AGW and helicopters

Quick lunchtime update: a new piece I wrote last night has just gone up on LC (it's taken the editors the morning to remove my sarcastic footnotes, apparently...). It's on an obvious point that tends to be missed from the debate on anthropogenic global warming: the people who'd benefit from the enormous, co-ordinated scam required … Continue reading AGW and helicopters

Mmm, tempura morays

From Ars Technica, enlightening the 'net neutrality' debate, a piece on the corrupt institutions and robber barons who hijacked the Victorian equivalent of the Internet. This digression was interesting: The result was the infamous Credit Mobilier scandal of the 1870s... Rather than license the construction of the Union Pacific railroad to an independent contractor, its … Continue reading Mmm, tempura morays

Visa card [*]

I've long approved of a semi-referendum for the reintroduction of the death penalty, under which only people who vote in favour actually face it as a punishment option (this would work well, as "being a crazy violent idiot" is correlated both with "supporting the death penalty" and "committing murder"). On the basis of this, do-as-you-would-be-done-by, … Continue reading Visa card [*]

The wrong 1980s Liverpool injustice

Scepticisle disagrees with my comments on the case of the (appallingly tasteless, Hitler-trivialising) Sun anti-Scargill front page from the miners' strike which was blocked by the print unions. My take was that either content should be illegal to publish, or people who want to publish (and are willing to set up presses to publish on … Continue reading The wrong 1980s Liverpool injustice

What I’ve been up to, week ending 2009-11-29

Hate to say it but I'm with Murdoch on this - http://bit.ly/83dEuz - printworkers shouldn't have a veto over editorial content, however vile # ULTIMATE EVIL FTW -> RT @krishgm we report Microsoft is talking to Murdoch about paying for exclusive content access to take on Google # Very much enjoying the Jordan Wimmer / … Continue reading What I’ve been up to, week ending 2009-11-29

Airline security is the last refuge of the scoundrel

I love aviation. Genuinely, I really enjoy flying in a plane... well, the first eight hours, after that I get a bit bored. If Boeing and Rolls-Royce hadn't made the 747-400, then I'd be happier (BA's flagship flight in 1984 was London-Bombay-Madras-Singapore-Perth-Sydney. That strikes me as far more fun than London-Singapore-Sydney, especially if you stop … Continue reading Airline security is the last refuge of the scoundrel

Collation of thoughts

I've got a new post up on LC. I don't post enough on LC; I should post more on LC. See also: posts here. I've had some positive comments on the LC post from people I respect, both over there and on Twitter. Given that unlike my usual LC work, this wasn't a 'using hard … Continue reading Collation of thoughts