William Connolley

William Connolley

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Foundation and Empire, part II

Following up on my brilliantly prescient Foundation and Empire from April, the current economic situation in Russia is worth commenting on. The Russian rouble [is] in free-fall despite [a] shock 17% rate rise says Auntie (and she really does, doesn’t…

Torture

Some in the US have now admitted that others in the US tortured some other people: see for example [[Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture]]. But on the whole, the people in charge at the time aren’t admitting it,…

Stoat 2014-12-06 11:19:34

One disadvantage of working for my current employers is that pretty well everything I do is technically commercially sekrit, no matter how dull it might be. But this little fragment isn’t, and its fun. Perhaps it would make a good…

Oh, lordy!

Mostly misc. I start with this erg screenshot, which I hasten to add is not mine, though that will be obvious to the cognoscenti immeadiately, or indeed to anyone who has sweated out 2k and got not even close to…

The politics edition

Time for some politics – it always provides cheap hits. I’ll start with this cartoon, which I found on facebook, promoted by various of the Good. But, its rubbish; its Wrong Thinking. Its a response to the US mid-term elections…

Are you a scientist?

There’s a philosophical debate to be had over the meaning of the word scientist, or even the origins of the term, and indeed “what is science?”. But that swiftly becomes tedious, so instead take the Viz test: Do your bitches…

Tol throws toys out of pram

It looks like Tol has joined the <cough> illustrious <cough> ranks of those who publish their review comments: the commentary could be made substantially more balanced and contemplative – for example, as proof of “truth” the author cites himself and…

“Chopper” responds

Yay, more fallout. Need I say more? Oh go on then: This is a complete fabrication…. I dispute the description “abuse”, and suggest “use” as replacement… Prof Wadhams is apparently not content with people commenting on, or indeed even reporting,…

Autumn bees

Every autumn I think – too late – that its about time I looked at my bees, took off some honey, and put on the Apistan strips. Ideally this would be done in late August, I think, because the Apistan…

Conkered?

Not perhaps entirely fair – it is a cartoon, after all – but I liked it (nicked from the Times, if you were wondering). I also feel somewhat critical of Salmond: with his shiniest toy taken away he’s chosen to…