Tag Archives: Lies

The Greengrocer Snaps

I was writing yesterday, in Learning To Be Nobody, how I felt that the EU had become a sort of new Soviet Union, with the European Commission playing the same role as the Soviet Politburo, and exerting top-down control over … Continue reading

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An Interesting Asymmetry

There’s a noteworthy asymmetry in the war between smokers and antismokers. And it’s that the smokers are almost all volunteers, and the antismokers are almost all mercenaries. Somebody like Deborah Arnott, the boss of ASH, is being paid a good … Continue reading

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Do Not Resuscitate

A passage in a comment by Rhys last night came as a bit of a jolt. I hope Britain is better than Canada, because here paramedics won’t come into your house if you smoke. I hope so too. But I … Continue reading

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Smirking Causes Lung Cancer

This story is a couple of months old: A Spanish man is suing health officials after discovering a photo of himself having spinal surgery being used as a cigarette health warning. The picture of the 54-year-old from Galicia shows him … Continue reading

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Lunch at the Restaurant Fournaise

Yesterday I came across a painting – Lunch at the Restaurant Fournaise – by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Since Renoir died in 1919, it must have been painted some years before the outbreak of WW1, depicting as it does a scene of idyllic … Continue reading

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Systematic Lying

Dick Puddlecote has picked up on Michael Siegel: Helena Miracle? Not So Much; New Study Casts Doubt on Conclusions of Anti-Smoking Groups The authors summarize the study as follows: “We examine the association between county-level smoking-related hospitalization rates and comprehensive … Continue reading

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When It Comes

Mail: Nanny state capital of the world: Another day, another rule in ‘carefree’ Australia as smoking is banned OUTSIDE – following laws on drinking after 10pm, e-cigarettes and even children playing football Freedoms increasingly restricted in Australia with a thicket … Continue reading

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