Category Archives: Nullius in verba

‘Wonderlands of inanity’

A good article by Kevin MacDonald on why academics fear alternative viewpoints. Advertisements

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‘Gertrude, do not drink’: First step

September last year: What Congress’ actions do is place pressure on the Saudis to ‘fess up. The Saudis are weak, and completely reliant on the US for their existence. If the US turns on them – as Congress is doing, … Continue reading

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‘Gertrude, do not drink’: White House overrides Congress re. Saudi involvement in September 11

More high-relevance news from the magnificent insurgent finance blog Zerohedge: It has been a day of Friday afternoon surprises: just one hour after Ted Cruz pretended to endorse Donald Trump when he really meant don’t vote for Hillary, president Obama … Continue reading

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Mossack Fonseca: who and why?

No doubt there’s going to be a lot of press coverage of the disclosures arising from the Mossack Fonseca document leak. However, there are two important questions that I don’t think will ever be answered – mostly because I suspect … Continue reading

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Mind-sets, memeplexes and islamic terrorism

Long-time and/or regular readers of this notebook (should there be any) will know that one of my preoccupations has been the slothful induction of system decision-makers and thought-shapers – politicians, intelligence officers, senior police and the loudest, most prominent voices in the … Continue reading

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Quality, not quantity

It can be lonely, being a climate change sceptic. Firstly, you find yourself surrounded on all sides by people in government and the media telling you that anthropogenic climate change is a problem, that the country must ‘do sumfink’ about … Continue reading

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The Totalitarian-Fascist Mindset

Following on from last week’s post about the enemies of freedom of speech, we’ve recently seen more news about people who want to go further, and actually gaol those who disagree with them. For example: Climate change deniers should be in prison … Continue reading

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Bob Woodward on the Invasion of Iraq – didactic passages

I have recently worked my way through US journalist Bob Woodward’s 2006 book State of Denial: Bush at War, Part III. Not having read parts I and II, I wasn’t sure at first what to expect. However, it is a great read, composed … Continue reading

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Anthropogenic Global Warming: sense on science

The Weekend Oz for May 23-24 contained three short letters, written in response to a letter by someone called John O’Hagan about climate change. Here is O’Hagan’s letter:

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Closed-mindedness, ‘groupthink’ and ‘out group’ stereotyping

Nick Cater, writing in today’s The Australian, discusses possible problems in the prevailing recommendations for nutrition. Being an economist, I don’t have a view on the merits or otherwise of his argument, however some of the paragraphs towards the end of his article are … Continue reading

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