A post by Simon Clark piqued my interest.
Now web sites put up by the Tobacco Haters always deserve a visit so naturally I delved a bit deeper. After all, $20 million’s worth must be quite something? All singing all dancing? Using technology that hasn’t even been invented yet?
The site is apparently called STOP. I would expect that with $20 million at their disposal they would manage to buy a suitable domain. But they didn’t. They went instead for https://exposetobacco.org/ In the weird world of Tobacco Control I suppose that must make some kind of sense?
So having discovered their address I plunged in to see this wondrous vision.
It’s a WordPress site.
I have nothing against WordPress whatsoever and I use it all the time, but I suppose that with a tight budget they must choose free software?
Anyhows, as Simon has already pointed out, the site is a bit of a disaster. It must have cost them at least a couple of hundred, so that leaves plenty for nice fat salaries and bonuses?
One thing that struck me is that the site is crying out for a parody. I would do it myself, but I don’t have the time these days. All it would need is a database [easy to set up], but what to put in it? How about a database of all the characters involved in Tobacco Control with a list of their research and how that research was easily debunked. There could be league tables with stars awarded for the most ridiculous claims?
It would have to have a suitable name of course. Tobacco Control love their little acronyms so it would have to have its own one.
Can anyone think up a suitable name with the acronym CUNTS?