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ATS: " A Tokyo ( et bientôt ailleurs ?) gare au mobile: pianoter ou marcher, il faut choisir !"

Published on 2014-11-28 11:45:40.
Website: Accueil


ATS: "Quand les voitures s'arrêtent au gigantesque carrefour tokyoïte de Shibuya, l'un des plus fréquentés du monde, des centaines de personnes foncent tête baissée pour traverser... les yeux rivés sur leur smartphone, à leurs risques et périls.

"Ce spectacle étonnant mais désolant inquiète les autorités japonaises, car si tout le monde se met à agir ainsi, c'en est fini de la sécurité piétonnière.

"Une simulation réalisée par NTT Docomo, premier opérateur nippon de services cellulaires, l'a prouvé: si 1.500 individus restaient regard plongé dans leur écran en franchissant ce croisement multiple, il en résulterait 446 collisions et 103 chutes. Un tiers seulement des piétons arriveraient de l'autre côté sans encombre.

"Conclusion: "si les gens continuent d'arpenter les rues en regardant leur téléphone, le nombre d'accidents va augmenter", avertit Tetsuya Yamamoto, un haut fonctionnaire chargé de la prévention des risques chez les pompiers de Tokyo."

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La Méga-Pieuvre GOOGLE pire que le Grand Inquisiteur !

Published on 2014-11-28 11:04:41.
Website: Accueil


ATS: "Découvrez tout ce que Google sait à votre sujet

"Vous utilisez fréquemment le moteur de recherche et disposez même d'un compte Google? Alors vous serez surpris de constater tout ce que la firme américaine possède comme informations à votre sujet.

"Le blog Cloud Fender a établi une liste accompagnée de liens détaillant tout ce que Google sait à propos de votre comportement sur Internet. Depuis longtemps déjà, le moteur de recherche permet à ses utilisateurs de savoir quelles données sont recueillies. Pourtant, bien peu d'entre eux le savent.

"Voici ce que vous pouvez consulter en vous connectant à votre compte Google...

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A belated reply to the minimum pricing modellers (part two)

Published on 2014-11-28 07:22:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Continued from yesterday...


Benefits of moderate consumption

Duffy and I say in the ASI paper that the Sheffield model ignores the health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption which, if accounted for, could reduce the putative benefits of minimum pricing. In their rebuttal, they deny this and say that various protective effects are included in one of their Lancet papers.

I dare say this is true. Six years of modelling has produced so many pages of estimates that it is rather like the Bible in that you can find support for any position if you look hard enough. Protective effects have certainly not been consistently accounted for. I forget which of the numerous editions of the model the graph below comes from, but it indicates no health benefits from moderate consumption. The curve below should be J-shaped, with a risk below 1.0 for much of the right-hand side of the graph.

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Plague Years

Published on 2014-11-27 17:05:04.
Website: Frank Davis


Never a dull moment, is there? The plague is back. No, not Ebola, but rather infection with the dreaded bacterium, Yersinia pestis. An outbreak in Madagascar, where the disease is endemic, already has involved more than 100 people and killed … Continue reading →

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Illicit Tobacco Reaches A New Record In Australia

Published on 2014-11-27 12:55:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


While the tobacco control industry attempts to keep the tax tap flowing by producing ever more absurd and laughable claims of imagined "evidence" in favour of plain packaging*, the predictable real consequences of their spiteful, ill-conceived and often pointless laws are starting to materialise in Oz.
Illegal tobacco use in Australia is continuing to grow with a new report revealing around one in every seven cigarettes consumed is illegal. The latest in a series of reports by KPMG LLP in the UK, Illicit Tobacco in Australia, shows that illegal tobacco use in the last 12 months has increased from 13.5% to 14.3% of total consumption.Oops. Didn't they say this wouldn't happen?

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A belated reply to the minimum pricing modellers (part one)

Published on 2014-11-27 08:55:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Quite some ago I wrote a short paper with John Duffy about the minimum pricing predictions coming out of Sheffield University. It was published by the Adam Smith Institute. Some of the Sheffield researchers later wrote a response to our points which, for one reason or another, I never got round to replying to.

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Japo...niaiserie: "Les cigarettes électroniques parfois plus cancérigènes que le tabac"

Published on 2014-11-27 08:42:24.
Website: Accueil


ATS: " Les vapeurs de cigarettes électroniques contiennent des substances cancérigènes, en quantités parfois bien supérieures à la fumée de tabac, montre une étude japonaise rendue publique jeudi.

"Il ressort de ce document brut sans conclusion définitive que les vapeurs absorbées contiennent entre autres souvent du formaldéhyde, un composé aussi appelé formol considéré comme favorisant les cancers, de l'acroléine, du glyoxal (ou éthanedial) ou encore du méthylglyoxal et de l'acétaldéhyde (ou éthanal).

"Pour une des marques analysées, l'équipe de recherche a trouvé un niveau de formaldéhyde qui a atteint jusqu'à plus de dix fois celui contenu dans une cigarette traditionnelle", a expliqué à l'AFP le chercheur Naoki Kunugita qui a dirigé l'étude."

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L'usage des "perches à selfie" puni d'amende !

Published on 2014-11-27 08:08:36.
Website: Accueil


ATS: "En Corée du Sud, les "perches à selfie" dans le collimateur des pouvoirs publics

"Face à la prolifération des perches à selfie émettant des ondes électromagnétiques, la Corée du Sud a décidé de sévir, et les vendeurs d'articles non homologués risquent désormais de se prendre en photo... en prison.

"Trois ans d'enfermement et 30 millions de wons (22.000 euros) d'amende: le ministère des Sciences et des technologies n'y est pas allé avec le dos du téléphone portable. (...)

"Une perche téléscopique permet à un individu ou un groupe de se prendre en photo dans un cadre élargi. Le smartphone est placé au bout de la canne et son appareil photo intégré est déclenché par une fonction de retardement ou une commande "Bluetooth"."

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Cours bientôt obligatoires pour détenir des poissons rouges en bocal ?

Published on 2014-11-27 07:30:24.
Website: Accueil


La Tribune de Genève: " La Confédération va-t-elle exiger un permis pour aquarium?

"La Suisse compte 7 millions de poissons rouges, dont les propriétaires ne sont pas toujours au fait des meilleures pratiques. Les défenseurs des animaux proposent de leur faire suivre des cours.

"Le poisson rouge fait partie des animaux domestiques favoris en Suisse, avec 7 millions dans leurs aquariums. Et si la plupart des ichtyologues sont parfaitement au courant des soins à leur apporter, ce n'est pas le cas de tout le monde, déplore la fondation Tier im Recht.

"Comme la loi n'impose aucune connaissance spécifique, la fondation propose de copier l'idée de cours obligatoires, comme c'est déjà le cas pour les propriétaires de chiens, explique 20 Minuten."

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Winter Is Coming

Published on 2014-11-26 17:42:23.
Website: Frank Davis


H/T Walt from a few days back for this article on China: More than 300 million Chinese smoke, and hundreds of millions of others are exposed to secondhand smoke. A powerful domestic tobacco industry, much of it state owned, brings … Continue reading →

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La beauté des femmes inciterait les hommes à fumer ...

Published on 2014-11-26 11:35:46.
Website: Accueil


"L’amour c’est comme une cigarette....

"Pourquoi décide-t-on d’allumer une cigarette ? Dans le cas des hommes, une récente étude vient de montrer qu’ils étaient plus enclins à s’en griller une après avoir vu une femme attirante.

"Les hommes ont aujourd’hui un peu moins de secrets. Une nouvelle étude vient de montrer qu’ils étaient plus enclins à allumer une cigarette quand il voyait une belle femme. Des chercheurs taïwanais se sont penchés sur le cas de 76 hommes qui étaient en train d’arrêter la cigarette et les ont divisés en deux groupes. Le premier groupe a eu le droit de visionner des images de femmes considérées comme très belles, alors que le deuxième groupe a eu des photos de femmes dont la beauté était plutôt dans la moyenne.

"Quand ensuite, on leur a demandé de faire un test de concentration, les hommes du premier groupe ont eu des résultats plus bas que ceux deuxième, ce qui suggère qu’ils pensaient plus au sexe et à l’amour qu’au test..."

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EU withdraws funding from BMJ hatchet job

Published on 2014-11-26 07:48:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Remember the ignorant hatchet job on opponents of minimum pricing that the British Medical Journal published at the start of the year? (Click here to refresh your memory.) I mentioned in March that this grubby journalism was funded by the European Commission via the neo-temperance ALICE-RAP project.

Thanks to a complaint by one of its targets, John Duffy, the European Commission has found out exactly how its money is being used and it's not very happy. So unhappy, in fact, that it has decided that it will not be ponying up for the 'investigative journalism' and has asked the BMJ to remove its credit from the articles.

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The myriad lies of 'public health'

Published on 2014-11-26 04:09:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


As the years go by, I am increasingly of the opinion that Britain's single greatest public institution is the Office for National Statistics (ONS). It is an oasis for empiricists in a world of myths and lies.

In the fraudulent field of 'public health' lies are told so many times in echo-chamber conferences and comedy journals that many of the graduates who pour out of Britain's public health faculties probably think them to be truths. These people are - perhaps - merely naive, but it is harder to believe that those who devise and propagate these falsehoods are acting in good faith. More likely, as with prohibitionists throughout the ages, they are charlatans who know exactly what they are doing.

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WHO downplays danger of secondhand smoke

Published on 2014-11-25 16:04:44.
Website: Frank Davis


Another article by Klaus K translated from the original Danish. ¤ Outdoor air pollution more dangerous than indoor tobacco smoke ¤ Do smoking bans protect against a non-existent disease risk? - OFFICIAL WHO RECOMMENDATIONS (Photo: Colourbox) First they said that indoor secondhand … Continue reading →

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rue89: " « Extrémistes intérieurs »: en Grande-Bretagne, des journalistes fichés se rebellent"

Published on 2014-11-25 15:10:08.
Website: Accueil


Rue89: "Six journalistes britanniques, dont les noms figurent dans un fichier antiterroriste sur les « extrémistes intérieurs », attaquent Scotland Yard et réclament l’effacement des données les concernant.

(...)

"A la suite de ces révélations, six journalistes de presse nationale, dont cinq avaient déjà gagné des procès contre la police pour des contrôles injustifiés ou des violences dans l’exercice de leur métier, ont décidé d’attaquer Scotland Yard en justice pour faire valoir leurs droits."



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ONS Findings Tear Tobacco Control A New One

Published on 2014-11-25 13:24:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


The ONS today released its latest survey of smoking habits in Great Britain and it's not great news for the tobacco control industry in general.

So mundane is it that the BBC lead not with the extensive tobacco statistics, but with a truth which most tobacco controllers have buried their heads in the sand to avoid admitting.
The concern electronic cigarettes are a gateway to smoking might be unfounded, the first official UK figures suggest.  Data from the Office for National Statistics indicate those who use e-cigarettes, are almost entirely current or former smokers.Well yeah, the civilised world and its collective dogs have known this for a long time but professional anti-smokers will continue to pretend otherwise for a while yet as their income relies on spouting bullshit long enough for inconvenient facts to evaporate. If you think about it, how can they admit that e-cigs are a boon to those who choose to quit smoking - with negligible concerns - without fearing for their tax-funded salaries, eh?

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Copies privées de CD et DVD: c'est le consommateur qui est le dindon de la farce !

Published on 2014-11-25 09:02:23.
Website: Accueil


ATS: "Copie privée: l'UFC dénonce le "préjudice" subi par les consommateurs

"L'association UFC-Que Choisir a dénoncé mardi le "préjudice" subi par les consommateurs au titre de la redevance sur la copie privée en France, qui détient le record de perception en Europe, et le "dérapage" d'un système qui manque de transparence.

"Avec au moins 208 millions d'euros récoltés en 2013 sur les ventes de supports -- disques durs externes, clés USB, smartphones et tablettes -- la France représente 60% de l'ensemble des sommes récoltées dans l'Union européenne dans le cadre de ce dispositif, selon une étude publiée par l'association de défense des consommateurs."

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Fin de Siècle

Published on 2014-11-24 18:25:04.
Website: Frank Davis


It’s only one poll, but according to a YouGov poll: Ukip is now MORE popular than LABOUR: Nigel Farage gets polls boost as Ukip surges ahead If they carry on like this, the General Election next year might become a … Continue reading →

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Plain packaging had no effect on sales - new study

Published on 2014-11-24 15:36:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


A study published in the Australian National University's journal Agenda examines the government's official sales figures for tobacco before and after the introduction of plain packaging and finds no evidence that the policy had any effect.

Despite our econometric efforts, the data refused to yield any indication this policy has been successful; there is no empirical evidence to support the notion that the plain packaging policy has resulted in lower household expenditure on tobacco than there otherwise would have been. There is some faint evidence to suggest, ceteris paribus, household expenditure on tobacco increased.

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Thornberry And Labour Snobs

Published on 2014-11-24 14:43:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


In case you've been wondering, no I'm not dead.

The past few weeks have been incredibly draining at Puddlecote Inc and there is more to come, so Mrs P and I ran off to Rome for a long weekend to chill for a bit. We ate loads of good food, sweltered under a cloudless sky at times, consumed more than our fair share of wine and - a real bonus - came across a seriously interesting business opportunity while there. It might require a few more trips back to get it sorted but ... oh well.

Thanks to glorious WiFi, though, there was an early evening window where I could keep track of what was going on in the UK, the Emily Thornberry snobbery being the most striking.

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"Un quart des internements psychiatriques sont forcés en Suisse"

Published on 2014-11-24 14:40:23.
Website: Accueil


Le Matin: " En termes d'internements psychiatriques forcés, la Suisse fait partie du peloton de tête parmi les pays européens. Les experts y voient aussi la conséquence d'une volonté de réaliser des économies. "



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Shhhh!!!!

Published on 2014-11-23 16:13:22.
Website: Frank Davis


In a piece titled “Ukip’s Rochester win shows voters no longer trust the main parties,” Charles Moore writes in the Telegraph about Cameron’s ‘modernisers’ : …modernisers have two great faults. The first is to assume that what is modern is … Continue reading →

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Le "journal" Facebook, adapté aux goûts de chacun, menace la presse traditionnelle

Published on 2014-11-23 14:27:53.
Website: Accueil


tempsreel.nouvelobs.com : " Le "journal" Facebook pourrait pénaliser la presse traditionnelle

"Mark Zuckerberg, a déclaré que son objectif était de fournir "le parfait journal personnalisé pour chaque personne dans le monde". Une perspective peu réjouissante pour la presse.

"L'ambition de Facebook de devenir un journal d'informations personnalisé adapté aux intérêts de chacun de ses membres, plus d'un milliard actuellement, risque de pénaliser des médias traditionnels déjà à la peine.

"Le réseau social représente d'ores et déjà le principal moyen de s'informer pour de nombreux utilisateurs, signe du glissement de la société dans l'ère numérique."

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Prohibitionists forced to retreat

Published on 2014-11-21 05:56:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The anti-smokers of Westminster, Massachusetts had to demand prohibition before the townspeople finally realised that they were dealing with prohibitionists, but when the penny finally dropped it was bedlam.

Firestorm erupts in anti-smoking US town
The fury – and make no mistake, it is white-hot fury – went way beyond the ordinary wrath of offended citizenry. A plan to ban the sale of tobacco has ignited a call to arms in Westminister, Massachusetts.

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The cost of obesity again (already)

Published on 2014-11-20 05:28:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


From the Telegraph:

Cost of obesity 'greater than war, violence and terrorism'
Obesity is a greater burden on the UK's economy than armed violence, war and terrorism, costing the country nearly £47 billion a year, a report has found.

... The report found the economic impact from smoking in the UK was £57 billion in 2012, or 3.6% of GDP, while the country suffered a £43 billion annual loss from armed violence, war and terrorism or 2.5% of GDP.

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Proof of Concept Study Shows Great Promise for Second Generation Electronic Cigarettes

Published on 2014-11-19 12:50:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Riccardo Polosa and colleagues have just published a six month pilot study, in which 50 smokers who were not interested in quitting were provided with a second generation electronic cigarette (personal vaporizer). The specific product was the EGO/CE4 model. Participants were also provided with chargers and e-liquids throughout the study period.

At six months, a sustained 50% or greater reduction in cigarette consumption was observed in 15 subjects (30%), with mean consumption dropping from 25 cigarettes per day to 6 cigarettes per day. Of these 15 subjects, 7 (14% of the total sample) experienced a sustained reduction of 80% or more in their cigarette consumption, with their mean consumption dropping to just 3 cigarettes per day.

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The Wages of French Sin Taxes

Published on 2014-11-19 05:48:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


If you wanted to mislead without actually lying you could do worse than create a list of ‘social costs’ and present them to the media as the price paid by society for any given activity. No matter how explicitly you state that your study only looks at costs - not benefits or savings - and no matter how clearly you state that many of your costs are paid by individual consumers - not by the government - you can be sure that politicians and journalists will assume that you are talking about net costs to the taxpayer.

I have written at length about the various claims about smoking, drinking and obesity ‘costing’ the UK and US governments eye-watering sums of money. Upon closer inspection, the underlying figures invariably show that the bulk of these multi-billion dollar ‘costs to society’ are dominated by direct costs to the consumer, such as lost productivity and forgone income, but neglect to offset the costs with benefits, such as the heavy taxes paid by consumers. They are squeamish about the cold fact that premature mortality often results in significant savings to the government (by reducing pension payments and elderly healthcare, for example). In short, they are a one-sided assessment of a balance sheet, focusing on the debit side without acknowledging the credit side, and they treat costs to individual consumers as costs to society.

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CAMRA's "historic victory"

Published on 2014-11-18 12:29:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist





The Campaign for Real Ale is celebrating this evening after persuading lots of Lib Dem and Labour MPs to vote for an effective end to the beer tie. This will mean that large PubCos such as Enterprise Inns and Punch Taverns will have to allow their tenants to buy their beer on the open market instead of at their own inflated rates.

Three cheers for that, right? Sticking it to the man and allowing the free market to reign!

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It's Not The Onion, It's California

Published on 2014-11-18 11:47:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


You may have read recently that Berkeley in California voted overwhelmingly in favour of a tax on fizzy drinks. If not, Snowdon wrote an interesting summary of it here.

Well, following hot on the heels of some other transatlantic madness, you might like to know what kind of weirdo-packed place the Graun reader paradise of Berkeley really is. Here is film of a sombre event in one of the town's supermarkets where political activists held a funeral this month for a "unique individual" ... a pre-packaged supermarket chicken.

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The Framework Convention for Food Control

Published on 2014-11-18 01:49:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Good to see that the slippery slope remains a figment of fevered libertarian imaginations...

Tobacco-style regulation needed on 'unhealthy' foods
The usual suspects have written a letter to the World Health Organisation demanding a global treaty on food. They want the marketing, production and composition of food to be regulated by unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats in government agencies - which is convenient since the people who wrote the letter happen to work for government agencies or their sock puppets.

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Six Years Later ...

Published on 2014-11-17 10:13:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Today is the sixth anniversary of the evening when your humble host first asked "is this thing on" and began publishing what one early haughty detractor - to my great delight - once described as 'tabloid guff'.

Since that time in 2008, there have been 2,933 articles published here attracting 24,240 comments and 1,979,852 page views according to Sitemeter (or 2,909,702 if Google Analytics is to be believed!). Despite having to devote increasingly more time to my business - and subsequently less time on here - average daily page views are encouragingly up 5% on this time last year and April 2014 was the second most visited month in the history of the place.

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Two fingers

Published on 2014-11-17 06:23:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist



Like Dick Puddlecote and Twigolet, I popped into the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on November 4th to find out if the 'war on tobacco' can be won. They have both written excellent accounts of the meeting so I won't repeat what they've said. Suffice to say that the graph below - created and displayed by one of the speakers - gives a fair indication of how from reality these people are operating.

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