Achtung, spitfeuer.


A long long time ago in a universe far far away, academia served as a lifeboat for certain individuals who though they were seriously creative thinkers, wouldn’t survive for more than five minutes in the real world. Academia itself was a niche and they were an endangered species safely barnacled within it, protected by their own colleagues, … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

Sleeping with the enemy.


Carbon is the Great Satan of the environmental movement. They all worry about their carbon footprint, want to impose carbon taxes on it and even have schemes to capture the poor thing and imprison it down holes in the ground. Oh the humanity. For such a supposedly caring bunch, they can be so cruel at times. … Continue reading

Why hasn’t there been a real debate on climate science?


Given that the alarming scenarios predicted by climate science are being used as the reason for advocating massive changes in society, prosperity, industrial infrastructure, lifestyles and even democracy, there’s never been a real debate over its veracity. You have alarmists on one side, who have near total control of most mediums of communication and who refuse … Continue reading

The Nigger Word.


There’s been a bit of a furore recently about a supposedly prestigious science journal running a paper that was peppered with the word nigger. The editor, of what can only be referred to as a rag now, even came up with a fatuous reply to the resultant criticism, which when stripped of the oily sophistry, was … Continue reading

Happy birthday Pointman’s.


It doesn’t seem like it, but it’s been a year since I started this blog. I started it for a number of reasons and with more than a few reservations but with some modest hopes in sight, so now seems to be an appropriate time to think about how it’s doing and the experience of being a … Continue reading

Teachers


I was very lucky really; I went to a crap school. There was no money and therefore no resources and therefore nothing much of anything. We, the kids, knew this and the teachers did too. That being the case, the school could only attract teachers who couldn’t get a job anywhere else, or had already … Continue reading

Green Myths : Polar bears going extinct, yawn …


Ask any young person about Polar bears and you’ll find out they know all about them. Polar bears are cuddly and harmless but they’re an endangered species. Why are they endangered then? It’s because of global warming, which is melting all the ice at the North pole and the poor Polar bears are drowning. Year … Continue reading