Big Picture News, Informed Analysis

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

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 by UVic’s Speakers Bureau 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

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