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The genius of Robert Trivers       18 oct 14

I read "The Folly of Fools" when it came out. Now I'm backfilling earlier Trivers: "Natural Selection and Social Theory", and "Social Evolution". He held the torch of sociobiology high while social "scientists" tried hard to extinguish it. By 1970, when they were still respected in academia, he'd already dismissed Freud and Marx.

Lingerie manufacturer dissociates itself from terrorism       14 oct 14
Many firms, people and organisations are dissociating themselves from the word "Isis". For example, Ann Summers: 'We acknowledge the unfortunate timing of this product launch in our store windows, however we in no way support or condone any act of terrorism or violence'".

The last word on the concept of "general intelligence"       24 sep 14
Brian Clough OBE, MA, PhD "In 1946 Clough failed his Eleven-plus exam". The 11-plus was an exam taken by all British schoolchildren at the age of 11 which, according to the pseudoscience of "intelligence testing", distinguished the elite from the predetermined underclass. I passed it. Cloughie went on to become one of the greatest football coaches.  

You can't make it up LXIII - global warming causes sea ice to grow and shrink       18 sep 14 It’s ‘counter-intuitive’, but global warming is responsible for the record high sea ice in the Antarctic. It is also responsible for the record low sea ice around the Arctic.

A comment on Rotherham allowed in the Guardian       14 sep 14

The comments pollicy is a bit inconsistent. There isn't a conspiracy to help the grooming gangs by continuing to help suppress information about them:

How to get the latest commit in Git       30 aug 14
You committed to a Git repo. You pushed it to another box. You log onto that box. You clone that repo from where it is to another folder, then git checkout master. But the files are months old. What happened to the latest commit? Well it's there, but you have to tell Git to find it: $ git checkout `git log -1 --all | cut -c 8-48 | head -1`

Yet another comment removed from the Guardian       30 aug 14
A Guardian journalist tried to argue that political correctness was not a cause of the failure of the police to investigate the abuse of children in Rotherham, Yorkshire, by Asian men, despite the fact that the official report says so. I criticized this. My comment was removed.

How UKIP can win       21 aug 14

Just say this: 'If the European Union had had its way, Robert Plant would have been forced to sing "I wanna give you every centimetre of my love"'.

A St Louis woman's values       14 aug 14
“"Our property value has gone down, our taxes have gone up and our insurance has gone up because St Louis County came out here shooting at these kids while they were sitting in the street," said one woman living on Lang Drive, who declined to be named. "They started this."” -

A new phobia       10 aug 14
William Calvo-Quirós and "Chromophobia"   It's worth checking out what's new on To see the papers, you have to join it, or sign in with Facebook, but it's free. Here is an exciting new article about a new phobia. It's by William A. Calvo-Quirós, a Visiting Scholar at the National Center for Institutional Diversity and the Department of American Culture in Ann Arb

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 - 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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