Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Successful Brussels Conference

by Bloody Blad Tolstoy

Well, here I am, just back from Brussels having attended a very successful anti-prohibition conference.

Indeed, as I write, I am aware that our prohibitionist opponents from anti-tobacco are trying to fool the world that the TICAP conference was stopped. Well, bad news for them, because no, it wasn't. See an example of their attempt to mislead here:

http://www.epha.org/a/3376

Those paying careful attention to the TICAP web page informing the public that the conference had been prohibited, will have noticed that at the bottom of the same page, were written these words:

"Fortunately, the British Delegation of the Independence/Democracy Group in the European Parliament has launched the "Thinking is Forbidden" Conference, Hotel Silken Berlaymont, Brussels (11 - 19, Boulevard Charlemagne, 1000 Brussels), keeping the schedule and dates unaltered."

(http://www.antiprohibition.org/ticap_pages.php?q=6)

So, thanks to our friends, the conference proceeded, under a different title and patron, without much of a hitch, with the only calualty having been the satellite link that should have beamed in Dr Gio B Gori live. However, as we had made good preparation for sabotage, this was replaced by a film of Dr Gori, specially made for the event, which was certainly very well received indeed.

In addition, this little hiccup was also well compensated for by Iro Cyr of CAGE, Canada, who read out a statement by Professor Molimard (professor emeritus of physiology) who said that he supported our aim to preserve and ensure freedom of choice.

All the speeches presented were well received and prompted lively interactions with the audience. The maximum number of those participating at any one time was 95.

See for a more detailed descriptions, Dick Puddlecoate's blog:

http://ticaplive.blogspot.com//

For those wishing to understand the strength of feeling at the conference, please note the number of countries represented:

England, Wales, Scotland, Canada, USA, Denmark, Sweden, Holland, Belgium, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland and Italy.

This kind of international attendance at such an event has never been experienced before, and the fact that everyone came under their own steam well demonstrated their resolve to fight smoking bans and other prohibitionist interventions in their lives.

Moreover, this conference was paid for entirely by our members with one prominent medical donor, the Schick Shadel Hospital, in Seattle. Unlike our opponents in tobacco control, we did not need big bucks from any major industry (like big pharma) and nor did we need government grants because we are truly a grass roots movement. They, on the other hand, are not although they like to preserve the illusion that they are. They are NGOs and QUANGOs.

So, despite their dirty tricks campaign, our prohibitionist opponents lost this battle. They could not stop us now and they will not stop what we have planned for the future. We have definitely arrived. WATCH OUT ANTI!

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

UK Facebook Group

There is a new FaceBook group called "The Smoking Revolution". The plan is to coordinate all future protests against the UK smoking ban. It could provide a useful communication tool.

It has been created by Myself, Rich White and Domenyk Richardson.

The first project is to target National Smoking Day with a letter to parliament and possibly a march and media event.

Please join.

http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?ref=sb#/group.php?gid=43690716073

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Friday, January 09, 2009

TICAP Conference Video 2

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Thursday, January 08, 2009

Smoke Screens

Important Alert

I have located another excellent site for our attention. Some of you will no doubt already know, but I've only just stumbled on Rich White's smokescreens.org website. Wow, I feel I've been missing out! He's written a book, and he's only a youngster, and I now know the revolution has commenced.

Instructions

1. Visit http://smokescreens.org/
2. Subscribe to site http://smokescreens.org/mailinglist.htm
3. Join forum http://smokescreens.org/forum
4. Buy his book http://smokescreens.org/preface.htm

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Monday, January 05, 2009

Probability of education

A learned professor has slipped through the information ministry's net and has had a long article published in The Times today regarding his recommendations for increasing awareness of probability. I have pointed out that the government's propaganda machine relies on our ignorance of such matters and so this will be the last we hear of this wise advice.

I reproduce(without permission) his summary guidance. If you click on the link below the summary you will be taken to the fall article at the Times Online..

Reality check
Professor Spiegelhalter’s four rules of risk, which he says everyone should know.

Stuff happens
We cannot predict exactly how every precise event will turn out, but we can often predict the overall pattern of events surprisingly well.

Compare like with like
If you want to show that speed cameras reduce road traffic accident rates, don’t just put them in places that have just had a run of accidents

What am I not being told?
This person may well have got better after she took this wonder treatment, but how many other people’s stories are not being featured?

Twice not-very-much is still not very much
Increasing a tiny risk may not be so important: almost everything interesting might help and it might also harm. The trick is working out the balance for you.


Full article...

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Saturday, January 03, 2009

Human Cost of Smoking Ban

Click on this paragraph to visit another sad story that sums our arguments up. Sincere best wishes to Nigel Rose of The Cross Keys Pub, Pontefract.

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