Living In A Demon-Haunted World

Tucker Carlson talking to Marc Morano.

Joe Biden: “The existential threat of our time: climate change.”

Covid-19 is a crisis. And now climate change is another crisis.

Tobacco smoke is of course another existential threat requiring the lockdown of smokers.

Yet all these supposed threats are unreal. They are all phantoms.

We live in a world of imaginary threats. We live in a world of delusion.

Ours is a demon-haunted world. We may as well still have witches riding through the sky on broomsticks. But now this phantom world is not the product of superstition, but of science. Medical science and climate science.

What’s going to be the next existential threat? There’s bound to be one. Asteroid impacts? Tidal waves? Bubonic plague?

Increasingly I believe none of it. And I suspect that most other people feel the same. It would be different if there were constant thunderstorms, or the streets were filled with corpses, and coastal cities were disappearing under rising seas. But that’s not happening. The threats are all imaginary.

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14 Responses to Living In A Demon-Haunted World

    • Joe L. says:

      Scare millions of people into believing that smoking causes cancer so that you can sell them your pharmaceutical product … which causes cancer.

      Pfuck Pfizer!

      • Rose says:

        “June 25, 2021 — Pfizer is suspending distribution of the anti-smoking treatment Chantix after heightened levels of the carcinogen N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) were found in some lots of the pills. The pharmaceutical company is also recalling some lots of Chantix that may have high levels of NDMA, Reuters reported”

        NDMA, a contaminant found in multiple drugs, has industry seeking sources and solutions
        April 20, 2020

        “The presence of the probable carcinogen has prompted drugmakers to issue recall after recall. What risk does it pose, what’s the chemistry behind it, and how are drugmakers going to stop the contamination?”

        “NDMA is an N-nitrosamine, a type of compound that has the generic chemical structure R2N–N=O, a deprotonated amine bonded to a nitroso group. N-nitrosamines are generally formed when a secondary or tertiary amine reacts with a nitrosating agent. The compounds are found at low levels in many foods, such as roasted meats, cheese, and beer, because of cooking and fermentation processes.”

        University of Georgia
        Extension Agronomist-Tobacco

        “For decades, nitrosamines have been a focus of considerable research for which references abound in the scientific literature. The presence of nitrosamines in cigarette smoke and their possible role in tobacco carcinogenesis were first postulated in the scientific literature in 1962.

        Decades of research have provided no basis for concluding cause and effect relevancy of nitrosamines to chronic disease in smokers, despite implied contentions to the contrary.

        Without such relevancy, the effect of reducing levels of nitrosamines in tobacco or tobacco smoke cannot be definitively asserted. However, responsible product stewardship advocates that technologies to reduce nitrosamine levels in tobacco be pursued and implemented as proven effective and commercially practicable”

        “In the U.S. today, flue-cured tobacco is predominantly cured in commercial bulk barns. As a result of energy pressures in the U.S. during the 1960’s, farmer-built “stick barns” with heat- exchanged flue systems were gradually replaced with more energy efficient bulk barns using direct-fired liquid propane gas (LPG) burners. These LPG direct-fired burner systems exhaust combustion gases and combustion by-products directly into the barn where contact is made with the curing tobacco.

        In stark contrast to direct-fired curing, heat-exchange burner configurations completely vent combustion gases and combustion by-products to the external atmosphere rather than into the barn The heat-exchange process precludes exposure of the tobacco to LPG combustion by-products, thereby eliminating an important source of nitrosating agent for TSNA formation.”

        So they retrofitted the curing barns, I wonder what Pfizer will do?

        • Rose says:

          Smokers Paradox?

          Are You Nitric Oxide Deficient? Part 1 of 2

          “There’s been an evolution of the perspective of nitrites and nitrates.
          Back in the 50s and 60s, we were taught these were dangerous food additives that formed nitrosamines, which caused cancer. Then, fast-forward to 30 or 40 years later, the National Toxicology Program put nitrites and nitrates through long-term safety trials and found no evidence of carcinogenicity whatsoever.
          Then, in the late 80s and early 90s, nitric oxide (NO) was discovered, and it was realised that nitrite and nitrate could be formed endogenously from NO.[1] This told us in the scientific community that nitrite and nitrate are part of the normal NO metabolism.

          NO really is one of the most important molecules produced in the human body—so important, in fact, that in 1998, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded for the discovery of NO.
          These things in the scientific community told us a lot about nitrite and nitrate: they weren’t toxic food additives that caused cancer, and they were actually really important metabolites that can be utilised (as we understand now) to form NO.

          However, this message hasn’t necessarily translated to consumer awareness and the messaging of food companies or other forms of marketing.”

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  2. Fredrik says:

    I notice nightlights smoking is good for you link no longer works (Nightlight Noctiluca), at the side of your blog, as the content has been removed.

    It’s a shame because he destroyed the opposition and if I remember they resorted to calling him a tobacco industry shill and closed the thread – which was bollocks because I found out he worked for research company making lasers because I picked up his email address from a site where the lazy/stupid developers hid peoples email addresses in the content to save going to the server to look them up.

    He did get stuff wrong though, smokers are not more likely to get lung cancer for reasons he suggested, the difference is illusory and mostly caused by detection bias IMHO. And that is a far simpler explanation than the one he gave which was complex and opaque. I hope he is well though , he did excellent research.

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