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Rammstein rewrites Marvell       22 aug 15
I wonder if anyone else has noticed the debt owed by German rock band Rammstein to the English metaphysical poet Andrew Marvell. Marvell's To His Coy Mistress: Had we but world enough and time This coyness, lady, were no crime...My vegetable love should grow Vaster than empires and more slow An hundred years should go to praise Thine eyes, and on thy forehead gaze Two hundred to adore each breast

Deference to Islam in the UK media       20 aug 15
I've made many controversial comments in The Guardian online. But now, for the first time, I've been blacklisted for questioning the party line that ISIS is not part of Islam.  When I try to comment, it now says Your comments are currently being pre-moderated The reason was a comment on - http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/aug/18/shazia-mirza-look-at-me-isis-would-stone-me-to-death

You can't make it up LXXVIII - Eisenhower warned about the corruption of science by government       18 aug 15
Every American liberal knows president Eisenhower's denunciation of the "military-industrial complex". Most of them don't know how he saw the issue which would lead to the global warming industry:  "Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity." http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/dwightdeisenhowerfarewell.htm

Natural selection cheated again       09 aug 15
"French boy spared desert death because parents sacrificed water, say US rangers" Rescuers said it appeared that the parents, who had not signed the park’s entry register, had left for their hike shortly after midday when temperatures can reach 40ºC. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/09/french-boy-spared-desert-death-parents-water-us-enzo-steiner-new-mexico

Coffeescript testing with Mocha       07 aug 15
Javascript is one of the most important programming languages in the world. But unlike SQL, or Ruby, it's poorly documented. For some reason, the people who write about Javascript libraries nearly always get it wrong, or miss out a few 'obvious' steps. The language Coffeescript, which generates Javascript, is an exception to the rule - it and its documentation are written by literate people. But it

Microsoft translator competes with Google       04 aug 15
Did you know that "Hanste hanste bhi jaan nikal jaati hai" means "Hanste hanste bhi jaan nikal jaati hello"?

The curse of the bin Ladens       01 aug 15
Sana bin Laden - now reunited with her brother Osama Has anyone else noticed the remarkable no. of plane crashes involving the bin Laden family and their friends?  On September 13, 1967, Osama’s father was killed when his Beechcraft 18 crashed on a landing strip near Usran in Saudi Arabia, while he was on his way to marry his 23rd wife. In 1988 Salem bin Laden, the half-brother of

You can't make it up LXXVII - the internet never forgets       28 jul 15
For years, http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/en/campaigns/global-warming-and-energy/exxon-secrets/faq/ contained the revealing statement "Freedom of speech does not apply to misinformation and propaganda." Eventually, they changed this page to redirect to http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/, which is currently an appeal for money.  But the internet never forgets: http://web.archive.org/web

You can't make it up LXXVI - Naomi Klein plays the race card again on climate change       29 jun 15
"Nearly 500 years since Galileo was found guilty of heresy, the Holy See is leading the rallying cry for the world to wake up and listen to scientists on climate change." Welcoming being invited to a Vatican conference on climate change, Naomi Klein writes -  “There are a lot of people who are having a lot of trouble in realising there is a voice with such global authority from the

You can't make it up LXXV - animals supposedly "adapt" to climate change       15 jun 15
The Guardian claims that dolphins are adapting to global warming by moving north, where polar bears are adapting by eating them. Aren't the newspaper's editors aware of the demolition of the "adaptationist program" by leading scientists, and socialists, Richard Lewontin and Stephen Jay Gould in their paper "The Spandrels of San Marco"?

A Rolf Harris song gets him into trouble again       14 jun 15
Guardian censors criticism of Tony Blair's new Tolerance and Reconciliation gig       04 jun 15
German woman crashes car into British tank       03 jun 15
The Royal Society - from 'nullius in verba' to diversity       02 jun 15
You can't make it up LXXIV - climate change blamed for Permian extinction and ISIS       31 may 15
You can't make it up LXXIII - if you believe in argument from authority, try this       19 may 15
Poetic justice       13 may 15
You can't make it up LXXII - Greenpeace supports freedom of speech - except for people who disagree       22 apr 15
There's more than one Toni Braxton       19 apr 15
You can't make it up LXXI - Québécois protest global warming in the snow       17 apr 15
Criticisms of George Galloway's attitude to forced marriage removed from the Guardian       14 apr 15
You can't make it up LXX - global warming is comparable to the Parmian extinction       10 apr 15
More inconsistent censorship in the Guardian about Islam       05 apr 15
Another comment deleted by the Guardian - are they afraid of Islamic extremists?       29 mar 15
You can't make it up LXIX - Naomi Oreskes' new movie and King Cnut       15 mar 15
You can't make it up LXVIII - "skepticism is not always beneficial to science"       10 mar 15
You can't make it up LXVII - "climate change deniers" are compared to ISIS       08 mar 15
The Guardian's inconsistent comments policy       21 feb 15
My most brilliant comment on reddit yet       16 feb 15
Monty Python underestimated Scottish tennis       01 feb 15
You can't make it up LXVI - scientists tamper with climate data...       25 jan 15
Yet another innocuous comment removed from the Guardian       18 dec 14
You can't make it up LXV - squirrels and beavers may be as evil as human beings       18 dec 14
A Tale of Two Cultures       14 dec 14
A comment censored on joannenova.com.au       13 dec 14
Orwell on the man in the white van       06 dec 14
You can't make it up LXIV - sun contributes to warming       25 nov 14
The genius of Robert Trivers       18 oct 14
Lingerie manufacturer dissociates itself from terrorism       14 oct 14
The last word on the concept of "general intelligence"       24 sep 14
You can't make it up LXIII - global warming causes sea ice to grow and shrink       18 sep 14
A comment on Rotherham allowed in the Guardian       14 sep 14
How to get the latest commit in Git       30 aug 14
Yet another comment removed from the Guardian       30 aug 14
How UKIP can win       21 aug 14
A St Louis woman's values       14 aug 14
A new phobia       10 aug 14
Mac everywhere       10 aug 14
You can't make it up LXII - government website shows no global warming this century       26 jul 14
Sol Campbell complains about people blackening his name       24 jul 14
You can't make it up LXI - global warming caused kidnapping of Nigerian girls       06 jul 14
You can't make it up LX - climate skeptics admit mistakes       29 jun 14
A comment critical of political correctness censored for political incorrectness       27 jun 14
A particularly good example of the fallacy of argument from authority       24 jun 14
Analyzing a massacre       07 jun 14
A black day for Scotland and rally drivers everywhere       01 jun 14
Two articles on the rise of UKIP       24 may 14
You can't make it up LIX - a superb article on computability and climate       22 may 14
You can't make it up LVIII - wildfires are getting bigger, and man-made climate change is to blame       19 may 14
You can't make it up LVII - if you think CO2 is bad, check out the great oxygen catastrophe       14 may 14
The Karelia Suite - Keith Emerson       25 apr 14
iTunes sucks - Ecoute rocks       25 apr 14
The best novel about gambling since Dostoevsky       22 apr 14
It's not just me who finds Git obtuse       13 apr 14
You can't make it up LVI - the best parody of climate fearmongering ever       12 apr 14
You can't make it up LV - Joanne Nova summarizes the corruption of science       10 apr 14
You can't make it up LIV - the BBC is criticized for giving too much credit to scientific skepticism       02 apr 14
You can't make it up LIII - the Guardian deletes another skeptical comment about global warming       31 mar 14
You can't make it up LII - the Institute of Physics condemns "climate change" theory       21 mar 14
The Guardian chickens out       17 mar 14
You can't make it up LI - sometimes climate change is good, and sometimes it isn't       11 mar 14
You can't make it up L - just because global warming stopped doesn't mean it's not happening       27 feb 14
Correction - the Daily Mail, not the Guardian, has conquered America       27 feb 14
"Frank's good, but Beefheart's the real thing"       25 feb 14
A serious commentary on the current situation in the Ukraine       25 feb 14
The Stones, Hyde Park, 1969       22 feb 14
You can't make it up XXXXIX - acidification moves seawater toward neutral pH       18 feb 14
You can't make it up XXXXVIII - current UK floods are unprecedented: apart from 1362, 1607, and 1953       14 feb 14
Facebook restricts users' gender to a mere 50 values       14 feb 14
Dead giraffes, Dawkins and Darwin       13 feb 14
This wouldn't happen in America       10 feb 14
You can't make it up XXXXVII - global warming allegedly one of the causes of war in Syria       04 feb 14
The dangerous life of American football players       03 feb 14
Is this another great country or WHAT??!!?       31 jan 14
Is this a great country or WHAT??!!?       28 jan 14
Is nature trying to tell us something?       26 jan 14
You can't make it up XXXXVI - worldwide cold caused by global warming       08 jan 14
Silverlight for Linux       08 jan 14
Don't use agoda.com - they won't accept a complaint about a locked emergency exit at a hotel       03 jan 14
You can't make it up XXXXV - the "Clitanic" disaster       28 dec 13
What to do when Git decapitates you       28 dec 13
More revisionism from Bletchley Park       26 dec 13
Gradually Getting Git       25 dec 13
You can't make it up XXXXIV - global warming skeptics banned       19 dec 13
You can't make it up XXXXIII - weather isn't climate, except when it is       04 dec 13
You can't make it up XXXXII - Greenpeace activists compared to Warsaw Ghetto insurgents of 1943       24 nov 13
More early Soft Machine       17 nov 13
A gift to Pearl Harbor conspiracy theorists       13 nov 13
You can't make it up XXXXI - Philippines typhoon deaths blamed on - guess what?       09 nov 13
A final farewell to Microsoft       02 nov 13
You can't make it up XXXX - trust in science correlated with political opinion       17 oct 13
The Bonzos - look out there's a monster coming       15 oct 13
You can't make it up XXXIX - Fox News defends the scientific method       01 oct 13
How close America has come to nuclear disaster       21 sep 13
You can't make it up XXXVIIII - global warming scaremongers right even if they're wrong       18 sep 13
Did Britain really invent EVERY sport?       07 sep 13
You can't make it up XXXVIII - deadly cold snap in Peru symptom of global warming...       05 sep 13
You can't make it up XXXVII - the analogy between drug and climate hysteria       25 aug 13
How to install Rails 4 on a Celeron 4GB netbook       21 aug 13
Romanian princess charged in Central Oregon cockfighting racket       17 aug 13
Correction to "When Git lies to you"       11 aug 13
Soft Machine Live 1970 - complete concert       29 jul 13
You can't make it up XXXVI - a prediction so alarmist even climatologists hesitate to endorse it       25 jul 13
You can't make it up XXXV - climate scientists predict the past       23 jul 13
A surprisingly coherent criticism of Edward Snowden from a 'terrorism analyst'       21 jul 13
You can't make it up XXXIV - we are going to die of NOT ENOUGH CO2       03 jul 13
Ruby Two's Day       27 jun 13
The Guardian conquers America       24 jun 13
Comment in Guardian deleted       28 may 13
You can't make it up XXXIII - BBC admits there has been no warming for 15 years       21 may 13
I saw the 17-year cicadas in New York in 1996 - now they're back       20 may 13
Obama agrees - 97% of climate scientists believe in global warming       18 may 13
You can't make it up XXXII - science is a democracy after all       17 may 13
Once bitten, twice shy       13 may 13
The Guardian contradicts my article about bike riding in Cornwall       07 may 13
Why it's not always worth helping Google correct their bike map of the USA       04 may 13
Scientists say they didn't mention the Higgs particle, because its existence was 'obvious'       28 apr 13
"Calling out" - Obama supporters use Maoist techniques to stifle debate       26 apr 13
Darwin strikes again - this time in Wales       23 apr 13
You can't make it up XXXI - sing for the climate       19 apr 13
You can't make it up XXX - another hockey stick bites the dust       06 apr 13
You can't make it up XXIX - cold weather linked to... guess what?       25 mar 13
Finally, a social media site I can see the point of       24 mar 13
You can't make it up XXVIII - campaign to reinstate 'debate' about climate change in schools       20 mar 13
You can't make it up XXVII - an article about hunting in the Guardian       20 mar 13

 

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