Tag Archives: Lies

The Spiral Of Silence

Hat tip to Tony for drawing attention to The Spiral Of Silence. “It has long been established that when people are surrounded by those who are likely to disagree with their opinion, they are more likely to self-censor.” These findings … Continue reading

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Secrecy And Lies

Several news items I picked up today. First: A federal judge in Minnesota who has seen a sizable portion of the unreleased documents on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy says those documents, due to be released Thursday, won’t … Continue reading

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A Smoker’s Manifesto

A few days ago I listed about 10 cultural movements that have arisen over the last 70 years. They had a great many predecessors, and they will have a great many successors. And one of those successors, given the current … Continue reading

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Friends Of Ours

On Facebook Walt has been reporting on new antismoking legislation passed by NYC city council. This from the Health Committee chair: Dear Friends Of Ours, Despite all the progress our City has made in curbing smoking, tobacco use kills an … Continue reading

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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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