Monthly Archives: November 2011

No Ball Games Permitted

There’s a little patch of grass up the road from where I live, maybe about 20 yards square, and in the middle of it there’s a sign that says, “No Ball Games Permitted”. Which is a shame, because it’s an … Continue reading

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Cause and Effect

Chris Snowdon reports on the inexplicable failure of Maltese heart attack rates to fall after their smoking ban was introduced: Malta smoking ban fails to stub out heart disease We are shocked over smoking ban results The smoking ban may … Continue reading

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Quick New Stability Pact?

“Experience has shown that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.” – Thomas Jefferson I guess that I don’t have much interest in the survival … Continue reading

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Obese Leaves and Phantom Bones

Veteran readers of mine will know that I’ve been spending a while this summer growing theoretical plant cells in a theoretical pond. It’s quite a lot easier than growing real ones, and getting covered in mud, or stung by nettles, … Continue reading

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Death Of A Currency

The EU crisis continues to roll on, now with even German bonds coming under pressure. And there seem to be mounting calls for a fiscal union. Here’s ECB executive board member José Manuel González-Páramo: …we cannot completely delegate governance to financial … Continue reading

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Turtles All The Way Down

I’ve been watching Climategate 2 slowly beginning to unfold.  On day 3, the sceptics have gone big on it, while the alarmists are playing it all down. University of East Anglia’s vice-chancellor Edward Acton, who flanked Jones as he addressed … Continue reading

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Only Themselves To Blame

Simon Clark has the following response by a retired doctor to Brian Monteith’s assertion that, in the light of the BMA’s retraction of the claim that secondhand smoke in cars is 23 times more toxic than in bars, people can no … Continue reading

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