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Blair’s bastard

Blair Worboys

Few tears will be shed over the decision not to release rapist John Worboys.  It is thought that Worboys may have raped and sexually assaulted more than 100 women during his reign of terror between 2002 and 2008.  But here’s the first important fact you need to know about the …

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Big data BS

Big Data

We are currently living through an even bigger tech bubble than the DotCom boom in the late 1990s.  Now as then, investors have quite literally gone insane – throwing cash at companies that have never made a cent and look for all the world like they will never make a …

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US finds its smoking gun… and it makes no difference

Big Data - Cambridge Analytica

In mid-February, Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 individuals who had worked for the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency of interfering with the 2016 US presidential election.  But for all the “we told you so’s” of the corporate media, the indictment proved to be a damp squib.  Most of the …

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Of potholes, disasters and collapse

Pot holes

One benefit of cycling (rather than driving) along public roads is that I have had a much better view of the slow degeneration of the road surface.  As a regular cyclist, I have been aware for more than a year that my local roads had deteriorated to the point that …

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Energy and the Enlightenment

Sugar - the fuel of the Enlightenment

With Steven Pinker’s new book Enlightenment Now currently making the headlines, it is worth, perhaps, visiting two of the least asked questions about the European Enlightenment – why did it happen where and when it did? The mainstream answer – one that underlay the European racism and nationalism of the …

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P.T. Barnum does it again

Money in space

If you are in the business of getting people to pay you to (fail to) do the impossible, you must dress up the possible every now and then and put on a show.  Our modern day P.T. Barnum does this with sickening regularity, and, like any good magician or con …

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Suing oil companies as futile as boycotting them

Law

Last year we learned that more than half of humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions could be traced back to the activities of just 25 corporations; including the oil companies.  Cue ill-conceived social media posts demanding an immediate boycott. Even environmental NGOs like Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth were obliged to …

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UK government ‘not serious’ about Brexit

Customs post

Employing and training several thousand new customs officers is not something that can be done overnight.  According to the National Career Service the usual route to becoming a customs officer is to begin as an Administrative Assistant , Assistant Officer or Administrative Officer within the service and then to progress …

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Brexit home truths

Brexit down and out

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood took to social media over the weekend to criticise the UK Labour Party stance on Brexit: “Time and time again, Labour fail to stand up to the Tories and oppose their extreme version of Brexit. “In Wales, the Labour Welsh government signed up to a …

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Brexit: where the art of politics breaks down

Brexit negotiations

Politics is the art of compromise.  Whatever the issue, for the greater good of society no side can be ignored entirely and the winner cannot take all.  Everyone gets some of what they need and nobody gets everything they want.  It is a messy and often dissatisfactory process, but it …

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