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Our Morning Round Up: Basted With Sad Sauce

Good morning, City Desk readers! Not only is it Freedom Friday (again)–it's also pay day for yours truly, which means I'm going to blow a wad on Listerine and Slim Jims later tonight. And now, the news:

  • I know, I know: podcasts are so 2006. But the good folks at Bureaucrash have posted one containing an interview with Robert R. Arthur, during which he discusses his book You Will Die: The Burden of Modern Taboos. If you only listen to one podcast today, let it be this one. It's that good.
  • Not Larry Sabato, blogging wunderkind and nancy-pantsed nanny-stater, is covering the forthcoming Virginia restaurant smoking ban with a bloodhound's nose. Yesterday he posted an update from Sen. Ralph S. Northam, who said, "I just wanted to jump on and update you on the progress of the restaurant smoking ban bill that I am sponsoring. We had a major breakthrough yesterday evening, and this morning Governor Kaine and I, along with a number of other Democrats and Republicans, announced compromise that would allow a version of the bill to pass the House General Laws Committee." The only exceptions to the law will be private clubs and cigar bars, which says that Virginia lawmakers "don't care about [rich old white] people['s health]." It also means I will have to drive that much further to patronize a restaurant where I can take puffs from a cigarette in between bites of bbq.
  • Greater Greater Washington has the rundown on the residents of C St. NE, who are tired of drivers speeding through their neighborhood: "Instead of waiting for a streetscape project from DDOT, residents are proactively designing a better C Street. Resident Ken Granata created a blog for the street that explores potential redesigns. Granata, who also maintains the Rosedale Citizens' Alliance neighborhood site, advocates removing one lane between 16th and 22nd Streets. On this stretch, C is a divided highway of three lanes in each direction. Heading west on C, the road divides at 16th, with C continuing west as a narrower road and North Carolina Avenue heading southwest to Lincoln Park. This creates a bottleneck around 16th."
  • Lastly, I'm thinking about buying one of these shirts. Is it too edgy? Too post-ironic? What do y'all think?

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  • Xaq Fixx

    This is Xaq Fixx, the host of the Bureaucrash Podcast, the Podcrash. Just wanted to say thanks for the shout out and glad you enjoyed this episode!

  • CarolT

    The real issue is ANTI-SMOKER SCIENTIFIC FRAUD, not "freedom versus health." More than 50 studies show that human papillomaviruses cause over ten times more lung cancers than they pretend are caused by secondhand smoke. Passive smokers are more likely to have been exposed to this virus, so the anti-smokers' studies, which are all based on nothing but lifestyle questionnaires, have been cynically DESIGNED to falsely blame passive smoking for all those extra lung cancers that are really caused by HPV.

    The anti-smokers have committed the same type of fraud with every disease they blame on smoking and passive smoking, as well as ignoring other types of evidence that proves they are lying, such as the fact that the death rates from asthma have more than doubled since their movement began.

    The anti-smokers lied that smoking bans supposedly cause "immediate, dramatic" declines in the number of heart attack admissions in the Pueblo study. What they didn’t tell you is that the death rates from acute myocardial infarction actually increased in the year after the ban, the same time they were boasting that the number of admissions declined! That suggests to any intelligent person that people were dying because they weren’t admitted to hospitals when they should have been! And in the Indiana study, they exploited an anomalous spike in acute MIs during the "before" section of the study, to make the "after" part look better!

    The government has no right to restrict peoples' liberty without a compelling justification. The anti-smokers have no such justification, so THEY COMMITTED SCIENTIFIC FRAUD TO DECEIVE THE PUBLIC.