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Is it now considered okay for science to be corrupt?


Read that question again, but carefully. It’s not about whether it’s corrupt, we always knew an element of that was forever there, but whether that’s now considered to be acceptable, and I suppose as a corollary, acceptable to scientists themselves. Know wot I mean Guv? Wink, wink, nod, nod, say no more. Par for the … Continue reading

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The scrotum of the legacy media shrivels even further.


It was with a certain amount of sadness that I noted this week the announcement by the Daily Telegraph of the closure of their blogs. Four or five years back, it was, mainly in the shape of the redoubtable James Delingpole, the only alternative conversation one could have in the mainstream media about the oh … Continue reading

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There can only be one.


This is the bit I like. They’re all hopping up and down. Pick me, pick me! I cast a sneering, masterful look of complete and utter contempt over the whole fricking bunch of prats and pick out, agonisingly, one by one, the finalists. They all wave their little arms at me frantically to catch my … Continue reading

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The 100,000 500,000 pages landmark.


Well, there you go. WordPress informs me that 100,000 500,000 pages of this blog have been read, or at least clicked on, by people around the world. How so many people googling “meerkat” or “MaxGentleman” could end up here, I’ll never understand. It is of course, a feel good thing for a variety of reasons. At … Continue reading

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The Pratties 2014 – The race is on!


Christmas is bearing down on us like a massive chocolate fudge meteorite with a sprig of mistletoe on top and furry dice dangling underneath it. Before we all mellow into the season to break our dieting plans as well as our bank accounts, let’s get the Climate Prat of the Year Award underway, and out of the … Continue reading

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Mid-term blues.


The mid-term elections in America are over and the big winner is the Republican party who’ve taken control of both houses of congress. There are a number of conclusions to be drawn from the results. The big one is that once you get past the media’s continuing love affair with the concept of a Barack Obama, … Continue reading

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Of Squirrels and Men.


I’m often accused of being a denier, though exactly what it is I’m denying does seem to subtly mutate depending on whatever straw man stereotype the accuser du jour is trying to shoehorn me into. A denier of science? It would have been tough to make a living if that were true. A denier of … Continue reading

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Live and let live, but in fear.


This article is about terrorism, more specifically terrorism and its impact on the people and democracies of the developed world. It’s time for some direct talking, not to the terrorists because they’re beyond reason, but to the ordinary person who is their target. I’ve heard on more than one occasion that the reason a few … Continue reading

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Pick your targets carefully.


The people most demoralised by the skeptic blogosphere’s destruction of many assertions of climate science are actually the climate scientists themselves. Apart from the skeptics, they’re the only other substantial demographic which actually reads the critiques anyway. The ordinary person, not particularly engaged in the controversy, never reads anything vaguely scientific on it or even … Continue reading

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All wars come to an end.


He sat outside on the front porch of the shack and listened to the hum of the summer evening as he rocked gently back and forth in the chair and smoked his pipe. The evening warmth felt good on his stiff ligaments and fragile bones. He’d occasionally pause to take a sip of grain alcohol from a … Continue reading

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Kobayashi Maru.


A friend once told me about an experience he’d had in the army. During basic, he was getting a real hard time from a trio of a big alpha male and a couple of cronies. They were going to be the bosses of the barracks even if it meant the three of them beating the crap out … Continue reading

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Tell me why.


I posed some simple questions a number of articles back and I’d like to begin this piece by asking them again, because they’re fundamental. Don’t they know how many of our own poor can no longer afford to heat their homes? Don’t they know how many millions die in the developing world from malaria because we … Continue reading

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What was actually agreed at the NY Climate Conference of 2014.


                            ©Pointman Related articles by Pointman: 2013 – COP19 the grubby truth behind it all 2012 – The real doh! about Doha. 2011 – The Durban debacle awaits … 2010 – Cancun and the Chinese perspective on it. Click for a list of other articles.  

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Like speaks unto Like, but says nothing new, as it never hears it


This is another guest article by Graeme No3, one of our regular contributing writers. In it, he draws some political and cultural parallels between ancient China and the situation prevailing today in the democratic parts of the world. The similarities identified are worryingly familiar and one can only hope the results might not be as severe. … Continue reading

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The Twitter Chainsaw Massacre.


I think Da Mann is having a bad week. First off, all those greenies who were pushing him to the front and encouraging him to sue the ass off Mark Steyn and others for millions appear reluctant to support him the closer the hearing date gets. Not one amicus brief has been filed to help … Continue reading

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How to hunt somebody down on the internet – Part 2.


In a previous article, I covered the two other methods of attempting to determine the identity of an anonymous individual on the internet; namely using their IP address or applying an appropriate technique of social engineering. Here, I’ll be covering the third; what I call the fist analysis approach. The first part of it will be giving … Continue reading

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About a girl.


You married one of my older brothers – the one Lady Luck always had her eye on – and fitted right in. A lot of people might have problems joining such a large family but like any accomplished individual, you’d enough class to muck in while remaining your own person. My parents, especially my father, established one … Continue reading

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WordPress is broke.


People might have noticed the site is looking a bit weird, what with the picture on the current article now being repeated. Well, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. It’s Sunday, my writing day, and WordPress is broke. The wonderful editor that was hoisted upon us with no warning a few weeks ago is … Continue reading

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The Sultan of Washington.


There’s a view in certain political circles that the common people are just cattle – as long as they’ve the illusion of having some say in whatever direction you wish to herd them, they’ll be docile and pliable. To some extent, that’s true. Problems arise when whoever is doing the herding starts taking their obedience … Continue reading

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28 Predictions Later or the Invasion of the Living Dead.


The plague started so quietly that nobody took any notice of the first isolated outbreak. To be truthful, we can’t actually pinpoint a single incident or even an inception date – there is no patient zero. Through sheer weight of numbers, they easily overwhelmed a few of the smaller skeptic blogs. The initial outbreaks were contained, the thermobaric … Continue reading