Archive for the ‘Social Policy’ Category

Smoking Does Not Cause Lung Cancer

November 25, 2011

Yes, it is true, smoking does not cause lung cancer.  It is only one of many risk factors for lung cancer. I initially was going to write an article on how the professional literature and publications misuse the language by saying “smoking causes lung cancer”1,2, but the more that I looked into how biased the literature, professional organizations, and the media are, I modified this article to one on trying to put the relationship between smoking and cancer into perspective. (No, I did not get paid off by the tobacco companies, or anything else like that.)

When the tobacco executives testified to Congress that they did not believe that smoking caused cancer, their answers were probably truthful and I agree with that statement. Now, if they were asked if smoking increases the risk of getting lung cancer, then their answer based upon current evidence should have be “yes.”  But even so, the risk of a smoker getting lung cancer is much less than anyone would suspect.   Based upon what the media and anti-tobacco organizations say, one would think that if you smoke, you get lung cancer (a 100% correlation) or at least expect a 50+% occurrence before someone uses the word “cause.”

Would you believe that the real number is < 10% (see Appendix A)? Yesa US white male (USWM) cigarette smoker has an 8% lifetime chance of dying from lung cancer but the USWM nonsmoker also has a 1% chance of dying from lung cancer (see Appendix A).  In fact, the data used is biased in the way that it was collected and the actual risk for a smoker is probably less.  I personally would not smoke cigarettes and take that risk, nor recommend cigarette smoking to others, but the numbers were less than I had been led to believe.  I only did the data on white males because they account for the largest number of lung cancers in the US, but a similar analysis can be done for other groups using the CDC data.

You don’t see this type of information being reported, and we hear things like, “if you smoke you will die”, but when we actually look at the data, lung cancer accounts for only 2% of the annual deaths worldwide and only 3% in the US.** (ed: note, roughly 8% in Canada from WHO data)

James P. Siepmann, MD, read more.


Greedy Welfare couple rape 12 year old girl for more benefits.

August 24, 2011

This is what happens when playing thee system becomes a way of life.  This is not the result of a “hand-up.”  This is the result of the removal of all pride and morality through dependence on the state.

A woman encouraged her husband to have sex with a 12-year-old girl so that she would get pregnant and they could claim extra cash benefits.

Alicia Bouchard even sat and watched while her 26-year-old husband had sex with the underage girl at their Florida home.


London Burns : Riots!

August 8, 2011

This is just the beginning.

Europe will burn.

Atheists upset over ground zero cross

July 27, 2011

An atheist advocacy organization filed suit today in New York state court to protest the cross, while Christian groups want it to say. Here’s why both sides think they’re right.

Haters gonna hate.

Separation of Church and State only applies to Christianity.

July 6, 2011

The Toronto District School Board says it is meeting its obligation to accommodate students’ religious beliefs by allowing an imam to lead students in prayer on school property.

Subsidized Housing Tenants Live Large On Your Dime

June 30, 2011

FAIRFAX, Va. — Resort-style swimming pools with fountains and heated spas, billiards rooms, granite counter tops, ceramic tile, indoor basketball courts, stainless steel appliances — many Fairfax County taxpayers cannot afford such luxuries.  But they are paying for these amenities for use by low-income residents who live in subsidized housing in affluent neighborhoods.

Canada Post Strike / Lockout and Government Employee Unions

June 23, 2011

Governments should not be involved in any service that is non-essential.  Any service that the government provides should be considered essential to the public interest.  The private sector should duke it amongst themselves providing all non-essential services.

If a service is essential, it should not ever be interrupted.  Government workers should not be allowed to unionize.  Yes, they may wish to work collectively to negotiate and discuss better working arrangements.  However, striking (and therefore interrupting)  a service considered essential to the public should be illegal.  Secondly, workers can simply choose other occupations like most people who don’t like their jobs consider doing.  Thirdly, a little dose of “suck it up” is sometimes appropriate.  Working for a living is always going to suck to some extent.

The government should look seriously hard at all services and apply this logic.  Decommission  all branches of government that are non-essential. Cancel the abilities of unions to hold their fellow citizens hostage.

Obama Will Spend More on Welfare in the Next Year Than Bush Spent on Entire Iraq War

June 10, 2011

During the entire administration of George W. Bush, the Iraq war cost a total of $622 billion, according to the Congressional Research Service.
President Obama’s welfare spending will reach $888 billion in a single fiscal year–2010–more than the Bush administration spent on war in Iraq from the first “shock and awe” attack in 2003 until Bush left office in January.

Fanniegate: Gamechanger For The GOP?

June 8, 2011

The villains?  An unholy alliance between Wall Street, the Democratic establishment, community organizing groups like ACORN and La Raza, and politicians like Barney Frank, Nancy Pelosi and Henry Cisneros.  (Frank got a cushy job for a lover, Pelosi got a job and layoff protection for a son, Cisneros apparently got a license to mint money bilking Mexican-Americans of their life savings in cheesy housing developments.)

Throw your freedom of speech on the barbie

May 31, 2011


step one:

Australians may have a love of plain speaking but new laws are set to curtail some of their more colourful language with police issuing on-the-spot fines for obnoxious swearing.

The country’s second most populous state Victoria is due to approve new legislation this week under which police will be able to slap fines of up to Aus$240 (US$257) on people using offensive words or phrases.

step two:

arbitrarily expand the definition of offensive.


The Canadian version