The Corner

Making a Splash

<a href="

http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=546790

“>Artist David Hockney on the British government’s possible plans to ban smoking in public places:

“I don’t believe the stuff about second-hand smoke…I don’t believe a lot of stuff from medical people.” Well, generally speaking, the second part of that comment is the sort of unscientific nonsense one usually hears from homeopaths, faith-healers and other dispensers of gibberish, and can, and should, be ignored. Check out, however, the response from the BMA (like the AMA, only worse):

“What David Hockney says flies in the face of virtually all medical research, which conclusively states that second-hand smoke causes lung cancer, heart disease and respiratory infections.”

That is, I am afraid, so meaningless a statement (is there a dangerous dose, and what is it?) as to be utterly misleading. No, let’s use a different, more accurate, word. It’s dishonest.

We should expect better from doctors.

Most Popular

Music

Van Morrison Sings for the Voiceless

Van Morrison knows what censorship means even if Internet mobs don’t. He has released three new songs, “No More Lockdown,” “As I Walked Out,” and “Born to Be Free,” that movingly speak against the new autocratic culture that too many people -- especially trusted media figures, particularly ... Read More
Music

Van Morrison Sings for the Voiceless

Van Morrison knows what censorship means even if Internet mobs don’t. He has released three new songs, “No More Lockdown,” “As I Walked Out,” and “Born to Be Free,” that movingly speak against the new autocratic culture that too many people -- especially trusted media figures, particularly ... Read More
Economy & Business

NASDAQ against Shareholder Rights

The function of a stock exchange is to provide an orderly market for the trading of securities. As part of that, a stock exchange will generally insist that a listed company will agree to meet certain financial disclosure requirements designed to ensure that investors have sufficient information with which to ... Read More
Economy & Business

NASDAQ against Shareholder Rights

The function of a stock exchange is to provide an orderly market for the trading of securities. As part of that, a stock exchange will generally insist that a listed company will agree to meet certain financial disclosure requirements designed to ensure that investors have sufficient information with which to ... Read More