Sunday, June 10, 2012

Pop Me Open a Beer, Would Ya

Posted at Moldy Chum, Bottle Cap Blues (1:58 viddie).

Posted by John Venlet on 06/10 at 11:44 AM
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There Are Benefits to Smoking

Though tobacco smoking has been relegated to the list of seemingly politically incorrect things to do, due, of course, to actual risks associated with smoking, there are benefits to being a smoker.

When the plague was ravaging England, in the 1600s, there was ancedotal evidence that tobacconists, and the individuals who collected the plague dead who were smokers, were less likely to succumb to the plague.

“For personal disinfections nothing enjoyed such favour as tobacco; the belief in it was widespread, and even children were made to light up a reaf in pipes. Thomas Hearnes remembers one Tom Rogers telling him that when he was a scholar at Eton in the year that the great plague raged, all the boys smoked in school by order, and that he was never whipped so much in his life as he was one morning for not smoking. It was long afterwards a tradition that none who kept a tobacconist shop in London had the plague.” A J Bell writing in about 1700.

In 2004, in a post I titled Smoking Therapy Paradox, I noted that smoking seemed to benefit individuals who recently had undergone an angioplasty procedure.

“In an unusual paradox, smoking cigarettes-a deadly habit that contributes to the development of peripheral artery disease-actually helps arteries stay open following a procedure to repair clogged blood vessels in the legs, according to a study in the June issue of Radiology. The study found that habitual to heavy smokers who continued to smoke after angioplasty had a lower rate of restenosis, or re-narrowing of the arteries, than nonsmokers.”

Today I read that smoking may also play a positive role in preventing Parkinson’s, in a post by Leslie Bard titled Long-Term Smokers Have Reduced Risk of Parkinson’s.

But smoking may still have at least one advantage: protection against the development of Parkinson’s disease. A large-scale study published in Wednesday’s online edition of the journal Neurology further bolsters the connection and concludes that the longer you smoke, the less likely you are to develop the illness.

Leslie has the entire article posted at her blog, but here’s another article on the subject, titled Tobacco virus may help prevent Parkinson’s, researchers say.

Time for a cigar.

Posted by John Venlet on 06/10 at 09:54 AM
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Gone Galt

The following, from a Wendy McElroy post titled “Going Galt” Not “Gulching”, fairly accurately describes how I am currently living in today’s society.

“Going Galt” does not refer to forming a new society. For many if not most people, the withdrawal is partial and a matter of commonsense as much as political protest. The economic and social equation has changed. When a government penalizes your productivity to the point of seizure through taxes, paperwork, possible lawsuits etc., then ceasing to produce is a way to remove yourself as a target and alleviate stress. Suddenly, spending time with your children or hobbies becomes far more attractive…

“Going Galt” is a destination at which people arrive from different directions and intentions. My intention is as a political protest and in a desire for personal freedom. I am tired through to the marrow of my bones of supporting the thieves and hypocritical looters who call themselves “public servants.” I am far from alone in this utter visceral disgust. Remember again, at the end of Atlas Shrugged, a slew of ordinary people who have no political ideology “Go Galt” by refusing to contribute their energy to a parasite society or even by sabotage…

Nevertheless, the phrase “Going Galt” reveals a common emotional response to the utter pillaging of society by government and state capitalists who masquerade as business people. A resentment bordering on rage is building over the irresponsibility and corruption of giving out bottomless sacks of money that is stolen from hardworking, honest people who play and work by the rules. There will never be enough money or corruption to satisfy the thieves. It is the honest people who must say ENOUGH!

Via Joel at TUAK.

Posted by John Venlet on 06/10 at 09:15 AM
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