Big Picture News, Informed Analysis

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

Reckless Journalism & the Uphill Battle to Correct the Record

Rather than behaving responsibly during a moment of crisis, the New York Times printed inflammatory, unconfirmed gossip. It fanned fear & fed hysteria.

March 31, 2021

US Senator to Facebook: Kill Free Speech Now

Intelligence Committee chairman targets private companies.

March 29, 2021

Weaponizing Scientific Expertise

Activist scientists have appointed themselves arbiters of who’s entitled to protest and who isn’t.

March 24, 2021

Glenn Greenwald Clobbers the Mainstream Media

Watching journalists closely. Calling a spade a spade.

March 22, 2021

China: Land of the Anal Swab

Travelers to China are now subject to anal penetration by the authorities.

March 8, 2021

The Media is Now Malevolent

Democracy is not served by censorship, malice, derision, and denunciation.

February 24, 2021

Biogen’s Superspreader Conference: One Year Later

Boston biotech conference likely infected hundreds of thousands of people.

February 22, 2021

Climate Facts or Leaps of Faith? Governments Can’t Tell the Difference

We have no hard evidence of a crisis. Only expert opinion and best estimates.

February 17, 2021

9% Support: Let’s Make it Government Policy

Organizers of the Climate Assembly turned weak support for ‘less meat’ into a key finding. Climate bureaucrats are now exaggerating further.

February 10, 2021

Climate Assemblies: Faking Democracy

What colour dinner plate do you want your bread and water on?

February 8, 2021

What Canada’s Top Health Official Said A Year Ago

Theresa Tam repeatedly said the risk was low & COVID cases would be rare. She naively trusted China & relied on the WHO. 20,000 Canadians are now dead.

February 1, 2021

The Fake Nobel Laureate & the Climate CEO

Patrick Verkooijen was awarded a PhD despite writing only half a thesis. William Moomaw was one of his doctoral advisors.

January 27, 2021

The Climate Summit’s Fake Nobel Laureate

Chemist William Moomaw has never won a Nobel Prize. But advertisements for his speaking engagements say otherwise.

January 25, 2021

4 Weird Things About the Climate Summit

When an organization can’t be bothered to describe itself accurately – but thinks you should do what it says – that’s a red flag.

January 20, 2021

Bill Gates, UN Launch New Climate Agenda

Who elected Bill Gates? Which voters, in which countries, approved these measures?

January 18, 2021

We Don’t Know if COVID Vaccines Are Safe

Let us be adults. Let us be honest. At this stage, no one knows what will happen when COVID vaccines are given to millions of people.

December 16, 2020

Climate Activism: How Democracy Dies

Last chance to buy tickets to this online event. 40 minutes, followed by a live Q&A.

December 7, 2020

Censoring Jordan Peterson’s New Book

Junior publishing staff think censorship is part of their job.

November 30, 2020

Tickets Now Available

$15 Canadian to watch my speech, followed by a live Q&A session (approx. $12 USD, £9 UK, and €10).

November 25, 2020

UK Politicians Demand Online Censorship

Antisemitic UK Labour Party wants to police other people’s speech.

November 23, 2020

Remembering the Korean War

America had good reason to be hostile to Communism.

November 11, 2020

Money, Medications & COVID

Experts with fewer financial ties to drug companies are noticeably more supportive of an inexpensive, off-patent drug.

November 9, 2020

Moving Forward

Everyday decisions by ordinary citizens matter more than who’s in the White House.

November 4, 2020

Halloween Lynching of Innocent Family

Canada’s national broadcaster is careful not to prejudge French priest’s attacker, but denounces Halloween display as racist.

November 2, 2020

Twitter: Double Standards & Advertising

Twitter earns billions from advertising. But restricts Trump tweets on the grounds they might mislead.

October 28, 2020

Creepy Climate Conversations

Coaching children to become climate propagandists.

October 21, 2020

Honouring Samuel Paty

High school teacher is beheaded on a French street following classes on free expression.

October 19, 2020

UN on Disasters: Those Who Can’t Do, Scold

The United Nations, which failed to stop the coronavirus from spreading everywhere, and which introduced cholera to earthquake-devastated Haiti, releases a report on disaster management.

October 14, 2020

Pandemic Bungling Undercuts UN Goals

German study calls public transit ‘the big loser.’

October 7, 2020

Nice Idea, Shaky Evidence

Media stories about Norway winters & positive thinking lack proper skepticism.

October 5, 2020

Is COVID Responsible for Only 6% of US Deaths?

When someone commits suicide, comorbidities on their death certificate don’t mean they didn’t kill themselves.

September 28, 2020

Davos and COVID-19

While our ‘thought leaders’ worried about the elderly in the year 2050, a virus that would kill hundreds of thousands of elderly people this year was spreading like wildfire.

September 23, 2020

About That Sharp Rise in Climate Concern

Poll sponsors say climate attitudes have been ‘remarkably consistent’ over two decades.

September 2, 2020

Science, Skepticism, and Irony

An impressive new book about the shortcomings of scientific research is inadvertently ironic.

August 31, 2020

Hydroxychloroquine & the Judgment of History

How a safe, well-understood malaria drug was demonized as a COVID-19 treatment. Because a politician said good things about it.

August 24, 2020

Rejoice! We Have Millions of Whales

Whales are at no risk of extinction. When 50,000-strong species are classified as ‘endangered,’ words don’t mean what we think they do. 

August 19, 2020

Canadian Wildlife Federation: Lying With Pictures to Raise Cash

Humpback whales are thriving, but an activist fundraising campaign says they’re on the brink of extinction.

August 17, 2020

A Few Months of Hindsight

Journalist George Gilder declared the pandemic over in April. Mathematician Isaac Ben-Israel insisted the virus would burn out everywhere 70 days after it began.

August 12, 2020

Benghazi, Fake News, and Extraordinary Heroes

Much of the conservative narrative about Benghazi is wrong.

August 10, 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

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

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

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

Grovelling Doesn’t Lead to Equality

Symbolic gestures can be powerfully negative.

June 8, 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

Easter Morning

A season of renewal and rebirth.

April 13, 2020

Losing Doctors on the Battlefield

176 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

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

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 nagging me about my carbon footprint.

February 4, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

U of Victoria’s Speakers Bureau

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

September 16, 2019

Real Leadership vs Climate Grandstanding

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

August 26, 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

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

Freedom to Read, to Think, to Speak

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

June 17, 2019

Extreme Politics: The Roger Pielke Jr. Story

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

June 10, 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 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

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

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

Birds, Wind Turbines & Nuclear Power

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

March 4, 2019

Parasite Green Lawyers Target Toilet Paper

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

February 25, 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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