Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Nov 2010 22:34 UTC
In the News As none other I know how problematic it is to discuss matters related to politics on the web. However, every now and then, there's no way around it, and this is one of those moments. There's this thing going on at airports in the US, and while many will see it as a separate issue, the body scanner issue, and the sad stories it has spawned, are symptoms of a far larger problem that is a direct threat to everything we've fought for during and since the Enlightenment.
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And those numbers then pale in comparison to the number of preventable deaths through obesity and smoking.

The day the twin towers came down, 1100 people died in America of smoking. And another 1100 the next day. And the next. And the next … and so on still to today. Where is their memorial, where is their skyscraper?

Why isn’t the news full of the real things we need to be working to prevent, like diabetes and cancer? We live in terror of the terrorists, and yet the real killers are easily prevented.

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