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Well, the moving van has come and SHS is now ensconced in our new home at First Things. We still have a little unpacking to do. There will be a few bugs for a few days before everything is back to normal. But I am looking forward to an engaging experience.

For new readers: Welcome. The first question I am often asked about this blog is why the name? Secondhand Smoke is a bit of self deprecatory whimsy. I had always thought that if I had a regular column, I would call it SHS because I am full of hot air and emit particulate matter. So, when I started a blog, the name seemed a natural.

So, what is SHS all about? Briefly stated, this blog considers assisted suicide/euthanasia, bioethics, human cloning, biotechnology, radical environmentalism, and the dangers of animal rights/liberation. My views expressed here, as in my books and other writings, reflect my understanding that the philosophy of human exceptionalism is the bedrock of universal human rights. Or, to put it another way: human life matters.

So, for those thousands of readers coming with me from my old hovel to First Things, let’s continue what we have been doing. For those who find SHS through FT, welcome. There’s a lot to talk about.

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