Never Any Timestamp

Rod Liddle smoking, and talking about the BBC.

As I watched, I wondered when it was recorded. They never tell you this. There ought to be a timestamp on the screen.

Eventually I realized that it was made in the summer of 2021, after they spoke of Joe Biden being president, judging from their summer clothes. But it could have easily been shot in 2020 or 2019.

I suppose that when it was first broadcast everyone knew what day it was. But YouTube videos are visible years or decades later. It then becomes important to know the context in which it was made. But you’re left guessing. And in this case I was kept guessing until half way through.

It should be easy to add a discreet timestamp.

Words aren’t timeless.

Books carry their publication date. So should videos.

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Anti-vax

Eric Clapton NME

“I took the first jab of AZ and straight away had severe reactions which lasted ten days. I recovered eventually and was told it would be twelve weeks before the second one…,” Clapton wrote in the letter.

“About six weeks later I was offered and took the second AZ shot, but with a little more knowledge of the dangers. Needless to say the reactions were disastrous, my hands and feet were either frozen, numb or burning, and pretty much useless for two weeks, I feared I would never play again, (I suffer with peripheral neuropathy and should never have gone near the needle.) But the propaganda said the vaccine was safe for everyone…”

Who to believe? Legiron on one side?

So, anyone who doesn’t want to take part in the experiment is now an ‘anti-vaxxer’. This would be amusing if it wasn’t so serious.

Or Chris Snowdon on the other?

David Icke accused “demons” of using “a fake virus, a fake test, and fake death certificates to give the illusion of a deadly disease that has never and does not exist.”

It’s an easy choice: Legiron is a microbiologist, and Snowdon isn’t.

But if nothing else it’s more evidence for the decline and fall of Public Health. Nobody believes them any more. Not even Chris Snowdon.

I stopped believing a long time ago, when they locked smokers like me out of the pubs.

We live in an era of mad medical tyranny.

When it ends, we’ll all go back to smoking, just like we have for the past 500 years..

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Irrational Hatreds

I’ve been reading All Quiet On The Western Front.

There’s lots of smoking in it. Of cigarettes and cigars. Even in the front line. It’s a big mistake to put your head above the parapet at night with a cigarette in your mouth: it’s an easy target for a sniper. This is one way that smoking really does kill.

It is perhaps the only way that smoking kills: in the trenches, careless smoking kills.

The war on smoking would make sense if smoking kills. But smoking doesn’t kill. The war on smoking is driven by an irrational hatred. What do they hate so much? Who knows? And who cares?

It’ll be the death of Tobacco Control and Public Health when people eventually realise that they’re driven by irrational hatred. They’re engaged in witch hunts against witches that don’t exist. Climate Change is another such witch. Asteroid impacts. Covid 19. All imaginary witches. Little things exaggerated into existential threats.

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I’m Never Coming Back

Legiron:

I don’t care about your society. I like a smoke. You threw me out of society a long time ago.

I entirely agree. I was expelled from society on 1 July 2007, along with millions of other smokers.

This is a state-sponsored attempt to stop everyone smoking tobacco. The state knows what’s good for you better than you do. It’s the death of democracy.

Now they’re trying to make everyone get vaccinated with an experimental jab.

Will it work? Does state control ever work?

It will breed resistance. It will breed resistance not just to getting the jab, but to everything else they want as well.

I don’t watch their TV. I don’t listen to their radio. I’ve refused for years to pay their TV licence. I don’t want to watch or listen. The best thing that could happen to the BBC is for it to close down. It’s state propaganda just like in the old East Germany. I get all my news off the web.

They’ve lost me. And I’m never coming back.

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I Don’t Believe Experts

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/jul/13/alcohol-caused-740000-cancer-cases-globally-last-year-study


Alcohol is estimated to have caused more than 740,000 cancer cases around the world last year, and experts say more needs to be done to highlight the link.

I don’t believe a word of it.

I don’t believe a word of anything that’s said about tobacco or alcohol. Or fast food. Or climate change. Or Trump.

I don’t believe a word of what experts say.

I’m sick of experts.

I’ll make up my own mind.

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Religious Belief

I was rather surprised, listening to a Forest webinar last week, that many smokers regarded smoking as a dangerously unhealthy practice. Many had even switched to vaping to reduce the risk to their health. No wonder they don’t fight against smoking bans.

I must say that I do not share these views.

A large part of the reason for this is that I spent some time in the household of the virulently antismoking Dr W. In fact it was thanks to him that I started smoking – something I hadn’t considered beforehand.

But another part of the reason was that I grew up reacting against the Roman Catholic church in which I found myself. Whenever I have encountered unquestioning dogma I have begun questioning it, whatever it is about.

The case against smoking was always very thin. It was that lung cancer only started becoming more prevalent when cigarettes became commonplace during WW1. But lots of other things started becoming more prevalent back then, including automobiles and radioactive materials. Why not pin the blame on them? But no, pretty soon it was not just cigarettes but also pipes and cigars that were also deemed fatal, even though people had been smoking them for centuries.

It’s not just that I don’t believe that smoking causes lung cancer, but also I don’t believe in the supposed threat of global warming/climate change. This is another dogma. But it’s one that I’ve been able to explore using my own computer simulation models, given that for some years I studied heat flow in buildings using electronic analogue models.

With this model I was able to generate alternating global ice ages and interglacial periods lasting thousands of years. Carbon dioxide made little difference. When the Earth was covered in thousands of metres of snow and ice, it acted as insulation on the earth beneath, causing its surface to gradually warm up, and eventually melt the snow and ice. No longer covered in a layer of insulation, the surface of the earth would then cool down again until snow could again begin to settle on it. In this manner alternating global ice ages and interglacial periods were generated. Historically ice ages have tended to last some 100,000 years, and interglacial periods abou 10,000 years. Now that we’re 12,000 years into the current interglacial, we’re due to return to a new ice age. I’m hoping that our current slight global warming might delay it.

How many people have got their own climate simulation models? Next to none. They have no way of exploring the matter. So they must just believe what they’re told. Just like with smoking and lung cancer. It’s a religious belief.

We’re living in an era of religious belief.

Soon enough we’ll find out the truth.

My guess is that we’ll find the world returning to an ice age.

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Asteroid Warning

ZeroHedge :

Did you know that NASA is going to send a spacecraft on a suicide mission in an attempt to change the trajectory of a massive space rock? The good news is that the space rock that NASA will be crashing this spacecraft into is not on a collision course with Earth. It is only a test. But why has NASA suddenly become so concerned with figuring out how to defend the Earth from giant asteroids? Could it be possible that there is something heading toward Earth in the future that they haven’t told us about yet?

Of course there is something heading toward Earth in the future. The Earth is struck by thousands of small bodies every day.

The interesting question is whether they’d tell us about a big new one they’d just found.

Would they want to start a global panic?

They might not know until it arrives. Nobody saw the 20 metre Chelyabinsk rock before it arrived on 15 February 2013. It came from out of the morning sun at 9:30 local time (03:20 UTC).

It would have been equally invisible if it had been heading toward the Sun, a dark body in the night sky. Many comets behave this way, only becoming visible when heated by the Sun to outgas water.

The only way they could launch rockets to hit it would have been if they’d had several days notice if its arrival.

Assuming that the asteroid is moving in the orbital plane of the Earth, high latitude impacts will tend to be grazing impacts like Chelyabinsk 2013 and Tunguska 1908. But impacts near the equator are more likely to be direct impacts, as Chicxulub in Yucatan. And equatorial impacts are more likely than near-polar impacts

Since 70% of the Earth’s surface is ocean, chances are that any impact would create a tsunami radiating from the impact point.

Islands would be in greatest danger from a tsunami: nowhere to run. Examples include Japan, Hawaii, Caribbean, Iceland. A tsunami striking Britain would likely hit the south coast. It would also hit southern and western Ireland. Low-lying coastal regions would be in greatest danger.

Oddly enough, China is also planning to fire rockets at approaching asteroids.

Perhaps they do know something we don’t know.

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Stop Worrying

https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/uk-government-adviser-says-fatigue-headache-sore-throat-diarrhoea-should-be-added-covid

A SAGE government adviser has said that fatigue, headache, sore throat and diarrhoea should be added to the list of COVID symptoms, prompting concerns that this will artificially inflate case numbers..

What were the previous COVID symptoms? Seems like anything could be a COVID symptom.

Back in February, UK health authorities announced that not a single case of influenza had been detected this year, prompting some to express incredulity at the claim.

Maybe influenza has simply been renamed COVID?

Belief in health experts is draining away.

I never had much belief in them anyway.

If they think tobacco smoke is a health hazard, is it any wonder if they think that fast food is a health hazard too?

What isn’t a health hazard?

When everything has become a health hazard, there have ceased to be any health hazards.

So stop worrying.

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Someone mentions smoking bans

At last someone mentions smoking bans. Dennis Prager:

As many observers have noted, staying safe has become a religion. “Safetyism,” as it is sometimes called, like all religions, places what it values — in this case, being safe — above other values. Safetyism explains the willingness of Americans to give up their most cherished values — including liberty — in the name of safety for the last year and a half.

 

Millions of Americans not only gave up their right to go to work, earn a living, attend church or synagogue, and visit friends and relatives, but they even gave up their right to visit dying relatives and friends. One can assume that nearly every person recorded as having died of COVID-19 died without having a single loved one at their bedside from the moment they entered a hospital until their death. The acceptance of such cruelty — irrational and unscientific cruelty, one might add — can only be explained by the failure of generations of schools and parents to teach liberty, while successfully teaching the worship of safety. If your father had to die alone, it was worth it for the sake of safety; if your mother had to be in what amounted to solitary confinement in a nursing home for more than a year, that, too, was worth it for the sake of safety. And, of course, if political leaders and leaders in science and medicine have to lie for the sake of safety, so be it; truth, too, is less important than safety.

None of this is new. Twenty-five years ago, I wrote and broadcast about the willingness of Americans to watch individual rights crushed in the war against smoking, and especially in accepting the absurdity of the allegedly lethal dangers of secondhand smoke. No one denies that intense exposure to secondhand smoke can exacerbate preexisting illnesses such as asthma. But the anti-smoking zealots’ claim that 50,000 Americans die each year from exposure to secondhand smoke is nonsense. For example, in 2013, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute reported that there was no statistically significant relationship between lung cancer and exposure to passive smoke.

Yet, in the name of that nonsensical 50,000-a-year claim, people were forbidden not only to smoke on airplanes — which on courtesy grounds alone was appropriate — but even in smoke shops. In the city of Burbank, California, run for decades by leftists who, like all leftists, have contempt for personal liberty, smoking is banned even in cigar shops. Despite the fact that no one is forced to work in any cigar shop, and even if the shop is well-ventilated, no smoking is permitted.

What is important to note is that these irrational prohibitions on personal liberty bothered no one except smokers. The number of nonsmoking citizens of Burbank who objected to these laws was probably zero. Had Burbank announced a ban on alcohol, there would have been a revolt — despite the fact that at least half the instances of spouse- and child-abuse are accompanied by alcohol, and every instance of death, brain damage, paralysis and other permanent injury caused by a drunk driver is caused by alcohol. Has anyone been killed by a smoking driver? Has anyone been murdered, or any child or spouse been molested or beaten because the murderer or abuser had been smoking?

So, the safety zealots learned from the anti-smoking and anti-secondhand smoke crusade the great lesson that if you told Americans something wasn’t safe, you could deprive them of their rights and they would willingly go along with it. And, for the record, this is equally true in virtually every country in the world. “Safety uber alles.”

 
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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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