Tag Archives: WHO

High Tide of the WHO?

BBC US President Donald Trump has said he is going to halt funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) because it has “failed in its basic duty” in its response to the coronavirus outbreak. He accused the UN agency of … Continue reading

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Seven Weeks

Still no deaths on the Diamond Princess, 24 days after the 80-year-old man boarded the ship, 10 days after he became the first nCoV case. The passengers are pretty elderly: As of last Wednesday, about 80 percent of the 2,666 … Continue reading

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Before and After-Smoke

Daily Mail: Cigarette butts still emit harmful chemicals for at least a week after they have been stubbed out, experts have found. Researchers warn ‘after smoke’ could damage health due to the ‘significant’ level of airborne nicotine coming from butts. … Continue reading

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Mounting Chaos In China

This is the right spirit: Driver hits 111mph on M58 then pulls over on hard shoulder for a cigarette Give that man a medal.  He’s clearly made of the right stuff. I did much the same thing on my way … Continue reading

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How Long Before They Drag in Global Warming?

I was wondering how long it was going to take before the Coronavirus epidemic got linked to Global Warming and Brexit. Not very long at all. Today’s Observer editorial: From the spread of zoonotic viruses to the growing threat of … Continue reading

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Them and Us

Yesterday I posted without comment a partial transcript of Martin Durkin’s remarks during a Spiked! discussion. Today I’ll add a few of my own comments. I think the main thing that stood out for me was the suggestion that there … Continue reading

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Invoke Article 31 of the FCTC

Rose drew attention to this: OUT MEANS OUT! Boris promises complete break from EU laws in major victory for Brexiteers PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson has insisted that Britain will not follow EU rules after finally leaving the bloc on January … Continue reading

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A New Diaspora

Very arguably the smokers of the world are – or are in process of becoming – members of one of the world’s great religions. There are probably a billion or more smokers in the world, and that number matches any … Continue reading

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Bullying Bastard Doctors

Thanks to Rose for drawing attention to this report: At a glance | Prof Dame Sally Davies’ review of obesity crisis Key proposals: Ban eating or drinking anything but plain water on all urban public transport Extend sugar tax on drinks … Continue reading

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Forging An Identity

Something I came across this morning: Identity Politics Is Tearing Society Apart Forget the old battles between the left and the right. Welcome to the era of ‘identity politics,’ where loyalties are owed not to class or political party, but … Continue reading

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