Monthly Archives: February 2017

After Brexit

Yesterday’s big news was the ratification of Scott Pruitt as head of the EPA: “Trump is the only Republican who repeatedly promised to rein in EPA,” said Steve Milloy, an attorney with the Energy and Environmental Legal Institute, who served … Continue reading

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Welcome To The Deep State

Just when I thought everything would calm down… The Deep State. I’ve been hearing rumours about it on and off for the past year or more. But now it seems it’s become official. Bill Kristol, the prominent Republican analyst who … Continue reading

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What’s So Progressive About Progressivism?

All ‘progress’, I was thinking this morning, seems to involve diminution. It’s something that’s perhaps seen clearest in modern architecture, where all – or almost all – ornamentation has been stripped away, and buildings are minimal boxes with windows in … Continue reading

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Trump’s First Three Weeks

After Donald Trump’s inauguration, I rather lost interest in US politics. Which was a bit of a relief, actually. After all, I don’t want to live on the edge of my seat the whole time. My view was: Let the … Continue reading

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Terrible Science Was Used To Justify Smoking Bans

H/T Harley for this Slate article: We Used Terrible Science to Justify Smoking Bans Will we look at the new evidence for long enough to at least consider whether we’ve gone too far? By Jacob Grier The gist of this … Continue reading

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Excerpts from Officious

Excerpts from Officious: the rise of the busybody state by Josie Appleton. The Ban: The red sign with a slash-through line has come to define the character of public spaces. The entrance of every public space is announced with large … Continue reading

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Bandeirantes Beach

I’m a model builder. I build models of all sorts of things. And over the last 20 or so years I’ve slowly built a model – a computer simulation model – of the solar system, with all the planets going … Continue reading

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Where Does The Rage Go?

…was the question Nick Clegg asked. “The long-term worry about populism is where does the rage go when people see the populist they invested so much hope in, is not delivering?” he said. “Better jobs, income, security – The worry … Continue reading

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The Other Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming

A month or so back I showed a video of my bubble model of the atmosphere, which had bubbles of air rolling over the surface of the earth, and bouncing off each other. I was particularly pleased that the air bubbles … Continue reading

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The Power of Suggestion

I noticed this yesterday: Tara Palmer-Tomkinson found dead in her flat  Comes as a friend appeared on This Morning to claim she had relapsed ‘back into a dark place’ Socialite and model told last year that she had been battling … Continue reading

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