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…

The windmills of my mind

There are some days, as I peruse the net, when it occurs to me that others must have been trans-versing the windmills of my mind! Yesterday – on the heels of the Pope’s pronouncements – just happened to be one of those days. As I’ve been assiduously assessing the current validity of snippets I’ve gathered…

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…