and 90s, and a majority of the record-holding “oldest people alive” have smoked into the second century of their lives.

    So in order to get the public to believe the myth that smoking is the worst possible activity anyone can do, Tobacco Control manufactures pseudoscientific studies and cherry-picks statistics, then shoves it into our faces at every turn at tells us “we must accept” that smoking kills.

    I am proud to say that I do not accept, nor will I ever accept that smoking causes any of the harms Tobacco Control claims it does. I will need to be presented with reproducible empirical evidence to convince me otherwise. And after 70+ years of the contemporary Antismoking movement (what I have dubbed “The Cancer Era”), Tobacco Control is yet to produce anything empirical to support their claims.

    • Rose says:

      “I am proud to say that I do not accept, nor will I ever accept that smoking causes any of the harms Tobacco Control claims it does”

      Anti-tobacco science seems to work in reverse and frequently upside down, if you want to know what the tobacco plant contains and what it does look elsewhere.

      Scientists hope to harvest ‘˜wonder drug’ from potatoes

      “Imagine a substance with the potential to fight cancer, Aids, osteoporosis and heart disease, as well as curing ulcers, healing wounds and killing drug-resistant bacteria.

      Scottish agricultural scientists are investigating the possibility of extracting the compound, called solanesol, from the leftover leaves of potato harvests, which are usually burnt off or dumped.

      The chemical is already a key component in the manufacture of coenzyme Q10, which is used in beauty products to combat the appearance of ageing.

      Now studies are under way to establish its full powers.

      Solanesol is found in plants from the family that includes tobacco, peppers, aubergines – and potatoes.

      Professor Derek Stewart and Dr Mark Taylor, from the James Hutton Institute, believe solanesol production could revolutionise Scotland’s potato sector, providing a valuable new income stream for farmers while also helping to cut wastage.

      Professor Stewart, head of plant chemistry, said: “Solanesol has been researched for a few years now but China is the major source. The research has been quite spectacular. There is an awareness that it may have properties in its own right, like antibacterial, anti-inflammation, anti-ulcer, so its end uses are fairly wide.

      “It’s also looking like it may have some ability to reverse things like antibiotic resistance or for sensitising tumour cells, so that targeted treatments work even better – a double whammy.”

      “Farmers have responded enthusiastically to the possibilities that solanesol production could offer. Peter Grewar, chairman of the Potatoes Working Group at NFU Scotland, said: “I always knew potatoes were good for you but this is taking it to a whole new level. The research is obviously in its very early stages but the potential for ‘tattie shaw solanesol’ means that it could be a fairly exciting prospect.”

      “An average potato has a nicotine concentration of 15 ng/g. This concentration is considerably higher in green and sprouting potatoes with a reported 42.8 ng/g compared to the 4.3 ng/g in ripe potatoes. … Potatoes also contain a nicotine alkaloid called solanine, which is highly concentrated on its skin.”

  6. Dr Evil says:

    I feel exactly the same way. I’m sure that when Obama et al hectored the British public to vote Remain it convinced a load of people to vote leave. We do not like to be told what to think or what to do!

  7. Doonhamer says:

    Then, as with tobacco and vaping, they wiil commence redefining “junk-food”, which will be easy since they do not define it in the first place.
    First thing to go will be pig products. Guess why that one will be easy.
    Then they will work their way through the other meats. And dairy stuff
    Then anything that needs fertiliser or pest control.
    Then anything that has been transported more than 10 miles, or equivalent in leagues, or ms. Cos, you know, carbon footprint.
    At some point cannibalism might be acceptable, because, you know, efficient use of resourses.
    Nah. Impossible

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  9. Александра Собина says:

    It appears that seat belts was the first thing of taking liberties. Tobacco came after.
    This old guy was talking about it while I was ironing..

  10. Joe L. says:

    This light-hearted obituary acheived minor national media coverage because it mentions her hatred of NFL quarterback Tom Brady. However, it was #2 on the list of “5 Things about Carole” that caught my eye (emphasis mine):

    SCARSELLA – Carole
    Of Lackawanna, NY, entered into rest on July 19, 2020. Beloved mother of Norma Milholland and Remo (Jari) Scarsella; cherished grandmother of Christopher, Maxwell (Meghan), Agatha, RJ, Chad, Brandon, and Chelsea; predeceased by her parents, Remo and Agatha Scarsella and brother, Richard; survived by her brother Lewis (Mary) and sister-in-law, Eileen, as well as many nieces and nephews. 5 Things about Carole: 1) She loved to read. Her favorite author was Stephen King. She had a private library of hundreds of books. 2) She loved to smoke. She smoked millions of cigarettes. 3) She loved slot machines and Facebook games. She never won millions, but she had the biggest farm in all of Farmville and made it to the millionth level on Candy Crush. 4) She was an avid sports fan. She loved the New York Yankees and Lebron James. She HATED Tom Brady. 5) When her children were growing up, she was involved with their school PTA, coached their sports teams, and volunteered through Lackawanna Little Leagues. She was a mother, father, coach, mentor and friend. Private funeral services were held with Carole’s immediate family.

    Ms. Scarsella was an unapologetic smoker who seemed to have a great sense of humor. Sounds like she would have fit in well ’round these parts. Rest in peace, Carole.

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