Friday, May 25, 2018

Good Question In The Guardian – What About Those 100 Million Deaths?

An entirely reasonable and sensible question from Martin Kettle in The Guardian: A century on, why are we forgetting the deaths of 100 million? Martin Kettle Quite so, quite so. The 1918 Spanish flu outbreak killed more people than both world wars. Don’t imagine such a thing could...

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Italy’s Mini-BoTs Could Indeed Cause Chaos

The new Italian government is mulling the issuance of "mini-BoTs." This will of course mean nothing to use normies out here but it's got two groups of people enraged. One group is the bankers, the other the federasts. For what this really is is the issuance of a new...

What Really Drives The Bastards Batty

The cliche is that it's personal ambition that propels most politicians. Unfortunately, I think it's true, at least for the biggest of them. What really drives most of them round the twist is not failing to get their policies enacted, but their ascent up the greasy pole being blocked. For...

IFS And Health Foundation Report On £2,000 Each For The NHS – Sorry, Balderdash

The Institute for Fiscal Studies are pretty good at the bean counting and they're - well they say they are - impartial as to political wings. This doesn't though make them wholly economically literate. This being something apparent in their report on the funding of the National Health Service,...

More Lies About Climate Change

I'm afraid so, we've yet another of these "scientific" reports insisting that we're all going to end up boiling Flipper in the remains of the last ice floe. Entire, complete and gargling nonsense of course but they will keep repeating these claims. Earth’s climate could warm by as much as...

False Claims Of Rape Are Just So Rare That We Can Ignore The Phenomenon,...

It is a usual insistence that false claims of rape are exceedingly rare. So much so that we should just never even consider whether a claim is true or not, likely to be so - we should instead believe the complainant absolutely. This probably isn't the way to end...

If Only People Understood What A Sunk Cost Is

Something that The Guardian's subeditors - come along now, none of us expect the people who write for the paper to grasp anything economic like this - don't manage. A sunk cost is the opposite of what it is being used as here: When I’m on my deathbed, surrounded by...

Today In Feminism – Yes, We’re Getting Petty And Vindictive Now

Two stories that are worth chewing over lightly to illustrate the state of feminism in our sceptered isle these days. An actress who doesn't actually know whether there's a pay gap complaining about the possibility that all are not equal. And the Met having to pay out a fortune...

Of Course We’ve Got To Pay The Brexit Bill Before Agreeing Upon Trade

Politics is the art of manipulating what people believe, not the science of according with reality. A useful little example of which from my native Britain right now. I must insist that I am biased on this subject of Brexit, I was press secretary to Ukip, the party arguing...

Hurrah To Dodd Frank Reform, Boo! To Non-Repeal

The real complaint about Dodd Frank isn't the manner in which it did a bit of regulating the financial sector in the US. Sure, some parts of that regulation were silly, bad even, but then they're the bits that will be revisited and fixed. The real problem is that...

Brits Becoming Germans Before Brexit Is Rather The Point Of The Whole Process

An amusing series of reports talking about how Britons are just lining up, rushing even, to become Germans before Brexit occurs. So many are so desperate to remain European Union citizens that they will even become Huns to do so. This is, of course, a good thing, even a...

Don’t Set Carbon Targets, Nor Pick Technologies, You Idiots. Set A Price

The British government is trying to decide how to force us all into electric cars. That's the wrong decision to be making anyway, we don't want to pick a losing technology which means that we don't want to pick a technology at all. But it's also true that we...

Canadian Meese Are Damn Good Swimmers

A report in from the colonial cousins in the Antipodes: Ten Canadian moose landed here more than 100 years ago. A few intrepid Kiwis have been searching the Fiordland wilderness for them ever since. Pretty good swimming that. We'd also note the presumed age of both the searchers and the meese. Yes,...

Ask Agatha #6 – Scored an Own Goal

Dear Aunt Agatha, A thought occurred to me on my paper round last week.  It’s a trivial problem.  I want to be liked and respected as the Left's standard-bearer, but instead I’m regarded as a self-seeking opportunist who’ll do anything to be in the limelight, and that I switch allegiances...

The European Union’s GDPR Data Rules Only Increase The Amount Of Spam

We are all, of course, looking forward to getting out of that acranian organisation, the European Union. The latest example of the uselessness of it being the GDPR regulations. These supposedly stop people from oppressing us by misusing our data. By, you know, advertising things we might be interested...

Well Of Course Truvada Will Increase The Amount Of Risky Sexual Behaviour – That’s...

Truvada is a pill which provides pre-exposure prophylaxis. That is, one gets to go do the risky stuff while reducing the likelihood of getting a nasty from doing the risky stuff. Put like that it seems pretty obvious that the taking of Truvada is going to increase the incidence...

The Economic Revolution The United Kingdom Economy Requires

We have a call - nay an insistence - that there must be an economic revolution in the UK. For only then can we gain those things which are and should be the correct economic goals for us to be pursuing. This is according to the Senior Lecturer at...