Big Picture News, Informed Analysis

This blog is written by Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise. Posts appear Monday & Wednesday.

Journalist George Russell, Haiti & the UN

Journalists who specialize in the UN are rare; George Russell’s retirement is unhappy news.

February 20, 2019

Zombie UN Body Now Regulates Your Car

An obscure UN body established to rebuild WW2 Europe, is now determining international automobile brake standards.

February 18, 2019

UN Thwarts Slum Schools – Part 2

UN committee rejects educational progress, refuses to respect the choices of the poor.

February 13, 2019

UN Thwarts Slum Schools – Part 1

Instructs UK to stop assisting parent-financed schools – under the guise of enforcing the International Convention on the Rights of the Child.

February 11, 2019

What Happens When We Sign a UN Treaty?

If I were trying to parody intrusive UN behaviour could I have invented a more absurd document?

February 6, 2019

UN Has No Authority Over Me – But Is Working Hard to Change That

Nations have been demoted; on the top level of the org chart we now find the Borg.

February 4, 2019

UN Interferes in Canada & Australia

Lecturing democratic nations. How dare they.

January 30, 2019

International Law: Stealing Our Freedom

Goodbye self-determination. Hello authoritarian conformity.

January 28, 2019

Ramming the ‘Great Food Transformation’ Down Our Throats

You’ll eat those vegetables – or else.

January 23, 2019

Lancet EAT Report Promotes Activism Over Science

Medical journals are supposed to be the opposite of fake news.

January 21, 2019

What Would a No-Borders World Look Like?

Good intentions aren’t enough. Once broken, some things cannot be mended.

January 16, 2019

Democracy Dies Without National Borders

A nation’s voters decide their own fate, but only their own.

January 14, 2019

The EU’s Immigration-Fueled Nightmare

A report outlines a dystopian future in which EU citizens find themselves outnumbered 7 to 1 by recent arrivals. This is cultural genocide.

January 9, 2019

Global Poverty Can’t Be Solved With Immigration

Economic migrants are distinct from refugees running for their lives. But the two are increasingly blurred.

January 7, 2019

Climate Skeptics: The Despised Minority

Vilifying climate heretics remains socially acceptable. 

January 2, 2019

Thanks for a Great Year!

Your moral & financial support has been a blessing. 

December 31, 2018

Whistler Ski Resort Plays Climate Scold, Gets Scalded

Jack Crompton, the mayor of Whistler, has damaged his community but gained nothing.

December 26, 2018

Merry Christmas!

Let us rejoice. Let us be grateful.

December 24, 2018

Dreadful Year End for the UN

If you’re a UN bureaucrat, recent weeks have been full of disappointment.

December 19, 2018

The Anti-Democratic United Nations

Presidents and Prime Ministers come and go. The smug, bloated, out-of-touch UN machine persists.

December 17, 2018

At the Morocco Meeting on Migration

Norway champions free speech, firmly rejects migration as a human right.

December 12, 2018

About Those French Protests: 5 Insights

Ordinary people loathe carbon taxes – and might bring down your government.

December 10, 2018

UN Migration Pact: Normalizing State Censorship

Which parts of this agreement do our governments intend to implement? Which parts do they repudiate?

December 5, 2018

UN Pact Doesn’t Define ‘Migrant’

A historic agreement to ‘strengthen migrant rights’ doesn’t explain who qualifies.

December 3, 2018

Academic Journals: High Stakes, Few Safeguards

If a journal’s decision can make or break your career, its employees wield extraordinary power.

November 28, 2018

French Carbon Tax Protests

Yellow vests imposed on motorists become powerful anti-government symbol.

November 26, 2018

Peer Review: Selfie-Sticks & Snobbery

The current system gives some scientific errors high prestige packaging

November 21, 2018

The Basement, the Penthouse & the 2-Stop Elevator in Between

It’s no longer accurate to talk about the developed vs the developing world.

November 19, 2018

Thank Goodness for the Industrial Revolution

Long the whipping boy of environmentalists, the Industrial Revolution lifted humanity out of misery and squalor.

November 14, 2018

Jordan Peterson: Climate Change Won’t Unite Us

Concern about global warming is dead last amongst 16 priorities.

November 12, 2018

Recycling: Wasting Your Time & Your Money

Spending scarce resources on a separate collection system for material no one wants isn’t sensible.

November 7, 2018

Competing Worldviews

Attempting to understand why people vote the way they do is more useful than sneering at half a country’s population.

November 5, 2018

Systematically Ignorant Nobel Laureates

Scientists score lower than chimpanzees when quizzed about basic, state-of-the-world facts.

October 31, 2018

UN Climate Panel: Meaningless Mental Masturbation

Scores of scientific minds. So much tomfoolery.

 

October 29, 2018

IPCC: Where Dictators Overrule Scientists

No matter how undemocratic, impoverished, sparsely-populated, or terrorism-promoting a nation might be, a sentence written by scientists will not survive if that nation objects.

October 24, 2018

IPCC: Redefining ‘Global Warming’ at the 11th Hour

On what planet is it OK for politically-determined definitions to supersede those written by actual scientists?

October 22, 2018

Mysterious IPCC Expertise

The IPCC publishes the citizenship and gender of its authors – but says nothing about their scientific expertise.

October 17, 2018

The IPCC’s Cynical Ploy

The latest IPCC report was a setup – a cynical ploy to produce alarmist media headlines that succeeded beautifully.

October 15, 2018

The Last Chance Climate Saloon

November 2000 and December 2009 were both supposed to be our last, best chance to save the planet from climate disaster. This week, the media is once again spreading this message.

October 10, 2018

IPCC Pretends the Scientific Publishing Crisis Doesn’t Exist

If climate research is like other research, half of the IPCC’s 6,000 academic citations are dubious.

October 8, 2018

Which Women Should We Believe?

Hundreds of women insist the current US Supreme Court nominee is tremendously supportive of female equality. Why doesn’t every news story offer us a chance to believe them?

October 3, 2018

Stories Versus Facts

Last week, in a sickening spectacle, grownups behaved as though a vague, wholly unproven story involving teenagers 30+ years ago is relevant to whether a candidate is fit to be a US Supreme Court judge.

October 1, 2018

Third Quarter Report

The most smug, most self-indulgent, least curious journalists in history.

September 28, 2018

BBC Ignores Widely Publicized IPCC Problems

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is essentially a law unto itself, an entrenched culture with no meaningful oversight mechanisms.

September 26, 2018

The BBC’s Naive View of the UN’s Climate Machine

The BBC is a huge bureaucracy. The geniuses running it have declared another bureaucracy – the UN’s IPCC – a font of scientific truth. How pathetic.

September 24, 2018

Harvard’s Social Justice Infection

‘Social justice’ is an extremist, left wing political analysis many consider repellent and infantile. It’s as though academics have no idea the rest of us think they’ve gone insane.

September 21, 2018

Yale: Social Justice Training Camp

Entities explicitly committed to social justice: Yale’s School of Nursing, School of Medicine, School of Public Health, School of Art, religious organizations.

September 19, 2018

The Nightmare on Campus

Reading Heather Mac Donald’s new book is like stepping into a bad dream.

September 17, 2018

School Homicides: More Unreliable Data

The average number of school-related homicides per year appears to be 33. The US Dept. of Education’s claim of ‘over 100’ in 2015-2016 should be treated with grave skepticism.

September 14, 2018

School Shootings: Why Fake Numbers Matter

Bad data fuels ill-informed decisions, wastes money, and scares kids.

September 12, 2018

Fake School Shootings

A US government report about school shootings is riddled with errors.

September 10, 2018

Sweden Democrats: That’s Enough Now

How should women dress in public given the religious views of some immigrants? Jimmie Åkesson says men ‘who feel they can’t control themselves’ are welcome to wear blindfolds.

September 7, 2018

A Few Days Away

I’m taking a few days vacation. See you next Friday, September 7th.

August 31, 2018

Fooling Canadians About Refugees

As a historic number of people were applying for asylum last year, journalists insisted nothing unusual was going on.

August 29, 2018

Evidence Free Journalism

The Swedish political party that has been shouting itself hoarse about anti-Semitism is the one journalists keep describing as neo-Nazi.

August 27, 2018

Beware Swedish Election Coverage

Every time the media mentions the Sweden Democrats, we’re reminded of sins decades in the past. But there’s no parallel, incessant reminder of the Green Party’s documented links to the Nazis.

August 24, 2018

The Earthquake About to Hit Sweden

Sweden’s population: 10 million. France and UK total population: 133 million. Sweden has accepted more asylum seekers than France and UK combined.

August 22, 2018

Trump, Censorship & Media Bias

Journalists can’t seem to help themselves. Every blessed thing gets twisted.

August 20, 2018

Swedish Car Fires: A Numerical Perspective

If 3,260 vehicles had been torched in America, how safe would ordinary people be feeling?

August 17, 2018

Public Trust & Press Freedom

There’s a world of difference between denouncing media bias and sending in the military to close television stations.

August 15, 2018

The Media’s War on the Public

When Donald Trump rails against fake news he speaks for millions of people who are tired of being silenced and smeared.

August 13, 2018

InfoWars Ban: Why Hermione Granger is Smiling

The people who removed InfoWars content from Facebook, YouTube, and iTunes this week need to re-read the fifth Harry Potter book.

August 10, 2018

Behavioural Change: The Guaranteed-to-Fail Climate Solution

Changing people’s behaviour is profoundly difficult.

August 8, 2018

Media Memes

The covers of news magazines such as Time and The Economist used to tell the truth.

August 6, 2018

Polar Bear Dies, National Geographic Lies

Iconic magazine admits it published fake news. Makes no promise not to do it again.

August 3, 2018

Plastic Straw Ban: Humorous Memes

Online jokes about plastic straws provide welcome comic relief.

August 1, 2018

Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen

Why does the city of San Francisco need a full-blown Department of the Environment?

July 30, 2018

Ocean Plastic: The 1% Solution vs the 55% Solution

If we want to protect the ocean from plastic, we need to think strategically.

July 27, 2018

Coercing Your Neighbour Over Plastic Straws

Green activists are in the business of taking away choices.

July 25, 2018

Butter, Cream & Grains of Salt

Peer-reviewed science can be found to support nearly every position.

July 23, 2018

Secretive Blacklists & The Economist Magazine

Reporting on peer review, The Economist misses the elephant in the room – and advocates unjust hiring practices.

July 20, 2018

Wholesome Family Fun

Unlike many dads cast by Hollywood, this one is competent, accomplished, and a pillar of the community.

July 18, 2018

More Oxford University Fake News

A webpage vetted by Oxford is misleading the public about a fake geological era.

July 16, 2018

Greenpeace’s Nazca Vandalism: Half-Truths & Trifling Consequences

Only one person has been held accountable. To this day, Greenpeace refuses to identify the full list of culprits.

July 13, 2018

What the Thai Cave Rescue Teaches Us About Nature

Humans make things safe, clean, and healthy.

July 11, 2018

Oxford University Spreads Fake News

The most reputable publishers imaginable are misinforming the public about basic geology.

July 9, 2018

Anthropocene: The Media’s Fake Geological Epoch

Journalists declaring something to be the case before it has actually happened is outrageous and unethical.

July 6, 2018

The ‘Balance of Nature’ Myth

The natural world is more sophisticated than we imagine.

July 4, 2018

The Recycled Plastic Scandal

Green groups fantasize about a world in which everything is virtuously recycled. They’re prepared to use other nations as refuse heaps in pursuit of that fantasy.

July 2, 2018

Second Quarter Report

Green groups are not David with a slingshot. They are Goliath. Please support the scrutiny & skepticism I bring to environmental issues.

June 29, 2018

Hallucinations in High Places (More on the 1988 Hansen Climate Hearing)

Powerful people construct amazingly inaccurate narratives about their own lives.

June 27, 2018

What Really Happened 30 Years Ago?

In the climate world, the line between real and fake is strangely murky.

June 25, 2018

Journalists Relied on James Hansen’s Say-So

The media’s climate frenzy was sparked by a scientist who’s research was still unpublished.

June 22, 2018

Laundry Blues & Greens: Part 2

Doing the math on doing the laundry.

June 20, 2018

Laundry Blues & Greens: Part 1

A friend has long complained that her energy efficient, front-load washing machine takes forever.

June 18, 2018

Extinction is Inevitable

Species come and species go. Humanity’s role is smaller than most of us imagine.
 

June 15, 2018

Banning Plastic Straws, Harming Real People

Causing real harm with no realistic chance of improving the world makes no sense.

June 13, 2018

From Carbon Footprint to Plastic Footprint

Polluted waterways are one more reason not to litter. Rather than making this point, greens are demonizing plastic.

June 11, 2018

Greens Are Pivoting, Plastic is Their New Obsession

Politicians & 10-year-olds think banning drinking straws in rich nations will address improper garbage disposal in poor ones.

June 8, 2018

Ehrlich’s Guide to Being an Intrusive A**hole

People with 8 kids should be told they “surely would not behave that way today.” Those considering a third should be accused of self-indulgence.

June 6, 2018

Why Paul Ehrlich Matters

If it had been within his power to take the steps he insisted were necessary, the human rights abuses would have been horrendous.

June 4, 2018

The Fanatical Paul Ehrlich

Saving the world = demonizing alternative visions

June 1, 2018

Anything Goes When You’re Saving the World

Paul Ehrlich advocated the use of US helicopters so that Indian peasants could be kidnapped & forcibly sterilized.

May 30, 2018

How They Sold ‘The Population Bomb’

Threats of famine, dead children, bombs, nuclear war, and oblivion.

 

May 28, 2018

The Science of Self-Control

Another idea, supposedly confirmed by science, turns out to have little scientific foundation.

May 25, 2018

If You See Something, Say Something

Why Scott Adams thinks we have a moral obligation to praise others.
 

May 23, 2018

Scott Adams on How Failure Can Breed Success

The Dilbert cartoonist remembers what it was like to be a young person from a small town, with few role models and fewer connections.

May 21, 2018

How Much Plastic is Polluting the Ocean?

Peer-reviewed studies, published six months apart, produce wildly different estimates.

May 18, 2018

Coleman Hughes on the ‘Racism Treadmill’

We regularly urge young people to think outside the box. Hughes is doing just that.

May 16, 2018

Is Tomato Soup Good for You?

‘Healthy’ is now being defined in radically different ways, by different interest groups.

May 14, 2018

Eat Your Veggies (With Lots of Butter)

In the low-carb universe, vegetables are served with lots of butter, mayonnaise, and hollandaise.

May 11, 2018

The Most Trusted Canadian Is A Dick

In person, David Suzuki is reportedly foul-mouthed and rude.

May 9, 2018

Totalitarian Thinker David Suzuki

On June 7th, the University of Alberta will lionize someone who rejects freedom of thought.

May 7, 2018

Suzuki: No iPad for You, But Australian Digs for Me

For the past 30 years, carbon-footprint-warrior David Suzuki has considered Australia his second home.

May 4, 2018

David Suzuki’s Actions Speak Louder Than His Words

He decries over-population, but fathers 5 kids. He’s against economic growth, but his once-tiny foundation now has offices in 3 cities.

May 2, 2018

Skin in the Game

Emotionally attached to ideas, some of us have little interest in how they perform in the real world.
 

April 30, 2018

Europe’s Jews Are Living in Fear

Naive compassion for some people endangers the safety of others.

April 27, 2018

Why is Discrimination Against Asians OK?

Full-fledged racism is being practiced by the very institutions that claim to abhor it.

April 25, 2018

Invisible Scientific Debates

Scientific debate can’t accomplish its purpose if we pretend there is no debate.

April 23, 2018

Self-Correcting Science: A Slow & Haphazard Process

The celebrated ability of science to self-correct is accompanied by some major caveats.

April 20, 2018

Perverse Scientific Incentives

There are structural reasons for the low quality of much scientific research.

April 18, 2018

Science is Not Truth

We need to lose our naivete. Many scientific findings are neither crisp nor clear.

April 16, 2018

Polar Bears & the Sleazy New York Times

A gang of 14 scientists attack a lone scientist in an academic journal. Erica Goode justifies & amplifies the assault in the Times.

April 13, 2018

The Sierra Club: Usurping Power from Elected Officials

When you give money to the Sierra Club, you’re doing three bad things.

April 11, 2018

Support the Sierra Club, Enrich the Lawyers

The Sierra Club is a lawsuit factory. Responding to its legal assaults wastes mountains of public money.

April 9, 2018

The Sierra Club’s Grassroots Deception

The Sierra Club is swimming in money from affluent individuals, wealthy foundations, and blue chip companies. This is not a grassroots organization.

April 6, 2018

Climate Change in the Courts

For well-funded green groups (and a growing list of governments), lawyers are weapons and courtrooms are a political battleground.

April 4, 2018

Is Fruit Good for You?

Fruit may be natural, but its sugar content has increased due to selective breeding.

April 2, 2018

First Quarter Report

Since relaunching this blog on January first, I’ve published 38 new posts – including one in Swedish. Please help me continue.

March 30, 2018

Chicken Wings & Potato Skins: My New Health Food

If fat were the villain we’ve been told it is, I should have gained 40 pounds.

March 28, 2018

When Scientific Evidence is Ambiguous, Private Philosophies Matter

Some discoveries are easy to measure and easy to verify. But much of science is about groping in the dark.

March 26, 2018

Exercise Won’t Keep You Slim

People who exercise regularly still gain weight.

March 23, 2018

For Greenpeace, Honesty is Just a Word

Greenpeace tells a court that everyone knows its campaigns are based on opinions & interpretations rather than hard facts.

March 21, 2018

Free Speech Hypocrisy at Greenpeace

Greenpeace thinks people who spread ‘misinformation’ have no right to be heard. Yet, suddenly, it’s waving the free speech flag.

March 19, 2018

Activists Aren’t Always the Good Guys

Green groups are perpetual outrage machines.

March 16, 2018

Forget Left/Right Politics, Read This Book

No thinking person should hold strong climate opinions unless they’ve carefully considered a range of viewpoints.

March 14, 2018

Defining High Blood Pressure

Changing definitions of ‘normal’ blood pressure means more people are coping with drug side effects.

March 12, 2018

Bogus Blood Pressure Readings

Doctors and nurses rarely follow the rules when collecting important info about our health.

March 9, 2018

Medical Flip-Flops

Standard medical practice is often pointless, risky – and a waste of money.  
 

March 7, 2018

Sverige Begår Självmord

I Sverige dog pressfrihet för 25 år sedan.

[Swedish translation of previous post]

March 5, 2018

Swedish for Suicide

Freedom of the press died in Sweden 25 years ago.

March 5, 2018

Muzzling the Tolerant, Celebrating the Intolerant

Journalists think their job is to shame ordinary people into silence lest they say something politically incorrect about the scale and pace of European immigration.

March 2, 2018

Numbers Matter

If 10 times more immigrants turn up than were predicted by government experts, where’s affordable housing supposed to come from?

February 28, 2018

Immigration is a Class Issue

Elites make immigration decisions, while the working class lives with the consequences.

February 26, 2018

Why We Need Jordan Peterson

While the rest of us are playing hopscotch, he’s battling humanity’s demons.

February 23, 2018

Jordan Peterson: Making Me Cry

Mothers have immense power to harm their children.

February 21, 2018

Jordan Peterson: Making Me Laugh

Taking a fresh look at some fundamental moral ideas.

February 19, 2018

Indoctrination 101

Learning to be shrill. Apparently, this is now the goal of higher education.
 

February 16, 2018

Taught to Think Like Censors

Young people are being systematically taught to disdain free speech. And your tax dollars are paying for it.

February 14, 2018

Freedom to Speak, Freedom to Hear

University activists now behave like fascists: stifling unpopular perspectives and denying others the opportunity to hear those perspectives firsthand.

February 12, 2018

Why Fossil Fuels Kick Butt

To be useful, energy must be reliable.

February 9, 2018

Fossil Fuels Save Lives

It is immoral to deny needy people access to fossil fuels because experts have made dire predictions about the future.

February 7, 2018

Don’t Be Prejudiced

Our analysis of fossil fuels needs to be wholistic – not one-sided.
 

February 5, 2018

Experts Suck at Predicting the Future

Being an expert in a particular field doesn’t make you smart about the big picture. 

February 2, 2018

Jordan Peterson: Helping Young Men Reboot Their Lives

Young people are told incessantly that everything they might want to do with their lives harms the planet.

January 31, 2018

Crucial Climate Verdict, Naked Conflict-of-Interest

IPCC scientists routinely evaluate their own work. What could possibly go wrong?

January 29, 2018

Crucial Climate Verdict, Fledgling Evidence

History’s most momentous climate decision was based on research so preliminary it wasn’t published in a scientific journal until seven months later.

January 26, 2018

Unethical Behaviour at the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association didn’t bother to replicate pivotal research before it told the public to change its behaviour. The result was an uncontrolled public health experiment.

January 24, 2018

About That French Paradox

When scientists began believing that high fat diets & heart disease went together, this wasn’t true in 8 European countries.

January 22, 2018

When Government Makes You Fat

After the high-carbohydrate Food Pyramid was introduced, diabetes shot through the roof.

January 19, 2018