Way back in 1967 I wrote a term paper for my 11th grade English class on the tobacco industry. I was able to find many references to a "lung cancer epidemic" in the mid-1900s that alarmed the medical community. For example http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,807357,00.html
Turned out to be caused by tobacco use as pushed by the tobacco companies. Servicemen during WWII got a pack of cigarettes in their daily ration packs, generously donated by the tobacco companies. They knew even then that it was highly addictive. I grew up sucking on candy cigarettes. All the movie stars and "cool" people smoked. Only the chronic asthma and bronchitis caused by my parent's smoking, that still plagues me to this day, kept me from ever smoking myself, until I wrote that report and realized just what was going on. It started out to be a paper on the advertising industry, until I found out how much the tobacco industry was spending on advertising - as I recall for just one year, something over a million dollars in 1952, which was a lot in those days. My English teacher gave me an A+ and quit smoking...for a month.
Anybody else remember television in the early 1950s, the big wooden box, the tiny screen, the guy in the white coat with a stethoscope around his neck showing you the graphs proving how good smoking BrandX cigarettes were for your heart?
...an investigation into Vargas prompted by his poor work performance found he had downloaded a slew of inappropriate files onto his office desktop, including a so-called “Anarchist Cookbook,” which includes instructions on making explosives at home, counterfeiting money and killing someone with your bare hands...
Of chief concern to Vargas’ supervisors was a file titled “1000 hacking tutorials,” which, according to the university, included an “Index to the Anarchist Cookbook IV, version 4.14.” The Anarchist Cookbook is a bomb-making manual first published in 1971 during the Vietnam War.
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