“Being Boris Johnson” An essay on free markets and public health

February 16, 2017

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If you live in the UK (or Europe) you may remember that Boris Johnson, always the opportunist, wrote two columns for The Daily Telegraph – one pro- and one anti- Brexit. The plan, of course, was to decide which option would be the most beneficial to ones career and go with that. An alternative explanation […]

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Review of “The Naked Ape”

December 21, 2016

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50 years post-publication, I finally read (and reviewed) Desmond Morris’ “The Naked Ape”: http://www.funpolice.eu/index.htm 

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New blog post “Epidemiology: a canine intervention”

December 13, 2016

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Sometimes, in science, and specifically in epidemiology, all that is needed is a dog’s perspective… …especially when it is about them… Read more my site ‘The FunPolice’ <link> Or direct to article: <link>  

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Book Review of “Intellectuals and Society”

October 20, 2016

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So I read and reviewed “Intellectuals and Society” by the American economist, social theorist, political philosopher and author Thomas Sowell. What a waste of time…. More on the Fun Police Website (Link to The Fun Police)

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New blog post “Slinging mud at El Diablo”

October 4, 2016

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“Is there Evidence of Adverse Health Effects Near US Nuclear Installations? Infant Mortality in Coastal Communities near The Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Station in California, 1989-2012”. ? …Is there…? Read the full story at The Fun Police: link Or directly to the article: link

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Alcohol and “fact”checking in Ireland

September 12, 2016

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About a week ago thejournal.ie decided it would be a good idea to ‘FactCheck’ whether  minimum unit alcohol pricing was proven to work, because the Irish Health Promotion  Minister (Marcella Corcoran Kennedy…apparently) made a claim about this with respect to  the Irish government’s alcohol policy. They decided that the best way to go about this […]

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New Fun Police blog post: “How not to die when watching television”

August 5, 2016

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Sometime last week the British, and probably international, newspapers were full of stories about new scientific data proving that binge watching (i.e. watching more than one episode of a series at a time, suppose) is detrimental to your health. Just a selection of the headings: “Binge watching TV programmes could kill you, according to Japanese scientists” (BBC)  […]

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