School Shootings: Why Fake Numbers Matter
Bad data fuels ill-informed decisions, wastes money, and scares kids.
Coercing Your Neighbour Over Plastic Straws
Green activists are in the business of taking away choices.
Butter, Cream & Grains of Salt
Peer-reviewed science can be found to support nearly every position.
Secretive Blacklists & The Economist Magazine
Reporting on peer review, The Economist misses the elephant in the room – and advocates unjust hiring practices.
What the Thai Cave Rescue Teaches Us About Nature
Humans make things safe, clean, and healthy.
Oxford University Spreads Fake News
The most reputable publishers imaginable are misinforming the public about basic geology.
The ‘Balance of Nature’ Myth
The natural world is more sophisticated than we imagine.
What Really Happened 30 Years Ago?
In the climate world, the line between real and fake is strangely murky.
Journalists Relied on James Hansen’s Say-So
The media’s climate frenzy was sparked by a scientist who’s research was still unpublished.
Laundry Blues & Greens: Part 2
Doing the math on doing the laundry.
Laundry Blues & Greens: Part 1
A friend has long complained that her energy efficient, front-load washing machine takes forever.
Extinction is Inevitable
Species come and species go. Humanity’s role is smaller than most of us imagine.
From Carbon Footprint to Plastic Footprint
Polluted waterways are one more reason not to litter. Rather than making this point, greens are demonizing plastic.
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.
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.
The Fanatical Paul Ehrlich
Saving the world = demonizing alternative visions
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.
How They Sold ‘The Population Bomb’
Threats of famine, dead children, bombs, nuclear war, and oblivion.
The Science of Self-Control
Another idea, supposedly confirmed by science, turns out to have little scientific foundation.
If You See Something, Say Something
Why Scott Adams thinks we have a moral obligation to praise others.
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.
How Much Plastic is Polluting the Ocean?
Peer-reviewed studies, published six months apart, produce wildly different estimates.
Coleman Hughes on the ‘Racism Treadmill’
We regularly urge young people to think outside the box. Hughes is doing just that.
Is Tomato Soup Good for You?
‘Healthy’ is now being defined in radically different ways, by different interest groups.
Eat Your Veggies (With Lots of Butter)
In the low-carb universe, vegetables are served with lots of butter, mayonnaise, and hollandaise.
The Most Trusted Canadian Is A Dick
In person, David Suzuki is reportedly foul-mouthed and rude.
Totalitarian Thinker David Suzuki
On June 7th, the University of Alberta will lionize someone who rejects freedom of thought.
Skin in the Game
Emotionally attached to ideas, some of us have little interest in how they perform in the real world.
Why is Discrimination Against Asians OK?
Full-fledged racism is being practiced by the very institutions that claim to abhor it.
Self-Correcting Science: A Slow & Haphazard Process
The celebrated ability of science to self-correct is accompanied by some major caveats.
Perverse Scientific Incentives
There are structural reasons for the low quality of much scientific research.
Science is Not Truth
We need to lose our naivete. Many scientific findings are neither crisp nor clear.
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.
Is Fruit Good for You?
Fruit may be natural, but its sugar content has increased due to selective breeding.
First Quarter Report
Since relaunching this blog on January first, I’ve published 38 new posts – including one in Swedish. Please help me continue.
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.
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.
Exercise Won’t Keep You Slim
People who exercise regularly still gain weight.
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.
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.
Activists Aren’t Always the Good Guys
Green groups are perpetual outrage machines.
Forget Left/Right Politics, Read This Book
No thinking person should hold strong climate opinions unless they’ve carefully considered a range of viewpoints.
Defining High Blood Pressure
Changing definitions of ‘normal’ blood pressure means more people are coping with drug side effects.
Bogus Blood Pressure Readings
Doctors and nurses rarely follow the rules when collecting important info about our health.
Standard medical practice is often pointless, risky – and a waste of money.
Sverige Begår Självmord
I Sverige dog pressfrihet för 25 år sedan.
[Swedish translation of previous post]
Swedish for Suicide
Freedom of the press died in Sweden 25 years ago.
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.
If 10 times more immigrants turn up than were predicted by government experts, where’s affordable housing supposed to come from?
Immigration is a Class Issue
Elites make immigration decisions, while the working class lives with the consequences.
Why We Need Jordan Peterson
While the rest of us are playing hopscotch, he’s battling humanity’s demons.
Jordan Peterson: Making Me Cry
Mothers have immense power to harm their children.
Jordan Peterson: Making Me Laugh
Taking a fresh look at some fundamental moral ideas.
Learning to be shrill. Apparently, this is now the goal of higher education.
Taught to Think Like Censors
Young people are being systematically taught to disdain free speech. And your tax dollars are paying for it.
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.
Why Fossil Fuels Kick Butt
To be useful, energy must be reliable.
Fossil Fuels Save Lives
It is immoral to deny needy people access to fossil fuels because experts have made dire predictions about the future.
Don’t Be Prejudiced
Our analysis of fossil fuels needs to be wholistic – not one-sided.
Experts Suck at Predicting the Future
Being an expert in a particular field doesn’t make you smart about the big picture.
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.
Crucial Climate Verdict, Naked Conflict-of-Interest
IPCC scientists routinely evaluate their own work. What could possibly go wrong?
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.
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.
About That French Paradox
When scientists began believing that high fat diets & heart disease went together, this wasn’t true in 8 European countries.
When Government Makes You Fat
After the high-carbohydrate Food Pyramid was introduced, diabetes shot through the roof.
Lightweight Climate News
When governments manipulate the news, most journalists fall into line.
Politics Always Win
Scientists aren’t in charge of interpreting climate research. They’re cogs in a political machine.
Dangerous Climate Change: No Smoking Gun
The claim that human activity is triggering a climate apocalypse is based on expert opinion and best estimates.
Climate Change is Normal
Insisting that ‘climate change is real’ is like insisting that blood is red.
Change is Natural
The bees and the butterflies have their own story, their own rhythms.
Nature Wants You Dead
The natural world isn’t kind or pristine. We need to stop telling children that disturbing it is sinful.
Re-Launching January 1st
This blog is adopting a new format. Posts will appear every Monday, Wednesday & Friday.
Science and the Issue of Trust
Many messages emanating from the world of science are entirely bogus.
Scientists Object to Intellectual Freedom
Libraries define intellectual freedom as the public’s right to examine all points-of-view. These climate scientists are trying to stifle alternative perspectives. Part 2 of 3.
Electronic messages cited in a Delhi police report tell the story of a spirited young woman who effectively lost her job because she wouldn’t let her boss grope her.
Rajendra Pachauri’s Resignation Letter
The resignation letter of the IPCC chairman is a two-page love letter to himself – in which he openly admits that saving the planet is his ‘religion’. The world’s most important climate body has not been led by a dispassionate scientist.
Fanatics for Mother Gaia
French philosopher Pascal Bruckner says fundamentalist eco activists are steering society in a scary direction.
When Journalists Question Catastrophe
Unlike most journalists, Matt Ridley has done PhD-level work in the sciences. He has served as science editor for the Economist. One would think his views on the climate debate deserve a fair hearing. Instead, he is pilloried by climate extremists.
Science Doesn’t Always Have Answers
Scientists worthy of respect recognize that it’s possible for two highly-qualified, honourable people to look at the same data and come to different conclusions.
The climate crisis is the latest in a long line of predictions about how bad things are going to be in the future. Let’s remember that while scary headlines sell newspapers, journalists have a terrible track record.