Secret Scotland

If it's secret, and in Scotland…

SURPRISE! e-cigarettes/vaping is being found to be harmful

I’d say “I told you so” if the growing body of research in the effect of vaping e-cigarettes wasn’t just so damned obvious.

And the ‘obvious’ isn’t even a case of simply claiming something is harmful because ‘we know’.

Decades of smoking cancerous tobacco products seems to have robbed many people of their logic, as if the campaigns of lies and deception by the tobacco companies and their well-paid doctors and medical research were actually truth, and that smoking was both healthy and good for you.

People still don’t seem to be able to grasp the simple concept that steeping lungs in any sort of chemical potion (and even medical inhalers can be dangerous and cause damage if misused) is likely to be detrimental, and cause harm, which might be short or long term.

But those peddling even vaping fluid for silly money, a fluid which is mostly water, plus a shot of glycerine, and then some flavours and other chemicals (which may or may not be hazardous), are keen to promote the myth that sucking in huge lungfuls of the stuff is ‘harmless’.

Always follow the money, and that will probably tell you haw harmless something (you don’t need) anyone is actively pushing on you is likely to be.

The vape fluid and e0cigarette sellers are desperate to sell as much of this stuff as they can, BEFORE proper research and study is complete.

At the moment they have a ‘free go’ and are playing the “Nobody has proven it to be harmful, so it must be safe” card as hard as they can.

Smoking a single electronic cigarette can damage blood vessels and reduce blood flow, a study has found.

E-cigarettes, often marketed as safe alternatives to smoking tobacco cigarettes, have increased in popularity in the UK over the past few years.

However, smoking – also known as vaping – even nicotine-free versions of the devices can affect the body’s vascular function, related to its veins and arteries.

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine performed MRI exams on 31 healthy adults who did not smoke before and after vaping a nicotine-free e-cigarette.

Between 5.4 per cent and 6.2 per cent of the UK’s adult population is believed to vape – Gov figures

The MRI data returned reduced blood blood and impaired endothelial (cells lining the interior of blood and lymphatic vessels) function in the large femoral artery that supplies blood to the thigh and leg.

Once the endothelium interface is damaged, arteries thicken and may restrict blood blood to the heart and brain, heightening the risk of stroke or heart attack.

“While e-cigarette liquid may be relatively harmless, the vaporization process can transform the molecules – primarily propylene glycol and glycerol – into toxic substances,” said Felix W Wehrli, professor of Radiologic Science and Biophysics at the university.

“Beyond the harmful effects of nicotine, we’ve shown that vaping has a sudden, immediate effect on the body’s vascular function, and could potentially lead to long-term harmful consequences.

Vaping just a single e-cigarette can damage blood vessels, study suggests

It will be interesting to see how the next stage of this progresses, as the vapers move into the ‘Denial; Stage’, and make up stuff to counter this study.

Vape gasoline

Vape gasoline

We’ve seen it all before with tobacco.

Smoking Birth Weight

Smoking Birth Weight

And when the little sprog pops out into the world, the doting parents are ready to get them hooked right from the start…

My First Vape

My First Vape

Other methods are available for you to voluntarily ruin your health.

It’s a pity Darwin’s method of natural selection is just so damned slow  (and is often thwarted by the NHS) 😉

20/08/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , | Leave a comment

Looks like plans for the old meat market are set to go ahead

It’s not that long (only six months) since I noted that Glasgow Council has to spend £6 million BEFORE the old meat market site is developed

However, it seems that if that was true, it’s finally paved the way for the derelict area to be returned to some sort of useful service.

A historic 19th century landmark in the east end of Glasgow is to be transformed into residential accommodation.

The original Glasgow Meat Market will be transformed into hundreds of affordable accommodation, as well a commercial space.

Home Group in Scotland will be working in partnership with the City Council to deliver the 240 affordable homes as well as a hotel and commercial space by 2024.

Historic Glasgow Meat Market to be transformed into 240 homes and hotel

Five years to wait until completion – assuming all goes to plan, there are no strikes, no disputes, no planning disputes, and no “WE WANT MORE MONEY!” fun.

Although I pass the area regularly, I don’t expect there will me much to see. I’ve come to learn that one big building site looks much like another while work is underway.

If there’s anything worth seeing, it doesn’t generally appear until the job’s done.

I think we’ll just go with an old pic (which will disappear once this place is built).

Nice Sky

Nice Sky

20/08/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council, photography | , , , | Leave a comment

Please enjoy this small gift of $20 million+

And, if it does actually deliver the millions promised…

Please remember who gave you the tip 🙂

It’s interesting to see something like this arrive as snail mail rather than the usual email.

Apparently on ‘genuine’ Resona Holding paper, and from a name that is currently listed as one of that company’s officers, while it doesn’t contain the usual glaring language ‘howlers’ of most scams, I suspect a natural English speaker will find enough inconsistency in this composition to be at least minimally suspicious with regard to its veracity.

I couldn’t verify the phone number, and the email is obviously not corporate, so pointless to check.

There’s also at least one layout error to be found, which I suspect a company officer would not sign their name to, and send the document back for retyping.

While the paper is ‘watermarked’ with the company logo, it lacks any of the other details which might be expected on major banking organisation’s letterhead. It’s also rather lightweight, like plain white photocopy paper. Even my small companies always used a heavyweight, decorative paper for their letterheads.

No company name, group details, company registration, contact details, address, telephone numbers, emails, web address, or anything at all.

I have altered a couple of parts, but this was only to redact personal data – other than removing or obscuring that, what you see is what I got.


I should probably add that it came in a plain white envelope, with a stamp, as opposed to being franked.


Letter of Millions

Letter of Millions

20/08/2019 Posted by | Civilian | | Leave a comment


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