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The Joy of Moderation.


A blogger’s lot is not a happy one. You make a mistake, everybody wants to do the fully cleated Flemish clog dance on your head, and sometimes that’s even your own frigging readers, should you be so fortunate to pick up a few of them. That’s the territory, get used to it and don’t whinge … Continue reading

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A wedding.


It’s an Irish wedding in the far end of nowhere. Nowhere is on the rugged west coast of Ireland and is so heartbreakingly beautiful, it twists a bone inside of you which you never knew you had. It almost hurts. You take a breath every time you pause to look around, because you know you’re … Continue reading

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Dances with Unicorns.


This is another guest article by one of our regular commenters, Graeme No3. We homo sapiens are a tropical species but for the majority of our estimated 200,000 year existence, we’ve lived on an Earth locked in ice ages, which have always had devastating effects on us. Geologically speaking, we’re still in one but fortunately as … Continue reading

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Is science a bloodsport?


When I was a kid, I played chess competitively and decently well, though I say it myself. At the time there was a slick saying once again doing the rounds – chess is not a game, it’s war. Playing against anyone one-on-one has a large psychological component, and despite what you might think, chess is … Continue reading

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Why the developing world hates environmentalists.


I’m a blogger of the climate skeptic persuasion and therefore regularly visit a few similar blogs to keep in touch with what’s going on. There’s not much choice really, since I know the MSM are highly selective about what climate news items can be mentioned or not. If you want all the news, that’s where … Continue reading

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Well, whoopidy bloody doop.


Yet another one of those obscure demi-gods of moral superiority has fallen off Mount Olympus and after tumbling down the five thousand or so feet of it, and discovering some basic humanity at the bottom, inadvisedly opened their mouth because of it, got canned out of some think-alike-or-else think tank he’d been in for over twenty … Continue reading

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American traitors.


Blogging is easy. You just sit there and type. Where it gets complicated is those occasions where those treacherous little fingers of yours take you into areas that are well off your original intentions. I started writing this article a week ago when it was more topical and as a matter of contrast wanted to … Continue reading

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Heroes for a day.


Memorial Day has just gone by in America and we’re on the seventieth anniversary of the D-day landings in Normandy which happened on the 6th of June 1944. Nearly a hundred and fifty thousand frightened young men, mostly in their early twenties, came ashore as part of an ambitious endeavour the success of which was … Continue reading

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The scorning of William Connolley.


I think we’ve all had that pleasant surprise when something totally unexpected just drops out of the sky and into your lap. That happened to me last weekend when a creature called William Connolley attempted to comment on a piece I’d written about the Bengtsson scandal. If you’re unfamiliar with him, he’s infamous for editing thousands of … Continue reading

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The Age of Unenlightenment.


That slick expression you’re entitled to your own opinions but not your own facts, now has a deeper meaning in this latest stage of the post-enlightenment. If your facts plainly contradict someone else’s orthodox beliefs, then you are simply being “unhelpful” or even “harmful” and should therefore be suppressed. That’s to be done not by … Continue reading

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About Henry.


“So, wotcha think about this King Edward the Confessor geezer?” he asked. It was Henry blagging his way through some history homework for the only teacher he ever made any effort to please. The teacher used to let him hide in the book cupboard at the head of the history classroom when the Deputy Head … Continue reading

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An island adrift in a sea of good intentions.


This is a guest article by one of our regular commenters, Blackswan. It’s a short history of their homeland, Tasmania, and a longer history of the damaging impact of environmentalism upon it. As usual, it was all done with the best of intentions. —-<0>— In the 12th century Saint Bernard of Clairvaux is credited with the … Continue reading

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Conflation, confusion and conditioning.


Much time is spent on the web categorising the fallacious arguments alarmist use into classical debating errors with impressive Latin names. That’s all good stuff as far as it goes, but the propagandists use a number of shady techniques which because they rely more on group psychology rather than a structured argument, don’t quite fall neatly … Continue reading

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All we’ve got is each other.


This is a follow on article to last week’s discussion of whether there should be some sort of umbrella organisation to represent skeptics of catastrophic global warming. I’m in favour of it and outlined my reasons in the piece. Anthony Watts referenced it when announcing the result of the poll, I think to kick off some more … Continue reading

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Get real, get organised and finish it.


You may get offended or not by some of the things I’m going to say in this piece but they’ll get said nevertheless, so damn the torpedoes and full blog ahead. It’s the acid test of a real friendship to at times tell them they’re acting like a prat, and by the way, your bum … Continue reading

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A journey up the river and into the Heart of Darkness.


A few blogs back, a commenter asked me about the image I used as a graphic in comments and as a thematic livery for this blog. I told them it was Mr Kurtz from Joseph Conrad’s short novel, the Heart of Darkness, which was faithfully and incisively transposed from colonial Africa in the nineteenth century, … Continue reading

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Sometimes, you don’t have to do anything but wait.


I’m one of life’s simpler creatures; a minimalist lean-burn type of person. My pleasures are inexpensive and simple; a bit of free kick-ass rock and roll courtesy of YouTube, an afterburner chilli once in a while, the eternal hope my team of hapless buggers will finally win something of note, some friends coming around on … Continue reading

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You’re just tourists in our jungle.


The leading skeptic blogs have once again done very well in this year’s Bloggies, so my heartfelt congratulations to the winning sites and all you pointers and setters out there for giving them your vote. If you don’t happen to know what the Bloggies are, they’re kinda the internet equivalent of the Oscars, but awarded to … Continue reading

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Not all lives are measured in years.


This is a guest article by one of our regular commenters, Blackswan. It grew out of a conversation we had about the relatively unknown people we admired and when Swannie mentioned him, I admitted I’d never heard of him and being intrigued by the snippets I’d been told, asked if a thumbnail sketch to share … Continue reading

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Say hello, wave goodbye.


One of the intriguing aspects of the climate wars is that you very frequently see people dropping comments on blogs that they started off as unthinking believers in catastrophic global warming but when they actually stopped and looked into it for themselves, became skeptics. I’ve yet to see a comment from someone who’s moved from … Continue reading