Tag Archives: economics

Demonising The Competition

Dmitri draws our attention to third-hand smoke: Harmful cigarette smoke residue may be lurking in rooms where no one has ever lit up, researchers report. In a new study, scientists from Drexel University in Philadelphia found that in an empty, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 14 Comments

What Is Wealth?

I’ve always had something of a soft spot for Tony Benn, the Labour prime minister Britain never had. I think it may be because he smoked a pipe. And he kept on smoking it even when he was touring the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 9 Comments

Prison

Spiked! had an article about prison smoking bans earlier this year. Of course, if prisoners were able to enjoy every freedom they enjoyed in the outside world, then incarceration would make a poor deterrent against criminal behaviour. But forcing prisoners … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 18 Comments

Globalisation

According my potted History of the World, after several attempts over a few thousand years (Greeks, Romans, etc), Europe conquered the world in about 1500. After that time, much of the world fell under Portuguese, Spanish, British, Dutch, or French … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 10 Comments

Because It’s Hard

I was thinking this morning about something John F Kennedy said in his inaugural speech: “We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 7 Comments

The Decline of Democracy

Something I noticed a couple of days back. AP: State and federal environmental regulators have issued a blanket waiver for Florida electricity companies to violate clean air and water standards for the next two weeks. The Environmental Protection Agency announced … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 7 Comments

Tornado Winds

Foxy’s Tamarind Bar on Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands was part of the inspiration for the Smoky Drinky Bar. It set up a webcam back in June, and you could watch a live feed. It became my … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 29 Comments