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Affaire du journaliste persquisitionné Rocchi: le dossier au Tribunal des mesures de contrainte

Published on 2014-04-16 17:29:50.
Website: Accueil


ATS: "L'affaire des perquisitions effectuées chez le journaliste Ludovic Rocchi (photo)connaît un nouveau rebondissement en justice. Le Tribunal fédéral (TF) renvoie le dossier au Tribunal des mesures de contrainte.

"Le TF annule le jugement du Tribunal cantonal qui concluait à l'illégalité des perquisitions menées en août dernier chez le journaliste du quotidien "Le Matin". Dans un arrêt communiqué mercredi, il déclare recevable le recours déposé contre cette décision par le Ministère public neuchâtelois.

"Mais cet arrêt ne touche pas le fonds de l'affaire, à savoir déterminer si ces perquisitions étaient illégales ou non. Selon le TF, c'est le Tribunal des mesures de contrainte qui est compétent en la matière.

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A Question of Medical Ethics

Published on 2014-04-16 17:15:12.
Website: Frank Davis


I’ve been thinking today about something Rose mentioned in a couple of comments: I dislocated my knee slightly in a motorcycle accident, when we crashed I flew off the back and landed on my knees.My doctor, who had recently given … Continue reading →

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If Breaking Bad was really set in Britain

Published on 2014-04-16 05:18:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Since the last season of Breaking Bad was broadcast, there's been an amusing cartoon doing the rounds suggesting that the concept wouldn't have worked in any country other than the US.


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Anti-Smoking Researchers Attack Tobacco Companies for Complying with the Law

Published on 2014-04-16 04:38:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


In a strange and ironic twist, in an article published in the journal Tobacco Control and a blog commentary on the article, a set of anti-smoking researchers are attacking the cigarette industry for complying with the law.

The article and commentary criticize tobacco companies for changing their labeling of "light" and "ultra-light" cigarette brands by removing these terms and instead, giving the brands different colors to differentiate them.

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Catching up with TV

Published on 2014-04-15 17:19:15.
Website: Frank Davis


Another gorgeous sunny day, which found me once again in a pub garden, drinking beer and smoking cigarettes. But this time, while sitting at a table, I managed to do myself an injury. I think it must be the first … Continue reading →

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Echec honteux de la préventologie: Le cannabis est la drogue préférée des Suisses

Published on 2014-04-15 15:25:28.
Website: Accueil


Le Matin:  "Plus de 40% d'Helvètes reconnaissent avoir fumé un joint, selon une enquête internationale. L'ecstasy dépasse la cocaïne en tête des drogues dures.

"Une étude mondiale menée sur internet jette une lumière inédite sur les Suisses et leur consommation de drogues.

"Le Global Drug Survey a publié sa version 2014 à laquelle 78'820 personnes ont participé sur internet, dont 5133 en Suisse. La majorité des participants qui a donné des indications sur sa consommation de drogues, a entre 20 et 30 ans, explique le 20 Minuten qui fait partie des partenaires.

"Il en ressort que l'alcool et le tabac restent les produits préférés des Suisses dans ce domaine et l'alcool est logiquement celui dont la consommation se termine par un séjour à l'hôpital. Si plus de 2% des sondés en Irlande ont avoué un séjour hospitalier, ils ne sont que 0,6% en Suisse, soit moins que la moyenne de l'étude (1%).

"Les 20 drogues principales en Suisse en 2013..."

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Alexis Roussel: la protection des données, un mythe ?

Published on 2014-04-15 14:13:10.
Website: Accueil


ot-lab.ch: "La question était au cœur de la Causerie du jeudi 27 mars dernier à la Muse. Près de trente personnes avaient rejoint Alexis Roussel, (photo) président du Parti Pirate Suisse et défenseur ardent et avisé du numérique, pour en discuter.

"Les opportunités liées au numériques ne sont plus à démontrer. Mais à quel prix ? Force est de constater que nous bénéficions fréquemment d’un confort technologique au prix de concessions dans le domaine de la protection des données et de la sphère privée. Certains n’y voient qu’une évolution naturelle de notre société. D’autres s’en préoccupent et tirent la sonnette d’alarme: la protection des données ne fonctionne pas, ni en Suisse, ni ailleurs !

"Alexis est de ceux-ci. Il prône une réappropriation politique et juridique des données. Il souhaite une organisation du marché et est convaincu que les opportunités d’avancer dans la bonne direction existent. Et ce sont ces idées qu’il a voulu partager avec nous ce soir-là.

"Il part du constat qu’Internet est résilient et fonctionne très bien malgré tout ce qu’on peut dire. Mais le problème est qu’il connaît actuellement une perte de confiance amplifiée par les affaires de ces derniers mois. D’une part nos données personnelles nous échappent et sont convoitées par de très nombreux acteurs de l’Internet, Google et Facebook en tête. D’autre part nous sommes surveillés par les gouvernements, à l’image de la NSA qui dispose d’un arsenal gigantesque pour espionner la planète numérique."

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Carry On Smoking, Says The BMA's Welsh Secretary

Published on 2014-04-15 11:47:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


You don't have to be mad to be a health wonk in Wales, but it certainly seems to help.

At the start of the month we heard from Mark Drakeford - the Welsh Health Minister who confirmed it's not about health - and today it's Dr Richard 'Wideload' Lewis.

Dr Richard is the Welsh secretary of the BMA - a provincial version of proven liar Vivienne Nathanson - and he is trying his level best to be as downbeat about e-cigs as is humanly possible.

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New York State Senator Wants to Ban Most Electronic Cigarettes, While Keeping the Toxic Real Ones

Published on 2014-04-15 05:00:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


New York State Senator Kemp Hannon has introduced legislation that would ban most electronic cigarettes, including both the rechargeable and modular types, while keeping toxic tobacco cigarettes on the market.

Senate Bill 6939 would ban the sale of all electronic cigarette liquids. Under the proposed law, an e-liquid is defined as "A LIQUID COMPOSED OF NICOTINE AND OTHER CHEMICALS, AND WHICH IS SOLD AS A PRODUCT THAT MAY BE USED IN AN ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE."

By this definition, it would be illegal to sell not only the e-liquids used in modular electronic cigarettes, but also the refill cartridges used in rechargeable electronic cigarettes. Thus, this legislation would remove from the market a huge chunk of the electronic cigarettes that are currently sold in New York State. Only disposable electronic cigarettes would remain, and it is unclear if even these would be allowed to be sold, since they do contain "a liquid composed of nicotine and other chemicals" that is "used in an electronic cigarette." Thus, it is conceivable that this legislation would ban the sale of all electronic cigarettes in the state of New York.

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An interview with Dr Ashok Kaul

Published on 2014-04-15 04:41:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Last week I mentioned that the only piece of real world evidence about underage smoking rates in Australia since plain packaging was introduced was not mentioned in the Chantler review. The research was carried out by the statisticians Dr Ashok Kaul and Dr Michael Wolf. It was presented to Chantler's team in a meeting in London last month and clearly indicates no increase in the rate of decline of smoking prevalence amongst 14-17 year olds in the thirteen months between December 2012 (when plain packs came in) and December 2013.

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Leur livre a déplu: Les professeurs Philippe Even et Bernard Debré interdits d'exercer la médecine !

Published on 2014-04-14 17:53:39.
Website: Accueil


lemonde.fr: " Manque de confraternité, manque de déontologie. C'est ce qu'a retenu la Chambre disciplinaire de l'Ordre des médecins d'Ile-de-France, qui a condamné lundi 17 mars les médiatiques professeurs Philippe Even et Bernard Debré à un an d'interdiction d'exercer la médecine, dont six mois avec sursis. Une information révélée par Europe 1 mardi 18 mars. En cause : leur Guide des 4 000 médicaments utiles, inutiles ou dangereux, sorti en 2012, à la suite du scandale du Mediator, et qui s'est vendu à 200 000 exemplaires."

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Heartbleed : la NSA aurait exploité le plus gros bug d’Internet pendant 2 ans

Published on 2014-04-14 17:07:50.
Website: Accueil


rue89.nouvelobs.com: " L’actualité d’Internet a été marquée cette semaine par un vent de panique après l’annonce par le service de chiffrement OpenSSL de l’existence d’une faille dans son code source. Un bug «  catastrophique » et « historique » pour certains ; « Internet est cassé  », clament encore d’autres.

"Et pour cause : le chiffrement d’OpenSSL est un standard sur lequel repose la sécurité de près des deux tiers des serveurs de la planète et la confiance des internautes : avec le fameux « petit verrou » à côté de l’URL, ce standard laissait croire que tout était sûr, alors que mots de passe et autres données bancaires pouvaient fuiter pour qui connaissait la faille."

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Anything But Cheeseburgers

Published on 2014-04-14 16:57:39.
Website: Frank Davis


Slightly light-headed after sitting out  in the sun, with beer and cigarettes, all afternoon. And the thought that the very worst way to make something happen is to enforce it by law. Because this means that people didn’t really want … Continue reading →

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So now e-cigarettes are tobacco products AND medicines?!

Published on 2014-04-14 09:59:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


Via Jo Lincoln 
From the Financial Times...

Electronic cigarette users are set to be banished to the pavement alongside their tobacco-smoking cousins – and face similar hefty prices – if the World Health Organisation pushes ahead with plans to regulate e-cigarettes in the same way as normal tobacco.

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WHO Aims to Snuff Out E-cig Use

Published on 2014-04-14 08:51:00.
Website: Jredheadgirl



Good lord. Now the WHO is trying to clobber the nascent e-cig industry out of existence. I think that the days of the WHO being about health, as clearly demonstrated here, are OVER. It is simply unconscionable for a "health organization" such as this to set out to do the exact opposite of its stated mission, which is to save lives.


Here is the general, and recognizable, gist of what we're up against:


Dr Haik Nikogosian, who oversees the secretariat of the FCTC, said that e-cigarettes “could result in a new wave of the tobacco epidemic”
He added that “he felt more importance should be given to the threat posed by electronic cigarettes”, according to the minutes.

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William Bourdon défend les lanceurs d'alerte

Published on 2014-04-14 07:16:37.
Website: Accueil


RTS - La Première - Le 12:30: " L'avocat français William Bourdon publie son "Petit manuel de la désobéissance" aux éditions JCLattès. Il y évoque le sort des désobéissants et des lanceurs d’alerte et les risques qu'ils encourent, leur délicate protection et ce qu'ils ont osé nous révéler. Hervé Falciani, Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning ou encore Julian Assange, autant de noms qui sont devenus célèbres par leurs actes de désobéissance.

"William Bourdon, qui a notamment défendu la cause des victimes de Pinochet et du génocide rwandais, est spécialisé en droit pénal des affaires et en droit des médias."

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Stop press: Business complies with regulation

Published on 2014-04-14 05:36:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


From Stan Glantz's heavily moderated blog...

Important empirical evidence that tobacco companies are successfully flaunting [sic] the ban on promoting light and mild cigarettes
Greg Connolly and Hillel Alpert recently [actually March 2013 - CJS] published an important paper in Tobacco Control, "Has the tobacco industry evaded the FDA's ban on ‘Light’ cigarette descriptors?," that presents empirical evidence that the ciagrette [sic] companies have effectively nullified the ban on selling cigarettes with the misleading descriptors "light" and "mild" that are in both the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act and Judge Gladys Kessler's RICO decision.

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E-Cigs To Be Classed As Tobacco

Published on 2014-04-14 04:20:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


It appears that the World Health Organisation has jumped the shark and is now entirely under the control of their pharmaceutical industry paymasters.

Via the Financial Times, I challenge any tobacco controller to say that this is a proportionate response to something which is helping hundreds of thousands of smokers to quit tobacco.
Electronic cigarette users are set to be banished to the pavement alongside their tobacco-smoking cousins – and face similar hefty prices – if the World Health Organisation pushes ahead with plans to regulate e-cigarettes in the same way as normal tobacco. Attendees at the meeting, which included representatives from the WHO’s six global regions, said that e-cigarettes “would be considered as tobacco products as per the WHO FCTC” if they contained nicotine made from tobacco leaves, according to the minutes. The move would see e-cigarettes face the same advertising bans, public smoking limits and hefty excise duty that apply to normal cigarettes, potentially stymieing the products’ rapid growth.Conveniently, this is just what the pharmaceutical industry needs to halt a dramatic decline in sales of their useless, but expensive, rival products. What a coincidence, eh? And what's the betting that if this is true, the WHO commission 'science' to justify it from someone like, oh I dunno, mad Stan Glantz?

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ANR Apparently Decides to Keep Defamatory Statement on Its Web Site

Published on 2014-04-14 04:03:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


Last week, I revealed that Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights (ANR) is making defamatory statements on its web site about electronic cigarette companies, claiming that all of them are owned by Big Tobacco and that Mistic, in particular, is a tobacco-owned company that is distributing misinformation based on a Harris Interactive survey it commissioned.

On the site, ANR makes the following claim: "A recent survey conducted by Harris Decima, a Harris Interactive company, for Mistic e- cigarettes purports to document public support for use of e-cigarettes in in a variety of places, including airplanes, workplaces, sporting events, restaurants and bars, and more. But the survey should be looked at skeptically, inasmuch as, historically, research funded by the tobacco industry tends to yield results favorable to the industry's position. One only needs to refer to the landmark Department of Justice case against the tobacco companies to know their history of disseminating misinformation designed to protect industry profits."

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A Changing Political Landscape

Published on 2014-04-13 17:07:44.
Website: Frank Davis


I’m away from home this week, so posting might be a bit light. But I noticed that support for UKIP is surging: The UK Independence Party (UKIP) has hit a record high ComRes poll rating, as the Conservative and Liberal … Continue reading →

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Real Science Is Unwelcome

Published on 2014-04-13 13:07:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Now you're finally finished playing in the sunshine, I can heartily recommend a rather fine piece at TVFC comparing Victorian Puritans with the modern day religion of 'public health' which you can read here.

One particular observation is very well drawn.
Since our health is placed on the highest pinnacle in this new religion, those charged with care for that health are not to be challenged even when they step beyond their knowledge. Thus, a doctor's opinion on the packaging of cigarettes is granted more value - because he is a 'priest' - than the opinion of those who understand the role of packaging or have studied its actual effect. Those who contest these ideas, who challenge the New Puritians are condemned as the followers of Satan - in thrall to Big Tobacco, The Drinks Industry or Big Sugar.Indeed they are, as has been illustrated in another article I read this week.

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Le vapotage déchire les parlements

Published on 2014-04-13 07:14:10.
Website: Accueil



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La cigarette électronique : la nouvelle lutte d’homo festivus

Published on 2014-04-12 17:05:47.
Website: Accueil


agoravox.fr: "Il est bon parfois, pour démontrer le ridicule d'une situation par l'absurde, d'attendre un exemple probant, qui remplacera bien des discours auprès de l'auditoire. Dans le cas du journalisme (ou plutôt de ce qu'il en reste), la cigarette électronique est un exemple tellement criant de vérité qu'il se passe presque de tout commentaire. Et le monde politique, toujours sensible à assurer son vernis médiatique, affiche clairement son camp à l'échelle européenne.

"Nous apprenions hier que le Pays de Galles souhaite interdire la cigarette électronique dans les lieux publics. Cette volonté de législation que nous avons déjà entendue maintes fois en provenance d'autres gouvernements, me parait être une très belle illustration de ce que Philippe Muray appelait "l'envie de pénal".

"Pour ceux qui ne connaissent pas cet auteur, il est urgent de le (re)découvrir ! Muray s'emploie à analyser le monde moderne dans un sens ethnologique, en décortiquant comment homo sapiens est devenue "homo festivus". Il analyse chez ce dernier un besoin permanent de protection, un besoin permanent de lutte, qui s'exprime par ce qu'il appelle l'envie de pénal, qui est un clin d'œil malicieux à ce que Freud appelait l'envie de pénis. Il exprimait ainsi son désarroi, dans Exorcismes spirituels, paru en 1992 :

"De cette légifération galopante, de cette peste justicière qui investit à toute allure l’époque, comment se fait-il que personne ne s’effare ?"

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When will it end?

Published on 2014-04-12 16:24:09.
Website: Frank Davis


When will it end? Napping can increase death risk by a third, study claims Taking too many naps could increase your chance of a premature death, scientists claim. Adults who nap every day are two-and-a-half times more likely to die … Continue reading →

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Link Tank 12/04

Published on 2014-04-12 04:15:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Late on parade.

A grotesque illustration of modern politics

Public health interventions often run ahead of the evidence

The Lancet tries to get socialism via the public health route

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E-Cigs Ruled Illegal In Australia

Published on 2014-04-11 11:05:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Those Aussies sure do have a funny interpretation of the word 'health'.

From Aussie Vapers:
After [HeavenlyVapours.com] had been running for almost a year and was doing very well (rating on the first page of Google results etc) we suddenly got raided by the Health Department. They arrived at my house in 3 black SUV's and proceeded to execute a search warrant. They searched through my house and proceeded to load all of the hardware I had into several black garbage bags. The search and seizure went on for about an hour and half before they decided they had found and taken enough. They also took photos etc. The whole process was pretty invasive and surreal. They alleged at the time that I and my company had breached section 106a of the Tobacco Products Control Act 2006.A long process ensued which resulted in the company being acquitted in October 2013.

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The missing plain packs data

Published on 2014-04-11 08:30:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


When the Chantler report on plain packaging was published last week, one piece of evidence was conspicuous by its absence. At first I assumed that the empirical research on teen smoking rates from the University of Zurich had been published too late to be included, but I was wrong. It transpires that Chantler's team not only had access to the study, but had spoken personally to its authors, Dr Ashok Kaul and Dr Michael Wolf.

Chantler had every reason to be interested in this research. It is the only study to date that addresses the question upon which all else hinges - does plain packaging help reduce the smoking rate amongst minors?

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"Secret médical: Le projet de loi de Mauro Poggia est une «connerie majeure»

Published on 2014-04-11 06:29:15.
Website: Accueil


La Tribune de Genève: " Michel Matter, président des médecins de Genève, a descendu en flamme l'idée de lever le secret médical des détenus.

"Michel Matter ne mâche pas ses mots. Le président de l’AMG, l’Association des médecins du canton de Genève, s’oppose au projet de loi du conseiller d’Etat Mauro Poggia visant à lever le secret médical en prison. «Notre but premier est la sécurité de chacun. Dans ce cadre, le secret médical est essentiel. On doit le préserver. Vouloir le lever en prison est une connerie majeure. On veut faire croire à la population que l’on va tout maîtriser mais c’est l’inverse : on ne va pas vers plus de sécurité mais vers un affaiblissement du système. »

"Pour rappel, le conseiller d’Etat Mauro Poggia, responsable de la Santé, a déposé, en mars, un projet de loi visant à libérer du secret les professionnels de la santé travaillant en milieu carcéral. Le projet va plus loin : il vise à ancrer dans la loi l’obligation de « transmettre toutes les informations nécessaires à l’appréciation du caractère dangereux de la personne considérée ». Cette obligation fait bondir les médecins."

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Le Département Maudet.com punit la fellation "à vif" !

Published on 2014-04-10 18:28:01.
Website: Accueil


20 Minutes: " La fellation oui, mais avec préservatif...Un salon de massage (de Genève) avait été amendé pour avoir proposé des petits plaisirs buccaux sans protection. La justice (genevoise) lui donne tort.

"Promouvoir la fellation sans préservatif est répréhensible par la loi. Tel en a décidé la Chambre administrative de la Cour de justice genevoise dans un arrêt du 1er avril. Non-content de cette décision, le salon Venusia compte recourir au Tribunal fédéral."

"Le litige remonte au 29 novembre 2012. Ce jour-là, le département de la sécurité inflige un avertissement et une amende de 1000 francs au salon de massage situé à Plainpalais. En cause: son «Menu des Plaisirs» qui offre explicitement des fellations naturelles, «royales» ou «impériales». A savoir sans protection. Or, l'Etat estime que cela contrevient à la loi sur la prostitution. Ce que conteste la patronne du lieu qui recourt le 14 janvier 2013."

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New Data from England Suggest that Electronic Cigarettes are Helping to Accelerate Smoking Cessation, Not Hinder It

Published on 2014-04-10 04:35:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary


In contrast to the claims of many anti-smoking advocates, led by Stan Glantz, new evidence from England suggests that electronic cigarettes are helping to accelerate smoking cessation, rather than hinder it.

(See: West R, Brown J, Beard E. Trends in electronic cigarette use in England. Smoking Toolkit Study. London: University College London, April 4, 2014.)

According to this study, the prevalence of electronic cigarette use in England was very low in 2011, but it took off in 2012 and has continued to climb steadily through the first quarter of 2014. The key finding from the study is that the annual rate of smoking cessation (that is, the percentage of current smokers who quit smoking during the past year), which had reached a low of 4.6% in 2011, increased markedly to 6.2% in 2012, 6.1% in 2013, and 8.7% for the first quarter of 2014, concomitant with the dramatic rise in electronic cigarette use among these smokers.

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Tamiflu - a con from day one

Published on 2014-04-10 03:08:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist


So, it turns out that Tamiflu does virtually nothing to prevent or alleviate swine flu. This is another kick in the teeth for taxpayers around the world, but especially in Britain where the hysterical scare tactics of Liam Donaldson et al. led to a colossal waste of money. Having spent £500 million on Tamiflu, only a fraction was ever used and large quantities had to be thrown away because the inept NHS didn't know how to store it. The New Zealand government recently threw away nearly 1.5 million doses of the stuff. Only 55,000 were ever used.

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"Make Selling Alcohol A Bureaucratic Chore"

Published on 2014-04-09 09:00:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote


Via @TobaccoTacticss, how about a sneak peek at what could be on the horizon if Labour gain power in 2015? Well, if this man gets his way, that is.

Sandals, natchHe is Martin Rathfelder who, as Director of the Socialist Health Association, will be making proposals for future Labour health policy in their ongoing campaign to eradicate all forms of working class pleasure.

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