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And after the dishonesty, the apoplexy …


 Naming a date as Earth Day really does give the game away that environmentalism is taking on the role of a new religion. Perhaps we can have a Saturn Day, a Sun Day, a Moon Day, and … oh, what a pity, we’ve got them already, well then, a Refuse Day sounds like a good idea, but we have one of those every week (Wodensday, where I live.) How about a Universe Day, to celebrate the climate scientists’ total knowledge of ‘life, the universe and everything’? Black Hole Day might be a bit alarming.

When even their own side goes in for this:

As the Global Warming Policy Foundation’s Benny Peiser notes, this “temperature pause” will lead inevitably to a “policy pause.”

“I think the pause will allow the governments around the world to come to a very toothless agreement that essentially kicks the hard decisions into the long grass.”

… then we’re talking major delusion.…


Not going to mention the Airbus crash, for fear of upsetting Ivan. Speaking of flying craft which strain to stay aloft – uh huh:


NASA has successfully tested a new space drive that doesn’t use a propellant and shouldn’t work, at least according to the laws of physics, according to a story that broke in Wired.UK. The drive, called the Cannae Drive, worked in the NASA directed test, defying physics.

Gothic castle in America


There was that picture of American roads and how run down they are.  Now an American obsession – taking a bit of ye olde and reproducing it in a peculiarly American way.

This gothic castle is a case in point. It was the dream home of Christopher Mark, the man who had it built in Connecticut, but a tricky divorce and some failed business attempts meant that it had to go on the market.…


Let’s imagine a new demographic arises in society – Youngmanism.

Why Youngmanism?  Just an innocuous, non-polarizing demographic ordinarily. Wodehouse chose Aunts as his betes noires, I choose Youngmen. This is not just any young man growing up – it’s a particularly virulent strain, a mutation called Youngman. Entirely fictional of course.

1.  Chip on the shoulder.  First and foremost, he’s halfway between a child and adult and usually thinks halfway as well.  Therefore, he appears mature and all his rhetoric towards others is designed to put them down so he appears mature, the font of all wisdom, honeyed voice married to articulation, whereas he is actually wilful, petulant and hormonal,not unlike a teenage girl.

2.  Into himself.  Every time he walks into a room or enters a chatroom, he brings the discussion back to either himself or his demographic and personalizes it – he has a thousand tricks to get this back to him, him, him and he brooks no rivals from within his demographic.…