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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser


Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming

Naomi Oreskes , Erik M. Conway




Executives at Phillip Morris in the 1990's are setting goals for their smoking promotion campaign: 'A third [objective] was to promote the idea of “accommodation”—that smokers (like the disabled?) had the right to be accommodated. Atlanta, Georgia, would be targeted to become a "model accommodation city," because of its tradition of Southern hospitality, but there was a (literally fatal) flaw in this argument. Everyone appreciates hospitality, but few would argue it includes the right to kill your guests.' - Merchants of Doubt

My right to swing my smoke ends where you nose begins?

Does get into an unsolved issues. Constitution never granted the right to clean air. Also never granted the right to smoke. Is the government right to take sides? (Although even if the text did go one way or the other, history shows law can be ignored when authorities need.) And of course, hospitality social contracts are not law, but they are similar, and should someone do something unacceptable and no longer be welcome, law enforcement can be called in to remove the trespasser.