Monthly Archives: November 2011

Why I have a love affair with the 49ers

The 49ers and I grew up together It’s just a damned football team, but like the Boston Red Sox, the San Francisco 49ers have a special meaning for me — and it has a lot to do with my dad. … Continue reading

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Australian Senate passes plain cigarette package law

(Thanks to Classical Gas for the scoop on this story!) Australia is attempting to force cigarette companies in that country to have utterly, entirely plain cigarette packages, with no artwork, no logos, no graphics whatsoever, except for graphic images of … Continue reading

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November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month and National COPD Awareness Month

November is both National Lung Cancer Awareness Month and National COPD Awareness Month: Here’s my contribution to raising awareness Death toll in 2009 All causes 2.4 million 1) Heart disease 600,000 2) Cancer (other than lung cancer) 400,000 3) Lung … Continue reading

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Dammit! Judge rules against graphic warning labels on cigarettes

Aw, shit! The tobacco companies might actually win this round. A federal judge in Washington, D.C., Richard Leon, slapped an injunction against the graphic warning labels, saying there is a likelihood he would rule against the Food and Drug Administration. … Continue reading

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The Passion of Tim Tebow

  There was an interesting and fun discussion last week on about Tim Tebow. Tebow is one of the most weirdly polarizing figures in the NFL. It’s weird, because he’s never been arrested, never gotten a DUI, never been … Continue reading

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Oh, those kooky Kiwis and their cigarette warnings!

Oh, look at this. Those kooky Kiwis have come up with the dumbest invention for smokers. In some countries like New Zealand, Australia and Canada, the warning labels on cigarettes have become increasingly graphic to discourage smokers (In the U.S., … Continue reading

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Barack Obama’s doctor says he is smokefree

President Barack Obama’s doctor came out this week and announced the president is in good shape physically adding that he is smokefree. According to the article:  Obama, who chewed nicotine gum, appears to have quit smoking entirely — an achievement … Continue reading

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