Americans arrested for trafficking

Ten Americans, five men and five women, have been arrested by police in Haiti. They are accused of child abduction and trafficking. They were found trying to take thirty-three children, aged from two months to twelve years, across the border into the...

Climate Change Warrior

Ed Miliband, the Climate Change Secretary, has dusted down his shining armour and is riding into battle against the enemies of Climate Change. He has declared war on the sceptics, who have the audacity to point out the falsehoods, lies, manipulations...

Noble Prize winning science

I posted earlier about how the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change's Fourth Assessment Report was based on WWF campaign documents, rather than its much boasted peer reviewed science. In this post I include a list of Greenpeace campaign documents...

News from our own correspondent

The following interview was scheduled to be broadcast on the World Service, From Our Own Correspondent programme, but was unaccountably replaced by a piece on the centrality of lama products for the local economy of the Mesa natives of Peru. ...

State of the Union

I listened to President Obama's State of the Union address. Yes, I was up very early. Amongst the many things he said, one promise stood out for me on this side of the Atlantic. President Obama promised to double American exports in the next five...

No news is bad news

There is an old saw or saying, which claims that there is no such thing as bad publicity. Well, Climategate would certainly appear to be a case in point for the beleaguered University of East Anglia, the home of the infamous Climatic Research Unit....

Climate Change: peer review

One of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change's rules regarding the evidence it uses for its assessment reports is that it is all peer reviewed science. In an earlier post in this series, I pointed out that the assertion that the glaciers in...

Corporations First

There is a question that is puzzling me and I thought my American friends might be able to enlighten me. What on earth is the Supreme Court thinking of? How can they possibly take the view that the First Amendment applies to corporations? Here is...

Iraq War Inquiry: witness suggestion

I would like to suggest to the Chair of the Inquiry that he call Sir David King as a witness. Sir David was the government's Chief Scientific Adviser from 2000 to 2007. He recently gave a lecture on the issue of how a population of nine billion or more...

Orphington Minor: episode one

In the small, sleepy village of Orphington Minor, Ms Wrabby, a British brown tortoiseshell, sat by the blazing black range, contently grooming. She was as filled with self satisfaction as any theologian lucky enough to have gained, not merely a...

Iraq war inquiry farce

In the past week the Inquiry into the war in Iraq has been hearing testimony from members of the political class. This 'evidence' has effectively demonstrated all the weaknesses that were deliberately built into the Inquiry. We were treated to...

Climate Change: the nerve!

In a previous post, 'Climate Change: scientific research', I pointed out that the 2007 Assessment Report of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change had included the assertion that the Himalayan glaciers would be gone by 2035 and that not only...

Open and shut

I boast that I went through my whole professional career never knowing the word regret. The notion could not have been more alien to me. I was always right. Never wrong. Every case, I solved. I collected and analysed the evidence. I used logic to reach...

Pat Robertson: historian extraordinaire

Pat Robertson has explained the situation in Haiti by reference to its history. He claims that when they were under the heel of Napoleon the third, they made a pact with the devil in order to win their independence from France and that is why they are...

Right to protest

The militant Muslim group that was planning to hold demonstrations in Wootton Basset, the place where dead British soldiers are returned to England, in support of the Muslims who have died in Afghanistan and Iraq has been banned by the Home Secretary,...

Fact or Opinion?

Have you heard of Ann Coulter? I had, but I have just come across her blog and I thought I would like to share a snippet with you. Now in this post of her's, Ann is reflecting on an aspect of the media treatment surrounding Tiger Woods, apparently he...

Trust

How can you trust another person? The answer is simple: consistency, Their words are consistent with their actions. If they say they are going to do something, did they do it? Now, if I remember correctly, and I am sure my American friends will...

Climate Change: gestapo style

Bishop Hill is a blog I can recommend to anyone interested in the Climate Change issue. He has been taking a close interest in the so called Climategate affair, ie, the leaked emails from the Climatic Research Centre. So, he contacted the Norfolk...

Change of mind

Many people would simply take it for granted that they have the right to change their minds. However, in religion matters are seldom as simple and straight-forward as they might at first appear. Whilst international law guarantees a person the right to...

How to become a saint

The Blessed Teresa of Calcutta is but a step away from sainthood. With Joseph Ratzinger at the helm, it cannot be long before that final step is taken. I would like to consider what it takes to become a saint in the modern world. As an answer to that...

Perpetual Growth

The notion of perpetual growth lies at the heart of all contemporary decision making. This may sound like a strange assertion, as it is seldom, if ever, discussed. However, the silence on this issue stems from its ubiquity. It is simply presumed and...

A man of faith

Kurt Wise is an impressive man. He has an impeccable scientific education in geology. His first degree was from the University of Chicago and his doctorate was from Harvard, where he had studied under no lesser figure than Steven Jay Gould. ...

Portrait of a racist bigot

I was reading a blog in which it was asserted, as though beyond any doubt or question, that Abraham Lincoln was a great man. I find that judgement startling to say the least. But, perhaps, I should not be shocked; perhaps, I should merely be saddened...