Why scanning The Straits Times annoys the hell out of me

"Singapore cancer experts to push for tobacco ban" (p4)

Look out for other Singapore medical experts to push for the ban of McDonald's hamburgers, beer, chocolate, mooncakes and coconut milk soon.

Oh, some people say that internet is addictive. Are we banning that next?

"Court date looms for charged bloggers (pH2)

How a report that doesn't say anything new on the subject qualifies as 'news' boggles my mind. It would actually be less shameless to run an in-house advertisement saying, "Special round-the-clock coverage on trial of charged bloggers! Don't forget to pick up your copy of ST on !"


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At 9/22/2005 1:35 pm , Blogger tscd said...

I have never met a lung cancer patient or a 'COPD' (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or emphysema) patient who didn't smoke. They spend so much money on their medication and treatment that they wish they never knew the taste of tobacco. They also die really horribly. Unlike fatty foods and alcohol, which are okay in moderation, smoking is an unforgiving habit.

At 9/22/2005 10:57 pm , Blogger NARDAC said...

There are things that are bad but I guess what Tym is trying to point out is that it's more important for people to make the decisions for themselves. A government that functions like an authoritarian parental figure is not teaching it's population to be a thinking democracy.

At 9/22/2005 11:35 pm , Blogger Postmaster-General said...

Shhhhh... don't give them any ideas about 24 hour coverage. Anyway like i tell my darling dearest the 80cents is good for bird cage lining, packing, dog potty training and fish & chips.

At 9/23/2005 9:21 pm , Blogger KnightofPentacles said...

In defence of The Straits Times, I must say I enjoyed the half page of black-and-white comics. They alone are probably worth 70 cents of the 80 cents.

The other 10 cents of value comes from the entertainment reading the other sections of the papers.

But since comics are now available online and even sent to my email, The Straits Times has some serious competition.

My opinion on tobacco: If you wish to smoke, it is up to you. Just as long as you do not blow smoke in my face, force my exposure to the risks of secondhand smoke, or expect me to pick up your medical bill (or expect my sympathy) if you should come down with lung cancer in a couple decades. Enjoy! Life is a terminal disease anyway.


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