Repeat Something Enough And Everyone Will Believe It

File this along with the ‘men are bad, women are good’ dogma. Suddenly feeling a craving for a bacon sandwich. Makes the case that hysterics ought to be barred from watching television as it increases one’s chances of developing further hysteria by 20%. LOL

Frank Davis

H/T Jonathan Bagley for the following video of Professor David Spiegelhalter, the next President of the Royal Statistical Society, and a couple of blog posts by him.

It’s a nice little video, making a simple point, and without using any mathematics, all in less than 5 minutes.

And it seems that this bacon-causes-cancer business is a recycled idea, given that Spiegelhalter wrote the following in 2007 (he wrote some more later):

On 31st October 2007 the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF, a charity/umbrella organisation “supporting research into the role of diet and nutrition in the prevention of cancer”) issued a press release to advertise their comprehensive report on the influences of nutrition and physical activity on cancer, “Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective”.

As well as the actual report and the press release, the WCRF also released 10 “recommendations for cancer prevention”. The report…

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6 thoughts on “Repeat Something Enough And Everyone Will Believe It

  1. These are the same fuckers that made me eat trans fat (margarine) my whole life because they claimed it was good for me. Why the fuck does anyone want to eat right and not smoke? Have you ever seen a 100 year old on the Today show? Whenever I see one of these poor decrepit oldsters, I want to eat bacon and smoke!

  2. I hate to invoke Godwin’s law here but:

    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” Joseph Goebbels

    Who’s the beneficiary of these proclamations and there will be one, some, The Nazi’s really had these things sussed.

    Someone has persuaded the government, at great expense, that adopting these policies and proclamations will reduce their overall liabilities in health care. Margarine, cholesterol et al, the list is endless. Nobody cares about you they are just trying to mitigate your cost. They operate like insurance companies, happy to take the premiums but don’t like to pay out.

    • All that’s possible, of course, in the realm of useful idiots in the beancounter department. For my money, however, knowing the history of some of these “nutritional wonders”, not everyone was an idiot and the real savings were in pensions not paid to a politely and obediently expiring workforce. There’s also the matter of land grabs, higher profits in vegetable-based plastics (margarine) than real food, and now, I have to wonder whether “vegetarian hot dogs” with traces of human DNA in them “taste better” without tobacco smoke. Where there’s hysteria, there’s fire, and Godwin’s law in this case fits perfectly. See Cheers or smoke-em-if-you-got-em or hope you’re eating high on the hog, etc.

  3. ” knowing the history of some of these “nutritional wonders”, not everyone was an idiot and the real savings were in pensions not paid to a politely and obediently expiring workforce.”
    You take cynicism to a whole new level, even beyond mine! I don’t think they, the bean counters. are that smart. They tend to accept as presented by the relative vested interest and not look at the whole picture. Therein lies the problem, bean counters are retained on party compliance and the addressing of hysterical emotives not area expertise.

    Indeed if the bean counter acted on the complete picture with regard to smoking it would be mandatory that everyone over 16 try it.
    What the government is trying to do is maintain the revenue stream but mitigate the liability. The higher the tax the less, in theory, smoke but the level of revenue remains the same.
    Hence the ongoing determination to demonise vaping, it has to be done to justify taxing it.

    • I don’t disagree. It’s just that manufactured hysteria almost always has an investment objective quite apart from the preservation of government itself, provided that government continues to spit back useful investment fodder, and keeps hiring the right bean counters.

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