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Well, if nobody’s going to ask the question, I will.


By any stretch of the imagination, the climate skeptic community and the people inside it willing to express that supposedly unfashionable viewpoint in public are in terms of representation a small one. It’s invariably portrayed by an overwhelmingly hostile mass media as diminishingly small, marginalised, insane, revanchist, bigoted, reactionary, scientifically ignorant, misogynist, racist, petroleum corrupted and … Continue reading

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What I truly despise about the green mentality.


It’s about fear, paralysing self-doubt and above all, inward-looking. It has a veneer of caring but it is chronically selfish and insulated from ordinary people. Consequently, it can’t really relate to sweaty complicated variables like human beings. It simplifies them, abstracts them as objects, little unreal figures, digitised peasants populating the unspoilt pastoral landscape of their … Continue reading

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The Weaponisation of pure Research.


In the beginning was the idea, because nothing moves across the face of the waters until the idea comes into existence, and it comes in two varieties. The first one is an idea you’re pretty sure is viable but what remains to be done is working out the exact mechanism to make it become a reality. It’s … Continue reading

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I may have signed my actual death warrant.


Those words were spoken by a man called Michael Collins when he signed what was in effect a peace agreement between Ireland and Britain to end the bloodletting of the War of Independence, knowing his country would be deeply divided on the question of the amount of independence the treaty would grant. He signed anyway because he … Continue reading

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For a friend.


Any real paradigm change in our understanding of how the universe actually tickety tocks along always starts with one person having an interesting and unusually controversial idea, which is always fought against tooth and nail by reactionaries who are heavily invested in whatever worldview is the currently accepted orthodoxy. There’s nothing wrong with that and … Continue reading

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The ultimate hack.


An article this week in India’s Economic Times newspaper reported on a formal complaint lodged with the Delhi police of sexual harassment from an employee of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) against one of its directors, a certain RK Pachauri, who also happens to be the chairman of the IPCC. Obviously there’s no conflict of … Continue reading

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Bad times are just around the corner.


This is another guest article by Graeme No3, one of our regular contributing writers. Brave man that he is, he’s straying into a discussion of economics which if you’re anyway familiar with the field, is more a matter of luck and judgement rather than the exact science so many of its supposed experts like to represent … Continue reading

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A Heart Never Forgets


“We’re off to Europe next month. Would you two like to Nanna-sit for a few weeks?” Our friends took weekend care of a frail aged widowed friend of theirs, a one-time mother-in-law for whom a divorce didn’t impair the fond relationship with her son-in-law. They were good people. In due course Nanna came to stay … Continue reading

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A climate of hate and a license to kill.


Of late we’ve seen a rash of examples showing just how ugly the face of the cult of environmentalism can be. There’ve been calls for the beheading of skeptics and even a wish that their children should kill them. If you’re fresh to what’s laughably called the climate debate, you’ll probably be appalled by such extremist … Continue reading

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Pop, pop, and poppety pop.


A friend once turned to me on a day that had no mercy in it and said, “you’re right, there is no God.” We were both watching something slowly unfolding, something cold and just petrifying cruel which couldn’t be stopped by either of us. We couldn’t exert any control over it, we could only watch; emasculated … Continue reading

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A Christmas Carol or What the Dickens?


This is another guest article by Graeme No3, one of our regular contributing writers. It’s a new take on an old story and just what’s needed to blow away those post-Christmas blues. Enjoy! Pointman —-<0>— First Stave: In the first place Marley was dead. There was no doubt about it. His partner Scrooge kept the old … Continue reading

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You can’t have it both ways.


We honeymooned in Paris. It was winter time and very cold, but it was still beautiful. When I say cold, I mean it was extremely cold, brutal, so much so that if you couldn’t see the frost glinting on something like the inside of a mine that’s been “salted” with gold dust by a conman, it … Continue reading

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Am I still on that feckin’ planet?


I went to the movies before Christmas with my youngest son. The film was Interstellar, a science fiction thing with some interesting ideas and themes running through it, but all stitched together by an enduring father and daughter relationship. My wife told me the next day that he’d said I was very quiet at the end of … Continue reading

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Act G


The last century was essentially the century of physics. We went from thinking the sun shone because it was burning, to a deeper understanding of things nuclear like atoms, electrons, neutrons, mysterons and how to make our very own big bangs with a bit of fission or fusion by smashing or mashing them together. We’ve pretty much … Continue reading

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Climate Prat of 2014 – We have a winnah!


Another year, an udder climate prat has to be crowned, if you’ll forgive the bovine reference because quite frankly, there’s been so many to choose from out of the herd this time around, but very few standout climaticus maximus candidati. In the whole history of the Pratties, we’ve never had so many people nominated and … Continue reading

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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