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The Heartland Institute Stumbles

May 29, 2012

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The Heartland Institute, perhaps you noticed, is stumbling and staggering a little these days.  About $1 million in corporate funding has walked. Of course, there was Heartland-gate, the leaking of nine documents by scientist Peter Gleick relating to Heartland’s climate denial activities, including a plan to teach climate denial to pre-schoolers.  But Heartland-gate, juicy as […]

Stargate & the 7 Rules of European Progress

May 27, 2012

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Myths of the West 4 The 7 rules of European progress.  In The Colonizer’s Model of the World and Eight Eurocentric Historians, geographer JM Blaut describes a European model of history in which, to use Blaut’s own words, Europe naturally progresses and modernizes. Non-Europe (Outside) naturally remains stagnant, unchanging, traditional, and backward. The basic cause […]

Dear Theo: I’m Against Warrantless Searches

May 24, 2012

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I received the following email from my Member of Parliament, Don Davies (Vancouver-Kingsway) in respect of the ongoing legislative agenda of our current government in Ottawa, Stephen Harper’s Conservatives, to instigate warrantless online access to personal information, for instance.   Don is against it, too. Dear Theo, RE: Stand with Canada as a Pro-Privacy MP […]

Life Cycle of a Lie: The Sargasso Sea Climate Myth

May 19, 2012

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The following is a re-post from Skeptical Science.  The original may be found here.   As well as being a telling chronicle of how the climate denier community develops a lie–each retelling adding a layer of fabrication or error to the one before like a game of denier telephone–the story also shows parallels with the kinds of […]

Legends of Myself 46

May 17, 2012

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Continued from Legends of Myself 45 46. Prince Rupert, 1958/Spaksuut, 1793:  I Save Port Essington The Two Essingtons.  Sir William Essington of the Royal Navy—a clever, dashing fellow for his day, of course, despite his low profile lately—had two remote patches of territory named after him.  Port Essington on the northern coast of Australia, was settled […]

Legends of Myself 45

May 11, 2012

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Continued from Legends of Myself 44 45.  Prince Rupert, 1958:  Sunday School, Firecrackers and Halloween Day school and Sunday school.  I lived in my grandfather’s rooms until the autumn of 1958.  That tells me that I must have begun grade three in Prince Rupert, attending Roosevelt School on Roosevelt Hill for the first of what would […]

Deniers R Us – Don Easterbrook

May 8, 2012

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“Professor Chill” Says We’re Cold Now and Getting Colder Don Easterbrook is a retired geology professor from Western Washington University, a little out of step with his former colleagues in respect of his views on climate change.  (They disagree with him here.)  One of the reasons for their disagreement, no doubt, is his way with […]