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Dangerous Games

Hat Tip to Joe L for this latest piece of insanity: The World Health Organization is adding an unexpected disorder to its list of mental health conditions in 2018. Next year, people who play an excessive amount of video games … Continue reading

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No More Doctor’s Orders

What is the optimum size for a state? That rather Socratic question came to mind this morning as I considered the Catalonian crisis, which rumbled on over the weekend with approaching one million demonstrators on the streets of Barcelona. Eight … Continue reading

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The Upstart Empire of Health

Oxford Dictionary: ethos, NOUN The characteristic spirit of a culture, era, or community as manifested in its attitudes and aspirations. ethic, NOUN A set of moral principles, especially ones relating to or affirming a specified group, field, or form of conduct. … Continue reading

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Big States Versus Small States

In the news yesterday: Just minutes after the Catalan government voted for Independence from Spain, with a former Decision of Independence likely to follow momentarily, over in Madrid wasted no time in responding, and moments ago, with 214 for and … Continue reading

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Redefining the meaning of “Epidemic”

One of the odd characteristics of our times seems to be that, rather like in Alice In Wonderland, words increasingly mean whatever people want them to mean. So now “gay” means “homosexual”, and “liberal” means more or less the opposite … 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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Another Day, Another Bomb

Another day, another bomb. In the Guardian report on it today, there was no mention of either the words “islam” or “muslim”. Although the Telegraph did include a mention: ​Islamic State supporters celebrate Manchester attack online It has all the … Continue reading

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