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Cultural War

Published on 2015-08-04 16:42:16.
Website: Frank Davis


I used to quite like Boris: Leaked e-mails reveal London’s Conservative mayor, Boris Johnson, plans to announce a new “hate crime” reporting hotline. However, various identity groups and grievance charities oppose the initiative, believing each victim group needs it’s own tailor-made … Continue reading →

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La Police alimentaire, prélude à une néo Prohibition de l'alcool ?

Published on 2015-08-04 14:41:35.
Website: Accueil


En ce 4 août 2015, Alain Berset, conseiller fédéral, lançait sa guerre au sucre avec une dizaine de partenaires fournisseurs d'aliments au peuple suisse. Cette mesure fait partie d'un cortège de préventologies autoritaires: contre les graisses "trans", contre le sel, contre les hydrates de carbone, contre les additifs alimentaires et - bien sûr- en premier lieu, contre la prétendue" fumée passive létale", inventée de toutes pièces sous le Troisième Reich au titre de premier instrument de" purification" chantée par le Führer.

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Aseem Malhotra's latest brainwave

Published on 2015-08-04 07:29:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


After becoming national laughing stocks with their Ribena policy last week, the people at Tesco are probably not in the mood to be told what to sell by the clowns at Action on Sugar, but Aseem Malhotra is trying anyway...

Dear @tesco - please provide the British public the option of FULL FAT yoghurt to help reverse #obesity #NHS pic.twitter.com/sNCP1CjKLP— Dr Aseem Malhotra (@DrAseemMalhotra) August 4, 2015

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The man taking on the Australian nanny state

Published on 2015-08-04 04:40:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


I've got a new piece up on Spectator Health today in which I interview the Australian politician David Leyonhjelm who has recently launched a Senate Inquiry into the nanny state.

Last September, a 20-year-old man was retrieving a goose he had shot in Australia’s Northern Territory when a crocodile dragged him by his right arm into some wetlands with a view to eating him. Undaunted, the man poked the croc in the eyes and escaped. Covered in teeth and claw marks, he made his way to an outstation, medicated himself with Carlton Dry beer and was visibly intoxicated by the time the police arrived. Offered a lift to hospital by air ambulance, he insisted on driving instead. 

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The Rising Power of the American Dead

Published on 2015-08-03 16:05:47.
Website: Frank Davis


Robert Wood Johnson II died in 1968. He left the bulk of his $400,000,000 estate to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Since this foundation now helps fund Tobacco Control, the following article seemed relevant: It’s a common-sense notion that society’s wealth shouldn’t … Continue reading →

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Jean-Yves Mollier: la police de l’esprit au XIXe siècle

Published on 2015-08-03 15:48:53.
Website: Accueil


Enquête & Débat:  "Une conférence passionnante et un conférencier éloquent: Jean-Yves Mollier. Un document important pour comprendre d’où viennent les phénomènes de censure actuels, qui remontent souvent loin dans le temps. A voir en une seule fois si vous disposez de deux heures, ou en plusieurs fois si vous avez un agenda de ministre, mais à ne rater sous aucun prétexte."

(Rediffusion d'une conférence diffusée la première fois le 26 février 2011)

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Atrocities

Published on 2015-08-02 16:49:21.
Website: Frank Davis


As Labour leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn launches a “rock star” tour of Britain, addressing rapturous audiences in packed meeting halls, I thought I’d check to see whether he was the antismoker I thought he probably was. It was just as I … Continue reading →

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Nouvelle persécution de fumeurs: les bars à chicha visés

Published on 2015-08-01 17:48:46.
Website: Accueil


Schweiz am Sonntag: "Une nouvelle catégorie de fumeurs est visée par les autorités fédérales, au mépris de consommateurs exotiques, fervents de pipe à chicha.

"Depuis le mois de mai, les douanes suisses, ont porté un coup quasi fatal au tabac à chicha: on en importait 800 tonnes en 2014, soit le double de l'année précédente. En mai de cette année, on en importait plus que 100 kg et en juin: 1 tonne. Les douanes ont procédé soudain à une augmentation massive des droits de douane qui s'élèvent désormais à 80 Fr. le kilo. Celui qui veut dédouaner 2 à 3 t de tabac à chicha doit s'acquitter désormais de 150 000 Fr. de droits d'importation, ce que nombre de petits importateurs ne peuvent se permettre. Les "bars a chicha" sont doc menacés dans leur existence"

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The $1.5 trillion Climate Change Industry

Published on 2015-08-01 16:45:41.
Website: Frank Davis


Breitbart UK and Jo Nova: New estimates published by the Climate Change Business Journal put the total size of the industry at $1.5 trillion a year, or $4 billion a day, equivalent to the size of the global online retail … Continue reading →

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Link Tank 01/08

Published on 2015-08-01 01:25:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


After a busy week in Puddlecoteville, hence the light content.

Tesco’s Ribena ban will do nothing to satisfy public-health zealots
Is banning smoking outdoors a step too far

A fridge too far

Australian nannies call for a tax on meat

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MH370 Flaperon

Published on 2015-07-31 17:22:39.
Website: Frank Davis


Sixteen months ago, I took a lot of interest in flight MH370. Now it’s back in the news, with what’s thought to be one of its wing components washing up on the island of Reunion, 5000 km from the area … Continue reading →

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QuadratureduNet: " Surveillance : soutenons Netzpolitik contre les pressions du gouvernement allemand !

Published on 2015-07-31 15:55:00.
Website: Accueil


QuadratureduNet: " Paris, le 15 juillet 2015 — La Quadrature du Net dénonce avec force la tentative d'intimidation dont est l'objet le site allemand Netzpolitik, mis en accusation pour trahison par la justice allemande pour avoir diffusé des documents révélant l'extension de la surveillance de l'Internet par les services secrets allemands. La Quadrature apporte son soutien et son appui aux activistes allemands, qui défendent les libertés fondamentales et subissent pour cette raison la pression des autorités.

"Le site de défense des droits fondamentaux allemand Netzpolitik a été mis en examen pour « trahison » le 10 juillet dernier sur demande du président des services de renseignement allemands. L'affaire sera menée par le procureur fédéral allemand en charge des questions d'espionnage et de terrorisme."

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Google foule aux pieds le "droit à l'oubli"

Published on 2015-07-30 18:23:04.
Website: Accueil


ATS: " Google conteste la compétence de la CNIL

"Google a annoncé jeudi qu'il refusait le "droit à l'oubli" imposé en France par la commission nationale de l'informatique et des libertés. Le géant d'Internet argue que cette instance n'est pas compétente pour contrôler les informations accessibles à travers le monde.


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Healthy drinkers

Published on 2015-07-30 01:30:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


A bit more evidence for the deniers to deny. At this stage, I think it's fair to call them that.

Results
Rates of poor self-rated health were highest among those who had stopped drinking, followed by those who never drank. The rates of poor self-rated health among non-drinkers were significantly higher than the rates of poor self-rated health for any of the groups who reported alcohol consumption.

Conclusions

Among those who drank alcohol, there was no evidence that any pattern of current alcohol consumption was associated with poor self-rated health, even after adjustment for a wide range of variables.

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Outdoor smoking ban consultation

Published on 2015-07-29 02:30:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The public consultation on the 'voluntary ban' on smoking outdoors in Brighton and Hove is online. It's a simple survey which only takes two minutes to complete so please do so. There are various nosy questions about sexuality, race and so on, but you can ignore them.

Give 'em hell...


UPDATE

Simon Clark is getting déja vu...

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Data from 2014 UK Youth Survey Show No Nonsmoking Youths Becoming Regular E-Cigarette Users

Published on 2015-07-28 04:10:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Newly released data from the Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use among Young People in England - 2014 survey show that although 22% of youth ages 11-15 have experimented with electronic cigarettes, only 3% are now regular vapers and none of these regular vapers are never smokers. In the survey, regular vaping was defined as using an e-cigarette at least once per week.

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While one cannot extrapolate from these data to the situation in the U.S., they do demonstrate that at least in England, e-cigarettes are not particularly addictive and they are not serving as a gateway to smoking among youth. Despite the high rate of e-cigarette experimentation, only a small proportion of these youth experimenters are going on to become regular vapers. And of these regular vapers, none are kids who never smoked cigarettes. Thus, there is little, if any, evidence that e-cigarette experimentation among youth in England is causing public health harm. If anything, e-cigarettes may be deterring some youth from continued smoking.

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Good riddance to bad sock-puppets

Published on 2015-07-28 01:58:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


I'm pleased to able to bring glad tidings for a change. DrinkWise North West, the taxpayer-funded lobby group, has had its state-funding withdrawn. Since nobody in their right mind would give it money voluntarily, this naturally means that it has been closed down with immediate effect. Its Twitter feed has already disappeared.

You may recall DrinkWise as the Department of Health front group that used public money to campaign for alcohol advertising bans and minimum unit pricing (MUP). For the latter, they set up a sock-puppet website - anonymously, at first - which made the ludicrous claim that MUP would reduce the price of some drinks. The rest of its campaign literature had a similarly uneasy relationship with the truth.

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How @Tesco Just Removed Itself From My Shopping List

Published on 2015-07-27 16:20:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Dear Tesco

I live in an area where there is one of your stores, a Sainsbury's, an Asda and a Morrissons. Aldi is a bit futher away but I have that option too.

I tend to be a canny shopper and look for deals to decide which I will shop at. It may only save me a few pounds here and there but that's how free markets work, isn't it? You make the offer, I respond to it by either buying or not from your store.

However, I'd like to thank you very much for removing yourself from that purchasing equation by employing a tit like David Beardmore. You see, he has apparently decided to make choices on behalf of every parent who shops in your stores, because we are all obviously so much thicker than him.

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Fortunately, Tesco does not have a monopoly

Published on 2015-07-27 05:31:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


If the newspapers are to be believed, the people who run Tesco have taken leave of their senses.

The UK's biggest supermarket chain is axing some of the best-selling children's drinks brands as the war on sugar is stepped up in a bid to tackle childhood obesity, according to a new report.

Tesco has revealed that it is to cull an array of added-sugar soft drinks including CCE's Capri-Sun and several varieties of Suntory's Ribena as it revamps its range amid growing concerns over health and obesity.

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American Chemical Society Grossly Misrepresents Scientific Study in Order to Demonize E-Cigarettes

Published on 2015-07-27 04:30:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


The American Chemical Society (ACS) became yet the next organization to work a hatchet job on electronic cigarettes. This time, it was the ACS claiming publicly that based on a new study, e-cigarettes may be as addictive as traditional ones.

Last Wednesday, the ACS issued a press release to accompany the publication of a new article in its journal "Chemical Research in Toxicology." The press release headline warned that "E-cigarettes May Be As Addictive as Traditional Ones."

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The insanity of the 'endgame'

Published on 2015-07-27 04:12:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Clive Bates gave an outstanding speech at this year's Global Forum on Nicotine in Warsaw. He discusses the anti-smoking lobby's ludicrous 'endgame' and compares it with policies that might actually reducing smoking without creating massive costs on individuals and society. If you haven't watched the video, do.






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"No evidence"

Published on 2015-07-25 17:55:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The campaign to ban smoking in prisons is marching on thanks to the ever-gullible Observer newspaper and a sock-puppet pressure group known as the Tobacco Control Collaborating Centre. I've never heard of them and nor has The Observer judging from its description of them as "an organisation called the Tobacco Control Collaborating Centre", but its article contains this gem...

Deborah Arnott, chief executive of charity Action on Smoking and Health, said there was no evidence to support claims that depriving prisoners of tobacco could lead to riots.

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Les "pro" de la photo traités en parias dans nos festivals !

Published on 2015-07-25 07:28:41.
Website: Accueil


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Link Tank 25/07

Published on 2015-07-25 02:01:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Morning links after the night before.

The nanny state is turning more cyclists into criminals

NUS makes bold stand against Zionism ... er, by banning Coke?

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Loi renseignement : le Conseil constitutionnel en valide l’essentiel

Published on 2015-07-24 18:13:19.
Website: Accueil


rue89: "Seuls trois articles ont fait l’objet d’une censure :

- "le premier instaurait une procédure d’urgence dite « opérationnelle », qui permettait aussi bien de se passer d’informer le Premier ministre de la pose d’un dispositif de surveillance, de ne pas attendre son feu vert (ou celui de l’un de ses collaborateurs habilités) et de ne pas prendre, non plus, l’avis de la commission qui encadre ces missions de surveillance (la future CNCTR). Enchaînement que les Sages ont considéré comme « disproportionné » ;

- "le deuxième encadrait la surveillance à l’étranger ou, en tout cas, était censé le faire. Le Conseil a en effet estimé que les garanties apportées sur l’utilisation des informations récoltées en dehors du territoire étaient insuffisantes ;

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The middle class drink epidemic

Published on 2015-07-24 02:28:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist



 With alcohol consumption falling every year for over a decade it is becoming increasingly difficult to sustain the myth that Britain is in the grips of a drinking epidemic, but where there’s a will there’s a way. One method is to focus on whichever group is drinking the most. Even though everybody is drinking less, some people are bound to be drinking more than others and that means scary headlines. Inconveniently for the doom-mongerers, the people who are drinking the most happen to be the middle-aged and middle class. It would be a better story if the heaviest drinkers were the tired, the poor and the huddled masses yearning to breathe free, but the evidence clearly shows that they are the white collar professionals. In Britain, people in the top social class consume an average of 15 units of alcohol per week while people in the lowest social class only consume 10.

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Ulster Farming Union Gets It Wrong

Published on 2015-07-23 11:01:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


A story on Tuesday about the smoking ban in work vehicles is so bizarre that even the state lapdog BBC is amused enough to cover it.
A farmer who lit up a cigarette in his tractor could face a fine of up to £1,000 after he was deemed to be smoking in his workplace. The quiet smoke break while parked at the side of a road in County Antrim was stubbed out when a tobacco control officer intervened. The tractor was deemed by the officer to be a commercial vehicle capable of "carrying more than one person".Well, yes. Under the terms of the law, an offence has been committed because it can carry more than one person ... just not at the same time. The farmer is not the first to be penalised for not harming anyone, nor will he be the last.

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Allez Les Buralistes Français!

Published on 2015-07-22 09:58:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


This Monday in Paris, the French health minister hosted her counterparts from 9 other countries - including, to our shame, the UK - to discuss how to implement utterly pointless plain packaging.
Ministers discussed the effect of advertising and promotion of tobacco products, especially concerning the design of tobacco packages and products.They acknowledged that significant scientific evidence exists to justify the introduction of standardized packaging.That's rot, of course, there is no evidence worthy of the name, let alone anything 'significant'. It is, however, pretty clear that French retailers - who, as is always the case with tyrannical governments, have been ignored - will be affected by the measure in a free trading bloc like the EU.

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Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration Acknowledges that Chantix Causes Suicide But Allows it On Market, While Banning E-Cigarettes with No Known

Published on 2015-07-22 04:18:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in Australia has publicly acknowledged that Chantix causes suicide, and that the family members of patients taking this drug must carefully watch their loved ones to make sure that they don't kill themselves. Nevertheless, the TGA apparently has no problem allowing Chantix to stay on the market. Moreover, the Administration has not even required that a black box warning be placed on the drug's packaging.

At the same time, the TGA has banned electronic cigarettes, another effective smoking cessation tool, despite the absence of any evidence that it causes substantial adverse side effects.

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RTS _ La Première: Loi sur les produits du tabac: trop laxiste ou discriminatoire ?

Published on 2015-07-21 18:30:50.
Website: Accueil


rts - La Première : "Le Conseil fédéral est à bout touchant avec la nouvelle loi sur les produits du tabac, qui doit permettre de réduire la consommation de tabac en Suisse. Problème: la loi en préparation ne satisfait vraiment personne, ni les milieux de prévention du tabagisme, qui ne la trouve pas assez stricte, ni les milieux économiques, qui y voient une menace pour l'industrie du tabac et pour la branche publicitaire. Le débat entre Jean-Paul Humair, directeur du CIPRET Genève et Christophe Berdat, porte-parole de British American Tobacco Switzerland."

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Rue89 - Renseignement : la loi menace l’équilibre de notre démocratie

Published on 2015-07-21 16:45:04.
Website: Accueil


Rue89 - "Nous sommes pleinement conscients des menaces que les nouvelles formes de terrorisme font peser sur nos espaces démocratiques. La loi relative au renseignement adoptée récemment par le parlement français entend être la réponse la plus appropriée à ces menaces. Nous nous inquiétons toutefois très vivement d’un certain nombre de points inhérents à cette loi qui touchent, non seulement au respect des libertés individuelles, mais au sens que nous entendons conférer à la construction du vivre ensemble."



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Area man speaks out

Published on 2015-07-21 15:25:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


I'm supposed to be on holiday this week, but the nanny state never sleeps so I was on Sky News earlier today speaking from my backyard (relatively speaking) in Hove about the proposal to ban smoking in parks and beaches. Deborah Arnott from ASH was on the end of a rather distorted line so I didn't catch everything that was said, but she didn't seem like she really had her heart in it to me. Who can blame her? It is a truly appalling idea on every level.

I should be debating the same issue with Brighton and Hove's director of public health tomorrow on BBC Sussex radio (at around 9.10am). If I can get him to explain what the hell a voluntary ban is, I will let you know.

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