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Lone Gunmen

There seem to be, very broadly, three accounts of the Las Vegas shooting emerging. In the first one, favoured by the mainstream media, it was all the work of a lone gunman, Stephen Paddock. In the second one, favoured by … Continue reading

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One Way To Count Las Vegas Gunmen

Continuing with Las Vegas, there is – in principle at least – one way to determine whether there were multiple gunmen involved. It is that much of the shooting consists of prolonged bursts of gunfire. And each of these bursts … Continue reading

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Redefining the meaning of “Epidemic”

One of the odd characteristics of our times seems to be that, rather like in Alice In Wonderland, words increasingly mean whatever people want them to mean. So now “gay” means “homosexual”, and “liberal” means more or less the opposite … Continue reading

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Celebrity Smokers Will Be Targeted

Hat tip to Vlad for this Daily Mail article: Picking up another habit, Jeremy? Clarkson, 57, is demolishing ten packets of nicotine chewing gum per DAY as he battles to quit his 43-year smoking addiction. The TV presenter announced he … Continue reading

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Close Approach of Asteroid 2012 TC4

There’s an interesting astronomical event coming up on 12 October 2017: the close approach of asteroid 2012 TC4. What’s interesting about it is that astronomers don’t really know how close it’s going to come to the Earth. And this is … Continue reading

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The Plucked String Theory of Gravitation

In a Skype conversation with GaryK yesterday (one of the first in my planned series of conversations with smokers), I was trying to explain to him my new theory of gravitation. I’m not sure I succeeded. Over the past 20 … Continue reading

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Pure Geometry

Isn’t it a strange world that we live in? It’s one in which everybody knows that smoking causes lung cancer, but nobody seems to know who shot JFK. Hardened veteran readers will know that the assassination of JFK is one of my … Continue reading

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