Know your rights

This site has lots of useful information. It seems absurd that those of us who consider road protesters, animal rights activists and other such lentil-mongers to be utter scum need to worry about this, but in light of recent events, and considering New Labour’s continuing drive to criminalise every one of us, it seems necessary and worthwhile.

http://www.urban75.com/Action/index2.html

AJ

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Smoking Ban Increases Heart Disease in Scotland

Obviously nothing to do with the battered lard pies they eat morning, noon and night. But ‘they’ cited the decrease in the year after the ban came in as a victory. Wonder what they’ll say now that their ‘good work’ has all been undone.

http://devilskitchen.me.uk/2008/11/what-you-didnt-read-this-week.html

Virtually every newspaper in Britain reported that Scotland had seen a large fall in heart attacks since March 2006 (when the ban started) and so – post hoc ergo propter hoc – it was the ban wot done it. The Guardian’s report – Smoking ban brings big cut in heart attacks in Scotland, study finds – was typical of the media’s willingness to believe in this delightful little fairy-tale.

Inevitably, one the hatchet-faced gurners from Action on Smoking and Health piped up to make the implied connection with passive smoking explicit.

When the study was finally published in July this year it got another flurry of international press attention. By this time, the belief that heart attacks had fallen by 17% had become established fact and was being cited in a bid for world domination.

But the smell of bullshit lingered over the story and this week the truth finally emerged.

You see, we don’t need to pay partisan researchers to estimate how many people get admitted to hospital for heart attacks because the hospitals count and diagnose all the patients themselves. These figures are then compiled and published by professional statisticians. It takes them a while to do it, but that’s because they want to get it right. They don’t just want to pull numbers out of their arses to provide lazy journalists with fanciful stories.

And when these professional statisticians have collated the information properly, they publish it online for all to see, showing the recent trend and the long-term trend.

They finally got round to doing this on Wednesday and everything that was reported last year was exposed as a shabby load of old bollocks. Yes, admissions for acute coronary syndrome had fallen after the ban but they had been falling for years as this graph shows:

The figure was nowhere near 17%. It was 7.2%. And, above all, the rate went up for the first time in a decade the following year – by 7.8%. In other words, there were more heart attacks in smoke-free Scotland last year than there were before the ban.

Quality.

AJ

Gordon Brown Confesses to Being a Total and Utter Hypocrite

Courtesy of Guido… priceless

And Frank Bough too!!!! Oooh matron. Taught Max Mosley everything, you know.

And in case YouTube take that tidbit down, I’ve got my own copy.

AJ

Yay – Bitch Fight!!

India Knight is scratching Minnette Marrin’s eyes out on her blog, defending her right to spaz children, after Marrin made a cogent argument for the superfluity of same.

AJ

Philippines, Latvia, Hungary, Argentina afford more privacy than UK

This came out a few months ago, before I started this raddled piece of crap blog, but it’s worth raising again, since I was asked about it.

Privacy International have been researching privacy around the world and publishing an annual index since 1997. Here is the 2007 report, from which the following chart is clipped -click the chart to zoom-in:

PrivacyChart 

Here’s the Wikipedia entry for Privacy International.

AJ

Coppers Again

This is just amazing. Utter facists….

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1090484/I-faced-life-jail—just-writing-Milton-Keynes.html

local Journalist Arrested and charged under the same law as Damien Green.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/nov/30/damian-green-conservatives

And again….

http://itn.co.uk/news/65b0a31b588d1e992836bd62b3eab03a.html

Three police officers are being investigated over an attack on a British war hero which was captured on CCTV.

Well, they said CCTV was there for our protection.

AJ

Shut your jug-eared face, your Highness.

There used to be an argument that the royal family, as comical as they are, are an asset to our country.

Once Charlie is King though, we’ll be nought but a laughing stock.

Why does The Times even give this in-bred goon column inches?

AJ

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