Monthly Archives: October 2016

The Sandcastle

In a comment a couple of days back in response to Petesquiz, I wrote: If science were compared to a beautiful sandcastle, with towers and spires and turrets, statistics is the wave that sweeps over it and reduces it back to … Continue reading

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Stinking Cess Pit

I’ve been trying to ignore the US presidential election, get above it all, and write high-minded stuff about the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, or the Plague, or Economic Growth. But the news about it … Continue reading

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After The Fall

After writing yesterday of the “bliss to sit in a smoky pub with a beer and a cigarette and a few friends”, today I saw the expulsion of smokers from pubs and cafes as the expulsion of Adam and Eve … Continue reading

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Cures For The Plague

H/T Roobeedoo for a link that led to Cures for the Plague: Those who stayed in London did all they could to protect themselves from the plague. As no one knew what caused the plague, most of these were based around … Continue reading

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Scare Stories

I used to worry about Peak Oil. I bought a copy of The Limits To Growth back in 1972 or so, and it had all these computer-generated graphs showing peak oil production being achieved in 1990 or maybe 1995. I … Continue reading

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The End Of Economic Growth

Via ZeroHedge: I argue periodically that the current global slump/recession/depression is one consequence of the tidal wave of smoking bans that swept around the world over the past decade or two. The effect of these bans is to evict smokers … Continue reading

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Full Circle

I suppose that, very roughly, the world in which I grew up was divided in two. On the one hand there was the democratic Free West, with the USA as primus inter pares. And on the other hand there were … Continue reading

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