The defining challenge of our time: aka mediocrity forever?

One of the not particularly “inspiring” virtual conglomerates purporting “excellence” — and/or facsimiles thereof — is The Conversation. With a virtual presence in Australia, Africa and the U.S., their motto is “Academic rigor, journalistic flair”. Some time ago (i.e. prior to the original Australian site’s virtual expansion), I had signed up for their E-mail notifications.…

Through the eye of the needle

One of the things that continues to astound me about the ever-growing maze of arms, elbows. hands, fingers etc. of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) – which, as I have previously noted, is the unchartered “child” of ECOSOC – is that regardless of what might be going on in the world, neither hell nor…

Catching up … a trip down memory lane

So, it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted. Seems to me that the (chronologically!) older I get, the faster time flies. But from time to time, I’ve been (more or less) silently lurking … Sometimes with amusement, sometimes with despair – and at others with an almost virtually immobilized mindset mixture that knows not…

Of troubleseekers, troublemakers and transparency

One of the most misused – and terribly abused – words that one hears from those representing the alarmist front of the “climate change” (aka “global warming”) debate is “transparent” (and/or variants thereof). Google defines “transparent” thusly: To my mind, few organizations can match the many branches (and considerably less than “transparently” associated arms, fingers…

CBC hypes – again: Of models, memes and mythical melts

The CBC, Canada’s so-called “national” (i.e. taxpayer-funded) broadcaster is not exactly known for impartial and/or honest reporting on the climate front. I noticed an article, yesterday, in which the text is somewhat at odds with that of the University of British Columbia (UBC)’s Media Release, on which the article was supposedly (well, at least partially)…

The UN and “single scary causes”: A long but illuminating read

From time to time, I have commented on the remarkable similarities between the UN generated fear of CO2 and the UN generated “centrality” of the so-called Israeli-Arab (or if you prefer, the Israel-Palestinian) conflict. Both of which are virtually guaranteed to lead to heated and – sadly, far too often incredibly ill-informed – diatribes emanating…

Of United Nations’ voices, visions and values

A few days ago, I came across an article at the Gatestone Institute regarding the hot diplomatic water in which the Swedish Foreign Minister, Margot Wallström, found herself by failing to follow “the rules” (my bold -hro): […] Wallström’s criticism of “medieval” conditions in Saudi Arabia has caused great parts of the Muslim world to…