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Caritas Genève refuse 100'000 francs d'un fabricant de cigarettes

Published on 2014-10-20 11:59:50.
Website: Accueil


La Tribune de Genève: " La décision douloureuse a été prise grâce à la voix du président de l'association.

+L'offre de la multinationale Japan Tobacco était alléchante: Le cigarettier proposait un chèque de plus de 100'000 francs à Caritas Genève pendant plusieurs années et sans exigence de finalité. Le comité de l’œuvre d'entraide installée à la rue de Carouge a longtemps hésité, raconte Dominique Froidevaux, directeur de l'association, dans Le Courrier de ce lundi. Il y a quelques mois, il a dit non. C'est la voix du président, Jean-Philippe Trabichet, qui a fait pencher la balance.

«Le choix qui remonte au mois de juin a donné lieu à un débat approfondi», précise le président. «Nous collaborons volontiers avec les entreprises. Il arrive que des sociétés, notamment celles de culture américaine, délèguent des employés volontaires pendant leur temps de travail pour une action sociale.» On sent que le président a longuement pesé le pour et le contre. Le risque d'un dégât d'image, identique à celui qu'a subi le Musée de la Croix-Rouge, soumis à une forte pression du lobby antitabac genevoise, n'a sans doute pas été étranger à sa décision."

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Les Dissident(e)s de Genève en AG le mardi 28 octobre dès 18 h. 30 !

Published on 2014-10-20 09:55:43.
Website: Accueil


(DDG) Sous la présidence de Daniel Ceszkowski (photo), l'association libertaire des  Dissident(e)s de Genève (DDG) siégera le mardi 28 octobre à Genève, selon la convocation adressée par la poste à ses membres et publiée ci-dessous.

L'ordre du ordre du jour est copieux car il a fallu réactiver notre association après la longue maladie et le  décès de notre regrettée présidente Karin von Siebenthal. 

Outre les objets statutaires usuels, l'AG se déterminera sur la question du quorum imposé à Genève aux Partis politiques pour accéder au Grand Conseil (Législatif). Faut-il viser à abaisser ou à supprimer (comme dans d'autres Cantons suisses) ledit quorum qui écarte des débats plusieurs petits partis politiques, lésant ainsi la representativité populaire. C'est souvent de la marge que proviennent les inspirations et les meilleures idées les plus novatrices.

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La police va-t-elle fouiller dans vos sacs en plastique pour vérifier leur conttenu ?

Published on 2014-10-20 09:23:00.
Website: Accueil




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Henry Hill on public health

Published on 2014-10-20 08:27:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


This, from Henry Hill at Conservative Home, is well worth reading...

The most important thing to bear in mind is that public health has no regard for individual choice. As a movement which measures its success largely in averaged outcomes and national statistics, its focus is not on minimising harm to third parties or helping individuals to make informed choices – although it will employ those arguments – but on controlling people to force its desired outcomes.

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USA: "Le 11-Septembre remis en question devant des millions de téléspectateurs"

Published on 2014-10-19 17:30:31.
Website: Accueil


Association Architectes et ingénieurs pour la vérité sur le 11-Septembre: "Coup d’éclat. Une grande chaîne de télévision américaine a diffusé un entretien explosif à propos des attentats du 11-Septembre.

"Imaginez une longue interview, rigoureuse dans le fond et mesurée sur la forme, au sujet d’une éminente controverse politique. Pas de petite phrase, aucune forme de raccourci expéditif, et pas la moindre trace de condescendance de la part de l’interviewer. Transposez maintenant la scène dans le paysage audiovisuel français.
Une projection difficile ?

"Au regard du tabou que constitue le 11-Septembre dans les médias traditionnels de l’Hexagone, il faudrait effectivement faire preuve d’une grande souplesse mentale pour envisager la reproduction locale d’une telle scène.

"Celle-ci s’est réellement produite. Le vendredi 1er août, sur la chaîne américaine C-Span, un moment édifiant de télévision s’est déroulé.

"Relativement équivalente au duo LCP – Public Sénat et forte d’un accès à plus de 100 millions de foyers américains, la chaîne a convié une personnalité singulière : Richard Gage, président et fondateur de l’association dénommée Architectes et ingénieurs pour la vérité sur le 11-Septembre.

"Porte-parole de plus de 2 200 professionnels, l’homme a bénéficié d’un temps long (40 minutes) et d’un interlocuteur pointilleux mais respectueux (le journaliste-producteur Peter Slen) pour étayer la thèse scientifique de son groupe, contraire à la version officielle défendue par l’Administration Bush : les trois tours du World Trade Center ont subi une démolition contrôlée le 11 septembre 2001."

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RTS - Haute Définition: Faut-il numériser le monde ?

Published on 2014-10-19 16:32:10.
Website: Accueil


RTS - Haute Définition: " La technologie permet de tout numériser: les livres, nos données biologiques, la musique, le patrimoine artistique. Faut-il pour autant céder à cette tentation?", s'interroge le philosophe Roberto Casati. Les tablettes, les smartphones ou les liseuses ont envahi l'espace. Les partisans du tout numérique auraient-ils "un avantage darwinien"? Le monde sur écran nous rend-il plus intelligents, plus rapides? Prenant l'exemple du livre et de la lecture, Roberto Casati répond dans son essai percutant: "les nouveaux formats n'ont pas ouvert de nouveaux horizons de lecture; au contraire, cette lecture a été volée".

"Invité: Roberto Casati, philosophe, directeur de recherches au CNRS."

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Government Agencies Under Attack

Published on 2014-10-19 16:26:10.
Website: Frank Davis


With CDC Director Tom Frieden facing calls for his resignation, it’s not too hard (H/T Harley) to see more reasons why: Top public health officials have collected $25 million in bonuses since 2007, carving out extra pay for themselves in … Continue reading →

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Paris: Une spectatrice voilée invitée à quitter l'Opéra

Published on 2014-10-19 11:48:56.
Website: Accueil


20 Minutes: "L'Opéra de Paris a demandé à une spectatrice au visage voilé de quitter les lieux en pleine représentation, un incident qui a poussé le ministère de la Culture à préparer une note de consigne rappelant la loi.

"L'incident s'est produit le 3 octobre à l'Opéra Bastille. La représentation de la Traviata avait débuté lorsque le visage voilé de la spectatrice, assise au premier rang, a été repéré par les écrans de contrôle ainsi que par des choristes, a expliqué à l'AFP le directeur adjoint de l'Opéra de Paris, Jean-Philippe Thiellay, confirmant une information du site metronews.fr

"Assise juste derrière le chef d'orchestre, la femme, au cou et cheveux couverts, avait un voile clair lui couvrant la bouche et le nez.

«On m'a alerté au cours du deuxième acte», poursuit M. Thiellay, rappelant que la loi de 2011 interdit de se masquer le visage dans l'espace public. «Ca ne s'était jamais présenté», a-t-il dit, ajoutant que «certains choristes ont indiqué qu'ils ne voulaient pas chanter» si une solution n'était pas trouvée."

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ATS: " La Grande-Bretagne propose des peines de prison pour les "trolls""

Published on 2014-10-19 06:13:01.
Website: Accueil


ATS: "Les personnes déclarées coupables de harcèlement sur Internet ("trolling/flaming") au Royaume-Uni pourraient encourir des peines allant jusqu'à deux ans de prison. Le gouvernement a dévoilé dimanche des propositions de loi dans ce sens.

"Il s'agit d'une loi pour combattre la cruauté et marquer notre détermination à prendre position contre les meutes aboyant sur Internet", a expliqué le secrétaire d'Etat à la Justice, Chris Grayling, au journal "Mail on Sunday".

"Ces "trolls", aussi appellés "flameurs", "sont des lâches qui empoisonnent la vie de la nation."

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Les chinoiseries de la Chan pour orienter le débat

Published on 2014-10-18 17:57:14.
Website: Accueil


20 Minutes: "En coulisse, les tentatives de lobbying sont nombreuses, de la part des représentants de l'industrie de la clope. Et, pendant les débats, ils squattent les places attribuées au public.

"Une faute?

"La conférence internationale sur la lutte antitabac organisée cette semaine à Moscou, a livré un autre combat en coulisses: se protéger de l'industrie du tabac, exclue des discussions, mais qui tente dans l'ombre d'infléchir les débats.

"La directrice de l'OMS, Margaret Chan (photo), avait fixé dès le départ le cadre des débats et a mis en garde contre la présence de l'industrie du tabac. «Les cigarettiers insistent pour faire partie intégrante du débat afin d'apporter des solutions (...) mais octroyer une place à l'industrie du tabac reviendrait à demander à des renards de s'occuper de vos poules», a-t-elle averti. «Ne les laissez pas vous séduire»."

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Little Confidence

Published on 2014-10-18 16:22:30.
Website: Frank Davis


Over the past few weeks I’ve been steadily downgrading, in my own mind, the threat posed by Ebola. Because while it seems to be highly contagious (and maybe slightly airborne) in its final stages, it doesn’t seem to be particularly contagious … Continue reading →

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Mike Daube And His Funding Merry-Go-Round

Published on 2014-10-18 12:56:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Note to tobacco controllers: When you are instrumental in taking an appallingly prejudiced and stupid decision which makes global news and embarrasses your country - and you also lie about it - it's very likely to come back and smash your face in.

Last week, Australian anti-smoker obsessive Mike Daube was caught lying about the decision to ban the opera Carmen because it is set in a cigarette factory. To recap:
To cut a long story short, a state government body, Healthway - of which Mike Daube is a board member - forced the West Australian Opera to ditch a production of the 1875 composition because it is set in a cigarette factory. This prompted global hilarity at Aussie state censorship, but had Western Australia's Premier spitting blood about the embarrassment and the Australian Prime Minister chipping in with condemnation too.Daube, being a tobacco controller, refused to show contrition for such an absurd outcome, and instead pretended it was nothing to do with him by blaming the opera company instead.

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Link Tank 18/10

Published on 2014-10-18 02:10:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


That's yer lot.

When nanny staters say ‘choice’, what they really mean is ‘less choice’

The smoking ban: Just another form of illiberal leftist social control

The perfect pub: is there one left in Britain?

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Conducteurs agressifs, attention danger !

Published on 2014-10-17 18:14:00.
Website: Accueil


Comment convient-il de se comporter aux malotrus, conducteurs sans égards ou agressifs dont le comportement met en danger la sécurité routière ? Queues de poisson, klaxon intempestifs, appels de phares, index portés à la tempe, doigts et bras d'honneur. Tendre la joue droite et tout accepter ? ET que faire des conducteurs qui vous talonnent sur l'autoroute alors que vous roulez déjà la vitese maximale de 120 km/h ? Ce genre de comportement semble se multiplier au fur et à mesure où le réseau routier s'engorge, surtout aux heures de pointe ? Certains filment les mauvais comportements, voire les infractions et les dénoncent à la police. Parfois avec succès ! Qu'en penser ? Un mal our un mal ? Dent pour dent ? La loi du talion sur les routes suisses ? L'émission de la RTS - La Première - On en parle fait le point avec une spécialiste du BPA. Selon les estimations du Bureau pour la Prévention des Accidents,  5 à 10% des accidents de la route sont à mettre sur le compte de comportements agressifs !

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Being There

Published on 2014-10-17 16:56:14.
Website: Frank Davis


I was fascinated to hear Lord Darzi on BBC World Service Radio, talking with Dave Atherton about his proposals to ban smoking in London parks. Rather than transcribe the whole thing, I chose to only transcribe what Darzi said, so as … Continue reading →

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Were there really 9.6 million alcohol-related hospital admissions last year?

Published on 2014-10-17 03:12:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Mark Wadsworth has spotted that the number of alcohol-related hospital admissions have risen rather sharply in the last couple of years. In fact 'risen sharply' is an understatement. 'Rocketed into the stratosphere' might be a better way of putting it.

BBC, 26 May 2011: The number of alcohol-related hospital admissions in England has topped 1m for the first time, according to official statistics.

From The Daily Mirror, yesterday:

Heavy boozers are putting the NHS under “intolerable strain” and risk sparking a health crisis which will cost the country billions, a charity claimed yesterday. Alcohol Concern said 9.9 million NHS admissions in England – including hospital patients and clinic and A&E visits – were related to alcohol last year...

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Critics Pile In

Published on 2014-10-16 16:46:13.
Website: Frank Davis


Other critics are piling in on the WHO. Terence Corcoran in the Financial Post: Terence Corcoran: WHO battles climate and sugar, misses Ebola Countless bazillions have been spent over decades by the United Nations, the World Health Organization and the … Continue reading →

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A Glimpse Through The Blackout Curtain

Published on 2014-10-16 12:06:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


This week is proving to be a defining one for the tobacco control industry. They appear to have taken a decision to go all out and prove me right in saying that their motivation has nothing whatsoever to do with health.

First we had proven liar and debate-phobic Lord Narzi proposing an evidence-free policy which is solely designed to bully smokers and incubate hatred towards them, now it seems the WHO are going down the same route with e-cigs.

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Leaked document shows WHO's hard line on e-cigarettes

Published on 2014-10-16 06:13:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


I've received what appears to be the WHO's draft text about e-cigarette regulation (from this week's top secret FCTC meeting in Moscow).



Apologies for the poor quality of the image. You can click to enlarge, but this is what it says (all strikes and underlines are in the original. ENDs are 'Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems', a daft term that only 'public health' people use for e-cigarettes):

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A perfect hatred

Published on 2014-10-16 04:14:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


What can you say about the proposal to ban smoking in the—ahem—beautiful, pristine, pure air of London town? Perhaps the first thing to say is that it is only a proposal from a revolting left-wing doctor-cum-politician. Boris Johnson has distanced himself from it:

"This idea in my view, as a libertarian conservative, comes down too much on the side of bossiness and nannying.

"One feature of life in London is that we are a city that allows people to get on with their lives within the law provided they are not harming anyone else.

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Regressive, illiberal soda taxes

Published on 2014-10-15 17:18:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


I have an article up at Spiked that looks at how the words 'liberal' and 'progressive' have become so debased that they are used by proponents of patently illiberal and regressive soda taxes.

Please read it.

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Tobacco Control Lunges at Parks

Published on 2014-10-15 17:03:58.
Website: Frank Davis


With FCTC still in conference in Moscow, Tobacco Control UK is continuing to push for new antismoking measures: Smoking should be outlawed in public parks, the chief medical officer said last night. Sally Davies claimed a ban was needed to … Continue reading →

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Out Of The Woodwork

Published on 2014-10-15 11:00:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


So, it seems that the London parks smoking ban suggested in a report commissioned by Boris isn't quite the slam dunk it first appeared.

Boris says no to parks smoking ban: "To ban people from doing something that is legal in a big open space is taking bossiness too far. "
— Ross Lydall (@RossLydall) October 15, 2014
But the period of time between the press release going out in the early hours and Boris's statement at lunchtime was open season for every irrational smoker-hating whacko, psychopath, and berserker to spew their bile on every possible platform. Lord Narzi and Sally Davies effectively signalled to thousands of society's most vile that hyperbolic hatred was officially sanctioned by the authorities.

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Why a Randomized Behavioral Study is Essential to Understanding the Potential Benefits of Electronic Cigarettes

Published on 2014-10-15 03:26:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Some of the researchers and advocates who opposed our crowdfunding campaign to raise money for a randomized behavioral study of the effects of electronic cigarettes on smoking behavior argued that randomized clinical trials (RCTs) are simply not appropriate to study e-cigarettes because they cannot simulate the real-life situation, where smokers have many choices of different types of products, can engage with social networks, and can experiment over time, change products, advance from one type of product to another, etc.

Instead, these advocates argued that surveys are the best way to study the potential benefits of e-cigarettes. Surveys measure the real-life situation of how e-cigarettes and vapor products are actually used.

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Vote Tory, Get Labour

Published on 2014-10-15 01:00:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


I take it that today's news means Boris has by extension placed himself in Room 101?


He is absolutely correct. The evidence of harm from secondhand smoke indoors is stratospherically exaggerated, so his gesture of lighting up a cigar as a signal of freedom was welcomed in the video's comments by all but a sparse few.

The evidence of harm from smoke in a huge open air park, though, is non-existent. So what's all this pony about, Boris?
Trafalgar and Parliament squares smoking ban callSmoking could be banned in Trafalgar and Parliament squares as well as the city's parks if a report by London's Health Commission is implemented. The smoke free plan would see the mayor use his by-law powers over Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square and his influence over the Royal Parks, the board of which he appoints.If it's not backed by evidence of harm to others, the only possible goal of this for the Mayor and his unelected report writers is to dictate to others how they should be living their lives. With fines and menaces.

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The trivial impact of Mexico's soda tax

Published on 2014-10-14 22:30:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


There was much rejoicing amongst 'public health' campaigners when Mexico brought in a soda tax at the start of the year. A tax of one peso per litre—about 5p—might not sound much, but in a country where the minimum wage is $5 per day, it is significant and will increase the price of fizzy drinks by about ten per cent.

The usual hyperbolic claims were made for this tax in advance. It was predicted (by advocates) to reduce consumption by 10 to 13 per cent. They said it would prevent "up to" 630,000 cases of diabetes by 2030.

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Postcard From #COP6

Published on 2014-10-14 14:03:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote



If you've not been able to keep up with the breathless excitement emanating from the WHO's anti-smoking conference in Moscow, here are a few highlights.

Day 1: A quite fantastic opener with the public excluded in case anyone looks at the delegates in an unapproved manner.

Delegates to Moscow were really happy to be able to distract attention from their being in Russia despite planes being shot down, human rights being liquidated, widespread sanctions, and the US and Canada boycotting the event ... by welcoming North Korea's best anti-smokers after paying for their travel expenses to be there.

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Censorious fanatics

Published on 2014-10-14 06:00:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Further to last week's post about a production of Carmen being cancelled because its government sponsor didn't like the fact that the lead character works in a tobacco factory, The Australian reports that this was not an isolated incident:


When the Blue Room Theatre in Perth staged an acclaimed play about addiction several years ago, lurking in the opening night audience was a bureau­crat who demanded one scene be axed from future performances.

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Losers Weepers

Published on 2014-10-14 04:05:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


By way of update to Sunday's post on "weird" UKIP policies, my transatlantic fellow jewel robber NorCal David G took me to task for not remembering this (as usual, click to enlarge).


So, UKIP's "weird" policy of amending the smoking ban to something more reasonable and grounded in common sense was once considered by the Conservatives too, an admission in itself that the law was excessive. More fool them for discarding the idea.

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New Study Finds No Benefits to Use of Over-the-Counter NRT for Smoking Cessation

Published on 2014-10-14 03:33:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


A new study published in this month's issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings casts doubt on the effectiveness of over-the-counter NRT for smoking cessation.

(See: Kotz D, Brown J, West R. Prospective cohort study of the effectiveness of smoking cessation treatments used in the "real world." Mayo Clinic Proceedings 2014; 89:1360-1367.)

The study - a prospective cohort study of 1560 adult smokers who were surveyed at baseline and 6 month follow-up and made at least one quit attempt between the two interviews - compared the quit rates for the use of prescription medication with specialist behavioral support, prescription medication with brief advice from their physician, over-the-counter NRT, and none of these (no use of medication).

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WHO starting to make Putin look good

Published on 2014-10-14 00:39:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


"They did WHAT?!"
The WHO's COP6 tobacco summit has gone into full, paranoid meltdown. After ejecting the public yesterday, they have now barred the media from attending. Interpol were banned before the conference began. The event is not—and has never been—streamed on the internet. The official Twitter feed hasn't posted a message for 24 hours. It's a completely secret meeting now.

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Margaret Chan: fully occupied?

Published on 2014-10-13 12:54:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Margaret Chan: Fully occupied

Margaret Chan, the Director-General of the World Health Organisation, delivered a speech about the Ebola pandemic today.

Except she wasn't able to deliver it personally so an underling did it for her. He explained...

WHO Director-General’s speech to the Regional Committee for the Western PacificDr Margaret Chan

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