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Who Dares Wins

I generally think of antismokers as people who are frightened of everything. I think of them as being frightened of tobacco smoke and frightened of global warming and frightened of everything else as well. But this morning I wondered whether … Continue reading

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The Mantle Plume Myth

Some ideas are very attractive, and quickly capture people’s imagination. One such idea is that there are mantle plumes deep in the Earth, up which superheated molten rock ascends, melting through the lithosphere at the surface of the Earth, and … Continue reading

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Brexit as a Consequence of the War on Smokers

Britain is in a political crisis as the Remainers in Parliament desperately try to prevent Brexit on 31 October. It’s a political crisis that started when 17.41 million Britons voted three years ago to leave the EU. Or that’s the … Continue reading

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The New Savonarolas

Michael Bloomberg seems to be a nasty piece of work: Shocking new claims about Michael Bloomberg’s treatment of women have surfaced in a new upcoming book, “The Many Lives of Michael Bloomberg: Innovation, Money and Politics”, that is set to be … Continue reading

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To Hell with Piers Morgan

Piers Morgan is a loudmouth that I have little time for. But he seems to understand the rise of populism. Here’s him in conversation with someone called Ben Shapiro: 44 minutes: “Populism is rising because people are fed up with … Continue reading

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Antismoking Snobs

Still thinking about the antismoking mindset that antismokers like Ronald Bayer  reveal: In 1939 Norbert Elias published The Civilizing Process ,  a history of manners in which he sought to explain how acceptable behavior becomes revolting. Drawing on Elias’s classic study, in 1993 … Continue reading

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De-normalising Normality

Rush Limbaugh wasn’t actually talking about smoking, but he may as well have been. Now, to me, the dangerous thing here is… I mean, these people exist and they’ve always existed, but they have this arrogance of supremacy and contempt … Continue reading

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