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Archive for February, 2007

Junk Food Ads

Posted by Ian Blyth on 28 February 2007

I am not sure on how the proposed ban on advertising junk foods is going to work. They say that they will not be able to advertise during certain hours when kids may be watching.

The problems I have with that are:

  1. Kids are not always regimented at home into only watching at certain times
  2. With Sky+, MCE, Tivo etc you can record at one time and watch at another (although the main use is to skip through ads)
  3. Who determines what constitutes junk food? As the say “One man’s meat is another man’s poison”. If you are vegetarian you would want all meat products to be considered junk. Dietary information changes all the time as new information is found out.
  4. What about personal responsibility and the responsibility of the parents?
  5. They banned cigarette ads but it does not seem to have stopped people smoking and even worse it has not stopped new smokers taking up the habit.

All in all it seems like another “nanny” response from a government that revels in being a nanny state. All that it will do is stop the TV companies receiving advertising money.


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Spam? What spam?

Posted by Ian Blyth on 22 February 2007

I hear a lot about spam and what a problem it is but I don’t seem to have much of a problem with it. I have 4 main e-mail accounts – Google, Hotmail, BT Internet and work. And I rarely get a spam message into the inbox of any of them. There is spam coming through but it goes into my spam folder which I check every now and then to make sure a real message has not been trapped by the filter. so why is there so much noise about the problem of spam?

If your e-mail provider does not have a good spam filter complain or change providers. If you do not want to change providers then there are many spam filters for mail clients. I understand if it is a dial up and each spam costs money but more and more people are on broadband and it is unlikely to push them over the limit. It would be good if there was a method to make spammers pay for each e-mail. Then they would have to do an ROI to see whether the response they got and therefore sales matched the cost of sending. Which is what companies who post out letters have to do today. If it is not cost effective then they will stop. The law of supply and demand will kick in.

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Who should be a politician?

Posted by Ian Blyth on 5 February 2007

Stumling and Mumbling has a great post of politians right to rule us at http://stumblingandmumbling.typepad.com/stumbling_and_mumbling/2007/02/missing_the_poi.html

My favourite paragraph is “Instead, we should judge politicians by virtue, not rules. We should ask: are they people of great soul, worthy to represent our nation and to be entrusted with big decisions?”

I remember seeing a program on a nomadic tribe recently. They did not have a leader but instead they had  a spokesman who was picked to speak for the tribe if needed. And that person was picked for their skill. At the moment we have politicians who are picked because they seem like the best choice compared to who else is standing. And that is the problem. We only gety politicians from people who want to stand for elections and not people that might be good at the job when they do get elected.

Why can’t politicians be more like football players? If we need some good tax politicians why can’t we do a transfer from another country where they have proved their credentials. Why do British politicians have to be British? Get the best people for the job.

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