Neil deGrasse Tyson caught making stuff up

… and Wikipedia is refusing to publish it. Which brings us to l’affaire de Tyson. Neil Tyson, a prominent popularizer of science (he even has his own television show) was recently found to have repeatedly fabricated multiple quotes over several years. The fabrications were not a one-off thing. They were deliberate and calculated, crafted with… Continue reading Neil deGrasse Tyson caught making stuff up

Idiot/Savant – “those poor, poor, cheats”

Compare and contrast people: First, tax cheats are bad people. Tax cheats steal from us all. Every dollar they save in tax from these tricks is a dollar we have to pay, borrow, or cut – a dollar we don’t get to spend on schools, hospitals and state houses. The government should make these companies… Continue reading Idiot/Savant – “those poor, poor, cheats”

When in a hole: Then and Now

Then: My Right has taken issue with my post yesterday and missed my point. Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with the Government’s tax policies, if you are in a financial hole you should stop digging. But nowadays, it’s all the fashion to argue that you should dig and dig and dig. I mean, are there really consequences… Continue reading When in a hole: Then and Now

How about we actually let the court do what it does best?

Apparently there’s a “#FreeJahar” hash tag on twitter, from people who are just convinced that the man arrested in relation to the Boston bombings is innocent. Really. Now, I grant you this: it may be that the FBI and everyone else involved got it wrong. It may be that the police killed his brother out of… Continue reading How about we actually let the court do what it does best?

A good demonstration why you should never take the word of a famous figure on trust

Not the first time I’ve seen Attenborough say something so fact-challenged. Humans are a “plague on the Earth”, according to naturalist and documentary-maker David Attenborough. Attenborough told Britain’s Radio Times that humanity must limit population growth or “the natural world will do it for us”. He is of course entitled to believe that. But of course his… Continue reading A good demonstration why you should never take the word of a famous figure on trust

How not to help your cause

There are a variety of ways of responding to a massacre of innocent people. This probably ranks up there in the top 10 worst ideas. The Journal News story includes comments from both sides of the gun-rights debate and presents the data as answering concerns of those who would like to know whether there are guns in their neighborhood.… Continue reading How not to help your cause

The government should sell assets for a profit without selling them

Just noticed this on No Right Turn. Again, the government’s reluctance to borrow money – even for investment, even when it is profitable – prevents them from seeing the solutions which are right in front of their eyes Gee, why wouldn’t the government borrow money to purchase an asset and sell it later on for a profit? Who could… Continue reading The government should sell assets for a profit without selling them

Apparently Lena Dunham is already famous

If you don’t know who Lena Dunham is, she’s the woman (I’ll come back to that designation later) who stars in the weird, disturbing and fundamentally misogynistic video encouraging people to vote “first time” with Obama. NZ Conservative has the video here. I avoided watching the video for several days, but when I watched it it… Continue reading Apparently Lena Dunham is already famous