Archive for March, 2009

Bend over, here it comes

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

I’ve been saying for years that this was going to happen. Now will you believe me?

A Scottish GP has called for chocolate to be taxed in the same way as alcohol and cigarettes to tackle increasing levels of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

This, dear readers, is the top of a very steep and very slippery slope. Firstly, the food police are one step removed from the thought police: if they can control what you eat, they can control what you think. And secondly, once one class of food is subject to a tax, you know it’s going to creep. It will start out on one “unhealthy” food (chocolate); then, just a budget or two down the line, it will spread to a few other unhealthy foods; then less-unhealthy foods — potatoes for example (because you can make chips out of potatoes), and so on. Eventually, the original stated purpose of the tax (to punish people for buying “unhealthy” foods) will be forgotten, replaced by the real, practical purpose (to raise revenue for the government); and you won’t be able to buy so much as an organic rocket salad with oil-free, egg-free, vinegar-free, salt-free, taste-free dressing without having to pay tax on it.

This is also exactly the sort of measure that, once implemented, no government will ever reverse; strident exhortations from the same press who once brayed their opposition to it will ensure that the tax stays in place, because if it’s repealed then people will get fat and anyone who opposes it wants us all to die from obesity.

Spammers Revisit Old Techniques

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

I’ve noticed a sudden upsurge in e-mail spammers using the old “font-size:0px” trick.

Get some imagination, will you? It didn’t work last time, and it won’t work this time. Oh, and if you’re trying to sell something (I mean, presumably these idiots are in it for the money), it kind of helps if you include a way to buy it.

Knocked Sideways by the ‘Flu

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

I have just recovered from a dose of the ‘flu.

Well, when I say “recovered”, I mean (1) I think I am going to live and (2) I find that outcome desirable.

By the way, anyone thinking of taking Night Nurse for recreational purposes: Just because it contains dextromethorphan, which is an opioid, doesn’t mean it’s any good. It belongs squarely in the NOWTTSFK category — No-One Would Take This Shit For Kicks.

I’d have recommended Benylin 4 Flu, except these ones don’t seem to have the good stuff in them anymore. You can still get the liquid form here and this does have it.