Status Quo

You can’t ‘save’ the Earth. At least not in the sense that it should be preserved in its current state – the status quo. That’s what ‘saving’ something is. When we talk about saving the Earth, what we mean is that we should stop changing it – we should preserve it. OK – so is…

22 Very Inconvenient Climate Truths

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:
Here are 22 good reasons not to believe the statements made by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Guest essay by Jean-Pierre Bardinet. According to the official statements of the IPCC “Science is clear” and non-believers cannot be trusted. Quick action is needed! For more than 30…

Spring Water

I really like the latest “Green” thing in the form of these stainless steel water bottles people carry around with them rather than buying “Spring water” in throw-away plastic. I want to talk about spring water, but first I want to address the bottle issue. These bottles are marketed by Sigg out of Switzerland. For…

Caution: Mountebank at Work

Back in 2009 I was on several pretty long-distance business trips with the result that, in that inevitable state of boredom and frustration one always experiences while burrowing through the labyrinth of store-encrusted tunnels in the many indistinguishable airport stop-overs which are part of every post-modern flight plan, I found myself, inexorably, speed reading the titles…

Here There Be Monsters

Before the age of global exploration the edges of the then known world were annotated on maps with one or both labels: “Terra Incognita” and/or “Here there be monsters.” I really like the optimism of the “Terra Incognita” label. It implied that there were, quite literally “Unknown lands” beyond the edges of the map. Up…

Time and Place

Hesitantly, reluctantly, Helen slipped out of a slim, tight-waisted leotard and stood naked in the moonlight before me. Somewhere a clock chimed three. An owl hooted in the nearby copse. No wind stirred the casement window as she stood in the pale, translucent light on the Persian carpet. A minute passed – then another. Then…

Neanderthal

“OMG!!!! I’d NEVER date THAT guy? He’s positively Neanderthal!” Meaning, I always presumed, oafish, low IQ, bestial, low-brow, crude, illiterate, ill-spoken, boring, cloddish, unmannered, unskilled, unteachable, a loser…. in a word, a dodo. So who were the Neanderthals anyway?  Do (did) they fit the caricature? What do we know about them? Why did they become…