An article from Wisconsin, with reader comments, are of interest. The article writer, Ryan Evans, points out that common civility has always taken care of "the right to smoke" and "the right to clean air." He fails to point out, so we do here, that clean air incidentally has always included the exhalations and smokes that men and nature produce. If smoking is a sin, so is cooking, driving a car, heating one’s home, or breathing. There is no such thing as pristine air. Combustion is not a sin. Neither is living. Mister Evans condemns contemporary anti-smoking as uncivilized, intolerant, and intolerable. Right, right, right, and then some. Also of interest here are an initial and uninformed comment from reader "Nick Otine," and a follow-up comment, from reader "Steve."
Australia Cans vs Bottles
Crack. Fizz. Gulp. Ahhhhhh. Is there a drinking experience more classically Australian than ripping the ring-pull off a beer? "The visceral pleasure from that first crack of a beer can is identical to popping a champagne cork," says wine and drinks writer Mike Bennie. "There's also huge appeal in the tinnie's nostalgia factor."