Only a few of us are old enough to remember the Stencil duplicator – a fast, economic way to crank out a large number of copies of the same document.

It did not even require electricity. You just had to type with a ribbon-less type writer on a blue carbon copy-like paper, then ink it and put it in the machine.

Then you had to turn the crank and, magically, you had as many copies as how many times you cared to turn the crank. Those times are gone. Replaced first by “photo-stat” machines and then by computers, the Stencil machine has been relegated to history – and oblivion.

But the Stencil concept is not dead at all – especially when it comes to public health. In another recent piece we explained the fraudulent methodology used to create the “miraculous” effect on heart attacks by smoking bans: data stratification. The title of the piece was “The next Helena of the ETS fraud” and it was concerning the last piece of deception about the Irish smoking ban, depicting miraculous decreases in heart attacks hospital admissions. We connected to Michael Siegel’s blog, where the details of the statistical con job were given.

But, just a couple of days later, there was another Helena – so we wrote another piece by the original title of “Edinburgh. The new Helena”. This time the piece concerned the “miraculous” effects of the smoking ban in Scotland. Helena is getting to be a very common name – as common as the professional cons who populate the ministries of “health”, these days. Needless to say the study uses the same fraudulent methodology, results – and corruption.

The piece of Michael Siegel at the bottom of this page discusses and debunks this too.

The Stencil duplicator keeps on living: isn’t it time to deliver it to history once and for all?



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