Posted by Lyn Ladds - Guest
I have been thinking over the weekend and something applies to more than just the smoking ban and can also apply locally as well as nationally are these so called Polls of People that are apparently undertaken and we are then told that "the majority of people polled were in favour of ...."
I would like to know if anyone out there knows anyone who has been polled. I have never known anyone on any of the pro smoking sites who has admitted being polled, nor do I know of anyone personally.
Do these polls actually exist or do the people setting the polls have a group of people who will vote the way they want and these are the only ones polled, except for perhaps a handful of ordinary people, just so some anwers are different?
Does anyone have any idea how these work or how anyone can find out how wide these polls actually are?
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Posted by Lyn Ladds - Guest
Sunday, August 12, 2007
(a letter printed in The Daily Telegraph on Saturday August 11th, 2007)
Graph inset to show relationship between incidence of all cancers and age of onset.
Sir - The notion that half of all cancers are caused by lifestyle factors is nonsense. Cancer is overwhelmingly a disease of old age, and because we are living longer the incidence of cancer is increasing.
What the "experts" ignore when discussing health statistics is that we all die. If one cause of death decreases, another must increase. Deaths from so-called lifestyle diseases have increased as deaths from accidents and infectious diseases have declined. That does not mean that our lifestyles are killing us, but that we now die of diseases related to age.
The cancers quoted in your report (August 9th) - mouth, kidney, womb and malignant melanoma - account for a total of perhaps 25,000 cases a year, affecting around 0-03 per cent of the population. This is a tiny percentage and demonstrates how unlikely it is that our modern lifestyle is primarily responsible.
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Simon Jenkins article linked in this post provides plenty of well written foodfor thought. I apologise for not linking it earlier but I have to admit The Guardian newspaper is not one of my preferred reads! It is frankly a bit of a pleasant surprise that such an enlightened essay is allowed space in this strange rag. Read more here...
Friday July 6, 2007
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
By Blad Tolstoy
After some deliberation as to what protesting smokers should be called, it was decided, following the suggestion of a canny Scotsman and without too much difficulty, that we should refer to ourselves as STARS.
STARS stands for: "Smokers taking a rebellious stand"...Good eh?
Yes, we have added positively to our terminology. We are Stars and the antis are "Extremists," which indeed they are for never has a truer word been spoken. Moreover, the antis' cannon fodder - those witless, well meaning, yet badly informed morons who make up the rank and file of ASH and other similar human atrocities - are also pretty stupid. I once remember a discussion with one of them and when I pointed out that ETS, in the quantities in which we normally experience it, has never been shown to be a deadly toxic substance, she asked: "Are you trying to insult my intelligence?" I pointed out she had already done that to herself. She has never spoken to me since. Excellent!
So there we are. Go forth good people, take your rebellious stands, give the antis more headaches, for we are stars in the ascendant, and they, are but waning moons.
Monday, August 06, 2007
By Blad Tolstoy
Yes, as usual the anti-joy movement strikes the most vulnerable first in its voracious desire to impose its will on the world. This time it's pregnant women who make such easy targets as they are emotionally blackmailed into stopping smoking and drinking for fear of damaging their unborn child. A very worrying feature of this approach is that it makes the woman's body no longer her own as busybodies and do-gooders stick their snouts in because they always know what's best for everyone else. What would be best for everyone else, of course, would be if the busybodies dropped dead which, thank goodness, they all will do at some time or another despite the fact that they think that if everyone lives like they do we will all live forever. All I can say is that life is far too short to worry about living forever and that worry and guilt are probably two of the factors most damaging to good health that there are.
It is with that in mind that I dug up this fairly recent article by my old pal Simon Heffer at The Daily Telegraph. Well, he's not my old pal really but sometimes I feel he is for although there are subjects on which we differ in our opinions very sharply, when it comes to the defence of liberty Simon is up there with the best of them. So here we go:
"Nine months without a drink"
All around us are normal, healthy, intelligent and fit people whose mothers committed what it seems is shortly to be the crime of drinking alcohol while pregnant with them. I know the medical profession means well, but this is simply another part of its not-so-hidden agenda where alcohol is concerned. Having helped to make it almost illegal to smoke except in the Sahara Desert in a westerly wind - and then only if there are no camels within a 20-mile radius - doctors now wish to do the same for boozing. Expectant mothers are a soft target. Presumably men will be next, being told that more than a pint of beer a month will wreck your chances of fathering a child. I know you think I'm joking so laugh while you can.
Friday, August 03, 2007
My workplace, like many I'm sure, have circulated a helpful leaflet to explain the smokefree law. I felt it needed improvement so this is it:
A quick guide to the smokefree law.
The new smokefree law is being introduced to protect non-smoking employees and the general public from absolutely nothing; to arbitrarily alienate a large group of society; to line the pockets of the pharmaceutical industry; to facilitate ill people’s wrongful claims against whoever they feel like and to passify a large group of vociferous bigots with anxiety disorders. Read the whole thing...