Archive | January, 2015

Now we’re going to party like it’s 1939

18 Jan

underdogs bite upwards

I have to finish Panoptica, even with 7-day working, if it kills me. When I finish it, the Gubblement will probably kill me because they’ll think I’ve stolen their secret manifestos.

It has to be soon because it’s happening. Linked from Twitter is VGIF’s post of a transcript of a speech given By Christopher Hitchens. In which he talks about the infantilisation of people.

He was absolutely right. It’s been going on for a long time in subtle ways and blatant ways. It’s easy to notice the ‘you can’t have guns in case you hurt someone’ and ‘you can’t have these foods because you’ll eat too much of them’ and so on. Those are things you say to children. Yet there are other things that are just accepted.

If I have a (rare these days) takeaway coffee I take the lid off to drink it. I have actually had…

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11 Jan

Very well said. Thank you.

A school of dolphins


By Fergus Mason

I’ll repeat: Our activism is not funded by the tobacco industry or anyone else. We are just ordinary people who do things then tweet about what we’ve done. The result, more often than not, is that our friends go off and do the same thing – then tweet about it. Within minutes there’s an explosive chain reaction that sends a storm of tweets, comments or emails winging their way towards the target of our discontent. It may look organised, but it’s not. It simply happens because of social networks, especially Twitter, and websites that irate vapers have put together using their own time and money. Welcome to the latest one.

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11 Jan

#IMPROOF #fightovape #vape #truth #casaa #ecigs #vapeforlife #tagsup #eCigsSaveLives #AllLivesMatter


A Religious War on Smoking

7 Jan

Frank Davis

A few days back, the prohibition of tobacco and alcohol in Iraq by Muslim extremists raised the question of whether Western antismoking organisations would support such measures.

H/T Harley, it would seem that at least one Muslim group in Indonesia was getting funding from a Michael Bloomberg-owned organisation in 2010:

An organization owned by the mayor of New York City has channeled over US$390,000 to Muhammadiyah as part of a global anti-tobacco campaign, but the country’s second largest Islamic organization denied the funding influenced its recent edict banning smoking.

A. Fattah Wibisono, a deputy secretary at Muhammadiyah’s council tasked with issuing religious edicts, acknowledged that his organization was cooperating with the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, a philanthropic organization established in 2006 by Michael R. Bloomberg to fight tobacco use in low- and middle-income countries…

The Bloomberg Initiative says on its website,, its program with Muhammadiyah aims…

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