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

First Quarter Report

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Since relaunching this blog on January first, I’ve published 38 new posts – including one simultaneously in Swedish. These have discussed climate change, European immigration, medical misconceptions, nutritional dogma, the alarming state of higher education, dishonourable environmental activists, the morality of fossil fuels, and the worldwide phenomenon known as Jordan Peterson. That’s a fair bit of ground.

In Michael Crichton’s fictional tale, The Lost World, a no-nonsense biologist named Sarah Harding declares that “Human beings are just full of misinformation.” Most of what we think we know, she says, is likely wrong. That may be closer to the truth than some of us care to admit.

On this blog, I go to the trouble of tracking down original source material to make sure the story checks out. I examine issues in their larger context. I try hard not to spread misinformation.

In other words, this is a quality blog that takes time and effort to produce. At the end of each calendar quarter, in a post just like this, I’m going to ask for your help. If something you’ve read over the past three months has impressed you, surprised you, or helped you see the world in a more nuanced manner please consider supporting me financially.

By clicking this button now you can make a donation – or set up a monthly donation.

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If you shop at Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon UK – or at the French or German Amazon websites, there’s another way you can help at no cost to yourself. I’ve recently joined Amazon’s affiliate program. If you start your shopping by clicking on books or country flags on this blog Amazon will pay me a small percentage of everything you buy within the next 24 hours.

For example:

  • if you purchase a $10 book, Amazon will pay me 45 cents (4.5%) for sending a customer its way
  • if you purchase a $50 pair of shoes, it’ll pay me $3.50 (7%)
  • if you spend $100 on pet food, lawn & garden products, or furniture it’ll pay me $8 (8%)

Whether you’re buying one of the books discussed on this blog or anything else from Amazon, by beginning the process here you can support my work.

Henceforth, it will be super easy to find any books I’ve mentioned. A permanent list is now located here:

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Books I’ve discussed during the past three months also appear below:

climate & energy

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change
Marc Morano
The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels
Alex Epstein
The IPCC: A Scientific Body?
Drieu Godefridi
Roosters of the Apocalypse: How the Junk Science of Global Warming is Bankrupting the Western World
Rael Jean Isaac
Climat Investigation
Philippe Verdier
(this French TV weatherman was fired for writing this book)
Searching for the Catastrophe Signal: The Origins of The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Bernie Lewin


culture

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
Jordan Peterson
The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam
Douglas Murray
Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate
Greg Lukianoff
The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting up a Generation for Failure
Greg Lukianoff & Jonathan Haidt
The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture
David Mamet
Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout: The Making of a Sensible Environmentalist
Patrick Moore


The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet
Nina Teicholz
Doctoring Data: How to sort out medical advice from medical nonsense
Malcolm Kendrick
Ending Medical Reversal: Improving Outcomes, Saving Lives
Vinayak Prasad & Adam Cifu
Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It
Gary Taubes
Death by Food Pyramid: How Shoddy Science, Sketchy Politics and Shady Special Interests Have Ruined Our Health
Denise Minger
The World Turned Upside Down: The Second Low Carbohydrate Revolution
Richard David Feinman


fiction

The Lost World: A Novel (Jurassic Park)
Michael Crichton
See What I See
Gloria Whelan

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