Climate Alarmism and The Prat Principle.


I’d like to introduce you to one of the great discoveries of my life, the Prat Principle. Before doing so, I’ll have to ensure we have a common understanding of what exactly a prat is, prior to sharing it with you, together with some related tricks and tips. Prat is one of the great words in the … Continue reading

Some thoughts and some questions about the Climategate 2.0 release.


Two years ago, I did what can only be described as a highly speculative profile of the climategate leaker. You can find it here. I strongly suggest you read it now or you’ll have some difficulty following the rest of this piece. Reading it again in the light of what more can be deduced about … Continue reading

On murderous madmen.


The tragic events of last week in Norway do give you pause for thought. How could anyone do that and especially to defenseless young people? Does it say something about us all? Are we all capable of doing something like that? The answer is no and that’s not just my subjective opinion, it’s a fact. … Continue reading

Some thoughts on fanatics and how to fight them.


I’ve always liked Churchill’s definition of a fanatic. “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.” Once you get past the witty aspect of the definition, there’s a deep truth in it too. They simply can’t change their mind. I’ve seen a lot of debates in the blogosphere, where … Continue reading

Moderating, trolls, soup ladles and Ethics.


If you’re running a blog, one of the chores that has to be done on an ongoing basis is moderating comments. I operate the common system where a contributor’s first comment is held for moderation. If I approve it, then they can comment freely thereafter. If I don’t, then they’re effectively shut out. I may … Continue reading

Profile of the Climategate Whistleblower


Seeing as we’ve just passed the first anniversary of the Climategate leak, it might be of topical interest to repost a piece I did shortly after the emails became a blogosphere bombshell. In the time since then, the ‘hunt’ for the whistleblower has not met with any success that I’m aware of. I would be … Continue reading