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Mad Stan Speaks, The World Laughs

Published on 2015-06-29 13:28:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


"There there Stan, time for your pills?"On Thursday we had a chuckle about Mad Stan's latest piece of hilarious garbage. To cut a long story short, he managed to write a study which proved itself wrong, simply because he's a pathetic obese gnome who hates e-cigs.

Others have had fun with it too because it really is a work of simpleton art, but now anti-smoking Dr Michael Siegel - a Professor at the Boston University School of Public Health - has put the boot in too (do read the whole thing - DP).

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Myrielle Delarue, "dissidente" de la première heure, n'est plus

Published on 2015-06-29 10:20:31.
Website: Accueil


(DDG/jaw) Parmi les premières recrues « dissidentes » qui se soient annoncées partantes à la création, en juin 2008, de notre association libertaire, figuraient plusieurs femmes à forte personnalité et plusieurs membres de la direction de la Télévision Suisse Romande. C'était avant que les studios ne soient purifiés de leurs fumeurs récalcitrants. Sur plus d'un millier de collaborateurs émargeant au budget de cette entreprise, seule une poignée d'entre eux a compris, à la lecture de nos statuts, que nous ne défendrions pas uniquement le droit de fumer sans nuire à autrui ni l'importuner, mais que nous aspirions surtout à prévenir bien d'autres abus technocratiques liberticides.

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More minimum pricing junk science

Published on 2015-06-29 04:17:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


The Observer is probably the most gullible newspaper when it comes to 'public health' quackery so it's no surprise to see it reporting this...

Imposing a minimum unit price for alcohol leads to a dramatic fall in drink-related crime, including murders, sexual assaults and drink-driving, a new study shows.

Crimes perpetrated against people, including violent assaults, fell by 9.17% when the price of alcohol was increased by 10% over nine years in the Canadian province of British Columbia.

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IN MY VIEW: Anti-Tobacco Advocates are OK With Letting Smokers Die at the Current Rate

Published on 2015-06-29 03:50:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


In what to me is a shocking admission, two anti-tobacco advocates have argued that there is no need for e-cigarettes - a new and promising smoking cessation tool - because current progress in reducing smoking is sufficient and more smokers each year are trying to quit.

In other words, what they are saying is that they are content with letting smokers die at the current rate. There is no need to expand the smoking cessation alternatives available to smokers, they argue. This means that they are OK with letting smokers die at the current rate and not pursuing a wider range of alternative cessation strategies. They are apparently content with the status quo; that is, the current anti-smoking interventions and cessation treatments (and the current rate of decline in cigarette smoking).

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Faux espoir: l'ONU contre l'interdiction du cryptage sur le Net

Published on 2015-06-28 19:19:45.
Website: Accueil


ATS: "Surveillance électronique... L’ONU défend le droit de chaque citoyen de pouvoir accéder à des logiciels de chiffrement pour protéger ses communications.

"Au nom de la lutte contre le terrorisme, de nombreux Etats ont adopté des législations intrusives qui menacent de porter atteinte à la vie privée de tout un chacun. Sur la base de ces nouveaux textes, les services de renseignement et de police peuvent, en effet, accéder de manière légale à toutes les communications qui passent par Internet. Craquer le code d’accès d’une boîte mail ou d’une messagerie Skype peut être autorisé dès lors que l’on prétend agir au nom de la sécurité nationale.

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The Whole System Has Failed

Published on 2015-06-28 16:14:01.
Website: Frank Davis


It looks set to be a very hot week in the EU, as Greece finally defaults and maybe exits the eurozone and the EU. Twenty years ago, opposition to the EU (then EEC) seemed to be almost non-existent. Now it … Continue reading →

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Know Anybody in Lynchburg, Virginia?

Published on 2015-06-27 16:25:31.
Website: Frank Davis


I got the following email last night. So did Michael McFadden. Frank and Michael – I feel like you are the only people in the world who don’t bash me because I smoke. So I’m writing this email to both … Continue reading →

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Link Tank 27/06

Published on 2015-06-27 03:14:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Plucked from the internet haze.

‘Embracing humanity’ in public health

Alcohol and tax are a deadly cocktail

Michelle Obama creates salt black markets in schools

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The Coming Referendum Fix

Published on 2015-06-26 16:15:33.
Website: Frank Davis


Telegraph: David Cameron will attempt to convince “moderate people” to remain in the EU by warning of the the “risky alternatives”, it has been claimed. The Prime Minister has told European leaders that the British public will “ultimately vote for … Continue reading →

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R. Room with a view

Published on 2015-06-26 11:03:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Every time a 'public health' group loses its taxpayer funding an angel gets it wings, so it is with a glad heart that I give you the week's second best news from Australia (see here for the best)...

The Centre for Alcohol Policy Research in Melbourne, which explored research areas such as the cost and harms of "passive drinking", has lost its $170,000 annual government funding, about 10 per cent of its funding base.

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Temperance tricks of the trade

Published on 2015-06-26 06:11:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


A new study of the neo-temperance lobby's tricks of the trade was published this week. It is paywalled but can be read here. In it Alfred Uhl from the Austrian Public Health Institute looks at several examples of wishful thinking, faulty logic and statistical foul play by people who want to more and more taxes and restrictions on alcohol.

Put simply, the activist/academics who dominate the discussion of alcohol policy in the most prominent 'public health' groups have decided that tobacco-style bans and taxes are the way to deal with alcohol-related health problems and no amount of evidence is going to deter them.

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The Morale of Smokers

Published on 2015-06-25 16:35:58.
Website: Frank Davis


Interesting discussion in the comments today, kicked off by Walt: I think of blogs like this as the equivalent of samizdat but, yo, John Watson, we’ve tried writing Letters to Editors and op eds and articles and they don’t get published. … Continue reading →

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Rue89: "Loi renseignement avant/après : petits mieux et grandes vacheries"

Published on 2015-06-25 16:07:51.
Website: Accueil


rue89: "De sa fuite dans Le Figaro le 17 mars dernier à son adoption solennelle ce 24 juin, le projet de loi sur le renseignement a connu de nombreux rebondissements.

"Tant du côté de sa réception – une partie de l’opinion publique s’y opposant vertement, redoutant que le texte ouvre une boîte de Pandore redoutable pour nos libertés –, que du côté de sa rédaction. Malgré la procédure accélérée qui lui a épargné les habituels allers-retours au Parlement, ce projet a tout de même pas mal bougé entre la table du Conseil des ministres, l’Assemblée, le Sénat, et la Commission mixte paritaire (CMP, qui rassemble députés et sénateurs dans ces cas accélérés), qui a bouclé tout ça."

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Poverty babble

Published on 2015-06-25 14:47:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


On Sunday, The Observer published a front page story in which "leading charities and independent experts" confidently predicted that the Office for National Statistics was about to announce a shocking rise in the poverty rate. The figures were released today. There was no rise at all.

Read more at the IEA blog.

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Stanton Glantz Produces A Study Which Proves Himself Wrong

Published on 2015-06-25 14:22:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


We've always known that Stanton Glantz is a horse's arse, but he's galloped an extra few furlongs this week.

In order to rubbish e-cigs and the concept of harm reduction, the bonkers aircraft engineer has just had a study published in the science-averse rag Tobacco Control Journal where he claims that - between 1992 and 2012 - the fewer smokers there have been, the quicker they have quit. Here's how he explains it on his blog.

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Retrospective peer review

Published on 2015-06-25 04:58:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Remember Aseem Malhotra's dreadful article which claimed that there was no link between physical inactivity and obesity? It was not peer-reviewed at the time but it has now received a retrospective peer review. As you might expect, it is not pretty.

It's well worth reading so please do.



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New Study Finds that Problem of E-Cigarette Use Among Nonsmoking Adults is Non-Existent

Published on 2015-06-25 03:59:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Contrary to the claims of many e-cigarette opponents, who argue that nonsmokers will be attracted to take up electronic cigarette use, the results of a Minnesota study just published in Tobacco Control finds that regular e-cigarette use among nonsmoking adults is a rarity.

In this study of Minnesota adults, although 5.6% of nonsmokers had tried e-cigarettes and 1.2% had used e-cigarettes in the past month, only 0.1% of nonsmokers had used e-cigarettes more than 5 days in the past month.

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House Appropriations Bill Would Protect Public Health By Allowing E-Cigarettes to Stay on the Market

Published on 2015-06-25 03:17:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Sharing my concerns that the FDA deeming regulation will decimate much of the electronic cigarette industry, Representative Robert Aderholt (R-AL) has introduced a rider to the House appropriations bill that would essentially overrule the FDA and statutorily set the "grandfather" date for electronic cigarettes as the effective date of the FDA deeming regulation.

The significance of this legislation is that it would allow all electronic cigarettes currently on the market (and all those on the market as of the effective date of FDA regulation) to remain on the market without having to submit complex and resource-intensive new product or substantial equivalence applications.

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A l’Assemblée : « A mon niveau, le chiffrement... Et puis je m’en fous ! »

Published on 2015-06-24 18:38:15.
Website: Accueil


rue89: " ll y a d’abord des rires. De grands éclats de rires. Pas mal d’hésitations aussi et un bon paquet de silence.

"A l’Assemblée ce mercredi, malgré les révélations de WikiLeaks sur la très ample surveillance opérée par la NSA sur Hollande, Chirac, Sarkozy et bien d’autres hauts responsables français, la question des écoutes et des moyens de s’en prémunir ne semble pas vraiment turlupiner nos députés ou anciens ministres."



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The Rise, Decay, and Fall of Institutionalised Science

Published on 2015-06-24 16:24:26.
Website: Frank Davis


I’ve been wondering today whether we’re the victims of ‘institutionalised’ science. By this, I mean science which has become formalised into a rigid canonical system of knowledge, which is taught in all schools and universities. The result is stasis and … Continue reading →

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A Must-Read Treatment of the CDC's Campaign of Deception Regarding E-Cigarettes

Published on 2015-06-24 07:45:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Dr. Peter Sandman, an expert in risk communication, has written an outstanding, detailed analysis and evaluation of the CDC's public communications regarding electronic cigarettes, focusing on the agency's communications related to its recent MMWR article reporting a dramatic increase in teen e-cigarette use accompanied by a dramatic decline in teen smoking.

His commentary, entitled "A Promising Candidate for Most Dangerously Dishonest Public Health News Release of the Year," provides the most detailed analysis I have seen regarding the CDC's communications surrounding its April 2015 MMWR article. This is an issue about which I have written extensively in the past months. Dr. Sandman supports my arguments with an analysis that is guided by attention to basic risk communication and public health principles.

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How Dare You Challenge A Doctor!

Published on 2015-06-23 14:01:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Some readers may remember Dr George Rae, a spokesman for the BMA who told the BBC that - in his 'expert' opinion - e-cigs are more dangerous than smoking. You can hear a recording of his truth-free nonsense in this post, or read the transcript here.

This is quite obviously utter garbage, and especially disturbing because it comes from a doctor who - for some unfathomable reason - is a member of a profession people tend to trust above others. It disturbed Clive Bates enough that he wrote to the General Medical Council to complain, which he has recounted in this article which I highly recommend you read.

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Quand la Justice suisse se cache pour frapper...

Published on 2015-06-23 06:23:55.
Website: Accueil


ATS: " Le droit à être informé est en danger

"Le Conseil suisse de la presse met en garde "contre une justice secrète". Il estime que le droit du public à être informé "est en danger" en raison des procédures accélérées et des ordonnances pénales. Il a adressé une prise de position aux autorités judiciaires.

"Pour la première fois, le Conseil suisse de la presse se tourne vers "les plus hauts responsables de la justice en Suisse", a-t-il indiqué mardi à Zurich.

"Il a adressé sa prise de position "Restrictions imposées à la chronique judiciaire et autres problèmes" à la ministre de la justice Simonetta Sommaruga, au président du Tribunal fédéral, au procureur de la Confédération, à la conférence des directeurs cantonaux de justice et police et à la conférence des procureurs suisses."

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CDC Hiding from the Public the Fact that E-Cigarettes Do Not Contain Tobacco

Published on 2015-06-23 03:47:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Yesterday, I explained how the CDC is lying to the public by classifying e-cigarettes as "tobacco products," thus insinuating that e-cigarettes contain tobacco, which is not true. Today, I reveal that this lie is part of a larger campaign, in which the CDC is actively hiding from the public the fact that e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco.

Arguably, one of the most important facts that the public needs to know about e-cigarettes is that they contain no tobacco. Unlike all other "tobacco products" on the market, e-cigarettes are unique in not containing tobacco, and therefore, not really being "tobacco products." Regardless of how they are classified, it is imperative that the public understand that e-cigarettes are qualitatively different from real cigarettes in that they do not contain, nor burn tobacco. The most important distinction, of course, is the absence of tobacco in the product.

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The difference between science and 'public health' - a visual illustration

Published on 2015-06-22 23:27:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association discusses the decline in hospitalisations for children with gastroenteritis after the rotovirus vaccine was introduced in 2006. It is a good news story but I can find no record of it being reported anywhere outside the specialist medical press. It comes with a graph which tells the story very clearly...


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E-Cigs, ASH And London Hospital Bans

Published on 2015-06-22 12:16:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Last week some brain donors at Guy's and St Thomas' hospitals in London were enthusiastically tweeting their shiny new piece of totalitarian scumbaggery.
Smoking & e-cigarettes won't be permitted anywhere on our hospital & community grounds as we go smoke-free on Friday pic.twitter.com/og89waiUrv— Guy's and St Thomas' (@GSTTnhs) June 17, 2015Those welfare-scrounging shitgoblins at ASH were very pleased to publicise this, of course.


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Obesity propaganda

Published on 2015-06-22 08:00:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


On Friday, Aseem Malhotra, Mike Lean and some chap from the NHS wrote a factually inaccurate, incoherent and largely off-topic response to an article I wrote in the Spectator which said that obesity predictions were risible and that longevity is the real threat to the NHS.

I've replied to it today on Spectator blogs...

Two weeks ago I wrote an article for the Spectator in which I argued that obesity predictions are not worth the paper they’re written on and that the healthcare costs of obese people tend to be lower than those of people who are of ‘normal’ weight. Both arguments can be easily backed up with evidence, but since they undermine the narrative of an obesity time bomb destroying the NHS, they are rarely acknowledged and often contradicted.

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Non-existent slippery slope still non-existent

Published on 2015-06-22 02:00:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


From RTE News (Ireland)...

A new system of labelling alcohol products with health warnings, alcohol levels and calorie counts has been recommended in a new report, seen by RTÉ News.

The Oireachtas Health Committee report advocates the introduction of health warnings on alcohol products "in a similar fashion to tobacco legislation".

The report, which will be published on Monday, advocates that "clear health warnings are to be included on alcohol products, indicating that alcohol causes disease."

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FRANCE: livre saisi et ...purin d'orties interdit !

Published on 2015-06-21 17:31:46.
Website: Accueil


(DDG) Décidément, la furie législative de nos amis français ne cessera jamais de nous étonner.  Par caprice ou décrets, les autorités de la République libertaire, égalitaire et fraternitaires, viennent de saisir le livre d'un agriculteur du Département de l'Ain et de lui interdire toute publicité en faveur d'un produit biodégradable, pourtant très recommandable: le purin d'orties !" On voit ainsi que les gaulois peaufinent le détail juteux... Cet engrais liquide et pourtant largement utilisé en Europe en matière de cultures biologiques. L'ouvrage sulfureux finira-t-il sur un autodafé :-) ? Et ledit purin d'orties à l'usine de traitement des déchets radioactifs à La Hague:-) ?

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CDC Continues to Lie to the Public By Calling Electronic Cigarettes "Tobacco Products"

Published on 2015-06-21 09:31:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Despite being informed that its classification of electronic cigarettes as tobacco products is wrong because e-cigarettes do not contain any tobacco, the CDC continues to refer to electronic cigarettes as being tobacco products. This naturally implies that electronic cigarettes contain tobacco. As this is untrue, the CDC's recurrent statements that e-cigarettes are tobacco products are essentially lying to the public.

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According to the CDC's web site: "Tobacco product types include cigarettes, cigars, hookahs, snus, smokeless tobacco, pipes, bidis, dissolvable tobacco, and electronic cigarettes."

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Another reason to avoid Jamie Oliver and his restaurants

Published on 2015-06-21 03:13:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Jamie Oliver, the celebrity chef and cockwomble, has decided to introduce a soda tax in his restaurants "to send a powerful and strong message to government". He claims that he will give money raised to the state-funded sock-puppet charity Sustain, who are agitating for a soft drinks tax that will cost taxpayers £1 billion a year.

If Oliver feels so strongly about fizzy drinks he could simply stop selling them, but that would hit his bottom line so he'd rather gouge his customers to fund a campaign for a state-sanctioned 'level playing field' that will rip off his competitors' customers too. 

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Link Tank 20/06

Published on 2015-06-20 02:15:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Busy weekend in Puddlecoteville.

"ASH should have brass balls on its logo"

Why isn’t policing the food supply working?

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