Taking care

Tales from the staffroom (2) Of course, not even the staffroom is immune from the inevitable ravages of time. Over the years, a variety of other employees have gradually staked out claims in the teachers' home from home. As support staff...

Are you intelligent?

What is intelligence? This is something that people have argued about for, well, probably for as long as people have existed. However, it now seems we have the answer. I was listening to a discussion about SETI, the Search of Extra Terrestial...

Welcome

Tales from the staffroom (1) When a person reaches a certain age, they have a tendency to compare the present with the past and, in this evaluation, the present is invariably found to be, at best, but a shabby and inferior...

Reflections: fear and control

It is traditional at this time of the year to reflect on the past, often with a view to making resolutions for a new and better future. New Year's resolutions are not something that I indulge in, but the practice of reflection is potentially useful...

Homo Narro

Human beings are biologically classified as homo sapiens, which means we are wise. Given our history and contemporary practice, I would suggest this designation might be something of an unwarranted conceit. It is possible that this intuition has...

Olympic Games 2012

The 2012 Olympic Games will be a showcase for modern Britain, as we are constantly told in the most enthusiastic of terms by such luminaries as Lord Coe. I can only say, I truly hope not. In 1948, the last time the Games were held in this...

The unfinished story

Life had not been kind to Pete. His family relationships could at best be described as dysfunctional. His schooling had been poor and he had left with little to show for all those years. After school, he had drifted from one low paid job to another,...

Polar Bear Extinction!

I am sure we have all heard about how the polar bears are on the verge of extinction and that if we do not take radical action to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, there will be no North Pole and no polar bears. Well, I have a question, two actually: ...

Boxing Day

In this secular age, the festival of St Stephen has long been supplanted by Boxing Day, as the second day of Christmas is now known. There are various stories as to how the nomenclature arose; the most prosaic of which is that on the day after...

Is it a sin to take what is not yours?

A little while ago I wrote a tongue-in-cheek piece about how to be a top blogger. One of the techniques I suggested was using the Internet and the copy and paste function. As I say, this was a just a bit of fun. But it seems not everyone shares my...

Free Lui Xiaobo

Lui Xiaobo has been sentenced to eleven years imprisonment. His crime: he published on the Internet a document calling for greater freedom of expression and free elections in China. The Chinese authorities charged him with subverting state power. ...

Climate Change 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....

You have no right to exist!

SHUT UP! SHUT UP! I DO NOT WANT TO HEAR YOU OR SEE YOU! SHUT UP! SHUT UP! Not pleasant. No, not pleasant at all. This is the message of someone who cannot accept the world as it is and demands that it be as they wish. It is...

Climate Change: scientific research

From Dr Pachuari, Al Gore and all the other prophets of climate change, we constantly hear the message that the science is settled. They repeatedly trot out the mantra that the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change reports are produced on the...

Cargill and the soya bean

Native to China, the humble soya bean was looked upon with some contempt and considered to be fit only for the poor. Whilst it is highly nutritious, containing all the essential amino acids, there are many other beans that are more flavoursome, and...

Rights in America

My previous post 'On Totalitarianism' elicited a comment, which claimed that Americans of Japanese ancestry had been interned for their own protection. I was amazed at this bare faced revisionism. I considered writing a refutation. However, instead I...

Santa's helper

The following is a transcript of part of the Breakfast Show. It was scheduled to have been broadcast this morning, but mysteriously pulled at the last moment and replaced by a rather prosaic discussion with a personal finance expert on avoiding debt at...

On Totalitarianism

Yesterday, on the recommendation of Chloefair, I watched the documentary, 'The End of America', which is based on the book by Naomi Wolf. It provides a powerful presentation of an aspect of recent history, which far too many people have ignored,...

Climate Change: Copenhagen Deal

Listening to the mainstream media's coverage of the climate change conference in Copenhagen you may well have got the impression that Al Gore and his fellow travellers are doubtless feeling very disappointed. Nothing could be further from the truth....

Smithfield Foods

In an earlier post on 'Antibiotics and Livestock' I was surprized to receive a comment that was positive about the world's largest pork producer and processor, Smithfield Foods. The company, which is based in Virginia and operates in nine countries...

Things can only get better

Things can only get better. That was the campaign song when New Labour fought the election that brought them to power back in 1997. Things can only get better. This was a rather apt piece of political theatre, perfectly in tune with the times. In...

The Internet and government control

The governments of the world are moving towards Internet control. There appears to be three basic strategies. The blatant, the paternal and the protective. China is the classic example of the blatant approach. Its censorship is open and...

Conspiracy and Corruption

Lord Monckton and Senator Fielding have written an open letter dated the sixteenth of December to Dr Rajendra Pachauri, accusing him of fraud, conspiracy and corruption. They have called on the United Nations to strip him of office immediately,...

Using logic and evidence

The use of logic and evidence lies at the heart of all scientific endeavour. We should therefore be able to find it clearly demonstrated whenever we consider any scientific knowledge. The identification of causal relationships is one of the most...