Does perjury law apply to spies?

Back in March, James Clapper, Director of US Intelligence, told the Senate on oath that the US did not collect any type of data on millions of Americans. Yesterday, he told a House Committee that US spying (when he used the word, he theatrically mimed...

Energy cartel

Senior executives are giving evidence before a House of Commons select committee. And their testimony is truly remarkable. Whilst they are doing their best not to answer questions clearly, nevertheless, from their own words, it is absolutely clear...

The vitamin myth

This week the Chief Medical Officer called for free vitamin supplements for all children up to the age of five. She is concerned about rickets, which is caused by vitamin D deficiency. She is well aware that the vitamin is naturally present in some...

Obesity genetic, says the media

There are stories across the media about how research has identified a gene that causes obesity. "Scientists discover obesity gene", says the Independent. "Slow metabolism 'obesity excuse' true," asserts the BBC. And so on.   However, if you...

Politician considers only the mote

For those who appreciate life's little ironies, yesterday in parliament was a day to relish.   Three police officers were called before the Home Affairs Select Committee. They were effectively accused of having used spin in the way they...

A doctor, a public health myth and the activists

Aseem Malhotra, a cardiology specialist, has an interesting piece in the British Medical Journal. It is well worth reading. It is an open and straight-forward attack on a myth that has bedevilled public health ever since Ancel Keys 1970 study of the...

Climate Change Zealot

Yesterday in parliament, Mr Ed Davey, the Energy Secretary, proudly boasted that he is a Climate Change zealot.   The fact that a zealot is someone who is fanatical in the pursuit of their ideals and in the original and literal sense is a person...

Ramblers promote walking

The Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support have published a report, Walking Works. It claims that if people walked for two and a half hours each week that would prevent thirty-seven thousand deaths each year in England.   The figure sounds high....

French farmers call for right to kill wolves

Wolves were hunted to extinction in France over a hundred years ago. But they were never hunted to extinction across the whole of Europe. Since hunting wolves was made illegal by the Bern Convention, their numbers have been rising. And when a pack...

Shutdown, China and the US dollar

The demise of the US dollar as the world reserve currency looks ever more likely. The recent shutdown of the US government has been viewed with incredulity in China. Xinhua, the official state news agency, called for the de-Americanisation of the...

Five a day - another myth

Governments, the World Health Organisation and health professionals across the world advocate eating five portions of fruits and vegetables each day. Actually, there are slight variations on the theme. In some countries it is four in others six or...

On numbers and sense

Mr Osborne, the Chancellor, is on a mission to China. He wants to persuade the Chinese to throw some of their surplus the United Kingdom's way, rather than wasting it on the United States. He has offered various incentives, such as easing visa...

Chinese middle class ignorant, says Chelsea Clinton

Chelsea Clinton, acting as a guest editor with the BBC, today claimed* that eighty to ninety per cent of the Chinese middle class do not know that ivory comes from dead elephants.   In making this assertion, Clinton is of course in good company....

Scientific literacy

Scientific literacy is important. There are many reasons why, but one that I consider very important is the fact that it is necessary in order to be able to distinguish between science and pseudoscience.   I found it very disheartening to read...

Climate Change and Predictions

The Climate Change promoters have been providing predictions for decades. The fact that these so called predictions are never realised does not seem to faze the believers in Climate Change one iota. They simply offer more of the same.   Remember...

Climate Change Catastrophe

Bob Gelfdof has announced that human extinction due to Climate Change could occur by 2030. Geldof told the One Young World summit meeting in Johannesburg, "The world in a fit of madness can decide to kill itself."   Mr Geldof apparently can see...

More Climate Change "science"

Yesterday, I posted a list of Greenpeace campaign documents that the Inter-governemental Panel on Climate Change used as though they were peer reviewed science in their Nobel Prize winning fourth assessment report. Here is a list of documents created...

Climate Change "science"

The Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change claims its assessment reports are based exclusively on peer reviewed science. It makes this claim, not because it is true, but simply because it wishes to exploit the high status of science.   The...

Climate Change is pseudoscience

Any set of beliefs and practices or body of knowledge is a pseudoscience if it is presented as science, but does not actually conform to the scientific method. My argument in this post is that Climate Change meets the two criteria perfectly....

Koala, the new polar bear

Remember the photoshopped polar bear floating on a tiny block of ice in the midst of endless sea. Sure you do. Well, it seems the iconic bear of Climate Change has a new rival: the koala bear.   Today's Guardian has an interesting story,...

Climate Change refugee

New Zealand's High Court is hearing the case of a man from Kiribati (islands half way between Australia and Hawaii), who is claiming to be a refugee, as he fled his home in fear of Climate Change. The case is before the appeal court, as the...

Climate Change as ideology

On an earlier post on this issue of climate change*, Olla asked: 'Why can't they just tell the truth'? This question was asked in the context of climate change scientists falsifying the data so as to fit their preconceived ideas; to make it show a...

Study fails to find global warming

A study of climate change in the eastern mediterrean published in the journal of Climate Dynamics failed to find the much touted anthropogenic global warming. It did however find both the medieval warm period and the little ice age. I wonder how the...