Silly Science Of The Day – Climate Change Will Damage Male Fertility

We've the claim today that climate change will damage male fertility because sperm are heat sensitive. The short answer to this is no. The longer is no, don't be so damn stupid. We humans are mammals, meaning that we self-regulate our body temperature. That's...

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Ocasio Cortez Is Against Amazon’s Good Jobs In Her Own District, Queens

The Good People of Queens are finding out, pretty quickly, what it's like to have Alexandria Ocasio Cortez looking out for you as the duly elected Representative for the district - she's against all those good jobs Amazon is about to bring in. No, really, she thinks that a...

No, Really, Blokes And Birds Are Different In The Way They Think

Men and women are indeed entirely equal - we're all God's little snowflakes an the law must treat us that way. That does not mean that we're all the same. Fortunately we've yet another piece of scientific evidence to point to here. Men and women do, on average an...

You Don’t Say – Online News Sites Feed Off Traditional Media

This really shouldn't surprise - people typing away on their mother's basement don't in fact have teams of reporters out around the world doing primary news gathering. Instead, they take the raw material and refashion it into post and newsbites and opinion pieces and.... Yes, we are surprised around here....

Regional Economic Subsidies – No, Don’t Do It, Leave The North Alone

We get plenty of wittering about how the North of the UK has been left to rot, how the South is leaving it behind. The argument then becomes that there should be regional subsidies - that Northern Powerhouse stuff - in order to redress this inequality. Nope, don't do...

New Chief Prosecutor – Don’t Look For The Evidence Rapists Might Be Innocent

That looks like a fairly incendiary headline but that does seem to be what the new head of the Crown Prosecution Service is insisting - that the system should no longer look for the evidence that accused rapists might in fact be innocent. That rather betraying the basic responsibility...
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George Monbiot Proves The Impossibility Of Socialism And Planning

Of course George Monbiot hasn't proven that people cannot attempt socialism and planning, he's just shown, rather neatly, why such won't work. Yes, he's talking about climate change but the points stand for the larger question about how to deal with the economy, how to run the world: Public figures...

Ask Agatha #31 – Facing A Murky Future And Career Change

Dear Aunt Agatha, What should I do next? I’ve told everyone I’m quitting my present job in 2021 – and it might be before then if some people have their way – but I’m still a young, well youngish, woman, and I’ll need another job. My CV is good enough...

Welcome To Health Fascism – Ban The Milkshake Now

It's not actually necessary to sport a toothbrush moustache, invade Poland, in order to be guilty of fascist behaviour. Attempting to use the law to force others do as you insist, not as they desire, comes under that rubric. Like, for example, spotting that milkshakes have more sugar in...

Lord Lester Doesn’t Have The Power To Confer A Peerage For Sex – That’s...

There's something murky going on with Lord Lester. No, we don't know either but this claim in The Times is very odd indeed: Lord offered campaigner peerage in return for sex Well, just not quite how these things work. Ms Sanghera, a campaigner against forced marriage, worked closely with the human rights...

Polly Toynbee Tells Us Why Government Isn’t The Way To Run The Country

Not that Polly Toynbee will realise this of course but she's just told us why government, politics, isn't the way to run the or a country. Sure, we've the Hayekian point that no one can ever know enough, in detail and in time, to be able to actually run...

Of Course We Should Abolish The NHS – To Save The Babies Of Course

Yes, we are aware that the National Health Service is currently the National Religion. To critique it, other than to insist that it is underfunded, is to have moved well beyond eating babies as a social faux pas. We even made the fact that we've hospitals, beds in them,...

Pabst’s MillerCoors Contract Brewing Contract – What Were These People Thinking?

Pabst has managed to get itself backed into a very painful corner over this contract brewing deal they had, or have, with MillerCoors. The important question here being what the hell were these people thinking when they brewed it up? For what they've done is make their production entirely...

Box Office – The Grinch Steals It, Bohemian Rhapsody Plays On

It's The Grinch that stole the box office this weekend - more accurately, Dr. Seuss' The Grinch did $66 million domestic to put it at the top of the box office listings. Bohemian Rhapsody is that second in line, the Queen, with a hold on of a respectable $30...

Taxing The Tech Giants- The Guardian, As Ever, Wrong About Everything, Always

John Harris in The Guardian attempts to claim that if we don't tax the tech giants then civilisation will fail. No, really. We get some small fraction - under 10% - of total tax revenue from corporations. The tech sector is still a minor part of the overall economy....

A New £1 Billion Tax Says We Shouldn’t Recycle Plastics

Sure we should recycle some things and equally certainly we shouldn't recycle others. The trick is in knowing what falls into which class. Even, to have a method of deciding that difficult point. To an economist this is easy, recycle where recycling adds value, don't where it doesn't. That...

It’s Drivel To Claim Climate Change Is The Biggest Risk To Corporations

One of the things which so annoys about climate change is the continual insistence upon things which simply are not true - like this claim that global warming is the major risk to large corporates. Nonsense, that's simply drivel. The largest risk is what it always has been and...

Who Knew? The Household Is The Fundamental Human Economic Unit

Men and women - often enough that this determines the statistics - share work, household responsibilities and incomes. Longer commutes by men lead to shorter ones by women in the same households for example. The higher and lower incomes from that access or not to larger employment markets also...