‘Passive drinking’ is blighting the nation, Sir Liam Donaldson warns – Telegraph

'Passive drinking' is blighting the nation, Sir Liam Donaldson warns – Telegraph.

This touches on the arguments I make in my chapter on the Drug War. The only fair way to deal with harm causing behaviour is to ensure that those who cause the harm pay whatever it costs to mitigate the harm. Tobacco taxes (in the UK at least) are so extreme that they achieve that goal in spades. The cost of health care caused by smoking is paid for about 9 times over by the punitive taxation on tobacco – which is why it is insane to suggest that – having subsidised the health costs for the rest of society – smokers should then have their right to “free” health care withdrawn.

I make the point in that chapter that what is true of tobacco taxes is pointedly not true of alcohol taxation. As this article makes clear, there are the huge costs of “passive drinking” in terms, largely of social violence. So talk of trivia like minimum unit pricing completely misses the point. The alcohol industry (including, obviously, the consumers) should be required to pay the entire costs of their behaviour and that would require much more significant increases than are proposed here…

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Violent video games DO make people more aggressive | Mail Online

Violent video games DO make people more aggressive | Mail Online.

absolutely incredible. The headline I mean.

Someone tell me how they can justify (or get away with) putting that headline on a story which concludes:

However they found that when gamers stopped playing, their brains returned to normal.

The research comes after another study by from Texas A&M University which monitored 165 young people over three years to evaluate the effects of video games on anti-social behavior.

They found no connection between the players behaviour and game playing.

(emphasis added)

and the study they’re reporting presents ZERO evidence to contradict that final observation…

Penn Gillette observes Cognitive Dissonance…

Penn Gillette tackles Cognitive Dissonance among religious believers.

good luck with that…

Clever! Geothermal Power Plants Could be a Massive Source of Lithium for Batteries : TreeHugger

Clever! Geothermal Power Plants Could be a Massive Source of Lithium for Batteries : TreeHugger.

interesting developments. Watch this space…

Poll finds broad approval of terrorist torture – World news – Americas – msnbc.com

Poll finds broad approval of terrorist torture – World news – Americas – msnbc.com.

which rather supports what we learn from Daniel Ellsberg in his recent interview with The Nation…

The Tale Of Syrian Cartoonist Ali Ferzat | Prose Before Hos

one of the few true heroes on the planet today…

The Tale Of Syrian Cartoonist Ali Ferzat | Prose Before Hos.

DVLA sells your data for £2.50 a go ‘to pretty dodgy characters’, says MP | Mail Online

DVLA sells your data for £2.50 a go 'to pretty dodgy characters', says MP | Mail Online.

the mere fact that a Government could allow the sale of private data which it coerces citizens into providing tells you all you need to know about why governments must never be allowed to own our data and should only be allowed access to it under the strict supervision of Trusted Surveillance…