Big Picture News, Informed Analysis

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

Funerals Have Spiked in Numerous Nations

Across the globe, many more funerals are being held this year than normal.

August 5, 2020

What Happened to ‘Without Fear or Favor’?

New York Times journalists want news stories vetted prior to publication. They want mandatory & ongoing newsroom sensitivity training. The Gray Lady is now a place where journalists fear each other.

August 3, 2020

False Gods for Lost Souls

With its threats of fire and brimstone, environmentalism is the new religion. But where’s the humility, the compassion, the spiritual transcendence?

July 29, 2020

Environmentalism for the Non-Naive

Like colonialists of old, affluent green activists impose their will on poor people in impoverished countries who have no means of defending themselves. 

July 27, 2020

WHO: Disinformation from the Top

The head of the WHO isn’t annoyed his organization learned about the coronavirus from third parties. He isn’t angry it had to ask China for info more than once. In fact, he’s been covering for China.

July 22, 2020

WHO Now Says China Didn’t Report Coronavirus – Corrects Timeline

After implying for months that China followed international rules, the World Health Organization backtracks.

July 20, 2020

Secrecy & Stonewalling: China and SARS 1.0

China gave the WHO permission to send in investigators, but wouldn’t allow them near the affected area after they’d arrived. They departed empty-handed, two weeks later.

July 15, 2020

Sea Turtles and Plastics – The Bigger Picture

Plastics saved sea turtles, when tortoiseshell luxury goods became mass market items. 

July 13, 2020

Where Are COVID Deaths Rising?

Chile, Peru, Brazil, and Mexico have experienced dramatic increases. So have New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.

July 8, 2020

How Climate Trickery Infiltrated the AGU

11 presentations – based on private, agenda-driven research – were delivered to the world’s largest gathering of climate scientists.

July 6, 2020

Fooling Us With Climate Trickery

An influential report aimed at business leaders re-labelled an implausible, far-fetched scenario as ‘our current path.’

July 1, 2020

How the Ugliest Climate Fairy Tale Won

A preposterous climate yarn has taken center stage.

June 29, 2020

40 Days in Brazil

Forty thousand Brazilians have died of the coronavirus in the past 40 days.

June 24, 2020

Financial Conflicts & the Retracted COVID Research

Lead author, paid by drug companies, gives the all-clear to products those companies sell. World’s leading medical journal fails transparency test.

June 22, 2020

Retracted Papers Written by Journal VIP

The lead author of two retracted COVID-19 papers is editor-in-chief of an Elsevier medical journal.

June 17, 2020

The Swedish Teenager Interfering in Canadian Politics

Democracy dies when activists wield more influence than voters.

June 15, 2020

What Went Wrong in Massachusetts?

State hit disproportionately hard by the coronavirus.

June 10, 2020

Grovelling Doesn’t Lead to Equality

Symbolic gestures can be powerfully negative.

June 8, 2020

Staggering Death Rate in 7 US States

American deaths per million equal or exceed Europe’s worst-hit nations in several locales.

June 3, 2020

Fantasy Wish List Masquerades as Climate Poll

Green lobby group invites public to endorse green fantasies.

June 1, 2020

When Government Tells You Whose Balls to Touch

First came the virus. Then new rules for recreational tennis.

May 27, 2020

Racism, Magical Thinking & the Coronavirus

Rather than quarantining travelers, our leaders chose a course of action that led to entire countries being locked down. 

May 25, 2020

Early March Did Not Predict the Future

Certain adamant coronavirus declarations look foolish now.

May 20, 2020

This Blog Will Return May 20th

In the interim, I recommend this brilliant essay on what the coronavirus has taught us.

April 22, 2020

Civil Liberties, the Economy & Typhoid Mary

Let us not be cavalier about the coronavirus. Let us pay proper respect to the dead.

April 20, 2020

Belgium: Coronavirus Hotspot

The death toll you’ve heard almost nothing about.

April 15, 2020

Easter Morning

A season of renewal and rebirth.

April 13, 2020

Inside America’s Hospitals

The coronavirus is straining the healthcare systems of the richest nations in the world.

April 8, 2020

How NYC’s Leaders Betrayed the Public

Medical bureaucrats wrapped themselves in the cloak of science. They said the battle was against paranoia, misinformation & stigma. Thousands have now perished.

April 6, 2020

Why Homemade Masks Make Sense

Coronavirus deaths follow choir practice. A grassroots, homemade-masks-for-all movement gathers steam. 

April 1, 2020

Losing Doctors on the Battlefield

170 61 physicians have died in Italy. They’re also dying in France, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

March 30, 2020

The Virus and the Fires

When things are dire, humans accomplish amazing feats.

March 25, 2020

Protect Hospital Staff, Or Healthcare Collapses

Doctors on the front lines are shouting from the rooftops.

March 23, 2020

Best Coronavirus Memes

Humour is our secret weapon.

March 18, 2020

From Valentine’s to Friday the 13th

Four weeks ago, we lived in a different world.

March 16, 2020

Italy’s Hospital Meltdown

Coronavirus has turned hospitals into war zones, say Italian doctors. 

March 11, 2020

So You Thinks SARS Was No Big Deal (Part 1)

Canada was the only country outside Asia in which people died from the SARS coronavirus. A doctor and two nurses were among its victims. All three were in their 50s.

March 9, 2020

Coronavirus Math: The Number I’m Watching

How are different countries coping? What is the case fatality rate?

March 4, 2020

Freeman Dyson: Quotable Quotes

An important scientist has left us, but his books and interviews remain.

March 2, 2020

When Is A Pandemic Not A Pandemic?

The World Health Organization is playing games.

February 26, 2020

UNESCO: Prosecute Climate Criminals

If voters elect leaders who reject climate treaties, those leaders will be dragged before an international court. The UN: neutralizing dissent one way or another.

February 24, 2020

The UN’s Planet Saving Delusion

It couldn’t help Haiti recover from an earthquake, but the UN’s gonna rescue the planet.

February 19, 2020

The Legacy of UN Climate Activist, Rajendra Pachauri

Journalists spent years falsely calling the IPCC chairman a Nobel laureate and the world’s ‘top climate scientist.’

February 17, 2020

Strong Economy Lifts Climate Boat – New Infographic

When the economy falters, so does public support for climate action.

February 12, 2020

Poll Results: Climate Is Always Low Priority

There is no evidence that climate change has ever been a top concern for most Americans.

February 10, 2020

Mission Accomplished, Starbucks

When I walk into a coffee shop, the last thing I need is someone pressuring me about my carbon footprint.

February 4, 2020

David Attenborough’s Fake News

Documentary films educate. They also misinform and manipulate.

February 3, 2020

Here’s Who Pressured the Medical Journal

Do we want to live in a world in which medical journals are afraid to publish certain conclusions?

January 29, 2020

Cancel Culture Hits Medical Journals

Anti-meat experts ask external bodies to suppress rival research.

January 27, 2020

Newspapers: Betrayers of the Public’s Trust

Journalists abandon professionalism, repudiate free speech. 

January 22, 2020

Speaking in Calgary, April 6th – Tickets Now Available

CANCELLED. Climate activists want your freedom. They’re impeding your ability to choose, in one arena after another.

January 20, 2020

IPCC Expert’s 8 Discredited Papers

Philip Munday’s work falls to pieces whenever someone tries to verify it.

January 15, 2020

Fishy Findings: 100% Replication Failure

Eight fish studies were double-checked. Not one was accurate.

January 13, 2020

Journalists: We Want Censorship

Official editorial in Canadian newspaper calls for climate skeptics to be silenced.

January 8, 2020

Decades of Public Opinion: Climate Change Not on the Radar

Vast majority don’t mention climate when asked about important problems.

January 6, 2020

Tipping Points: The Big Picture

The UN said we were at a tipping point in 2007. And in 2009. In a single decade, the media talked about climate tipping points 14,000 times.

January 1, 2020

Will Trump Smash Academic Paywalls?

US taxpayers pay three times over for scientific research.

December 30, 2019

Joy to the World!

May this new decade be less fearful, less negative, less hysterical.

December 25, 2019

Fast & Furious Improvement: 2010-2019

So much progress to celebrate.

December 23, 2019

Balanced, Static Nature: The Grand Illusion

Change is natural and normal. Let us eat, drink, and be merry.

December 18, 2019

Young People Distressed About Climate Change

Forget fear and pessimism. Step into the sunlight & soar.

December 16, 2019

Turning Dogs Into Dinner

Is there anything climate change can’t do?

December 11, 2019

Humour, Irony & Free Thought

Your mind is your own.

December 9, 2019

10 Years Ago Today

Scientists have been making fools of themselves for some time. Yet they seem to pay no price.

December 4, 2019

Blaming Climate Change: Bogus Wildlife Videos

Nature videos from National Geographic, Netflix, and the BBC can’t be trusted.

December 2, 2019

The Great Global Warming Swindle

If we’ve heard only one side of a debate, we can’t claim to be fully informed.

November 27, 2019

Climate Activists Aren’t Joking

Saving the planet: the all-purpose, never-ending justification for more taxes, control, and deprivation.

November 25, 2019

Climategate: 10 Year Anniversary Reading List

Forget the shallow, conformist media narrative. There’s plenty of sound, perceptive analysis.

November 20, 2019

The Corals That Don’t Exist

Peer-reviewed science is contradicted by the real world.

November 18, 2019

William Ripple, Eco Activist on the Public Dime

Ecology professor’s political opinions published repeatedly in scientific journals.

November 13, 2019

Scientists and Their Petitions

Most of the Alliance of World Scientists 23,000 members DID NOT sign the climate emergency petition. But professional journalists didn’t notice.

November 11, 2019

Fake Polar Bear Shortage, Fake Indigenous Solidarity

Are activists and academics so committed to a non-existent polar bear shortage they’re willing to sacrifice Inuit lives?

November 6, 2019

Protecting Society From ‘Science’

Scientific research, published in influential places, can change the world. For ill as well as for good.

November 4, 2019

The UVic, Susan Crockford Story Continues

Refuse to talk to the reporter. Afterward, accuse her of ‘multiple factual inaccuracies.’ Isn’t academia grand?

October 30, 2019

The Myth of the Apolitical Scientist

It’s absurd to say scientists are only now speaking up. Reuters publishes egregious climate propaganda.

October 28, 2019

Facebook’s False Fact Check

There’s no guarantee scientific research is credible or accurate just because it has been peer-reviewed. Why is Facebook promoting this lie?

October 23, 2019

University Feels No Need to Explain: Crockford Story Part 2

The University of Victoria receives hundreds of millions of tax dollars, yet refused to answer a single question about the firing of Susan Crockford.

October 21, 2019

The Excommunication of Susan Crockford

Polar bear expert purged from the University of Victoria.

October 16, 2019

Retracted Ocean Warming Paper & the IPCC

A new UN report relies on discredited research – and on academics who conceal vital information.

October 14, 2019

Greta Memes & Messages

The larger community responds to the Greta Thunberg circus.

October 9, 2019

Greta Thunberg’s Temper Tantrum

If you’re trying to change people’s minds, insults and accusations are counterproductive.

October 7, 2019

Childish Fantasies vs Real World Energy Needs

Transforming the world’s energy system is a vast undertaking. Of colossal proportions.

October 2, 2019

Adieu, Louise

This blog will return Wed., October 2nd. 

September 23, 2019

Fieldwork Fail: Funny Book About Natural Science

A great gift for all ages.

September 18, 2019

U of Victoria’s Speakers Bureau

Many of the talks being provided to the community are one-sided, activist, and controversial.

September 16, 2019

Greta, Germany & Green Energy

Germany has spent a ton of money. The result? Its previously robust electricity grid is now broken.

September 11, 2019

About Those Nitrates in Our Food

Your salad contains more nitrates than a bacon sandwich.

September 9, 2019

Astonishing Media Misinformation About the IPCC

We teach children that a summary should accurately reflect a longer document. But things are topsy-turvy in the land of the IPCC.

September 4, 2019

Smart Commentary about the Amazon Fires

There is no crisis. But there’s lots of melodrama, double standards, and cherry picking.

September 2, 2019

Fake News and Fires in the Amazon

Media outlets are supposed to be more reliable than your brother-in-law, but that seems less true every day.

August 28, 2019

Real Leadership vs Climate Grandstanding

If the crisis is real, why don’t prominent individuals act like it?

August 26, 2019

Surprise! Vegetarian Says Plants Good, Meat Bad

Readers aren’t told that expert is an activist.

August 21, 2019

War Against Meat: the Continuum

Meatless Mondays are the thin edge of the salami.

August 19, 2019

Green Idealists vs the Real World

There’s unicorns, fairness & equity. Then there’s what’s possible.

August 14, 2019

Forget the Heroics, Just Pick Up the Trash

Recycling programs should make sense and be boring.

August 12, 2019

Google, Groupthink & the Media

The media fosters intellectual conformity. Is Google taking the same path?

August 7, 2019

The Elites, the Media & the Little People

Google pampers the already pampered at $20 million climate extravaganza.

August 5, 2019

Why Academic Hoaxes are Deadly Serious

Tax dollars are being used to brainwash young people with arrant, dangerous nonsense.

July 31, 2019

Hoaxing Academic Journals Now Forbidden

Portland State University says submitting fake papers to journals explicitly to assess their rigour is an ethics violation.

July 29, 2019

My New Best Friend

I discover an awesome garden gadget. 

July 24, 2019

Marcel Crok’s Climate Adventures

Dutch journalist maligned by TED head office.

July 22, 2019

The Climate Curse: Reprogramming Our Moral Compass

The Aztecs practiced human sacrifice. So do we.

July 17, 2019

Suicide Crisis, Climate Propaganda

How can zero deaths be a ‘health emergency’?

July 15, 2019

Returning Monday, July 15th

Writing about grim things can take a toll on your soul. Batteries need recharging. Perspective needs recalibrating. Here’s to blue skies, roses, beach sand, and sunshine! . .

July 1, 2019

Failed Replication of Famous Research Rejected

When scientific journals decline to address their own fake news.

June 26, 2019

The Problem With Hate Speech

Preventing dialogue and discrediting disagreement.

June 24, 2019

Censorship Canada Style

Justice Committee cleanses the record – not of hate, but of awkward ideas.

June 19, 2019

Freedom to Read, to Think, to Speak

Censorship is gaining traction in Canada. To a frightening degree.

June 17, 2019

The Unromantic Green Energy Reading List

A counterbalance to mindless cheerleading.

June 12, 2019

Extreme Politics: The Roger Pielke Jr. Story

Rabid dog climate enforcers will destroy you without conscience or regret.

June 10, 2019

Heat Wave Hysteria Coming Soon

You will be encouraged to believe things about weather-related deaths that are the opposite of the truth.

June 5, 2019

Diabetes, Doctors & Real World Results

Some people are ‘curing’ their Type 2 diabetes by changing what they eat.

June 3, 2019

Some Comic Relief

Humour is healthy.

May 29, 2019

Refuting the Smear Machine – Part 2

People tell themselves fairy tales about UN organizations – and disparage journalists who shine a light on what’s actually going on.

May 27, 2019

Refuting the Smear Machine – Part 1

When a journalist thinks for herself about climate change, insults & fabrications follow.

May 22, 2019

Defending My Honour

Anonymous allegations are republished by an allegedly respectable website.

May 20, 2019

Australian Elites Equally Bonkers

The rural/urban divide is as pronounced in Australia as elsewhere.

May 15, 2019

UN Biodiversity Officials Fail Transparency Test

IPBES provides no CVs for most members of its influential panel.

May 13, 2019

UN Targets the Sand People

Allegations that mining threatens wildlife rely on activist ‘evidence.’

May 8, 2019

IPCC Clone Predicts Doom

Once again, the ‘world’s leading scientists’ provide cover for UN machinations.

May 6, 2019

Before You Vote Green, Please Learn Some History

Pessimists ‘have been repeatedly and decisively proven wrong.’

May 1, 2019

Street Preacher Greta Thunberg

Don’t you listen to the street preacher. He ain’t nothing but a false teacher. 

April 29, 2019

Peter Ridd vs The Dishonourables

A powerful bureaucracy bullies, berates, isolates & intimidates a lone critic.

April 24, 2019

The Splendid Peter Ridd Court Judgment

James Cook University took 28 separate actions against Professor Ridd. Each of them, including his termination, has been declared unlawful.

April 22, 2019

Mice, Medical Research & the Media

Reputable media outlets routinely mislead the public when reporting the latest scientific discoveries.

April 17, 2019

10th Anniversary Fundraiser

If I’ve helped you better understand the climate debate, the IPCC, the shortcomings of academic research, or that Borg-like entity known as the United Nations, please let me know.

April 15, 2019

This Destructive Green Fantasy

Climate change good intentions are causing grave harm.

April 10, 2019

Canada’s Carbon Tax Will Kill People

‘Winter mortality is lower when the price of heating is lower’: new research report. 

April 8, 2019

When Government Lies to You

Carbon dioxide is not pollution. Our planet would be a wasteland without it, bereft of both plants and animals.

April 3, 2019

Migrants prone to hatred & intolerance: UN

It’s April Fools’, but this is no hoax. Report commits the sin it condemns.

April 1, 2019

UN Boss: Power is ‘Taken’

Two days. Two alarming statements about power.

March 27, 2019

UN Abandons Hijab Rebellion Lawyer

2 days after lawyer is sentenced to 33 years, Iran appointed to women’s rights committee.

March 25, 2019

The Media & the WWF Torture Scandal

News organizations have turned their own journalists into WWF cheerleaders.

March 20, 2019

The WWF Expose, the Media & Earth Hour

A year-long BuzzFeed investigation accuses the WWF of horrific human rights abuses.

March 18, 2019

Blog Resumes March 18th

Taking a short break. See you soon!

March 6, 2019

Birds, Wind Turbines & Nuclear Power

How many birds should we slaughter in the name of saving the planet?

March 4, 2019

Vaccines & the Globe’s Most Vulnerable

Tourists who eschew vaccination are reintroducing disease to less affluent countries.

February 27, 2019

Parasite Green Lawyers Target Toilet Paper

Everyone’s standard of living drops as daily necessities become more costly.

February 25, 2019

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