Archive for July, 2014

This brilliant essay appeared recently on American Thinker.

While its topic is politics in America, and the continual demise of that democracy, it is equally appropriate in an Australian context.

Material like this deserves to be read not once but several times. Each time, a character or an event in Aussie politics becomes lucid.

Discover why the names “Plibersek”, “Gillard”, “Bandt”, “Milne”, “Shorten” and especially “Rhiannon”  flash across the mind when you read this magnificent dissertation.


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Can you trust “peer reviewed” as a stamp of quality?

Watts Up With That?

Opinion by Dr. Tim Ball

Everything you read in newspapers is absolutely true, except for the rare story of which you happen to have first-hand knowledge. – Erwin Knoll

The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers. – Thomas Jefferson

CRU and Academic Publishing

Recent revelation of extensive corruption of the peer review process, by a group of academics, is another blow to academic credibility. Commendable in the tawdry story was the reaction of the publisher of the Journal of Vibration and Control (JVC); they immediately withdrew 60 articles. But what happens when the publisher is part of the schemes to pervert the proper scientific checks and balances? How many other corrupted publishing stories are there? How many with or without knowledge of the publisher? Probably many, as the iceberg analogy almost always applies.

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A realistic glance into the future, one might say “The Revelation of Graeme number three”.


This is another guest article by one of our regular commenters, Graeme No3. We homo sapiens are a tropical species but for the majority of our estimated 200,000 year existence, we’ve lived on an Earth locked in ice ages, which have always had devastating effects on us. Geologically speaking, we’re still in one but fortunately as of about 10.000 years ago we’re currently enjoying what’s called an interglacial, which in technical terms means a brief interlude when there’s an uptick in global temperatures during an ice age.

Believe it or not, but there have been millions and millions of years in the geological history of the Earth when there was little or no ice around. Life thrived in those intervals. It’s only in ice ages that life around the globe contracts and shrivels.

There is a growing body of opinion that we might be moving out of our interglacial and back…

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