March 4th, 2011


Shortest Ban Ever?

Various items of news.

Not often smokers hear any good news. So this is one to enjoy.

March 3,2011 CARACAS -- Venezuela’s Ministry of Health has annulled by decree an anti-smoking law which would have prohibited smoking in public places and offices of work a day after it was published. By contrast to the US, Canada, Europe and Asia, Venezuela is one of the few countries that still allowed smoking in a wide variety of public places, restaurants, bars, nightclubs and stadiums.

A day after the anti-smoking law was printed in the Official Gazette, the annulment resolution was published in the Official Gazette. All laws must be published in the government's Official Gazette to be official. The text read: “to declare the absolute annulment of the resolution of environments free of smoke identified by number 014 and the date of February 24.” No motive or explanation was given for the sudden annulment.

The second item of news, via Bishop Hill, is that the chief executive of National Grid has said that, thanks to increasing reliance on wind turbines, permanently available electricity may become a thing of the past.

rolling blackouts

I'd heard rumours along these lines a number of times, but I guess this makes it official. We're just going to have to "change our behaviour", it seems. Where did I hear that before?

So, all because of non-existent global warming, there are going to be rolling electricity blackouts in 10 years time. Or maybe earlier.

Can't see many people liking this much, somehow.

And finally, this via Dave Atherton on Facebook.


According to Dr. Karen Weatherby, a gerontologist and author of the study, gawking at women’s breasts is a healthy practice, almost at par with an intense exercise regime, that prolongs the lifespan of a man by five years.

She added, "Just 10 minutes of staring at the charms of a well-endowed female, is roughly equivalent to a 30-minute aerobics work-out."

I think I, ...erm, already knew this. But good to see it 'scientifically proven', of course. No need to get a rowing machine or anything stupid like that. A year's subscription to Penthouse or Playboy (or both) should do the trick.