The science is unsettled

The fight over climate change is heating up, reckons Roy Spencer, principal research scientist at the University of Alabama, in an editorial over at Technology, Commerce, Society. Excerpt: In case you hadn’t noticed, the global warming debate has now escalated from a minor skirmish to an all-out war. … Climate scientists are beginning to question long held assumptions – which is almost... read more

Who’s defacing Wikipedia? (updated)

There’s a new service around, that’s going to cause some red faces. Built by Virgil Griffith, it’s called the WikiScanner. It tracks user edits to the online “encyclopedia” to the organisation or location where they originate. For one, Diebold seems to be burnishing its image. At least, so it appears. A whole section about the criticisms on its voting machines disappeared... read more

Top 12 notes on a free market

A selection of quotations noted at yesterday’s conference on intellectual property rights in Johannesburg, hosted by the Free Market Foundation and the International Policy Network. Some are verbatim from notes, but a few have been completed from memory. I’ve tried to be as true to the original, or failing that it’s intended meaning, as possible. Read on for my top 12 quotations: Alec van... read more

That famous Kruger video

If you haven’t seen this, you’ve been living under a rock for the last week. It’s been all over CNN, local radio stations, Facebook, and sits at 13 million views on YouTube. It’s the famous “Battle at Kruger”, featuring a large cast of predators and prey, with a twist in the tail Edgar Allan Poe would have been proud of. I recall many hours as a child sitting in a hot... read more