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Saturday Wibble - Coca Cola Truck

Went to see the Coca Cola Truck in Manchester today, for no other reason than to stick it to the puritans who want it banned.
Mrs Bucko is working nights this weekend, but got out of bed early this afternoon to come with me. She's not interested in sticking it to anyone, she's just a big kid at heart

We took a wrong turn on the motorway; the same wrong turn we take every time we head for Manchester and end up going towards Warrington, until we turn round and come back again. You'd think we'd learn by now, but no, apparently

It got worse though. After seeing the truck, we got lost in the Trafford Centre. My god that place is big. We went to the wrong car park first and then just wandered aimlessly for about half an hour before we managed to find the right exit

It was a good day for a laugh. Didn't get a free coke though, the queue was far too long and I had to get Mrs Bucko back home to get ready for work

I also expected to see a few obesity or tooth decay protesters that I could have a little chat to, but there were none. Either the prodnoses don't like prodding nose if it's not on Twitter, or the people up north are a little more free spirited than that. I like to think it's a bit of both

Enjoy your evening


Friday Tunes - Trumped Up!

All aboard the Trump Train!

I've been laughing my arse off this week, since Trump went on Twitter and did what Trump does - caused OUTRAGE among the Liberal Left

I can't believe how spineless our MPs actually are. The useless May is in the middle of negotiations to get us out of the EU and is going to need friends in the wider world when that happens. What does she do? Gets involved in a spat with the American President over who he re-tweeted and why. I wish she would just grow a set

Our MPs have been in Parliament scrambling over each other to be the most offended and outraged. It's sickening.

Not one of them mentioned the fact that we do actually have an Islamic terrorist problem that needs to be dealt with, they were much more interested in calling The Donald a racist because he refuses to toe the 'Islamaphobia' line and has the balls to speak the truth about a problem everyone knows exists but those in Government refuse to acknowledge

For Americans, it must be an interesting time to be alive. I for one am quite ashamed of our shower of shit this week

Oh well, enough of that, it's Friday night. As we seem to be surrounded by idiots this week, here's some songs about stupidity













Law

What is the law? Well that depends on two things: The date on your calendar and your location on the planet. Nothing more

Blacklpool, England:

Padiham man in court accused of intentionally infecting two women with the AIDS virus
A MAN has made his first appearance at court charged with causing grievous bodily harm to two women by giving them the AIDS virus.

Thirty-year-old Aaron John Sutcliffe was sent for trial at Crown Court by magistrates at Blackpool.

Sutcliffe faces two allegations of unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm on the two women from Fleetwood by having sex with them knowing he carried the virus.

California, USA:

Knowingly exposing others to HIV will no longer be a felony in California
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Friday that lowers from a felony to a misdemeanor the crime of knowingly exposing a sexual partner to HIV without disclosing the infection.

The measure also applies to those who give blood without telling the blood bank that they are HIV-positive.

The date on your calendar and your location on the planet

Grieving Parents Should Not Make Policy

Megan Craig-Wilkinson lost her life after drinking 1.5 litres of 7.5 per alcohol 'Frosty Jack's' cider at a party with friends.
Tragic

A bereaved mother [is] calling for an end to the scandal of 'pocket money' booze in an open letter to the Mirror.

And sympathy gone

Distraught mum Joanne Good found her dead just hours later - but has vowed her death will not be in vain.
She said: "This is for Megan. I feel she is with me, behind me, wanting me to push ahead with this."

And with those words, she can push for anything. Who would deny the wishes of a dead little girl?

Well me, for one.

Three litre plastic bottles of strong white cider sell for as little as £3.59 - yet contain the equivalent of 22 shots of vodka.
So? Just don't drink it all at once

"Our [Sic] children are able to get hold of the equivalent of 22 shots of vodka for pocket money prices.

How? How are they able to get hold of it? It's illegal for children to purchase alcohol. If someone is buying it for them, or some dishonest shopkeeper is selling it to them, it's not an issue of price, it's an issue of breaking already existing laws. How about we concentrate on enforcing those?

"This is a drink of choice for heavy drinkers and the homeless. Too many of our children have access to it. Raising the price would reduce alcohol-related death and illness.

Heavy drinkers and the homeless do not care about prices. If they can afford the current price, they will find a way to afford a higher price, or maybe switch to something a little more dangerous

It would boost the economy by reducing working life years lost due to alcohol and would leave 80 per cent of mainstream ciders unaffected."

Erm, the economy? You blithering idiot! Heavy drinkers and the homeless do not have any working life years to gain. As for everyone else, we're not cash cows with a duty to live as long as possible to maximise our benefit to the economy

It goes on: "A poll showed 66 per cent of people would support an increase in tax on white cider.

That doesn't make it right

An isolated tragedy involving one irresponsible action by a teenage girl, is no good reason for heavy handed Government intervention that affects other people but is unlikely to come even close to solving the problem at hand

Joanne, full-time mum to Aidan, 16, Amelia, 10, and nine-year-old Hannah, has been 'trolled' about her daughter's death on-line but said: "If I can help just one person, it will have been worth it."

'Trolled'. Newspeak for: 'People disagree with me'

I never knew that...

Click for biggening
There's a drug drive limit?

So how much drugs can you take and still be legal to drive? Asking for a friend...


Here is the Truth

Big tobacco have been ordered by the courts to go out there and lie to people. Public Health are ecstatic

Big Tobacco finally tells the truth in court-ordered ad campaign

It's amazing what a concerted Public Health dis-information campaign can achieve, but this must be the pinnacle

Smoking kills 1,200 people a day. The tobacco companies worked to make them as addictive as possible. There is no such thing as a safer cigarette.

Ads with these statements hit the major television networks and newspapers this weekend, but they are not being placed by the American Cancer Society or other health groups. They're being placed by major tobacco companies, under the orders of the federal courts.

"It's a pretty significant moment," the American Cancer Society's Cliff Douglas said. "This is the first time they have had to 'fess up and tell the whole truth."

The truth according to Tobacco Control. I had no idea the courts could force a business to openly lie about their product and their marketing. With any other business, this wouldn't happen, but with tobacco, anything goes apparently

"The ads will finally run after 11 years of appeals by the tobacco companies aimed at delaying and weakening them,"

U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler ruled in 2006 that they'd have to pay for and place the ads, but the companies kept tying things up with appeals.

"Employing the highest paid lawyers in America, the tobacco companies used every tool at their disposal to delay and complicate this litigation to avoid their day of reckoning,"

Fortunately, under the law, people are allowed to employ lawyers to challenge court decisions, particularly ones that are as brain dead as this one. To the Tobacco Control Industry, acting within the law to defend your rights is something evil if Big Tobacco do it

"They fought for 11 years to delay the truth."

There's little, if any, truth in these adverts. The only 'truth' is the truth according to the Tobacco Control industry, a group of tax sponging fascists whose 'truth' usually drops out of their arses

The tobacco companies won some significant gains. They won't have to admit to having deliberately lied and manipulated in their advertising and promotional campaigns.

Maybe you could not prove that they actually did lie? Just saying that they did, does not make it so

They won't have to include lurid images of what smoking does to people.

Like the images we have on our 'plain' packs? The ones that have nothing to do with smoking at all? The coal miners lung, the crack addicts teeth, the old ladys hand?

"Despite their claims to the contrary, the tobacco companies have not changed. Their continuing aversion to the truth is clear from how hard they fought the corrective statements, going so far as to seek removal of the phrase 'here is the truth,'" the health groups said in their joint statement.

As I've said, just because the muppets in the Tobacco Control Industry say something is true, doesn't make it so. Fighting the 'corrective' statements and removing untruths, does not make Big Tobacco an evil entity. On the contrary, Tobacco Control insisting the industry publish falsehoods about themselves, make them into bigger underhanded liars

Now, no serious scientist or doctor denies that smoking kills. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says cigarettes kill 480,000 Americans a year, and tobacco use costs $170 billion in direct medical costs and $156 billion in lost productivity.
Seriously? One hundred and seventy billion in direct medical costs is a bonkers figure. Unless it goes back many years. Costs for lost productivity are always made up, as we're not cash cows

The court specified more than 50 newspapers to carry the weekly full page ads, from The New York Times and USA Today to La Voz de Houston and The Northern Kentucky Herald. It also requires the companies to place five ads a week for a year on the three major networks — NBC, ABC and CBS.

So the courts can also dictate what adverts private companies run? Could this get any worse?

These are some of the 'truths' the tobacco companies are being forced to advertise:

Altria, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Lorillard, and Philip Morris USA intentionally designed cigarettes to make them more addictive.
Cigarette companies control the impact and delivery of nicotine in many ways, including designing filters and selecting cigarette paper to maximize the ingestion of nicotine, adding ammonia to make the cigarette taste less harsh, and controlling the physical and chemical make-up of the tobacco blend

Translation: Tobacco companies tried to make their product appealing to the end user

When you smoke, the nicotine actually changes the brain — that's why quitting is so hard.

Only in the same way that a nice cup of coffee does

Secondhand smoke kills over 38,000 Americans each year.

Secondhand smoke has killed nobody ever

Secondhand smoke causes lung cancer and coronary heart disease in adults who do not smoke.

No it doesn't

Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at an increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

No they are not. UK Tobacco Control was actually told by the SIDS society to stop saying that, as it's not true

There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.

Bunkum. Complete wibble

Douglas says it's not clear what the impact of the ads will be.

Mega LOLZ I would imagine

"I think it's going to anger some people," he said. "I think people get angry and they don't want to give their hard earned bucks to Big Tobacco."

No doubt it will anger some people, but not in the way you imagine, I would think. I for one am angry that the courts in a free and democratic country can force purveyors of a legal product and suppliers of advertising platforms to replicate this utter nonsense

The companies are now using "the same playbook" to promote e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products, which they are marketing as less harmful alternatives to cigarettes, Douglas said.

Oh look, it can get worse. E-cigs and Heat not Burn products ARE a less harmful alternative to tobacco, yet because the Tobacco Industry says so, that's apparently them using 'the same paybook'. All that tells me, is that they must have been telling the truth all along, if they're telling it about the new products and that is 'no change' in the eyes of Tobacco Control

"They recruit some great minds globally in media communications, science, law, medicine," he said.

As does any company with a product to sell

For instance, he said, Philip Morris is promoting a new, heated cigarette that doesn't burn. "That is not an e-cigarette. But Philip Morris would be delighted for the general public to be very confused about all of these things and buy everything the company sells," Douglas said

Erm. That's a lie. I have direct knowledge of Phillip Morris promoting the heated cig (Can't talk about it - classified) and they are spending a great deal of money on educating the smoking public about what Heat not Burn is and what it does. There's no attempt to confuse people, at least outside of the worm riddled minds of the Tobacco Control Industry

The groups are hoping the Food and Drug Administration will use what powers it has to restrict the marketing of new products in the future

Now why would anti-tobacco groups want to restrict marketing of safer products? Could it be that they also need a never ending stream of smokers in order to keep 'saving' them and keep the tax dollars rolling in?

"The tobacco companies are trying to convince people that they have changed, that they are trying to create harm-reduced products and some are saying things about seeing a world where people no longer smoke combustible tobacco," Koval said.

Even when it's what you would imagine would be seen as a step in the right direction, if the Tobacco Industry are doing it, Tobacco Control don't like it. It's not about the product and it was never about health, it's about bashing the industry and stuffing trousers

"If they really wanted a world where people no longer used combustible tobacco, they could do that tomorrow. They could stop selling their deadly products."

But there's still a market for tobacco. Some people like to smoke. If the industry stopped selling tobacco tomorrow, we would certainly not live in a world where people did not use combustible tobacco, we would live in a world where smokers grew their own or bought it from others who did so

Smokers would still smoke, albeit a product of lesser quality and ever more questionable safety

I would like the Tobacco Control Industry to be forced to air their lies in public. If only I was rich, so I could go to court and make that happen. Their lies are far more transparent and easier to prove than the rubbish that is going to be spouted in these adverts