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The Logic of the Swarm

Published on 2014-11-22 18:26:31.
Website: Frank Davis


H/T roobeedoo: I’ve spotted your swarm. She was referring to my posts about the swarm effect, and the logic of the swarm. Organisation-minded people usually want to try to create a single organisation or umbrella group into which to induct … Continue reading →

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RTS - En ligne directe: "Boom des médecines alternatives: faut-il faire la chasse aux charlatans ?"

Published on 2014-11-22 07:38:55.
Website: Accueil


RTS - En Ligne directe: " Boom des médecines alternatives: faut-il faire la chasse aux charlatans?

"En France, une campagne de prévention s'inquiète de la prolifération des "médecines alternatives nuisibles" et met en garde contre les "faux thérapeutes". Légitime défiance ou chasse aux sorcières?

Invités:

" Jean Vittori, naturopathe et directeur de l'Ecole du Centre Naturopathique à Genève; Aline Descloux, physiothérapeute à Villars-sur-Glâne (FR); Ilario Rossi, professeur en anthropologie de la santé à l’Université de Lausanne; André Langaney, généticien, professeur honoraire d'anthropologie à l'Université de  Genève.

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Rochester et alia

Published on 2014-11-21 17:02:31.
Website: Frank Davis


The details of the Rochester by-election: The Lib Dem vote almost completely collapsed. Although smokingscot has a possible explanation for this: Seems their loyal Lib/Dem supporters decided to vote strategically in an effort to keep out UKIP. So they didn’t … Continue reading →

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Qui stoppera les abus de l'Office fédéral de la santé publique ? Ca suffit comme ça !

Published on 2014-11-21 09:33:03.
Website: Accueil


UDC: Sebastian Frehner, conseiller national, Bâle (BS), sort ses griffes ! (photo)

"Une fois de plus l'Office fédéral de la santé publique (OFSP) fait la démonstration de son idéologie éloignée des intérêts réels des citoyennes et des citoyens. Par ses campagnes HIV excentriques et provocatrices, ses études douteuses sur l'alcool et les saucisses ou encore par ses projets de lois hostiles à la consommation de tabac, l'OFSP s'érige en moralisateur et éducateur du peuple. Parallèlement, ce service étatise et centralise sans gêne aucune la santé publique. Ces agissements minent la culture suisse de la responsabilité individuelle, coûtent des centaines de millions de francs aux contribuables et sont diamétralement opposés à notre conception libérale de l'Etat et de la démocratie. Bien que la plupart des autres partis politiques manifestent également via les médias leur énervement face à cette politique, l'UDC est seule au front lorsqu'il s'agit de stopper l'OFSP par des mesures concrètes (par exemple, par des coupes budgétaires, le blocage de l'effectif du personnel, la réduction des compétences de l'OFSP, le refus de nouvelles lois prônées par l'OFSP, etc.). Ce constat justifie bien l'énoncé du titre: qui stoppera avec nous l'OFSP?

"Plusieurs mesures étatiques lancées par l'OFSP illustrent une idéologie hors du temps et éloignée des intérêts effectifs des citoyens..."

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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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Another UKIP Victory

Published on 2014-11-20 18:54:09.
Website: Frank Davis


I was hoping to stay up to see UKIP win the Rochester and Strood by-election. But the results aren’t expected until after 4 a.m. So I‘ll have to put a question mark after the title for the time being, although … Continue reading →

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Policiers blanchis par la Cour des Droits de l'Homme

Published on 2014-11-20 09:35:11.
Website: Accueil


La Tribune de Genève: " La CEDH appuie le classement de la plainte contre les agents (genevois) dans le cadre d’une interpellation musclée aux Pâquis en 2009

La Cour européenne des droits de l’homme (CEDH) donne raison à la Suisse. Selon les juges de Strasbourg, la justice helvétique a bien fait de classer la plainte contre deux policiers qui ont cassé l’épaule d’un homme lors d’une interpellation musclée aux Pâquis il y a 5 ans. «Les modalités d’intervention des deux gendarmes ne révèlent pas un usage disproportionné de la force», concluent ce jeudi matin les juges de Strasbourg."

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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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Buying America, Town by Town

Published on 2014-11-19 17:22:09.
Website: Frank Davis


H/T Harley for this eye-opener about the ruckus in Westminster, Massachusetts, where the town Board of Health has proposed banning the sale of tobacco: For well over a decade the Massachusetts Municipal Association has run something called the Tobacco Control Technical … Continue reading →

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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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A Framework Convention on Obesity Control

Published on 2014-11-18 18:28:34.
Website: Frank Davis


Oh dear. They’re talking about an FCTC treaty to deal with obesity. FCOC? In a global show of support for increased efforts to tackle diet-related ill health, leading health campaigners and consumer advocates from across the world have publically endorsed … Continue reading →

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Quand la police viole la loi et espionne les avocats et leurs clients ...

Published on 2014-11-18 15:55:28.
Website: Accueil


ethack.org: " Écoute téléphonique illégale de l'avocat Bruno Steiner

"Le texte qui suit est une traduction d'un post du blog de l'avocat zurichois Martin Steiger. Elle a été réalisée avec son autorisation.

"Dans un État de droit, les conversations téléphoniques entre les avocats et leurs clients ne peuvent pas être écoutées. Si une telle surveillance advient pas mégarde, les informations correspondantes doivent être immédiatement retirées et détruites ; elles ne peuvent en aucun cas faire partie d'une procédure judiciaire (Art. 271 alinéa 2 CPP).

"Mon collègue (avocat) Bruno Steiner a découvert que la police zurichoise, agissant sur mandat de celle de Munich, a procédé à au moins une mise sur écoute illégale d'une conversation téléphonique avec une de ses clientes, comme le rapporte la Weltwoche..."

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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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De la liberté de mutiler une patiente impunément...

Published on 2014-11-18 09:59:44.
Website: Accueil


La Tribune de Genève: "La médecin radiologue a commis une erreur mais elle est acquittée..

"L'Etat devra rembourser à la prévenue plus de 100 000 francs de frais et de tort moral. La patiente opérée à tort ne reçoit pas un sou.

«Il ne fait aucun doute aux yeux du tribunal que la plaignante a subi des lésions corporelles graves», a dit, aujourd'hui mardi, la juge du Tribunal de police, Isabelle Cuendet. L'opération inutile et la lourde chimiothérapie qui a suivi ont eu des conséquences physiques et psychiques importantes sur la victime, reconnaît la magistrate.

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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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Le tabac, une affaire de coeur - Par le Prof. Robert Molimard

Published on 2014-11-17 11:07:33.
Website: Accueil




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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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Quelle est la valeur scientifique du DSM ? Un superbe attrape-nigauds ?

Published on 2014-11-16 18:09:32.
Website: Accueil


stop-dsm.org: "Il y a 4 ans nous appelions à en finir avec le carcan du DSM et à son boycott.

"Nos critiques concernaient l’hégémonie de ce système unique, l’illusion de scientificité sur laquelle il repose, les scandaleux conflits d'intérêts, la régression de la pensée et l’appauvrissement de la clinique qu’il génère, sur fond de croyances et de préjugés moraux débouchant sur une nouvelle normativité sociale et comportementale qui touche tout le monde et spécialement les enfants.

"Aujourd'hui si le DSM, un an après la publication de sa version 5, n'est pas mort, son projet de réduire la psychiatrie à une langue universelle standardisée et formatée est caduc et de nombreuses critiques argumentées s'ajoutent aux nôtres de toute part dans le monde, provenant ...

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Youth E-Cig Use In USA: The One-Sided Equation

Published on 2014-11-16 12:43:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


As I've observed in recent years, e-cigs are rudely ripping away the façade of respectability mendacious tobacco controllers have constructed around themselves. It really is incredibly fascinating to watch.

For over four decades now, a prime tactic of the global tobacco control industry Goliath has been deliberate cherry-picking of statistics in order to produce one-sided equations. From there, it is very simple to create a media-friendly sound bite to hoodwink policy-makers and most of the public.

The most obvious of these is the claim that tobacco use in the UK (the same method is used in every country) 'costs' the NHS £2.7bn to £5bn whilst ignoring the official documented fact that government receipts from tobacco - which are not hypothecated so apply to NHS funding just the same - have always massively dwarfed costs. Tobacco control simply pretend duty receipts don't go in the same pot.

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» metatv.org: " France : Faire du feu dans sa cheminée sera bientôt interdit !"

Published on 2014-11-15 16:51:36.
Website: Accueil


metatv.org: "Et hop, encore un droit qui saute et qui va directement impacter les plus pauvres sous des prétextes fallacieux ! Les nombreux foyers munis d’une cheminée, et qui pouvaient jusqu’ici court-circuiter le réseau électrique (dont les tarifs ne cessent d’augmenter) pour se chauffer, seront bientôt hors la loi. Une nouvelle preuve s’il en est besoin, pour constater l’établissement d’un état totalitaire ou les moins riches n’ont plus leur place…"



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Echec des Verts-Nuisants: leurs taxes sur la fumée n'ont pas passé !

Published on 2014-11-14 19:02:47.
Website: Accueil


La Tribune de Genève: " Les taxes écolo de la gauche passent à la trappe

"Divers projets fiscaux avaient été déposés en 2012. Ils visaient à rapporter une vingtaine de millions et à modifier le comportement des conducteurs.

"En 2012, le Parti socialiste déposait une série de projets de loi destinés à augmenter les taxes des «bateaux à moteurs polluants», des «puissants deux-roues motorisés et des quads», ainsi que des «véhicules polluants», histoire de dégager en tout entre 15 et 20 millions supplémentaires. Ce soir, ces projets sont sortis des tiroirs et ce «coming out» leur a été fatal, puisque, à l’exception de la taxe bateau, ils ont été refusés sèchement par ce qui semble devenir la majorité automatique du Parlement lorsqu’on parle fiscalité ou écologie: le PLR, l’UDC, le MCG et parfois le PDC."

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Meanwhile, at the World Trade Organisation...

Published on 2014-11-14 02:58:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Things are gradually moving forward at the World Trade Organisation with regards to the plain packaging dispute...

The Dominican Republic applauded the recent preliminary ruling (WT/DS441/19) by a World Trade Organization Panel in the country's efforts to challenge Australia's plain packaging law for tobacco products. In its ruling, the Panel rejected all of Australia's procedural objections to the Dominican Republic's claims.

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New CDC Study Reveals that Youth Smoking has Declined Despite Tripling of Electronic Cigarette Use Among High Schoolers

Published on 2014-11-13 11:28:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


A new study released today by the CDC reports that although electronic cigarette use has doubled among middle-school students and tripled among high school students, there was a marked reduction in cigarette smoking in both groups from 2011/12 to 2013.

During this time period, current e-cigarette use among middle-school students increased from 0.6% to 1.1%. At the same time, current cigarette smoking declined from 4.3% to 2.9%.

Among high school students, current e-cigarette use increased from 1.5% to 4.5%. Concurrently, current cigarette smoking dropped from 15.8% to 12.7%.

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La fumée bientôt prohibée aux Etats-Unis ?

Published on 2014-11-13 04:53:37.
Website: Accueil


RTS - La Première - le 12:30: "Interdire purement et simplement la vente de cigarettes, c'est la volonté des autorités de Westminster, dans le Massachusetts. La ville pourrait devenir la première localité aux Etats-Unis à prendre une telle direction. Après la prohibition de l'alcool, entre-t-on bientôt dans une prohibition de la fumée? "



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New State Study Shows Dramatic Reduction in Youth Smoking Despite Sharp Rise in E-Cigarette Use

Published on 2014-11-11 16:27:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


New data out of Minnesota shows that despite a marked increase in e-cigarette use among Minnesota teenagers, there was a corresponding dramatic decline in tobacco cigarette smoking.

According to the report: "The 2014 Minnesota Youth Tobacco Survey found that the percent of high school students who smoked cigarettes in the past 30 days dropped from 18.1 percent in 2011 to 10.6 percent in 2014."

At the same time: "12.9 percent of high school students used or tried an electronic cigarette in the past 30 days. The survey found that 28 percent of high school students reported ever having tried an e-cigarette."

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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Boisdales

Published on 2014-11-11 14:20:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


I did say that I was going to write about the night of Forest's 35th anniversary party last week but - thanks to Puddlecote Inc still bogging me down at the moment - I've only now managed to get around to it a week later.

I was accompanied by vaping consumer advocate Twigolet (read her account of the evening here) and the genial Mr Snowdon but we didn't go straight there. Instead we'd arranged to meet up at an event chaired by Martin "Bubblegum" McPhee, a man so devoid of features you'd associate with good health that - naturally - he wants to tell you what to eat, drink and not vape or smoke.

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E-cigarette advertising

Published on 2014-11-11 07:38:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


I was on the radio yesterday talking about two of my pet subjects, advertising (see the book to your right) and e-cigarettes. The supposed controversy was not about e-cigarettes being advertised on television (they already are), but e-cigarette adverts showing people using them. The horror.

Here's the audio.



You should also listen to the brilliant Lorien Jollye take on Deborah Arnott on the Today programme (1 hour 22 minutes in).


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Us Versus Them

Published on 2014-11-10 11:54:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


The Welsh Assembly recently held a public consultation on their 'public health' white paper, and the results are now in!

Well, they're officially called 'public' consultations but - as I've mentioned many times previously - these would be better described as public sector consultations. Most of the public don't know they are even happening but fake charities, state-funded bodies and quangos are paid from our taxes to write responses to them.

This one is no different, which you can see for yourself by reading the whole thing here. Except for one particular question, that is.

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Vice and virtue

Published on 2014-11-10 09:47:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


I spoke at Libertarian Home's first public debate a couple of weeks ago. The topic was the cost of living and I was there to talk about the pernicious and regressive effects of sin taxes.

It was an innovative and engaging format, sort of like the Moral Maze. Keep an eye out for future events from them.

The video is here if you'd care to watch it.

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