September 17, 2017

The Scam That Is the Anti-Vaping Movement

Filed under: Activism,Business Moves,Marvels,Scams,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:46 pm

There is apparently a serious movement to ban a product with the potential to which is already saving lives: E-Cigarettes.

Big money is at stake, so the people who claim to detest smoking are working to discredit and ban vaping to ensure that cigarette smoking — and the sales revenues and tax collections they generate — never go away.

Ace has posted an interesting personal story.

He also posted this three-minute video teasing a longer documentary on “available on Amazon and maybe Netflix”:

Those who don’t have the patience for a three-minute video can be assured that if the serially deceptive Ed Markey of Massachusetts says that “The dangers of E-cigarettes are clear” and “no better than the Joe Camels of the past” (which he does in the video), you can be almost certain that vaping opponents are trying to accomplish their cherished banning of the product by making things up.

Positivity: Couple Cancels Wedding Reception To Give Money To Hurricane Victims Instead

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 12:30 pm

Via Daryn Kagan:

September 14, 2017

Ever hear about a wedding where you had complete confidence a couple will do great?

That’s the case with Shellie Schoellkopf and Robert Callaway from League City, Texas.

KPRC reports the couple had a big ol’ shindig set for October 7th.

But in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and all the devastation around Houston, the couple just couldn’t keep things the same, not with how many of their friends and family had been affected by the flood.

Callaway told KPRC, “This person lost everything …This person lost everything …This person lost everything.”

They will still marry on the planned day, but they’ve canceled the reception and instead will donate $5,000 to hurricane relief funds.

They picked a flood ravaged house for their wedding photo shoot to always have the memories of this time of their life and what’s important. …

As Kagan notes, this incredibly humble couple is wrong about one thing: They don’t think they’re doing anything especially noble, noteworthy, or laudatory.

Go here for the rest of the story.

Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (091717)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

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