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April, 2019

Magical Newton

August, 2017

Not the briar patch, Brer Trump!

March, 2017

A Serious Case of the DTs

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The American Yeltsin
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Beyond Zealots and Cold-War Warriors

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A Vandal at the Gates of Rome

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Are you conscious?

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Brave New World?

August, 2016

Stop, for a moment.

July, 2016

Rupert's Coup

March, 2016

Between a Shill and a Hard Case

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Swimming in a sea of sugar

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Information Rich, Attention Poor
Nerds need to get out more ...

March, 2015

There is a homunculus at the end of the garden path

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Welcome Home
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Addicted to GDP
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August, 2014

History? Whose story?
Marketing Ebola

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As above, so below

December, 2013

A time for tolerance

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Thinking out of the xBox
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Welcome to the Gulag

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A timely response to spying

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Obedience and the Machine
Ban the bible?
Fracticide - don't do it.

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Serfing, USUK

June, 2013

Deafened by gossip

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Who needs words...?

April, 2013

It must be true
Why would they stop?

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Beyond belief

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RBS: doing Fine, not Time
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Royal Promo
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A journey through riotous times

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June, 2012

A cynical ploy
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May, 2012

A crazy idea
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April, 2012

Cracks in the Rear-View Mirror
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Corporate responsibility

March, 2012

Poppycock - without question
Who's pushing your buttons?
Investigate the Blair-Murdoch Conspiracy

February, 2012

In Praise of The Seven Liberal Arts
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When giving is taking
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November, 2011

Poking a hornets nest
Wealth of Nations poured away
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Death of an industry
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What a world ...

October, 2011

Pictures and words
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Taxing noise

September, 2011

Hand over your money
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Mr Fox, is the hen house safe?
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Can you believe your eyes?
Getting eye contact
Partners in Crime

July, 2011

It was the Wettins 'wot won it'

May, 2011

Heir apparently

April, 2011

Putting Emergencies in Context
Underground networks travelling First Class

March, 2011

Be careful what you ask for
Water - a tale of two countries
Here we go again ...
Wake up!!!

February, 2011

The right stuff
Revolution! ... and yet, and yet.
Follow the money
Shh - don't tell the children
Does the MoD have a Cunning Plan?

January, 2011

Met Office caught in winter weather whitewash
Read between the lines
The new parable of Noah
Banking on People

November, 2010

Wettins don't say sorry
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Remember, remember ...

October, 2010

Kindness sees no crime
Pundits in the frame
Killer drones target the middle class
A tale of two Charlies

September, 2010

A failure to discriminate ...
Good Grief
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August, 2010

Size psycho-fancy
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July, 2010

... at the gates of Rome
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June, 2010

Guilty - but not charged
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May, 2010

ConDemned to the Shock Doctor
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April, 2010

Bankster at bay ...
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March, 2010

It's how you say it ...
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Iceland - showing the way.

February, 2010

Small steps to a far place
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January, 2010

So who needs people?
Late and censored
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December, 2009


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Fools served by Zombies
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September, 2009

Taken Hostage

August, 2009

Have a good weekend ...
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July, 2009

Inside clouds

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aaah diddums
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Money Matters
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Home improvements
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Barak - the movie

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Won't get fooled again
Bankers, all of them!

September, 2008

And The Winner is ...
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On this day

August, 2008

Mark My Words

July, 2008

The Management Myth
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June, 2008

Beware this Griffin
42 Day Folly
A Tortured Silence

May, 2008

A new Dawn needed
Is Justin Webb A Neo-Con?
The Puppy, the Mountain and the Fascists

April, 2008

Attention Pays

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Fat Cats and Pork Pies
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Sense Making Questions   5 July 2008

One of the Independents columnists, Joahann Hari, has provoked some discussion about the cancellation of school field trips and the way that Health and Safety regulations are (wrongly, he says) blamed.

I go along with his argument up to a point, but believe that there is a deeper issue. It seems to me that the real danger highlighted by Mr Hari's article is not an unfounded fear of increased litigation, but that students may not be encouraged to explore and acquire new knowledge.

This may not be simply a fear of regulations but a subtler reluctance to inquire. In a society characterised by rapid change, increasing complexity and personal stress, many people feel that they do not have time for the luxury of asking or answering questions.

Indeed asking questions creates resentment and will frequently get you labeled as a trouble maker (or as 'crazy'). Even public inquiries into major events are no longer de rigeur. For example, Tony Blair said that an inquiry into the London bombings of 7/7 would be a 'ludicrous diversion'. Thus we have yet to see the evidence for the many subsequent terror-related decisions.

This pattern is repeated time and time again in both the public and private domain. It makes no sense.

Indeed, our politico-corporate leaders rarely seek to make sense of problems. A small group of bankers manipulate the banking system so that they individually make millions of pounds profit. The government deals with this by giving more millions of tax-payers money to those same bankers and suggesting that in future there should be less oversight of their actions! What is the evidence for this approach?

Politicians say that they want to introduce democracy and liberty to a particular country, so they then spend billions of tax payers money bombing that country back to the stone age. Years later the 'natives' are still remarkably restless. What was the evidence that such a strategy would work?

Our prisons are overflowing and prison staff and systems stretched to breaking point. Yet we persist in creating more laws and turning civil offenses into criminal offences. Poor single mothers end up in prison because they can not pay the fine caused by not having a TV license. Their children become wards of the state and labeled as 'difficult'.  Where is the evidence that this approach works?

When evidence is discovered the questions continue because we have to figure out what to do with it - what does it mean, how do we make sense of it?

For example, dust collected from the World Trade Centre site after 9/11 has been microscopically analysed by several laboratories and found to contain massive amounts of thermite residue. Nano-thermite has been developed in several US defence and other laboratories as a spray-on compound which can be easily ignited to produce very powerful explosive effects (enough to melt steel).  The presence of thermite residue in a fire is deemed to be prima fascie evidence of arson. Yet this evidence has been ignored by both the main stream media and the official report. No arson investigation has been carried out. Why, how do we make sense of this omission?

Evidence based decision making requires that we first discover the evidence, then use it to test hypotheses and subsequently formulate appropriate response(s). Without evidence there will be no accounting for politicians. Losing the habit of asking questions is catastrophic not just for science but for society as a whole.

Posted by Nicholas Moore    12:52:02 am