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  • Commented on Catching Up
    I'm not teetotal at all. Nor am I religious. I don't drink much because at various points in my life it's interacted in interesting ways with medication but I will happily drink a glass or two on occasion. And I...
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    RTFM (or paper in this case). I am not your pet epidemiologist and they explain their methodology in quite a lot of detail. You might not want to believe it but there is well accepted science there about they attribute...
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    It's not the paper I went and read at the time the changes were announced but, for example: A total of 36 500 deaths in men are attributable to alcohol in France in 2009 (13% of total mortality) versus 12...
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    Congratulations on completely misunderstanding public health and health population statistics, and highlighting exactly why you see all the health professionals squirm. The data predict you're at higher risk of a variety of diseases thanks to your alcohol consumption. But you...
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    Use your search engine. scholar.google.co.uk. it is out there. I'm not going to do your basic research for you. The reason they squirm is usually because explaining clearly is not simple - it takes chunk of stats and a hefty...
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    There's a difference in public perception, and public engagement, rather than the measurable public health benefits for a lot of the diet stuff. That doesn't make the health advice any less valid, it makes us less likely to take it....
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    Actually when they altered the safe drinking limits, which wasn't halving them, they had some good data. But you're not going to believe that whatever I say....
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    Actually, rarely. When the message put out is the one the health professionals actually want, rather than the one the politicians and the focus groups tell them will work, and you don't get idiots lobbying to have it overturned they...
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    It's an interesting kind of precedent really. The law doesn't clearly forbid it but it's against our understanding of the spirit of the law. You got away with it because the law wasn't clear but we're telling you very, very...
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    I realise north of comment 500 is an odd time to do this, but back on the original topic, the news this morning is full of speculation that the DUP and the Tories won't actually come to a confidence and...
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    I might believe this is the EU side of things wasn't so open. We've got 27 member states, the EU parliament and the EU commission as interested parties on their side and so they're just being open about what's going...
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    Next year, I believe, lots of sitting GOP senators have midterm elections. If Trump is considered an electoral liability because of Russia and Comey and Pence (or a.n.other if Pence is too tainted by the investigation) a 2/3rd majority in...
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    Sorry, got interrupted I meant to say... but that's just my take others will have their own reasons no doubt....
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    Hard to say. What they're reporting is there's something like 20% are what the gutter press would characterise as "Remoaners" and the rest of the remain voters want Brexit to proceed. I'm in that (putative) 80%. But I'm in that...
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    There are certainly Remain voters who agree wholeheartedly with you but, while I'm not trusting of opinion polls in fine detail, they're suggesting something like 80% of Remain voters want them to get the heck on with it, and get...
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    The problem with putting any one reason as "This is THE reason why X happened" when you're talking about a demographic group like "young voters" is that you're talking about roughly, in the case of young voters, 2 million people...
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    As with Simon, it's not only about her doing things right, it's about having someone that wants to replace her. She can certainly screw the pooch badly enough she has to be replaced, although I'm not sure Sinn Fein can...
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    In general I agree with you, there are whole groups of generations where that happens smoothly. The New Deal mostly worked, but they'd got their good stuff and didn't necessarily want to share it - they moved from sharing to...
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    The date on that piece is 12th June. A lot has changed since Monday. As I've commented above, I think there's no appetite to replace her until after Brexit, when they can blame her for it all going horribly wrong...
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    Sorry, I couldn't remember the specific term used, nor the organisation that has approved gay marriage. Honestly, except that they've approved gay marriage I'm not interested in the specifics of the organisational details of any church....
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    There was a really crappy series of interviews on the Today programme this morning in which the interviewer seemed to advance the opinion that Christianity has a single view on homosexuality. The person he was interviewing very politely pointed out...
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    It's not a fixed rule - not everyone gets more self-interested and shifts to the right politically as they get older. And some of them start on the right as youngsters. But there does seem to be a general trend...
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    The only thing that interests me about Callmedave's comment is that it pretty much echoes his former mate Gove's from yesterday. Given they fell out of bromance over Brexit it's interesting to hear them saying the same thing. But Cameron...
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    It's really hard to judge whether Brexit will go away. The rabid Brexiteers correctly point to the fact that the pro-Brexit (in some form) parties on the mainland (+15%), and in NI (+10.3%), increased their share of the vote while...
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    When did you rejuvenate Charlie? Or are you really 52?...
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    In any other year (more accurately two years) I would agree with you. But I really think the Tories will want to blame May (and Davies) for the cock-up over Brexit and will stay, notionally at least, in line as...
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    Although there is a big variation in population, and turnout, of voters across constituencies there aren't really rotten boroughs any more. We changed from a "head of household" registers all the eligible voters to individual voters are responsible for registering...
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    I agree with a lot of your post, but now May has placated the 1922 committee for a while, unless she totally fucks up the DUP negotiations and pisses off the redoubtable Ms. Davidson and the other LGBT MPs, and...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    As a nation, if China continues to modernise its agricultural industries, it's got the cultural biases of respect for your ancestors and the elderly to institute a social care programme for elderly as a position of prestige. How hard it...
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    I meant to mention China re-entering the global political scene but I had so many ideas bubbling up I forgot. HIV is an interesting one. It's still quite important as an infective agent but if you live in the UK...
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