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A True Believer Tony was a good man. All his life, he had only done what he knew to be right and he only knew, as he frequently said, what he believed. Well, he must have been right, for Tony had a long and successful life....

Climate Change: hide the decline

Here is a fun, upbeat take on the climate change scandal: The phrase 'hide the decline' is taken from one of the leaked/hacked emails in which Professor Jones tells his colleagues that he has used Professor Mann's 'trick' to 'hide the...

Climate Change: why are they lying?

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...

Poland to castrate rapists

Poland's president has signed a law whereby men who are found guilty of raping children or immediate family members will be chemically castrated.

Climate Change: New Zealand-style

Now we discover that the manipulation (read: falsification) of climate change data is not limited to Professor Jones and his colleagues. The New Zealand National Institute of Water and Atmospheric research has also been found to have practised the...

Climate Change Scandal Inquiry

Lord Rees has been asked by the University of East Anglia to hold an inquiry into the leaked emails from the Climatic Research Unit. This defies belief. The leaked documents revealed serious wrong-doing by scientists at the heart of the climate...

Climate Change China-style

The government of China is on-board with the climate change agenda. They have announced that they will cut carbon dioxide emissions intensity by forty-five per cent. The fact that China sees the need to sign up to this agenda is represented by some as...

Bread

I cannot help but notice the correlation between the epidemic of obesity and the exponential rise in processed foods. Nor can I find it credible that there is not a causal relationship between the two. In these health and safety obsessed days, one...

Autumn

Autumn A grey squirrel runs, as the wind, in play, chases leaves, which fall, like soft rain. Illustrated by acinorev

Doctor Lowther's retirement

The following document was discovered in the attic of a recently deceased middle class lady of the village of Connisborough. According James Deacon, Professor of Local History Emeritus, Leeds University, both the external and the internal evidence make...

How to be a top blogger

If you want to be a top blogger - and I know many do not crave the distinction - you are going to have to put in some time and effort. That is the bad news. However, the good news is: it does not require anything in the way of intelligence,...

Buddy can you spare a dime?

Catastrope can clearly be seen Last chance to save the planet It is now that we all must cut emissions Money is no object All must sacrifice for the greater good There is no more serious threat Each of you must pay the price ...

Scribbles 54

A black swan In the medieval period a black swan featured in the teaching of logic precisely because everyone knew that all swans were white. This axiom of European culture was destroyed by the discovery and colonisation of Australia, where...

Finding Peace

This all happened a long time ago. It was so long ago that I can no long remember which incarnation: there have been so many. However, I have not forgotten fish. It would be good to see him once more; but, I know that can never happen. Fish and I...

Climate Change Science

The claim that carbon dioxide emissions are changing the climate and that this will be a catastrophe is a common place. But, how true are these claims?

Climate Change Scandal

The computer system at the prestigious Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia was allegedly hacked into and confidential emails and other documents have been placed on the Internet. The unit's director, Phil Jones, has acknowledged...

Freedom of Speech

Freedom of speech is the most fundamental and important social value. No society that denies freedom of speech to its members can claim to be civilised. This axiom was recognised in Athens almost three thousand years ago. And yet, even today, for most...

Lesson in Democracy

The people of England were today treated to a valuable lesson in democracy by no lesser person than Sir Hugh Odre of the Association of Chief Police Officers. The Conservative Party have proposed the introduction of directly elected Police...

Abuse of Abuse

Abuse is surely the most over-used word in the English language. It is used to refer to any act from merely telling another person that you do not like them through child molestation to kidnapping, raping, torturing and killing. Strictly...

How to troll (or how to spot one)

Trolling is for some a passion and a delight. For some it is all consuming. For others it may be merely a momentary aberration; something provoked and acted upon with little or no reflection. However, I see I am getting ahead of myself and it may be...

On motivation (or how to comment)

Why do people write blogs? A seemingly simple question; but one with a complex answer. I have read many answers to this question from a wide spectrum of bloggers. Yet somehow, all these answers seem to me to barely scratch the surface. It is as though,...

On credulity

Influenza treatments have doubtless existed for as long as we have been afflicted by this virus. Certainly, the current treatments are only the latest means of tackling this debilitating and potentially fatal malady. In the late nineteenth...