Breivik - insane!

Two psychiatrists have found Anders Breivik to have been insane when he conducted his attacks. The state prosecutor told a news conference that Breivik 'lives in his own delusional universe and his thoughts and acts are governed by this universe.' If...

Does any of this sound familiar?

Economic boom. A global financial crisis. A country with an overwhelming foreign debt crisis. A economic expert put in charge and parliamentary democracy overridden. Radical austerity programme, cutting public services, jobs and wages. Unemployment...

Only peer reviewed science

'IPCC studies only [use] peer-review[ed] science. Let someone publish the data in a decent credible publication. I am sure IPCC would then accept it, otherwise we can just throw it into the dustbin.' Thus, Dr Pachuari, the Chairman of the...

Wealth and Greed

One Hyde Park is an apartment block in one of the most desired residential areas of London. Here a modest one bedroomed flat starts at three point six million pounds. A penthouse apartment costs a hundred and thirty-six million. A parking space costs...

Petulant Professor

Niall Ferguson, that well known purveyor of populist pap that masquerades as history, is throwing a temper tantrum that would be the envy of any terrible two. Pankaj Mishra, in the London Review of Books, reviewed Professor Ferguson's latest...

Searching for common ground

Over in the comment pages at the Guardian, Julian Baggini has been writing a series of articles attempting to outline common ground between the religious and the atheists. He has tried to identify what he calls 'reasonable faith'. In his latest...

Basta!

Basta! cried the people of Portugal yesterday, as they held a general strike and took to the streets in an out-pouring of national anger. In order to protect the profits of the international finance capitalists, the people of Portugal are seeing...

Throw them all out

Throw Them All Out (2011) by Peter Schweizer is a book that should be on the reading list of all American citizens. It is an investigation of how members of Congress use their insider knowledge to reap serious rewards in the markets, activities that...

Wall Street's mercenaries

Ray Lewis, retired police captain, was arrested and handcuffed by New York police officers. His crime? Allegedly obstructing traffic and disorderly conduct. In reality, it was for having the audacity to join the Occupy Wall Street protest and...

Turkeys voting for Christmas

David Penhaligon back in 1978 famously said of the electoral agreement between the Liberal and Labour parties: 'Turkeys don't volunteer for Christmas'. This pithy remark has now taken on all the force of a saw, or saying, or simile. It is has become a...

Looking in the mirror

I have previously written about the arch ignoramus, Andrew Brown, who plies his trade in spouting nonsense and demonstrating his complete lack of moral sense over at the Guardian. Well, he's at it again. Today's virtuoso performance is ostensibly a...

Rwanda, Genocide, and a Catholic Priest

Yesterday Father Athanase Seromba went on trial for his part in the Rwandan genocide; the massacre of more than eight hundred thousand innocent people in a hundred days in 1994. Father Athanase Seromba is charged with genocide, complicity in, and...

National Socialist Underground

The recent revelations surrounding the neo-Nazi cell, the National Socialist Underground, have uncovered serious cause for concern. The group of two men and one woman were able to murder people, explode bombs and rob banks with apparent impunity for...

Some people prefer prejudice to knowledge

Nightbane posted about how in Leeds two megawatts are generated from used cooking oil. You can read it here: http://www.thoughts.com/Nightbane/tidbit-for-the-skeptics/#00023a8551004ec188fa001e2e67e6004ec27589 Just for the sake of perspective, I...

Earth

Earth | Time Lapse View from Space, Fly Over | NASA, ISS from Michael König on Vimeo. Time lapse photographs of earth taken from the International Space Station from August to October, presented as a video by Michael Konig. Just click the link and...

Climbing Mount Polio

The eradication of smallpox is truly one of humanity's greatest achievements. It was the result of science, a relatively small amount of money, and a serious sustained effort, for to eradicate such an infectious disease, everyone must be...

New World Order

Naomi Klein, self styled intellectual and social commentator, has an interesting piece in The Nation, entitled: 'Capitalism vs the Climate'. You can read it here: http://www.thenation.com/article/164497/capitalism-vs-climate?page=0,0 In this...